Q&A 2018-03-11T11:21:58+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes, I run Hedgehog Photography and photography is my sole source of working income. I specialise in wedding photography but also accept other photographic commissions from businesses and the general public.
I have full Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance.
Over 3 Decades! A friend introduced me to photography while I was studying for my Engineering degree at Brunel University. I was hooked and ended up studying photography and fine art as complimentary subjects at the same university.
I personally take all the photographs at my weddings. Photography is very subjective and it’s the only way professionals can retain any artistic credibility. Customers book you on the strength of your demeanour, skill, capability and personality, so it’s important they get you and not someone else. Very large social weddings and events may require me to be in two places at once and on those occasions I have, when necessary, used the services of a professional colleague. Customers are always welcome to request an additional photographer if they so wish.
For every hour I spend at a wedding I can spend at least another 5 in front of my computer post-processing and optimising every single image to provide my customers with a beautiful set of wedding images. This actually works out a lot less than you would pay to get your car fixed in a garage or hiring a gardener!
Many (including some professional photographers) believe you can get acceptable results straight from a digital camera. I don’t.
I always expose my images with the aim to get the best result for the subject matter and envisaged final picture. This may often mean under or over exposing various shots during the wedding day. Later I will go through every single image and adjust/correct contrast and colour and where necessary crop and retouch any distracting elements. Generally, the images will be as seen on the day unless I have been asked to remove objects or produce some specific artistic effects by the customer.
I do not set any limits to the number of images I take, so the quantity depends very much on the length of time I spend at the wedding. Normally, for a small wedding where I only attend for a few hours, the number of images may fall between 100 and 150. If I stay for the reception and speeches up to 6 hours the quantity may exceed 250. A full days coverage may result in between 400 and 1000+ images.
Technically….. the images will be high resolution JPEG files on DVD or USB memory stick. These can be used to produce your own prints and-or albums and can also be used in various formats on your computers and TVs. Your image disk or stick will contain several directories; one will hold colour versions of your images and the other B&W. I will on request also supply low-resolution versions of your images suitable for iPads, Phones, web, Facebook, and email use.
Artistically….. they can be a mixture of traditional-formal, contemporary-informal and candid images. It’s whatever my customers want.
Apparently it’s good luck if it rains on your wedding day. Some of my most romantic wedding images have been taken in the rain. The thing is to look on the positive side. For you, umbrellas keep you dry, for me they are a prop and add mood to a picture. It would be very unusual for the weather to be so bad not to get at least some photographs taken outside. I will always stay on at a wedding if there is a chance the weather may clear later. I have a number flashguns and can set up a temporary studio if necessary. Usually, I’m the only one that gets wet.
No professional goes to a wedding without backup equipment. I normally take three cameras and often use two during a wedding to avoid changing lenses and missing important images. I also take a selection of lenses and flash units. As a professional you have to expect your equipment will fail occasionally, so when it does you must have backup kit ready to use. On the occasions this has happened in the past, no one at the wedding ever knew anything had gone wrong.
If you have to postpone your wedding, the deposit can be transferred to any new date you book without any penalty. If you cancel the wedding due to sickness and rearrange on a day I am unable to attend, then your deposit will be refunded. In thirty years I have never missed a single wedding through illness. In the event of this happening I will provide a professional colleague as a stand-in to take the photographs. You will of course be free to source another photographer and in such a case your deposit would be fully refunded.

Generally the answer is Yes. I understand that every wedding is unique and I will go to great lengths to fit into your plans and capture your day the way you want.

A deposit of £100 is required to secure the booking. The balance is due on collection of your image disk-stick or up to a maximum of six weeks after the wedding date.
As I do not expect full payment until after the wedding, many couples take advantage of my ‘Photography Gift Vouchers’ by putting them onto their ‘wedding-list’. This way they can often afford a more comprehensive package and-or reduce if not eliminate their wedding photography costs.

If you have had a look at my web site and wish to proceed, you will now need to check my availability for your wedding date. Give me a few details about your wedding day so I can prepare a quote. We can then arrange a meeting or phone for a chat. If you do decide to book you can fill in the on-line booking form and post it to me with your deposit. (To be absolutely fair, for any day on which I have two enquiries the first booking form and deposit received will secure the day.) Nearer the wedding date we can arrange another meeting to discuss the day in greater detail.