How We Work...

We’re sure you have some questions about how we work.  Hopefully the information below will answer everything, but if you have any questions at all please get in touch!

WHERE ARE YOU BASED?

We are based in beautiful, sunny Devon.  We shoot weddings all over Devon and parts of Cornwall.

WHAT TYPE OF PHOTOGRAPHY DO YOU DO?

We love emotive photography that truly captures the feel of the day and the love between our couples. For the most part, we work in a very unobtrusive documentary style, capturing the day as it unfolds naturally. For the couple portraits, we draw on our knowledge of composition and light, and offer gentle guidance and direction to help make you and your photographs their most beautiful.  Our aim is to capture the spark between the two of you and we like to keep it natural, relaxed and uncontrived.

All we ask is that you trust us and just be…….Be in love……. Be in the moment…….Be sincere…….Be happy…….Be with each other…….

We will be looking at the light and what it is doing to your faces, and we’ll ensure that you are positioned at the right angle to each other so you both look AMAZING. We’ll prompt you to tickle, snuggle, whisper and cuddle, and every so often we will show you exactly what to do by doing it ourselves. You’ve already said you love our photographs, but each and every one has been carefully considered and composed, yet still looks beautiful and natural. Because it is. Because the love and sweetness between each couple is genuine; we just had a hand in the composition.

We promise that the sheer joy and elation you are feeling will ensure radiant, stunning photos; we’re just here to make sure they are the best photographs they can be.

If the couple portraits are of a priority to you both, we request at least 40 minutes with you excluding travel times.  This is to ensure that we are able to deliver a range of images similar to that on our website.  If the couple portraits aren’t a priority and you really want to enjoy the party with your guests that’s totally fine; it’s your day so just let us know what your priorities are in terms of photographic coverage.

DO YOU TAKE FAMILY GROUP SHOTS?

Photography styles have changed so much over the past few years, but one thing that every couple will always want is group shots, and for good reason. Weddings are one of the only occasions where you have a chance to celebrate surrounded by all of your loved ones, and you’ll want to remember that! Timing is vital. The less time you need for group shots, the longer you can spend having fun! We encourage our couples to keep group photos to a minimum, as they always take far longer than you might think. It normally takes about half an hour to do ten photographs of small groups. This might seem like a hugely long time, but by the time it takes for people to totter over in heels, granny/granddad to make their way over and the inevitable chatting and congratulations between the people in each group, these photographs always take much longer than you think. Normally we advise keeping them to the immediate family such as:

Newlyweds with Parents
Newlyweds with Parents and siblings
Newlyweds with Grandparents
Newlyweds with bridal party

If mingling with your guests during the drinks reception is something you’re really looking forward to, you don’t really want to be stood getting photo after photo taken for an hour

DO YOU CAPTURE BOTH OF US GETTING READY?

If the two of you are getting ready in the same location, we can totally capture both of your morning preparations.  If you’re getting ready in different places the logistics can get quite complicated, and we end up driving around when we should be capturing all those moments.  So in these situations we ask you to choose who we should spend the morning with.

DOES DAN ALSO SHOOT WEDDINGS?

Yes. However Dan is primarily Ashling’s support on the day; making sure things run on time, holding bags and bouquets and arranging lighting if needed. You’ll see Dan changing lenses and being laden down with coats and bags, ensuring Ashling is free to move swiftly and with ease. He manages the technical side of things in the office, and the banter between Ashling and Dan has proven to be the key ingredient to relaxing couples during their portrait session. As well as all this stellar support, Dan will photograph the morning preparations of the bride/groom 2 (provided they are in the same location as the bride/groom 1 prep), shoot the ceremony from another perspective to Ashling (providing we are allowed by the venue), provide a different aesthetic during the couple shoot, run laps with Ashling capturing candids during the drinks reception, shoot the head table during speeches while Ashling captures the guests reactions and, finally, provide a different angle for the dancing shots.

DO YOU WORK FROM A SHOT LIST?

No. We capture the moments as they happen. However, do please make us aware of any special and important details you’ve included in the wedding.

We send a questionnaire to you before the big day, and this outlines various details such as timings of ceremony and the reception etc.  It also includes a space for you to list any special details (heirloom brooches / custom cufflinks etc) included in the day that you want to be photographed.  This is so we provide you with the best possible service and are aware of all the important details, so we can keep an eye out for them!

WHAT IF IT’S RAINING?

This is England- there’s a good chance there will be rain on your wedding day!! However, Devon’s stunning landscape truly come alive when it is raining. The greens are greener, the skies are gloriously moody – and it’s all crying out for you to come be photographed within its beauty! Bring some comfy footwear and a warm blanket to snuggle into. We love nothing more than hiking across the barley fields, traipsing through daisy filled meadows and being blown away by the insanely gorgeous coast.  Our couples are always glad they went the extra mile to get “that” shot.

However, if it really is utterly torrential, we will of course not be asking you to go out in it. We’ll head indoors, slow things down and do some more controlled shots inside. Be prepared to run outside for a few minutes if there’s a break in the weather though!

