Pre-Wedding Questionnaire

Please take a few minutes to read this page and answer the questions towards the bottom.

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What To Expect (& What Not To Expect)

Real, unforced moments are the key to what I do. Instead of interrupting you, I let your story unfold naturally and capture it as it happens.

However, some folks at your wedding might expect your wedding photographer to have a more traditional approach, perhaps staging group photos throughout the day, or setting up other posed opportunities. If this happens, don’t worry, I’ll manage it for you. But I recommend explaining to family and friends the kind of photographer you’ve chosen. That way, I can concentrate on capturing the moments that really matter.

I do – of course – allow for some staged family photos. More on this below.


I love taking a little time to shoot some portraits with the two of you, assuming you’d like that.

I can take you away from the main party for 15 or 20 minutes, or longer if you prefer, and perhaps again around sunset (if that’s feasible). If you’d like to get some portraits with your bridesmaids and groomsmen too, that’s completely fine.


I have a few specific requests.

— For most of the day, the more you can ignore the camera, the better. It might feel strange to begin with, but you’ll soon forget that I’m there (more or less).

— For brides, and bridesmaids, when walking up the aisle at the start of the ceremony, try to take your time. Allow plenty of space between yourselves, so that I can get some clear shots of each of you.

— Also for brides at this point, try not to hold your bouquet too high, in case it covers your face :]

— If you do want some group family photos, I recommend that we keep these to a maximum of FIVE. On the form below, I suggest what these should be, but please know that these are just my suggestions. It’s up to you. Simply list the names of whoever you would like to include, in each box.

Sometimes, it’s helpful to have someone in your party gather family members for you at this point. So if you can, please arrange this with someone suitable (e.g. a bridesmaid, groomsman, or both).

If you need to ask for other shots, then that’s OK too. My recommendations are there to give you a guideline, based on my experience of what works best, but I always try to be flexible.

After Your Wedding

During busy periods, it can take me up to 12 weeks to deliver your full collection via your own online gallery. Often, I get there quicker, but it’s best to expect that it may be the full 12 weeks, especially over the summer. I go as fast as I can, because delivering your photos in good time is really important to me.

The first thing to expect is an online preview slideshow, as a taster of what’s to come. You may receive this within a week of your wedding, sometimes two – and hopefully this will help with the waiting!


Please answer the questions below. Key details do change from time to time, so please answer the obvious stuff too.

At the end, there are options for adding items to your photography package (where relevant). So if there is anything you would like to add, please select it below and I will invoice you separately. In the meantime, please continue to pay the outstanding balance of your photography package by the normal due date, as indicated in your contract or invoice (i.e. on or before 4 weeks ahead of your wedding date).

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Natural, documentary wedding photography in Northern Ireland and beyond.

Based in Belfast.



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