How long do you spend at the wedding?
As long as required! Usually between 10-13 hours if I’m needed from the preparation, but clients don’t always want pre-ceremony shots – it’s completely up to the bride and groom.
What happens if we do not want you to cover the whole day?
I’m totally flexible with hours of coverage. However, I do still charge a standard fee as I will only ever shoot one wedding per day.
Why do you only have the one package?
It’s much easier for you to make a choice on a set price, rather than try and compromise with time and resources. I find that providing one package is the easiest option for all concerned, then, if you want albums and prints you can get these on top. Simple.
What is your style of photography?
Always a difficult question to answer as weddings are so tailored to individual preference, but if I had to put a label on it I would say photo journalistic/reportage with a creative edge.
What albums do you use?
Many different sizes, styles and types, both bespoke and hand made. My most popular ones are Graphistudio at the top end of the photobook range, or the Jorgensen Albums, which are a slightly more classic album with actual prints. I have samples of both you can have a look at when we meet.
Do you have experience shooting different kinds of religious ceremonies?
Yes. I have photographed many different kinds of services, such as Christian, Jewish, Muslim and mixed denomination.
What happens of you’re ill on the day?
I’m a super-human who never gets ill or suffers from any kind of misfortune. Ha, not really, but I’ve never yet been ill enough to not cover a wedding. Although, if for some reason there was a major drama and I couldn’t make it on the day, I have a network of wedding photographers that would step in last minute. We all cover each others work if one of us were to fall ill or become injured.
Do you ever use an assistant?
Usually not, unless you choose the added photobooth option. However, if the wedding was so large I needed an extra set of eyes/pair of hands then I would hire an assistant.
Do you belong to any associations?
I am a member of the Society of Wedding and Portrait photographers. It’s very fancy.
How many images can we expect from the day?
Over a 10-13 hour day you can expect 600-800 images.
Can we choose the location of the pre-wedding shoot?
Yes please! If there is somewhere special to the two of you then we can do the shoot there. I also know of many intimate and interesting London locations that provide the perfect opportunity for pre-wedding shoots.
Do you charge for travel?
Not for London and the Home Counties. However, if the locations are so far away that I need to stay overnight, then I would have to charge extra to cover the cost of a hotel room.
Do you have back up equipment?
Top marks – good question. I have both back up camera bodies and lenses. I invest a lot of ££’s in new equipment so it’s as important to me as it is to you for me to have back ups. I also carry loads of memory cards and batteries etc.
Our wedding is going to be in more that one location, is that OK?
No prob. Most weddings are between one and two locations. I have done some that were spread across 3 locations and multiple days.
Can we book an appointment to come and see you before we book you?
Absolutely. It’s a great idea to get an idea of my personality as well as my photography style. Just drop me an email or give me a buzz on 07872 040 741 and I can arrange a time to come and meet with you.
How long after the wedding do we have to wait to see the images?
I aim to have the images up online one week after the wedding. I can also upload them to my Facebook profile for your friends to do some tagging (but you will need to get your friends and family to become a friend of Mark Colombus Photography as the galleries are private).
Can we view our wedding images online?
One week after the wedding I will have your images up online in your own personal gallery in the Client Area. I will email you with the password and link that you can send to your friends and family.
What is a pre-wedding shoot?
Have a look on my blog – there are loads of pre-wedding shoots on there. It’s basically a few hours to capture some informal shots and portraits. It’s a chance for us to get to know each other prior to the wedding. It’s also a great way to get used to being in front of the camera. Some people go on to use the images on their wedding day, as table decorations, or on the cover of guest books, for example.
Can I view feedback from your other clients?
I love feedback. I have a ‘raves page’ where you can see comments from my clients. I also encourage people to leave comments on my blog as well.
How long do you keep the digital files for?
For ever and ever and ever… Once my hard drive fills up I take it out and replace it with an empty one. I never get rid of the images.
Can we order large and canvas prints from you?
Yes. You can see the prices here. If there is a certain size that’s not on my list, just drop me an email and I’ll get a price quote for you.
Do you do destination weddings?
Yes. However, I price destination weddings differently as we need to accommodate for travel and expenses, so please drop me an email or call me on 07872 040 741 to discuss specifics.
Are there any hidden costs involved?
No way, hidden costs are bad.
What if I don’t like having my photo taken?
I know, I hate my photo being taken too. But don’t sweat it. I’m actually very good at making people feel happy and relaxed in front of the camera and the pre-wedding shoot really helps here with any nerves.
Are you insured?
Yes, all my equipment is insured and I have personal liability insurance.
Your logo is amazing, did you design it yourself?
No no, I’m a wedding photographer not a graphic designer, but thanks it is brilliant, the thanks goes to Gareth from Dot Design, if you are after something designed i could not recommend him enough, he was very speedy and understood exactly what i wanted, he has a wee blog about the design process you can see here