Documentary Wedding Photography FAQ's
What geographical areas do you cover?
We cover Staffordshire and its surrounding areas, typically up to 50 miles from our base in Lichfield, but
will consider travel further a field if costs are covered.
What shooting style do you use for weddings?
Our style is described as reportage or documentary wedding photography. We find we can get more natural shots when we blend in with the guests, and wait for real moment to unfold. If required we can take a small number of formal shots, and couple shots, posed or natural.
What other photographs do you take?
Fine art street photography is a passion of ours. We also shoot lifestyle portraiture (families, couples and children).
Can I see example of your wedding photography?
Yes. You can view work on our website at www.barryandlou.co.uk. We can only put a hanful of images from each wedding, but do get in touch and you can see full examples of weddings.
When should I book a wedding photographer?
It's best to book a photographer as soon as you have a date set. Quite often we are booked a year in advance. At the time of booking we can confirm if both photographers are available.
What preparations do you make before the wedding?
A couple of weeks before the big day we speak with the bride and groom, and go through the run of the day. We also not down any formal shots they require. We would normal visit venues we have not visited before, to get a good idea of the photo locations.
How long will you stay with us on the wedding day?
We start coverage with the bride or grooms preparations, typically 1-2 hrs before the ceremony. We then stay with you until guests sit down for the wedding breakfast. If you have chosen full day and evening coverage we would stay until the first dance. Usually a good few songs after, as sometimes the disco doesn't heat up until the bride and groom have hit the floor.
Who pays for travel expenses and overnight accommodation if required?
I will pay for all travelling expenses within Staffordshire. Further distances will be charged as per our price
What happens if it rains?
As a professional photographer you have to work in a variety of conditions. Our style of photography allows us to get great shots indoors and outdoors. When the weather is not great, we usually are able to find 10 - 15 minutes of dry weather to rush out and grab formal shots. Having two photographers also allows us to carry on getting reportage shots whilst the formal shots are being taken.
Do you carry insurance?
We have Personal Indemnity insurance as well as Public Liability cover.
How many photographs will you take?
We usually I take around 80 photographs per hour of coverage 40 photographers per photographer. The quantity taken depends on a few factors. We try not to run around continuously clicking, we prefer to wait until we feel something interesting or important to the story of the day.
How many photographs do we get?
We provide around 350 - 400 edited images of your wedding day. These are provided on a usb stick or DVD, in a presentation box that will last a lifetime. You have all rights to duplicate and distribute the images. We feel that we are hired for the day so happy for you to share the images with your guests. If shared online we would like to be credited.
How many photographs are in an album?
The traditional leather albums can hold 100 photos and give you a great representation of the day.
What do you do about eating on the day?
We are often catered for during the wedding breakfast. This allows us to continue our coverage of the wedding breakfast, taking photographs between courses. If we are not catered for, then we usually make our own lunch arrangements.
What cameras do you use?
We use professional digital Canon SLR cameras, and top spec lenses. We also use professional Fuji X series cameras. We find these smaller cameras often allow us to blend in with the guests a little better, and less obtrusive.
All equipment is backed up with a second in case of failure.
How much editing goes into our final images?
We tend not to over edit the images. We crop, recolour and make minor stylists changes, some images suit black and white desaturation, so we make those changes in post production. We can create different styles if you have something in mind, vintage, film like or high contrast.
How do we book?
The first thing to do is contact us to check availability and get a quote. If you are happy to proceed complete and sign a wedding contract and pay the required booking fee (10%). We then save the date for you in the diary.