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Questions About the Wedding Package

Catching up before the wedding is super important to make sure we’re a good fit for each other (I want to make sure of this too)! Meetings are held at my place in Stirling so we can get to know each other face to face (unless you live interstate or way out of Adelaide in which case we can chat via Skype/Facetime).

FIRST MEETING
As well as making sure we’re a good fit, the first time we catch up we’ll usually discuss preliminary ideas about locations and photography styles and have a bit of a brainstorm. If you aren’t really sure what you want, I can walk you through a range of different approaches and show you examples of the finished product.

SECOND MEETING
The second meeting is usually a few weeks before the event when you’ve had more time to think about those initial ideas and how you want your day to run. This is when we go through all the details and fine-tune the timetable.

I don’t limit the number of shots I take. After the wedding, I go through all the photos and delete the doubles, the out of focus ones etc., and you receive the rest. This usually results in 500-600 photos (and generally never less than 400 or more than 900 for a full-length day).

For all of the wedding photos you receive, I correct white balance and contrast, remove spots, and perfect the cropping (the cut). I also convert a few images to black and white—I tend to find that looking through 500 photos is a little more interesting this way. To get an idea of the sorts of things I do, you can browse my wedding photography portfolio here and see complete sets of photos from all my recent weddings here.

After you’ve received your wedding photos if there’s a particular image that you’d like to have altered—reproduced in black and white for instance—let me know. I used to work as a professional photo manipulation artist, so if there’s a photo that you love but need an ex-partner removed from the background, a stray hair put in its place, or wish you’d lost a few more kilos before the wedding day, I can do that to a couple of images too.

You will generally receive your photos around four weeks after the wedding. In quieter times of the year, it may be faster.

Easy! You’ll find it appearing magically over here when the photos are ready. I’ll send you the link to your specific gallery to let you know it’s up. By default, your friends and family can download copies of your photos directly from there. However if you’d like me to turn off the ability for them to download their own copies or if you’d like me to password protect the gallery, just let me know.

For personal purposes, absolutely! You’re welcome to print copies for yourselves or your loved ones in any way, shape, or form, share them around by email or social media etc., put them on your personal website, or do anything else you can think of as long as it’s for personal (rather than commercial) use. None of your images are ever watermarked or encrypted.

You and I will have a joint copyright of the photos, so I’m allowed to use the photos for my own promotional purposes.

If you want to submit any of your photos to wedding blogs, magazines, or newspapers, that’s totally cool, I just ask that you make sure they credit James Field Photography. If you have suppliers asking for photos, under most circumstances they’re welcome to use the images as long as they credit James Field Photography; let them know to contact me directly for details.

HELP IN ORGANISING YOUR DAY

I like to spend at least an hour with the couple and bridal party between the ceremony and reception. This is excluding travel time between locations.

However, if you’ve only got 30 minutes, we can still make it happen. Doing it in less than an hour means it’s likely to be pretty fast paced and will limit the number and range of photographs we can take. It’s also worth keeping in mind that it often takes a little while for the bride and groom to relax in front of the camera.

On the other end of the spectrum, I’m happy to keep shooting for as long as you want me to, but if you allow more than a few hours I’d recommend we stop somewhere during this time for a beer/coffee. This can result in some lovely casual photos and give everyone’s cheek muscles a chance to relax. The bride and groom might be keen to keep taking photos for hours, but the bridal party usually needs a rest!

Yes please! Because I stay for the entire reception, a meal and drink is important to keep me going. Please pre-arrange with the wedding venue to bring out my food at the same time as the bridal party so I can be ready to photograph speeches which often happen soon after.

I would recommend putting together a list of the family photos you want taken, and giving the list to an extroverted (loud) family member who knows everyone and can round them up for us. This saves a significant amount of time and running around.

My style of photography is very candid, so working off a shot list isn’t really my style. I find it can hamper creativity, as I spend more time checking items off the list and less time keeping an eye out for special moments or impromptu photo opportunities. Having said that, if there is an important photo that you really want, please let me know, and I will do my best to make it happen.

OTHER COMMON QUESTIONS

Yes, I’ve photographed weddings all around Australia as well as parts of Europe, South East Asia, and the US. I’m always keen on getting out and about!

If you’re considering having me as your photographer for an interstate or overseas wedding, please contact me to discuss price. It may not be as expensive as you think—I don’t charge anything for travel time and am often happy to split the travel costs, especially for international weddings.

