FAQ

How do I go about booking you?

I always try to get together with you before you book me, just so that we can meet and get to know each other. Hearing the wedding plans first hand from a couple is really valuable and I try my best to ensure that this happens. However, an increasing number of couples have booked me from overseas and I am equally comfortable liaising via email or telephone to get a brief for the day.

Once you’ve made the decision to book me, I ask you to complete a booking form. This is an opportunity for you to list all the key people involved in the day, provide me with contact numbers, timings and venues. If you would like some formal shots, I ask you to list your requirements on the form. To confirm the booking, I need a signed copy of the booking form and a deposit of £500. This is then deducted from your final balance. The final balance will be invoiced to you 8 weeks before the wedding date and we ask for payment 6 weeks before the wedding.

Then what?

Lots of couples book me about a year in advance and so after the initial meeting and correspondence, things tend to go quiet. Rest assured, once the booking has been made and the deposit paid, it’s in the diary and secure! I will be in touch two months before the wedding with the final invoice and then I will contact you by telephone usually during the week leading up the wedding date to chat through things and confirm timings and so on. If you want to keep up to date with the work I’m doing throughout the planning stages of your weddings, find me on Facebook.  Once you click the ‘Like’ button, you’ll be able to see my photographic commissions as they are shot.  Bobby-Lock-Photography Facebook page.  You can also check out my blog which showcases all my current projects;  bobbylockphotography.co.uk blog

 

Do you take formal pictures?

Yes. Although my style is documentary and couples book me for the relaxed look of my work, I usually get requests to take formal shots and I’m very happy to do them. However, I try to work through them quickly so that they don’t take up too much time. That’s why I ask for a list of shots you have in mind before the wedding so that we can work through them with minimum fuss.

Do you shoot digitally?

Yes, I use a 35mm Canon digital camera.

Do you work alone?

I prefer to work alone as it’s more discreet. It suits the style of my work, just watching and photographing what I see.

Do you photograph weddings throughout the UK?

Yes, I’m more than happy to travel to weddings, even overseas!  The majority of the weddings I photograph take place in the Isle of Wight, London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.   Travel expenses are included in weddings taking place within 50 miles of where I’m based (100 miles round trip).  Additional mileage is charged at 45p per mile.

When and how do we view our photographs?

I will produce a DVD of all your images for you to view.  From a 4 hour wedding I provide 150 images in both colour and black & white.  From a 6 hour wedding I provide 250 images and from an 8 hour wedding I provide 300 images.

From these final images you can produce your own prints and/or produce your own album. I supply all images in 3 sizes, small, medium and full size jpegs. All the images are in both colour and black & white, individually adjusted for colour balance, exposure and contrast.

Your online gallery is accessed via the Client Area of my website and I provide you and your guests with a username and password so that you can access it securely. Your gallery will be online for 2 months and will feature all your images (all with a number reference). You will be able to buy prints from the website in sizes ranging from 6 x 4″ to 24 x 16” in both colour and black & white.

You offer several packages based on time and give the option to buy albums. Do I need to confirm what I want at the time of booking?

Not at all. The great thing about the packages I offer is that you can change your mind! I often have couples booking me for 6 hours and then at the last minute they decide that they want me for 8 hours. That’s fine. I only work at one wedding a day and so you can have me for as long as you need me! Equally, if at the time of booking, budget doesn’t stretch to the album just let me know when you’ve seen the images and we can go from there.

What about copyright? 

Once you receive the DVD of images you are free to produce prints and albums from the images for your personal use. However, the copyright to the images remains with Bobby Lock Photography. Potential clients like to view wedding collections and I will assume that you’re happy for your images to be used in the promotion of my business. If you’re not happy for me to do this, please let me know.

What is the file size of each image on the DVD?

The images on the final DVD are provided in 3 sizes:

– Full size image file size (measuring 4300 x 2900 pixels) for printing of approximately 14” x 10” prints at 300dpi, right up to a 30” x 20” print at 150dpi. This full sized image is resized and sharpened in Photoshop to give the following smaller sizes.

– 2250 x 1500 pixels. When printed at 300dpi this gives prints in the popular size 7.5” x 5”.

– The image is then resized further to 600 x 400 pixels at a size that is easy to email to friends and family for on screen viewing (this size will produced in both colour and black & white).

How long have you been a photographer?

I’ve been a photographer all my working life, so just over 20 years.

 

Do you have insurance?

Yes, I have public liability insurance.

Have you ever missed a wedding?

Never! I’ve been photographing weddings for over 5 years now and I’ve not missed one. However, I do have a network of other professionals whose work I respect and so there wouldn’t be a problem.