#Booking and contract
What is the minimum booking time?
My wedding reports start from six hours. Except for Sylt Weddings I offer a three hours package, as the couples usually get married on their own, without any guests and on weekdays.
Is it possible to split the amount of hours throughout the day? Like 3 in the morning and 3 in the evening?
The booked time is always a coherent time. Please note breaks will be seen as part of the report time.
Is it possible to block a wedding date and decide later on if we would like to proceed the booking?
Due to plenty of requests I am not able to block wedding dates in advance, I deeply apologize for that.
When do we have to pay your service?
30% will be paid when booking my service. The remaining amount will be paid as soon as you have received all wedding photos.
Will we get a written booking confirmation and a bill of the payment?
To every payment you will get a correct invoice, the booking will be proceeded by signing a contract. You will get the contract with an offer in advance.
Question: You are offering a discount, when we release the photo rights for publication. Is it possible to change this afterwards?
Wedding photographs are very intimate contemporary documents. I can understand very well if you as a bridal couple do not want your wedding photographs to be on the internet. However, most bridal couples do not see it this way, for the majority of my photographed weddings I receive the approval for publication. It is possible to give your approval at a later date, the other way round it is not offhand possible to reverse an once given approval, as the photographs are already published then.
Question: If we give our approval for publication, for which purpose are you using the photographs?
I use the wedding photographs for self promotion. Usually I write a small post in my blog but it is also possible, that I show your wedding photographs at wedding fairs to use them for exemplary albums or submit them to photo competitions. They might also be published on my corporate Instagram page.
Can we choose the photographs that you are going to publish?
You will see all pictures that I have uploaded on my corporate sites. A pre selection of the pictures is not possible but I will not publish names or post pictures that may let the couple look inappropriate. If there is a pictures online that you would like me to delete, please do not hesitate to contact me.
We have found a really nice shot of another photographer. Would it be possible to ask for the same motive?
Basically I want you to choose me because of my style of taking photographs. Therefore I would really appreciate if you are fine with my style, as I do not take pictures of strangers.
Question: How are you working on site?
Out of respect for you and your most beautiful day I will be dressed appropriately for your occasion. It also gives me the chance to be perceived as a guest. During the report I prefer to act in the background in order to spontaneously capture emotions and actions. During the wedding portrait photo shooting I am more actively talking to you about poses or actions.
What about the the Portraits?
I want you to relax and see it as a time out for you. I also want you to take throwback and think of your special shared moments. In these moments the pictures will turn out pretty well. Please note that as less people as possible should be
Question: When do we have to pay for the wedding photographs?
There is a 30% deposit (payable with the booking), the rest is due later, when you receive the wedding photographies.
Question: Do we receive a written confirmation of the booking and a receipt of the deposit?
For every payment you receive a proper invoice, the booking happens by closing a contract. I will send the contract together with the offer in advance for you to have a look at.
Question: Are you photographing alone?
Yes, I am photographing basically alone. Sometime I have an assistant helping me with logistical issues.
Question: Which equipment are you using for photographing?
At the moment I am using different camera systems. My equipment is always up to date. On site I always have several cameras with me in order to deal with technical failures
Question: Do you have a look at the location before?
The situation on the spot can often be completely different to the situation a few days before, therefore it is not an advantage to look at the location before. As an experienced wedding photographer I have the perfect equipment for every situation. It is sufficient for me to have a look at the conditions in a church directly before the ceremony, for example
If churches do not allowed taking pictures in their church, do we still get pictures of our ceremony?
No, as we need to respect the domestic authority. There are a lot of church in Hamburg that do not allowed to take pictures inside (such as St. Johannis in Eppendorf, Kirche Nienstedten oder auch die Christianskirche in Altona). If you want to have pictures of your ceremony in a church, keep this in mind to check.
Question: Are you also there with the camera in intimate moments, for example when the bride puts on her wedding dress?
