Frequently Asked Questions

What is your style?

I describe my style as natural and relaxed.  I prefer to capture events as they are unfolding before me and so the majority of images that I take are candid.  I aim to be as unobtrusive as possible and for the most part, you'll forget I'm there.  The only part of the day that I will guide you into poses will be during the couple portrait session and the formals. Even then, it's often the 'in between' moments that I aim to photograph as people look their best when they are most relaxed.  

What areas do you cover?

Anywhere in the UK, and beyond! My package price includes travel to venues within 100 miles of Newport, South Wales. For locations beyond this, a charge for mileage and accomodation may need to be considered.

 

Will we get the copyright?

The photographer will legally always retain the full copyright to any images they take. However, I give full printing and reproduction rights to the couple and their friends/family for personal use.  This means you can basically do what you like with them (sort your own prints, albums, thank you cards etc) but you can't sell the photos, re-edit them or use them for commercial use whatsoever.

I am also happy for you to use the photos to enter competitions, magazine features etc. provided that I am informed prior to publication and that proper credit is given to Laura Grace Photography.

Can we meet you?

Of course, it's always a good idea to meet before you book to make sure we're right for each other!  I'm happy to come to your home or we could meet in a nearby cafe for a cuppa at a time that is convenient for us all.  It will provide a great opportunity for us to get to know each other a bit better and for you to see some of my sample albums as well as ask any questions that you may have.  There is absolutely no pressure to book whatsoever; the consultation is completely complimentary.  If you're not local, then I'm happy to liaise with you via email and even arrange a Skype / FaceTime call.

How do we book?

Once you know that I am definitely available, I can send you a booking form and contract for you to read and sign.  You will need to return this, along with a booking fee of £250 to secure your date.  My preferred method of payment is via direct bank transfer (bank details are on the booking form).

What is a booking fee?

It is just another way of describing the deposit.  It's fully deductible from the final balance. 

What if we need to cancel or change our date?

Any cancellations will result in the loss of deposit paid up until 3 months prior to the wedding.  If cancellation occurs 4-12 weeks prior to the event then 50% of the package price will be due and 100% of the package price will be due for cancellation within 4 weeks of the event.  If we are able to establish another wedding booking for your cancelled date then we will happily return all monies paid less an administration fee of £100.

Dates can be amended free of charge if more than 6 months notice is given. For events occuring within 6 months then a £100 rebooking fee will be charged. 

What happens on the day?

By the day of your wedding, we will hopefully know one another quite well having met a few times and sent a fair few emails back and forth :) I will arrive at the bride's getting ready location and start photographing pretty much immediately, happily pottering around everyone. Throughout the day I will photograph anything that I feel contributes towards the story of your wedding including all the finer details (I love details!!) as well as the list of photographps you may provide me with.  I'm very easy going though and am happy to be directed by you at any point- if you want an impromptu shot with your Uncle Bob then just grab me.  During the couple portraits I will guide you into poses that I know will flatter you and make you feel comfortable.   The only part of the day where I won't be photographing you will be during your meal. This is when I have a bit of a break and grab a bite to eat.  You don't have to provide me with a meal, but it is always lovely when people do.  

I like to prepare for all eventualities and so I routinely bring a bag of large ivory and rainbow umbrellas to keep the bridal party dry.  I am fully insured and  will bring all the equipment that I need including two professional Canon cameras and a selection of prime and zoom lenses.  I will also bring a flash but the majority of my work is done using natural light.

  

Can our guests take pictures?

If you want them to, absolutely.  However, I ask that during the portraits of the bride and groom, no other guests are present so as to avoid unnecessary distractions etc. Many couples are now opting for 'unplugged' weddings though, allowing their guests to fully immerse themselves in the day itself, seeing it with their eyes rather than through a lens.  See here for more information on unplugged weddings.  If any of your guests happen to be professional photographers then I ask that they follow the above guidelines but also that their photographs may only be taken for personal use (i.e. they are not to use them on their websites etc for advertising purposes).

How long will the photography take?

You should allow 2-3 minutes per group shot that you require (longer if you are having a large wedding).  The couple portraits should take between 20-30 minutes, but of course it is your day and so this can be flexible.  It is recommended that you choose a list of no more than 10 formal photographs to minimise the time needed: {Whole wedding party, Bride's parents / family, Groom's parents / family, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Bridal Party, Hens, Stags}

What is the advantage of having a second shooter?

Rick, my main second shooter will arrive at the groom's getting ready venue (where possible) and will capture him  making the finishing touches to his outfit. He will then follow them to the ceremony venue and arrange some photographs of the groom with his best man and groomsmen, saving time later in the day. You will receive photographs of the guests arriving as well as ceremony room set up, allowing me to stay with the bride as late as possible.  Throughout the day Rick and I will work together ensuring we never miss a moment.  You will be able to get two perspectives for the ceremony, speeches and first dance as we can be in two places at once!  Formal photographs will be completed quicker as Rick will be able to organise the next group in advance.  Rick has been trained by me to mirror me shooting style so that your collection of photos will be seamless. I will edit all of your final images personally.

Do you edit your photos?

Definitely!  All of your images will be expertly retouched ensuring the correct lighting, colour balance, tone and presence.  I will also remove objects and convert some photographs into black and white.  In some images I will whiten teeth, remove blemishes and stray hairs, but don't worry - I won't change the way you look, just enhance what is already there :) After you receive your images if there are any further edits you would like, I am happy to honour all reasonable requests free of charge.

 Are you fully insured?

Of course!  I have full public liability and professional indemnity insurance and all my equipment is also insured.  Please feel free to ask to see my insurance certificates. 

What if you are ill?

In the extremely unlikely event of me being unable to attend your wedding, I am part of a trusted network of photographers that  I can call on to help save the day. 

How many photographs will we receive?

On the day itself, I will likely take well over a thousand images (I take several duplicate shots, especially with groups to avoid catching anyone blinking).  You will receive the best 350 - 450 images of the day on your memory stick in a selection of colour and black and white.

How long will it take to get our photographs?

You will see a sneak peek selection of about 15 images within 2 days of your wedding, which will also be placed on my facebook page.  The rest of your images will be ready within 6 weeks, though I aim to reduce this when possible (I know how desperate you will be to see them all).

How do we order an album?

Once you have received your photos you can then choose your favourite ones to go in your album.  I'm more than happy to advise you in this area and would suggest an album consultation so we can also discuss sizes, covers, paper types etc and you can see some samples.  Please ask to see my album brochure which includes all the important information to consider and how the ordering process works.  You will need to favourite the images you want included on your gallery.  I will then design your album and send you the proof to ok.  Once I receive the go ahead from you, the album will be with you within 3 weeks (please allow 5 weeks if purchasing a Queensberry as they are made in New Zealand). 

Contact

Email: info@lauragracephotography.co.uk

Phone: 07817 427160

Based in Cwmbran, South Wales

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