Common Questions

Questions about the wedding package

I have never shot a wedding where I haven’t met the couple beforehand, even when they don’t live in Adelaide. I’m well aware that I’m sharing in one of the most precious days of your lives, and I think it’s important that we have a relationship before it begins. With this in mind, we would normally have two meetings (though one or two of these could be over Skype if you’re not in Adelaide):

FIRST MEETING
The first catch up is a great opportunity to meet each other and ensure we get along well. We’ll usually discuss preliminary ideas about locations and photography styles and have a bit of a brainstorm. If you aren’t really sure what you want, I can walk you through a wide range of different approaches and show you examples of the finished product. I find this is a great launch pad for finding the approach that reflects your unique style, and ultimately, wedding photos you love.

SECOND MEETING
The second meeting is usually a few weeks before the event, when you’ve had more time to think about those initial ideas and how you want your day to run. It is a time to discuss all the details and fine-tune the timetable and photographic approach. From there, you don’t need to do anything except practice your smiles! Well, at least for your wedding photography…

I don’t limit the number of shots I take. After the wedding, I go through all the photos and delete the doubles, the out of focus ones etc., and you receive the rest. This usually results in around 400-500 images.

For all of the wedding photos you receive, I correct white balance and contrast, remove spots, and perfect the cropping (the cut). I also convert a few images to black and white – I tend to find that looking through 500 photos is a little more interesting this way. To get an idea of the sorts of things I do, have a look through my portfolio of wedding photography.You can also see all my most recent weddings over here.

After you have received your wedding photos, if there is a particular image that you would like to have altered – reproduced in black and white for instance – let me know. I used to work as a professional photo manipulation artist, so if there is a photo that you love, but need an ex-partner removed from the background, a stray hair put in its place, or you would prefer to have lost a few more kilos before the wedding day, I can do that to a couple of images too.

You will generally receive your photos around four weeks after the wedding. In quieter times of the year it may be quicker.

Easy! You’ll find it appearing magically over here when the photos are ready. I’ll send you the link to your specific gallery to let you know its up. Your friends and family can download copies of your photos directly from this gallery. Let me know if you’d like me to turn off the ability for them to download their own copies, or if you’d like me to password protect the gallery.

For personal purposes, definitely! You’re welcome to print/upload/email/distribute-on-social-media or do anything for personal purposes with them. None of your images are ever watermarked. You and I will have a joint copyright of the photos, so I’m allowed to use the photos as I wish for promotional purposes, including social media, web and print media. Under most circumstances suppliers are welcome to copies of images as long as they credit James Field Photography; they can contact me directly for details.

 


Questions for organising your day

I like to spend at least an hour with the couple and bridal party between the ceremony and reception – excluding travel time between locations.

However, if you’ve only got 30 minutes, we can still make it happen. Doing it this way means it is likely to be pretty fast paced, and will limit the number and range of photographs we can take. It’s worth keeping in mind that it often takes a bit of time for the bride and groom to relax in front of the camera.

I’m happy to keep shooting for as long as you want me to, but if you allow more than a few hours, I would recommend that we stop somewhere during this time for a beer/coffee. This can result in some lovely casual photos and give everyone’s cheek muscles a chance to relax. The bride and groom might be keen to keep taking photos for hours, but the bridal party usually needs a rest!

Yes, because I stay for the entire reception, a meal and drink is important to keep me going. Please arrange with the wedding venue for me to be fed at the same time as the bridal party, so I can be ready to photograph speeches when you’re ready to give them.
I would recommend having a list of the family photos you want taken, and giving the list to an extroverted (loud) family member who knows everyone and can round them up for us. This saves a significant amount of time and running around.
My style of photography is very candid, so working off a shot list isn’t really my style. I find it can hamper creativity, as I spend more time checking items off the list, and less time keeping an eye out for the special moment or impromptu photo opportunity. Having said that, if there is an important photo that you really want, please let me know, and I will do my best to make it happen.

 


Security, payment and technical questions

In our initial meeting, you’ll receive a copy of the Wedding Photography Agreement, and a link to my booking page. When you decide that you’d like me to be your wedding photographer, you can head there and fill in your details. You will then receive an invoice for a booking part payment, which can be paid via direct deposit.

You will receive a second invoice for the remaining amount at least two months before the wedding. Payment of this invoice is due two weeks prior to the wedding

Absolutely, and absolutely.
Yes – the AIPP is the only professional photography organisation that requires applicants to go through an ongoing accreditation process to be eligible for membership, with the aim of providing clients with a standard quality assurance. I would suggest checking that any studios you are considering are also members of the AIPP.

I shoot with Canon Digital SLR’s (1DX MkII’s to be precise) and use a range of professional series lenses

  • 24-70mm f2.8L
  • 16-35mm f2.8L
  • 70-200mm IS f2.8L
  • 100mm Macro IS f2.8L
  • 85mm f1.2L
  • 135mm f2L

I love my Elinchrom Quadra Ranger flashes, and use them along with Canon Speedlites. After the event, I carry out extensive backups of all images and the edits I do to them. Most of the processing is done in Adobe Lightroom, using professional grade calibrated monitors to ensure accurate colour reproduction.

 


Other common questions

Yes, I’ve photographed weddings in many parts of Australia, and a number of international destinations as well. I’m always keen on getting out and about.

If you would like to have me as your photographer in an interstate or overseas location, please contact me to discuss price. It may not be as expensive as you think – I do not charge anything for travel time and am often happy to split the travel costs, especially for international weddings. There’s no reason it can’t be a bonus for all of us!

For location specific information about some of the more popular wedding destinations, please see:

Kangaroo Island Wedding Photography

Bali Wedding Photography – coming soon

Cairns, Port Douglas Wedding Photography

Fiji Wedding Photography – coming soon

Sure, see my most recent weddings over here for examples of the complete collections of photos a couple receive from their wedding day.