The one thing that anyone who's already married will tell you is how fast your wedding day goes by! Therefore, for me, it's so important that you spend as much time as possible with your loved ones and ultimately live every second of your special day. My style is all about storytelling. To be perfectly honest, most of the time you probably won't even realise that I'm there as I quietly fade into the background and document your wedding day naturally, as and how it unfolds. What you certainly won't get from me is someone who is constantly interrupting the action, bossing you and your guests around or taking you away for endless formal group shots!
At some point following your ceremony, after you have both had a well-earned drink, greeted a few guests and mostly importantly had a moment to breathe, we will take a little walk away from the crowd and spend a short time (20 mins or so) capturing some natural and relaxed couple shots. I am of course more than happy to offer a spot of direction here, absolutely nothing cheesy, rigid or forced though, just me capturing some lovely interaction between the two of you as you enjoy some 'alone time' together for the first time as newlyweds! When the sun goes down, and if you're up for it, I will grab a couple of my lights and we can quickly head outside to capture some of my dramatic, signature portraits ;-)
On your wedding day I want to focus on capturing your family and friends truly enjoying the day, providing natural, relaxed and fun images rather than taking countless posed shots of you and your guests all stood in a line, looking at the camera. That being said, if having a selection of staged group shots is important to you, I am happy to capture up to a maximum of 6 combinations (close family, bridesmaids, groomsmen etc.) but please note that I don't tend to shoot any further 'formal' line ups, including the 'all guest' posed group shot.
Where are you based? Do you charge travel/accommodation fees?
I'm based in Chester, Cheshire, in the North West of England but I will happily cover weddings across the whole of the UK and beyond! All UK travel and accommodation expenses are included in the price.
Which camera model do you use?
I use the awesome Nikon D750 which, in my opinion, is the very best camera on the market for wedding photography.
Will you bring any back-up equipment?
Yes. I shoot with two cameras on the day. Any photographer who takes their craft seriously should always carry back-up equipment.
In this case I would throughly recommended my complimentary pre-wedding shoot (chat+snap session)! These relaxed and informal shoots are a perfect way for couples to get acquainted with being in front of the camera before the big day. It's also a great way for us to get to know each other a little better and to have a bit of fun! You'll leave the shoot wondering what on earth there was to worry about! ;-)
Can you recommended any other wedding suppliers?
Yes indeed! I have worked with some wonderful suppliers over the years and I'm more than happy to offer recommendations to my couples, if required.
Do you need feeding on the day?
As a wedding is a long (and often non-stop) working day for me, a hot meal and soft drink served in a separate room to your wedding breakfast would be greatly appreciated, thank you!
How long will it be before we get our photos and how many will we get?
Each one of your wedding photos will be individually edited in my creative, signature style and I work as hard as I can to make sure that your photos are ready as soon as possible without ever compromising the quality. During my busiest months, please allow up to 6 weeks for delivery. I never limit the number of photos that you receive but as a rough guide, you can expect at least 350 photos.
You will have full printing rights but as is standard in this industry, the photographer always retains copyright of their work. With this in mind, I kindly ask that if you receive a request for images from one of your other suppliers to please notify me so that I can send them any images directly. I am more than happy to share images with other suppliers free of charge, however, it's very important that all requests go through me so that I can explain my copyright terms to them.
How do we book?
If you would like to enquire about making a booking, please complete the form on the contact page with as much info as possible and I will be sure to get back to you as soon as I can. To secure a date, I require a booking fee of £400. This booking fee is non-refundable and will be taken off your final balance. The remainder of the balance will be due 8 weeks prior to the wedding date.
Do we need to meet up before we book?
This isn't essential but I do understand if you'd like to meet up before committing to a booking. My meetings take place in either a coffee shop or bar in Chester and can be booked between the hours of 9:30am and 4pm, strictly Mon-Fri only. Please note that due to the number of weddings that I shoot, weekend meetings are not possible.
How far in advance do we need to book you?
ASAP! :-) Most couples tend to book me 1-2 years in advance of their wedding day and as you can imagine, peak season dates get snapped up very quickly!
Are you insured?
Yes, I have both professional indemnity and public liability insurance. I am also fully CRB/DBS checked.