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Understand how your wedding photographer works

The Mobile Portrait Studio 

Duncan Knifton of The Mobile Portrait Studio is an Isle of Wight Photographer available for your wedding day on the Isle of Wight. He told us he had created a new page within his website that gave more infomration to couples on how he works on a wedding day. We think this is a great idea as sometimes you might not have a scooby doo what you get for your money, how the day will work and if you should be making additional plans into your itinerary for the day. 

As part of the process of getting quotes try to collect information on what you get for your money e.g. number of hours from when until when, number of images and in what format, any printed albums or large prints...you get the idea. You can then start to work out which photographer offers the best value for you and the wedding photography you would like to walk away with. 

We asked Duncan a few questions on why he has introduced this page into his site and if couples should be concerned with exactly what they get for their money. 

 

We think it is great you have introduced an area of your website that explains how you work and what couples can expect to get from you in the way of coverage of their wedding. What prompted you to do this?

There are quite a lot of Photographers out there, some quite good, but sadly there are some shockers out there. So I decided to show exactly what couples should expect from a professional. Everyone deserves to have great photography on there big day. All my packs come with the copyright free CD.

 

Most couples have never had to plan an event as big as a wedding; so don’t know what they should expect from a photographer. Do you meet couples like this? 

Yes, many times. I'm there to take some of the pressure off them. Its my job to record the best day in their lives, and in doing so help them to relax. I listen to exactly what they need and will sort out the day to get this. I want it to be one less thing to worry about.

You mention that you are always there for when the bride puts her dress on, this seems quite an emotional and poignant moment in the images you have taken. Is it as much about capturing the friends and family around her seeing how beautiful the bride looks in her dress?

Both really. If I'm asked to be there I make sure I can get some portraits of what's going on. The Bride has not only spent a lot of money on the dress, but also a lot of time and thought.

I also love the reactions of the friends and family (especially the Fathers first reaction when he sees his daughter fully dressed in her wedding gown.) whilst getting ready. Its ideal for candid work. I only pose the Bride once she is fully dressed and ready....then I shoot of to the Church or Hotel to get portraits of the Groom and guests arriving.

 

Have you ever had any requests you couldn’t fulfil?

Once or twice, but that was down to either the weather or time schedule. I always let the couples know, and we'll work round it.

Before any wedding I have a chat with the couple and try and determine the time we have for the photo's. Time is the main thing. The reception have their timeline due to the food etc, so we have to sit down at a certain point. We will try and get all the photo's done before hand, but if not, they could be done afterwards as well. The lighting could be an issue as well, especially for evening weddings. But all this can be sorted to suit their needs.

Can you describe exactly how your portrait corner works so couples considering it can understand the space and props they should plan for?

The Portrait Corner is a great laugh and ideal for the evening. It should not be mistaken as a "Booth" though. A Booth is made to look like something like the things you have in Boots to do your passport photo's, but with the added touches.

My Portrait Corner is a proper professional studio set up, so space is a must, but can be worked round. It comes complete with pure white backdrop, and studio lighting and I use two mini printers to produce 6x4 photo's with-in minutes so guests can buy one to take one home.

Can be used for formal portraits for those guest who couldn't be there for the wedding, and you could use props, supplied by the couple. This can be things like wigs, glasses, masks etc etc... lots of fun can be had and ALL the portraits are part of the pack, and are included onto the CD.

 

Finally – the amount of time you sometimes stay at a wedding for, you mention 12 hours, is a long old day. When do you start work on their images and when would couples expect to be able to see some of the final images?

Well, 12hrs is a lot, I agree, but I'm paid to record the day and it’s all part of it. Obviously not every wedding goes the full 12hrs, but its there if I'm needed.

The photo's are then edited and sorted on my PC, and should be ready with-in a week or so. It all depends on how many I've taken. 900 in one wedding is one of the biggest I've done...these get edited down to about 600.

 

Take a look at the 'How I work' page of The Mobile Portrait Studio site or contact Duncan for more information through The Mobile Portrait Studio profile page in the Wight Wedding Days directory. It is great Duncan has realised the need for couples ot fully understand the wedding photography services you will get from him and that you can see that ahead of booking. It lets you know the person behind the camera and his concern for ensuring you have as stress free day as possible with best photograhy results. 

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