Frequently Asked Questions about Portland Studios Wedding Photography Services
Yes! A pre-wedding session is provided as complimentary to all packages booked. This is a photographic session arranged at some point after booking your wedding photography with us. This takes place at the studio. It is a great opportunity for us to get to know one another better, to have some great pictures taken, and for you to experience just how relaxed, and how much fun our photography is. We find that once a couple have been for their pre-wedding session, even those who are the most nervous of cameras relax, and start getting really excited about their wedding photography after they see the results. The pictures will be shown to you and you will have opportunity to purchase them in frames or made up as a canvas. A framed signature portrait is very popular.
This varies according to the package booked and how your day is arranged. Photographic coverage is provided starting with the groom if he is nearby and going on to the bride’s home and continues throughout the day, until the wedding breakfast commences. Most couples want to have the speeches, presentations, and dancing and any other events such as fireworks, and photographs of some of their evening guests, and often book us to stay after the wedding breakfast commences. We can stay up until the first dance, and will be on hand therefore to photograph the speeches etc. If this is the case, the couple need to include us in guest numbers, as by the time the wedding breakfast commences, we would be in need of a good hot meal. It is also advantageous as we are then on hand to photograph the speeches and presentations as they happen, as well as other events that occur. We ask that you have your first dance by 8.30pm and we usually leave shortly after this.
]There is no set number of photographs taken, but it is usual to take around 500-800 pictures at an average wedding. We can take any number of special request images but do require you to purchase any special requests made.
No. We realize we have a great responsibility in capturing the memories of your special day. We will dedicate ourselves exclusively to your wedding so that we can give you both the best attention possible.
This has never happened yet in 25 years in the industry, but every bride worries about the possibility of the photographer having an accident or something like that. We belong to a group of photographers who are photographing weddings in the same or similar style as us, in the unlikely event that we couldn’t attend, we would contact these and endeavor to find a replacement for you quickly. Having this backup system is most reassuring for our couples.
Most of your pictures will be taken as events unfold during the day. The group shots will need to be organized and we aim to spend only 20 minutes on the group shots. After the groups we spend about 15 minutes with the couple away from their guests, we find this yields the best results, and the couple really enjoy their time together.
Our service is fully bespoke. We will provide you with a request sheet which we will ask you to complete, providing us with instructions for the shots you want taken, including your group shots. This will allow us to plan the photography for the day. In addition to your requests, we will also take candid shots throughout the day at other times when not fulfilling your requests. Please note that we cannot guarantee all requests due to factors beyond our control such as venue restrictions, however, we will do our best to take the pictures you would like.
We are only human and need feeding and watering occasionally. We do request that you make arrangements with your venue to provide us with drinks and a hot meal during our stay with you.
Prior to your wedding we will make an appointment with you to view your wedding pictures on your return from honeymoon. This is presented by means of a slide show to music, and recreates your wedding day in a most enjoyable way. You will be able to choose your pictures for your album and discuss your requirements. A typical slide presentation may contain up to 450 pictures to choose from. This takes place on weekday afternoon or morning.
Quality is the most important aspect both to you and to us, after all- delighted clients recommend us and it is through this avenue of recommendation that most of our business stems. All materials used are of the highest quality. Each print is carefully assessed and printed according to its individual requirements. Print quality is of the highest standard, and our albums are superb. All this provides our clients with the excellent service they deserve.
A booking fee of £195 is needed to secure the booking. This can be done by post or over the telephone. Please fill out the booking form and read the terms and conditions, and send with your booking fee. You do not have to decide which package you would like at the time of booking, and can decide this afterwards in consultation with us. Your booking fee is credited towards the cost of the package you order.
The number of photographs you choose for your album is unlimited; you do not have to stick to the number of pictures you booked in your package. Our albums start at 80 images per album and can take up to 250 pictures and if you would like more, we can even provide a second album if 250 is not enough!. Typically 80 images are included with our packages. Extra pictures can be purchased for your album at the time of viewing for £12.95 each which includes the cost of the additional album pages, extra design, and printing. Most couples select between 180-250 pictures for their album. We recommend 140 pictures if you would like to tell the complete story of your wedding day.[/toggle][toggle title=”How do we get our album?” open=”no”]Once your album is ready we will notify you. If you would like to collect your album, we will arrange a suitable time to do this, alternatively we can send your album by courier, this costs an additional £12.95.
Yes, parent albums are available. The price of these starts at £149 for smaller copies of the main album if ordered at the same time as the main album or alternatively parents can order a different product. Please ask us for a quote for your requirements.
Yes, we offer a large selection of products to best show off your photo. Often a couple will order several pictures to be mounted into one frame. This provides stunning results, and can tell the story of your wedding day in a fantastic way in the room of your choice. Frame prices start from £99 for a large 10 inch single print. It is also possible to have a framed print of a montage of your couple shots, similar to those in the albums for mounting on your wall.
Yes, all pictures are archived. This means that we could reproduce your album at a later date if necessary. The cost of re-producing your album will depend on prices at the time of your request. We recommend that you insure your album on your household insurance so that it is covered in the event of flood or fire or other such event.
Our albums are of the highest quality, and each one is unique to each client. Once you have made your order, your album will be designed and then ordered. We have our own in house designers which gives our albums that extra special edge. The completed album will be ready approximately two to eight weeks after the design is dispatched to the album supplier, depending on album company with our quickest supplier delivering within two weeks of order. At certain times of the year, such as over holiday periods like Christmas, this may be extended.
Yes you can. Your booking is secured by a non-returnable booking fee of £195 which must be sent along with your completed and signed booking form. The balance is payable in full 7 days before your wedding. If you decide to purchase additional prints for your album, framed prints, canvases or albums for your Parents the full cost is payable at the time of order.
Payment can be made by cheque or visa-debit, or Maestro. Extra orders and guest orders can be paid for by all major debit and credit cards.