FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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THE BASICS

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+ What are your contact details & opening hours?

Mobile: +447518575602

Website: www.edbrownphotography.co.uk

Email: hello@edbrownphotography.co.uk

Address: Ed Brown Photography, Studio G004, The Atkins Building, Lower Bond Street, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 1QU

Opening hours to the Atkins Building: 9:30am- 5:30pm (By appointment only)

Access to the Atkins Building after hours/at the weekend for wedding chats:

The front entrance to the Atkins building where we are based will be closed at the evening / weekend however please text/ring Ed (if you have an appointment) when you are parking and he will come around to meet you and let you in the other entrance. There is public parking directly opposite the Atkins building.

If you need any details, maps, addresses, images to where we are then please see under the info part of our website HERE

WEDDING CHATS AND HOW TO BOOK

+ All you need to know :)

Q. How do we book your services ?
A. Please visit the contact page, and we will provide the pricing links.

We love to meet first at our welcoming office for a lovely cup of tea/coffee/drink.

If you prefer, we can FaceTime / Skype or chat on the phone. We can then send you a wedding contract & we request a £250 booking fee that is deducted from your total booking.

The fee is required within up to 7 days of a meeting/skype/call. After this the date then becomes free once more for other couples.

Q. What is a booking fee?
A. It is to guarantee your wedding date and is an administration charge and non-refundable should you wish to cancel your wedding. It is not an additional charge on top of the wedding fees but inclusive.

Q. Can you hold dates?
A.Unfortunately not due to the high demand and booking are based on a first come first served basis :)

Q. What days/times can we book to see you for a wedding chat?
A. Please email/call to arrange a wedding chat, we try and offer wedding chats from Mondays-Thursdays (daytimes/evenings) and one or two Sundays per month.

Due to the nature of our industry, we often photograph weddings Friday, Saturday or some Sundays and sometimes during the week days/evenings too. We sometimes will be exhibiting at wedding fayres/promotional shows on a weekend.

Our two days off per week tend to vary, however, please let us know when is best for you and we will get something booked in the diary for you for you to visit us as our happy little office.

Q. Do you only offer phone call/skype consultations or meetings in person ?
A. We feel it is super important to meet your photographer in person at least once before your wedding day; we always advise before you book as you will be spending a lot of your time with the photographer at your wedding. We always recommend meeting a few photographers in person first too so you can see the difference in the photographer's personalities and if they will fit into your wedding day.

Also, you will be able to look at the products in person that they are offering also look through a few full wedding albums.


Q. Do you charge for travel?
A. Travel is included within 100 miles radius of our happy office (200 round mile trip)


Q. Would you ever require a hotel/b&b?
A. Ed would require a hotel/b&b if the wedding/preparation venue is more than 70 miles from our happy office, this is to ensure there are no traffic delays the morning of the wedding.

ABOUT ED THE PHOTOGRAPHER & ED BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY

+ Hello :)

Q. Are you a full-time photographer?
A. Yes I am a full time wedding photographer and have been in the photography industry full time now for ten plus years (it is nearly all that I have known my working life) and how I make my full time living.

Also my business partner Victoria works in the firm full time too and how she makes her full time living but not as a photographer (marketing, blogging, purchasing, branding, etc. for the Ed Brown Photography brand)

Over ten years full-time experience myself within the photography industry and my partner well over ten years full-time industry experience, so I think that quickly makes 20 plus years, a long time :)

Q. Have you been featured on top wedding industry blogs?
A. Lots we are so pleased to say, and we only started applying to be featured in 2016. Here are some of the top industry blogs we have been featured on:

Rock n Roll Bride, Whimsical Wonderland, Festival Brides, Boho Brides, etc

Q. How many people work within your company?
A. Me and my partner Victoria (both full time).

Q. What type of images do you take?
A. Cool, Documentary, Modern, Creative, Stylish, Emotive, Beautiful images with an alternative twist.

Q. What type of couples do you photograph?
A. Everyone and anyone who wishes to book us! We believe in equality and love couples with unique and amazing personalities- which is everyone! Beauty comes from within, and you will see this in the emotive, loving and beautiful imagery that I have taken for many clients on our blog posts. Celebrities, actors and sporting professionals too.

Q. What type of venues do you photograph?
A. Anywhere and everywhere, indoor, outdoor, woodland, castle, tipi, contemporary barn venue, rustic barn venue, stately home, lavish hotel, garden shed, caravan, absolutely anywhere!

Q. Do you shoot destination weddings?
A. Yes, please ask via our contact page for a price list.

Q. Do you photograph group shots?
A. Of course, we advise around 6 and to allow five mins to gather, compose and take each photo. If you would like more than this, this is cool just remember to allow plenty of time; we never let anyone miss their food.

