Frequently asked questions and answers.
Q. Do you photograph family group photographs?
A. I suppose this is one of the things people worry about the most when hiring a reportage photographer but there really isn’t anything to be concerned about, and of course I will be more than happy to photograph some family group pictures for you. If, like some people, you wanted no staged shots then I wouldn’t take any however most people are happy to have some. I normally do about 10 and that would take around 15 minutes. There is no particular need to write a list but, if it makes you more comfortable and you have specific ideas about the shots you want, then by all means email one through to me before the wedding so that I can re-order it as required to make the process as swift and painless as possible. I’ll do my best to accommodate requests on the day but it isn’t always possible due to time / weather constraints. If you are the kind of person who will definitely want a picture that you can’t live without then please send a list, that way you can be sure nothing will be missed. What I would strongly advise against would be a list of 20+ photographs as it just takes too long and you will get very, very bored… As a starting point I would suggest you start with the following list as a base:
The bride and groom plus:
The bride’s parents
The groom’s parents
The bride’s parents AND the groom’s parents together
The bride’s parents plus brothers, sisters and grandparents
The groom’s parents plus brothers, sisters and grandparents
The bridesmaids and flowergirls
The best man, ushers and groomsmen
The bridesmaids AND the ushers, best man etc.
All the guests (although this is very weather dependent and you need a good vantage point at the venue)
Q. Do you work alone or with another photographer?
A. Normally I work by myself but I understand that some couples would like the extra coverage that a second photographer can bring, particularly for larger weddings, and, if this is what you would like, then I can bring along another photographer with me on the day for a small extra charge (detailed on my current price list). I work closely with two other professional photographers who are, in their own right, both accomplished artists and enjoy photographing weddings just as much as I do.
Q. Where are you based and how far will you travel?
A. I am based in Garnethill, in the city centre of Glasgow. I used to live in the countryside but there weren’t enough cafes to keep me sustained. Although I am based in the West of Scotland I cover weddings all over the place – in fact only about 1/4 of my weddings will be in Glasgow with the rest spread throughout Scotland and the North of England. I don’t charge for travel within Scotland unless I need to take the ferry…
Q. How long will you spend at our wedding?
A. I offer two levels of coverage, both of which will begin, with your permission, at the preparations stage of the day a couple of hours before the ceremony. For the basic level of coverage I will stay until the speeches are finished, whether that is before the dinner or after, and for the second level of coverage I will stay to photograph you and your guests for the first 30 minutes or so of the dancing in the evening.
Q. Do you work for a specific amount of hours?
A. No – I think of weddings as being very elastic in their timings. I am rarely at a wedding that runs on time (and not because of me either!) and I will stay until either the end of the speeches or the dancing (see above) regardless of whether they are at 8pm, as planned, or 10pm.
Q. So, what is Reportage and is it the same as Documentary photography?
A. Reportage, documentary and photojournalism are all terms used to describe the same thing. In a nutshell, I will simply turn up in the morning and take photographs continuously throughout the whole day, largely in an unposed and fuss-free way as and when things happen. It is unobtrusive and captures people at their best. I am good at hunting out and capturing moments that tell the story of your wedding rather than setting up all of the photographs to look like a generic wedding. I will still take as many posed family group shots as you ask me to of course, but that won’t be the focus of the day. I hope that the photographs on my blog will give you a good idea of my style of photography.
Q. Do you expect a meal at our wedding?
A. Absolutely not, I charge enough and I am sure I can afford to bring my own sandwiches. However, I do sometimes get the chance of a meal (although rarely with the other guests, which is fine by me) and I am always extremely grateful for it. It’s always a nice surprise to get a wee something on the day.
Q. I notice you shoot black and white – how does that work?
A. I love black and white. Given the chance I would shoot most of a wedding in monochrome, but I know that most couples wouldn’t appreciate that… On the day itself I photograph everything in colour and then, when I edit the photographs, I decide which will look best in black and white and change them. Typically this results in about 60% staying in colour. I am confident that you will like my choices but, if you want to see one or two changed to black and white or colour then just ask and I will do that for you!
Q. Why are there no static galleries on your website?
A. Rather than show you a few photographs from one or two of my very best weddings I prefer to simply show you my most recent blog posts. They are right up to date and each one has around 50 photographs in it. I am not about creating one or two great standalone images from a wedding – I want to give you a whole set of photographs that reflect the whole day, and a blog format is a perfect way of showing that I can do that for you.
Q. You have a great job, only working at weekends!
A. A lot of people say this to me at weddings. The reality is that I have to spend ages and ages editing your photographs during the week to get them to the standard you would expect from a professional photographer. By ‘editing’ I mean colour correction, cropping, adjusting the lighting balance, touching out the unavoidable fire exit signs and not adding fancy skies and cheesy sunsets. It takes, on average, about 2 or 3 full days to edit a wedding depending how sunny it is outside and therefore how many cups of tea I have to take in the garden.
