Most Frequently Asked Questions When Booking Wedding Photography

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Colours Photographic want to ensure you enjoy your wedding day and capture the happy events perfectly, so please take a few moments to read our ultimate wedding information guide to frequently asked questions. Noted below are the most frequently asked questions, we get asked by real couples, when they enquire about our Fife wedding photography services in the course of booking Colours Photographic to photograph their wedding day. These are in no particular order or relevance but have come up time and time again over the period of the last 30 years, during our occupation of shooting wedding photography professionally. We have decided to note them down here and offer a little bit of helpful buying advice and guidance when looking to book a professional wedding photographer in Fife along with the pitfalls and scams, you could encounter and should be aware of when involved in shopping for wedding photography. We hope this helps in some way of informing your buying decision on why you should employ a professional wedding photographers services to photograph your big day.

  • Question 1

    Why Do We Have To Visit Your Photography Studio To Book Our Wedding Photography?

    We would always recommend you visit the professional Fife wedding photographer you are thinking of booking at their photography studio or their place of business. This way you can get a good feel for the kind of person you are dealing with and are going to have around all day on your wedding day. It also gives you the opportunity to view their display of finished wedding albums and framed photographs of previous work in their photographic studio showrooms gallery. We would strongly recommend against visiting or meeting up with a stranger you have just met online or via social media who claims to be a professional wedding photographer in Fife and offers to meet you in a hotel pub or cafe car park somewhere for you to pay them upfront or tries to invite themselves into your home, to pressure sell to you, if you pay them in full for your wedding photographs at the time of booking (yes this does happen and it’s not as rare as you might think and yes, people do fall for these kinds of scams).

    Don’t be left high and dry on your Wedding day by a Fauxtographer (Fake Photographer)

    Think about this for a minute, If you have never visited the photographers place of business or photography studio, how are you going to find them, if things go wrong and you need to contact them or they don’t turn up at your wedding or heaven forbid they dissapear with your money, anyone can reassure you with a fake address and mobile phone number. If the individual concerned is the genuine succesful professional wedding photographer they claim to be, then they should have no problem with you visiting them at their photographic studio or workspace were they conduct their photography business from. We would also advise you never to pay in full at the time of booking your wedding photography, here at Colours Photographic we only ever ask you for a deposit to reserve your wedding date, you then pay nothing further until after you return from your honeymoon. We never try to pressure sell you into booking on the spot at our Fife photography studio and always recommend you go away and have a think about things, if you need to discuss matters.

    We have lost count over the years of the number of wedding horror stories, we have heard first hand from brides-to-be or read about in the national press of faux photographers(fake photographers), letting down brides and grooms at the last minute or scamming brides that have booked photography via one of these methods and then been left high and dry either before or on their actual wedding day. So as with everything else involved in the booking and selection of suppliers for your wedding day and for your own piece of mind, always ensure you carry out some due dilligence and arrange to visit your chosen professional wedding photographer at their photography studio or business premises as a matter of course, to ensure you hire the services of experienced trusted wedding professionals in Fife with a proven track record within the Scottish wedding industry and photographic trade.

  • Question 2

    Are All Your Wedding Photos Actually From Real Weddings?

    Yes, all the wedding photographs on our website and on display in our Fife wedding studio are from real weddings we have covered, there are no professional models used in any of the pictures. All of the pictures have been taken on the actual day of the real wedding with real brides and grooms, some of whom you may even recognise. They are not faked on a photo shoot or taken at a later date were the bride is made up again for a trash the dress shoot, ever wondered how a bride comes to be standing at the top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere with not a wedding venue or guest in site for over a 100 miles, this is what we call fake wedding photos or another popular one is where the photos are taken as part of a styled photo shoot on a training course or set up for a wedding venues hotel brochure and people try to pass them off as being taken on an actual wedding.

  • Question 3

    When Do We Get To See The Photos From Our Wedding?

    Your wedding photos are usually supplied in what we call a wedding proof look book, your proof book is usually ready for you to collect from our photography studio in Fife upon return from your honeymoon approx 2 to 3 weeks after your wedding. It will contain all the wedding pictures we have taken on the day of your wedding to enable you to make your final selection for your finished wedding album. If you wish for your wedding photographs to be displayed in an online gallery, so friends and family can see them, we can arrange this for you and it would involve an additional fee to cover hosting, set up costs etc, we can discuss this with you at the time of our meeting. We generally don’t include this as standard now in our packages to help keep costs down for people who may not require this service and are more than happy with a wedding photograph proof book.

  • Question 4

    Do We Have To Book You There and Then When We Visit Your Fife Studio?

    No, you are in no way required to book us immediately or under any obligation to do so and are free to go away, if you wish to discuss things between yourselves, we do not operate any pushy sales tactics. We can usually hold the date for up to 7 days for you after you have been into see us at our Fife photography studios showroom in Dunfermline, for you to decide if we are the right fit for you, as long as there is currently no one else chasing the same date. If you do decide to go ahead and book we would require you to pop back into the studio to pay your wedding reservation fee and for us to fill out some paperwork to get all the necessary details of your wedding day from you.

  • Question 5

    Can We Book A Pre-Wedding Engagement Photo Shoot at Your Photographic Studio or on Location?

    Yes, if this is something you think you would require we can offer you a pre-wedding shoot there would be an additional charge for this type of photography and it’s also a nice way to celebrate your engagement and perhaps to give out photographs of yourselves as framed gifts to parents and family on the day of your actual wedding. We can discuss this further at our meeting if you feel this is of interest to you both.

  • Question 6

    When Do We Have To Pay You?

