Yellow Bird Photography

Wedding Photographer for Hire

FAQ

Do you travel outside London or over seas?

Yes! We go wherever you want us to. We won’t charge for our travel time  but we do charge 0.65p/mile beyond the M25 for UK destinations. Unless you can put us up, the charge for accommodation is subject to availability at the time of booking.  If the destination is more than a few hours drive and its and early starter we may need more than one night accommodation.

Our prices for destinations out side the UK start at £2400 (within Europe) and include travel and accommodation. Please get in touch for more details.

Can we meet before the wedding?

Of course. In fact we want to meet you just as much. It’s important that you feel relaxed with us on your wedding day. The more relaxed and open you are, the more the happy photogenic magic pours out of you and the more fun we all have. If you are busy, overseas or unable to come to London then a Skype chat will do the trick.

Do you need to do a site visit?

No. Its not that we can’t be bothered its just that they’re not necessary. We come equipped to shoot in any circumstances. We are at our most creative when we are responding to you and your environment on the day.  Factors such as light, weather, decor, people, what you’re wearing and even your personality inspire us. We make decisions on the day based on these.  Visiting an empty venue at a different time of day, at a different time of year will not help us make better pictures.

How long will we have to wait for our pictures?

We do all of our editing in house so the answer to this question can vary from 2 weeks to 6 weeks depending on where we are in the season and what our current work load is like.  We will always send you a sneak peek of your photos in the week or so after the wedding.

We don’t want to take any time away from the wedding for couples shots is that ok?

If you’re not really fussed about having portraits of the two of you then of course thats your shout. As long as you are aware that there will be surprisingly few opportunities  to capture just the two of you (without being photo bombed by a drunk uncle) if we don’t take the time out. You should also consider that we have less control over the outcome of candid shots. We can make sure the photo is beautifully composed…but we cant control what you’re doing in it if we leave it entirely to chance. As long as you’re cool with that we are too. What we can’t do is take those lovely couple portraits of the just the two of you…in front of all you guests in a crowded room. Guests can be very distracting, so although those shots may look spontaneous and natural but they still require a little effort and time away from the mob.

We’ve seen some pictures we like and want to do something similar, could we show them to you?

If you feel inspired by something  in your venue, a wall of fairy lights, a swimming pool or sculpture that you think would make a perfect spot for portraits, let us know. Provided we are given the time and as long as the shot you have in mind is not dependant on factors beyond our control such as weather, season, daylight, venue etc. we’ll do our best to make it happen.

Although we love it when our couples have creative suggestions  trying to recreate another picture exactly is never a good idea, given that time is usually very limited. There are so many factors that come together to make a photograph work. Spending loads of time trying to unnaturally recreate something might mean that you miss ten much better shots. It’s better to react to and work with the environment and lighting that you have.

What happens if it rains? 

Some things are out of all of our hands. The key is to be prepared. Have a brolly on hand (one that you wouldn’t mind seeing in your photos) We will face the rain if we can or find somewhere sheltered or inside if you’re not up for that. You may not get the golden sun-drenched pictures you saw on pinterest but you will get some lovely shots that will be unique to your story and you and your guests will still have a wonderful day.

We love your work but you’re a bit beyond our budget, can we have a discount?

We don’t offer seasonal discounts, however we are happy to make suggestions on how to tailor our service to suit your budget.

Why? (actually people don’t very often ask  but we feel happier knowing you understand.)

It often surprises people to learn that shooting a wedding is far more than one days work. With the post production, meetings and admin a day turns into days.

There are also a lot of hidden fixed costs; expensive equipment, training and software that need to be maintained and up to date. Add to that tax, insurance, packaging, day to day running of a small business (the list goes on).

We are getting married on a Wednesday is the price the same for a weekday?

We offer cheaper rates for weekday weddings ( Monday to Thursday) Please enquire for details.

We are having a small wedding and don’t think we need 2 photographers can we just have one?

We are happy to discuss this if you let us know your plans.

How far in advance do we have to book?

We do get booked up to a year in advance but we rarely have bookings for every single weekend. So if you’ve left things a bit late its still worth giving us a try.

What equipment do you use? Do you have back up equipment? 

We Use Canon 5d mark IIIs ( with the same back up cameras) We have a variety of both zoom and prime lenses. We use  Canon speedlites for on and off camera lighting with various modifiers and led lights.

Do you offer a photo booth service?

Yes! Tyson (the brother) and his wife Vic happen to have the best photo booth company in the land. See for yourself here.

…and I know I said no discounts but if you book Yellow Bird for 10 hours and a vintage or classic booth, guess what, you get a discount! £150 off your total bill.

What about insurance?

We have public liability insurance up to 5 million pounds.

What if you are ill or injured?

Unfortunately no one can promise that this wont happen. The good thing a bout working with a second shooter is that there is always someone to step up to the job in the extremely unlikely event that the primary shooter isn’t able fulfil their obligation.  We also have a vast network of contacts in the industry that we can turn to and we would do our best to find cover in the event of this happening.

What happens if we cancel?

The booking fee of 20% is not refundable unless we are able to take another booking on the date in question. If the cancellation is close to the wedding date then the balance may also be due… It’s for this reason that before you book any of your suppliers we highly recommend that you get wedding insurance.  Although it may seem like a bit of a gloomy thing to consider and yet another thing to budget for, It’s a relatively small price to pay for a whole lot of peace of mind.