FAQ

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What style of photography do you do?

BSC offer a bright, natural and relaxed photography style with a mix of creative, traditional portraits and fly on the wall photography to capture your big day.

We’re perfect for down to earth couples, who just want to enjoy their big day. 95% of our coverage is spent capturing photos in an unstaged documentary style. We love those natural moments that happen and (imo) they make the most memorable shots!

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Do you have packages and how much do they cost?

BSC offer sensible and fair prices. We have a few packages to help you with the booking process. Although those can be altered to fit your schedule for the day. Head here for a list of our current packages or drop us a message with your requirements/schedule and we’ll give you a custom quote.

How do I get my photos?

Photos are delivered digitally and you’ll get a link to a high-resolution private photo gallery.

Private galleries are hosted in our Client Area. You’ll get your own password protected gallery to view online or share with friends and family.

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USB upgrades are available on request if you prefer a more traditional physical product ๐Ÿ™‚

These range from basic Sandisk USB sticks up to deluxe presentation boxes and personalised USBs. Depending on your preference. See our USB range here

Due to the large amount of photos and high-quality files USB is recommended for full-day bookings to save you downloading large quantities of files.

Do you require a deposit?

A non-refundable deposit is required to secure your booking date, this is a standard rate of ยฃ100 and is deducted for your final balance.

Booking in advance is highly recommended. We have a maximum capacity of 2-3 weddings per week to ensure service quality. Booking dates are offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Once the deposit is received that date is secured for you and no one else can book us on that day.

The deposit can be paid by Bank Transfer (preferred method) or PayPal. Credit Card payments will be added to the site in early 2022. The remaining balance must be paid by bank transfer (due to excessive credit card fees) with the balance due 7 days before the event.

Can I pay in instalments?

Yes. Pay via bank transfer/standing order etc using your unique reference.

Do you watermark images?

No. Your final images will come without watermarks. All images on your gallery will also come without any watermarks or copyright restrictions etc.

We only use watermarks for our own website and social media for branding purposes but we are currently phasing them out in favour of no watermarks.

What if I don’t need prep photos?

Getting ready (aka prep) photography is entirely optional. Some couples prefer just to have coverage start from guest arrival. This allows more time for evening coverage.

Can we set up a meeting with you?

Contact us to arrange a chat with our photographer. No obligation to book, we’ll just be here to help you decide what is best to capture for your big day. Consultation appointments are available via FaceTime or at our Newburn Riverside office, just off the A1 and not far from the Metro Centre.

Please note we are usually covering events on weekends but we’re usually able to offer weekday evening meetings or Sundays, get in touch to check our availability.

Meetings take about 30 minutes and are a fab way of finding out if our style and approach is a good fit for your wedding.

Who took the photos on your site?

All photos were taken and edited by our photographer Graeme. Graeme covers all photo duties for BSC. However, we do have additional staff (Matthew and David) who cover video for us.

We believe that our style is a big part of why clients choose us. So everything is edited by our own team to ensure consistency and high standards.

We don’t do styled shoots. All shots are from real weddings โค๏ธ

How many photos will you take?

There is no limit on the number of photos taken on a day. As we specialise in documentary style it is a lot of photos and great value for money. Typically we will edit and deliver around 1000-1500 photos for a full-day booking.

Do you charge for printing rights?

Printing rights are included free of charge with all packages and you are welcome to make your own photobooks/prints.

Do you charge for travel?

There are no travel costs for weddings in the Tyne and Wear/Northumberland area. Costs might be applicable for events outside Tyne and Wear. Please let us know the address of your venue when you contact us and we will give you an exact quote before the big day.

Can we go to a different location for photos?

Yes! We’re happy to leave the venue and go get some photos at a different location. Jesmond Dene is and Newcastle Quayside are both popular options but if there’s somewhere special you have in mind we’d love to photograph you there. It doesn’t take too long we’ll shoot at the location fast and get you back to the party.

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How long does it take to get my images back?

Your photographer will send you a few selected preview photos within a week of your wedding.

We aim to have photos returned to the customer within 120 days or less. We are currently seeing hugely increased turnaround times due to the 2020 related huge demand. We expect turnaround times to be reduced for the 2023 season ๐Ÿ™‚

Please note times might be longer during peak periods (Summer May to Sept) but we’ll keep you up to date and send previews every step of the way.

Graeme will edit each photo individually to ensure quality, this process is time consuming but is a big part of hiring a professional photographer service. We aim to deliver the best images we can. We don’t outsource editing ๐Ÿ“ธ

Can I get the photos in black and white too?

Yes, you’ll get a full set of digital images in black and white too at no extra cost.

Have you worked at my venue before?

One of our favourite things is actually getting to photo in a venue where Iโ€™ve never shot before, those are so much more fun and we love exploring the creative opportunities that new locations bring! That said we have experience in a variety of venues and can work in both dark ambient lighting, super-bright outdoor ceremonies or in-between. Our equipment allows us to confidently shoot in all lighting situations.

