In the industry, we like to call it 'Reportage', in other words, natural, not forced, go with the flow and try not to get in the way! That said, and ironically enough, I won the BIPPNW Wedding Classic GOLD Trophy in 2016, which is mainly about posing!
THIS IS A BIG YES! As the photographic industry isn't marshalled, basically anyone can pick up a camera and announce that they are photographers. Hence why we keep hearing about upset couples in the newspapers, who got what they thought was a cheap deal only to pay for it later. A photographer who's won accreditation and other awards from a professional body like the BIPP means that at least he or she knows what they are doing. Remember you only get one shot at your wedding, and the photos are the only thing you have left when it's all over.
Since 2013 I have won 15 awards and accreditations for various disciplines in photography. I have also exhibited some of my wildlife work at the '2016 Photography! Show' at the Buckinghamshire County Museum in Aylesbury, Preston, Halifax and Taunton in 2017.
YES! Very important!
The routine pretty much goes like this: - as well as the day itself, there is the lead-up: informal chats and meetings with the couple, location inspection, liaising with organisers, priests and travel time. Once the big day is done, I have the sorting, the processing, colour correction, manipulation and final presentation treatments. This process takes from two to five days worth of time depending on the size of the package required. Then there is the album. This takes around a day to two days to design as well as the production cost. It's all about time!
Such is the time and effort put into each wedding, that there are only a limited number of wedding dates available each year, so I can give each one the proper attention that it deserves!
Having an assistant makes a massive difference to the general quality of the photography for the sake of holding lighting and reflectors. So from 2017 onwards, I will always insist on using an assistant. Second photographers are also available for an extra charge.
I have bases in East Lancashire, Birmingham, Whitby and Durham, but I operate pretty much wherever I am told to go in the UK! Weddings abroad need to be discussed!
All my award winning wedding photographs have been in black and white. To me it’s more emotional and gives an image more focus. Experience has shown however, that many couples still like to see colour first and foremost, as it is how they see their day. Therefore I primarily produce colour originals, then select about half of the wedding selection as black and white alternatives.
Of course! Everyone is different! Just give me a call, so we can discuss what you're after!
Once you have paid the Booking Fee of £300.00 and signed the Contract (needed for insurance purposes), then that’s it until one month before your big day when you will be required to settle in full. I will do the necessary research and liaison with the venues and their co-ordinators beforehand, ensuring that I will keep my procedures as smooth as possible.
You can pay direct with BACS or cheque.
Email me or just give me a ring on 07973 439 871 and we'll have a chat!
I am an Associate member of the British Institute of Professional Photography. Being a member of the BIPP means that I am accredited as a professional photographer by senior members including some of the world’s most highly regarded photographers.