Frequently Asked Questions – Event Photography

I’m always happy to hear from you. If you have any questions or queries, feel free to contact me on 07933 06 00 96 and I’ll be happy to see what I can do to help. In the meantime, I’ve put together a list of some of the more frequently asked questions, so do have a look and see if your query is already answered below.

Or, if you are interested in wedding photography, click here take a look at my FAQ page for wedding photography.

I am looking for a photographer, what happens next?

Please get in touch to see if I am available. I would be delighted to hear more about your event, and what photographs you require.

It would also be useful to find out how you’re going to use your images. This will give me the chance to understand your own tastes, preferences and requirements – and make sure that I understand how best to serve you.

I usually discuss this over the phone, but I’m happy to meet up for an informal chat – whatever you prefer.

I’ll also get in contact with you near the day for a catch-up, and to give you the chance to provide me with any new information. Or, you can of course give me a call yourself at any time you like!

What can/can’t I do with my images?

I’m very flexible about this. The easiest thing is for you to let me know how you intend to use your images, and I’ll grant you the appropriate licence.

I can’t imagine I would have an issue with anything. The only exceptions would be selling images, or using them for advertising a third party’s products or services without permission!

Title and ownership, and copyright for the images remain with me. I may choose to use some of your very best images to further promote myself and my business! Please also make sure you credit me as photographer when reproducing my images.

Some clients like to use event photography to promote themselves on the web, social media, or the in the press. Others may want to use their images for PR purposes, or to showcase themselves as an artist or musician. And some private clients may only require images for their own personal use amongst friends and family.

What is your style of photography?

My preference is to be a non-intrusive presence throughout the day. My documentary, or ‘reportage’ style of photography gives me the freedom to capture people in the happiest, most natural poses – and your guests and performers the freedom to enjoy themselves without being intruded upon.

If necessary, I will politely request guests to make themselves available for photographs at the appropriate time. I will also make myself visible and approachable enough, so that guests and performers can approach me should they wish to have their photograph taken.

What prices do you charge?

Have a look at my Prices and Availability page for further info, but remember that I’m happy to tailor my packages and prices to suit you and your individual requirements.

What about transport?

I have my own transport. I’ve travelled across the UK to work on commission and in fact I enjoy the opportunity to visit new places! I don’t charge for travel expenses unless an overnight stay is required, or in some cases when a commission is a very long distance away from my home in Surbiton, Surrey. Just let me know if this is the case and we’ll arrange renumeration before work begins.

How will I receive my photographs?

You will receive your photographs on your USB stick. I will also set you up with a password-protected online gallery of your images, from which you can download any photograph straight onto your computer. This is also a useful way of sharing your photos with anyone to whom you give the password.

I need the images for social media and promotion. When will I receive my photographs?

I will do my best to work with you to meet your deadlines. So it’s important that you let me know when you need any specific images from the event before the day. I can then prioritise those photographs and send them across to you as quickly as possible.

Due to variations in my schedule and the number of images per commission, I am unable to give you an exact timeframe for when you will receive all your images. But generally speaking, I can give you your prioritised images within 1-2 days and the complete set within 2-3 weeks.

Can I quickly have the RAW images sent across unprocessed?

I would prefer to stay in control of how my images are enhanced and processed after the event, so regretfully this is not possible. I may be able to make an exception with 1 or 2 time-critical images – please feel free to discuss this with me at the time.

Are my photographs safe?

My main camera safely backs up all images to a second memory-card as I shoot. I also have a backup camera, backup lenses, backup batteries, pretty much backup everything – allowing me to keep shooting in the unlikely event of an equipment malfunction.

Once shooting is complete, images are backed up on computer, external hard drive kept in a different location, and cloud drive – not to mention your personal online gallery, meaning they’re very safe and secure.

I generally keep my images backed up as long as reasonably possible, so even if you lose your own USB stick, just let me know and I’ll replace them for you if I can.

Are you insured?

Yes, both I and my equipment are fully insured.

Tell me about your photography.

I am a self-taught photographer. I love art and photography, and I love to keep art at the centre of my work. My favourite results have always come from intuition, observation, artistic awareness and often surprise.

Back in 2005, I provided some images for Haymarket Publishing’s business publications – but I received my first independent freelance commission in 2008, for Auto Trader magazine. Meanwhile, I shot my first wedding back in 2012.

During the past eight years in event photography, I have covered music and social events for clients including Universal Music / Decca Records, Rock Choir, a selection of individual bands, and private clients.

I have also exhibited and sold my photographic photo collages since 2015.

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