Wedding FAQ | Frequently asked questions about weddings
Every wedding is unique, but there are always questions and topics that concern almost every bride and groom.
In this area I would like to answer some of these questions directly for you and I hope it is helpful for you and your planning.
How much time should we plan for the wedding couple shoot?
Again and again in the planning discussions, the question arises how much time should be planned for the wedding couple shoot. Basically, the first question is whether we have to change the location or even have to go to several locations. If everything takes place on site at the location (this is the case in 90% of cases), then you should allow 1 hour for your planning. It already contains a buffer - the actual shooting usually doesn't take longer than 30-40 minutes ... I have various variations in my head that let you interact with each other in a natural way, so that the type of recordings that you make here are created my page finds. If the bride and groom shoot takes place in the middle of the day, I will also take you outside for 5-10 minutes in the early evening (when the sun goes down) so that we can conjure up some wonderful shots in the backlight - the mood in the evening is usually unbeatably beautiful and I therefore recommend it to every bride and groom.
Corona crisis: what happens if we have to postpone our wedding and how would it work if it took place in times of crisis?
At the moment I understandably get a lot of calls from unsettled couples. The first and most important question is always: what happens if we have to cancel or postpone our wedding and does our deposit expire in this case? Basically you can (or maybe even have to) postpone your wedding without any problems and in this case the deposit would of course not expire or be due again. The prerequisite for this is that I am still free or available on the new date. I am currently optimistic that weddings can take place from May (possibly to a reduced extent). If this is not the case or if you have to postpone your wedding, please contact me as soon as possible so that we can talk about alternative dates. I will proceed with the repayment of the down payment in the same way for all couples: due to the special location, I am not obliged to pay back the down payment (no fault of my own) and I cannot make a full repayment (i.e. for all orders). Therefore I decided to keep it the same for all couples and will not make any repayments out of goodwill. Please understand.
If your wedding is taking place, but the crisis is not yet over and there is still a health risk (which will probably be the case for all weddings this year), then understand that I will keep some distance on the day of your wedding and any direct contact avoid. For me as a photographer this is not a problem with the appropriate lenses and I will deal with the situation professionally as usual.
What do we do if it rains on the day of our wedding?
This question is asked in about 90% of my preliminary talks and it is understandable as we unfortunately can no longer "rely" on the weather. I even had weddings between June and August that fell completely into the water - so it's justified to ask this question. ;-)
The answer is: we still have a lot of fun and enjoy the day! Every wedding photographer - who takes his job seriously and works with a professional standard - has weatherproof equipment and replacement equipment with him if something should get wet or break. In my view, it doesn't matter what the weather is like. I still take beautiful pictures and have the experience to work with the bride and groom and the guests even when it rains. Of course, in this case there will be no pictures in the great backlight and the sometimes breathtaking sunset mood in the evening, but that's just the way it should be and we should still enjoy the day and make the best of it. In any case, I have transparent umbrellas with me in case of an emergency - so you don't need to buy any extra ...
When should we book you as a wedding photographer and how would it go?
There are the spontaneous who sometimes find a wedding photographer 1-2 months before the wedding, but this is definitely a rarity and usually only works if you don't want to get married between May and September and your wedding doesn't take place on a Friday or Saturday .
As a wedding photographer, I am usually booked at least 6 months in advance - most of them even book about 1 year in advance. Appointments such as 19.09.19 are of course very popular and often booked out several times (I can only assign appointments once, but sometimes get more than 4-5 inquiries for certain appointments).
The procedure for me would be that you first send me an inquiry with your appointment and I will provide you with a price list with my prices and services if the appointment is still free. If a booking would then basically be an option for you, we will meet in person before making a binding offer or arrange a video call (if it were too cumbersome from a distance). Since we spend a few hours together on the day of your wedding, I find it important that we understand each other and that the sympathy fits. At our first personal meeting we also talk through your wedding roughly and I can give you (mostly) helpful tips for your planning, since I already have a lot of experience.
How expensive is a wedding reportage and why are many wedding photographers so expensive?
Every wedding is planned and calculated individually (together with you). On request (and if your appointment is still free) I will send you my current price list with my basic package and the options that you can book additionally. My basic package includes a photographic accompaniment of 6 hours, approx. 300 selected and edited images on a USB stick, 10 prints and the delivery in a beautiful wooden box.
