How would you describe your style?
My style is the “Rob Ward” style.I guess it doesn’t really matter what label it has – if you like the look of it, that is all that really matters. Everyone has their own methods and techniques which develop over time to create a unique style. I am primarily a wedding photojournalist. I shoot reportage / documentary style or whatever fancy label you would like to give it. I call it story telling – capturing events of your day as they happen without any direction by me. Because it is my style that makes my photography “mine”, I work alone and never send another photographer to shoot weddings for me. To give you a better idea of what I shoot during a wedding I have included a featured wedding which shows more than just a couple of images from one wedding. Of course my studio sample books also contain images from full weddings which you are welcome to view.
Your website shows a lot of black & white images - how many do we actually get?
In short, you can have as many or as few as you want. I personally love black & white images so tend to favour them. Whilst I am a massive fan of monochrome images, I do supply colour versions of every file too.
I look to provide clean timeless images whether they be colour or black and white and so avoid following current fads as they come and go – you remember sepia right? A few years ago there was an appearance of blue toned images and the current trend is for “vintage” images – which are basically colour images with a Photoshop effect applied to them – cute, undoubtedly but how naff and dated will it look in a couple of years time when trends have moved on to something else.
My black and white processing is done to my own personal ” receipe rather than an industry standard preset and is applied to images based on my previsualisation or the lighting available at the time, rather than just applied randomly. Each image is hand created using digital “darkroom” techniques.
Can we come and see some more of your work?
Please do. Most of my clients like to meet me before booking and I am happy with this. I feel that it is important that there is a “good fit” between the couple and their photographer as whoever shoots your wedding is going to be spending a big part of your special day with you, so you need to feel comfortable in the company of your photographer. Please come over to my studio, have a coffee and see what I mean. I don’t do “hard sell” but most people who meet me, do book me.
Do we get to see you before the wedding?
Yes, where possible I prefer this. I like to feel totally organized at your wedding so I do encourage a get together before the day. Around 6 weeks before is best as, by then most of the wedding plans have come together. I can then make myself lists of who the VIP’s are, how many guests you have coming, what time everything is happening, and where, also what formal groups we are going to achieve – this way I can smoothly record your day without constantly having to ask you what is happening next. Whilst I do not take myself seriously I take my photography and commitment to providing a top class service very seriously.
Some of my clients come from out of area and need to book without having met me. This is fine too but you may want to consider the addition of a pre wedding shoot to the package as this is a great opportunity for a “get to know you” session. They give you the chance to get used to being photographed by me so that come the big day it is like having an old friend around plus they are good fun and you get some great shots from the session.
Do you have insurance?
Most certainly. Who would be crazy enough to work without it? I have full professional indemnity insurance as well as public liability insurance.
Do you have back up plans?
Certainly! Again, it would be crazy not to have backup systems in place.
I am a professional photographer providing a professional service not a guy with a camera who comes out to earn some pocket money on a Saturday! Without getting nerdy over the kit, I have spare everything with me on a shoot.
As well as professional insurance I am a qualified member of two professional bodies and network with a number of photographers, both locally and nationally, who are of a similar standard to myself so that all eventualities are covered.
How far do you travel?
In the past few years I have shot weddings in Kent, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, and I am happy to travel throughout the UK. In fact I really enjoy discovering a new venue that I haven’t visited before. The only difference from local weddings is that I ask for the cost of overnight accommodation to be covered where necessary. It’s not that I am unwilling to get up early to travel – but I wish to minimise the possibility of being held up on my way to the wedding. I am happy to stay in standard Travelodge/Premiere Inn type hotels to keep costs down.
What do you charge?
Generally I am asked to provide full coverage of a wedding, from bridal preparations through to the first dance. This best suits my story telling style and is what I like to do. I have kept my pricing simple and provide coverage with a DVD of hi resolution images for you to print from and options for me to design and produce a quality album, either with your original booking or at a later date. If you would like a copy of my current brochure and pricelist please contact me to check my availability.
What if I pay you cash?
Whilst I am happy to receive payment by cash, I am running a professional business and all receipts are accounted for and the tax due is paid properly. It is in everyones interest that my fees are properly paid as I have business overheads, pay insurance, tax etc, update my equipment regularly to avoid failure. All of this means my business is likely to be around a lot longer than someone who is simply “putting notes in their back pocket”. so the short answer is, that whilst I am prepared to accept cash as payment it will make no difference to the fees I have calculated in order run my business properly.