Is wedding photography your day job? And what is your experience?
Yes. Being a professional wedding photographer is my full-time job. Im pretty lucky I get to do a job that I love every day – and it’s pretty obvious when Im there on your big day with camera in hand and a big smile on my face :). Ive been shooting full time now for over 8 years averaging 25-40 weddings each year.
Why is wedding photography expensive?
While we are having an honest conversation, cheap wedding photography is generally not great! When you hire me (or a professional photographer) to photograph your wedding, you are paying for an experienced professional. I can tell you the boring stuff like how expensive it is to run a business and the cost of equipment, but what you really want to know is … I have encountered most situations that might pop up at a wedding. I can handle stressed brides and difficult family members, and the drunk guest or two. I use professional camera equipment and carry backup gear. I know how to shoot in any kind of light, conditions (handy should it rain on your wedding day) or any venue. While I’m friendly, patient and polite to you and your guests, Im not afraid to speak up to get the job done – you just have to read the reviews from my past couples. Plus you’ll end up with quality photos every single time. It is worth paying a little extra because the value a professional photographer will bring will far out way the cost. Plus you can’t put a price on the memories they will capture of your loved ones to enjoy for 10, 20 years down the track.
Where are you based? Do you travel for weddings?
Home these days is Sydney, however, I have spent the last 7 years shooting most of my weddings in and around Brisbane. I love to travel and it’s definitely a normal part of my job. In fact every wedding I travel to some degree. I will happily jump in the car or on a plane to document your love story. Weddings generally within 2-2.5 hours drive from Sydney or Brisbane do not incur travel fees. For locations outside this area, I just ask couples to cover travel expenses, typically return flights or fuel costs, and accommodation for a minimum of 2 nights. All travel expenses are quoted on an individual basis. PS. If you are having a wedding in an epic location or it’s on my travel bucket list, then I might even waive the travel fees for the opportunity to add a destination wedding to the portfolio!
What is your approach to wedding photography?
I prefer to capture moments naturally in a documentary style. I definitely provide some direction and guidance, while still keeping to documenting the genuine romantic moments. I like to create relationships with my couples, that way you feel like you have a friendly face amongst the crowd, and definitely not some overbearing bossy photographer ;). Honestly, the best photos occur when you are most comfortable, so my aim is to make you as comfortable as possible. Be sure to have a good look through my wedding portfolio and recent weddings to make sure you love my style and the way I document a real wedding day.
What is your photography style?
My photography style is a blend of documentary wedding photography while influenced by fine art portraiture. I love bringing out my clients personalities while telling their love story in a genuine way. I mostly shoot with natural light to capture the ambience and atmosphere of the wedding. To see examples of my style, please visit my Wedding Portfolio, Engagement Portfolio as well as recent weddings on the blog.
I’m really awkward in photos?
This is a recurring question I get asked. I myself hate being in front of the camera, Im sure that’s a part of the reason Im behind it ;). For a large part of the day, I shoot mostly candid moments letting the day flow naturally which also helps take the pressure off. For the bridal portraits, I definitely give easy directions to follow whilst still keeping your expressions natural. I encourage you to be yourselves and have fun, as that translates on camera in beautiful natural photos. Remember it’s a real wedding day and not a styled photoshoot!
How much photography coverage do we need?
Most couples prefer to have their day captured in a storytelling approach which generally means from start to finish. I do offer a few options, starting with as little as 6 hours coverage, but I recommend around 9-10 hours coverage to capture the best version of your wedding day story. Generally, this is the amount of time that will allow me to document both the bride & groom getting ready through to the first dance and even some of the dance floor action.
What are the benefits of all day wedding photography coverage?
All day coverage allows moments to happen naturally and unposed. Through experience, I feel this approach is more relaxing for the couple, bridal party and wedding guests, simply because events don’t have to be forced and rushed. Refer to our Guide to Creating your Wedding Day Photography Timeline to see a detailed breakdown of how much time you would need to set aside for your wedding photos.
