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Wedding Photography FAQ

Selecting a photographer for your wedding photography is one of the most important aspects of your wedding

Since choosing a photographer is not an every day event, nor is your wedding, we have listed some of what we feel are the most frequently asked questions to aid you in your decision process and reassure you that we will be able to give you the wedding photography care, service and quality of product you truly deserve.
FAQs

Are you a qualified photographer?
Why should I hire a professional photographer instead of getting my friend/brother/cousin to take pictures?
What about just using a bunch of disposable cameras?
How early should I book my wedding photographer?
How much should I pay for my wedding photography?
How much time will you spend at my wedding?
I like black and white pictures, can I get that?
Do you have backup equipment?
Will me and my guests be able to view our pictures on the Internet?
Do you have a price list and wedding package options available for viewing on your web site?
Can we add to the amount of photographs included in a wedding photography package?
Does SMH Photography do bridal and engagement portraits?
Who processes your images and who does your printing for reprints and enlargements?
What shooting style do you use for weddings?
Are you willing to shoot portraits of small family groups as a part of your wedding and reception photography?
How do we book SMH Photography for our wedding?


Are you a qualified photographer? 
Steve Hargreaves ASWPP is a fully qualified member of the SWPP (the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers) and the BPPA (British Professional Photographers Association) ensuring you are not only hiring a talented photographer but also one with impeccable business practices
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Why should I hire a professional photographer instead of getting my friend/brother/cousin to take pictures? 
Your wedding will probably be the most important and most memorable day of your life. After you've eaten the food, toasted with the drinks, danced to the band or DJ, and have enjoyed this day you spent so much time and energy planning for, the only thing you'll have left to show for it will be your wedding dress, and your pictures! Wouldn't you want to make sure that you have photos that can help you bring back all of the beautiful memories of your special day and let you see those moments captured that otherwise you may have missed.

A professional photographer's job is to concentrate on capturing your day in the best way possible so that you'll be able to relive it every time you look at your pictures. Hiring Steve & Sandra from SMH Photography as your wedding photographer gives you the security of not having to worry about bad pictures, special moments that were missed, batteries running out, equipment failing, or all of those other things that you don't want to think about on your big day.
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How early should I book my wedding photographer? 
If photography is very important to you (and we hope it is), you will want to book as early as possible to ensure you can get the photographer you want. It is never too early to book your Wedding Photographer as we tend to get booked from 12 - 24 months in advance.
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How much should I pay for my wedding photography? 
Some bridal consultants say 10-20% of the overall budget. We make all of our packages flexible so that you can add or transfer different elements around so that you can get what you want at a price you can afford.
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How much time will you spend at my wedding? 
That's entirely up to you. We want our coverage of your day to reflect your needs so we can start from when you are at home getting dressed and end when your reception is over or just cover the wedding and ceremony. We will be happy to discuss this with you when we are going over the details of your wedding.
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I like black and white pictures, can I get that? 
Yes, the beauty of digital photography is that any of your photos can be converted to black & white. By the way, we don't charge any additional fee for this like some firms do.
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Do you have backup equipment? 
Yes, We carry at least two cameras each and enough backup equipment so that in case something unforeseen happens, it will not interrupt our ability to capture your special day in any way.
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Will me and my guests be able to view our pictures on the Internet? 
Yes you can. At your option, we'll collect the e-mail addresses of your guests and send them a link to your password-protected site, allowing everyone the opportunity to relive your event! They'll even have the opportunity to order reprints if they wish.
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Do you have a price list and wedding package options available for viewing on your web site? 
Yes. Our Wedding Photography Price List is available for viewing on our web site (just look under
Weddings Collections & Prices on the tab above). Don’t forget any of the packages may be customised to what ever you want, we will work with you to give you whatever bespoke option you require.
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Can we add to the amount of photographs or pages included in a wedding photography package or album? 
Yes, you can add as many photographs or pages as you wish.
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Do SMH Photography do bridal and engagement portraits? 
We offer both bridal and engagement portrait sessions. These sessions are included as part of some of our packages, or they can be purchased as separate options. We can also offer canvass prints or coffee table photo books based on these sessions, just as we offer them for wedding day photography.
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Who processes your images and who does your printing for reprints and enlargements? 
We process all of our own images and all reprints and enlargements are printed at a professional photo lab. We always use the best available professional photo labs and we never cut corners on printing. This gives our prints the highest possible quality for our clients.
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What shooting style do you use for weddings? 
We use a combination shooting style, mixing a candid photo approach (occasionally referred to as documentary, photojournalistic or reportage style) with the more traditional posed formal & contemporary photographs. Much of the style that we use is determined by the agreement that we reach with the bride and groom concerning the type of shots that they want us to use to tell the story of their wedding. We generally adjust our shooting style to some degree based on what the bride and groom want from us, and we are usually able to determine what the bride and groom want in our pre-wedding consultations with them.
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Are you willing to shoot portraits of small family groups as a part of your wedding and reception photography? 
Yes, we are happy to photograph small family groups as long as the bride and groom wish us to do this.
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How do we book SMH Photography for our wedding? 
In the first instance,
contact us with your requirements and the date of your wedding. If we are free and you wish us to be your wedding photographer, then a £100 deposit is required to secure your date.
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SMH Photography
Steve & Sandra Hargreaves
6 Webbs Lane
Middlewich
Cheshire
CW10 9DN