Every aspect of the wedding planning process is important but booking the right wedding photographer requires even more thought because your wedding photos are one of the few things that you'll have as memories for generations to come.
Choosing a wedding photographer with experience is a very wise decision. There are many things that set aside an amateur photographer or a “friend with a camera” from a professional. A professional wedding photographer will know how to read a wedding as it unfolds and react to situations that are constantly changing. They will have experience of dealing with people and be an incredible organizer. A wedding day is a one off momentous occasion and there are no second chances, so it’s vital they get it right.
Another consideration is that your wedding photographer will be spending more time with you on your wedding day than any other person or supplier so it's really important that you are comfortable and relaxed around them and most of all you have a chemistry. Most couples know within a few minutes of meeting someone whether they will be right for them. Go with instinct.
In some ways having a female photographer, particularly for the bride is advantageous as they will be with you during the more intimate moments of bridal prep. As a female I understand how important it is that you don’t want photos before your hair and make up is nearly finished as you won’t be comfortable and it's just not flattering. I also understand the best angles & light to shoot the female form in and this experience comes from shooting lots of bridal prep and from shooting Boudoir.
How far in advance should I book?
Many wedding photographers book weddings at least a year in advance of the big day. As it gets nearer to your wedding date, it will become harder to book your first-choice photographer. So if you’ve found someone you love, don’t hang about, book them before someone else does.
So what does a wedding photographer do?
The night before the wedding I can be mostly seen checking my camera kit, cleaning, lenses, making sure I have spare batteries and everything is fully charged. I will be studying your wedding day schedule, which you will have completed a couple of weeks before your wedding, to see where I need to be at what time and deciding on the best lenses for the different situations I will be in. I also do plenty of inspiration research on poses and ideas for use when I shoot your couple portraits.
I am an avid organizer and never like to be caught unprepared. I prepare for everything, including the weather. If it’s going to be raining I need to have wellies and wedding umbrellas, if it's going to be sunny I know I’ll have to find some shade so that I can photograph in a more flattering light. Having shot over a 100 weddings I have experienced every possible scenario, from shooting in a thunder storm and torrential rain to understanding how to use flash in very dark venues or during winter weddings when there is very little available light.
I shoot with two professional Canon cameras and have a mix of professional fixed focus (prime) and zoom lenses. I also have a back up camera and plenty of memory cards.
I’m fully insured through a specialist film & camera insurance company and they cover me for personal liability and professional indemnity as well as covering all my photography gear.
I don’t book any weddings without meeting all my couples beforehand. To me, this is the most important step in my wedding booking process.
There is much information on this page about the formalities of what I do but meeting someone face to face and chatting about how you met and what your plans are for your big day really helps me understand what you need from me as a wedding photographer.
There is absolutely no obligation to book at this meeting and its very informal. You will obviously want to chat about your photography options afterwards. Once you have decided that I am the perfect photographer to capture your wedding day, a deposit of £500 and a signed contract will secure your wedding date. The balance of my photography fee is due 4 weeks before your wedding date. My full terms and conditions will be given to you at this meeting for a little light bed time reading.
My wedding photography package is simple:
1 main photographer & 1 assistant.
All day photographic coverage of your day from bridal prep to first dance.
When your images have been processed (roughly 6 weeks after your wedding) you will be invited to my home in Surrey where I will present your wedding photos to you on a slideshow set to music so you can re-live your day from the comfort of the sofa. You will get to take home your images and you can oooh and ahhhh over my beautiful wedding albums*.
You take home a personalized gift package containing a USB with a minimum of 400 high resolution digital files. All images are lightly edited in my unique personal style.
You will be emailed a link to a private online gallery so that you can share your images with family and friends.
*Wedding Albums are not included as part of my wedding package but are available to purchase at your image presentation. A lovely idea is to buy the wedding album for your 1st year anniversary gift to each other. The first year of marriage is represented by paper gifts, so a wedding album couldn’t be more perfect!
Pre wedding shoot
If you are particularly camera shy or would like a trial run before the wedding day, I offer a pre wedding shoot which can be added to your package. This is a really great way to get used to me and the camera and to help you relax on the big day. My pre wedding shoot costs £295 and this includes an hour shoot at a location in Surrey, an on-line gallery and your choice of 5 edited fine art prints. (7x5). A pre wedding shoot is great fun and a perfect ice breaker to get you prepared for your couple portraits on the big day.
I really hope we get a chance to meet in person, so if you are interested in booking please do get in touch for your bespoke quote and my date availability.
Please get in touch: 07720 447220