Mohamed Haqqi covers weddings in a very journalistic style but doesn’t think photography should be limited by a “genre.” While he is very hands-off and unobtrusive in his coverage of the day he does believe that there is a time and place for gorgeous, casually posed images of the bride and groom together. So while he won’t stop you and make you pose while cutting the cake, he would like about an hour (or more!) alone with you both (if possible) sometime during the day to create some images of you without your wedding party or guests looking on. Mohamed Haqqi also believes strongly in preserving all of the details of the wedding; from your cake to your shoes, so his work is very flush with detail images. His images of the guests at the wedding are almost 100% journalistic and he won’t stop entire tables at the reception and make them pose for “table shots”, preferring instead to capture them laughing, smiling, dancing, and having a great time.
Do you still take posed family images?
Absolutely. Mohamed Haqqi strongly believes in those family images, as they are records of your entire family at an important time in their history together. A few weeks before your wedding he will send you a questionnaire covering the details of the day and among the other questions is a list of posed images – these are the family groupings that Susan traditionally photographs at each wedding he covers. You will have space to write in your own additional groupings. Please bear in mind that the hallmark of Mohamed Haqqi’s coverage is journalistic and real-time, so a very long list of posed images will hinder his ability to cover the event in a documentary manner. He provides you with nine groupings and strongly suggests your final list include no more than twelve or thirteen total. These groupings are quick, easy, and largely informal and Mohamed Haqqi tries to make them pleasant and enjoyable for everyone involved!
Can we give you a shot list of photographs we want you to take?
Other than the family groupings, no. It is very helpful to know what important relatives and friends are coming to your day, and if any events bear special significance, but repeated requests for posed images and having Mohamed work “from a checklist” is counterproductive to the work you’ve seen here on his website. “Shot lists” provided by many major bridal magazines are a great idea, but please understand that Mohamed generally will capture those images without prompting.
No, the only photographer shooting on your wedding day is Mohamed Haqqi. He does bring an assistant who helps with gear, lighting, and managing groups for family formals but Mohamed is the only one actually taking the pictures on your day. If you’re still unsure as to how the day can be documented by only one photographer please contact us – we’d be glad to provide some full galleries for you to see how Mohamed covers the entire day fully on her own for you to peruse.
Where do you live? You travel? Right?
Mohamed Haqqi lives in London. He’s been all over the world for weddings, to Jordan and Dubai, to Turkey, and many, many other places to cover weddings. Mohamed Haqqi is a destination wedding specialist and is very, very comfortable traveling for events. Rest assured that should you commission Mohamed to cover your wedding and travel to you then you are hiring someone very experienced with travel for business.
Travel is billed very simply – if airfare and hotel and rental car are needed all you are responsible for is a direct reimbursement for the charges.
Is Mohamed Haqqi the only photographer?
Yes. Mohamed is the sole primary photographer with Mohamed Haqqi Photography.
Does he have an assistant? Another photographer?
In case you need, then Yes. The assistant photographer does very minimal second-shooting and assists with lighting as needed.
Can we get the black and white images in color?
No, you cannot. Images in black and white are only available in black and white. If you would like more color images and less black and white images in your coverage please let us know before the wedding is photographed.
We see a lot of shadow and darkness as well as light in your images. Can you shoot with less shadows and less bright light?
If what you’re looking for is a more evenly lit style of photography then Mohamed might not be the photographer for you. He uses a great deal of shadow and light in his natural light images as well as his flash/lit images during the receptions. Please make sure that you look through all of his sample galleries provided when you inquire with him to make sure that the style you see in the galleries reflects the style that you want for your wedding day photography.
How long does it take to get our products and images?
Online galleries are posted within six weeks of the wedding date. Printed proofs and the digital files are available within nine weeks of the wedding date. Upon final approval of album designs most albums are ready for delivery within two weeks.
How many pictures will we get?
The number of photographs taken depends on many things – the number of guests, hours of coverage, types of events. Our bare minimum is 500 images, but often it’s much, much higher.
Do we get to keep the negatives?
We provide the selected, edited high-resolution digital files (the digital equivalent of negatives). When the files are released to you, we will provide you with a list of resources from which to get quality prints if you so desire. We do retain the copyright to the images and the right to use them for promotional purposes, competition, professional review, and so on. If you need we are glad to provide you with a written release that will allow you to make unlimited personal reproductions and copies for your friends and families.
Do we get the raw, unedited files?