Who will be our photographer on the day?
If you book with me, I will be the photographer at your wedding. If I am already booked on your date, but you would still like the Deb Boots Love Stories experience, I can provide another photographer who shoots a similar style to that of mine, and is my go to girl when I need a second photographer.
In 8 years I have not missed a wedding. However, should something happen, I have a network of professional photographer friends I can call on, but Id have to be dying to miss a wedding.
Do we need two photographers?
The majority of the weddings I photograph and featured on the website are me shooting as a solo photographer. I feel confident I can provide the coverage a couple require with just one photographer. Usually I would shoot the groom prep before bride prep to cover both the bride and groom getting ready for their big day. There are the odd weddings featured that have had two photographers. Where a second photographer can be beneficial, is if the wedding day timeline doesn’t allow for one photographer to cover both groom and bride preparation photos because there is a large distance between getting ready locations. The two photographers can separate so one covers the bride preparations, while the second photographer covers the groom preparations. Also during the bridal party location shoot is another instance where a second photographer is beneficial. The second photographer can remain with the guests to capture candids as they mingle, as well as reception room details. And naturally, a second photographer is a second viewpoint. Refer to my article on The Benefits of Two Photographers. A couple can always add a second photographer to their photography package for an additional charge. The second photographer is always an experienced wedding photographer in their own right (no inexperienced, amateur or student photographers are ever used as my second photographer).
Do you use an assistant?
I do not typically use an assistant. If ever the situation occurred where I did bring an assistant, their role would be to either carry equipment and ensure the equipment is secure, hold an umbrella for me while shooting in wet weather, or assist with lighting setups. An assistant is different from a second photographer. An assistant is there to help the principle photographer in a non-shooting roll. Whereas a second photographer is there to assist the main photographer by capturing additional photos, generally candid moments.
Have you shot at my venue before?
I have shot at many venues around Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Maleny, Gold Coast, Toowoomba and Byron Bay, so there is a good chance that I have. However, if I have not, I will most likely scout the location or venue prior to the wedding day, or arrive at the venue early on the day of. I also do extensive online research prior to your big day too. I love the challenge of shooting at different locations as it keeps my style creative. In fact I shoot at a lot of locations Ive never shot before or there can be a good amount of time between weddings, so its pretty normal for me to be shooting at a new venue most weddings.
What information do we need to supply prior to the wedding?
I send out a Wedding Questionnaire around 6-8 weeks before the wedding asking a few simple but important questions to help create a timeline for the wedding day. Here is my FREE GUIDE to help plan your wedding day here. I will need to know times for the start of the ceremony and reception. Addresses for where both the bride and groom are getting ready, the ceremony location and reception venue. A list of groups for the family photos. Any significant moments like love notes or gift exchanges between the bride and groom, and special details like a grandmother’s brooch for the ‘something old’ or a ‘something blue’ item. After returning the questionnaire, we will either catch up in person or over the phone to finalise the timeline, discuss locations for your bridal portraits and any other details.
How long do you need for photos on the wedding day?
I like to start with the groom preparation photos and portraits generally allowing 60 minutes. Followed by the bride preparation photos and portraits allowing between 1.5-2 hours. I like to arrive at the ceremony location around 30 minutes before the ceremony start time, at which time I can get photos of the groom with his parents/siblings as well as the ceremony details and candids of the guests. Most garden ceremonies last for 30 minutes, whereas church ceremonies are more like 45-60 minutes. Following the ceremony there is time for congratulations and family photos, usually 30 minutes is sufficient for photos with immediate family, longer if you want extended family photos. For the photos with the bridal party usually 15-20 minutes is sufficient. Then 60-90 minutes with the bride and groom – this is a great time to capture some romantic photos of the bride and groom whilst they are alone together. Reception coverage can vary depending upon the package, usually a minimum of 30 minutes and anywhere upto 3-4 hours including all the formalities up until the bridal waltz. For a more detailed wedding timeline refer to my Guide For Creating Your Wedding Timeline
Do you mind if guests take photos during the wedding?
