Here are some of the questions I am most often asked. If there’s anything else please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Do you take formal pictures - Portraits of the Couple and Family Groups?
Yes – definitely!
This is an important part of the coverage but I like to keep things natural and unforced so the pictures don’t look staged. Most couples want some formal pictures to complement the documentary style coverage for which I am best known. I have done a couple of blog posts which will explain more and show you examples….
How long before I see my pictures
My priority is to get your pictures to you as quickly as possible and I work very hard to make sure this happens. However, the length of time will depend on how busy I am at that stage of the year. I work on strict rotation so all my weddings are edited in the order I shoot them. I cover myself by saying 6 weeks but it’s more likely to be somewhere in the region of 3 or 4 weeks.
Once you have selected images for your album the proofing and production can take up to 8 weeks depending on which album you have chosen.
How many pictures do we receive?
I don’t specify the number of pictures because all weddings are different and lend themselves to different amounts of pictures. I take a large volume of images during the whole day and edit them down to about 300 to 500 images for your download gallery.
A big part of the creative process is to select the pictures for the collection so each image you receive contributes to the narrative of your day. It also ensures that you are not inundated with similar and repetitious pictures just to make up a predetermined number.
Some photographers will offer you access to every single image they shoot. I don’t do this because there is a great deal of work that goes on behind the scenes choosing and retouching every individual picture in your gallery and I see their approach as a job half done.
Do you have backup equipment?
I have plenty of equipment with me on the day. I have a minimum of 2 cameras with me both writing to duplicate memory cards (2 in each camera) with various interchangeable lenses. I also shoot with a 3rd rangefinder camera at some weddings.
Please rest assured that your pictures are safe and should one memory card fail all the pictures from that camera are duplicated on the second memory card. I have never had a failure of equipment in over 20 years as a professional photographer.
I use the latest Canon cameras and upgrade as soon as possible when a new version of the camera is introduced.
Do you have insurance?
I am fully covered with Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance.
What happens if you get taken ill?
In the very unlikely event that I am unable to photograph your wedding due to illness I have reciprocal arrangements with photographers who shoot to a similar standard and style, as well as providing the same caliber of service who will stand in for me. If you wish to arrange another photographer yourself you will receive a refund of all money paid to that point. It’s worth mentioning that in over 20 years as a professional photographer I have never missed an assignment due to ill health.
Will you use the pictures for marketing or social media?
Being able to show my work – whether through my portfolio, my Blog, a brochure, magazine or competition is hugely important. If I can’t show my photos, I can’t promote my business and you would probably have never found me.
Having said that, I pride myself on my discretion and we have many couples for whom privacy is essential. If this is the case please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your requirements.
Who owns the copyright to the pictures?
You are licensed to produce as many prints or products from the high res digital files from your download gallery as you want.
However, the copyright in the work remains with Epic Scotland Ltd and the pictures are not licensed for use in magazines or on commercial websites or blogs without express permission. So if you receive a request for an image from another supplier or a wedding magazine please don’t send them any images but refer them to me.
How does the pre-wedding consultation work?
Most often couples come to see me in Gartmore to look through the albums, meet me face to face and discuss their day. However, when this isn’t possible we can use Skype or FaceTime.
My packages do not include a meeting at your venue prior to the wedding. I am very happy to do this if required but there will be an additional fee for time and travel expenses. I may visit the venue ahead of the day under my own steam (for which there will be no charge) but if it is a place I haven’t worked before I will arrive early on the day to familiarize myself with the spaces and plan where I am going to do the formal photos.
Can friends and family view and buy images?
Yes, you will receive a link to a web gallery displaying all your pictures which you can share with whoever you like. You can order prints and other products direct from this web gallery.
Colour or Black and White?
Your web gallery will have a variety of colour and black and white photos. Whether a picture works best in colour or black and white usually depends on the lighting conditions and content. For your web gallery I choose the finish that I think works best.
Will you hold the date for me?
If you want me to photograph your wedding but are not quite ready to make the booking I will happily reserve the date for you on a provisional basis. However, in the interest of fairness no booking is secured until I have received your £400 booking fee. So if I have a second enquiry for the same date it’s the first to pay the booking fee who secures the date.
Is there a time limit for ordering my album?
The credit for your album expires after 12 month of receiving your web gallery. If you are approaching the date and need an extension please get in touch to arrange this.
You are based in Stirlingshire - do you travel elsewhere?
Living in the centre of the country means I’m well placed to travel anywhere in Scotland. Most of the weddings I cover are in the Central Belt but I love a destination wedding further afield and am very happy to get on an plane if required.