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- You are based in Wiltshire, do you travel elsewhere?
- How would you describe your style?
- What preparations do you make before our wedding?
- Do you photograph in colour or black & white and do you edit all the images?
- Do you take group shots?
- How do we book you?
- Some other photographers charge £400 and give us a DVD with a thousand images – why don’t you?
- What happens after the wedding?
- Are you insured?
- What are your Prices?
- Anything else we should know?
You are based in Wiltshire, do you travel elsewhere?
Yes, I am based in the wonderful market town of Malmesbury. I can and will travel anywhere to photograph your wedding. I regularly travel out of the South West to cover weddings. I’ll even get on an aeroplane if you need me to.
How would you describe your style?
I aim to observe your wedding day as it unfolds, naturally and unobtrusively. I work very close to the action and try to blend in with the guests as much as possible. I am not the type of photographer who is going to ask you to “pretend” to do your make-up, or get the groom and best man to do a Reservoir Dogs march along the lawn. I do classify myself as a purist documentary wedding photographer and my clients understand that this involves me capturing the real moments and memories from their wedding day – rather than fabricated and set-up photos that really don’t tell a story at all.
I appreciate that most weddings have a need for a small selection of group shots, and we can set aside some time for this. I recommend no more than five formal group shots on the day – this allows me to concentrate on the documentary wedding photography which defines my style.
Traditionally, this style has been called wedding photojournalism, documentary wedding photography or reportage wedding photography. Essentially, all you need to know is that I capture the true story of your day through pictures. No Dutch tilts, no spot-colour images and absolutely no “say cheese” moments.
What preparations do you make before our wedding?
About a month before the wedding I will send you a questionnaire to complete (or we can meet and go through it together at the studio); The questionnaire covers the final details such as time, and formal images, names of wedding party etc.
On a more functional note, I always make sure my car is fully serviced, I have both paper maps and Sat-Nav in the car and I leave with plenty of time to spare to avoid any traffic delays. I shoot with two high-end professional cameras on the day, and backup equipment is always on hand.
Do you photograph in colour or black & white and do you edit all the images?
Both & Yes. I shoot exclusively with high-end digital equipment. Every image that you will receive will have been edited fully. The editing involves colour correcting, cropping and conversion to my signature film-style photo emulation.
I will do my best to remove spots and shadows under eyes etc on the portrait images, but I do not “alter” images by moving things around or removing people from images etc.
I am perhaps best known for my Black and White Wedding Photography and a standard wedding coverage will generally yield around 60% black and white photographs.
However, some clients do want a full Black and White Wedding Photography Package and for this I have a special "Noir" package which attracts a small discount on the fee (as, actually, my processing time is a little less). Ask for more details about my Noir package.
Do you take group shots?
Yes, of course.
Although I am a documentary wedding photographer, I understand that most weddings require a certain amount of traditional group photos. I would encourage you to have no more than around five group shots, and, with the aid of one of your ushers we will do these very quickly and professionally.
Guests usually do not want to be standing around waiting for a bossy photographer to direct them so I will organise this section of your day very quickly, then move on.
How do we book you?
Just call or email me at anytime and I will check availability. You are more than welcome to come to my studio in Malmesbury to discuss your wedding further over a coffee.
I require a completed and signed contract and a non-refundable booking fee of £350 to secure my services for your wedding date. The retainer fee can be paid by bank transfer or cheque. I can not hold dates without the form and fee. The remainder of the balance is due 28 days before the wedding date.
Some other photographers charge £400 and give us a DVD with a thousand images – why don’t you?
Photography is my full time profession. It isn't just something I just do on the weekend to top up another salary.
A typical wedding can take up to two weeks of my time. The marketing, the consultations, the wedding itself, the editing and the album design are all facets of every single wedding I undertake.
The images I make of your wedding are crafted by me, on the day and in post processing. I don’t “shotgun” photograph. Each image is a considered moment of the day. Once the day is over, I use only the very best materials and very best labs to produce your stunning albums, which I guarantee you will want to look at time and time again.
People use me as their wedding photographer for the complete package. They genuinely want a beautiful representation of their wedding day and they want a wedding photography collection that they will adore and want to look at time and time again.
What happens after the wedding?
Once your wedding is over, the sad fact is the only thing you will have to remind you of your wonderful day is the memories, stories and photographs. The cake will be eaten, the dress will be stored and the flowers will wilt and fade.
Because of the importance to me of helping you cherish those memories, it may take up to six weeks for me to edit your wedding photographs (often quicker).
You will be sent a link to your personal online gallery, and after that, the DVDs, prints and albums will be produced. I use the very best suppliers for my DVDs, albums and packaging.
Are you insured?
Yes I am fully insured. I have professional indemnity insurance along with public liability insurance.
Many wedding venues will insist that all your suppliers have appropriate insurance so I encourage you to make sure that every photographer you speak to also has full insurance.
What are your Prices?
Currently, my professional fees are from £1,500. All packages come with the digital images, as standard, with sharing and re-print rights assigned to you.
Bespoke, seasonal and mid-week discounts are available. A discount is applicable to all 100% Black and White Commissions.
Anything else we should know?
I am actually a Welsh wedding photographer by birth, love rugby and my family and I prefer Guinness to beer. I am
36 37 38 39 years of age with slightly pointy eyebrows.
My favourite music artist is Johnny Cash and my favourite TV programme is Only Fools and Horses. I have a fear of toads, am a black belt in Judo, once bought Bill Gates a hot dog and have been on TV with Kylie Minogue.
Oh, and if you really want a Dutch tilt, or if you want me to say “say cheese”, then it costs £500 more