Step 1: Arranging A Meeting
We like to meet new clients at the venue for their reception as this is where a large part of the day's wedding photography will take place. It gives us all an opportunity to chat and to exchange ideas about what might work, what could be fun to do, and if couples have any specific photography requests for their wedding day.
Meetings usually take around 30 minutes, unless we're unfamiliar with a venue in which case we would take more time to walk around and look for possible photography locations.
Step 2: Organising A Schedule
A couple of weeks prior to the Wedding Day we do work with clients to organise a shooting schedule; we have a form we send out which provides us with the most important details, family names, bridesmaids, groomsmen, etc, as well as giving clients the opportunity to list the individuals required for specific group shots.
This keeps things running smoothly on the day, making sure that standing around is kept to a minimum and the newly-weds can get back to their guests as soon as possible.
Step 3: The Wedding Day
The Wedding Day's photography can be broken down into four phases, regardless of whether it will be a religious or civil ceremony: The Preparation; The Wedding Ceremony; Wedding Portraits & Groups Photos; The Wedding Reception.
Because you will have two photographers to cover your wedding day we can photograph both the Bride's preparations as well as the Groom's. If we're not needed to cover the Groom's then we will both go to the Bride.
The Wedding Ceremony
We photograph the wedding ceremony from two vantage points: Jill would be closest to the Bride and Groom; Mike would be further back taking more general photographs. After the ceremony we both take a mix of spontaneous and semi-posed shots around the venue before continuing on to the reception.
Wedding Portraits & Group Photography
Unless there is a requirement to travel to a different location, other than the ceremony and reception venues, most of the portrait photography will be done in the same place.
We like to begin with just the Bride and Groom before adding in the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen. After that we expand things out to immediate families, extended families, friends, colleagues and any other group shots that are required.
The Wedding Reception
There's no set time to have the speeches - in our experience, they're evenly split between coming before the meal and after. What they do have in common is that they tend to be a very emotional high-point to the day. Over the years we've heard some terrific speeches, and experienced some that never seemed to end. They always get a reaction and are well worth photographing.
After the meal and speeches are done, if requested, we would spend approximately 30 minutes photographing the first few dances - Mike shoots the dances while Jill takes those relaxed table shots of people chatting and enjoying themselves.
Wedding Photography Prices
Our Wedding Photography Prices are €200.00 per hour, and there is a 4 hour minimum charge at this rate.
Alternatively, a full day's wedding photography, from 11am up to 10.00pm, can be charged for a fixed fee of €1750.00. If we're requested to start earlier or stay later any extra hours will be charged at our hourly rate.
4 to 5 Hours Wedding Photography
This is ideal for the vast majority of civil weddings. The ceremony itself, whether in a hotel, restaurant, or registry office, tends to be reasonably short and to the point at approximately 15 minutes, although it can vary depending on vows and readings. Humanist ceremonies tend to be longer, around 30 minutes, as there is often more to them than the basic formalities.
5 to 6 Hours Wedding Photography
5-7 hours covers most weddings where we're asked to photograph from the preparations until the call to meal.
Because there's two of us we can divide our time between the Bride and Groom, Jill covers the Bride and Bridesmaids' preparations and Mike covers the Groom and Groomsmen. We each can make our way to both starting locations and then arrange to meet up at the ceremony venue ahead of the Bride's arrival.
After the ceremony we begin the portrait phase with photographs of the Bride and Groom, organising all the traditional group photographs, (families, friends, colleagues, team mates, etc) as well as the more natural candid images that we take of people meeting up and enjoying each others' company during the day's celebrations .
Just before the meal we can work the tables taking group shots of people as they chat and relax, and it's very much that laid back atmosphere we capture. Everyone is in fine spirits and after the day's formalities, this is the time when they can have fun in good company.
When we're shooting to the Call to Meal we normally finish when the Bride & Groom take their seats after making their entrance. If the speeches are before the meal we can stay to cover these too.
Speeches & First Dances
Evening photography is included in our full day rate which covers Wedding Photography up until 10pm. We can stay on later if required, with additional time charged according to our hourly rate. When covering first dances we would normally stay for 20-30 minutes so that we can get a good variety of shots, both of the Bride and Groom as well as all their guests enjoying themselves.
Naturally, being a long day, we do have to eat too and we expect that expense to be covered. We don't expect to be seated with guests or eat the same meal, but all venues will have a bar or seating area close to where the reception is, so we can keep an eye on things, and we're quite happy to grab a quick bite to eat there.
We always bring a few studio lights if the weather looks out of sorts but, surprisingly, it rains far less than you might think, and even if it does we really can get away with just a short break in the weather at any point between the ceremony and meal to grab a few outdoor shots.
Wedding Photography Copyright
Once all fees have been paid in full then copyright to the images is automatically transferred to the couple. There is no cost involved in transferring copyright. We cannot use your images without your express permission, and you do not have to get permission from us to do anything with your images.
We do hold onto files for one year, as back-up, just in case. We ask permission from all clients to show the work we have done on the website. While most are happy to do so there are some couples who would prefer their wedding photos remain private, and we are perfectly content to respect their wishes.
Receiving JPG Files:
We can provide all processed JPG files at no additional cost; those that we have processed as high resolution JPGs suitable for printing, and low resolution for sharing online, via Dropbox.com. This is especially usefully to clients who live abroad as it means they can access their images immediately before they receive files via post.
RAW Files on a Portable Drive:
We can transfer all camera RAW files - the main digital files as shot by the cameras - on a portable drive. Typically a wedding may have between 100GB and 250GB, or more, of data associated with a wedding by the time we process everything.
We charge cost price for a 1TB portable drive which we format for PC & Mac, usually anywhere between €50 an €80; postage is extra. If you let us know in advance whether you want us to purchase a drive we can then have all the files transferred to it before you visit us to view your wedding photographs.
If you already have a portable drive we would be happy to use that at no extra cost, as long as it is Mac compatible. Please remember that it does take time to transfer files, so it is best if we can have the drive before your viewing.
Viewing Your Photographs
Typically it takes two to six weeks to process the images and get them ready for viewing, longer if it's during the busy season - May-September - or if a lot of printing is involved.
Normally we will email the Bride and Groom one or two test shots within a few days of the wedding, just so they can have something to share with family and friends.
These days the vast majority of couples seem to be looking to DIY their own wedding albums and storybooks, and there is a lot of competition amongst manufacturers and suppliers out there making it very affordable and easy to do.
We do have arrangements in place with another wedding photographer who will work with our clients should they wish to design a Wedding Album. We've worked with her for a number of years and think very highly of her - should either Mike or Jill be unable to photograph your wedding we have her act as second photographer.