DO YOU TRAVEL FOR WEDDINGS?

I most certainly do! But I will only shoot in countries where it is legal for me to do so. The correct VISAs, inoculations and tax clearances will influence my availability to overseas weddings. Get in touch with me regarding where it is that you are getting married for confirmation.

I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO OR HOW TO STAND FOR PHOTOS AND AM NERVOUS FOR THE SHOOT, CAN YOU HELP?

I will place you in a setting and face you in the right direction… I encourage couples to chat with each other as this is usually the first opportunity that they have had to be alone all day. I’m quick to sense if someone is uncomfortable and will direct you where to place your hands and arms. If you don’t hear anything from me then you are doing great!

DO YOU SHOOT WITH AN ASSISTANT AND/OR SECOND SHOOTER?

I have grown quite comfortable shooting weddings alone, although depending on the season (especially after a few back to back weekends of shooting) I may bring an assistant to carry bags and switch out lenses. A professional second shooter will make a great addition to the photography team on the day (option details in packages) and will ensure comprehensive coverage from more perspectives. Please note that assistants do not under any circumstances take photos on the day unless required to do so by me.

MY COUSIN/UNCLE/FRIEND HAS A NEW CAMERA AND IS INTERESTED IN GETTING STARTED IN PHOTOGRAPHY. CAN HE/SHE ASSIST/SECOND SHOOT/FOLLOW YOU AROUND ON THE DAY?

Unfortunately, I am quite particular as to whom I have working with me on the day. I feel strongly that a wedding is not the place for someone to learn as I am not able to give them advice/guidance while I am paid to do a very important job. I also find that inexperienced shooters get in the way and when you don’t know them it’s VERY hard to quickly get them to move the heck outta the way. Regretfully, there can be no compromises regarding this stance.

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO YOU TAKE WEDDING BOOKINGS?

Up to 18 months in advance.

CAN WE MEET UP FOR COFFEE BEFORE I MAKE A BOOKING?

Unfortunately, my schedule does not allow for pre-booking meetings. As soon as your booking has been confirmed then I would love to get together at a convenient cafe to go over any finer details. We can also FaceTime or Skype if we are not in the same city.

I LIVE IN ANOTHER CITY OR ABROAD AND WON’T BE ABLE TO MEET YOU BEFORE THE WEDDING DAY, IS THIS OK?

Absolutely! Once your booking has been confirmed we can set a time to FaceTime (audio or video) or Skype. I’d suggest another call (or an email) a little closer to the time to go over the final timeline for the day. Alternatively, we can email.

WHAT IS YOUR BOOKING FEE?

Booking Fees are location and package dependant and can be found in the Wedding Packages Document. They average around between 40-50% of the package amount and are strictly non-refundable.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO BOOK DEAR CHLOE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR MY WEDDING?

It’s as simple as completing and signing a Booking Form and paying the Booking Fee.

WHAT INFORMATION DO YOU NEED FROM ME ONCE THE BOOKING HAS BEEN CONFIRMED?

As soon as is possible and confirmed, I’d appreciate a Suppliers List with the details of all the wonderful people that are working together to make your big day extra special. I like to tag them all in on the sneak peek on Facebook and Instagram as they appreciate being recognised for their contributions. With your permission, I will touch base (via email) with the Florist/Decor Coordinator, Make-Up Artist (MUA), Officiant and Master of Ceremonies (MC) so that everyone is on the same page ahead of time regarding the timeline.

BY WHAT DATE DO I NEED TO PAY THE REMAINING PACKAGE AMOUNT?

This is due 1 week before the wedding day. You will note in the contract that no photos will be taken at the wedding until payment has been made in full.

IF I ADD ON PARENT ALBUMS TO MY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGE WHEN DO THEY NEED TO BE PAID?

Parent albums are duplicates of the main album. If your package includes a main album then payment for the parent albums will be due the week before the wedding. An invoice will be issued for this with current pricings.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF THE DAY FOR PHOTOS?

The best time is the last 45mins before the sun sets. Ask your venue when that is as some venues lose light earlier than usual depending on surrounding hills and/or mountains. Alternatively, you can find out using the timeanddate.com website.

WE REALLY WANT TO SPEND AS MUCH TIME AS POSSIBLE WITH OUR GUESTS AND DON’T WANT HOURS OF CREATIVE SHOOT PHOTOS. IS THIS POSSIBLE?

Absolutely, yes! I agree with this as a strategy and feel that 45 minutes to max 1-hour sufficient. Have a look at Lara & Graeme’s wedding and see what can be achieved in 30 minutes! There was extreme planning that went into this and not a single item ran late which enabled us to achieve this.