I am never photographing people when they are feeling uncomfortable. The bride decides, in which moments of the preparation she wants me to be present and in which moments she does not.
What if it rains?
The weather on your wedding day belongs to your memory. You will not be able to influence it so that please have a good mood even though the weather will be bad. I can also make your day and pictures special with rain drops in the backgrounds. Besides that pictures can also turn out beautiful when it rains. So no worries, as long as you are shining and happy the pictures will be nice.
Question: When do we receive our wedding photographs?
You will receive your wedding photographs on average two to three weeks after your wedding. The delivery of the albums can take up to three months and depends on the manufacturer.
How long does it take to get the album if ordered?
The delivery time will take up to 3 months and depends on the manufacturer.
Question: In which quality and resolution do you deliver the wedding photographs?
You will receive your wedding photographs on a USB flash drive in high-definition, so that you can even produce big posters of your wedding photographs. The photographs are also not protected or water marked. All of your wedding photographs are available online for at least half a year and you can download them in full resolution.
Question: Do we receive all the wedding photographs, which you took on site?
You will receive all the good photographs. It is part of my service to sort out all the photographs, which are blurred, miss-shots, duplicates or which make people look unfavourable. The amount is strongly connected to the course of the day, the number of guests and the activities of the day.
Question: Do we receive photographs of all guests?
Primarily I am photographing a reportage, thrilling situations, emotions and events. Out of this developes a story in pictures. If a picture of every guest is desired it makes sense to book the guestbook-offer or the photobooth.
Question: Is possible to receive the raw data of the wedding photographs from you?
To my personal aspiration as a wedding photographer belongs, that I deliver a finished product to you, which meets my quality standards. Raw data is not a finished product. The editing of the photographs is an elementary component of my visual style and is therefore necessary part of it.
Question: Do you edit all the wedding photographs?
I edit all the wedding photographs with a great expenditure of time in order to get a perfect result. Reportage and portrait photographs are edited equally. As I want to let the pictures turn out as natural as possible I only do small retouch applications (like removing pimples). If a full retouch of the picture is requested, I can send you an offer.
Question: Can we use the wedding photographs ourselves freely?
You can use and reproduce your wedding photographs for private purposes freely. Meanwhile this covers of course the social networks, too. In case you receive requests from other service providers regarding the wedding photographs for self-promotion, I ask you to talk this over with me.
Question: Is it also possible to order an album afterwards?
You can order an album of your wedding photographs anytime, the list of offers is valid for one year.
#Whatelse is important to know
Question: Are you also working as a wedding photographer outside of Hamburg?
Of course I do. I am photographing weddings worldwide. At the moment I work as a wedding photographer next to Hamburg very often at Sylt and in UK. I also have photographed weddings in Switzerland, Austria, France, Greece and even on Mauritius. The most weddings I still do photograph in Hamburg.
Question: Are you also offering wedding films?
No, it is not possible to offer both things on a high level. I can put you in contact with very good wedding filmers.
Question: What is important to you, when you are photographing our wedding?
There are some basic things, which make it easier for me to photograph a beautiful wedding reportage for you. One thing for example is that it is good to know how the rooms, in which you prepare yourselves, look like. It should be clear, if I photograph you in intimate moments and places. An untidy hotel room is also on your wedding photographs still an untidy hotel room.
I absolutely do not mind, if guests take photographs of your wedding in a normal extent. However, sometimes this takes on a professional character, with the result that I am limited in my work and I am not able to photograph some scenes the way I see them. More photographing service providers (photographing DJ for example) I also do not rate highly.
When I am accompanying you all day, I need something to eat in the meantime, so my concentration won’t fade. However, please do not place me at a table with the guests, as the seat will remain empty in the evening because I will not sit for a longer period of time and talk to the guests. I am a vegan, which means I do not eat meat, milk products, eggs and cheese. But please do not worry about that too much, I am also happy with a big salad.
Last but least:
Plesae always keep in mind that it is your special day, enjoy it and share it will people you love.