Q: We would like you to shoot our wedding, how do we start the process?
As the demand for popular dates is very high, we treat every available date on a first come, first served basis. Reach us via our contact form stating your wedding date and venue, if already secured. We will respond by email or phone. If possible, we would love to meet you both in person at your earliest convenience so that you can get to know your future photographers. We can then discuss all your photographic needs. Once you’ve decided to choose Gold Leaf, we will send you a contract to sign and return with a deposit.
Q: What does a wedding session cost?
Q: How much do I need to deposit?
We require a 50% initial deposit and the rest of the fee to be paid on or before the wedding day.
Q: How far should we book in advance?
Typically 6-12 months in advance as soon as you have a date and venue. If you have not planned that far in advance, don’t stress just check with us for availability.
Q: Do you shoot with an assistant?
My daughter and I always shoot weddings together with Jess being the 2nd photographer. The 2nd shooter offers a different but complementary perspective and allows us to work efficiently throughout the entire day and night ensuring that between the two of us, we don’t miss any important special moments.
Q: How long Have you Been Photographers
Steven Greaves: Primary Photographer. I studied photography at Natal Technikon. My professional career began in 1986 at the SABC photography department in Johannesburg, South Africa. I started as Junior Photographer and went on to become Senior Photographer. In 1991, after 6 years at the SABC, I resigned to pursue my dream as a Freelance Photographer. I have a fully equipped studio and have vast experience in not only wedding photography but also in various fields of commercial photography as well. You can view my other work at http://www.studio7photography.co.za
Jessica Greaves: Secondary Photographer. I studied photography and graphic design at Studio7 School of Photography & Design in 2010. I am passionate about photography, especially wedding and lifestyle photography and decided to join forces with my dad and form Gold Leaf Wedding & Lifestyle Photography. I am a fun loving extrovert and come alive when interacting with people, I am in my element as a wedding and lifestyle photographer.
Q: Where are you based?
We are based in the stunningly beautiful Helderberg area of the Western Cape South Africa.
Q: Do you travel?
Yes we do and will always arrive at least one full day before your big day in order to scout the venue beforehand. This will also thwart unexpected travel delays.
Q: Do you shoot in RAW?
Yes. RAW allows us to get the best quality and image detail.
Q: Do you shoot in B&W?
B & W wedding photographs are classic and timeless. We love B&W photographs and shooting digitally allows us to decide after the fact whether we want to process the image in B&W or Colour.
Q: What about different styles of photography such as the vintage look?
There are literally countless ways to edit a photo in post production. One style may appeal to one couple, while not to another. When you see a particular style you like, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate.
Q: When will we get to see our wedding photos?
Usually within 3-4 weeks following the wedding. We go through a meticulous process of choosing the very best images from your big day, processing each one of them with loving care and individual attention.
Q: Do you offer albums or books?
Yes, we offer a variety of custom-designed coffee-table photo books.
Q: Who chooses the photographs in the album or book?
We offer you, the bridal couple an opportunity to choose a selection of photos that you feel you absolutely have to have in the album. This can be anywhere from 5 or 10 to the entire album. However, we usually advise that you allow us to collaborate with you in your choice and together we will ensure that the very best and most relevant photos tell the story of your wedding day in a stylish coffee table photo book.
We look forward to meeting you…
Steven & Jessica Greaves