Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT ARE YOUR OPENING HOURS?
We like to be available to our clients on a 24/7 basis via email, from 9-5 Tuesday-Saturday, via telephone and in person. Times and dates do obviously vary based on the dates that I am booked to be photographing a wedding. On these occasions I always return calls and e-mail at my earliest convenience.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CONTACT YOU?
I prefer e-mail for contact as this is a format that I can always refer back to and will have a solid understanding of everything mentioned, if I’m answering a call on downtime at a wedding and need to check dates and availability then this is hard away from the office. Also I can link everything together with the booking procedure from here.
IS PHOTOGRAPHY YOUR FULL TIME JOB?
YES, photography is my passion and to be able to apply myself to my passion on a daily basis is extremely fulfilling; don’t get me wrong I’m not shooting every day but also doing all the necessary behind the scenes work to keep my business alive and thriving.
HAVE YOU HAD ANY IMAGES WIN AWARDS OR BE FEATURED ANYWHERE SPECIAL?
I have had images featured on many different blogs, magazines and in competitions. Most noticeable to me was being the regional finalist for the National Wedding Awards and having one of my images come 5th in the world wide Fujilove competition for, ‘through the glass’. My work can also be seen on Peak tipis blogs, Wonderful Whimsical Weddings, Save the Date Magazine, EastMidlands Wedding Magazine, Boho Weddings and many more. Most lately one of my images was announced to be the Tipi & Kata Competition winner for most creative Tipi image.
WHAT TYPE OF IMAGES DO YOU PRODUCE?
My imagery is often referred to was documentary in style, meaning that it is never/very rarely set up and the images are captured in the moment as they happen. This way works best for me so that the individuals involved in the picture generally don’t know that they have been snapped! This also incorporates details of the day and creative detail shots to make you remember everything that you made happen on your day.
DO YOU DO DESTINATION WEDDINGS?
I travel all over the U.K, England/Scotland/ Wales for weddings, and have one booked for next July the dream destination of Santorini. Rates for these are available on request.
DO WE STILL NEED GROUP SHOTS AT OUR WEDDING
Group shots are still a wanted part of wedding photography, however you are ultimately deciding what you want to have captured. Some weddings have a few (5-8) and then some weddings have none at all and want them captured as they come to me for them. Each wedding is so different from the next that each couple have their own needs and wants for the group shots as to who is important to them in attendance.
Mum, dad, nan and grandad will always go crazy for group shots and so will the bridesmaids. Its always worth having a few!
DO I GET MY IMAGES ONLINE
As the world has now moved forward and we consistently push for new means of delivery the most future proof and secure way of delivering your images to you is via an online gallery. Imagine if you were married 5 years ago and had received your images on a CD/DVD – today as technology has evolved you wouldn’t be able to view the images on a new computer so in order to forward think about where we may be heading I don’t think USBs will be around for much longer.
Online is always going to be available. This is why I choose to deliver galleries this way for my clients and have long – extendable online galleries for them to download from.
HOW DO I KNOW YOUR MY ‘PERFECT’ WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Wedding photography is very personal for some people and everybody has particular ideas and requirements for their finished wedding collection. Most of the clients that I attract love to emotional connection to the images I can portray rather than a selection of images where are just capturing what is happening. I tell stories with the story of the wedding which everybody loves! Other clients on the other hand value more the group shots and will book to have between 10-15 separate groups which is fine and this is how they wish for their day to play out.
I particularly enjoy the weddings where everything is captured more documentary and in the moment, so that I can go and do what I do best – blend in and capture images for my clients which they never even dreamed of as their wedding will never be the same as any other.
ARE ‘TRADITIONAL’ GROUP SHOTS STILL IMPORTANT THESE DAYS?
The traditional group shots are still ‘on trend’ and very much in demand for parents and grandparents to have copies of, but numbers of the groups have drastically dropped to around 7-10 groups which makes the session easier and quicker to capture with help from the bridesmaids and the Best man/Ushers.
WHAT MAKES A PROFESSIONAL WORTH HIRING OVER MY ‘UNCLE DAVE’?
Uncle Dave may be a great photographer but what some couples do forget is that they are at your wedding as much as anyone else to catch up with family and friends as well and take a few photos for you. At the times where somebody who is there solely to take photographs and look for the special moments whilst ‘Uncle Dave’ may be catching up with his best friends-sisters-aunties-brother and miss the shot. Being there with no connection to the family and to look for moments means nothing will be missed.
HOW DO YOU DISPLAY THE IMAGES I RECEIVE?
The package that I offer come in a variety of finished methods, digital download and also you have the option to purchase a beautiful presentation USB case with a selection of printed 6×4 images for you to enjoy. Albums are my true favourite, which are available as an added item after the wedding. These are accompanied by a bottle of prosecco for you to enjoy whilst you sit back and enjoy the slideshow from your television. Pure luxury.
