MY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE
I believe that you must have a good relationship with your wedding photographer in order to get the photographs that you want. Therefore, I like to get to know you and I’d like for you to get to know me. This is why I thought I’d write this section, to tell you about my style of photography and how I work, so that you can make a decision on whether you think I’m right for you. If I’m not, don’t worry I won’t be offended! It’s important to find a photographer that’s absolutely what you’re looking for. Everyone has a their own style when it comes to clothing, home decor and cooking. It’s no different with photography! Each person behind the lens sees the world differently, and this is reflected in the finished photographs.
Here’s a bit about my style: I would love you to look back at your photographs and be able to talk about the different stories that occurred on your wedding day. To be able to talk about Auntie Doris’s quirky personality and remember all the little things, clearly. I want the photographs to be timeless and classic but interesting, filled with emotion, stories and character that look like stills from a movie. I want to create a colourful story, looking for light, love and laughter, capturing the beauty of you and your special day.
MY DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY APPROACH
Now you know my style and what I aim to achieve, I want you to know a bit about my approach. Going full circle, the first stage in my creative process is to build a relationship with my client. I want us to understand one another. This way, you’ll be comfortable being around me on your big day, and I’ll know exactly what you’re looking for and what is important to you. The next stage in my process takes place on the big day: working closely with people. I won’t be a shady figure in black standing at the back of the room with a humongous lense. I’ll be in with the crowd, I’ll be up close and personal. And that’s how I can capture the important things that I’d otherwise miss. This is why it’s important that you’re comfortable with my presence! Despite this method of shooting, I don’t stick out like a sore thumb. I blend in. A lot of people just think I’m just a guest with a big camera. At all times I’m friendly. I smile. I wink. I sit on the old ladies table next to your Grandma and I follow the kids playing outside (I’m not creepy, honest). I’m there to capture the whole day, everyone’s day. I follow the light, love and laughter. Wherever it is, I’m not far behind.
If my photography was a car, it would be a Land Rover Defender. You would enjoy every moment of it and it would never lose value. In fact, it will only get better with time. The point is, you are investing in a long term product that will bring you joy over a lifetime.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where are you based?
I am based between Bath and Bristol, but I travel throughout England and Wales at no extra cost. For weddings in Scotland and N.Ireland (and anywhere else in the world for that matter) I can provide you with a quote specific to your destination.
How many photographs will we receive?
I can’t even tell you the amount of photos that I take on the day as I am very click happy. So I narrow these down to 500-700 of the best photographs that will be yours.
How long do you stay on the day?
I’ve seen some photos that I like on Pinterest. Can you recreate them?
Do you retouch your photos?
I edit every single photo individually to get the sharpness and white balance at its best. I won’t enhance your bust or backside – but I will photoshop out unfortunate spots (so don’t stress over a breakout).
What happens if you’re ill or can’t make it on the day?
This has never happened to me yet (touch wood!). But I know that these things can happen and can’t be helped. In the event that I can’t make it, you will not go without a wedding photographer. I have two very close friends that are wedding photographers themselves, and if they can’t make it, I’m a member of a few photographer groups, (some with thirty photographers plus!) so I’m certain that there will be somebody there to shoot your big day.
What happens if your camera breaks?
Although it’s only happened once before (again, touch wood), I do have two top of the range cameras that I carry everywhere. So if one fails, I’ve always got backup
What happens if it rains?
Who cares?! We embrace the rain, do the best we can and get some really cool shots! Rain makes for beautiful light and gorgeous reflections, so we grab the umbrellas and go for it. If it’s particularly stormy, we can always shoot inside and go for a Dolce & Gabbana look.
Can I give you a list of group shots that I want?
Can we buy an album?
Certainly! I offer a range of albums that you can purchase (view the albums here), so just get in touch with me via email or phone. We can then meet up, and you can talk to me about your budget and what you’re looking for. I don’t restrict you by size and you can pick all of the photos that you want in the album yourself.
Can we print the photos ourselves?
Yes! You can access your photos either online or via the USB I will send to you and you can print them at any high street photo printing shop. Your friends and family can also download and print the photos via the online gallery. If you want me to print them, you, your friends and your family can order prints through the online gallery. The only catch is, you can’t sell them for profit!
Do you backup the photos?
Yes! I wouldn’t dare not to! Your photos will also stay on the online gallery for two years after the wedding, but I do still keep backups myself.
Do we need to feed you on the day?
Well, if you do – I’m not going to grumble. But just to warn you, I am a gluten-free vegetarian so you may not want to! On more of a serious note, I’m happy to order food at the venue if they offer it. If not, I can bring my own packed lunch.
Are you insured?
Yes, I have public liability insurance.
When will we receive our photos?
There is a four week turnaround after the wedding day.
When do we pay?
I ask for the full payment 4 weeks before your wedding day.
Can we pay in installments?
Of course you can, whatever suits you best as long as I have received full payment by four weeks before your wedding day.
Do you use a second photographer?
I prefer not to, but I can provide one if you have a particularly large wedding or if you want coverage of the groom. However, if you choose a place where you can both get ready in close proximity, I can cover both the bride and groom by going from A to B myself.
Do you do engagement shoots?
I do! They’re not included in the price of the wedding package but I absolutely love engagement shoots. We can pick a scenic location that is special to you and shoot at a time where the light is at its best to get those perfect engagement shots. If you’d like to arrange one, drop me an email or give me a bell.
How do we book?
Before I take bookings, I love to meet my clients! Preferably I’d like to meet you face to face and get to know you, but if you live too far away, we can always Skype. After our meeting, I like to give you time to go away and think about it. It is a big decision after all! If you’re sure that you want to book me, firstly thank you, and secondly, I’ll send you an online form where there’s a £300 booking fee which will secure your date.