As a wedding photographer, one of the main interests in creating a web site is to be able to show my work to potential clients. However, there are, of course, other things in which visitor may be interested. I will try and sum up the most frequently asked questions so that you may reinforce your opinion on the possibilities of an appointment. 

What is needed to make an appointment? It will be sufficient to send me an e-mail or give me a phone call (you can check the site’s contact page). We canthen arrange to meet attending to you availability and my agenda. As I know from experience, it is easier to meet after working hours and the meetings may be scheduled for after dinner time. If it is too far away, we can always maintain contact and discuss the matters via e-mail or telephone and I can, thus, give you the further information which is usually discussed during the meetings.

After the meeting, how much time do you need to give us an answer? It is ideal to give an answer as fastest as possible so that we may schedule and book the day for you, discarding any other consultations for the same day. However, it is not mandatory for me to give an answer. If on the following 15 days, after a first appointment, I happen to have another consultation for the same date, I will inform you to learn about your interest and know how to respond to the new contact.

Your work has a lot of black and white. Why? If I want, is it possible for the whole work to be in colour? My work has, indeed, a great percentage of black and white photographs and that is due to three reasons: firstly, I do love it, a lot. Black and white was my initiation when it came to photography, back in the days of the film, hence my deep knowledge of the characteristics inherent to a black and white photograph. Secondly, for aesthetic reasons. Being the origins of photography itself, black and white photography is still, nowadays, a result of attention from both photographers and those who find a visual and aesthetic pleasure in photography. For instance, in artistic photography exhibits, the black and white still dominates and remains as a sort of reference. Thirdly, because, oftentimes, the colour itself creates chromatic problems, turning a picture into an unbalanced one. For example, when there is a dress with a colour which is too intense, it might divert the attention from the main theme and make the picture become of little interest even if all the elements, composition, balance and harmony are there. The intense colour won’t let one firstly see what’s more important in the picture. But, of course, if you should like the work to be fully coloured, there lies absolutely no problem in it. As you may verify, my coloured photographs are equally interesting and capable of a final work of great quality (I suggest the reading of the title The Wonders of Black and White”). 

Which is you work process during the wedding day? A few days before the date I shall contact the grooms to define schedules, to know when and where the bride is going to be groomed (hairdressing and makeup), at what time she will get dressed, calculate the distance between the groom’s and the bride’s houses. After all this is settled, I will make my way through the day according to you own schedules. Since I like to photograph early from the processes of hair and makeup, I will always try to make it happen and arrange with the groom for it to be possible. Then I will just follow the motion of the day until it’s over.

You say your method is wedding photojournalism, so don’t you take more formal pictures? My working method goes after the coverage of the wedding day without interfering in the process. But this process stands for everything which is done during the day as if the photographer wasn’t there. And that’s how I act: work as hard as possible as if I wasn’t there so that everything becomes more genuine. However, there are times, during a wedding, when it is important for the photographer to be with the grooms and their guests, when a specific photograph is asked required for remembrance, etc. There, I will always be ready to pay my services to those who ask for them.

After the wedding, how long until you deliver the work? Having my very own working process, knowing that clients always have a great curiosity in seeing the final results and given normal conditions, I will deliver the work results in two months. “Normal conditions” since there may, sometimes, occur certain little things that could delay the process: the grooms may take a little more time to approve the Album, problems in the laboratory, etc. But little often is this term altered.

What are your prices? Since the combination of the elements that take part in each pack may alter the value between them, I suggest a consultation through the contact menu. However, I can say that I have an excellent ratio between the quality of my work and the prices I practice.

Texto e Fotos: Fernando Colaço