Iska Birnie

Multitasking Ninja and Award-Winning Photographer

Tel 07807 776016

hello@iskabirniephotography.co.uk

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FAQs - Weddings

Where are you based?
I am based in Aberdeen but photograph weddings just about anywhere! I love travelling and regularly go all over so never think you are too far away.

How do we book you?
To book just get in touch and if you like what we offer I will send you a booking form and contract and you would pay a non-refundable deposit of £200, the balance of your wedding photography option will be due 4 weeks before your big day.

Will we meet before the wedding?
Yes, absolutely. I really value having some time with you before your wedding to get to know you both, understand the kind of day you’re planning and to familiarise myself with all the details. After your pre-wedding consultation, I’ll put together a shot list to record important details like the group photos you’d like, the time of your ceremony and when you’re sitting for the wedding breakfast, and so on. I also love hearing your ideas.

 

How long will it take until we receive our photos?
I aim to deliver photos within 4 weeks of your big day. In peak times that can be slightly longer and in quiet times shorter.

How do we view our photos? After the wedding you will be sent a digital copy of your images. We will usually post a few of our favourites on our Facebook page the day after your wedding (if you wish us to) so you have something lovely to wake up to.

How many photos will we get?
This depends on the package you have chosen. With my Gold Option, you would receive approx. 700-800 fully edited images.

Do you backup the wedding photos?
Yes absolutely. I back them up as soon as I get home after the wedding, both physical and to the cloud.

Are you insured?
Yes, I am fully insured with both public liability and public indemnity insurance.

What if your camera fails?
This has thankfully never happened before, however out of precaution I have backups of just about everything, cameras, lenses, memory cards, batteries, you name it…

Can friends and family view the photos?
Yes, you can share the link to your online gallery with whomever you like. Family and friends can also order prints and photo albums with us too.

Do we need to feed you at our wedding?
Yes please, that would be fabulous. It's a long day and I would be very grateful for a hot meal to keep me (and my assistant or second photographer) going. 

What if you are ill on our big day?
This has never happened, and I would pretty much have to be hospitalised for me to miss your wedding, which is unlikely! But if it did happen, I would use our network of photographers to find a suitable replacement, or if you find your own I would of course offer a full refund.  

Can we order albums and prints?
Yes of course, I offer a range of albums, prints and other wall art products. They are the best quality possible and all made in the UK. I would be delighted to show you my range of product samples.

Do we own the copyright of the photographs?
Copyright remains with me as the author of the images, but you have a licence to print and share your photographs. This just means you can’t re-sell the images commercially or modify them.

 

FAQs - Portraits

I would like to book a session. What do I do?

Great! Please contact me and tell me all about your ideas! Let me know of any location ideas or specific shots you had in mind.

 

How do I view my images?

Within 14 days after your session, I will be in touch to arrange your reveal session, at which I will show you your images and also my stunning product samples.

 

How much are photos after the shoot?

The price depends on the size and style you are looking for. When I send you your booking form, I will also send you a copy of my product price list. At the reveal session we will go over all the products and pricing.

 

I’m not local to you, is that a problem?

No not at all! I’m happy to travel, 25 miles travel is included in my price. However additional travel is charged at £0.45 a mile. You may split this cost between you all if there are a group of you having photographs taken.

What should we wear for our session?
Try to coordinate clothing as much as possible, avoid busy-looking prints and clothing logos that will distract your eyes in photos. Solid colours like khakis, black skirts, blue jeans and shirts of similar, solid colours photograph well together. Avoid white shirts if possible, if it’s sunny outside, solid white shirts can become very “contrasty” in sunlight making it harder to meter for properly exposed faces. Pinterest is also great for helping with clothing and colour combinations!

What about Hair and Makeup?

I want you to feel great during your session, so if you want to invest in a little pampering - it is money well spent! I’ve been a photographer for a long time, so I can recommend hair and makeup artists for most locations in and around Aberdeen and the Shire - just ask for details.

 

Where and when should I have my photos taken?

Anywhere you like – it could be the beach, woodlands, a park, your garden. I am happy to suggest locations, if you are not sure. I love working with natural light, so mornings right after sunrise or afternoons before sunset are best for outside sessions. I can make most anytime work, but I try to avoid the harsh mid-day sun.

Can we bring our pet(s)?
ABSOLUTELY! I LOVE pets and since they are a part of your family, they should be in your photos!

How do I pay?

I accept bank transfer, cash, card or Paypal. Payment of the deposit is non-refundable and secures your booking date. An invoice will be sent to you at the time of booking.

 

What happens if it rains?

I always contact people a few days before their session to check if they have any last-minute questions and to confirm contact numbers and locations. If the forecast doesn’t look promising, I will contact you to see what you’d like to do: be it chancing the session or rescheduling for another day. We are in Scotland after all, good weather can unfortunately never be guaranteed.

Can I share the photos on Facebook?

If I post some of your photographs on social media, I am happy for you to share them from my page, but please don’t just download or screen shot images from Facebook or my website. I want them to look their best! If you wish to share photos yourselves, you can purchase social media sized digitals (these are not suitable for printing). However, with every product you order you will receive the matching social media sized digital for free anyway.

 

How long after the shoot can I buy my prints/wall art/album?

Prints can be purchased during the reveal session or afterwards. I keep all of your images on an external hard drive forever. I offer a 10% discount on all product orders placed within 7 days of the reveal session.

 

Can people buy me a session or prints as a present?

Absolutely! I can provide them with a gift voucher to give to you for an amount or a specific package.

Are you insured?
Yes, I am fully insured with both public liability and public indemnity insurance.