Are you currently looking for your wedding photographer? Perhaps you’ve just enquired about our services and would like to know more about how we work and what to expect? Well this post will tell you a little bit more about what we have to offer and how we build relationships with our clients to ensure your wedding photographs are incredible memories you will treasure for a lifetime.
Firstly, whenever we get a new enquiry from a wedding couple, the first thing we do is arrange for us to meet for a coffee (or tea!) and a chat. Some of the reasons for this are:
1- You probably have lots of questions that an email response won’t do justice. (And you’ve probably been bombarded with emails by every supplier you’ve met!) a face to face meeting helps us to answer any niggling questions you may have.
2- It’s a great opportunity to have a look through the countless sets of wedding photographs we’ve already shot. We want you to have confidence in the standard of work we produce time and time again. We’ll also bring sample albums we’ve produced so you know what kind of style we’ll be bringing to your wedding photographs and how they will look in print form when printed by our incredible supplier Graphistudio.
3- Most importantly though, it’s a chance for us to get to know one another. Of all the suppliers you’ll work with to make your wedding day perfect, your photographer will spend more time with you than almost anyone else. It’s therefore so important that you are comfortable and relaxed around each other and there is a pleasant rapport to keep things calm on such an important day. You might like the work of countless photographers but not all of them will be the right fit for your special day. Personality varies so much and you can’t get a sense of that through the internet!
4- Who doesn’t love good coffee?
Okay, so we’ve met and we’re a good match – what’s next?
We’ll go through the particulars of your day that are already pinned down. Our first meeting is usually quite far ahead of your date, so don’t worry if you only have rough ideas at this point. We’re just starting to put together the information needed so that we’re always in the right place at the right time on your day. We will revisit periodically up until the wedding so you’re confident we know every important detail.
We will also go through the contract so that you’re happy with everything it contains and understand the protections it affords you. Any questions you have can then be answered in person rather than at the end of an email.
Next up… your pre-wedding photoshoot (also known as an engagement shoot!)
As standard, all of our wedding bookings include one of these photoshoots. They can be booked at any point between the initial confirmation and the wedding day itself – hence the two different names it goes under. This is another opportunity for us to break the ice and get to know one another better. It is also a chance for you to get a feel for how we work in a practical setting and a stress-free way to experience what it’s like being in front of the camera having your photo taken.
They’re always very informal and fun photoshoots. We typically will go for a walk somewhere picturesque that is special to the both of you. The familiarity of your surroundings and the relaxed nature of the shoot will allow you to enjoy the session without worrying about the camera. Plus, you come away with a set of beautiful images that you can use for save-the-date cards, invites, social media, your wedding website or anything else you like.
Fast-forward to approximately one month before your wedding. This is where we will arrange to meet again for a catch-up (and more coffee – there’s a theme here!). It is a great opportunity to go through a much more detailed itinerary for your big day. Hopefully by this point you will have worked a lot with your wedding venue to organise timings and numbers for everything that will be happening. We will go through it all so we know exactly where we need to be and have notes on all the important details that will make your day so unique.
It’s also a great time for you to ask any last minute questions you may have either for us or about any other aspect of the day. We are there for the whole day so tend to know a lot about how weddings work in general. Make sure to utilise that expertise if you have any questions!
When it finally gets to the wedding day, all our planning and conversations mean that you are able to relax and enjoy the most important day of your lives while we capture those amazing memories. Feel free to ask us what is meant to be happening next if you’re all caught up in the moment. We will be there the whole day and will endeavour to support you wherever we possibly can.
Don’t ask us to help you out on the dance floor though! You’re on your own there, but we’ll be capturing it all!
So you’ve tied the knot…what happens now?
We will have already discussed sneak peaks during our meetings. When you’re waking up on your first morning as a married couple you’ll also be waking up to some photographs! We’ll have come home, uploaded everything and backed it all up while you sleep so everything is safe and secure. A few of our favourite special moments will be edited and posted online for you, your family and friends to enjoy straight away while you wait for us to work our magic on the rest.
The whole editing process will take no longer than 28 days. This is something you will have seen protected in your contract so you always know exactly when to expect your wedding photographs returned to you. The industry standard can often be much longer than this but we know how important it is for you to get your precious images back as soon as possible. We never batch process images at Contakt Photography so each photograph is individually assessed and edited to ensure the highest of standards for our clients. We will be in touch as soon as they’re finished to arrange our next meeting.
You’re now married, and may have recently returned from an incredible honeymoon feeling relaxed (and tanned!). We’re four weeks post-wedding and it’s now time to meet so you can receive your finished wedding photographs. As you may have already seen if you follow our social media pages, you will receive a beautiful, customised presentation box containing your USB stick of images and a selection of 6×4 prints showcasing some of our absolute favourite moments from your wedding.
They’re just a little something for you to have a flick through before you open your USB stick at home. Once you’ve collected your images we always recommend you pop open a bottle of champagne, plug the stick into your TV or computer and begin your wedding all over again! Our images are arranged chronologically so everything will come up on your screen just as it did on the day.
It is also at this meeting point we’ll remind you of the price list for albums and prints (with no obligation of course). This is just so you have it in the back of your mind while you show them to your family and friends. If you decide to go ahead with an album or prints order you will often find that friends and family will want copies too, we find it is far more convenient for our clients to place once single order rather than ordering multiple copies separately. Of course we’re here to guide you through this process too, just get in touch whenever you decide to order.
If you’re still feeling the pinch from the wedding, don’t worry! We keep your files on my server so you can always come back to the printed products down the line. Lots of couples make orders either at the next Christmas or their 1 year anniversary (1=paper!). They make lovely gifts not just for each other but for parents too.
So the wedding is done, you’ve received your photos, shared them with your friends and family and had a beautiful album made to treasure forever. The good news is that our partnership doesn’t have to stop there. All our couples are special to us and we love to keep in touch via social media or email. If your friends are family are impressed with our work and quote your wedding at the point of booking, we offer a fantastic referral scheme to ensure that you don’t miss out. We’re also always available for other important life events, from baby showers and Christenings to Golden Wedding Anniversaries and beyond. We work with the same amount of care, diligence and attention to detail on every project so you can rest assured that with us, your memories are safe forever.
Now you know how our process works every step of the way. If you haven’t already done so, please do get in touch today and start the process for your own wedding photographs, we can’t wait to hear from you! Visit our contact page here to drop us a message.
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