WHAT FILE FORMAT DO YOU USE?
Most professional photographers use a file format called RAW. In technical terms a RAW file is raw unprocessed information (like an old unprocessed film) from the camera sensor (A really big file)! This means that the files unlike images from a compact camera system or Iphone for example are not instantly viewable. RAW files are used in a professional capacity, as there are a greater range of colours and scope for editing. If your photographer shoots in JPEG, query why this is. This is a good first level filter of a professional, however your photographer may in fact have a genuine and satisfactory reason.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
A professional photographer would be expected to shoot on a professional grade camera. One could argue that an artist is not determined by the medium they use – nowadays we have extremely talented toast artists. You do however assume the camera to have manual functions. A professional should never shoot on an automatic setting. A professional is able to manipulate the settings of a camera in order to create different effects such as having the whole scene sharp in a landscape or the subject focussed and background blurred in a portrait. The camera manufacturer (e.g. Canon, Nikon, Olympus) does not determine the camera quality as most manufacturers range from basic, amateur to professional level. As a company we shoot on a combination of Canon 1DX Mark II (the highest professional grade camera). I also have specialist flash systems to minimise strong shadows and continuous lighting torches for a more natural light effect. I also have a considerable amount of back-up equipment should anything go wrong at the shoot.
WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
Unfortunately I have had a number of customers who have been let down by fraudulent businesses. It is good to ensure that your photographer is contactable with a stated postal address and fixed location. CARRO operates from our professional photography studio on the Wynyard Hall estate. You will be able to contact us by both mobile telephone 07775914711 and landline 01740645531 in addition to consultations by appointment at our studio; Lakeside House, 17 Wynyard Woods, Wynyard, Billingham, TS22 5GJ (Near Wynyard Hall).
DO YOU EDIT YOUR IMAGES?
Yes, I edit all images to the highest standard and all images are counter-checked for quality control.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO BOOK WITH YOU?
Photography, like most professions is a seasonal business. For weddings, bookings are taken up to 3 years in advance. For summer wedding dates, particularly on a Saturday it is recommended that you secure the date with a £50 booking fee as soon as you are able. The remaining balance is payable 12 weeks prior to the wedding date.
CAN I GIVE YOU A LIST OF SPECIFIC SHOTS WE WOULD LIKE?
At CARRO I provide an extensive wedding planning and shoot design service. I encourage you to make a comprehensive Pinterest board, view our real weddings and create a magazine scrapbook so that we can better understand your likes and dislikes. As a photographer we need to understand the vision you have of your perfect wedding photographs so that we can deliver your expectations. Alternatively some couples leave all photography decisions to our team based upon our portfolio and extensive experience. Within the comprehensive questionnaire that you receive on booking CARRO we guide you through selecting shots to capture all aspects of your day. I recommend no more than 6-8 formal group photographs and 30 minutes of couples photography. I’m are happy to oblige to your wishes but would like to reinforce that you must spend time with your guests and enjoy your big day.
DO YOU HAVE A STUDIO?
Yes, I have a professional two-floor studio on the Wynyard Hall estate. The studio has a 56m2 shooting space, pre-shoot hair and make-up pampering lounge, kitchen and bathroom facilities in addition to images on display showcasing our products.