Q: What is your style of photography?
A: Simple. Natural. Raw. I shoot the moment as I see it.
Q: I would like you to shoot my wedding, how do I start the process?
A: You can contact me via the contact details (email or mobile) on the website, just please remember to include your wedding date and venue, if secured. I will respond by email or phone. I’ll also send you a quote for my essential package, and the standard add-ons that I offer in terms of albums. We’ll then meet, so that you can get to know your future photographer and you can ask me any questions that you need answered. Once you’ve decided to choose me as your photographer, and you’ve selected any add-ons you’d like, I will send a contract for you to sign and return with a deposit. When you’re done you can check “find a photographer” off your wedding to-do list!
Q: How much do I need to deposit?
A: I require a R 1,500 non-refundable initial deposit and the rest of the fee to be paid on or before your wedding day.
Q: How far should we book in advance?
A: Ideally, you should be booking your photographer and venue at least 6-12 months in advance, as soon as you have set a date. If however, you’re not the plan way in advance type, not to worry, just contact me and we can have a chat about my availability.
Q: Will you be shooting the wedding?
A: Yes. You are hiring me to shoot the wedding, not another photographer working under my name.
Q: Do you shoot with an assistant?
A: At the moment I do not shoot with an assistant / second shooter. I have an assistant that keeps an eye on my equipment and carries it around for me. It helps to keep costs down, which allows me to pass the savings onto you.
Q: Where are you based?
A: I live in Amanzimtoti, but I cover the greater Durban area, and some parts of the South Coast.
Q: Do you travel?
A: Not at the moment, no.
Q: Do you take getting-ready shots?
A: Of the bride getting ready, absolutely. If the groom is getting ready at the same venue as the bride, then arrangements can be made to get a few photographs of him getting ready too. If you book with me, I will give you a list of little things to remember to have handy on your wedding day, so that I can photograph these as part of your getting ready shoot.
Q: Do you take dance shots?
A: Of course, who doesn’t love to get a good photo of grandpa "shakin' what his mama gave him" on the dance floor?
Q: Do you shoot in RAW?
A: Yes. RAW allows me to get the best quality and image detail when I am processing the photos.
Q: Can I have the RAW files?
A: No, I do not provide the straight-from-the-camera RAW files.
Q: Do you shoot in B&W?
A: I love black and white photographs, but I don’t shoot in them. I shoot RAW and will convert colour photographs to black and white where I think it would best suit the photograph.
Q: What about the vintage look?
A: There are countless ways to edit a photo. Some may appeal to one couple, while not to another. If you see a particular style you like, please let me know, and I will do my best to accommodate.
Q: When will I get to see my wedding photos?
A: Your photos will be ready within 6-8 weeks following the wedding. I go through a careful process of choosing the best images from the day and processing each of them with individual attention. This kind of attention takes a bit of time.
Q: Do you shoot video?
A: I don’t unfortunately. My focus is purely photographic, and as such I’m always trying to get the best shot, so focusing on video just wouldn’t work.
Q: Do you offer albums?
A: Yes, I do. Have a look at the add-ons section on my packages page to see what kinds of albums I offer.
Q: Who chooses the photographs in the album?
A: I choose the photographs for the album, based on years of practice and style. I will use my best judgment to select the best and most relevant photos to tell the story of your wedding day.
Q: Will you post the photographs online?
A: Once your photographs have been edited and I have given you your disc and/or album, I will post a selection of your photographs on my website and Facebook page.
Q: How much time should I allow for my location / formal shoot?
A: I have found that 75-90 minutes of uninterrupted time with your wedding party is usually enough time. Add more time for travel. There are other considerations as well. We can discuss these in detail when we meet.
Q: Do we have to feed you?
A: Yes you do, both my assistant and I. Please also serve us the same food that you serve your guests.
We will need to have break at some point to get a meal, so we believe it is to our mutual benefit to eat the same meal at the same time as you. That said, no one likes a camera in their face when they’re about to take a bite of food.
Q: Do we receive a copy of every photo you take?
A: No. I discard a fair number of images during the editing process. I discard images that are less than perfect technically, due to color, exposure, focus or other technical reasons. I don't make judgments about emotional value during editing. If it's a great image, you'll see it.
Q: Can our friends and family take pictures at the same time you are?
A: Absolutely, as long as they do not get in the way, or cost me valuable time. The pictures your friends and family take are as important as mine, just in a different way. There are lots of pictures to be taken. Friends and family, however, are not allowed to photograph the location shoot. This is private shoot.
Q: We are not photogenic and don’t like having our picture taken. Now what?
A: Um, hello… have you ever seen an ugly bride? No. I’m also not taking photos with my blackberry… This is something that I have come across with at least 60% of my weddings. You will be gorgeous, your man will be handsome and you will like the photos that I take of you.