Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some typical wedding questions I often get asked but if you cant find your answer here please do not hesitate to get in touch!

What type of photography do you do?

I would say my style is candid and reportage, with lots of creative flair throughout. I’m hands on/off in my coverage of the day (a bit sneaky to get those candid shots of the guests!) and I do take control of the group shots which I call group hugs!!! Alittle more relaxed than the usual groups we are all used too!! I do however believe that there is a time and place for lovely posed creative images of the bride and groom together which is so important . So while I won’t stop you and make you pose during your first dance or the bouquet toss, I would like about 30 minutes (or more!) alone with you both sometime during the day (usually right after family formals) to create some images of you as a couple without your friends or family around watching. I always make sure to get shots of the details of the wedding; from your centerpieces to your shoes, so my images will capture all those little things you might have missed during the excitement of the day. My photos of the guests at the wedding are almost entirely candid unless it’s a set shot of a requested Stag/Hen party. I prefer to capture them laughing, dancing, drinking, and generally having a wonderful time.

I don’t see any posed family formals on your website or blog, do you take any family photos at the wedding?

Yes, I take 30 minutes right after your ceremony for family formals. I don’t care for blogging those, but I know your moms and grandmas adore them, as they are records of your family at a significant time in their history together! I have a handful of traditional groupings that I photograph, but be sure to let me know if you have any specific groupings you would like. These photos are my group hugs which are alittle less formal than the usual groups with a bit of fun thrown in!!!!! I try to make them pleasant for everyone involved!

Can I give you a list of shots we want on the day?

Of Course you can within reason! I love to know what important relatives and friends will be present, and if any events or details bear special significance to you, buttons of requests for posed images and having a checklist for me to work from is counterproductive to the images you’ve seen here on my website. “Shot lists” provided by most bridal magazines are a great idea, but please know that I generally will capture those images without any prompting.

Do you work with a second shooter?

Not typically. I offer the option if you really want one, but I’ve found it unnecessary for 95% of the weddings I’ve photographed. If you’re unsure as to how the day can be documented by only one photographer please check out the weddings posted on my blog— I have an incredible knack for seeming to be in more than one place at once!

Do you travel?

Yes! My passport is up to date and I love nothing more than a good adventure. I’d love to go wherever you are— from your own backyard all the way to Timbuktu. Travel is billed very simply— if airfare, hotel and a rental car are needed you are responsible for a direct reimbursement for those charges and no more. I cover Kent without any extra costs to yourselves.

How long does it take to get our products and images?

Typically a couple of online preview images will be posted within a week of the wedding date, a blog post of highlights from the day will be posted within three weeks of the wedding date, and the digital files will need to be collected or posted within six weeks of the wedding date whichever is easiest for you. It is always nice to meet-up afterwards to see your faces glow when I show you the images on the big screen! You’ll usually have your images much earlier than when I promise them, but I do like to be safe.

How many pictures will we get?

The number of photographs taken depends on many things – the number of guests, hours of coverage, types of events. My bare minimum is 400 images, but often it’s much higher.

Do we get to keep the negatives/files?

I provide the selected, edited high-resolution digital files (the digital equivalent of negatives). When the files are released to you they may be used for personal use only. I do retain the copyright to the images and the right to use them for promotional purposes, competition, professional review, and so on.

Can we upload our photos to Facebook once we get the files?

Absolutely! Facebook is a wonderful way to share your photos. If you want to share them on Facebook make sure you put “www.davidkingphotographer.co.uk” as a comment or caption under each photo and please don’t crop or alter the photo in any way.

Do we get all the raw, unedited files from the day?

No, these files are not available for viewing or purchase. This is a lot like asking a restaurant to give you the leftover ingredients used to make your dinner. The images selected for editing and final delivery reflect my high standards and everything else is not archived in the studio. I promise you don’t want all the photos of people blinking, walking in front of the lens, or those unfortunate double chins that sometimes sneak up.

Do you do engagement sessions?

Yes yes yes! I really enjoy doing engagement sessions with couples prior to their wedding, although I know it’s not always possible. Engagement sessions not only allow you to have images for your save the dates or for placing around the reception, but they also give us a chance to work together before the wedding so you’ll feel more comfortable in front of the camera and so we have a chance get to know each other better. Please take note that most engagement sessions need to be done Monday-Thursday because of wedding scheduling, but there is occasionally additional availability on the weekends.

What do you charge?

I do have 4 wedding packages to choose from, but you may want a customised package especially designed for you. Within package 2/3/4 I stay until 9.30 in the evening so that I can capture as much as possible and really reflect the atmosphere of the day/evening. I do love to get my creative evening shots of the couple which I think is a definite must! Please fill out the contact form and I will send a price list with any suggestions I have your way.