FAQ - Questions to as a Wedding Photographer
Welcome to my FAQ page. If you have a question that’s not answered here, feel free to or use the contact form, and I promise to get back to you quickly.
- What are “digital negatives”?
- Do I have to order all my prints from VANESA WHITE Photography?
- How many images can we expect to receive from our wedding?
- Can we meet you in person before the wedding?
- Do you require a deposit to reserve our wedding date?
- Will VANESA WHITE be my wedding photographer?
- When do I get to see the photos?
- What is “editing and color correction”?
- What about re-touching?
- I’m sort of into photography myself, what kind of camera & gear do you use?
Q. WHAT ARE “DIGITAL NEGATIVES”?
“Digital negatives” just means full-resolution images on a disc (CD or DVD) in jpeg format. This disc serves the same purpose that film negatives did back in the film days, meaning you can use the disc to make prints of your wedding photos. The colors are not reversed like in film negatives, and you don’t need any special computer software to use them. They’re just big jpeg files.
You can also use the digital files to do all sorts of other fun stuff with your wedding photos, like upload them to Facebook, Instagram or email them to people. You can even design your own albums or put them in digital picture frames. You can also make copies of the disc in case you lose the original.
Q. DO I HAVE TO ORDER ALL MY PRINTS FROM VANESA WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY?
Since all my wedding photography packages include digital negatives (see “What are digital negatives” above) you can get prints made wherever you want. Just take the disc down to your local photo lab, or upload the images to the online photo printing service of your choice and get all the prints you want. Of course, you also have the option to order prints from your private online wedding photo gallery, which is very convenient, but you're under no obligation to get your prints from me.
All the images on your disc will be carefully color corrected by hand so they will look great as long as they are printed at any reputable lab.
Q. HOW MANY IMAGES CAN WE EXPECT TO RECEIVE FROM OUR WEDDING?
Some wedding photographers seem to think that “more is better”, but in my opinion, part of the photographer’s job is to separate the wheat from the chaff, so you don’t end up with an unmanageable number of photos, or duplicate images that are a pain to sort through.
So, you can expect to receive several hundred well composed, properly lit, unique photographs. This, in my opinion, is much better than delivering a billion photos which you’re then going to have to sort through and pick out the good ones.
Contact me should you like to see an example of a full set of wedding images, and I can email you a link and password to view a recent client's wedding images so you can have an idea of what to expect.
Q. CAN WE MEET YOU IN PERSON?
Absolutely! I would be happy to sit down with you in person, so that we can get to know each other and chat about the details of your wedding. We can meet where it is convenient for you.
The best way to schedule an appointment is to let me know where and when you’d like to meet up or talk via the phone. Please be sure to include the date and location of your wedding in your email.
Q. DO YOU REQUIRE A DEPOSIT TO RESERVE OUR WEDDING DATE?
Yes, I do require a non-refundable deposit of £100 in order to reserve your wedding date. This is pretty standard among wedding photographers and is designed to protect me in case I turn down another job and then there is a cancellation.
Q. WILL VANESA WHITE BE MY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?
Yes! I will be your wedding photographer. Some photographers or studios will sub-contract other photographers as “associates” under that photographer’s brand. In other words you think you’re getting one photographer (the one whose portfolio attracted you in the first place), but then they tell you that some other photographer will actually be shooting your wedding. I will be the one at your wedding taking the pictures.
Q. WHEN DO I GET TO SEE THE PHOTOS?
Photos from your wedding will be posted online within 15 days of the wedding date. I'm often able to get them ready quicker than that, but it does take time to edit the photos and color correct each photo by hand so that they look their best.
Q. WHAT IS “EDITING AND COLOR CORRECTION”?
Editing means going through all the thousands of photos from your wedding one at a time, and selecting the best ones, so that you don’t have to edit them yourself. See also “How many photos can I expect to receive?”
Color correction means adjusting the color, contrast, and exposure of each image by hand so each photo looks its best. I use special software and precisely calibrated equipment to accomplish this. Not all wedding photographers take the time to do this, but I always do it because I want your wedding photos to look their best.
Q. WHAT ABOUT RE-TOUCHING?
Re-touching is not included in any of the wedding photography packages because it is so time consuming, however I often do minor re-touching tasks such as removing small blemishes at no extra charge because it can be done so easily during the color-correcting and adjustment process.
So while I'm not going to get into any serious magazine style airbrushing, or anything like that, there is a good chance that any nicks, cuts, zits, or bruises that might be present on the wedding day could mysteriously vanish from your wedding photos. You’re welcome!
Q. WHAT KIND OF CAMERAS & EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
I currently use Canon EOS APS-C, full frame cameras and Canon L series lenses. I also use Canon speedlights for flash photography and Elinchrom for portraits and photo-booth setups.
If you’re not into photography and all that sounded like a bunch of random letters and numbers, then just rest assured that I use extremely high quality, top-of-the-line, professional-grade cameras, lenses, and lighting equipment.
I always bring back-up equipment as well.