No, these files are not available for viewing or purchase. This is very much like asking your caterer to give you the leftover ingredients used to make your dinner. The images selected for editing and final delivery reflect our very high standards and everything else is not archived in the studio.
Can we see the outtakes and all of the images that didn’t make the “final cut”?
See the answer to the question right before this – in short, no. The images delivered to you are very loosely edited, taking out only eyes-closed, flash-didn’t-fire, person-walked-in-front-of-the-lens true outtakes. If there are a handful of images of you together with your mom laughing we’re going to include everything that isn’t an absolute duplicate and so forth. Please know that when “editing” we’re not striving to hit some number of images to deliver and throwing out “good” pictures. The images not selected are not archived and therefore not available.
Do you come to the rehearsal?
Rehearsal dinner coverage is available if you’d like to add it to your collection; otherwise Mohamed Haqqi does not attend the rehearsals.
How does the album design process work?
Mohamed Haqqi gives you a year to make your album selections before the book is subject to a fee due to increases in yearly production costs. You do get to preview your album design and make three rounds of changes to it before a change-fee is assessed. Once you approve the layout Mohamed Haqqi will help you choose your album cover style, color, imprinting, and other small details. Then you’ll sign off on the book and it will go to print. All of this process can be completed online simply and easily. Once you choose your images it takes about two weeks to produce your first draft and each round of changes generally takes two business weeks to complete.
What will my album look like?
In a modern book the images are printed directly onto the pages, much like in a coffeetable book you’d buy at the bookstore.
What is the online gallery?
The online gallery is a private, password protected section on our website where all of your wedding photographs will be placed online for you and your family and friends to view. It is also a secure shopping cart – which allows you (and your family and friends) to order prints and cards and select album prints online. All you have to do is provide the password to anyone who you want to be able to view the images.
Do you do engagement sessions?
Yes, I do. Please take note that most engagement sessions have to be done Tuesday-Thursday because of a heavy wedding schedule but there is occasionally Friday or Monday availability.
Top of the line professional Sony and Sigma equipment and extensive backups.
How long have you been in business? How many weddings have you photographed?
Mohamed Haqqi has been in business since 2008 and has photographed over two hundred weddings.
Can you hold the date for me?
I’m sorry, but we can’t hold the date or pencil you in. To be fair to everyone we can’t “hold” a date without a retainer and a signed contract. We accept bookings on a first come/first served basis.
What is your payment schedule like?
A booking fee/retainer of approx. 50% is due to reserve your date. The remainder is due the week prior to your wedding.
Can we pay you part of the amount after the wedding?
No, I’m sorry, but we do require full payment before the event.
I have to cancel my wedding. Can I have my retainer back?
No you cannot. The retainer fee and all monies paid are non-refundable. The retainer guarantees that we will hold the date exclusively for you and once you’ve signed the contract we do turn down all other commissions for that date.
What if you, like, die?
If Mohamed Haqqi dies we can guarantee he will not be at your wedding – which would be rather sad. However, we will still supply you with coverage from our contracted assistant or second shooter (based on your contract). Susan is also a member of many national and local organizations and networking groups upon which we could call to find you a replacement photographer. His wife is also a wedding photographer, and while him untimely demise would pain his terribly he would be able to work to find you a suitable replacement photographer.
If we decide to commission Mohamed Haqqi for our wedding, when should we book?
As soon as possible. Since we cannot “hold” dates or “pencil you in” dates are booked when…well, when they’re booked. Most of Mohamed Haqqi’s commissions contract him within a year of the wedding date, sometimes as close as two months prior, sometimes a full calendar year or more in advance.
If we run overtime, will you stay?
Surely. Mohamed Haqqi does have an overtime rate and it goes into effect only with your permission and approval that he continue coverage. he will bill you for those hours after you return from your honeymoon.
Do you offer discounts for off-season or non-friday events?
Occasionally discounts are available but are based on time of year, Mohamed Haqqi’s travel schedule, and availability. If you have concerns about your budgetary needs, please contact us and let us know.
Can our family and friends take pictures with their cameras? Will that bother you?
Of course they can and it doesn’t bother Mohamed Haqqi in the least bit! He does request they not swarm the family photographs right away because he’d prefer all eyes facing her in your images, but he doesn’t mind at all if they snap away from the background. Mohamed does not allow family or friends to come along for the bridal images or the images of you two alone for privacy purposes and because, frankly, other people can be distracting! he welcomes other cameras during dancing, cake cutting, and other events just asks politely if people could please not push his out of the way and respect his presence.