Getting a family friend to to my wedding photography?

When I started out, I was advised by a seasoned professional that it would take me 6 months to be feel fully confident enough to handle all the requirements that make up wedding photography. I found this hard to believe but it was sound advise. I am glad I did not take on my own weddings until I had experienced several weddings as a 'second shooter’. There is much to learn and manage. This can include planning, lighting variations, anticipating key moments, time management, registration rules, working with other suppliers, pace, differing equipment choice, plus a whole list of unseen issues such as insurance, duplicate equipment, contingency planning, batteries, cards, bad weather lighting, professional post production skills and software, print preparation, album design skills, and on.
With all the costs and time dedicated to weddings, it is so important to ensure you have professional photographs to bring back all those memories for a lifetime.

How long do you stay?

For packages that includes the evening, I normally stay until around 30 minutes after the First Dance, so typically around 8:30/9:00 pm.  I like to get some shots of your guests letting their hair down, but also conscious that they may not want a camera pointed at them all night! However, if there is something specific such as fireworks, Chinese lanterns, etc.,we can discuss this.

What do you wear at our wedding?

I dress like a guest so as to blend in. That way I can capture those wonderful natural shots where people are not necessarily aware of my presence.

So for me, no Safari waistcoats, lens holsters…

Are you insured?

Yes, I have a dedicated photography insurance policy that includes public liability

Can I send a list of the photos we would like and examples?


We always discuss the plan for the day and any specific parts of the day, so I don’t need a list as it will only distract me from catching key moments.! (But I do like to get a group shot list, please see the next question).Similarly for examples, replicating a particular wedding photos is not recommended as it was a unique moment in another wedding. But happy to look at anything specific or unusual! 

How many groups shots do you take?


Once I know your family structure, I can help you put a list together. I normally recommend no more than 10-12 combinations max. Although I am very experienced at organising these efficiently, I know only too well how this part of the day can take up valuable time away from talking with your guests and of course the time we need for the all-important couple shots.

How/when do we pay?

2 weeks before the wedding, via Bank Transfer

Do we feed you?

Totally up to you, but if you do please note that I am a Vegetarian (actually ‘Pescatarian’ as I eat Fish!)

What happens if you fall ill or have an accident etc?


I have never missed a wedding but as part of my contingent planning, I am part of an extensive network of fellow professional wedding photographers.

Do you work alone?



I tend to work alone at most of my weddings unless there is a specific reason to have a second photographer (e.g. separate preparations etc). It keeps your costs down and I find it less distracting .It is also less unobtrusive throughout the ceremony and speeches etc. I do have some great second photographers to call on when required though!




By default, copyright remains with the photographer. However the wedding couple is effectively given a 'licence of use'. This means you can use your wedding for anything that isn’t ‘commercial', eg competitions, advertising, selling etc. When posting your wedding photos online, all I ask is that you quote '@Alan Barnes Photography’. This not only helps to protect me but also deters others from copying your wedding photographs and using them elsewhere!

What is your Privacy policy?


This Privacy Policy describes what information I collect and how it's used and shared. 

General. Firstly, I don’t share or sell your personal information to anyone. Secondly, I only ask for your personal information to enable me to contact you and send prints/albums. Typically this will be your name(s) address, email address and telephone number(s). I may also collect first names of key family members and guests attending your wedding just to make my service to you more personal on the day. All this information is stored off-line and only accessible by me. However, I will delete any data after the wedding if requested by the client.

Photographs. Within the Wedding Photography Contract we both sign,  it explains that I may use images from your wedding for marketing purposes. All photographers own the copyright of their photos by default. But if a client requests that I don’t share (or store) photos I took at their wedding, I will amend the contract accordingly.

Archiving of photos. Every client is responsible for the archiving of their wedding photos. I do keep backups as a safety procedure but do not guarantee they are kept for any period of time after the wedding. I advise clients to make several backups and keep doing this over the future years in case the medium they are stored on becomes corrupt or obsolete.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns or questions regarding personal data.

Alan Barnes Photography. 45 Crescent Drive North, Brighton BN2 6SL