Some of the venues weโ€™ve covered events atโ€ฆ

As You Like It, Jesmond
The Baltic, Gateshead
Barn on the Bay
Blagdon Parlour
Blaithwaite House, Cumbria
Charlton Hall
Christ Church Consett
Ellingham Hall
The Gables Pod Camping, Escomb
The Garden Station, Hexham
Gateshead Civic Centre
Gateshead St Mark’s Methodist Church
Grand Hotel Gosforth Park
Grand Hotel Tynemouth
Hancock Museum
Hall Garth Hotel Darlington
Hartlepool Maritime Museum
Holy Island St Aidans Church
Horton Grange
Jersey Farm Hotel – Barnard Castle
Jesmond Dene House
Jesmond Holiday Inn
Lumley Castle
Malmaison Newcastle Quayside
Morpeth Town Hall
Newcastle Boiler Shop
Newcastle Civic Centre
Newcastle Falcons Stadium Kingston Park
North Shields Registry Office
Ramside Hall
Roker Hotel
Ryton Rugby Club
Sacred Heart RC Church Gosforth
South Causey Inn
St Cuthberts Church Chester Le Street
St Josephโ€™s Benwell
St Peters Wallsend
Summerhill Bowling Club Newcastle
The Tithe Barn at Bolton Abbey
Vermont Hotel Newcastle
Wallsend Town Hall
Washington Holiday Inn
Washington Old Town Hall
Washington Our Lady Immaculate Church
Websters Ropery, Sunderland

…and many more to be added ๐Ÿ˜

Do you do photobooks/prints?

We are looking to launch a new range of book and album options in 2022.

Can I see more of your work?

Yes of course ๐Ÿ™‚ We have tons of private galleries you can view, which will give you a good idea of our coverage throughout a full day. We also have extended printed portfolio material should you wish to meet in person and view the. They always look more stunning in print ๐Ÿ™‚

Is this your full-time job?

Yes! Graeme is full-time. “Have to say it is the best job ever and I love what I do!! I covered my first wedding back in 2012 but fell in love with the wedding world and took the decision to concentrate on weddings full-time from 2019.”

Why is wedding photography so expensive?

Each full-day wedding takes about 1 week of working including the day itself, preparation/maintenance of equipment and 4 days of editing. Equipment costs are very high in this industry, along with suitable insurance, travel and office costs. All of which is factored into the price. We offer a fair price for the quality of work provided.

BSC aims to keep service prices fair and accessible. We have a strict limit of maximum weddings per week to ensure quality is consistent.

BSC do not offer midweek discounts, as the same amount of work is required and fitting in extra bookings has a detrimental impact on our quality of work and life balance.

Do you do your own editing?

All of our photos are edited by your photographer, we do not outsource or bulk process images. We are meticulous with our images. This hands-on service is factored into our package prices. One full day wedding is typically 4 days of editing. This means that we have a smaller capacity for the number of bookings we can take on in any given month. This ensures every booking gets the best possible service and end results.

On a typical 10 hour wedding day, we’ll capture roughly in the range of 2000 to 4000 photos, these are all checked for quality and any duplicate or similar-looking images, people blinking etc, will be culled, leaving only the best shots to give your wedding photos the most impact.

What kind of editing do you do?

Professional image processing and retouching are included as standard. We offer a very subtle retouching service where each image is optimised for print quality. No garish editing, no logos/watermarks just classy timeless images. Our editing style is bright, warm and joyful. No dark and moody editing unless specifically requested (this style looks great on a screen but they tend to look dark and flat on print) our bright photos pop and dazzle in print!

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Do you do wedding fairs?

BSC do typically two or three wedding fairs per year in the Newcastle area. Keep an eye on our FB page or Blog for news on those. Although since 2020 we’re now mostly online due to restrictions and high demand (we are currently working 6 days per week, so spare time is super limited!). However, our office is available for private consultations on request, which we much prefer as we can chat without interruptions ๐Ÿ™‚

How many photographers will be there?

We believe one photographer is the best way to capture your day, without being too distracting for you and your guests. More than one photographer can feel intrusive to guests which goes against our natural fly on the wall style, also we don’t want photographers in the background of every photo =D

What level of Insurance and Public Liability do you have?

For your peace of mind, we are fully insured and have public liability insurance for up to ยฃ5 million. This can be a prerequisite for higher-end venues and public venues.

Can we book a test shoot?

Yes ๐Ÿ™‚ We offer test shoots locally in the Tyneside area. Test shoots last one hour and cost ยฃ150.

This gives you a chance to meet your photographer and also ask any questions you might have. Locations available Newcastle’s Quayside, Tynemouth, South Shields near Little Haven Hotel or Jesmond Dene.

Do you do destination weddings?

BSC cover Northeast England mainly. Due to current travel restrictions, we are not able to offer destination weddings until at least 2023. Contact us with your requirements for a quote.

Who do I contact if have a question that is not covered here?

Drop us a message at hello@bscweddings.co.uk and we’ll get back to you.