Don't be scared! Its a good thing! No obligation, I realise many people fear a camera when they think they are on show or asked to "smile". Trust me, that's the worst thing you could ask anyone to do when taking decent photos! Why do a pre-shoot? Simple really....it gets us to know each other, be at ease in our own company, have a laugh, relax and get a little guidance of what is required from me and what is required from you on the big day. Nothing overly formal, just getting used to the camera, how I work, me seeing how you react and hopefully getting the best out of you to make lovely images. Oh yeah, you get nice photos as part of that too! Every couple who has done it tell me it is totally worthwhile and a lovely thing to do. And there are fewer and fewer photographers doing pre-wedding shoots as part of their packages now....quite a lot are charging extra for that experience, so most don't take it because they feel its an obligation. You don't get that with me. I see it as almost an essential part of the experience for all of us so why would I charge you extra? It IS no obligation of course, but.....for no extra cost, what you got to lose?
HOW MANY IMAGES TO WE GET?
Good question! It can vary, depending on the package, the day, whats going on etc etc. Not every wedding will get exactly the same. What I CAN guarantee is that if I am there all day if you booked me for my top package, then you will get a minimum of 400 images.
WHEN DO WE GET THEM?
I usually say, to cover most eventualities, up to 8 weeks after the wedding. But I can honestly say almost all weddings have been delivered well before that. If you can't wait, with your permission, I will probably put a few up on social media so you can have a sneak peek then!
CAN WE DO AN ALBUM?
Yes, but as they are added extras, I would do you a bespoke quote for your needs rather than give you a flat rate. I don't do the really high expensive Italian leather albums that many photographers still offer at really high costs. I want to be true to you. People mostly want something that's nice, durable, nicely laid out and will be there to look back on when needed. The company I use are good, really good and will make an album that I really like. Its my style. I will start the process of picking pictures of the day that I think tell the story, then you can add in or add out any images you want from that. Nothing fancy, nothing too overly done, but most importantly, can be done to any budget. And example would be that a minimum I would charge to create an album for you would be around £350. I am honest with you, I get little out of it profit-wise. This price is the inclusive of both the book and my time. But if you require help or would like to work out an album with me, I can do you a quote, absolutely! But generally, I work to digital only via USB, download etc. If you are interested in seeing the company I use and what they can offer, please follow this link: Saal Digital
YOU'RE INSURED, RIGHT?
You bet ya! Both for professional and public indemnity, I am covered!
SOMEONE TOLD ME YOU KEEP THE COPYRIGHT?
Yes, this is true. All photographers by law keep copyright of all the images they take, so will be able to use them as and when they wish. So all images I take on your day, copyright remains with me. But, and this is the crux.....it's basically all legal stuff to protect our backs and yours I guess. I give ALL couples licencing permissions, which means basically, you can do whatever you want to do with them! They are YOUR photos aren't they? Isn't that why I was hired? So when they are handed over to you, you can use and print them as and how you wish, no restrictions. Feel free! Go knock yourselves out! I know how much you want to show and share your big day!!!
WHERE DO YOU GO?
Wherever you want me to! I am based in Cambridgeshire, which is reasonably central and good for access and travel. I can factor in travel to my costs if its really further afield ( don't know what "further afield means, I guess I have to judge on the booking really....but I am cool with travel. Its fun!), but this would be minimal. Have already done a fair few weddings around the country and would happily travel abroad.
WHAT KIT DO YOU USE?
Ha! I love this question. To anyone on the other end of the camera, really, its irrelevant. Its what you do with it that counts. No point having the best hammer in the world if you can't knock in a nail is there? But, if you must know, I use Canon gear, fully professional level equipment, with backups, storage, lighting and batteries, covering me for all eventualities!
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THE IMAGES?
Well, you see my style on my site, so all images are edited with that. I'll let you into a little secret.........every professional photographers images look reasonably dull and boring straight out of the camera! Shhhhh don't tell anyone!!! So, we have to do what has been done since the dawn of photography...we edit. We make them look like OUR pictures. I will do the same. You will get the images with my style and looking the best they can in my own style
SO, HOW DO YOU WORK THEN?
Modern Wedding Photography is not like it used to be. "Stand there, smile. Stop, don't move. Can everybody just look this way.....". Things have moved on since then. Couples have become much more discerning, probably due to the age range of people getting married now being much more photographically savvy because of social media and the likes (quite literally!). So, John Woodward Photography has had to move with the times and move with the trends. I like to think that my style reflects that. I have shot weddings "old school" in the past, yes, but I certainly never felt comfortable doing it. For me, the direction and style of modern wedding photography has gone in, even in the last 5 years or so....its so much more "me". I for one am glad, as this was how I always wanted clients to see my work.....as I see it. My style gives you much more of a sense of the day, the sights, the emotions, rather than being stuttered, posed, unnatural.
"Documentary" photographer is more how I would describe the style of my work. I like to be invisible by being completely visible on the day (oh what a cliche!). In the crowd, almost as another guest, anticipating those moments experience gives you to see coming....the family group having an intimate moment, a group of friends enjoying an in-joke, the bride and groom having just a couple of minutes to themselves. I can see them coming. And then capturing them in the right light, the timing, being in the right place....making sure it all comes together to make a truly memorable photograph, a moment captured that most wouldn't see. Capturing the memories you will take away from it all.
SO WHAT DO WE DO NOW?
Well, if you're interested, get in touch. We can arrange a to meet up, I can travel to you, we can meet somewhere convenient...up to you. A cuppa is good, a beer doesn't go a miss...your choice. We can have a chat, we can get to know each other, we can talk about your big day. Then if you think I am the guy for you, you pay a £100 deposit to secure the date and the balance is due 8 weeks prior to the wedding date. And thats it! I will send you a contract and some blurb, you have a read, sign and send back and we are good to go! Its that easy!
DO YOU DO ANYTHING ELSE?
Yep, as you will see, on the header, there is a gallery for families and portraits. I love doing these in addition to my wedding work. They are fun, they are relaxed, they are always beautiful and really great memories of families as they grow.
HOW MUCH IS A FAMILY OR PORTRAIT SESSION THEN?
I offer one sitting fee for my portrait sessions of £40. Any other charge is for images provided
You can choose anything from a family jaunt in the park to somewhere more familiar or fun for you all to relax and I can capture those lovely moments between you. I also have the option to set up a small, portable studio at your home if you prefer. I am happy to tailor for you and your family's needs.
You will get a choice of your images on USB, high resolution, copyright free, for you to do with as you please.
Once edited, you can choose the images you want as your package, as well as requesting professional level prints from myself if you so wish, at extra cost.
Portrait photography session fee: £40
10 images: £100
25 images: £200
All edited images from the session, on the disc: £350