Say Goodbye to Confusion!

At Essence of the Moment we know that hiring a wedding photographer can be a daunting process.

We hope to address any concerns you might have with some answers to the questions that are listed on the left.

If there's something that hasn't been answered, then please get in touch and we'd love to help!

Are you insured?

Yes, Essence of the Moment is covered by extensive insurance for both public liability and professional negligence.

Are you qualified?

Jed has a Masters degree in the Photographic Image from the University of Durham, as well as several professional photographic qualifications.

He has over a decade of experience as a professional photographer. He has extensive experience as photojournalist, and has been published in the UK national press as well as internationally.

He has also been involved with photographic writing and reviews for various websites, and regularly gives photographic talks both in the UK and in his native Singapore.

What type of equipment do you use?

Essence of the Moment uses modern, professional digital camera equipment. This includes several cameras and many lenses, not just to cover every situation but also to serve as a backup in the event of equipment failure.

Digital equipment has long since superceded the quality of film overall, and allows more convenient presentation on modern display devices such as computer monitors, digital LCD picture frames and television screens.

It also gives the flexibility to present images in full colour, black and white or additional effects such as sepia toning.

All prints provided by Essence of the Moment are traditional chemical prints through a colour managed workflow, with most of our album range also based on traditional printing. The other albums use modern offset printing technology.

How many pictures can we expect to get?

Every wedding is different, and many factors play a part in determining the final number of photos. These can include weather conditions, the venue, whether photography is permitted during the ceremony, and the amount of time dedicated to photography.

We strive to photograph each special moment as it happens, rather than work towards a specific quota.

Having said that, as an approximate guide we would expect to capture somewhere in the region of 1000 images from a full day of photography, and the couple can expect to receive about 300 - 400 individually edited images.

You can view other estimates in the Pricing section.

Is it possible to view some of your other photography work?

Yes you can. Jed's other work is available to view at Essence of Light.

Do you require a deposit?

Essence of the Moment requires a 20% deposit to secure the photography on your wedding date.

You will receive a receipt for the deposit acknowledging the payment and listing the products and services that you have chosen.

When is payment due?

A 20% deposit is required to secure your wedding photography. The balance is due no later than 30 days before your wedding day.

Do you charge for a consultation?

There is no charge for a consultation within most of the northeast of England, and you are under no obligation to book. Consultations further afield might involve expenses, determined on a case by case basis.

Free consultation includes major areas in and around County Durham, including Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough and the broader areas of Tyne and Wear and Cleveland. Areas in Northumberland and Cumbria can also be covered.

How far will you travel?

Essence of the Moment is based in County Durham and will photograph weddings through most of the north of England and southern Scotland.

Special rates can be arranged for destination weddings.

For full day photography bookings we would be happy to travel nationally. Technology such as Skype has enabled us to still keep in touch with clients from further afield.

We would be happy to provide photography for shorter weddings throughout local areas such as Durham, Newcastle, Sunderland, and Middlesbrough in the areas of Tyne and Wear and Cleveland.