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What happens if our wedding is cancelled due to COVID-19?

My awesome couples, what a crazy time it is right now for the whole world. Firstly, I hope you and your families are safe.

If your balance is due this year and you need to postpone your wedding, please contact me ASAP, and I will gladly transfer your wedding to a new date. I will waiver the transfer charge, so there will be NO additional cost to you. If you do not have a date in mind, do not panic, as I can give you my availability forecast for your convenience. You do no not need to pay your balance on the day your original wedding date. I will simply freeze the account until you have a date ready. Your new wedding date will become your new booking reference number.

If you have chosen a different wedding date where I am not available, I will refund you any monies paid except for the original deposit. I will also give you some recommended suppliers that can hopefully assist you, subject to their availability.

This is a crazy time right now and we are in this together.

What does a wedding photographer do?

A professional wedding photographer freezes time in the form of photography, so that you can relive your wedding day at your desire. Photographs can speak thousands of words, so however you interpret them in your own words, they will have their own unique story. But to achieve the art of freezing time and creating magical photography, a formula is needed, and not just with the camera.

The evolution of your wedding day memories starts and finishes without the camera. A recce of your wedding venue (whether I have photographed memories there or not) is essential in order to map the venue in my mind and let the artistic vision flow in my veins. Careful planning and organisation are crucial attributes to a wedding photographer too. Knowing what time your bouquet will arrive is just one end of the planning spectrum, but there is also the preparation for that "cracker" of you laughing during the speeches. Natural shots actually have a forecast, as well as constantly focusing on your targets like a sniper. One must also have a personality to create a magnetic bond with both guests and the betrothed couple. This is a skill that you are born with. Once you have mastered the art of photography and memory catching, using your own signature styles, superior work is then carried out in a modern day darkroom. A professional photographer must also present a story distinctively too.

Presenting your wedding day memories will then be in your hands... Your wedding day story is inspired by you, narrated by me...

What is your style?

One must be unique and have their own style. My style is sharp, dynamic and natural. Above all all, it is distinctively vibrant. My signature shot at a wedding ( if you have not guessed already) involves dynamics and a cathedral length veil. I love cathedral length veils due to their impact in a photograph and their awesome movement. So if you have one, I will be very excited, brace yourself.

But it is not all about the veil. I capture mood in my natural portraiture shots, freeze time during blissful confetti throwing and capture time stopping passion.

What time do you start?

I can start as early as you wish and wherever you’d like me to start. Starting early allows me to absorb the preparation stage of your day, accenting  your memories with the photographing of the wedding dress, shoes, flowers, bouquet, the rings and photographing scenes with your styling artists.  It is also the groom's day as well as the bride's and where possible, with careful logistics, I can be at the groom's quarters too, capturing the early stages of team groom. For both teams, a special bond is built with Nikos...

What time do you finish?

All wedding packages come with a full day coverage and because all weddings are different, there is no set time for me to finish. On average, I finish around 8pm or just after the first dance, but I can stay later. The elements captured of your wedding day after the ceremony are the wedding breakfast, cutting of the cake and your first dance. I have done weddings where the cutting of the cake was the last thing to be done, which was as late as 10pm. So I am as flexible as your wedding. Another example is fireworks at weddings, so I may stop my coverage after the first dance and resume once the fireworks commence.

What is full day photography coverage?

Full day photography coverage, as an example, covers the preparation shots in the morning, bridal bouquet with shoes, arrival of the groom, the ceremony, confetti shot, bride & groom shoot, formal shots with your guests, speeches, cutting cake, first dance and anything else your wedding day has. But to give you some idea, it is around 10-12 hours. A wedding day is as unique as your wedding.

 

Do we get to meet you before the wedding?

Absolutely! With all bookings you are also booking the one and only Nikos! If we met at a wedding fair, you know how busy they can be and we don’t get every question answered. We can arrange a home visit where it will be more relaxed and I can bring my work with me for you to see up close. I love to hear all about your wedding plans and what you’d like from the photography. If it is not possible to arrange a visit, we can arrange a phone or video call.