DO YOU TAKE GROUP SHOTS OF THE PEOPLE AT THEIR TABLES AND/OR PHOTO BOOTH?

No, unfortunately, I do not offer this at all. I do however take candid shots of people listening to speeches, laughing and enjoying the evening. Natural photos are what I specialise in. If you want to ensure you have photos of all your guests, I suggest you book a photo booth. They are lots of fun and most of them will give you a digital copy of all the photos afterwards. Please enquire for recommendations.

WHAT CAN I DO TO ENSURE THAT YOU GET THE BEST PHOTOS ON THE DAY?

Venue Photos :: Request that the venue is finished and empty 1 hour ahead of the scheduled “Decor & Venue” photos time. Most times the decorators and florists have completed their amazing work and it’s often enthusiastic Aunts or guests that come in early in the day to take photos of their own. I’ll need the room clear to ensure that there are no accidental photo bombers.

Venue Lighting :: The more natural light the better! But when it’s dark outside I will be relying heavily on the venue’s lighting. Candles alone are not enough to light up a room, and while I understand that they are ever-so-romantic, they are simply not sufficient. To keep with a romantic vibe the more fairy lights you can get your hands on the better! And remember to go for the yellow fairy lights and please not the blue ones… Please trust me on this one and you’ll see why in photos later. Chandeliers are also great but ask that the venue coordinator doesn’t dim them without consulting me before as settings will need to be changed at the slightest change in lighting.

Natural Light for Prep :: As mentioned, one of the most important things for me as a photographer, is light. The amount of light available in a room determines the outcome of the photos. If you like natural photos, I suggest you book a guesthouse or hotel room with lots of natural light for the time spent getting ready. White walls are always the first choice and a firm personal favourite.

Bridesmaids :: Ask your lovely bridesmaids to keep the bridal prep suite clean and tidy. This will include all clothing, glasses, plates and makeup. Also, there might not be enough time for them to pack up their things right before the ceremony so the more they can do earlier the better.

Make-Up Artist & Hair Stylist :: While their work is VERY important and they need good uninterrupted time to make magic, please ensure that they are on board with the timeline before the ceremony as brides of mine have often had to sacrifice their bridal portraits because hair and make-up have run over time. I can recommend talented and efficient MUAs and Stylists who stick to timelines if you would like their details.

Outdoor Ceremonies :: If you are saying your precious “I do’s” outdoors in an open ceremony please ensure that you are standing in full shade (mottled shade is a horrific no-no for photos) or under a shaded covering, bridal canopy or chuppah. This will help to reduce hard shadows/bright light on your face which can be unflattering.

Formal Family Portraits :: Please prepare a list beforehand that the MC and I both have copies of. If the MC isn’t familiar with both sides of the family please assign the task to a confident and respected family member that will gather the necessary people. I’d recommend you keep the list to 8-10 photos.

Surprises :: If there are any unusual surprise items on the day’s programme please let me in on the secret so that I can be prepared ahead of time to capture then as they unfold.

Be yourself :: Enjoy your day and be yourself. Relax and take in every moment. The happier you are, the easier it will be for me to capture the uniqueness of your day, the natural emotions & precious moments.

CAN YOU HELP ME WITH A TIMELINE FOR THE DAY?

Yes, I’d love to have the opportunity to assist with this. I usually work a timeline back from sunset so that the creative shoot can be at the most optimum time of the day.

Venue :: 30 minutes

Decor photos :: 1 hour

Groom Prep :: 1 hour

Bridal Prep :: 1,5 to 2 hours

Ceremony :: Your preference

Confetti & Congrats :: 15 minutes

Formal Family Portraits :: 15 minutes

Hang Out With Guests :: Your preference

Bridal Party Photos :: 15 minutes

Creative Shoot :: 45 minutes to 1 hour

SUNSET

Reception…

From here I am at your disposal for as long as the allotted package time allows.

I will notify you 15 minutes before I’m set to leave that my time is drawing to a close. Depending on the travelling distance there may be an opportunity to extend for extra hours at an additional charge.

Please factor in travel times between locations.

DO YOU REQUIRE A SEATED PLACE AND AN EVENING MEAL AT THE WEDDING?

Yes, please. While this is a requirement stated in the booking form contract it is also greatly appreciated after so many consecutive hours on (by then) tired feet. It is not necessary for you to place me and my assistant or second shooter (both subject to availability) at a table with guests as a smaller suppliers table is just as lovely. Although it is imperative that it is in the same room and within clear sight of the main table and MC’s stand. We would hate to miss anything because we couldn’t see.

Please cater vegetarian meals for us and notify the venue/bar that we will be needing non-alcoholic beverages and water.