FAQs

How long have you been a wedding photographer?

I first began photographing weddings in 2014 and since then I have photographed over 150 weddings. 

In June 2017, James Ireland Photography (JIP for short) became a limited company and I became a full time wedding photographer. 

What is your photography style?

I would describe myself as a creative documentary wedding photographer. I love to blend into the background and unobtrusively capture the emotions and natural, real moments of a wedding day.

 
 
James Ireland Photography - Kent Wedding Photographer - A bridesmaid congratulates the bride after her wedding ceremony at The Inner Temple, London
 
 

Do you take traditional family group photographs and how long will these take?

Whilst I am primarily a documentary photographer, I do know the importance of the formal family photograph. 

Each group photograph can take up to five minutes to arrange so I would advise you to keep the formal group shot list to no more than 10 photographs. Group shots with more than ten people can take longer than five minutes to arrange.

How do we book you for our wedding?

If you are interested in having me photograph your wedding, then please head on over to the contact page to get in touch to find out my availability for your date. If I am free, I would love to meet you to discuss your wedding day. Having a meeting also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about your wedding photography.

To secure me as your wedding photographer after the meeting, my contract has to be signed and a non refundable deposit of £100 must be paid and then it's final! 

Your remaining balance will be due six weeks before the wedding.

In the run up to your wedding I will keep in touch to discuss all of the details and timings of the day and answer any further questions or requests.

How many images will we receive from our wedding?

The number of photos delivered from a wedding varies depending on a number of factors such as the length of ceremony and speeches. On average, a wedding with ten hours coverage that includes all traditional formalities such as a confetti line, speeches, cake cutting and first dance will equate to 400-500 photos.

All photos will be delivered in a password protected online gallery. From there you can download the photos, share them with family and friends and order prints. 

All of your photographs will be left un-watermarked - nobody wants my name all over their wedding photos!

How soon after our wedding will we receive the photographs?

Your wedding photographs will be delivered to you within four weeks. I’m sure that you’ll be super excited and eager to look through all of the photographs and relive your special day and I don’t want to leave you waiting!

Have you worked at our venue before?

Since starting wedding photography back in 2014 I have photographed weddings at many stunning venues. Here is a selection of the venues that I have worked at in the past:

ABode Canterbury, Ashdown Park Hotel, The Blue Pigeons, Brick House Farm, Broome Park, Cain Manor, Chapel Down, Chilston Park Hotel, Cooling Castle Barn, Dartmouth House, The East Quay, Eastwell Manor, The Ferry House Inn, Frasers, Frensham Heights, The Gardens Yalding, Hall Place, Hayne House, High Rocks, Hotel Du Vin, Inner Temple, Kent Life, Knowle Country House, Knowlton Court, Leeds Castle, Little Hermitage, Lympne Castle, Marleybrook House, Mountains Country House, The Mulberry Tree, The Night Yard, Nonsuch Mansion, Odo’s Barn, The Old Kent Barn, One Warwick Park, The Orangery, The Oxo Tower, The Pines Calyx, Port Lympne Mansion, Rowhill Grange, Salomons Estate, The Secret Garden, St Augustine’s Priory, St Julians Club, Starborough Manor, Syon Park, Temple Church, Tudor Barn Burnham, Tudor Barn Eltham, Winters Barns.

It is not essential for me to have shot at your venue before. If I haven’t, I will contact the venue in advance to introduce myself and discuss the photography of your wedding day. On the wedding day I will arrive early to familiarise myself with the venue and grounds and go over the day’s timeline with your coordinator. 

 
 
James Ireland Photography - Kent Wedding Photographer - The clocktower at The Secret Garden in Ashford at a summer wedding
 
 

How far do you travel for weddings?

Although the majority of the weddings that I photograph are in Kent and its neighbouring counties, I cover the entirety of the UK.

I am also available for destination weddings outside of the UK. 

If your wedding is being held outside of Kent, please contact us to discuss travel expenses.

What is a photography assistant?

Having an assistant with me on your wedding day is essential for me to be able to capture your wedding day without missing any special moments. My assistant will be there to help me set up equipment and liaise with the venue staff and other coordinators, making sure that everything is running smoothly. Having a second pair of hands is particularly useful is timings are tight!

Please note that if you choose to add a second photographer, the photography assistant is no longer needed and will be removed from your chosen package.

What is a second photographer and should we have one?

There are several reasons why I offer a second photographer and why I highly recommend having one. 

Having a second photographer for your wedding means that each part of your day will be captured from two different angles. This is particularly useful during the ceremony and speeches. 

If you would like to have photographs of the groom getting ready in the morning and your guests arriving for the ceremony, my second photographer will be able cover this whilst I photograph the bride’s preparations. 

Having a second photographer also means that I will also be able to deliver you more of the natural, candid photographs of your guests during the reception as my second photographer will be able to photograph this whilst I am shooting your formal family group shots and couples portraits. 

What equipment do you use?

I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark IV with a selection of Canon L series lenses. The Canon 5D Mark IV has a 30.4 mega pixel sensor which captures every detail with impeccable clarity. It also features an incredible focusing system and is exceptional at handling low light situations. Each photograph is recorded to two memory cards simultaneously, meaning that all images have an immediate back up.

Having a selection of Profoto lighting equipment allows me to be creative and take full control of a photograph. Using off camera lighting also means that I am still able to take high quality photographs in low light situations and venues. 

I always arrive at a wedding fully prepared with multiple equipment backups just in case something should break. 

James Ireland Photography - Kent Wedding Photographer - Camera Equipment

Are you insured?

Of course! I have full public liability insurance.

What happens if you’re ill on our wedding day?

Touch wood, to date I have never been ill for a wedding. However should this ever happen, I am in close contact with several award winning photographers who would be more than happy to step in.

 

 

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