As long as guests are not getting in my way and stopping me doing my job, I don’t have a problem with guests taking photos on your wedding day. I work under the understanding that your guests respect your decision and substantial investment in a professional wedding photographer to let me do the job I have been hired to do. My goal is to make sure you and your guests have an amazing day and that I deliver the best photos so you can remember your special day. If I have trouble moving around people because they are trying to get their photos, it stops me being able to do my job and deliver the standard you would expect. I’ve been told many times at weddings that I’m really patient, I always believe in being polite and friendly, but I’m not afraid to jump in to ask people to step aside if needed to get the photos I need. Don’t worry about me being a pushover, Im not, too many years as a wedding photographer has taught me to speak up because I have a responsibility to my clients.
Do I receive digital files?
Absolutely Yes! No matter which wedding photography package you choose, you will receive a set of high-resolution print-ready digital files in .jpg format. Also provided is a set of low-resolution images for sharing on social media. Files are not watermarked, they are yours to keep & use as you wish.
How many images will we receive?
Depending on which wedding photography package you purchase, but generally I deliver around 100 images per hour. The number of images you receive can be a result of varying factors, such as the number of details, amount of portrait time, and the number of guests. The images delivered will represent the parts of the day covered.
Are the images we receive edited?
They are all edited to fit within my style and brand. I like my images to appear natural and represent the day as it was. All images delivered are individually edited to correct colours, adjust exposures, added saturation and vibrancy to make the images pop, and my signature looks-like-film toning. All images are supplied in colour, with a selection of images also supplied as black & whites edits. Not all images translate to black & white as well as they look in colour, and I pride myself on delivering each image at its best.
What do you mean by ‘edited’ photos?
All images delivered as digital files receive editing. Editing means adjustments made to the overall image. For example; colour correction to adjust colour temperature and saturation, exposure adjustments to lighten or darken the image, and one of my signature effect to emulate the beautiful subtle tones of film. If you would like retouching, such as removal of blemishes, removal of bags under eyes, skin smoothing, removal of fly-away hairs, removal of background objects from the scene, changing the size and shape of body parts etc, fall under Retouching. Retouching is included with the purchase of products, such as albums and wall art. Retouching of digital files is charged at an hourly rate, as the time required ranges depending on the complexity of the retouching work required. Please contact me for a quote.
Can we edit our photos for Instagram etc.
While I appreciate technology has made editing photos much easier, please bear in mind that I have spent countless hours over many years to establish my style and individually editing each and every one of your images. When images I have created are out in the world, they represent my name and my reputation. I ask that my couples and anyone who may have access to any of the couple’s images such as suppliers, please refrain from re-editing any of my images. I would hope that when couples are searching for a photographer, they would choose one whose style they love, so that they do not feel the need to re-edit images or apply filters.
Do you deliver every image you shoot?
No, but for a good reason. You are hiring me as a professional and by doing so, place your trust in me to deliver the best representation of the day. I eliminate duplicate images, test shots, out-of-focus, unflattering expressions and other images that may dilute the overall product delivery. Because I shoot in a particular manner, I overcompensate by taking a few photos of each scenario to ensure I nail the perfect focus and expression, but you don’t need every version. For example, candid laughs and emotional tears are some of the most emotive images from the day, but unfortunately they can also result in some unflattering facial expressions, therefore I take a few captures of the moment to obtain the best version of the expression amongst a series, but only deliver one, at the most two, of the best images from the series. With my expertise in processing thousands of images each year, I will eliminate images that I feel are not flattering or of the best quality.
Do you provide the RAW files?
