HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?
How long have you been doing wedding photography? I have been photographing weddings since 2005, previously spending two years working as a photography assistant. I am a member of the SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers) and receive on going mentoring and training from the UK’s top wedding and portrait photographers, I believe you can never stop learning.
WE LOVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE AND IMAGES, BUT THERE MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS WHO HAVE A SIMILAR STYLE. WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT FROM THE REST?
This is a great question! There are two things that make me stand out from the rest. Firstly I believe that every couple is unique and tailor my photography style to reflect each couples personalities and style. Of course I offer guidance on what would look great, but that doesn’t mean each set of images should be a carbon copy. Your wedding photos should be modern, unique and timeless, not en vogue of current trends.
We do however have a range of props that can be incorporated into some of your photographs, frames and signs, and are more than happy to use vintage washes on images which I feel would benefit from this look. However, these are current popular trends, and like the spot colouring trend from 5 years ago, will no doubt pass.
Secondly, I LOVE what I do! I always look on the sunnier side of life, and approach each wedding with the enthusiasm and excitement as if it’s my first. This is evident in our work and I have been complimented at numerous weddings by couples and their guests on how relaxed I’ve made them feel, and enjoyed having their photographs taken. There can be few greater compliments for a photographer.
With a vast wealth of experience accumulated over the years, there are very few things I have not seen. Your wedding is one of the biggest days of your life to be enjoyed, and my experience helps create a calm in amongst the wedding day madness. I observe your day as it unfolds, documenting your story with my camera and find suitable locations around your venue to create stunning images of you and your guests to treasure, I’m also pretty good with button holes and bustles!
Once your wedding day has passed, I start the editing process, clicking the shutter at your wedding is just the beginning of my work. I digitally enhance each image by hand, ensuring each image looks the best it can be. I will invite you back to my studio for the first viewing over tea, coffee, wine or bubbles, after all who says the fun has to stop once the honeymoon ends! Your final edit of images will be presented in high resolution on leather bound USB, with a license to print at your leisure. I also include a set of low resolution images which are perfect for sharing on social media.
I DON’T LIKE BEING PHOTOGRAPHED / I AM NOT VERY PHOTOGENIC. WILL YOU HELP ME ON THE DAY?
The majority of couples I meet believe they are not photogenic. With the right light, background, exposure and guidance on the most complimentary way to stand based on your height and shape, you will look naturally amazing and relaxed in your wedding photos.
I HAVE HEARD A LOT OF STORIES OF PHOTOGRAPHERS TAKING THE BRIDE AND GROOM AWAY FOR HOURS AFTER THE WEDDING. DO YOU DO THAT?
I completely understand that this is your big day, to be enjoyed and celebrated with family and friends. During our initial consultation, I will discuss your photography requirements and work a time line to ensure that you have time with loved ones, some amazing photographs of the two of you, and incorporate any groups of family photos. Generally I spend 20 minutes on Bride and Groom portraits and 20 minutes on groups. Ocassionally if there is a beautiful sunset or stunning evening light, I will ask if you could spare an extra five minutes.
THIS ALL SOUNDS AMAZING, BUT IT SOUND VERY EXPENSIVE. I’M NOT SURE I CAN AFFORD YOUR PACKAGES?
Can you afford not to? Your wedding day will be the beginning of married life – a milestone in your relationship – and the memories of this great day will last forever. All the thought, years of planning, stunning venue, gorgeous dress, dearest family and friends witnessing your amazing day. You need to have a photographer you can rely on, a photographer that has already photographed countless weddings, and be confident that they will have experience and expertise you can count on to document your day. Your photographs will be seen by friends and family that may not have been able to be there on your day. It’s not uncommon to hear of elderly relatives who have not been able to attend due to poor health, wouldn’t it be great to show them the pure joy of your special day? You may decide to have children, don’t you want them to look at your images and say “ Wow Mum, you were hot!”
I often hear “I have a friend / sister / cousin that does photography as a hobby”, and that’s great, let them bring there camera to your wedding and enjoy taking their shots, and generally asking me lots of questions, which by the way I am more than happy to answer (we all start somewhere!). But when you have invested so much time, money and thought into your wedding, can you trust them to take professional photos of your big day?