HOW MANY IMAGES DO I GET SUPPLIED WITH?
I supply to you all the images which I feel tell the story of your day without giving you too much of the true good stuff. If you have a very busy wedding then you may receive over 600 images but we promise to include all of the best images that are captured and I average around 3500 images per wedding.
DO I GET TO CHOOSE THE IMAGES THAT I WANT?
As a general rule no, this is simply based under the presumption that you have booked me to photograph your wedding as a professional so my professional skill and ideas may need to be implemented in post processing to complete a single image which you may dismiss. Like wise you hired me for my abilities as a photographer and selection is part of my job.
CAN I SHOW THE IMAGES ON FACEBOOK/SOCIAL MEDIA?
Yes of course you can, I would love nothing more than for you to show all your friends and tell them how damn amazing we are at Jon Flint Photography.
HOW LONG AFTER THE WEDDING CAN I COLLECT MY IMAGES?
Generally, after a wedding a waiting time of approximately 4-6 weeks is what we ask to complete your wedding, (in the height of summer when bookings are higher a further delivery date may need to be arranged). This gives us enough time to process your images and supply them presented beautifully for you without having to rush. If you require any images for thank you cards then these can be done as a matter of urgency and emailed out but we do need at least a week to produce these.
DO YOU OFFER A DELIVERY SERVICE FOR USB PACKAGES?
Delivery can be arranged with the local postal service (Royal Mail) and the image boxes and prosecco will be sent first class, signed for, recorded for a cost of £30.00 inside the U.K.
DO YOU OFFER ANY ALBUMS?
Yes, we offer a variety of albums, different sizes, finishes and styles to suit your needs. Sample albums can be viewed before purchase to show what they look like.
– Decide on a style of photography
Photography styles can vary drastically, and you may not be aware of what it is exactly that you are looking for? Many people these days like the more relaxed, documentary/ storytelling style of photography for their day, whist others prefer to have a contemporary classical look to their images with group shots and conventional styled portraits. If you know that you want to have a photographer but not have him seen, then the creative/documenting approach will be for you. If you would rather be told where and how to stand then maybe the classical look is for you!
– Find the right pro
When you’re looking for your photographer, simply look for the images that you love! Follow them on Instagram and research their website and request to see FULL WEDDING COLLECTIONS. This way you can gauge if the images that you see on their web site is consistent to the way that the images are shot throughout the day. We as photographers are all guilty of it – putting our ‘hero’ shots on the website to showcase our best work.
Make sure that you also click with your photographer well and you both have a clear idea of what you as the bride and groom want and that your photographer can deliver to your expectations. You will want to leave your photographer after the wedding with him being more of a friend than your ‘wedding photographer’.
– Get used to being in front of the camera
There are many different effective ways for you to become very used to being in front of the camera prior to the wedding such as a pre-wedding photoshoot, which is were you can go out with your chosen photographer to have a few hours getting to know them better and building that relationship that you will have by the time of the wedding. Here you will be able to view the images from this session and be confident and ideally more comfortable in front of the camera in time for your wedding day. Seeing the results will ultimately let you work the camera better on the day that counts.
– Get the best shots on the day
To get the best shots on the day I can only advise to be relaxed go with your photographer and any suggestions that they may suggest. As they go to many wedding they may be able to suggest many different ways of how to get the best from the venue and the people on the day. This way you can go ahead and enjoy your day and not worry about getting the best photographs as you would have the faith in your photographer to get the best shots and wow you with the results when the final collection is delivered.
– Choose the must-have pics
The ‘must-have’ pictures should always be talked about – not set in stone as you may put ideas down for pictures which simply will not happen on the day due to unseen reasons. The weather is normally the one element that can allow or deny a few ‘must-have’ pics being able to go out side for groups or for sparkler exits or couple shots can easily be ruined by rain. I would always advise to make a note of the must-have people captured so that they can be done at any time and at any point. Weddings can run late and again this can affect timings for photography ‘lists’. Keeping it simple and trusting your photographer and their skill and knowledge should be one of the reasons you booked with them.
– Use the images after the day
Wedding photographs should never be forgotten about. I always encourage my clients to have their images printed and on display after the wedding. Albums are great for this and also using print sales after the wedding is a great way to encourage people to remember their special day for years to come after the wedding. Social sharing is also a great way to share the images with your friends and family but I always send my clients a link to a gallery which includes a 50% discount on all prints to again reinforce the elements of printing being so important. I also remind clients how quickly technology develops – from the floppy disk to the DVD and then the USB, how long until USBs are not a tangible product leaving prints to be the one thing that will never go out of fashion.
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