No, I do not supply any unedited RAW files. I believe as a professional photographer in delivering a finished product, and that is edited images. My final product and editing style is essential to the way I shoot. The editing is as much a part of the service as taking the photos. Digital cameras as wonderful as technology is, they have their inadequacies. This means that images can be taken in a particular way, that in an unedited state looks pretty average, but combined with the photographer’s vision and after editing, the photo can transform. One of the reasons why I don’t believe in letting RAW files leave my computer. As a professional photographer, everything that leaves the studio is a representation of my style and brand, therefore, anything released to my clients represents work that I am proud off. As explained above, I have already chosen the best images for the final delivery, to provide you with the best selection of wedding photographs. I can guarantee you would not want to see the images in “raw” form. I can also guarantee that I leave certain photos out of your collection for a reason. Just trust me.
How long does it take to receive the images?
Usually between 4-8 weeks. This depends on if you are married in off-peak or peak wedding season. I always place a few sneak peek photos up on my Facebook page and Instagram within a week of the wedding so that you can have a few photos to share with family and friends.
Who owns the copyright of the images?
All photographs have the copyright assigned to Deb Boots with the couple having personal-use rights. Personal-use means the couple can happily share their photographs on social media and print them for their own use. However, you cannot sell your images for profit or share them with the other wedding vendors as that falls into commercial use and is in breach of copyright. If any of the wedding vendors/suppliers ask you for copies of the images, because this is to advertise their business it falls under commercial use, and different rules apply so you must direct the supplier to contact me directly to arrange copies of photographs. Read more about this on our Commercial Use & Copyright page here
What size can we print the delivered digital files up to?
In most cases, you can print your photos up to 16×24 without any quality loss. If you would like to print larger than 16×24, be mindful that the larger you print your image the more detail shows up and any imperfections or distracting elements will stand out. I recommend if you are printing larger than 16×24 then additional retouching will be required. For pricing on custom retouching, printing and products, please contact me.
What if I lose my USB years down the track?
I keep two separate backups of all the images delivered to you from your wedding. If you lose your digital files, there are charges to retrieve the files from the archives and replace the USB.
Do you require a meal on the wedding day?
If coverage exceeds 6 hours, a meal would be most appreciated. It’s a long day and I’m usually on the go from the time I start until the time I finish, and a meal and a short timeout gives me a chance to re-energise and power through the rest of the evening for you. I’m happy to be seated at a table with your guests or a table away from the main reception, just so long as it’s not too far away as I need to be able to hear the MC’s announcements to ensure I am available for all the formalities. It is preferred if the kitchen can serve my meal after the bridal party, that way I can be eating while the guests are eating – nobody likes photos of them eating so it’s the most appropriate time for me to eat my meal and have a break, ready to start capturing photos when you and your guests start to mingle or the next lot of formalities commence. If you aren’t able to provide a crew meal, please let me know so I can make other arrangements.
Should we provide you with a photo list for the day?
Most definitely a list of the groupings for the family photos. However, detailed lists of every photo you want throughout the day is not a good idea. I shoot throughout the day in most part a documentary fashion which means I capture what is naturally happening. Photo lists take the spontaneity away from the day and hinders my ability to be creative as Im stressing to make sure I hit every photo on the list. By all means send through some examples of shots you like, if you have a Pinterest Board Id be happy to take a look, but hopefully, the reason for booking me is because you love what I do naturally.
What camera gear do you use?
I shoot with Nikon cameras, two camera bodies on wedding days, each with a different lens attached. I like the Nikon D750 bodies, but I also have backups. I prefer prime lenses, because they force me to move around and not be stagnate in one spot for too long, which results in more variety in your photos, but prime lenses also perform better in low light situations, like dark churches. I also carry flashes, remote triggers and lots of spare batteries.
What happens if it rains on my wedding day?
