Frequently Asked Questions - Weddings

Nathalie and PaulNathalie and PaulFarnham House Hotel

  • How much of the wedding day do you cover?

A typical wedding day for me spans from the bridal preparations right through to the first dance, whilst covering everything in-between. Some couples have also opted for part-day coverage, such as ceremony-only, or from the ceremony through to the speeches. I am flexible enough to provide as much coverage as you require.

  • What is your wedding photography style?

My style of wedding photography blends together a mixture of traditional formal, contemporary natural and candid photography (commonly referred to as ‘reportage’ or ‘journalistic’) to bring together a set of intimate and elegant images to tell the story of your day. I have been noted to have a very calm, courteous and friendly manner, without ever being domineering or intrusive, quietly capturing your day with as little interference as possible.

  • What photos do you take?

From the posed groups, through the romantic pictures of the couple, to the natural candid pictures of the guests, I ensure that all key parts of the day are captured, as well as everything else in-between, usually from bridal preps to first dance. I meet with my couples around two months before the wedding to chat about their plans for the day, and I allocate time with the couple for the group photos, as well as agreeing a list of groups to take. I also allow enough time for a ‘photoshoot’ with the newly-weds after the ceremony. Couples also love those natural pictures of the guests where they are captured unaware of the camera. During the meeting I let my couples tell me what photos are important to them, and I make sure they get what they require; afterall, we don’t want to forget about the auntie coming all the way from Australia!

  • How long will it take to get my pictures?

I usually quote around 4 weeks to have your pictures processed and be available to view online in your password-protected gallery, but is usually more like 2-3 weeks. During busy peak summer months, it may take a little longer.

  • How many pictures do I get?

During a typical full wedding day, I will usually take around 2000+ images. Some of these will be duplicates, and others might catch you or your guests not looking quite so great in the moment, so you will usually get a final set of around 400-600 images, with full post-processing and enhancements of each before delivery.

  • Do you shoot in black and white?

I shoot all of my images in colour and convert certain images to black and white where it suits, in the post-processing stage. I then deliver to you both a colour and black and white copy.

  • How long do you keep my pictures online?

Your images are available to view in your online password-protected gallery for a minimum of 6 months. Professional quality prints can also be purchased directly from your gallery.

  • What about copyright?

The 1988 Copyright Act assigns the copyright to Jeff Sham Photography. However, you will receive a personal licence agreement with your images, allowing full personal usage, printing and copying rights.

  • Can I order an album after the wedding?

You can order a wedding album any time after the wedding, but discounts are provided should you create an album package before the wedding day.

  • When will I get my wedding album?

It takes a few days for me to design a wedding album for you, plus around 7-10 days for production at the lab, so you’ll be looking at up to or around 2 weeks. Incidentally, you have as much control as you wish over which photos appear in your album - most couples prefer me to design their album initially, and then they have the opportunity to proof the design and make changes as they see fit.

  • Do we have to feed you on the wedding day?

I do not insist on a meal for the day, but some couples and/or venues will provide a main-course or sandwiches which I will gratefully accept. If not, I will bring a light lunch with me.

  • Do you travel?

I am based in Oxted, Surrey, and I do not charge for travel to local weddings (requiring approx. upto 30 miles of travel). Anything beyond this, a discretionary travel fee is charged at petrol cost only. I have covered weddings all over South England and Midlands at fair and minimal travel expense, which is always agreed with the couple in advance. Let me know where you are getting married and I can estimate costs for you.

  • Are you insured?

I have full business insurance which includes cover for professional indemnity and public liability. Certificates can be provided should this be required.

  • What happens if you fall ill on our day?

I have never ever missed a wedding, but for your reassurance, being a part of the Guild of Photographers means I have a network of photographers to call upon should something extraordinary happen.

  • How much does it all cost?

Current pricing is detailed on the relevant page via the menu above, along with detailed information on what is included. Please enquire directly to receive a personalised and firm quote. Pricing is based on coverage required on the day, which I believe is the fairest way. Please note that a minimum charge may apply to the peak summer Saturdays in June, July and August, equivalent to the current half wedding day rate. This really only affects those requiring ceremony-only coverage on those peak days - more details on request.

  • What is the deposit?

The booking fee is £150 (which is refundable up to one month after the date of booking). This secures your wedding date and I take no more enquiries for that date, so there is no chance of a 'double-booking'. It is deducted from your final balance of your package, which is paid two months before the wedding. This is when I will be meeting with you again to go through your exact wedding photography requirements as well as the finer details of your day at the pre-wedding consultation.

  • How do I book?

Get in touch to check my availability for your day. If I’m free for your day, I’ll be happy to arrange a meeting where we can sit down and have a chat about your wedding over a coffee and you can see more of my work in my sample wedding albums, or perhaps arrange an initial phone call for a chat. After the meeting I can provide you with a quote for your wedding photography and once you are happy with a quote, I will send you an invoice for the deposit. I prefer to take a bank transfer (with online banking making this very easy for most people, and also free), but I will also accept cash or cheques as a secondary option. I currently do not offer credit or debit card payments, but this can be arranged if absolutely required subject to an additional banking fee. A receipt will be sent to you for your records.

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Last updated: Dec 2022