Alex Buckland Photography
Surrey Wedding Photographer

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Wedding Photography FAQs

There are a lot of magazines and blogs out there that recommend you ask photographers a list of questions to find out if they are the right photographer for you. In the most part I agree with this, because you need a photographer who will answer any question you have and you need to know what they offer and how they work. That being said, more important than a list of questions is whether you trust the photographer to do the best job they can for you and that often can only be found out by chatting to them and getting to know them.

These are some of the questions I get asked most often, if you’d like me to chat more about any of them or if you have a different question, please get in touch to ask it.


What is your style of photography?

I love to tell stories through photos! My style is creative, relaxed, friendly and unobtrusive. On your big day I document those special candid moments in an authentic and candid way to show your story through my eyes. Capturing the laughter on peoples faces, and the tears running down their cheeks. I hope that my images capture the way you were feeling, in a creative fashion, that will give you something to look back on in years to come and show your children and grandchildren.

I focus not just on the Bride and Groom, but also on your guests, who are a big part in making your day special. I'll capture the bits you were there for and the bits you didn't get to see.

We don't like having our photo taken, can you help?

If you are uncomfortable in front of the camera, you are not alone. A lot of people feel the same way. I purposely keep my approach during engagement shoots and the couples portraits session relaxed and fun to make you feel at ease. If you’re really nervous before your engagement shoot or big day we could always grab a quick drink and chat beforehand to get you in the mood.

How long do you shoot for on the day?

I start coverage with bridal preparations, and go right through to the evening’s celebrations. This is 10-12 hours coverage on the day.

How many photo's will we get?

There is no limit to the amount of shots I would take on your wedding day, but I would estimate to provide you with a minimum of 350 - 400 images of what I believe to be the best representation of your day. Quality over quantity really is the best option!

When will we receive our photos?

Maximum four-six weeks after your wedding day. I will post a teaser photo within 24 hours of your wedding followed by a few favourites within a week so you have something to share with your friends and family.

Do you take formal group photos?

I believe group photos are an important way to capture people together who may not find themselves together again. For formal group photos, I take them as quickly and efficiently as possible so that you can enjoy the rest of your day! I like to make group portraits as fun as possible so that everyone is relaxed and this helps to capture natural smiles and laughter!

What camera equipment do you use?

I currently use 2 Sony A7iii's. I switched from Nikon to Sony this year and I absolutely love how these cameras give me the opportunity to capture images more creatively! I most often use prime lenses like the Sony 35mm 1.4 and 85mm f1.8. My Sony 16-35mm and 70-200mm come out when needed and I use wireless flashes for couples portraits and shots on the dance floor.

Do you charge for travel?

Travel is included within 40 miles of Kingston Upon Thames. I am very happy to travel further to photograph your wedding either in the UK or abroad but travel expenses may be incurred. Please enquire.

Do you shoot destination weddings?

Whenever I can! There is a £500 additional fee for European weddings to cover flights and accommodation. Outside the EU a bespoke quote can be put together for you.

You have a license to print and share your photographs. The full copyright is retained by me. All that means is that you can’t sell, modify or enter the photographs in competitions.

Can we have the RAW files?

Unfortunately not. In case you don’t know what they are, RAW files are the files that come straight out of the camera. They are extremely large, up to 8 times the size of a high resolution JPG image. So to deliver them to you I’d need to put them on 8 USB drives. Unless you have professional editing software you aren’t able to open them. They can only be viewed in programs like Lightroom and Photoshop. The biggest reason I don’t hand them over is because they are not the finished product. It’s like going to a fancy restaurant and paying for an amazing meal but asking the chef to hand over all the raw ingredients for you to cook the meal yourself.

Do we need to feed you on the big day?

I really appreciate it if you can. It’s a long day and some form of warm food goes a long way. However, if it’s not possible I fully understand and I will sort myself out!

Are you insured?

I sure am! Public liability and professional indemnity.

What if you’re unwell on the day?

To date I have never missed a photography job, of any kind, from illness or injury and touch wood I never will. But if the worst should happen, I have a network of awesome photographers I can call on to ensure your day is covered without issue.

How do we book you?

To secure your date, I’ll send you an online booking form with a contract to sign. Once completed along with the 25% retainer, your date is secured.