Below you will find some questions I’m often asked.
Have a read, but if there is anything you need answering that isn’t here, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
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.
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 three to 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.
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.
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 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, depending on the type of wedding and time of the year.
However, unless you choose the 100% black and white package, you will always get a good selection of colour images in the final series.
There is also an option for a coverage that offers all images in both black and white and colour, should you require that.
You can read more about my thoughts on black and white wedding photography in my note about it.
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.
Occasionally, there is a requirement for many more “formal photographs” (such as Asian weddings, or weddings with a large amount of guests). In these situations, in order to allow me to continue to create the story telling type images that you see on this website, I can arrange for a second shooter to be on hand specifically to cater for the formal shots.
Just call or email me at any time 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 £200 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.
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 eight weeks for me to edit your wedding photographs (often quicker).
You will be sent a link to your personal on-line gallery, and after that, the USBs, prints and albums will be produced. I use the very best suppliers for my USBs, albums and packaging.
My albums are hand built in Australia and so it can take between four and eight weeks for the albums to arrive once you have approved them…..but it’s always worth the wait.
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.
Well, I love rugby and my family and I prefer Guinness to beer. I’ve been shooting weddings full time, professionally for ten years and have covered over 450 weddings.
I was the first wedding photographer appointed an ambassador for Fujifilm, and along with my wedding commitments, give lectures and talks at events all over the world about the business and art of wedding photography.
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 (seriously!).
Oh, and if you really want a Dutch tilt, or if you want me to say “say cheese”, then it costs £500 more
My “job” is as a wedding photographer. This isn’t a hobby or part-time thing for me as it is with many other wedding photographers.
I’ve been shooting weddings full time for ten years and because I don’t also have a “day job”, I can give my business 100% commitment in terms of time and effort.