Q. Have you any recognised industry qualifications & why is it important to have industry recognised qualifications?
A. I have qualified as a master photographer in 2005. However, you can still be an amazing photographer without letters after your name and industry qualifications. However, I would also advise choosing a photographer who has been full time/sole income in the industry for at least a year- 2 years, (not just weekend photography or second shooting experience), but again this should be reflective on the pricing that you are charged.

REALLY IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY

+ Why is it important to have a full time photographer for my wedding?

You know that having a full-time photographer with years of full-time experience will be able to invest time, energy, expertise, and knowledge into your wedding.

Weekend only wedding photographers whom also work full time in other professions while usually around 50% cheaper than a full-time photographer will not be able to invest the same amount of quality time into your wedding journey, production, may not have the same expertise or knowledge.

This is something that you would have to think about and asking when booking your photographer if they have another job/career also, this should be reflective in their pricing.

Also check that they can show you full weddings in their physical, professional wedding albums whether it be either luxury matted, storybook or designer fine art paper Folio albums.

Check that your photographer has insurance and back up camera equipment for the wedding day.

WEDDING JOURNEY/DETAILS AND WHAT YOU GET

+ Images & Presentation

Q. How many images do I receive
A. For a usual day around 600

Q. How are the images displayed
A.In a beautiful wooden engraved crafted box & wooden USB of fabulous images (and some happy prints 6x4")

Q. Do you receive your images on USB with printing usage rights?
A. You have image usage right to use your images for print and social media use with all your friends and family.

Q. Can the images be used for commercial purposes (i.e., my florist)
A. Unfortunately not, however, we always try and accommodate all wedding suppliers all we ask is them to contact us for any image use, and we will let them know how we usually work with wedding vendors and pictures.

+ Your wedding journey

Q. Will I get to see my images in an online gallery?
A. You will see your images on an online web quality viewing gallery

Q. Can I purchase jpg resolution downloads of the images
A. Yes you can purchase and enable full resolution image download from your gallery just get in touch.

Q. How long will it take to receive my images?
A.We take great pride in our unique imaging style, and each wedding is edited by the Ed Brown Photography post-production team. However, each image is personally hand finished by Ed, so we quote eight weeks typically (slightly longer in busy wedding season) season)

Q. Can I collect my images from you or do send them in the post?
A.We would LOVE you to collect your happy images so we can have a catch up over a cup of tea, however we know our clients live a busy life so we can happily post out your beautiful images via Royal Mail Special Delivery for an additional £25 fee to contribute to postage and packaging.

Q. How much is the pricing for your wedding photography?
A.Please get in touch via the contact page and we will send you a link to the pricing.

Q. What if I want my skin smoothing on my photographs or detailed editing?
A. This is an extra cost; please ask per photo if you wish for any detailed editing.

Q. Can we buy albums?
A. You certainly can :)

We use high-quality professional albums, we have been in the industry over 20 yrs combined so we know quality when we see, feel it, and know the industry and professional companies well. Look at our albums, and you will see, feel the difference too.

Here is a link to a little more information - https://www.edbrownphotography.co.uk/pricing/

SECOND SHOOTERS

+ Do I need one?

A fantastic option if you wish to have both partners preparations covered and if you would like to capture different angles of the ceremony, wedding day and get lots of documentary imagery and lots more images of your wedding day celebrations.

It's always been an attractive option for our couples, but there is no right or wrong, Ed will always take awesome photographs just by himself. Why not have a look at our blog posts to see which couples have chosen second shooters and how their wedding day was captured differently. It's entirely your choice

ENGAGEMENT SHOOTS

+ Should I have one?

To many, it is called engagement photography, but to me, it is a fantastic way for me to capture two people in love who want to share it with the world, or even just between themselves.

It is an opportunity for me to capture you as a couple for the first time.

Having an engagement shoot is also a good way for me to help you relax in front of the camera so that there are no surprises on your big day. These sessions can be as fun and elaborate as you’d like to make it, or intimate and subtle so you will remember the day you had a great photo shoot.

These beautiful photographs from the session are regularly used for “save-the-date” cards, on the wedding websites, announcements and even incorporated into wedding day decoration pieces.

So if you would like to know more, please use the contact link at the top of the page, I look forward to hearing from you.

"Want to know more? Get in touch using the contact link at the head of the page. Can't wait to hear from you!".

Tips, advice & POSSIBLE QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

+ A Happy Helpful List

Here are some questions to ask your potential wedding photographer.

As we have been in the industry a long time, we have put together a list of possible questions you could ask other photographers that you will be meeting to help ensure that you book a photographer that is professional, experienced and perfect for you.

