HERE ARE SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, BUT PLEASE DO GET IN TOUCH IF THERE’S ANYTHING NOT COVERED HERE.
DO YOU TRAVEL?
Yes – I’m based in Godalming, Surrey, which is just south of Guildford. I’m in an ideal situation to get myself around most of the south of England. I don’t charge for travel up to 65 miles from where I live, and then any further than that is just a small fee for extra time and expenses.
I’M INTERESTED, HOW DO I BOOK YOU?
I’m like many of your wedding suppliers in the fact that I often get booked far in advance, especially for the summer months. I make sure I have at least two meetings with my clients before the wedding. It’s part of it, and a great way to cover some ground – talk about the details, and get to the style of photography you’re after, as well as putting a face to a name, too. A non refundable deposit of £200 secures the date and once you’re confirmed I’m all yours.
WHY ALEXANDER LEAMAN PHOTOGRAPHY? MY FRIEND’S JUST BOUGHT A CAMERA AND SHE SAID SHE’D DO IT FOR £500.
This is my favourite! There’s always lots of discussion about this especially now we live in a digital age where cameras and computers are getting better by the day. Megapixels are sold to us along with HD this and that, and suddenly everyone’s a photographer. When MySpace first came out it seemed like everybody was in a band, but as we all know, only the good bands are the ones that stay the distance. Don’t let it be your wedding that serves as a practice run for your aspiring photographer. All the clichés are true – it can’t be repeated, and you can’t go back and do it all again. The photographs are truly the one way of keeping your memories for years to come, and very often the only thing (apart from your new spouse, of course) that you’ll get to take home after the show. There are no second bests. Honestly, there are a few really good professional Wedding Photographers out there. We keep ourselves very busy because time and time again we get the results that discerning couples expect, and deserve. Technically it’s a very demanding environment to photograph in, and it’s not a time to chance it and hope for the best. An eye for detail, the immediate environment, the story, and timing all come together while the technical adjustments needed to adapt to any given lighting and physical conditions is a natural ability that doesn’t get in the way. And then, on top of all of that, you then give it the kick it needs with full on adaptable, confident, creativity! It’s a big deal! It’s a huge subject, and one which I rant on about in my blog often as well as in myThoughts page – please check these links out for more.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
I use whatever cameras are needed to get the job done! Digital cameras are changing all the time and I find that people get too hung up on which brand, how many mega-pixels, fixed lens/zoom lens, etc etc. The internet is full of passionate arguments on whether this brand is better than that brand and so on, and none of it matters to photographers! For the record I shoot Nikon cameras – I know my kit and I’m very comfortable with it. More importantly, I have a full bag of backup equipment ensuring that nothing is missed if things go awry.
WHAT ABOUT THE COPYRIGHT?
This is the question I get asked the most. It’s not as complicated as some would have you believe. In fact, it’s my experience that most photographers are making this more complicated for themselves because they don’t understand how copyright works! I’ll cover this in more detail during our meeting, but simply put you get all of your wedding photographs on a disk, in full resolution, ready to print a million copies if you want to. There’s no digital watermark and you have the freedom to carry on reproducing pictures for friends and family until the cows come home.
ARE YOU INSURED?
Yes. More than I’ve ever needed to be! Alexander Leaman photography is a limited company and I’m a recommended photographer for some of Surrey’s finest Wedding Venues.
HELP!!! OUR PHOTOGRAPHER’S PULLED OUT OF OUR WEDDING – IT’S IN TWO WEEKS!! ARE YOU AVAILABLE? PLEASE?!
Try Me! You might get lucky