Q. Do you have any client testimonials I can read?
A. Yes! You can see up-to-date recommendations from my past brides and grooms on my business Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/trevorwilsonphotography/reviews/
Q. Do you photograph civil partnerships?
A. Absolutely, I photograph a few every year now and would love to do even more!
Q. What if I don’t want an album?
A. If, for whatever reason, you would prefer not to have an album then I offer two digital packages. Everything stays, literally, exactly the same as all the other packages except that you don’t get an album, only the full-resolution images on a USB drive.
Q. Will you use our photographs on social media after the wedding?
A. A lot of people are worried about this. These days marketing on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc.) is very important and my simply business would’t exist without it. You yourself most likely found me via the internet. However, the privacy of my clients of also of the utmost importance to me and I understand that not everyone wants their pictures on the web. For this reason I always make a point of asking your permission before adding your photographs to my website or social media – if you say no then I might be disappointed but I can promise that I won’t use them. The majority of my clients are delighted to have their photographs on display but I have also photographed some outstanding weddings for more private couples who have asked me not to publish their images and nobody, other than their close friends, will be able to see them ever.
Q. Can you photograph both the bride and the groom in the morning before the wedding?
A. Sometimes, yes… Normally the focus is on the bride but if the bride and groom are both getting ready in the same hotel then I will definitely be able to flit between the two of you. At the very least I will be at the ceremony location before the bride and I can get a few shots of the groom looking nervous and shuffling about. If you are very keen on having coverage of both parties then I would strongly suggest that you ask about a second photographer for the day (see above).
Q. How can I see your prices?
A. There are no prices on my website. So that I can check my availability, for both the date and the location of your wedding (I can’t shoot a wedding in Yorkshire on Friday and then Aberdeen on Saturday) and send you the correct price list (it might be cheaper if it is in the winter) I ask that you fill out the enquiry form on my website or simply send me an email and I will send you a link to the prices straight away.
Q. Will you take photographs of our wedding ceremony?
A. In my eyes the wedding ceremony is the key part of the day and is something I love to photograph. I am very aware of the importance and potential sensitivity of that time of the day and I work accordingly, being as quiet and unobtrusive as I possibly can. People always say to me that they had no idea that I was taking pictures – for me this is great! I am almost always permitted to take pictures, however there are a very small handful of churches (and celebrants) that won’t allow it and I have to abide by the rules. If you would like pictures of your wedding ceremony I would urge you to clarify exactly what the situation is with your celebrant to save disappointment – in my experience it isn’t something that is usually ever make clear to the bride and groom unless specifically asked. They might say yes, but then it turns out that they mean only before and after the actual ceremony, which isn’t terribly useful – if you are keen on having pictures then you should make sure…
Q. Can I get a disk of printable files?
A. Absolutely. All of the packages I offer include a USB drive containing every one of your edited photographs at no extra cost. They are at full resolution and do not have any watermarks or ‘copyright’ emblazoned across the middle. I will also give you a letter giving you permission to print from the disk so that you don’t get into trouble in Boots.
Q. How do we book you?
A. Before booking you might like to arrange a meeting here or have a chat over the phone or perhaps, if I have been recommended to you, you aren’t bothered and just want to book anyway. A lot of my clients are in London or abroad and I simply can’t meet them all either. It is useful, but not essential. When it gets to the point in time that you want to proceed with a booking I will give you a booking form and you basically fill it out and pay a £200 deposit to secure the date. You don’t even have to tell me which package you want if you can’t decide at that time, you only need to reserve the date and everything else can be worked out later.
Q. Do you photograph anything other than weddings?
A. I do, yes. I started wedding photography because I could turn my hobby into a business (lucky me!) and I still take pictures of all sorts of things. The best place to see them is on my Flickr page or on instagram @trevormwilson.
Q. What do you think about ‘Unplugged’ weddings where the guests aren’t allowed to take pictures?
A. When guests take their own pictures it generally doesn’t bother me too much. I photograph dozens of weddings and rarely does it cause me a problem. Potential issues (for me as a photographer) are if people step out in front of you when you are walking up the aisle to get that action shot and, most commonly, when I am taking group photographs and one of you looks at your friend with a camera instead of me. I can work around these without too much difficulty. From your point of view, as a couple, do you want 5 iPads recording your ceremony and spoiling the view for other guests? That is up to you entirely, but I know it has caused many of my clients problems in the past. If you don’t want your guests to go crazy with their cameras / iPads / phones then it is common for couples to ask their celebrant to make a little announcement at the start of the ceremony, so don’t feel to guilty about it.
Q. My question isn’t on here!
A. Wedding photography is my full-time occupation and you should feel that you can call, text, email or Facebook me at any time during office hours and I will always be delighted to help. If it is a good question I might even add it to this list…