We can’t control the weather and it certainly doesn’t have to ruin your wedding. I believe it’s all about taking on a positive attitude and resorting to your wet weather backup plan. Maybe it means you can’t have that beach wedding, but you are still marrying the love of your life and that’s all that is important. We certainly can create wedding photos in the rain – umbrellas and shelter are my go to’s for wet weather. In my photography career, I have only been stopped a couple of times by extreme weather conditions. Those two times it was torrential rain striking after the ceremony, and in those instances we took shelter at the reception and after consulting with the couples, we decided to do the bridal portraits another day. That is not my ideal situation as we don’t want to re-create the wedding, but in severe storms its sometimes is the only and very last option. Being a wedding photographer you have to learn to adapt to different situations like bad weather. If you’re happy to jump out in the rain armed with an umbrella and embrace the situation, we can have some darn good fun creating images with moody skies. Read more tips and planning for a wet weather wedding here
What is the best time of day for our bridal party location photographs and bridal portraits?
The best time for the bridal party location shoot is when the sun drops a little lower in the sky so the light isn’t so harsh. The middle of the day when the sun is beating down from above casts harsh unflattering shadows and can result in squinting and panda eyes. Late afternoon is the absolute best time of day for photos, particularly the last hour before sunset.
What if you are sick on our wedding day?
The day I decided to take up being a full-time wedding photographer, I knew I was going to have to make some sacrifices, like giving up my weekends to spend it with other families, so I come mentally prepared to be there for my couples best day ever. In the 7+ years, I’ve been a professional photographer, I have never missed a wedding! I’ve had the flu only a couple of times and I’ve even sprained my ankle and worked through it. Even after finding out my mum passed away the night before a wedding, I turned up and photographed the couple’s 2-day wedding event without them knowing. In this business, you just have to be prepared to sometimes put your life on hold, put your personal emotions aside and honour your commitments. That’s part of what you are paying for when you hire a professional photographer. In the extreme case that I ever was not able to photograph your wedding, I have a network of professional photographers to call upon. In the instance that I would need to replace myself with another photographer, I would aim to get a photographer that shoots as close to my style as possible and of the same quality. Booking Deb Boots Love Stories you’d never be left without a photographer on your wedding day.
How do you feel about Same Sex marriage?
I hate we live in a world where we even have to address such questions. I definitely am an LGBTQ-friendly wedding professional and a proud supporter of equal rights and marriage equality. LGBTQ couples can approach my business without fear of rejection or judgment as I support same-sex marriage and photographed my first Same-Sex Wedding in 2018.
How do I secure Deb Boots to photograph our wedding?
First, check that I am available on your chosen date. Then a chat either in person or on the phone to get to know each other and discuss your wedding plans. A $500 non-refundable retainer and signed contract will secure your date. The balance is then due 30 days before the wedding date. Dates during peak wedding season for the 12 months in advance book up super quick, so if you love what I do, I encourage you to get in touch asap to secure your date. Once we have confirmed I am available on your chosen date, simply book using the convenient online booking form.
How can we pay?
I accept bank transfers and Visa & Mastercard payments through Stripe (a Paypal alternative), however, credit card payments attract a 2% fee to cover provider fees.
Cancellation Policy – if we cancel, will we receive our retainer/booking fee back?
Unfortunately No. The retainer is used to reserve your date. Once I have reserved your date, I do not accept new clients for that date.
Changing Dates – if we change our wedding date, will we be able to use our retainer/booking fee towards another date?
Generally yes, but this is taken on a case by case basis, depending on my availability.
Do you provide wedding videography?
I do not offer video services. While photographers and videographers use some of the same equipment, filmmaking requires some different skills, such as recording sound and stabilisation equipment for motion. I can happily provide a list of wedding videographers and filmmakers to you upon booking. There is no need to hire a company that offers both photo and video services. Most skilled professionals, like myself, believe we are both there to provide the best service for our couple and work in a team regardless of the fact that they are from different companies. As when hiring a photographer, keep their style in mind. If hiring a documentary wedding photographer, you most likely will also want to hire a documentary filmmaker so that the style is cohesive. Generally, the photographer takes lead on directing couples on the day, with the videographer following the photographers lead, however, there are some filmmakers that also like to direct to achieve the footage they require for your wedding film.