NEED TO KNOWS
A 50% deposit and a signed wedding contract is required to secure your wedding date.
Is our Booking Fee refundable?
Unfortunately your booking fee is non-refundable, please make 100% sure you want me to photograph your special day.
Can we request a specific list of photos from your website or another inspiration?
Of course you can, however, I can’t guarantee that they will be exactly the same. Photography has so many factors to take into consideration to get that specific photo, but we can use it as a starting point to make sure that we all are on the same page. Remember you are booking me for my unique style, so there will always be my artist interpretation of the shot.
What methods of payment do you accept?
I accept Eff’s, if you wish to pay via PayPal, please add another 5% to the total.
Can we meet up before the wedding?
Most definitely we can. I am based in Plettenberg Bay and would be able to meet up during week days, as most of my weekends are booked. I am also happy to do a Skype meeting.
Do we get a second shooter?
Depending on the package you choose. The King Protea package does include a second shooter, the Queen will be dependent on a number of factors, how many guests where the groom and bride are getting ready. The Protea has no second shooter, but one can be organised at an additional cost.
What happens if it is raining?
Unfortunately as much as Sharyn Hodges tries to have an impact on the world, she cannot foresee the future or control Mother Nature.
If in the unfortunate events of rain or poor weather conditions, the show must go on! I will do my utmost best to ensure the pictures are the best to my ability but you must appreciate photography equipment is expensive and is not wrapped in bubble wrap. It is also likely for photograph quality to be reduced as we fight Mother Nature. And ultimately I have the FINAL say if we continue in weather conditions that might cause damage to my equipment.
How many Photographs do we get?
Again depending on how many hours you have booked me for.
For a 6 hour wedding – 400
For a 8 hour wedding – 600
For a 10 hour wedding 800
What format and size does the photographs come?
I photograph in RAW, and export in JPEG, you will get high resolution images.
For weddings in Plettenberg Bay and Knysna there is no additional fuel costs.
After that however, clients are responsible for the cost of travel and will be billed at the current AA rate of R3,50 per km. Any weddings that are an hour and half away from Plettenberg Bay, with an end time of 21h30, please budget for one night’s accommodation at a modest guesthouse or BnB.
For weddings outside of the Western Cape, please budget for flights, two nights accommodation in a modest guest house or BnB and car hire (if needed).
Are you available Nationally and Internationally?
Would it be possible to change the date, even after we paid the booking fee.
Unfortunately once the date is booked, it’s booked. I often turn away any other business for that date. Of course I will do my best to accommodate if that does happen, but by default treat it as a cancellation and a new booking.
If I manage to book another wedding on that date, I will refund some or all of your booking fee.
Do we need to provide food for you?
Yes please, sadly I am like a child that if I am hungry I am grumpy and I will have trouble to focus and be creative. I am a vegan / vegetarian, but I am happy to have two helping of dessert and a shot of tequila too! (:
Where should we seat you?
I don’t need to be seated with the guests, but I am friendly enough (no one has been bitten, lately) should you choose to do so. I do have a request that I (we) sit at a table with chairs and cutlery and that we have a view to see the action of the room. I also request to be fed with the guests and not the vendors, I don’t take photos of the guests eating so it would be a perfect time for me to eat too.
Are you willing to work overtime?
Yes I am, but I do charge per hour. Please try and advise me in advance if over time is needed as it may affect accommodation and travel costs. If extra hours are confirmed before the event, they will be charged at standard rates. Hours purchased on the night will be charged at time and a half.
Do you make back up copies of the photographs?
I am so so paranoid when it comes to this. My first back up comes while I am photographing, my camera has two card slots, in case the one gets corrupted. When I travel back home / accommodation, I split the cards one goes into the cabby and the other I stick in my clothing, when I get back home / accommodation I immediately upload the photographs onto a hard drive. And when I get back home, that gets backed up too.
How long do we have to wait to get our photographs?
Generally the waiting period is 12 weeks. I will contact you when the photos are ready for courier or PostNet. I do send a selection of photographs during the first two weeks after the wedding for you to relive your day.
How do you edit your photographs?
This is why you wait for 12 weeks for your photographs, the selection process for a wedding take a lot of time. What you see on my website is how your photographs will look, moody and maybe a touch of grunge. I don’t believe in massive retouching, I will not be able to take 10kg off or tuck in your tummy. I create moments, not models. If you wish to do excessive retouching I think you should get hold of someone who does that. Please don’t ask me to do super impose a dinosaur, shark, colour spotting or sepia to the photographs.
Can we get the RAW images?
Sorry, no. I believe that the selection I make is that of the best images from the day and each photograph is edited individually. If you would like more photographs of your day, there can be additional editing fees.
How do wedding albums / photo books work?
The wedding albums can only be designed once I have completed your wedding selection. Three changes are permitted to photobook layout and image choices, thereafter, changes are charged at R350.