Q: How far will you travel?
Anywhere! I'm based in Bristol and shoot weddings all over the UK and internationally. Should you be thinking of a destination wedding, please get in touch for a bespoke quote - I'd love to hear your plans and can provide examples of my previous destination photography.
Q: How many images will we receive?
Every wedding is different – if I see a great shot, I'll shoot it! For a full day's coverage you may expect to receive a minimum of 300 photos, each carefully edited and in high resolution.
Q: Can you offer me a discount?
I offer reduced rates for Monday - Friday coverage (excluding Bank Holidays). Please get in touch for a bespoke quote.
Q: Are you able to 'pencil us in'?
Unfortunately I am unable to hold dates open for couples as I frequently receive several enquiries for the same date. To secure your date I require a deposit and completed booking form.
Q: Can we meet up before we book?
I am happy to meet, chat through your ideas and provide examples of my work. I'm based near Bristol. Should meeting up in person not be possible, we can always chat via Facetime or Skype.
Q: How long does it take to receive our photos?
As soon as possible - typically within 4 - 6 weeks of your big day.
Q: Will you require food on the day?
If you are happy to offer food, a small meal would be greatly appreciated but this is by no means a requirement. Just let me know in advance and I can otherwise arrange to bring food with me.
Q: How much time will you spend with us on the day?
My usual Platinum package coverage is from two hours before the ceremony through to just after the first dance or 9pm. You'll have comprehensive coverage throughout the day. If you would like to extend coverage beyond the first dance to 11:30pm, I offer this as an additional extra.
Q: What time do you arrive?
I arrive 2 hours before the ceremony time, I've found that this works well and gives us plenty of time for the bridal prep.
Q: How much photoshop will be used?
Each photograph is individually selected then carefully, professionally edited. This means I may crop, straighten and adjust colour casts to correct artificial or poor natural lighting. I'll use my many years of professional editing experience to provide work of the standard you see in my gallery. I may also adjust certain photographs to black and white and this may be for a variety of reasons which I am happy to chat through with you. Rest assured your photographs will be of you looking beautiful on your wedding day – but let's keep photoshop itself limited to that stray piece of litter in the backdrop. All photographs will be free of a watermark.
Q: Can you provide a second photographer?
Certainly. I have a large network of talented professional photographers who I have worked with previously and can arrange to join me to cover your special day. Let's discuss the finer details and I can provide a bespoke quote.
Q: Do you need to see the venue beforehand?
If I haven't shot a wedding at your venue before I'll leave a little extra time to familiarise myself on the morning of your wedding. It's not necessary for me to visit the venue before the day itself, however should you feel this is essential, please do mention this at the booking stage and we'll organise a suitable date.
Q: Do you take group shots?
Of course! Although as a friendly word of warning, group shots can be lengthy to do and quickly become tiresome for you and your guests if you have a long list in mind. I recommend that we keep the planned formal shots to 10 - 12 max. This should be more than sufficient for those important family and friends photographs and one of the whole wedding party. Most importantly this allows you and your guests to enjoy your day and a happy wedding party leads to beautifully relaxed candid photos. Your ushers and best man can be very helpful during group shots by gathering your guests in preparation.
Q: Are you insured?
Yes – public liability and professional indemnity.
Q: Do you archive our images?
Yes, I store my wedding photos on an external system although I strongly recommend that you also back up all the photos that you download and receive.
Q: When is my balance due?
No later than 30 days prior to your wedding day unless we have agreed otherwise.
Q: What if you can't attend?
In the extremely unlikely event that I am unable to attend your big day, I have a large network of professional photographers that could provide assistance. Alternatively, a full refund would be offered.
Q: What equipment do you use?
I will be using Canon equipment – I have worked with Canon cameras for my whole professional career.
Q: I'm worried about poor weather...
We'll embrace the great British weather! It's the one thing that we can't control so my advice is stay positive - there are also beautiful shots to be had indoors should the worst happen. Professionally speaking, the brightest sunshine creates the harshest of shadows on faces - I'll guide you and your guests. If we get a break in the weather or particularly beautiful natural light, I'll let you know.
Q: Is there anything you need us to do before our big day?
I would appreciate if you could double check that photographs are permitted during your ceremony at your venue. Some venues, particularly churches, may restrict my movements or not permit photography at all. Should this be the case, I cannot accept responsibility for a lack of coverage. If my movements are restricted, I'll need a little time to select the most suitable vantage point.
Q: Can you make us an album?
Certainly. I offer a luxury real padded leather album for £500. Please click here to find out more. You will be able to select your favourites and I will design the album from there. Albums can be added to your package at any stage - even after the big day itself.
Q: Are you able to offer extended coverage?
Yes - this can be arranged before or after booking (or even on the day itself!). Please call or email me to chat through your special requirements.
Q: What's the legal stance…
As photographer I retain the copyright for the photographs but after all...you've paid me to photograph your wedding so absolutely please do download from your client portal and fill your frames and albums!
Should any of your other wedding suppliers wish to use any photographs (such as for their own marketing and advertising) please refer them to me as such use requires my consent.
Q: Will you reproduce our photographs?
I may include photography from your wedding in my website gallery, for my professional advertising and on my 'Brad Wakefield Wedding Photography' Facebook business page and 'BradWakefield_Photography' Instagram. If you have any concerns or wish to discuss this, that's no problem, please just let me know prior to your wedding.