Sure, you can see my most recent weddings over here, all of which include the complete set of photos the couple received.

SECURITY, PAYMENT & TECHNICAL QUESTIONS

If you decide that you’d like me to be your wedding photographer after we’ve had our first meeting, all you need to do is shoot me an email to let me know. You’ll then receive an invoice for a booking part payment which can be paid via direct deposit. As soon as this invoice is paid, the date is locked in and yours. Up until this point, I’m unable to hold the date for you, sorry!

You’ll receive a second invoice for the remaining amount about a month before the wedding and payment of this invoice is due before your wedding day.

Yep! The AIPP is the only professional photography organisation that requires applicants to go through an ongoing accreditation process to be eligible for membership, with the aim of providing clients with a standard quality assurance.

I shoot with Canon Digital SLR’s (1DX MkII’s to be precise) and use a range of professional series lenses

  • 24-70mm f2.8L
  • 16-35mm f2.8L
  • 70-200mm IS f2.8L
  • 100mm Macro IS f2.8L
  • 85mm f1.2L
  • 135mm f2L

I love my Elinchrom Quadra Ranger flashes, and use them along with Canon Speedlites.

Most of the processing is done in Adobe Lightroom, using professional grade calibrated monitors (NEC Spectraview – I love em!) to ensure accurate colour reproduction.

The short answer? Super friggen safe.

This gets a little technical and is intended for the tech heads out there, but the point is that there are as many copies of your images in as many places to keep things as safe as possible.

I shoot with a camera that records RAW files to one card, and medium resolution JPG files to another. The RAW card is formatted every wedding, but I fit about two months worth of weddings on the second JPG card. (EXTRA COPY 1)

The night I get home, I download images onto my computer (SSD storage) and generate medium resolution smart previews overnight, which are automatically uploaded via dropbox into the cloud (OFFSITE COPY 1)

The SSD is backed up to a Time Machine automatically (EXTRA COPY 3)

Manually once a week I’ll clone my SSD to a Drobo. (EXTRA COPY 4)

Once every few months I’ll archive finished work. I’ll move it from the SSD to the DROBO and an array of JBOD disks. (Two copies of the archived files). And every 6 months or so I’ll copy these archives to a JBOD array offsite.

To be honest, this isn’t exactly a ‘frequently’ asked question, but yes! This website is carbon neutral.

I pay an annual fee to www.co2neutralwebsite.com who offset the (surprisingly large) CO2 emissions caused by the generation of power to run the website servers and the electricity you use looking at it. They fund the building of new renewable energy sources and help save rain forests and threatened habitats by funding reservation projects by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change certified projects.

Fascinating. 

INFORMATION ON THE PHOTOBOOTH

All you need to do is choose a design for your strip and backdrop (gallery here), and tell the venue you’ll need a 3m x 3m space with a powerpoint and a table to put the props and guest book on. I’ll take care of the rest.

I’ll set the booth up at the start of the reception so the guests can enjoy it for as long as possible. And along with the booth, I’ll bring a set of props on sticks and a guestbook with adhesive and pens. Because the booth prints four strips each time, there’s plenty for both the guestbook and your guests! Just like me, the booth will stay right up until the end of the reception—I’ll only pack it down after you guys have jumped in your getaway vehicle.

When I send you your wedding photos on USB, you’ll also receive digital copies of the photobooth strips as well as digital copies of each individual photo the booth took.

I recorded this video at a Fringe party a few years back—it gives a good idea of how the booth is set up and how people interact with it.

And here’s a screen of what the users see when they’re using the booth (sped up a little as to not make the video too boring).

That’s totally fine. Head on over to our sister company at The OPEN Photobooth and Ben there will sort you out.

WEDDING ALBUM QUESTIONS

Totally I do. Check them out at the bottom of the wedding photography package page.

Regardless of when you decide you’d like an album—before the wedding or 12 months after—the process and the cost is the same (see album options and prices at the bottom of the the wedding photography package page).

The process is simple. Choose your favourite 100 or so photos (or 40-ish photos for the Deluxe Card Album), and I’ll design the album around them. I’ll send you an electronic draft of the design, so you get to see what it will look like and suggest any changes before it’s sent off for printing. After you’ve approved the design, production takes about 4 weeks.

If you’d like multiple album designs (for example, you want different images in gift albums for parents), please allow an extra $100 per additional album design. Albums are 80 pages, except for the Deluxe Card Album which has a maximum of 40 pages.

More questions or you’d like to chat?

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