Do you charge for travel?

Quite simply my wedding photography packages do not incur a travel charge for weddings within the UK. So from the Cotswolds to Stonehenge, Brighton to Dorset, there are no costs to you for my travel if you have booked my wedding photography packages. For non weddings or hourly rated photo shoots, I do charge for my travel. My travel costs are subject to a radius banding, but there is a free 30 mile radius zone which incurs no charge.  Please visit my bookings page to view the banding map. As you know my prices are very competitive and so too are my travel costs as I like to make things affordable. The wedding below was in  Edinburgh, Scotland.

How much is your deposit?

Deposits start from as little as £120, depending on your wedding photography package. Deposits are non-refundable.

Why are deposits non-refundable?

Deposits secure your date, so that no one else can book this date. Deposits also contribute to my services before your wedding day. For example, travelling to recce your venue/s, meetings with you and preparing your wedding day. These can include phone calls and video calls.

When is the full balance due by?

Full balance is due one month before your wedding date.

Can we pay over the phone with a credit or debit card?

Yes you can. I have PayPal Pro which is a virtual terminal to process card payments. Please note that I do not store credit card details nor do I share customer details with any 3rd parties. Privacy to my customers is very important. The details and personal data that you provide are never shared with any third parties. The information you provide is required in order for me to administer your account and to provide with my products and services.

Can we pay monthly or make part payments?

Oh yes ohh yess! You can even make as additional payments and set payments as you wish too! I have set up a system where you can pay towards your wedding photography, without committing yourself. You just simply go to the bookings page and pay whatever amount you wish. An up to date balance will be then sent after your payment has been made

We are getting married in Greece, do you travel abroad?

Absolutely! There is a travel charge for destination weddings outside the UK. Please contact me for full details. Destination weddings include pre wedding arrangements and in essence, you are booking me for more than one day...

How many photographs do we get on the USB?

My custom USB flash drives can be carried with you everywhere you go! I supply specially designed wristbands with an integrated 3.0 USB for a modern touch and keeping your memories safe on your wrist. They have a memory space of 16gb and are a high speed 3.0 too. Preloaded as standard on your USB, is a recovery and back up folder, in the event of your photos being lost. I cannot give you an exact number of photographs for your wedding day but what I can tell you is that there will be a minimum of 600 photographs in high resolution. Also a duplicate set is uploaded to the USB in low resolution so that you can show off your memories online or at home with ease and speed

How many photos do you take and what ones do you give us?

The best way for me to answer this is that I try to utilise every single photograph I take and that you get every aspect of your wedding. The best example is the confetti shot. When taking the confetti shot, I will fire around 30 photographs as my camera can fire 10 frames per second, which is super fast. I will start the trigger just before the confetti is thrown and will keep it firing until the confetti has set. This way I capture every moment and every frame of the scene. I will select the best few photographs of this scene because firstly a few photos may look identical and secondly the confetti may not be perfectly thrown. I do not take thousands of photos at a wedding. I take quality photographs to perfection so that I can utilise every single photo. You are guaranteed a minimum of 600 photographs with your photography package. It is simply quality not quantity.

Are we allowed to print from the USB?

Although the copyright stays with me, I honour you full reproduction rights and the high resolution pictures are big enough to print in large sizes, either as photographs, canvas prints or whatever you want the images printed on.

 

Will some photographs be in black and white?

Usually when I make a picture in black and white, you will receive the same version in colour. Black and white (or monochrome) is not a case of just pressing a button. Black and white has colour channels where I carefully adjust them to give the perfect picture. Adjusting the blue channel can make the sky black for example...

How do we pick our photographs for printing?

