Simon Day Photography,
Torbay, Devon.

Wedding and Event Photographer. Phone me on 07828 467 753 or Email Me to discuss your needs.

Raw Real Passionate Storytelling

Wedding Photography FAQ

I know this day is about you. I try not to give you too much direction. When we go for the 'wedding couple' photos I want you to think of it as having a bit of time away from everyone else. It's a time for you both to have a giggle, go for a walk, being together before all the speeches and crowds again.

We won't be away from everyone for too long, but it is a lovely time in the day for you two to relax for a bit.

This is your story, let me capture it and create your wedding vision through my passion and my lens.

Phone me on 07828 467 753 or Email Me to discuss your needs.

Wedding Photography Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Before the big day


HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE BOOK YOU?

That is entirely up to you. There will be no pressure from me for you to book when we first meet and I would suggest you talk everything over before you book. Once someone has booked a date I can't let you have the same day. It is wiser to book once you have fixed the date.

ARE YOU INSURED?

I hold full professional indemnity and public liability insurance. Should a venue require evidence of this I am more than happy to provide copies.

DO YOU HAVE A DBS CERTIFICATE?

Yes, I do. I work part-time with vulnerable adult and young carers so I hold the enhanced certificate. A copy can be provided at any time.

DO WE NEED TO MEET UP BEFORE THE BIG DAY?

Personally, I think it is a really important part of getting to know each other and to build trust. I know I am very easy going but you won't be sure of that until we meet. Having us all meet up gives us all the chance to get to know each other and discuss any wedding day photography ideas you may already have.

I'd also suggest another meet up closer to the wedding to run through any changes or new ideas.

WE WOULD LOVE TO BOOK YOU, NOW WHAT

Excellent, thank you. If I haven’t already provided you with a copy of my contract, contact me and I will send you a link to a copy for you to complete, upon receipt of the completed contract and the booking fee, I will confirm the booking of your wedding day.

WHAT AREAS DO YOU COVER?

I mostly cover weddings in Devon and Cornwall but I am open to travel further. We can discuss this when we meet.

WHAT IF IT IS A VENUE YOU'VE NOT SHOT AT BEFORE?

I will always look at a venue in person or, if it is far away, research the location online to make sure I know the best places to shoot from, for sunny or rainy days!

WHAT KINDS OF PHOTOGRAPHER ARE YOU?

I love the 'capture the moment' shots and I like my photos to be storytelling. There is an art to photographing someone when they don't see you taking the photo. Those photos are priceless and are the type of photos I enjoy taking the most because they reflect a part of the day that most others, including the bride and groom, would have missed.

WHAT IS INVOLVED WITH OUR WEDDING PHOTOS?

Most think we stride up to the wedding, take a few photos and we then go back home and everything is done. The reality is the actual wedding day is only a small part of my process. The editing of photos can take several days or more because I want each photo to look the very best. The price you pay is not only the wedding, the meetings and venue research, it's also to spend time making sure you'll have photos you'll remember for life.

 

On the day


HOW LONG WOULD YOU STAY AT OUR WEDDING?

That would be entirely up to you. I can be there from start to finish. I would suggest that I don't stay much after the first dance, as this is when smartphones tend to take over. You tell me what you'd like and we will work out a schedule between us.

DO YOU DO FAMILY GROUP SHOTS?

It's very often a main part of the day for weddings so yes I do. I would suggest that no more than half a dozen should be scheduled and we can discuss this during our chat. It can be as formal as you want but I like to capture some 'off-the-cuff' shots if possible and if time allows...

It can be time-consuming and sometimes difficult to get everyone in the right place for the formal shots. I would strongly suggest that you have a nominated person (usually a groomsman) to help me so we can get them done quickly so everyone can get back to the fun.

WE HATE HAVING OUR PHOTO TAKEN, CAN YOU HELP US?

This is why it is so important for us to meet up prior to your wedding, not only for us to get to know each other but also for me to get a feel for how you are with having your photo taken. Honestly, you really don’t need to worry about anything, it’s not about me and my camera, it’s about you both. The only time you will really be in front of the camera is when we go for a walk to get some stunning photos of you both while you take some time out together, no false smiles, it’s my job to make you feel comfortable and inject a little bit of fun with my photography.

DO WE NEED TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A MEAL WHILE WE ARE HAVING OURS?

This is entirely up to you, some couple do, some don't. For a half day, I won't need anything (but I'll treasure you forever if a coffee appears!). For a full day, if I can't get a meal where you're having your reception, I may have to leave to find somewhere to eat and then come back.

WHAT IF IT RAINS?

All the rain will do is limit the places I can photograph you but that also doesn't mean we can't get 'rain-creative'. I will know before we get there where I will be taking the photos, whatever the weather.

WHAT HAPPENS IF SOMETHING HAPPENS TO YOU BEFORE OUR WEDDING?

My absolute priority would be to reach out to other photographers to see if someone else can take over. I am very lucky in that I don't get colds, I have the flu jab and I rarely get ill. In my last job I had 3 days off in 6 years so it really is rare. Having a second photographer would be a very good option if this worries you.

WHAT DO YOU WEAR ON THE WEDDING DAY?

I don’t want to stand out but I still need to be comfortable and agile. I'll be wearing a shirt and black chinos. Sometimes a shot will require that I stand in mud, sand, water etc so I will be likely wearing a pair of all black, waterproof, safety hiking boots, just so I don't have to limit my options taking your photos.

 

After The Wedding


WHEN WILL OUR PHOTOGRAPHS BE READY?

I don't want to make you wait and with modern cameras and software it 'may' be possible to send or upload a few photos during the 'actual' wedding day. It will depend on internet access, signal strength etc. I suggest you think of a hashtag that people at your wedding can use (something like "#JohnJaneMay20").

I also like to try and get a handful of edited photos to you within a few hours of getting home, or by the next morning, so you can use them for social media. Please then allow up to 2-3 weeks for all the remaining photos.

HOW MANY IMAGES DO WE GET ON THE USB DRIVE/DOWNLOAD?

All weddings are different and can vary from wedding to wedding. For a full day, generally, I provide around 400-500 images.

WHAT IF I WANT SOMETHING TAKEN 'OUT' OF A PHOTO?

My price includes the general retouching of each photo to pull out the best colours. It does not include editing the photo to remove things like; tan lines, running fake tans, Auntie holding up a giant iPad in your ceremony photos and so on. I can do it but I'm really sorry to say, it isn't cheap and nor is it part of the wedding package.

WHO OWNS THE COPYRIGHT OF THE PICTURES?

The copyright always belongs to the photographer but as described in my contract, you are pretty much free to do with them as you wish with only a few restrictions, I am happy to talk over these with you.

HOW DO I RECEIVE THE USB

I always think it’s important to personally deliver the photos, it’s always great to catch up. However, if time or travel distances mean it’s not feasible, I have them sent securely in the post.


Would you like to hire me for your wedding?
Phone 07828 467 753 or Email Me.

Bride and Groom.
Bride and Groom
Bride and Dad.
Bride and Groom coming out the door.
Brides Maids.
Bride and Groom.
wedding reception.
Cutting wedding cake.

Looking for something else?

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Happy Clients

"Simons photographs are truly beautiful. He captures the very best Devon has to offer and they look amazing on canvas. Although he’s clearly passionate about landscapes and seascapes, his ability to capture stage performances is exceptional and he delivers these promptly. I would highly recommend his services."
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