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, I won’t do that!
Why do a pre-shoot? Simple really....it gets us to know each other, have a laugh, relax, throw a few pointers your way and that’s it. Nowt overly formal. Oh yeah, you get nice photos as part of that too! 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. You don't get that with me. I see as a really useful part of tour journey 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 DO 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! I will send you a lovely online gallery with a password for you and your family and friends to have a gander at too!
CAN WE DO AN ALBUM?
Yes, but as they are added extras, I’m not going to lie. I would do you a bespoke quote for something that's nice, durable, nicely laid out. The companies I use are good, really good and will make an album that I am sure you will really like. Its my style, hopefully yours. We can talk through the process if you really want them.
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 do! So all images I take on your day, copyright remains with me. But.....it's basically all legal stuff hokey pokey 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, but I travel around the UK. 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?
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 savvy, probably due to social media and the likes (quite literally!). So, I have 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".
"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.
CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANYBODY?
YES! Absolutely! I have worked with some incredible people over the years and have been to some wonderful venues too. They wouldn’t be on my list if I didn’t think they would do you a fantastic job and be rather awesome people to boot! So if you want to know more, I have a suppliers list here and I myself an on the list of a few venues as a trusted supplier so if you’re still looking for a pretty awesome venue, then check that page out.
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 £300 non-returnable booking fee to secure the date and the balance is due 8 weeks prior to the wedding date. And that’s 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 John Woodward Photo. This is a separate service for professional level head shots for business, branding and website photography and portfolio photography. An aspect of my work that I absolutely love. Please check both the porfolio info page to learn more and to see the work I do, please visit the gallery if this is a service I can help you with. If you think it might be, then please get in touch and let’s have a chat about your needs.