Frequently Asked Questions

 

Here are answers to frequently asked questions which you may find useful when considering the photography for your wedding.

 

Q. How will you be dressed on the day?

A. A slightly bizarre one but I hear tales of scruffy photographers turning up in bike leathers so rest assured I wear a suit with shirt and tie.

 

Q. How would you describe your photography style?

A. I combine classic with personal observation, i.e. A strong set of family and friend group photographs worked from a supplied list together a range of bride & groom portraits along with observed moments that have caught my eye through the day.

 

Q. What kit do you use?

A. I will always use the kit that I feel is most capable of producing the results I need to the quality I insist upon.  I have always used Nikon and currently have two Nikon D610 bodies, 4x Yongnuo YN660 flashguns with radio triggers, Nikkor 24-120mm f4ED, Nikkor 85mm f1.8D, Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art, Nikkor 35mm f2D, Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8G, Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 VRII, Nikkor 105mm macro f2.8G as well as a range of flash modifiers and stands.

 

Q. Do you shoot in colour or black & white?

A. I always shoot in colour as there is more versatility in converting colour images to black & white through the post production.  You'd receive both a full colour set together with a duplicate set converted to black & white.

 

Q.  Do you provide an engagement/pre wedding portrait session?

A.  I'm more than happy to provide a pre wedding portrait session should you feel you'd like one.  I don't provide them as standard as they aren't something everyone requires and I'd far rather give people choice.  If it is something you would like to compliment your wedding photography please refer to the rates and options shown on the Portraiture pricing tab, as a wedding client you'd receive a 50% discount on the portraiture rates shown.

 

Q. Do you work on your own or do you have an assistant?

A. All the work you see on my site has been produced by me working on my own.  Students and semi professionals often ask if they can assist at weddings I'm covering in order to gain experience, and I have in the past occasionally relented.  When I have had a second photographer with me I have generally found it more of a distraction than help.  A large part of the way in which I work is to cover your day sympathetically and considerately and that generally means working with discretion, it is far more difficult to be discrete with a second photographer who will quite often simply duplicate shots I already have.

 

Q. What would happen if any of your camera equipment should fail or is damaged on the day?

A. I work with two camera bodies with a range of prime and zoom lenses together with multiple flash guns which means I should always be covered in the event of anything unexpected happening.

 

Q. Are you insured?

A. Yes, I have public liability cover together with professional indemnity and insurance on my equipment.

 

Q. What if you were ill or unable to attend on the day we've booked you for?

A. I am a member of a group of vetted professional wedding photographers who all look out for one another should there be any reason or circumstance that one of the members can't attend on the day of a wedding.  This is a tried and tested group and it ensures that should I be incapacitated then a competent and experienced photographer should be able to take my place on the day.  A large part of the work that I do is in the post production (photo finishing) which happens over a period of time after your wedding, and so, even if I weren't able to attend on the day for any reason, I would make sure that I personally finished any images taken by any substitute photographer.

 

Q. We're having a videographer covering our day too, are you happy to work with videographers?

A. It's your day and I'm happy to work with whoever you'd like to get on board.  Like photographers there are many different styles of videography now available.  In the last year I've noticed a move towards more directed, managed styles of filming and this tends to impact on the flow of the day, something I'm always keen to avoid a huge amount of.  There are other videographers who have similar a work ethic to myself who are with you to observe and record and I must say I'd rather those!

 

Q. How long after the wedding will the proofs be available?

A. I always enderavour to ensure that your photographs are online and ready to view within two weeks of your wedding date, this can be subject to slight delay during peak times but would be no longer than 30 days.

 

Q. What information would you need from me?

A. It is very important that I have a certain amount of information from you prior to your wedding, to that end there is a small amount of paperwork to complete including a contract and schedule which I can post out to you or you can collect from me during an initial consultation.

 

Q. When would I need to make a deposit?

A. Your chosen date isn't secured until I receive your deposit so the sooner the better.

 

Q. We're not getting married in Herefordshire, are you happy to travel to cover our wedding?

A. Absolutely, I've covered weddings throughout the UK as far as Inverness, London and Pembrokeshire and internationally in Ireland, Croatia and New Zealand.  There would be additional charges for travel over a 60 mile radius from my office which would be worked out on an individual basis, get in touch if you'd like a quote.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Russell Lewis is a Herefordshire based Wedding Photographer with a BA(hons) in photography and is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society.  Russell's work has featured in numerous publications throughout the UK and he travels nationally and internationally to cover weddings for clients

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