A wedding day can get quite hectic for an unprepared bride and groom. Here are some questions and information on Wedding Photography. These answers are based on 20+ years of shooting weddings professionally in Gozo & Malta.
Prior to Wedding Day
Why is the contract necessary?
We work with contracts for several reasons. Our agreement both safeguards us as wedding providers and yourself as a wedding couple. It defines what our service will be, how we will be paid and other conditions that make both of our lives easier. It puts us all on the same page, we know what's expected from both parties.
When do you recommend that we do the Pre-Wedding Photoshoot?
We recommend around 2 months before your big day. However, if you wish to have a lot of greenery in your background you need to do it no later than Early Spring as we have dry summers here in Malta.
How many photographers do you recommend?
If you have more than a simple wedding, we recommend at least 2 photographers to cover your wedding in Gozo.
The first photographer covers the important photos ('the traditional ones') and his role is to document who was there, what happened and so forth. While the second photographer's role is to capture the raw emotion of the day - how magical and truly awesome it was. (these are the pictures that will make your friends jealous of your wedding).
Are posed photos necessary?
No, they're not. Should you do them - yes. We recommend you do them so you will have photos to print and keep for the future. We recommend to have no more than 20 mins of posed photos, so it is not boring.
Posed photos are boring for us as they usually provide no creative challenge, but we still recommend them, so you can have photos to give to your relatives as thank yous and as a memento from your day.
How much time should I set aside for wedding day photos?
Getting ready shots: For preparation shots, we recommend around 60 to 90 minutes. Preferably we would spend enough time with the guys as well.
Couple session: 30 to 40 mins. We suggest that you do this before the wedding ceremony, in conjunction with a First Look photo session. We recommend that you take these photos before the ceremony because the natural light would probably be much better and your hair & make-up would be fresh.
Family Photos: Around 20 mins. Prepare a list beforehand and give it to the photographer/assistant. We recommend starting with the largest group (the extended family) and then start chipping people out, bringing the number down to just the newlyweds. This keeps fewer people waiting.
Where should we take the Wedding day photoshoot?
Wedding Day photoshoots depend on a lot of things. You should ask your photographer where he would recommend having the photoshoot as the locations vary by date, time, weather and equipment and technical insight.
As a quick tip, we always have it close the venue, and choose a location B as well, just in case the weather is not fit for shooting at the first location. In sun-soaked Malta, we try to pick a shady location (or time), so you do not become a sweat machine.
What happens if a camera stops working?
We always carry multiple cameras on us during the day, just in case a camera stops working, malfunctions and does not allow us to continue shooting. We are used to camera errors and can easily troubleshoot any issues that prop-up. We also scout the location beforehand so we can be sure the photos will turn out great.
What gear do you use?
Gear is not that relevant as it is more the person behind the camera and the approach to the wedding day. However, we use Full-frame Professional Nikon equipment, including top-of-the-line cameras (D5 & D850). We use full frame Nikkor and Sigma lenses which are suited to work in low-light and are calibrated to the cameras they are put on. Where permitted, we use a mixture of off-camera flashes in-addition to natural lighting. When shooting, we always shoot redundant, so no photo is lost due to storage issues.
How many images do you provide?
It depends on the course of the day, but we usually deliver around 40 photos per hour of coverage.
Do you deliver every image shot?
No, we do not. We eliminate the bad shots, duplicate ones, bad expression ones, test shots and other images which do not meet our standards. For example, when shooting in low-light, some photos may come out of focus, and we take a few extra shots to make sure we get it. We would choose the best of the photos and remove the other photos.
When will the photos be delivered?
After your wedding day, we start working on your photos' editing. The editing process usually does not take more than a week, but during our busy season, it may be hard to finish it quickly. The wedding collection is usually delivered around a month after your wedding. But since we know how eager you would be to view the photos, we send you a few photos as a preview for you to view and share online a few hours after tying the knot.
Do you print Photobooks?
Yes, we do. We design and print high-quality photo books to keep your memories safe.
While the situation is always changing, you can take off your mask for photos taken in a safe distance away from other people, including the photographer himself.
Can we postpone due to COVID-19?
We are accepting postponements at this irregular time. However, we only accept postponements for reasons that are out of the couple's hands like government or travel restrictions.
What safety measures will the photographer practice?
At all times during the wedding, our staff will be wearing masks and will be making regular use of sanitisers. Where possible, the photographer will keep a safe distance from the subject and use longer lenses to keep the recommended 2 metres distance.
Do I have to include photographer staff in my venue's capacity?
Sadly yes, the number for indoor and outdoor capping must include all staff such as photographers, waiters and the band.