Hi. You probably have plenty of questions especially if this is your first wedding and starting from the very beginning.
Below are some of the most common questions I get asked as a photographer, just click the + to open the drop down list of questions.
Q: How long have you been working as a wedding photographer?
A: I started photographing weddings back in 2007 when I photographed weddings for friends and colleagues. I’ve always loved photography, but it wasn’t till college when I learnt the skills of composition and developing photos in the dark room.
Q: What is your photography style?
A: I capture the wedding day completely naturally as it happens. If there are any posed shots I setup the couples in a nice location and get them to interact and chat while I capture photos from a distance. It can best be seen in my work, please view my Portfolio. The full weddings from beginning to end can be viewed on the blog: Click to View full weddings
Q: How long is the photo session?
A: I try to have all my portraits and groups done in 1 hour. I can have group shots done 10-15 minutes.
Q: I’ve found some photos I’d like to recreate, can this be done?
A: Absolutely!! Send the samples ahead of the big day so I can work on getting it photographed on the day. I am always open to new, exciting and creative ideas.
Q: I am having a winter wedding, or my venue/church is very dark – is this a problem?
A: I have shot in many locations that have been dark. I can usually light the interior with flash which gives me great results. If flash is prohibited, as in some churches, modern cameras are capable of shooting in much lower light conditions than before.
Q: Do you provide Video packages?
A: I have a partner that takes care of the video for me, contact me for more information.
Q: Do you cover destination weddings? Are there any additional fees?
A: Absolutely!! I have covered weddings in France, South Africa, Netherlands, Spain, Poland and the UK to name a few. I try to keep the travel and accommodation costs down to a minimum.
Q: How can we reserve our date with you & how far in advance?
A: Once the booking deposit clears, your date is secured. The booking form link will be emailed over to get all your details of the day.It’s better to secure your date early. The wedding industry has sprung to life again in Ireland, with bookings coming in much earlier than before.
Q: How much to reserve the date with you?
A: A deposit of €200 secures the booking.
Q: When is the balance due?
A: The balance is due 1 week before or on the day.
Q: Do you charge travel fees and how far do you travel?
A: Yes, if the wedding is far away, to compensate extra fuel and possibly needing to stay over.
Q: Will you be shooting my wedding? What if you fall ill or unable to cover our wedding?
A: Absolutely. If you book me you get me. If in the unfortunate event that something happens beyond my control and cannot cover the wedding, I have a number of trusted photographers I can call on. I try to keep our styles as close as possible.
Q: Do you work alone, what if we need a second photographer?
A: Most of the weddings covered I work alone unless a Photo/Video combo is booked. I have a number of photographers who help me as second shooters if needed by couples, extra charges for this apply.
Q: Do you have liability insurance?
A: Yes. Public Liability and equipment insurance. Many venues and photo session locations ask for this in advance of arriving at their premises. I am happy to provide this if need be.
Q: We live abroad/are very busy and cannot meet with you?
A: That’s no problem. Many of my clients come from abroad to get married. In these cases, I usually use Facetime or Skype to set up a meeting and get some face to face time with them. If that is not possible, as long as I have all the info in the booking form, and an email with any out of the ordinary photos listed, that will suffice.
Q: I’d like to setup a meeting and see more of your work in person, how do we go about this?
A: Drop me an email: Contact page, or drop me a line: +353 86 403 4694
Q: Can an album be added at a later date if we chose the digital package?
A: Yes, absolutely. You can purchase an album later on, here is my website that deals with album orders: Wedding Albums.
Q: Do we get to view the album design before it gets printed and make changes?
A: Absolutely! Once the design is completed, you will receive an email with log-in details to flip through the virtual album. There is an area for comments if any changes are to be made to the design.
Q: How long does it take to get our album?
A: Once the client approves the design it is sent directly to the lab for printing. It usually takes 2-4 weeks for me to receive the completed album.
Q: How & when do we get to see our photos after the wedding?
A: Once all the editing has been done, usually within 2 weeks from the wedding day. You will receive an email with all the info on how to log in with your password to purchase prints, thank you cards and sharing with friends and family. The disc is ready at the same time when the gallery goes live and can be collected at your earliest convenience. If it needs to be posted out, let me know and this can be arranged. Postage costs apply for this option.
Q: Do we get to see every photo you took on the day?
A: No, that would be tedious to yourselves. I eliminate every shot that doesn’t meet my standards, i.e. shots that are out of focus, bad expressions, closed eyes and shots that are generally not flattering to the couple. During the day there are moments that I would take a few shots in a burst to make sure I can get the best shot when narrowing down my selections, these duplicates are no use to anyone once the best shot is selected.
Q: Are the photos edited?
A: Yes. The photos are edited to correct the colour balance, levels, contrast and removal of anything that I deem distracting to the image I am trying to capture.
Q: How many photos will we get?
A: Every wedding I cover is different so there is no set amount. I aim to deliver 250-280 for a short wedding and 350-500 for a full day.
Q: What if you have never photographed my Venue before?
A: If I have never shot a location before, I do my research online to see what is available to me. I also aim to get to the venue early to scout locations I’d like to use for the photo sessions. All venues are the same for with regards to finding locations for the shots I have in mind.
Q: How long does it take to get our prints?
A: The turnaround time is usually around 1 week, however in the high season (June-Sep) this can extend to 2 weeks.
Q: Do you provide a framing service?
A: Yes, I have a framer that takes care of all my framing with plenty of options to customize it to your needs.
Q: How long does it take to get our signature board?
A: At the end of the wedding evening, I take the board with me to be completed. The chosen print is mounted and sealed up by my framer. This process is usually around 2 weeks.
Q: What rights do I have to the digital prints?
A: You can print and share your photos freely without restriction. You are however not allowed to sell any on to a third party without written consent from Holst Photography.
Q: Do you provide the RAW files from my engagement session and/or wedding day?
A: RAW files are unprocessed images which still need editing. These are not supplied with standard packages. I will provide you with edited high quality Jpeg Images ready to print and share without any restriction.
Hopefully, that will give you a good starting point as to what to expect and maybe clarify a few questions you might have.
If there is something that you have in mind and it’s not listed, by all means, please feel free to give me a shout and I’ll be happy to help.