    To confirm your wedding photography booking with us a reservation fee is payable to keep the date for you. This is deductable off the final balance of your chosen coverage. You then pay nothing further until after you return from honeymoon. We will be in touch again a few weeks before your wedding to confirm all the details once again and run through things. If you have any last minute requests for pictures you would like taken on the day, this is the time to mention them.

  • Question 7

    How Many Photos Can We Have In Our Final Wedding Album?

    The short answer is as many as you would like, but it does start to look a bit busy and cramped if you put in too many, due to the way the pages are layed out, which you will be able to see when you visit our studio to view our wedding albums. We usually suggest 3 to 5 images on a page and most couples usually choose anywhere between 70 – 90 images for their wedding album, you can also of course add extra pages into your album which allows for extra pictures, there is a small additional fee charged for any extra pages.

  • Question 8

    How Long Will You Take On The Day To Shoot Our Photos and Can We Have Any Group Photographs Taken?

    This is a very popular question and one which comes up quite often from couples that have been to a friends wedding, were the newly weds on the day seem to have dissapeared with their chosen photographer for what seems like 2 or 3 hours and sometimes even an eternity! Here at Colours Photographic we try not to take you away from your wedding and family, guests for too long, it just depends on how important the romantic couple portraits are to you both, but we would usually like approx 45 – 60 minutes alone with you both as a married couple if possible. Yes, we do take family group photographs and this is a very important record of your wedding day and part of your family’s legacy, we try to limit this to about 10 -15 groups, as guests and family members can get fed up, quite quickly having been asked to hang around and be ordered about into group shots, when they would rather be in the bar. We also often get asked if guests can take photos on their own phones and ipads, absolutely yes, it’s their wedding too and your guests can be as snap happy as they like, as long as we have your ultimate attention first.

  • Question 9

    Where Do You Take Our Pictures On Our Wedding Day?

    At the house – Make sure the chosen areas for taking photographs are tidied up, we will of course also tidy things up for you if somethings there that shouldn’t be, especially the bedroom, if selected. We will arrive at your home or if it’s the hotel your getting ready at for bridal preparation pictures of you and all your wedding team, a few hours before you are due to leave for the wedding ceremony, so you have time to have some relaxed and informal reportage wedding photography taken.

    At the ceremony – Although the custom can quite often be for the bride to arrive a few minutes late, most ministers and celebrants do not go along with this. Plan to arrive at the place of your ceremony about 10 minutes before the service is due to begin.

    At the reception venue – We generally follow you directly to the reception venue if it’s a church wedding unless you have pre-arranged to stop off, to go to a special location of your choosing for any photographs. Upon arrival at the hotel we will shoot the arranged wedding pictures in various locations at the venue, this way most of the guests can mingle amongst themselves, while we take family and bridal party photographs, before taking the two of you away for some romantic portraits on your own.

    At the meal speeches – We normally stay around to catch some group photographs of the guests seated at their tables and to cover the speeches, before leaving you to enjoy your meal and set up the photo booth for the evenings entertainment.

    At the first dance – Before the first dance gets under way we normally capture some photographs of you both cutting your cake for real and then get pictures of the first few dances of the bridal party and everyone.

    At the photo booth – Once the first few dances are over and out of the way, we open up the photo booth for entertainment throughout the rest of the evening, where family and guests can have some fun filled photo moments in our wedding photo booth and leave a copy of their photos in your guest book with a message.

  • Question 10

    What Can You Do About The Scottish Weather On Our Wedding Day?

    Unfortunately not a lot, no matter what time of the year you plan to have your wedding in Scotland, the weather can be changeable and unpredictable. If it is windy, we suggest having some extra hair clips handy for the veil. If it is raining, we will use our discretion as to where the photographs should be taken. Co-operation from all concerned will ensure the wedding photographs are taken as quickly as possible, using the best facilities available on the day at your chosen wedding venue.

  • Question 11

    Can Our Family and Friends Purchase Wedding Photos?

    Yes of course they can there are order details within your wedding photograph proof look-book with the various sizes and products that we provide, along with full price details, you can purchase these either framed or unframed supplied in presentation mounts and prove to be very popular with parents and grandparents looking for a keepsake from your wedding day.

  • Question 12

    Can You Provide A Second Photographer At Our Wedding If We Need One?

    Yes we can supply a second photographer if this is something you feel you would like at your wedding to maybe provide some extra coverage, there would be an additional fee payable for this service on top of your package price, depending on your specific circumstances and whether you want an extra professional wedding photographer to shoot the grooms getting ready at say a different location etc. We can discuss this with you further at the time of your visit to our photography studio.

  • Question 13

    Will You Be The Photographer At Our Wedding When We Book?

    Yes we always fully undertake the professional photography of your wedding personally, we do not sub contract your wedding photography out to hobbyists, weekend warriors or amateur photographers. All our secondary photographers that may work alongside us at your wedding, if you require a second photographer are professional photographers who have as many years of experience in the wedding industry as ourselves.

  • Question 14

    Can We Pay By Installments and Spread The Cost?

    Yes we realise not everyone has an unlimited budget for wedding photography on their wedding day and being able to pay over a number of months prior to the wedding day and after the wedding can be very popular with some clients who have smaller budgets and like this type of flexibility in being able to spread the cost. Our current option were by you pay an intial deposit upon booking your wedding photography then several further payments on collection of your wedding proof look-book and your wedding album is very popular with couples looking to spread their budget before and after the wedding. We can discuss this further at the time of your meeting at our photographic studio.

  • Question 15

    We Both Work Different Shift Patterns Can We Visit Your Photo Studio Outwith Normal Hours?

    Yes absolutely if you both work shifts or different hours and it’s more convenient for both of you to visit our photography studio in the evening, either during the week or weekends, then this is fine. Just give us a call or contact us to arrange a suitable time, that you can both manage.

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