Q: How would you describe your style of photography?

A: I cover weddings in a very journalistic style but I think limiting photography to a ‘genre’ is stereotype. While I’m very hands-off and unobtrusive in my coverage of the day, I do believe that there is a time and place for gorgeous, casually posed images of the bride and groom together. While I won’t ask you to stop and pose while cutting the cake, I would like about an hour or more alone with you both during the day to create some images without your wedding party or guests looking on. I also believe strongly in preserving all the details of the wedding; from the decor to your shoes, so my work is very flush with detail images. My images of the guests are 100% journalistic and I won’t stop entire tables at the reception and ask them to pose for ‘table shots’. I prefer to capture them laughing, smiling, dancing, drinking and having a great time.

Q: How much do I need to deposit?

A: I require a 50% initial deposit and the rest of the fee to be paid 1 week before the wedding day.

Q: Can we pay you part of the amount after the wedding?

A: I do require full payment before the event. Payment for overtime, album upgrades, or additional products beyond your wedding day contract are all due post-wedding. If you have any concerns about the payment schedule, I’d love to chat you you about them.

Q: How far should we book in advance?

A: Typically 6-12 months in advance as soon as you have a date and venue. If you’re not the plan-way-in-advance type of guy or gal, fret not. Check with me for availability.

Q: Will you be shooting the wedding?

A: Yes. You are hiring me to shoot the wedding, not another photographer working under my name.

Q: Do you shoot with an assistant?

A: I always shoot with an assistant/2nd photographer with some rare and smaller weddings as exceptions. This frees me up to focus on shooting and looking for special moments while ensuring that between the two of us, we don’t miss the important ones. The 2nd shooter offers a different but complementary perspective and allows us to work efficiently throughout the entire day.

Q: Can we provide you with a shot list?

Other than the formal family and grouping shots, I would prefer that you didn’t – and let me explain why. It’s very helpful to know what important relatives are coming to your day, and if any events bear special significance, but repeated requests for posed images and having me work from a checklist is counter productive to the work you’ve seen on my website. Shot lists provided by many major bridal magazines are a great idea in theory, but please understand that I will generally capture those images without prompting.

Q: Where are you based?

A: I am based in Cape Town.

Q: Do you travel?

A: I love to travel and when required like to arrive at least the day before the event to help ensure that unexpected travel delays do not make me late or miss your big day. Let me know where you are and we’ll figure out the best way to get me out to you.

Q: When should we do the wedding portraits?

A: This is mostly up to you, but usually a couple of hours before the ceremony or immediately following the ceremony. Shooting before the ceremony allows you to check one more thing off the day’s to-do list early on and, more importantly, to afford you and the wedding party a chance to enjoy the cocktail hour and mingle with your guests. Shooting after the ceremony, depending on the time, could allow you to take advantage of the setting sun and its softer light.

Q: Do you take getting-ready shots?

A: These are some of my favorite photographs to capture. The energy and excitement of everyone moving about is there, but I can also capture the calm and solemn moments when the bride and groom think about their wedding vows, the friends and family around them, and everything leading up to and away from this moment.

Q: Do you take dance shots?

A: That’s where the fun is. I am right there with everyone on the dance floor like a ninja with a camera. A harmless ninja.

Q: Do you shoot in RAW?

A: Yes. RAW allows me to get the best quality and image detail when I am processing the photos.

Q: Do you shoot in B&W?

A: I love B&W photographs. There is something so timeless about them and they can really reflect the essence and emotion of the moment. Since I shoot digital, this allows me to decide after the fact whether I want to process the image in B&W or colour. However, I generally shoot the image with a color preference in mind based on what I am seeing.

Q: What about the the vintage look?

A: There are countless ways to edit a photo. Some may appeal to one couple, while not to another. If you see a particular style you like, please let me know, and I will do my best to accommodate you.

Q: How many images do we receive?

A: Every wedding is different and the number of images received depends on many factors including type of event, number of guests, hours of coverage, hours of dancing and so forth. My average for a 8 hour wedding day is around 600 images but that number can vary. If you have questions about image quantity I would love to hear more about your plans. This would help me provide a more accurate estimate.

Q: Do we get the copyright of the images?

A: Copyright is something I get asked about often. Many photographers include a copyright release in their contracts, which generally means the same as a release to have your images printed by yourself, or any lab of your choice. That’s not the same as obtaining the copyright! Copyright simply means that I am the creator of the images. Copyright transferes are not possible, but you have the ability to print and share your images as much as you like!

Q: Do we receive the raw, unedited files?

A: The raw, unedited files aren’t available for viewing or purchase. This is very much like asking your caterer to give you the leftover ingredients used to make your dinner! The images selected for editing and final delivery reflect my high standards and everything else isn’t archived in the studio. Rest assured that any images not delivered truely are outtakes. We do not cull to meet a certain number of delivered images. Every viable image is carefully edited and delivered.

Q: What kind of equipment do you use?

A: I shoot with professional Canon full frame 5D mkiii’s and a combination of Canon prime and zoom lenses. I also use Profoto professional off camera flash system.

Q: When will I get to see my wedding photos?

A: Your photos will generally be ready within 2-8 weeks following the wedding. I go through a careful process of choosing the best images from the day and processing each of them with individual attention.

Q: Do you shoot video?

A: Unfortunately, to focus my attention on the photography, I cannot do both at once myself. However, I do offer a highlights video package as a special request add-on. If you are interested, please mention this in your initial email or phone call.

Q: Do you offer albums?

A: Yes. I offer custom-designed A4 photo books along with a selection of other a la carte products. I also offer an album upgrade add-on as well as parent albums. Please ask me about my wedding books and albums and what you would be interested in.

Q: Who chooses the photographs in the album?

A: I offer you a chance to pick a selection of photos that you must have in the album. This can be anywhere from 0 to the entire album. However, I do advise that you let me choose the majority of the photos for the album since I will use my best judgment to select the best and more relevant photos to tell the story of your wedding day. One of the top reasons, couples often times say they haven’t ordered the albums from their photographers is because they haven’t gotten around to choosing the pictures for the album.

Q: Do you offer engagement sessions?
A: Yes I do and adore shooting these sessions! Please take note that engagement sessions have to be done Tuesday- Thurs due to the usual wedding schedule. Their is however often Sunday, Monday and Friday availability. Engagement sessions are usually shot at 4pm in winter and 6pm in Summer.

Q: Will you post the photographs online?

A: I certainly hope so, but not all weddings are posted to my blog.

Q: I would like you to shoot my wedding, how do I start the process?

A: You can reach me via my contact form on this website along with your wedding date and venue, if secured. I can respond by email or phone. If possible, I would like to meet you both in person so you can get to know your future photographer and get to ask me everything you need. Once you’ve decided to choose me as your photographer, I will send a contract for you to sign and and return with a deposit. After that, you can check “find a photographer” off your wedding to-do list.