Wedding Frequently Asked Questions
We get a lot of the same questions asked to us about the wedding day and how it all works. So on this page we have tried to answer these questions for you. But if we didn’t answer your question here, just send us an email and we will answer the questions right away.
Who will be the actual photographer on the day?
Adam Cavanagh will be the photographer. We never contract out different photographers to shoot weddings. Adam personally photographs every wedding.
Will you hold a date while we decide?
Sorry, we are unable to hold a date without a non-refundable retainer. Our services are provided on a first come, first serve basis and we generally have bookings a year in advance.
Are you a full time photographer?
Yes. We both do this full time. Adam is the photographer and Kim runs the business side of things. And we both involved in the editing and album design.
Are you a member of the AIPP?
Yes Adam is a fully accredited Associate member of the AIPP.
Do you shoot family photos at the wedding?
Yes absolutely. Family photos are an important part of the day. We just don’t post the formal family wedding photos on the website/blog.
If you have a list of family photos you want taken, we find it’s best to give a copy of this list to an extroverted (loud) family member, Groomsman or Bridesmaid, who knows who every one is and can round them up. Family photo examples and tips.
Can we give you a shot list of photos we want?
You can, but we don’t work off a shot list throughout the day. It really hampers our creativity and we would most probably miss important moments as we would be looking at the list all day instead of what is happening in front of us. Adam works very candidly throughout the day, so working off a list is not really our style.
But if there is a certain photo you want with someone, or something special you want photographed, definitely let us know.
How much time do we need for location photography?
For us, 60-90 minutes is the ideal amount of time. Just remember to factor in travel time.
Too little time and you risk not getting the sort of images that you see in our portfolio and blog posts. Too much time means your guests will be waiting a long time for you and you will probably be totally over photos.
What happens if Adam is sick on our wedding day?
Adam has never missed a wedding because of sickness or any other reason. So if he is sick then he will still turn up. If for some reason Adam is on his death bed and just can’t make it, we would arrange for a photographer of similar experience, style and ability to cover your event. He is a member of the AIPP and has a large pool of photography colleagues.
Do we get every single photo that you take on the day?
Pretty much. I do delete some photos… blurred, test shots, bad exposure, people blinking… basically the crap shots
Do you include high resolution images on usb in your package?
So with the usb, you will be able print photos for your family and friends at any photo lab.
Do you retouch all the photos that we get?
Yes and no. The photos you see on the website are the style and look of photos you get. Each photo is given tonal adjustments, exposure adjustments, areas are brightened & darkened and some are converted to black & white. We do not do digital effects that are not considered ‘darkroom techniques’, like removing objects, making people thinner, smoothing skin etc. View before & after examples of our processing.
Can we tell you how we want the photos retouched?
No. The style of photos you see on the website is the style of photos you will get and is our interpretation of how that image should look.
Do you do engagement photography?
Yes we definitely do engagement shoots. Please contact us for rates.
We don’t want full wedding coverage. We are only after a few hours. Are you able to taylor something to suit are needs?
Yes & no. For any weddings on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday you need to book our smallest collection. But if you are only booking a couple of months out we may be able to do something if we are available.
Have you shot weddings from other cultures?
Yes. Having lived in Sydney most of my life, and having shot the majority of my weddings there, I have photographed just about every culture living there. I’ve shot a huge variety of weddings from different cultures: English, Irish, Scottish, South African, Americans, Jewish, Kiwi, Polish, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Singaporean, Honk Hong, Vietnamese, Filipino, Chilean, Lebanese, Italian, Greek, Afganistan, Indian, Indian Sikh.
And hopefully I’ll be photographing many more as I love experiencing different cultures & traditions.
Are you insured?
If you need our Public Liability insurance for your reception venue, please just let us know and we can send you a copy.
Can we meet with you to discuss our wedding?
We are happy to have a chat over Skype to get to know each other and discuss your day.
How do we book you?
We just need you to fill out a booking form and we require a $1,000 non-refundable retainer to secure your date.
How long before we get our photos from the wedding?
The turn around time is approximately four to six weeks.
Should we provide you with a meal at the reception?
Wedding days are very long days, so a ‘service meal’ at the reception is required and greatly appreciated. A meal is not required if we are not doing reception coverage or if Adam is leaving before mains are served.
How does the album design work if we want an album?
Once you pick the style of album you want we will predesign the album for you. You get to proof the design online and then we just make changes till you are totally happy with the design… easy!
How long before we get our album?
Once the album has been designed and approved by you, the album will take approximately six weeks to be made.
Do you offer videography?
No we don’t. We use the same cameras that the top videographers use, but we specialise in photography only. We would rather do one thing really really well as opposed to doing two things well… if you know what I mean
Go to our “Vendors” page for people we recommend.
What sort of camera do you use?
Adam shoots with the latest Canon Digital SLR’s and we believe that when you hire a professional wedding photographer to capture your wedding they should have the best equipment out there. And the old saying of “its not the camera, it’s how you use it” just doesn’t cut it in my books. Nothing beats the clarity and quality of great gear, particularly if you know how to use it. Plus wedding photography is just so unpredictable, so you need back up gear and a variety of lenses.
This is the current kit that Adam takes along to weddings:
2 x Canon 5D MK III
1 x Canon 5D MK II (back up camera)
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens
Canon EF 45mm f/2.8L Tilt Shift Lens
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
2 x Canon 600EX-RT Flash
2 x Canon 580 EX Flash (back up)
LED Video light