FAQ

Where are you based? I’m based in Lanarkshire, but cover all of mainland Scotland with travel included in my package pricing.

I hate posing for photographs. Do I have to pose? I hate posing for photographs, everyone I know hates posing for photographs, my children hate posing for photographs! I will offer limited direction where required for specific parts of the day (e.g. group photos), but my aim is capture the story of your day, full of joy and real emotion! I will not ask you to do lots of awkward posing, ever! 

How long do you photograph for on the big day? My packages are built around the events of your day and I am very flexible with timings. So, if you book me from bridal preparations to the first dance, I will be there from the start of your preparation and until after the first dance, regardless of when your ‘start’ and ‘end’ times are. My packages are designed to be flexible to meet your wedding schedule and not the other way round.

Will you travel? I definitely will! I frequently cover weddings all over Scotland and would be happy to travel further.

What equipment do you use? I constantly invest in my ‘tools’ and use only the best equipment available that works for me. My main cameras are the Sony A9, Sony A7RII and Sony A7III. I combine this with a variety of professional prime and zoom lenses to provide perfect coverage of your wedding day.

How many photographs do we get? My advice is always to focus on quality over quantity. However, for full day wedding coverage (i.e. bridal preparations to first dance, or longer), I will provide no less than 300 unique photographs which will be delivered on a beautiful USB and online gallery. I delicately retouch all of my photographs in my own signature style. 

Is it you that photographs our wedding, or someone else? If you book me - you get me. I know that some photographers (and other wedding suppliers!) operate differently, and you might not always get the person who you assume will be capturing your wedding. My thoughts on this are simple: you wouldn’t buy your dress on the knowledge that the one you receive might be entirely different, and I think you should treat photography the same. 

Can friends/family view and purchase photographs? Yes! You and your family/friends can purchase prints and other print products directly from your gallery. 

Do you offer wedding albums? Yes, I offer a full range of luxury storybook albums, with additional options such as downscale books and parent albums. As these are creative products, I recommend that my clients wait until they have received their final photographs before having an album consultation with me to consider their options. 

Do you provide a contract? Yes! My standard wedding photography contract will be tailored to your chosen package and sent to you electronically for digital signing. No printing or posting - it’s all very simple and you will receive a signed copy once completed. Note: for your own protection, always ensure you have a signed contract in place with any wedding supplier you choose to do business with, prior to sending any payments. 

How much is your deposit? My deposit is 25% of your chosen package and this secures your date. Prior to parting with any monies, I will prepare your contract for signing. This is all completed online and made as simple as possible. 

What is your turnaround time? I generally turnaround full wedding galleries within 6-8 weeks of your wedding date. USBs may take slightly longer to arrive. 

How do you cope with adverse weather? Couples always worry about rain. Unfortunately, we reside in Scotland and rain is very much a part of our daily lives. I recommend my couples purchase bridal umbrellas and this means we can get creative in all weathers. Don’t be put off by rain - it can foster beautiful wedding photography. 

What are my cancellation rights? You as the client have a right to cancel at any time during the cancellation period without giving any reason, and without incurring any liability. Please make the cancelation in writing to david@dearlyphotography.co.uk. The cancellation period ends at the end of 14 days after the day on which the contract is entered into. The contact is entered into on the date that you, the client signs the contract electronically, or by any other means. The Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 defines the circumstances in which the client can and cannot cancel and I comply fully with this. I recommend that all of my couples make themselves aware of their consumer rights before booking any wedding suppliers. 

Should I purchase wedding insurance? For me, it's a necessity. I’ve had a good look into this on behalf of some other brides before and there are lots of options! MoneySavingExpert is the best for all things wedding insurance: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/insurance/wedding-insurance. Insurance is normally only valid when you use suppliers who provide contracts and/or receipts (depending on the service), so make sure you have and retain all of the paperwork required. 

What should I look for in a wedding photographer? Two things - a portfolio that you love and a great relationship. Everything else is secondary - wedding ‘awards’, supplier/venue recommendations, accredited bodies - it is all irrelevant. Always ask to see some full recent weddings and not just the highlights and then make sure you sit down with your photographer, if possible face-to-face, for an informal chat and to ensure the two of you really get along great. 

How quickly should I book my photographer? In my opinion, not quickly at all. I see so many suppliers recommend that couples book them as soon as possible, but in my experience, this is more likely to lead to disappointment. From a business perspective, this advice makes sense - it obviously makes good business sense to fill the diary quickly. From your perspective as a couple, it makes absolutely no sense, unless you are sure from the outset of exactly what and/or who you want. For everything else, my advice is to step back, slow down and make sure you find the perfect supplier for you. With this approach, you’re more likely to see more of what you are interested in and not fall into some of the more common pitfalls in the wedding industry. 

Do I need to purchase a meal for you? No. A meal is absolutely not required. I do not feel that couples should have to worry about feeding their suppliers and I am happy catering for myself. Most venues provide a ’supplier meal’, but I am happy to pay for this myself. 

Are you insured? Yes, I have full public liability and professional indemnity insurance. 

Do you have backup equipment? Yes, I photograph with multiple camera bodies, each with dual memory card slots and a variety of lenses. Rest assured that I take every possible precaution to ensure the safety and security of your wedding photographs.

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