Frequently Asked Questions

Some common questions about my Wedding Photograph business and photos.

What is your Photography Style ?

I truly believe that photographing people is not about equipment or tired poses. It’s all about capturing the emotions which are truly meaningful to you. Photographers use different words to describe their style e.g. formal, documentary, classic or photojournalistic. In reality, words are very limited in describing a “style”. So, to get the best description of my style, have a look at the photos in the My Style photo gallery or browse through the weddings in the Real Weddings pages. If you like what you see, then you like my style !

Many people have described my method of working as unobtrusive and natural – this allows me to get beyond the standard wedding day poses, and get great photos with a minimum of fuss (the majority of my photos are taken like this).  I find the best photographs are often those which are taken of the spontaneous moments which arise during any event.

Finally, I always encourage people to have some formal family photographs taken, as these will become the family treasures of the future. The power of a photograph to evoke memories should never be underestimated.

What areas do you cover ?

I’m based in the Dublin/Dún Laoghaire area.  I regularly travel to all parts of Ireland to shoot weddings.

When should I book ?

Once you’ve chosen the date and locations – you should start looking for your photographer. This especially applies for weddings during the peak times of May – September and the Christmas period. As you might guess, weekends (Friday & Saturdays) are also the busiest days, and the most likely to be booked first.

My booking times have varied from about 2 weeks to 2 years+. However, most are in the current or following calendar years.

How do I book ?

Once we’ve discussed and agreed the main details, I confirm all bookings by means of a signed contract and a booking deposit. Both are required before any booking is confirmed. The contract sets out what you can expect to receive (e.g. coverage hours, albums etc).

How long does it take to get my photos and album ?

You will normally be able to view your images online within four to six weeks of the wedding date, usually sooner.

Once the photos are online – it’s up to you to set the album process in motion. Most people do this within a year of the wedding, but it can happen much sooner, if you wish.

Anything else I should know ?

I’m a full-time, professional photographer. I have different forms of professional insurance and lots of backup equipment to cover most foreseeable eventualities. Finally, should I be unable to photograph your wedding because of accident or illness – I have access to a backup network of fellow professionals who will step in.

You should also take a look at two posts I’ve written to help : Questions for your Wedding Photographer and my take on Shot Lists

What’s your logo about ?

Well, it’s pretty straightforward – and comes from two things :

(1) A stylized version of my initials (FC)

(2) Two people embracing – very relevant for weddings naturally

Photo Copyright & Usage

My lovely Wedding Clients already get full usage rights to copy and print their images for all their own uses.

However, I have recently had a few problems with some of my online photos being used by others without permission. In relation to this, I try to guard my copyright as carefully as possible – so the rule is – “Always ask before using”.

If you’re a charity, I will look favourably on your request. If it’s for private, non-commercial use, I will consider each request on its merits. If you’re a wedding-related business, then we can talk. If it’s for commercial use, then you need to pay. Simple really. In all cases, I expect acknowledgement of my copyright.

It’s always good manners, and keeping on the right side of the law to ask first. Good manners, and a quick request in advance is simply the right way to do things – always.

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