I can of course meet you before your wedding day. In fact, I would encourage it. It is very important for you to get an idea of how I will be working on the day and to let me know what your expectations are of me.
If for whatever reason we are unable to meet prior your wedding day, I am also available for Skype, Factime or Facebook video chats so you can put a face to the name.
If I have not been to your wedding venue previously, invariably I will go and visit prior to the wedding, to get a feel for how your special will pan out. As I work in a natural, reportage style, most of my photography is off the cuff and spontaneous, so when I visit, I am mainly looking for ideas of where I can do the romantic photoshoot and formulate a plan of action from that. In truth, even if I am unable to visit a venue, I tend to thrive as I pumped up and looking for the nice light and lovely backgrounds. I love a challenge!
I am photo-journalistic (natural) wedding photographer, but another way you can categorise me as a photographer is by the way I work almost exclusively (99%) with available light. Available light does not mean natural light, it means whatever light happens to be there at the time. Even at night, I will avoid reaching for the flash and rely on the light provide by yourself or the venue. Be it beautiful candlelight, sunlight or the chandelier’s hanging in the main hall, I will use my expertise to finds the light that will give me the stunning results I am looking for. Working in this manner also helps me to disappear into the background as you will not have me firing the flash every few seconds. I believe this way of working helps you and your guests relax more as they can almost forget I am there and concentrate on having a nice time.
To help me be able to shoot in a low-light setting, I use Fujifilm X-T1’s which has been built with low-light shooting in mind. Coupled with the expensive low-light lenses I use, this makes a perfect match for quality results in these conditions.
The short answer is yes, however, as this is a very time consuming process, it is not something we do as a matter of course and it is a chargeable service as it is extra to what was agreed. While we will lessen the impact of small blemishes on close-ups, without charge, most photos are left natural. Photo manipulation, such as slimming, adding/removal of an object, complete skin smoothing or teeth whitening is charged at £20 per image or £75 per half hour, whichever is the greater once the work is completed.
I have something like this mentioned in the booking forms T&C’s it says that either party are able to break off the contract due to sudden illness (Force Majeure or Act Of God). This is something that I cannot control, but rest assured I would not be letting you down for any standard illnesses. It would have to be something extremely incapacitating to prevent me from working. In which case, if I were able, I would do my best to make arrangements to ensure you had a photographer at your wedding. I have a lot of contacts in the area and I am part of a network of photographers online, so I am absolutely positive this would not be a problem for you, should the worst happen.
We will endeavour to get your work done as quickly as possible as we believe it is good for business to supply the images while the feelings are still high and not months down the line. However, in the middle of the wedding season when we are very busy, delays are inevitable and we ask for your patience in these times. A guide is 4 weeks to see the images and a further 4-6 weeks for Graphistudio to complete the work on the handmade storybook.
If for whatever reason I am snowed under, I will offer a sneak peak at a handful of images to keep you going.
After your wedding, I will off-load all the images taken on the day on to a Network Attached Storage device which works with RAID to ensure the photos are secure in the short term. I shoot weddings in RAW image format which holds a lot more information than a standard jpeg or tiff. Shooting in this way enables me to correct any problems with the images afterwards while still retaining the maximum quality possible in the images. I will colour correct and ensure the images have the optimum contrast and brightness. This process can take a long time, especially if it was a long day shooting at your wedding.
An engagement shoot is a pre-wedding photo session in a beautiful location, within 15 miles of Pershore, Worcestershire. The purpose of which is for the couple to get used to being photographed and to know what to expected on the wedding day. On the wedding day, there is usually a time slot allocated for going away with the photographer, for a portrait session. This session can cause unnecessary stress and worry to a couple who are not used to being or dislike being photographed. An engagement session will help to take away this fear/worry by demonstrating it can be a fun process and not at all scary as once thought. This helps the bride and groom go into the wedding with confidence and positivity and also have a set of lovely photographs to supplement their wedding photographs. If the session is booked far enough in advance, the photographs can be used in some way or another at the wedding itself.
I would always recommend that you should have the High Resolution Image USB drive. It is a massive selection of images burnt on to disc for you and is the equivalent of the photographer giving you their negatives. With this disc, you will be free to print as many images as you like. The images are normally supplied with a blend a of colour and black & white. If you visit my web gallery you will have an idea of what you will receive on your disc. I currently shoot with Fujifilm X-T1’s, which will give you a file size big enough to enable you to print your pictures to almost any size you wish without any loss in quality. However, I would recommend you have the images printed by professional printers to ensure the absolute best results. There is usually always one in every town.
Unfortunately, the images on the High Resolution Image USB drive are not copyright free, as the law states copyright stays with the person who presses the shutter button. However, the images do come with our permission to use them as you see fit, but for personal use only. The only time there is a problem is if you use the photographs for commercial purposes and make money from them. This is copyright infringement. If you would like to use them for this purpose, you would need to seek Duncan Cox’s permission to do so.
The Photo Slideshow is a highlighted version of your wedding day photography, set to music of your choosing. The photos will play in the order they were taken in and act as a visual story of your day.
Of course you can. However, any changes made to your package will have to be backed up with a newly amended, signed booking form and posted back to me. All changes will need to be done a minimum of one month prior to your wedding day.