WILL OUR WEDDING BE FEATURED ON YOUR BLOG OR OTHER SOCIAL MEDIAS?

Yes.  We feature weddings on our blog so that future couples can get a good idea about we go about capturing the day. In turn your wedding may be seen by a wedding blog such as Rock my Wedding or One Fab Day who may request to share it on their site. You put so much effort and thought into your day, isn’t it lovely to know that your creativity and love is helping and inspiring other couples planning their wedding? Of course if you really don’t want to share your wedding at all, you must let us know from the start.

SHOULD WE GET A VIDEOGRAPHER?

Photos, as gorgeous as they may be, are stills; a video will bring your wedding and loved ones to life for your children and grandchildren in a completely different way to the photographs. However, it is so important for your enjoyment for the day that you choose someone who will not be intrusive. Someone who documents the beauty and happiness of the day in a documentary and creative fashion without you feeling like you’re on a film set. So please do not choose lightly. We can wholeheartedly recommend the following videographers, who each have their own style, but are all equally unintrusive and fabulous to work with.

Ray from http://www.raymcshanefilms.com/
Andy from https://www.andymacweddingvideos.com/
Christopher from http://babalufilmscornwall.co.uk/

 

Delivery...

We often get asked about how and when images are delivered, and how copyright works.

HOW MANY PHOTOS WILL WE RECEIVE?

The number of photographs you will receive will depend on many things, including the number of guests, type of event, hours of coverage.

Usually you can expect 350+ images.  Each image is individually edited and colour tweaked with our unique Lightroom formula, to ensure they look amazing and are consistent.  Your photographs will be unwatermarked and of a high resolution, ready for printing.

CAN WE GET MORE PHOTOS ON TOP OF YOUR SELECTION?

Using a set of criteria, we determine if a photo is worthy of the collection, and if it is, it will be included in the selection of photographs you receive.  Any photos that do not make the final selection will not be shown or made available.

WHEN DO WE GET OUR IMAGES?

You will get a link to your online slideshow eight weeks after your wedding.  Your online gallery will be available a couple of days later.  When you receive your online gallery, we strongly advise that you download them and make a back up of your images. Due to storage space we hold images for a limited time.

Wedding albums are created during the winter months.

HOW DOES THE COPYRIGHT WORK?

You will be provided with high-resolution digital files on a via an online gallery.  You can make unlimited personal copies, prints, and albums for your friends and families.  However, Butterfly Photography retains the copyright to the images and the right to use them for promotional purposes, competitions, online website, and professional review.

CAN WE HAVE THE RAW FILES?

With digital cameras becoming more popular, more and more people are talking about RAW files and there’s often a mistaken belief that this simply means a better quality file.  The RAW files are in fact just that; RAW data and as such we don’t release them to clients.  The finished JPEG files we deliver will be perfect for printing, albums and sharing online.

 

Booking and Payment

So, if you feel that we’re a good fit, here’s how to secure your date….

HOW DO WE SECURE YOUR SERVICES FOR OUR DATE?

Booking is really simple. All you need to do is give us a quick email to say you’d like to book. A £350 non-refundable booking fee, along with a signed copy of our terms and conditions secures your date in our diary.

WHEN DO WE PAY YOU THE BALANCE?

The final amount is due thirty days before the wedding.

WHAT PAYMENT METHODS DO YOU ACCEPT?

Our preferred method of payment is a bank transfer.  If you’re abroad and a bank transfer is difficult, you can use online services such as transferwise which handle the exchange rates for you; you just tell them the total required in sterling.
We’re afraid we don’t take paypal or card payments.

DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS OR SPECIAL OFFERS?

As we only book a small number of weddings in the year, dates are exclusive and highly sought after, and thus we cannot offer discounts.

ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL TRAVEL CHARGES?

Travel throughout Devon is included within our prices.  If your wedding is further afield get in touch and we can talk about the additional travel and accommodation costs that may be involved.

IS THERE A CONTRACT?

Yes, the terms of our insurance require us to have a contract with each and every client.  In conjunction with the deposit, the date is not considered booked until we receive a signed contract.

WE LOVE ALL THIS. CAN YOU HOLD OUR DATE?

Sorry no. We no longer hold dates. It isn’t fair and only leads to heartache. The date is considered booked and yours once we receive the booking fee and a signed contract.

DO YOU REQUIRE DINNER?

If coverage continues until the first dance, we would really appreciate some nibbles.  When you are eating, we will not be taking photographs, so a quick bite would keep our energy levels up for all the evening dancing.  It doesn’t have to be what you’re eating – a simple soup and sandwich would be great.  Most venues will expect this and are very accommodating.

DO YOU HAVE BACK UP EQUIPMENT?

We use professional grade Canon equipment, but just in case anything was to go wrong we bring back up camera bodies, lenses and flashes to every wedding.

DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?

Yes, we are fully insured with equipment, public liability and professional indemnity coverage.