The following covers the questions we are most frequently asked by our couples. If you would like clarification on any of these points, or have any further questions please contact us.We appreciate the importance of finding the right photographer for your wedding and are always happy to chat to make sure Lavenham Photographic is the best fit for you
Who will be taking our photos on the day?
All images you can see on this website, all album designs, even the website design itself, are all Ben's work. It is very important to stress that you won't be supplied a different photographer on your wedding day. If it's Ben's work you've seen, Ben you've spoken to and Ben you've paid your deposit to, it's Ben who you've decided to attend your wedding and to take the photographs. After many years building up its reputation Ben Brown trades as the company name Lavenham Photographic.
Do we need to meet the photographer before the wedding?
Many people find it important to meet their photographer in person, and Ben is more than happy to meet up in person to show them his work and talk through how his approach to covering the event. His work can be seen on his website, Blog pages, and Facebook page, so that it's becoming increasingly common for people to have a look online and simply have a good chat by phone. It is really up to you.
Feel free to call to discuss on 01787 828 359.
Any meetings are held at the studio address, 3 Church Street, Lavenham, Suffolk CO10 9QT.
When does the photographic coverage Start / End?
Coverage of most weddings will begin with preparation photography of the bride, often two hours before the ceremony time if the preparation is in a different location to the ceremony. Weddings where the preparation takes place in the same venue will usually be photographed from 90 minutes before the ceremony time. If no preparation photos are required then photography typically starts one hour before ceremony.
With the Half-Day packages coverage finishes at the point everybody sits down to eat at the wedding breakfast. For the All-Day and Platinum options coverage ends at the first dance, usually at around 8pm.
Do I need to supply a list of photos I require?
Ben usually takes the typical family line-ups without a list being provided. Standard shots include the bride and groom with parents, siblings, ushers and best man, bridesmaids. Ben will then check whether further photographs of each side of the family are needed, before taking a large overhead group photo of all the guests with the bride and groom, either from an upstairs window, or using a monopod technique, lifting the camera into the air for everyone to look up to! Ben will always ask if there are any important people to be included, or if any further formal group photographs are required, of groups of friends etc. although these are often nicer to take in a less formal setting.
What style is your photography?
Ben will take photos of many aspects of the wedding, some arranged, some natural. He works throughout the day, taking advantage of the way the light changes to capture the best aspects of your chosen venue and as many of your memorable moments as possible. Many photographs may be arranged, but hopefully few will feel 'posed', certainly not so as make the photo feel staged. As Ben circulates the reception, he takes a mixture of completely candid photos, faces in the crowd and sometimes approaching small groups or couples to ask them to turn and smile for very informal (yet atmospheric) photos. Ben's style changes as the day requires to capture the individuality of each wedding, in terms of the key moments, the atmosphere, any strong characters amongst the wedding party and the guests, and even the smaller design details which have often been put together with such care.
What equipment do you use on the day?
Ben carries Nikon cameras and only Nikon lenses, not cheaper 'compatible' lenses. The Nikon D800 is known to be the world's highest resolution DSLR camera, with a staggering resolution of 36 Megapixel in a full-frame sensor. The D800 and the D700 are both renowned for their low-light capabilities and image quality. Nikon 'ED' lenses are their finest quality glass. Ben won't compromise on quality, finding nothing more pleasing than a sharp, beautifully lit and composed photograph. We want every image supplied to you to be of the highest quality.
Alongside the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8, 80-200mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4, 17-35mm f/3.5-5.6 and 16mm fisheye lenses (that Ben carries at all times at a wedding) he also carries a backup lens Nikkor 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 ED. Carrying both the D800 and D700 means he effectively has a backup camera with him.
Some photographs are taken using only natural light, some with on-camera flash, and some with off-camera flash (See Ben's blog post on this, using creative off-camera lighting techniques to enhance 'flat' days). Ben's style has developed such that any use of on-camera flash should always appear as natural lighting, he bounces the flash from a wall or ceiling, to cast light in a very natural way.
How much deposit is required to secure the booking?
A deposit of £250 is taken to confirm a booking. This is non-refundable.
When does the remaining balance become due?
Any remaining balance is due around a month from the wedding date, at the point when we like to get in contact to make a note of the finer details about the wedding, the notes that Ben will work from on the day.
How many images will be on the disk / in the final selection?
Most Full-day weddings can expect around 400-500 images in their final selection, (Often well over 500) after editing. Half-day weddings and smaller functions with fewer guests may of course have fewer images.
What Image file format, sizes will be supplied?
Images are taken in RAW format, edited and converted to JPG, the format that I keep on file for archival purposes, that I print from and produce albums from. Images throughout the day are taken in several resolutions, A huge 36 Megapixel or smaller 24 MP or 16 MP on the Nikon D800 and 12MP on the D700. The portraits, couple poses and group photographs will always endeavour to be taken in the highest possible resolution, casual, candid, reportage photographs may be taken in slightly smaller sizes, or may be cropped for compositional purposes.
Will these photos be 'edited'
Images come from the camera in a RAW format, and are 'developed' using Adobe Lightroom to ensure perfect exposure etc, before being exported as JPG. Heavy 'photoshopping' won't be done to large numbers of files, though small blemishes can be removed on photos that will be included in your album.
Will there be any copyright restrictions to the images?
You are free to use the images in any way you like, after you have purchased the image files, whether on USB or disk. You can print, copy share or email them as you wish. Extra copies of the DVD-R's in finished DVD cases are available for £15 (10 megapixel size), or on custom wooden USB stick for £39.95 (In full resolution up to 36 Megapixel).
What sizes and types of albums do you supply?
The most popular albums are the modern digital albums, we call them Picturebook Albums. These are available in A4, 35x25cm, and the largest, A3 (these are the closed-page sizes; pages open to twice this). These albums are beautifully produced, on board pages, with continuous photographs right across the page fold. A4 is the standard size included in most packages and each of the size upgrades are in £100 steps. Standard albums are 30 pages (15 double-page spreads), and hold 80-90 images comfortably. Pages can be added for £50 a spread, or 5 spreads for £200. Covers are available in acrylic, with a photo set behind as standard. Alternatively a printed brushed metal cover, a hardwearing photo printed directly on the cover, or for a small fee a real leather cover is available in a range of colours, with names and date embossed. The more traditional matt wedding albums are available, please contact us for info or pricing.
Do I need to provide food for the photographer on the day?
Any All-Day wedding coverage package, where the photographer will be staying throughout the meal, will require some form of meal to be provided. Half-Day wedding coverage will not.
Are photos available to view online after the wedding?
We upload your photographs to our website after the wedding (if you wish), so your guests can order photographs online without any inconvenience to you. These can be password protected too if you wish, so only guests from your wedding can see them.
What Insurance do you hold?
I hold full liability insurance as any professional photographer should. Beware part-time photographers who may not!
Is there a contract to sign?
There's no contract to sign upon booking, however reading these Frequently Asked Questions is recommended, as well as my Terms and Conditions
Any Other Questions, just ask and I'll be happy to help!