As options, I offer, for example, a wedding trailer, a pre-shoot, all pictures (unprocessed) additionally and of course additional hours (up to 12 total hours can be booked).
Basically, I can say at this point that wedding photographers are not cheap, but that the prices are (mostly) justified. As a wedding photographer, I am not only there to press the shutter release of my cameras for 6 hours, but plan your wedding with you, accompany you through the day with advice and action, and ensure a relaxed and fun atmosphere with the photos and put a lot of work into your order before and after the wedding.
For rough orientation and for you for information: I have to do a total of at least 14 hours for a 6-hour wedding reportage. 1-2 hours of preparation / preliminary discussion / planning, 6 hours of reportage including usually at least 1 hour of arrival and departure and at the end of at least 6 hours of selection of the pictures, post-processing, creation of the online gallery and prints as well as packing your wooden box. All in all, a lot of effort that you don't necessarily notice. ;-)
How can you take pictures and film at the same time?
Since I have also been offering short wedding trailers in addition to my photography, the question of how I do it often arises - especially with important and unique moments such as moving in the bride, exchanging rings or kissing for the first time? As you can see in the picture, my hands are big enough to hold two cameras - the lower camera films continuously and I take the photos with the upper one. I'll just shoot the video later during editing and so I also have scenes for your video that would otherwise not be possible as a single person. I only use this procedure with both cameras in my hands in exceptional cases (e.g. a short walk to the altar) - usually it is sufficient if I occasionally switch to video mode from time to time and record short sequences. I have selected my camera equipment especially for this purpose and am able to change very quickly and will not miss any moments! So you don't have to worry that the selection of the pictures suffers from the additional video.
What happens if your camera fails or an SD card breaks?
As a professional wedding photographer, I don't want to leave anything to chance and make sure that I have everything in my pocket at least twice! In addition to my two main cameras, I even have an alternative in my pocket that I could also use if both (!!!) cameras fail on your day - so there are definitely photos! ;-) As additional security, I make sure that there are always 2 SD cards in my camera and that the images and videos are always backed up in parallel on these 2 cards - so even if an SD card breaks, I have I still have a full backup on the other card. There are wedding photographers who come to your wedding with just one camera and have no replacement with them - that can work well, but it doesn't have to. I find something negligent and too risky. The moments of your wedding are unique and irretrievable - there is no second chance and therefore the equipment simply has to fit.
What is often forgotten when planning?
Since I have been present at over 100 weddings and have also planned most of the weddings to a certain extent, I can give you a few points from experience that will be forgotten in the planning.
Most of the time it starts with the bride and groom not planning how to leave the church. I always recommend that the guests should first leave the church and then position themselves outside so that we can walk through the guests together ... this creates beautiful pictures and in the end you can stop and then congratulate the guests accept. ;-)
That brings us to the next point - the congratulations phase! Depending on the number of guests, it can take a good 20-30 minutes here until all the guests have fallen around your neck and your groomsmen may have put the presents down and received them (I always recommend that you communicate directly where and when the gifts should be handed over - if possible not at this time, as it means additional organizational effort for you and your groomsmen).
These 20-30 minutes and often the trip to the location, which can take longer depending on the traffic, are often planned too short, which means that all subsequent activities will take place a little later. So always plan 20-30 minutes buffer for the important things. If you have groomsmen or parents who are probably planning games or something similar, I recommend that you give these people a time slot in advance in which they can let off steam. ;-) This has the advantage that you can plan better and still be surprised, because you don't know exactly what is going to happen.
What happens if you are sick or fail on the day of the wedding?
I probably cannot answer this point to your complete satisfaction, but I also want to be honest. You book me as a single person for your wedding, which means I am not a team that can compensate for a breakdown. You have to be aware of this and unfortunately you have to live with this risk.
On the other hand, I have never had a breakdown in which the bride and groom no longer had a photographer. There was a case where I canceled a wedding because it was supposed to take place during the period in which the birth of my second daughter was predicted. However, I had directly recommended alternatives to the newlyweds and had already asked these photographers beforehand that they would be available on that day - it was "half as bad" for the newlyweds and they still got beautiful pictures - but from another photographer . ;-) I would do it again and again - if I should fail, I always offer you alternatives, which of course is not a guarantee if your wedding takes place on a popular date. In the case of a "normal" illness, I would always stuff myself with enough medication to be at your wedding - so I will always do my best so that you do not have any problems.