I like to use natural light and a reportage style – which means I'll mostly stay out of the way to catch candid moments and interactions. Your wedding is all about you and your story. My aim is to capture the day, not influence it, so I won't be bossing guests around or dragging you away for hours!
I AM REALLY AWKWARD IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA. HELP!
Ironically, so am I. Don’t worry – the best photos happen when you don’t notice I'm there at all. I’ll give a tiny bit of relaxed direction during the couple shots and family shots, but most of the time I’ll be discreetly out of the way of you and your guests.
HOW MUCH PHOTOSHOPPING DO YOU DO?
I use Photoshop to enhance light levels, correct colours and, if necessary, remove distracting objects. But my goal is to keep it natural. You'll end up with photos like the ones you see on this website.
HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS WILL BE AT OUR WEDDING?
I usually work alone to remain as unobtrusive as possible, but I can bring an additional photographer. You would benefit from extra coverage: for example, one photographer can be with the bridal party getting ready while the other is with the groom and his men. Two photographers will naturally be able to catch more candid moments throughout the day.
DO YOU SHOOT WEDDING VIDEOS?
No, but I can recommend some great videographers who I've worked with in the past. Let me know in advance if you are booking a videographer, as this will affect the way I work on the day so I can plan accordingly.
WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH GROUP SHOTS?
As invisible as I'd like to be, the only time I'll direct your guests is for 10 minutes for the family and group shots. In my experience, this goes far more smoothly if you nominate a helper – like a sibling or usher with a good pair of lungs – to gather people. Try to limit the combinations to 10 groups, as you're there to spend time with your loved ones, not pose for ages! Always have an indoor/covered location in mind, in case it rains heavily.
HOW MANY PHOTOS SHOULD I EXPECT TO RECEIVE?
This does vary a bit depending on how long the wedding is, number of guests, variation of activities during the day, etc. I usually deliver a minimum of 350 individually retouched photos for a wedding.
WHAT ABOUT COPYRIGHTS?
I keep the commercial copyrights to the photos, but you’ll receive unlimited rights to share and print. This basically means you can do anything you like with them, on any media, as long as it’s not for profit. I will deliver your photos to you before using them on social media or my blog, and will always obtain your permission before submitting them anywhere else.
ARE YOU INSURED? WHAT IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG?
I have both public liability and professional indemnity insurance (some venues will ask for these).Wild dogs and hurricanes couldn't keep me from your wedding but, if I can’t make it for any catastrophic reason, I have access to a great community of professional photographers across the country, who call on each other in times of emergency.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
I shoot with two full-frame cameras, Canon 5D MK II & III; and a range of lenses – 35mm f1.4, 50mm f1.4, 85mm f1.2 and 24-70mm f2.8. I carry back-up gear to each wedding so if anything should happen, I will be prepared.
SHOULD I FEED YOU ON THE DAY?
Oh yes please! I'm on my feet and alert all day, so will be starving by the time you and your guests eat. Since people generally don't want to be photographed while stuffing their faces, I will take a break and eat, then be ready to resume shooting after your guests are fed.
DO YOU PRINT WEDDING ALBUMS?
I design and print hand-crafted fine art wedding albums with Folio – renowned for their high quality and eco-friendly process. Prices start at £400 for a 20-page 8 by 8 inch album printed on 220 gsm cotton paper.
DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH ELOPEMENTS OR DESTINATION WEDDINGS?
I certainly do! Let me know as much detail as you can, and I'll provide a bespoke quote for you.
WILL WE GET FEATURED IN A WEDDING BLOG AFTERWARDS?
You may have used blogs for inspiration in planning your own big day. I get a lot of bookings from couples who've seen my photos on these blogs – like this or this one – so, with your permission, I'd absolutely love to submit your photos for features.
HOW DO I BOOK YOU?
Once I receive a signed digital contract and a deposit of 40% then I am yours! I ask for the balance at least 4 weeks before your wedding day.
DO YOU DO ENGAGEMENT SHOOTS OR ANYTHING ELSE?
Yes! My style for engagement shoots is definitely not cheesy or too posed (see examples here). We would spend an hour together somewhere special to you to get approximately 30 photos. Some couples like to incorporate these into their weddings, e.g. on the invitations or in the guestbook. Others just want to have a go at being in front of my camera before the big day, so you'll be completely relaxed knowing how I work! Oh and I'm also a food and travel photographer sometimes.
I STILL HAVE MORE QUESTIONS...
Ask away! In my years of experience, I've seen a lot of weddings styles and situations, so am happy to give advice based on what I've learned. Drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or send an enquiry here.