Frequently Asked Questions
We are here to walk you through the entire process. Right from the moment you book the your wedding through to receiving your final images.
You can relax and get ready to have the time of your life in on your most memorable day of your life!
It’s so exciting!
Together we will plan all the details of your photography.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions that should answer all of your questions about our service.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
My work has a strong editorial and fashion influence.
For part of your day I work as a photojournalist, that is as discreetly as possible, capturing natural moments and events of your story of the day as it happens.
At the start of your day before you are camera ready I love to get creative and style all your gorgeous uniquely chosen details. Your flowers, rings, ring boxes, shoes, perfume, fabrics, dress, wedding invites or other stationery. I love to work together creativity with my clients so that this part is styled and photographed just as beautiful as the details you spent months sourcing.
Our bride and groom portraits are full of laughter, elegance and romance.
I love guiding you both into beautiful poses and capturing your love and interactions.
My goal is to capture the essence of your day in the most beautiful way possible. Allowing you to relive the joys and emotions of your wedding each and every time you look through your photographs.
DO YOU SHOOT FILM ROLLS OR DIGITAL?
I shoot hybrid. For the parts of your wedding in daylight I’m photographing using a mix of film rolls and digital. When the light is low; for example at your evening reception or inside your church I shoot mostly digital. Film just does not beat the capabilities digital has in low light with colour and lighting. The quality of film shots have more depth and are more beautiful for parts of your day such as the portraits and getting ready. If you prefer for your entire wedding to be shot digital without any film rolls that’s fine, just let me know.
DO YOU DIRECT US AND HELP WITH POSING?
Don’t worry, you will get lots of tips and direction to help you look and feel confident and amazing. Just relax and enjoy!
DO YOU TAKE POSED PHOTOS OF OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS?
Yes I do. I understand that most weddings require a certain number of group photos therefore together we dedicate a small amount of time to getting these shots done as efficiently as possible.
For full day weddings, I would encourage you to have no more than around eight large formal group shots, which can take between 15-30 minutes. A helpful bridesmaid or usher can help during this time by rounding up the guests on your list whilst I focus on making sure everyone looks great on the photos. Of course we can do more then 8 group shots, just be aware this takes more and you will need to plan that into your itinerary.
HOW MANY IMAGES DO I RECEIVE?
Each wedding is unique so it’s hard to say an exact number. As a rough guide my clients receive around 30-40 full resolution images per each hour of photography booked.
WHEN WILL WE RECEIVE OUR PHOTOGRAPHS?
We will endeavour to have your photographs ready and delivered to you within 8 weeks. Requested rush delivery of editing (Jump to the top of the queue) will incur an extra charge.
HOW WILL OUR PHOTOGRAPHS BE DELIVERED?
Your final beautifully edited (colour, tone and signature style) images are supplied as digital images in jpeg format at full resolution.
We use online transfer services to upload and send you your photographs via the client section of the ClaireMorrisPhotography website. You will receive email notification of this. From this link you will be able download your photographs to your computer.
If you wish to purchase any additional products such as our luxury albums or print boxes please ask for further information.
DO YOU RETOUCH OUR IMAGES?
I aim to get everything as perfect as possible in camera. Images are edited in terms of exposure, cropping, colour, tone and contrast to my specific editing style.
Any retouching including skin airbrushing, image manipulation or re- construction requested by the client will incur an additional charge per image.
Hiring a great professional hair and make up artist DOES make a huge difference. They know how to get you camera ready.
Take the opportunity to be pampered. Look and feel like a movie star for the day on YOUR one and only big day!!!!
HOW MUCH TIME DO WE NEED FOR BRIDE AND GROOM PORTRAITS?
Every wedding is unique. We recommend for bride and groom portraits taking 40 mins of time out together if possible. I can then capture beautiful official photographs of you both newly husband and wife. Consider a little extra time if you have a videographer as each of us will want a certain amount of lead time for our shots.
GETTING AROUND FOR THE WEDDING DAY
Where possible during the day, it’s great when I can travel with the bride/ bride and groom. That means I’ll never miss and amazing moment.
Expenses, Travel & Accommodation
Where applicable expenses are by quotation and in addition to the collection price.
We ask on our contract that for weddings 8 hours or more or weddings out of Paris; that due to long hours on site the client is also responsible for organizing vendor meals for Claire Morris Photography crew on the day of the wedding.
For weddings outside of Paris; the client is responsible for 2 nights accommodation for Claire Morris Photography; the night before and the night of the wedding. Claire Morris Photography will organize reasonable travel to be reimbursed by the client.
WHAT TIME OF DAY IS BEST FOR THE PORTRAITS?
Light and other variables change throughout the year. As a rule it’s best to avoid outdoor mid-day harsh light (12-3PM) during the summer months. My personal favourite time of day is 2 hours before sunset up to and including sunset ( The golden hour) This time creates more romantically lit portraits as does shooting early morning.
WHAT IF IT RAINS?
Please please please don’t watch the weather until 24 hours before your big day. It’s 90% of the time wrong. I’ve had a bride crying on the phone with me 2 weeks before their big day because the weather showed rain. Then on the big day it was beautiful sunshine. Watching the weather in advance just causes unnecessary stress if it’s not the news you want to see.
If it does rain it’s not bad either. Be flexible and smile about it! Bring an umbrella for some cute and wonderful portraits photos. If the rain is strong, we’ll try and re-jig the itinerary and or where possible and utilise indoor locations in your beautiful venue.
You will receive the digital photographs licensed to you for Personal Use.
Personal Use = printing, sharing or displaying electronically with family and friends. You may print the images as many times as you like for yourselves and friends and family. You can also make your own photograph albums should you wish to. The images are full resolution and do not have any water marking.
If you wish to pass the images to a third party for commercial use, you must first obtain Claire Morris Photography’s written consent. If the images are posted on social media they must be accredited to Claire Morris Photography.
CAN YOU PROVIDE THE RAW FILES?
Editing an image like the ones you see on the website have the Claire Morris Photography unique signature style of editing. Therefore we never provide unfinished work in Raw format.
WILL WE APPEAR ON YOUR BLOG AND SOCIAL MEDIA?
My work has a strong editorial and fashion influence. I capture and plan all of my clients weddings with showcasing these images on my website in mind. This inspires me to be a better photographer and challenge my own creativity.
I love to submit beautiful gorgeous weddings to third party Blogs too such as Style Me Pretty etc.
Claire Morris Photography will not submit your images to a third party such as: online wedding blogs or magazines without your permission.
The booking fee (deposit) is 50%. You can pay this deposit using your debit or credit card through PayPal’s secure payment service. For the deposit I have waived the payment transfer charges and fees.
This deposit secures the price, time and services of the photographer for the wedding date. It is non-refundable in the event of cancellation, it being the agreed loss suffered by Claire Morris Photography due to cancellation.
The balance can be paid in cash euros on the day. Or before your wedding date via PayPal (with transfer charges added at 5%)
Just let us know how you would like to pay the balance.
For clients based in UK and France the free bank transfer service option is available to you.
** Claire is based in Paris and travels worldwide for her clients **