wedding FAQs

wedding photographer questions

ARE YOU FREE ON MY WEDDING DATE?

Let’s find out! Pop me an email at hello@elysemarksphotography.com or fill out my contact form here. Try to give me as much detail as you can… The more I know about you guys the better equipped I’ll be to make the most amazing memories for you!

HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?

Take a peek at my wedding pricing page here.

WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU MEAN BY FULL DAY WEDDING COVERAGE?

My full coverage package includes 8 hours of shooting on your wedding day (plus free engagement shoot, all editing + processes, minimum of 400 jpegs of your wedding day in colour and B+W as a downloadable link and an online gallery). Drop me a line about the shape of your day and if you think you may need me for longer let’s have a chat. We can tack on some extra time at £150 per shooting hour.

DO YOU CHARGE FOR TRAVEL?

That depends! Weddings within London or an hour-ish drive from where I live have travel included in my pricing. If you’re tying the knot further afield I charge 40p/mile or any train/ plane charges at cost price. You may also have to consider putting me up the night before or after (hotel or with friends/ family) if you’re very far away – I want to be refreshed and fully charged (me and my equipment!) and being late is my absolute worst nightmare. I’m a 3 hours early rather than 3 minutes late gal!

ARE YOU INSURED?

I am! I have £5million public indemnity insurance.

THIS ALL LOOKS AWESOME… HOW DO WE LOCK YOU IN FOR OUR WEDDING DAY?

Firstly we will have a lovely chat about your plans. This can be either in person (within London) or over Skype. If you like what you hear and want to book me a 50% deposit and a signed contract means we are booked! The final amount is due 7 days before your wedding date. I like to get all the money stuff done and dusted early so you can concentrate on each other and your gorgeous family and friends on the big day and I can get your images to you as soon as they are ready for you.

DO YOU PROVIDE BLACK AND WHITE IMAGES?

Yes! I edit each image from the day in colour and in B+W.

HOW ARE MY IMAGES DELIVERED?

I email you a downloadable link.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

I live in East London aka the centre of the universe. So basically, I can travel to whichever city, county or country you guys need me to, just let me know where the fun is taking place!

WILL YOU BE THE PHOTOGRAPHER WITH US ON OUR WEDDING DAY?

YES! If you think you might need a second shooter for your day to get other angles/ sides of the story we can add one to your full day package for £250. I have a wide pool of professional wedding photographer friends whose styles are similar/ complimentary to mine. Around 6 months from the date of your wedding I will lock one of these lovelies in place to make sure we capture everything you need.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU’RE ILL ON THE DAY?

This has never ever happened before but if in the very unlikely event I am so ill I cannot shoot for you I have many awesome professional photographer friends who can step in for me. There are specific facebook groups which advertise last minute emergency photographer needs and each of the members also has a pool of photographer friends they can also ask to help on my behalf. If this did happen I would transfer any money you have paid to me to them or return your money if I can’t find anyone.

CAN I OBTAIN COPYRIGHT FOR MY IMAGES?

The copyright of the images remains with me as your photographer. However you have my permission to print and share your images for non-commercial use as you wish. You can’t edit them or use them for sales or marketing purposes though. If you’re going to share on facebook or anywhere else online I’d love you to credit me as ‘Elyse Marks Photography’. You can put a link to this website www.elysemarksphotography.com or to my facebook group www.facebook.com/elysemarksphotography.

DO YOU HAVE A SHOT LIST?

As an experienced wedding photographer I know the usual must-have shots but do let me know in advance if there is anything specific you are expecting from me. My aim is to capture your day in all it’s glory as it happens so apart from our portraits and group shots I will go with the flow of the day and not tend to direct anything.

SHOULD WE HAVE GROUP SHOTS?

If you want them then absolutely yes. These tend to be the ones that mum, dad and nan have on their mantel piece for years to come so we definitely want to take some shots for posterity. But I really do want to concentrate on getting awesome candid, natural and real shots for you to display in your home so I advise keeping group shots to a minimum so you can get on and enjoy yourselves. My suggestion is to limit it to 8 group images max. Totally up to you of course but 45 minutes of group shots can be tedious for you guys and for your guests. Depending on guest co-operation we can bash these out in 20 minutes or less, get on with shooting some cracking couple portraits and then grab a glass of bubbles and get on with the party!

WE’RE REALLY WARY OF THE CAMERA AND HAVING PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN. WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

Honestly, all you need to do is concentrate on each other and on enjoying your amazing day. Just be yourselves! It’s my job to take a good picture, not yours. I totally understand feeling nervous about this – cameras are everywhere in our lives now. But your friend who papped you on a drunken night out from that awful angle and with a crappy old camera doesn’t have my equipment, skill and experience. You are both going to look your lovely, glorious selves. All dressed up to the nines!

WHAT ELSE DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH?

As well as beautiful wedding days I shoot, kids + family sessions, various parties + celebrations, loads of corporate events, theatre productions and headshots. Have a click about this website and my other one (www.elysemarksimaging.com) to see more!