I HAVE FOUND A PHOTOGRAPHER THAT INCLUDES EXTRAS SUCH AS AN ALBUM, A LARGE PRINT, SLIDESHOW, PARENTS ALBUMS ETC . CAN YOU MATCH THEIR PRICE?
I have a range of bespoke services I can tailor to best fit your individual requirements, my most popular services can be found here. You will find many photographers that include a range of products for what seems like an incredible price, but if you look closely at their work, the quality is not comparable to the images you see on my website. I believe that in order to make up for poorer quality photography, some companies include additional products to entice you to work with them. Would you really want a wedding album, or a massive print with photos that don’t look great? I didn’t think so. My ethos is buy the best PHOTOGRAPHY you can afford, and then when you save some additional money, you can consider albums, canvas prints, etc. Beautiful memories last forever, an album of awful images and canvas will only gather dust in your loft.
DO YOU TRAVEL?
Yes, I travel throughout the UK and for an additional fee, Europe too. The majority of my weddings are in the South East; Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire and London.
WHICH WEDDING COUPLES DO YOU WORK BEST WITH?
I work best with couples who value photography; Who want their photography to represent who they really are; Who want all the details and thought they have invested in their day captured; Who want timeless memories and realise that with quality there maybe a cost.
WHO DO YOU NOT WORK WELL WITH?
I would love to photograph everyones’ dream wedding day, but some personalities work together better than others. If you have a list of “200 must have wedding photographs” (darn those wedding magazines!) I may not be the photographer for you. When photographers get caught up in this level of detail, heads buried in checking off a list, you miss the natural flow and emotion of the day, which is where the real magic is. Also, what is a mock bouquet throwing???
I HAVE SEEN WEDDING IMAGES THAT I REALLY LOVE AND WOULD LIKE TO HAVE PHOTOGRAPHS LIKE THIS ON MY WEDDING DAY. CAN YOU DO THIS?
I love looking through brides pinterest pages and getting a better idea of the look and feel they would like for their wedding day. I’d like to think we can use an image you’ve seen for inspiration, then adapt it to make it unique to you! Keep in mind that your wedding will no doubt have a very different look and feel to an image you may have seen, different location, weather, country etc. I will however promise to create stunning images unique to you, so you wont have to lust after anyone else’s!
DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH MORE THAN ONE WEDDING PER DAY?
Definitely Not! When you book with me I channel my focus and energy on your wedding day.
DO YOU CARRY LIABILITY INSURANCE?
Yes. I have never needed to use it, but having insurance protects me, and makes you feel confident in case it is ever needed.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU ARE ILL?
I have two part time photographers who work with me, and a network of professional photographers who are members of the SWPP and MPA who would be more than capable to cover in the event of illness. This has not happened since starting out in 2005 and long may my good health continue!
DO YOU TAKE CREDIT CARDS? WHAT IS YOUR PAYMENT PLAN?
I accept credit card through PayPal, though this will incur a 3% handling fee. Preferred payment is on-line banking. A deposit is required at point of booking, with the balance due 4 weeks before your big day. However, we can work out a payment plan suitable to your requirements.
DO YOU DO ANY OTHER TYPES OF PHOTOGRAPHY? WHAT OTHER SESSIONS DO YOU OFFER?
I love photographing people. I offer engagement sessions, post wedding sessions, trash the dress sessions, family sessions, corporate head shots and even pet sessions. Whilst I have a studio in Windlesham (Surrey/Berkshire borders) I prefer to photograph anyone over the age of 1 year on location – a favourite park, restaurant, or even just hang out at your home and capture what happens. People are more relaxed somewhere familiar or outdoors, and the space allows children to be photographed naturally. The World is our studio!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES SOUND JUST WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR! HOW DO WE MOVE FORWARD FROM HERE?
That’s brilliant! The next step is to call me on 07800 606802 or email us to arrange a free consultation. I would love to talk through your wedding ideas and how best I can help record those precious moments.