Wedding Photography frequently asked questions

Wedding Photography Melbourne

Wedding Photography Faq sheet

Mark Dayman Photography

Wedding Photography Melbourne by Mark Dayman with 12 years experience and over 950 weddings in Melbourne and around the world


Wedding Photography Melbourne

Wedding Photography Melbourne

Who will photograph my wedding? Do you use contract Photographers?

Mark Dayman will only photograph your wedding, I use an assistant for candid photography and general help. I do not use contract photographers at all. Bigger companies generally use contract photographers, this maximizes their profit margin. They pay each contract photographer around $350-500 for a full days wedding. Regardless of who you hire, I would strongly suggest using and experienced sole trader, who’s name is on the door. This way you know you are getting a truly personalized service from someone who does care how your photos turn out. And has the personality to make your day enjoyable.

Are there any hidden extras?

No, my packages are all inclusive. The only extras added are traveling costs for non metropolitan weddings, but these would be discussed in pre-wedding meetings. If an album is included in the package this
includes the photos that go in the album and the quoted number of pages and sides.

Do you have backup equipment?

I use five Nikon Pro Cameras and 7 Professional series lenses. Each camera has a backup card installed so every shot is backed up instantaneously. In the event of a breakdown (has never happened with Nikon). I also carry four flashes to every wedding.

Are you a full time professional photographer?

I am a full time professional photographer, my wife and I work 100% for our business and we have no other jobs. I have been photographing weddings in Melbourne since 2006. We have over 350 weddings behind us and have never had a bad review.

What style of photographer are you?

‘People and emotion’ I classify myself as a ‘portrait photographer’ My soul aim is to capture your personality within the story of your wedding. I can pose you if required and remain candid also, Classic and contemporary or modern are all part of my style, but generally it is always a mixture of everything. This way you don’t limit your possibilities.

Do we need to provide a meal for the photographer and your assistant?

Yes, we do require a meal if we are present during meal times. If your photography finishes after the entrée, no main meal will be required. Wedding photography is extremely demanding, so your understanding is appreciated

How long does it take to receive my images?

We quote 12-16 weeks depending on season and size of the wedding. We generally post a few photos on Facebook for you to show your family and friends. The average turnaround time is 12 weeks. Just long enough for you to be really surprised when you sit down and watch our DVD slideshow. We do not outsource any editing, the person who shoots your wedding will edit it (That’s me)

Can you do a ‘custom’ package?

Yes every wedding is different, individual packages can be catered for individual needs. Just let me know the timeline you require and I will help with the best plan for your day

What if I need more time on the day?

Extra time is charged at $300 per hour. This includes all editing and retouching and my assistant. My unlimited package is a true unlimited package, meaning no time restriction on the day of your wedding.

Can I get the RAW images?

I do not supply RAW images to clients; we supply only high-resolution JPEG files. We shoot everything in RAW format. We convert and correct if required in post-production. These RAW files are my artistic ‘recipe’ as such and cannot be given to clients.

What if it rains?

It rains at a lot of weddings here in Melbourne; you need not worry about this, we will have a backup plan for every wedding we do. I have shot at almost every location around Melbourne and have a great knowledge of where we can go in case it does rain.

Can guests take photos during my wedding?

Yes, no and maybe. Yes they certainly can take photographs during the wedding and proceedings. No, I don’t allow other photographers on your personal bridal party shoot, it distracts the clients and is generally confusing for everyone involved. Maybe, you should also think about having an ‘unplugged’ ceremony, meaning no photographs during the service other than professional ones. The web is full of ruined professional photos due to guests with iPhones getting in the way and going into the ‘sacred’ aisle when the bride is walking down. Just remember once you start that walk if someone does jump into the aisle I cannot go up and get him or her, it is impossible. I do recommend asking your celebrant to tell the guests before hand what your wishes regarding this are.

I hate my photograph being taken?

Relax, if you think of my job then you would realise 95% of people I photograph don’t like their photograph being taken. Wedding photography is not only about being technically adept at taking photographs; you also need an outgoing relaxed personality. Yes I will ‘pose’ you but I will do it in a way you won’t even notice. My job is to get your personalities out in the photos. You don’t get that by bossing people around and making them feel uncomfortable.

Do we get two photographers?

I personally take all the photos, I use an assistant for candid photography and general help. If you require two photographers please let me know and one can be arranged. In my experience I have never needed two photographers I can show you many full wedding examples to relax you.

How many Photos do you take?

This is impossible to say, as every wedding is different, but you will receive unlimited images taken on the day, and I take lots of photos! Remember with me you will get all photos in colour and a duplicate set in B/W

Do we get High resolution and what does that mean?

All the photos you receive are in high resolution. Generally these are 4500 pixels on the longest edge. Four times the resolution of a ‘full HD’ TV, these can be printed to extremely large sizes if required. You will need roughly 20-40gb on your PC to fit them on. If you receive a quote saying ‘all images on CD’ they will be very low resolution and only be able to printed to post card size

Do we get all the photos?

With me you receive all photos I take on the day minus eyes closed and blinking ones. All edited in high resolution with no watermarks

Do we get Proofs?

No need to get proofs, with my service you receive every image I take on the day minus eyes closed ones. I can if required place a low-resolution online gallery up after our editing is complete if you have overseas family. We can also provide a proof book if you require one

Do you ‘Photoshop Images?

I use a two-part process, we edit every image taken on your wedding day in ‘Lightroom’ for colour, clarity, contrast and noise reduction, to make sure every photo you receive is perfect. We remove only eyes closed and blinking photos. We then pick out the best 10% of quoted images, generally the best photo from each ‘set’ taken into Photoshop, to make sure you look your best, we use the latest techniques and processes. Please note: We do not modify body shape unless asked specifically for this.

What are the Travel Costs?

Each wedding has an unlimited allocation for travel within the Melbourne metropolitan region. If you have a wedding with extra travel involved please discuss this with me when we meet, special and reasonable arrangements can be made in most cases

We want a Wedding Album how much will that cost?

Albums can be sourced from many suppliers. I only use reputable suppliers. My suggestion through experience is to receive your photos, pick your favourite’s. Then book in a time to discuss the best option for your personalized wedding album. Tell me your budget left after the expense of a wedding. I guarantee we can source you the best album for your hard earned money. Standard 12”x12” Ten page, Twenty side flush mount album starts from $650.

Who owns Copyright?

Copyright is shared between Mark Dayman Photography and the client. You have the copyright to use the images for personal use, printing, We hold the commercial copyright, any images to be supplied to third party wedding suppliers for commercial use must have my ‘Mark Dayman Photography’ watermark attached

Do you do video or provide a Photo booth?

We have worked with many of Melbourne’s top Videographers and always work together with them to get the best possible result for you. We can recommend many top Videographers your Video and Photo Booth needs. I have a strong supplier base if you look at my ‘LINKS’ page

Are you an accredited professional photographer?

Yes I am an accredited member of the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) And the ABIA (Australian Bridal Industry Academy)

Should we have a meeting?

I always suggest we meet and get to know each other, you can view my work and we can discuss the plan for your big day. Every wedding is different, so we can design a unique plan tailored specifically for your wedding day. Sometimes it is not possible for clients to meet, don’t worry we can talk via email and Skype and still get the best plan for your wedding day.

I want to book, what do we do now?

Just send me a confirmation email stating that you would like me to photograph your special day, I will then send my Terms and Conditions to you with all the deposit and payment details enclosed. I will also send you our fantastic little ‘Helpful Hints’ guide to help with the planning of your wedding day. I only require a $500 deposit to confirm a wedding date.