The wedding industry is a funny old business. There are a lot of very big and very costly decisions to be made. All this is complicated by the fact that emotion plays a huge role in the process. It’s a pretty steep learning curve to become familiar with industry norms and to make sense of the array of options available. The best advice that I can give you is to find vendors whose work you love and who you can relate to on a personal level.
Where are you Located?
I live just outside Bath in a town called Frome with my wife and two crazy daughters.
Do you work outside the UK?
I love to hit the road and discover new places. So going out of the Somerset area and the UK is not a problem. I have already shot weddings in USA, Wales and Scotland. Wherever you plan on getting married, I’ll be ready with passport in hand!
Do you do this full time?
I sure do, I’ve been a full time professional wedding photographer for almost 5 years and I have eaten lots of wedding cake!
How far in advance do you book?
You just never know how far in advance a date will be booked. It usually varies between 6 months to a year, but there are exceptions to that. I don’t take commissions more than 18 months in advance. What I can say is that the likelihood that Saturdays during the busy season from May through October are in high demand.
Can you pencil us in for our date while we make a decision?
The short answer is, “Sorry, no.” The longer answer is there’s just one of me and I get a lot of inquiries, so I can’t hold a date for someone while they decide. To reserve your date I need a signed contract and a £350 non-refundable deposit. Your date is locked in once that’s in place. If anyone else inquires about that date I send them a nice message stating that I’m already booked and will likely include some recommendations for other photographers who I know and respect.
What is your turnaround time for wedding Photos?
You will have your online private gallery in 4 weeks if the wedding happens in Winter or Spring time. During season peak (from May to October), turn around time is more between 6 and 8 weeks due to the high volume of work.
I’m usually a lone Ninja but in some cases I can and will suggest a second shooter option.
Do you shoot in JPEG or Raw?
Who says size doesn’t matter? I shoot all of my images in large Raw format. Like a photographic negative, a raw digital image has a wider dynamic range or color gamut than the eventual final image format and it preserves most of the information of the captured image.
Have you shot at my venue before?
If I have, then I’d be happy to share some photos from those events with you. The thing is, though, while I’ve worked at almost all of the larger venues in Somerset I do my best to look at your event with a fresh set of eyes. I do shoot lots of weddings at venues that I’ve never even seen before the wedding day. Here’s where experience comes in. The ability to quickly get the lay of the land and figure out, for instance, where a good place for couples time will be is a skill I’ve developed after years of being a kick arse photographer.
Can I see a full gallery of all of the photos that you delivered to a client?
You certainly may. This is one of the most important things that you can ask a photographer. What you’re looking for here is something beyond the top 20-30 hits of the day that a untrained monkey could take if their lucky. The work of an experienced professional should be at a consistently high level throughout the day. The coverage should be complete and include portraits, moments, photos of the details that you worked hard on, and crazy dancing dancing photos that reflect the energy of your party.
Do you do Family Formal images?
We love your storytelling images, but we also want some family photos. Do you do those, too? Absolutely. I think that those are very important. I do a good, careful job with those pictures while still being quick and efficient. I alway’s recommend that you keep the list at 8 or under so we can crack on the bride and grooms couples time images!
What if I get sick or injured?
“Marry Poppins…. What an awful thought and although after 100 hundred weddings and counting I have never missed one, it is something that my friends and I talk about because it’s a concern that we all share. We all want to take good care of our couples, but since we’re human there’s always a chance that something will happen. I’m glad to be a part of a large network of friends and colleagues all of who stand ready to fill in if someone in the group gets sick or injured!
Do you have Insurance?
You bet! My company is insured through Policy Bee both for my gear and liability on location.
Do you have backup equipment?
You bet your life I do, I have a couple of Nikons D810’s on me throughout the day. I’ve also got another spare one in my bag in case something happens to the main cameras.
What Lenses will I use?
I shoot with only prime lenses, ‘Why” well there’s many reasons, they are very light, sharp and great in low light situations and I just love the perspective that a 35mm lens gives you, and big plus is primes have better image quality simple as that!
We want YOU for our wedding day! How can we book you?
This is awesome! Shoot me an email at Andrew@Andrewbrannanphotography.co.uk or fill in my contact form, with as many details as you can about your wedding. Then let’s meet in person and have a drink to discuss about all that, because nothing is more important to me than meeting people in real life. Of course, if you live to far away or too far for us to meet in person we can always have a virtual cuppa on Skype.