Once your photos have been fully edited, I will upload them to a private online album and send you the link for you to view the photos, along with an order form. All you have to do is write type which photographs you want printed and your desired quantities. Although all wedding photography packages (excluding Eros) have printed products included, you can exceed this allowance with my honest and fair prices for additional printing. When you have chosen your photographs for printing, send back the order form via email or post and I will commence printing. If your photography package did not include any printing but wish to have photographs or canvas prints, simply request the order form. My latest prices can be found by going to the INFO section and choosing the OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Will our photographs have any 'Watermarks' on them?

Your USB will be loaded with two albums. One 'high res' and one 'low res'. Because the 'high res' album is for printing, there will be NO watermarks or logos whatsoever. The 'low res' album is perfect for social media, plugging in to modern televisions with USB ports. So because this album is not for printing, the photos will have a tiny logo in the left hand corner. By the way, what is the point of those dominating watermarks anyway? They completely strike right across the photograph, ruining the image anyway? So I keep mine discreet but enough for people to enjoy the photograph and help my social media recognition.

What are your wedding photo books like?

What's your story...? Tell it with my fresh, modern and gorgeous wedding photo book to relive the happiness of your wedding day. This is more than just a photo book. It is a personalised book of memories, inspired by you, designed by me. The books are 28x21cm in landscape format, printed on classic photographic paper and it comes with a Layflat binding. This means that there’s no gap or gutter between pages, perfect for seamless double page spreads of  panoramic photos such as large group shots or beautifully stylised veil shots. The book is finished off in a hardback cover and in a presentation box.

You can see the books on my raw unrehearsed video here that I did for a customer that wanted to see the books... WATCH THE VIDEO!

 

How long does it take for our photography package to be ready?

There are two stages to the completion of your photography package; there is the editing and the printing process. The editing stage of your photographs can take around 3-4 weeks in quieter periods but in the busy season this can take 6-8 weeks to fully edit your photographs. Once the editing stage is complete, your photographs will be instantly uploaded to your USB and then uploaded to an online album if you have printed products in your package. The second stage is to complete any printing aspects to your photography package. This depends on your photograph package, photoshoot or order. The printing process takes a further 2-3 weeks to complete once you have submitted your selections.

Our friend is going to be our photographer, so why do we need a professional photographer?

I am a full time professional photographer and this is my living. It is a really nice gesture for a friend or family member to be your wedding photographer but this may not be their profession and it is a big responsibility. It is not just a case of taking pictures or a responsibility that anyone can do. Precision of the camera settings and off-camera editing are best left to an experienced professional. As a professional wedding photographer I carry the experience, learned all the routines and spontaneity of wedding days. As a business, I present your wedding day memories with pride. Be sure to book a professional and give your guest the freedom to enjoy the wedding and be the guest not the photographer.

Can friends or family buy photographs?

Indeed. They need to obtain the link of the online album from you first and then they can request the ordering form from me. All they need to do next is fill out the order form and email back to me. I believe it is polite practice that the bride and groom should be the only ones to have the link and distribute the link.

What is a Model Release Form?

It is a consent form that grants me permission to publish photographs of you. It should be used at weddings as well as photoshoots of models of all ages. The model release form is not for the act of actually taking a photograph, more for its publishing and the use of the photograph. Whether you are the bride, groom or a model for fashion, you will receive a model release form in order to grant me permission to publish your photographs in one form or another.

Do you use a second photographer?

I am proud to say that the work you see is all my own work. I do not use a second photographer, so you can be sure of one contact and one style that you want. With careful planning and armed with two cameras, I can almost be in two places at the same time...I am also a strong believer in giving the right enthusiastic and passionate people the chance to experience wedding photography. From time to time, I give a very lucky student a chance to experience photography and bring them with me as an assistant photographer. Depending on their experience and confidence, I can allow them to be at a different location, for example; I can be at the bride and my assistant at the groom's house.

Do you have insurance?

Of course. All of my equipment is insured and I have public liability which covers me up to £5m for peace of mind.

My question isn't listed here...

No worries. Please contact me by phone 07585333644, email [email protected] or use the form in the 'contact nikos' section of my website. I am open 24/7 and ready to respond asap for you

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