Where is your Studio?
We are based in Harding Way, St Ives, Cambridgeshire - St Ives is just off the A14 so very accessible from both Cambridge and Peterborough and just outside the town centre. Harding Way is near to Tesco, BP and M&S.
Why aren't you on the High Street?
We are perfectly located, easy to find and the best bit we have our own car park right outside our front door - no hike up a High Street with the kids through a busy town centre (especially if it's raining) and no pay and display!
Can we pop in and view your work or do we need an appointment?
Many people just pop in although if you are coming from further afield please ring ahead and let us know you are coming so that we can agree a best time.
Before your Day
Do you visit our Wedding Venue before our big day?
Yes, Jon visits every venue in advance to look for locations for your photos (even if he has photographed there before in case of changes or renovations). Jon likes to do this with you if at all possible to see your vision for your photos - every couple is different and choose different locations for photos within the same venues. Jon loves to find out what you want rather than assume another couple liked a location so will you. We can tie this into your pre-wedding photo session if you would like.
How many times can we meet?
Our first meeting is a no obligation chat to see if we are the correct match for you - the best weddings run smoothest with the right people working with you in-line with your dream. Once you have booked one of our Wedding Collections we don't restict the number of meetings - a visit to your venue to walk around and chat over your plans, a pre-wedding photo session to chat about the type of photos you would like (either as a couple or as a family if you already have children) have some fun and ask any questions, Jon can visit the church for your rehearsal to meet close family and the official - if you would like. He can be as involved as you would like.
On your Day
How long will you cover my Wedding for?
Our Collections are created around specific events during your day rather than a particular time so this is very much in your hands.
Do we have to have group photos?
We are asked this one a lot and the answer is it is up to you. Your family may expect to see some group photos and will ask on the day, but we can do as many or as few as you would like.
What happens if it rains on my Wedding Day?
As you look through our Wedding Gallery you will see umbrellas and wellies - if you plan for wet and it's dry that's great. Embrace the weather and plan for it.
Do you carry back up kit?
Yes, Jon has two cameras, each camera contains two cards automatically making a second copy of each image, a number of lenses, flash to cover most eventualities. If in the unlikely event a camera failed Jon would simply carry on with the other one.
Do you use additional lighting for evening photos?
Jon carries additional lighting to create lovely images if you would like those moments captured. If you are enjoying your party and don't want evening/sunset shots then say and the extra lights will remain in the car.
Posing?- we can't do that
None of our couples in any of our galleries are models. All are people who trusted Jon to create something special for them. Jon watches our couples to see how they stand and interact with each other and then suggests small tweaks - move a hand, a shoulder, a knee if needed. Jon takes your ideas, adds another perspective and then takes it one step further. The lighting can be set up at speed or in advance and many of his evening images are captured in a matter of minutes in the lull between the end of the Wedding Breakfast and the evening guests arriving - a perfect time for a quiet walk, a little alone time away from everyone else.
After Your Wedding
Will we see every photo you take?
Jon goes through each photo taken removing any which don't meet his expectations - where the look isn't quite right, duplicates or where eyes are closed. The actual number depends on your day and number of hours of coverage - we will normally show you 400 - 500 for an 8 - 10 hour Wedding day.
How long until we can see our Wedding photos?
We know you will be keen to see them as soon as possible (some are so excited) so we allow time in our diary to start editing your photos straight after your Wedding day. This means that you are able to come in for a relaxed viewing of your photos in our studio almost as soon as you return from your honeymoon - we agree a date together before your wedding and have all of your photos ready for you to view on that date. No long waits or delays!! (For those who are delaying their honeymoon till later in the year your photos will be ready about 14 days after your wedding)
Do you edit our photos?
Yes, Jon personally edits every image we deliver to you using a range of professional software tools.
Can our friends and family view our photos?
As soon as you have visited our studio for your private viewing we upload your images to your secure on-line gallery for all your friends and family to view. During your day we leave little table cards for your guests to take away to enable them to access your photos, we also add the date your images will go live to our cards so your friends and family don't have to ask you while you are away!
Can we/our parents purchase albums, prints, frames and canvas wraps after our wedding?
Yes, once you have seen your images in studio and they are live in your on-line gallery you are welcome to come in and choose your images you would like printing and framed.
Can we choose the photos for our album or do you do this?
We want you to be involved at every stage to ensure your album is perfect for you. You choose the images and we produce an electronic proof which you can let us know any changes you would like. We will not place your album order until you have signed off the final proof we have produced together.
How do we secure Jon for our wedding?
Once you are happy we will provide you with our booking form. Simply complete, sign and pay your £200 booking fee. Once we have received both your signed booking form and booking fee we will write to you to confirm your booking. The balance is then due one month prior to your Wedding.
Are you insured?
Yes, Jon has both Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance cover.
What if you are sick?
It would need to be something quite bad for Jon to miss your day once you have booked. However if it was completely unavoidable we do know a number of local photographers as well as having links to a much wider network, so if Jon was unable to attend we would contact our network to find another photographer to replace him on your day.
A couple of things to consider:
We have a studio, have been around for years and have a great local reputation.
We develop relationships with our couples and many choose to come back to see us with their beautiful new babies for family portraits.
Qualified member of the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers.
Registered member of The Guild of Professional Photographers
JLC Photography based in St Ives, Cambridgeshire offers beautiful Wedding Photography across Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, North Hertfordshire and Essex. I love working at our local venues who I know will provide you with a wonderful day. I regularly travel across our region to towns like Stevenage, Wisbech, Kings Lynn and Saffron Walden as well as our local cities and towns of Cambridge, Huntingdon, Ely, Peterborough and St Ives. If you would like me to travel further than 50 miles from Huntingdon I can however I may charge mileage for additional travel and also accommodation if needed.
Some of the beautiful local venues at which we have had the pleasure to be able to offer my photography services and may have images in our public gallery: Girton College, Gonville and Caius College, Queens College, Corpus Christi College, Hinchingbrooke House, Orton Hall, The Hotel Felix, Hotel Du Vin, Slepe Hall, The George Hotel, Quy Mill Hotel, The Old Bridge Hotel, Burwash Manor, Parklands Quendon Hall, Swynford Manor (was Manor 64 and Swynford Paddocks), The Cambridge Belfry, The Dolphin Hotel and The Royal Cambridge Hotel. There are so many stunning Wedding locations around Cambridgeshire and the surrounding counties in which to get married.