Frequently Asked Questions

Your Wedding Questions Answered…

We know how hard it is to organise a wedding, so here is a couple of pointers and some of the most frequently asked questions we reciece on the wonderful world of Wedding Photography and Videography.

Of course, if you have a specific question you need answering, please contact us using the link below…

Can you cover both bride and groom preparations?

Absolutely! We encourage you to consider this option as it tells the full story from the very start, all the way to the end. Additional photographers are available for £150 to cover the preparations. If you are both getting ready at the same venue, it may be possible to cover both without the need for an additional photographer.

Do you take formal photographs?

Everything… we get it all! We request that group photos are kept to a maximum of 10. Should you wish to have more, please allocate extra time within your schedule with your wedding coordinator, prior to the wedding date.

How long do you stay for?

Unless otherwise requested, we will start from preparations (2 hours prior to the ceremony start time) right up to the evening party. Leaving after the first dance is not us. After all, it’s called the first dance, not the last dance for a reason.

What if we are running late or the wedding is over running?

No wedding runs exactly on time and delays do happen. You don’t need to worry about us disappearing. We always confirm there are no more photographs you would like taken before we leave.

How many photographs will I get?

On average we provide 400-700 photos from full day wedding bookings

What happens if you are ill on the day?

Andy would literally have to be on his deathbed not to be at your wedding. However, rest assured, we do have a network of contacts who will take his place if needed. It is our responsibility to provide you with a photographer or videographer of equal quality, in the event of any of us becoming ill. We are also fully insured, so we get the bill.

Do you need feeding?

Yes please! If we are there all day, we would request that a hot meal be provided. Andy has no food allergies and will eat anything put in front of him. However, if this is not possible, please note we will have to leave the venue for an hour, and at some venue locations, longer. We can’t be held responsible should we miss anything that happens during this time.

Can I do my own prints?

Yes, for anything A4 or smaller, Boots or somewhere similar is fine. For anything above this size, we encourage you to use a lab printing service to maximise the professional quality. After all, you wouldn’t buy a pair of Jimmy Choos and then keep them in a Clarkes box. All online galleries have a lab printing service attached for your convenience.

How many images are in the Storybook?

It depends on the design, but a general average is 3-4 images per page. To give you an idea, a 30-page Wedding Album will include approximately 60-80 images.

How do we book?

The first step is to organise a time to meet with Andy at his office in Upminster, or arrange a zoom online meeting to discuss your wedding in more detail. The next step is signing our contract and paying a booking fee.

What and when do we pay?

A £350 booking fee secures your wedding date and the remaining balance is due 4 weeks before the wedding. You may also spread the cost leading up to the wedding if you wish.

How long does it take to edit the photos and video?

Depending on the time of year, photo edits can take between 2-8 weeks and video edits can take between 4-12 weeks.

What if your camera breaks on the day?

Don’t worry, Andy buys cameras like a lady does shoes… many and often. Everyone carries a full replica backup kit. We even bring a change of outfit. Now that’s organised!

How far in advance should I book?

Good Wedding photographers are booked years in advance. We always recommended you book as soon as possible. Remember, get who you want not who is left.

Will the photos be in colour or black and white?

We shoot in colour and edit the ones we think will benefit from a black and white edit, so you’ll have a mix. If you want any particular images in black and white or colour, let us know the file number and we'll happily convert them for you.

What if you haven’t photographed the venue before

Yay, we love new venues so this is a positive not a negative. Fresh eyes and a fresh outlook on a venue can spot things others can no longer see due to going in to “Auto Pilot” mode. Plus you don’t want the same photos as last week’s wedding.

What do you wear?

Andy and the Chic Wedding Photography team always dress in smart attire - after all. it is a wedding! Plus, guests will take their own photos that you will also cherish, and you don’t want a scruffy photographer in the background spoiling things.

Where are you based?

Andy is currently based in Hornchurch, Essex. However, Andy covers all of the UK and International destinations.

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