Top frequently asked questions
1. With modern digital cameras, is the wedding photographer still that important?
Owning a DSLR camera (also called “a big fancy camera” by some), doesn’t make a professional wedding photographer, as much as owning a sports car and a helmet doesn’t make a racing driver!
A professional wedding photographer will have perfected their image capturing & editing skills over time. They’ll be able to handle any eventuality thrown at them on a wedding day. At any given moment they will have back up equipment should something fail. A wedding photographer is so much more than someone who just clicks a shutter. They have people management skills and they know how to do a professional job, yet remain as unobtrusive as possible.
Your wedding images are the only lasting memory of one of the most special days of your lives. When your wedding guests have gone home, the food has been scoffed, the flowers have wilted, and your eccentric uncle has given up on trying to get a date with one of your bridesmaids, all that you will have left are your beautiful wedding photographs. In the words of Benjamin Franklin: “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”
2. How do we secure your services for our wedding date?
Send us an email with details of your wedding date and wedding venue, or if you prefer, complete our contact sheet and we’ll send you our info brochure and answer any potential questions you may have.
We always recommend couples meet with the photographers on their short list before making their final decision. Your wedding photographer will be in your very personal space for most of your wedding day, it would be disastrous if you do not get along!
If you’re in Cape Town or surrounds, please join us for a cup of coffee, and let’s chat about your wedding day. If you are a little further away, we are more than happy to have a virtual coffee over Zoom.
Should you decide you like the people behind the camera as much as you did their work, a 20% booking fee secures our services for your wedding day.
3. How many images will we receive?
We do not limit ourselves to the number of wedding images we take on your special day. We click away as the wedding day unfolds before us. Ultimately you should end up with between 600-800 wedding images, from a regular 8 hour wedding.
4. Do you edit our images?
We lovingly and professionally edit your wedding images, using the wedding photographer’s favourite software, Lightroom and Photoshop. This “2nd shoot” is where we transform your wedding images into wedding day “masterpieces”. If however you have a special editing request, i.e. you prefer to have a slight resemblance to Sophia Loren, we suggest you discuss this with us beforehand!
5. How long after our wedding day will we receive our images?
We try our best to get the wedding images to our newly weds between 6-8 weeks after the wedding date. If you follow us on one of your favourite social media platforms, we do regular sneaky peeks as we go along.
6. Can we have the RAW images?
Like all professional wedding photographers our images are captured in RAW-format and your final edited images are handed to you in JPG-format. Regrettably we don’t release our original RAW-images. RAW-images represent the canvas on which we create our artistic wedding photographs. Our final product reflects our own artistic style of wedding photography and carries our personalized stamp.
7. Do you offer engagement shoots?
Absolutely! We love having our wedding couples in front of our lenses before their special day. It’s a great way to get to know each other, and once your wedding day comes around, you are way more comfortable in front of the camera!
8. Do you offer photo books?
We do! Some of our packages include a photo book, else if you decide after your wedding day that you’d like to have a photo book made, you are more than welcome to get in touch.
9. How long in advance should we book?
Once you’ve made the decision that you would like to go ahead with our services, don’t delay. Popular weekend dates fill up first, and we’d hate to disappoint you.
10. How would you describe your style of photography?
We prefer not to box ourselves into a particular style of photography. Although we love the “fly on the wall approach,” documenting the little unscripted moments, we know too, that some parts of the day also require a little guidance.
Ultimately we’d like our wedding couples to have a mix of wedding images, some fun, some fit for granny’s mantel piece and some just so emotional that you’ll struggle not shed a tear.
11. What are your transport and accommodation arrangements?
Travel expenses are included within a 50 km radius of our home office in Durbanville. Should your wedding venue fall outside of the Cape Town area, Automobile Association rates may apply to transport costs. If your wedding takes place more than 1.5 hours drive from Cape Town, we may require overnight accommodation.
If your wedding is in another province of South Africa, or perhaps another country, airfares and accommodation may apply. However you’ll find us very accommodating to say the least, as we love crossing borders and oceans!
12. Do you view our wedding venue beforehand?
Although we’ve shot at so many Cape Town wedding venues, we still do a location scout before each wedding. We like to find new locations, beautiful backdrops and undiscovered gems.
13. Do I need to provide you with table seating and a meal at the wedding reception?
Yes please! By the time we walk into the reception, our last meal will be a distant memory and we’ll have been on our feet for many hours. In a perfect world a separate little 2-person table on the side will suffice. Seating us with your guests at a table is just fine too, however all our camera equipment tends to be a bit of a nuisance.
14. Can you assist us with a timeline for our wedding day?
We’d love to! The last thing you want is to be stressed on your wedding day and feel that you are racing against the clock. Allow enough time for all activities to be done at a leisurely pace. If there’s one word of advice we can give you – it’s to plan your day so that your couple shoot is in golden hour light (ie the hour before sunset.)
15. How many weddings have you covered?
We are blessed to say that we have documented over 500 love stories, and counting.
16. Do you cover weddings outside of Cape Town?
Absolutely we do! Although we are Cape Town based wedding photographers, to date our photography has taken us to the Northern Cape, KZN, Gauteng, East Africa and Germany. Nothing gets us more excited than a road trip, so no matter how crazy your idea, we’d love to hear about it. If your wedding is taking place in another province, it’s always just a flight away. And of course, our ultimate is a destination wedding, so just say the word.
17. Do you cover other genres of photography other than weddings?
Yes, we do! If you have a look at the ‘Our Work’ heading on our home page, you’ll get to see what else we get up to!