Please note that this information just gives you some details about questions that you could ask a potential wedding photographer.

It doesn't contain questions such as, do you have back up equipment, what happens if you are ill on the wedding day, do you have insurance, public liability etc as these should all be covered by a professional photographer and provided in their contract, the basics of all questions and professional business practice.

Q1. Is the photographer a member of a Professional Photography Governing Body?

Examples of professional bodies are - SWPP, MPA, The Guild etc, with details on their website showing you that they are a member?

Q2. Ask the photographer to show you a few physical albums when you meet.

This is VERY IMPORTANT so you can see how their images print if you are thinking of having downloads or a USB from the photographer.

Q3. What is their style of wedding photography? (have a look at their online gallery, iPad Pro slideshow & physical wedding albums to see the style when you meet).

A. TRADITIONAL- photographs are taken mainly at eye level with a mix of set up and formal shots.

B. FORMAL- mainly posed groups.

C. DOCUMENTARY- natural unobtrusive & relaxed, telling the story of your wedding day as it unfolds.

D. CHOREOGRAPHED OR SET UP SHOTS- i.e jumping, skipping across the grass, bouquets in front of faces, holding smoke bombs or guests asked to pull silly faces or do star jumps.

E. CREATIVE-using different methods with light/angles/posing & camera skills to create different effects.

F. A BLEND of the different styles above.

Q4. What approach do they have to the couples wedding day?

A. Relaxed, unobtrusive and friendly - so you and your guests can feel at ease.

B. Expressive, chatting to everyone, makes guests visually aware that they are in the room?

C. Other?

Q5 Are they a full-time Professional Photography Company & is this their sole income?

(not second shooting or weekend photography with another job in the week)? This is really important to know as seen on point 8.

Q6. How many years have they been a Professional Photographer (their sole income)?

We recommend choosing someone who has been full-time for more than 2 years.

Q7. Do they have other people employed in the company?

Q8. Why choose a full-time photography company?

If the photographer you are meeting has another income/job in the week, do their prices reflect this (THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT)?

A weekend only photographer with another job in the week is unable to dedicate and commit the same amount of time and effort that a Full-Time Professional Photography Company will.

Most weekend only/recreational photographers offer their pricing at approximately around 50% less in price as they have other employment as their main income so are not able to put the same amount of time and energy into your wedding journey/production or have the same expertise.

Pricing

The average cost for booking a full-time wedding photography Company in the UK for your wedding day (not one that has a week job also) was approx £1500 in 2015 presently it is around £1500 for the Midlands area plus any extras I.e a second shooter.

If your budget for photography is lower you could try a weekend photographer who also has a job in the week who's prices will normally be around 50% lower. If you are getting married on an off-peak date you may also get lower pricing from some photographers.

Q9. How many weddings have the photographer shot independently?

(through their own business, not second shooting or associate shooting/working for someone else)

Q10. Has their work been featured on top wedding industry blogs?

Q11. Has the photographer shot at the venue before?

(not essential), if not are they willing to visit it prior to the wedding?


Is the photographer friendly, do you feel comfortable with them on the meeting, do your personalities gel & are they good at communicating and working with different types of people/guests/suppliers etc?

Q12. How long is the photographer going to be with you on your wedding day?

It is always professional to give a fixed amount of hours that you will get up until so you are not disappointed if they arrive late or leave early? Some photographers will quote all day and evening coverage but may leave straight after your first dance. It is always best to get a fixed amount of hours up until, i.e 8 hours coverage etc

Q13. How many images do you receive?

Ask for a brochure/price list

Q14. What format do you receive your images, in digital downloads, USB or album?

Ask for a brochure/price list.

Q15. Is travel included?

Q16. What if it rains/snows?

Q17. Does the photographer have testimonials?

Q18. How long is it until you receive your finished product?

Q19. If the photographer you have chosen is using a second shooter, are they allowing the second shooter to use the images to promote their company also?

If so where are they allowing the second shooter to use your images?

There are lots of private wedding photographer online chat forums/groups where images are shown & commented on, some are more professional than others, please be aware of this.

We personally have a no image usage contract for second shooters in place & we are not in any unprofessional online wedding forums.

If you have chosen a company offering a Photo Booth as an extra, ask if it is an actual photo booth you are receiving and not a backdrop with props?

Photo Booths and other options new to the market are costed at a very good price now so it is really worth checking if it is a backdrop or an actual booth you are receiving?
Q20. Do they have an office you can meet them at, day or evening?

We genuinely hope these questions are of help to you as there are so many photographers to choose from and these questions should help you find the right photographer for you at the correct pricing and experience level.

We always recommend meeting a few photographers first and asking a few of these important questions at your consultation.