I’m a documentary wedding photographer which means my photographs will tell the honest and unscripted story of your day, not a series of poses or orchestrated shots which bear no resemblance to the feelings, the emotions, even the smells, tastes and sounds you’ll have experienced on your wedding day. Weddings these days don’t have to be formal and stuffy, and neither does the photography. The photographs are the only thing which becomes more important and holds more significance, over the years. To say that the dress/shoes/flowers/venue/band will all be forgotten over time is a hackneyed phrase, and yet it’s true. Your memories become more precious, and your photographs will become the only way to revisit your day, and for little people who have not even been born yet to witness that day themselves, 10, 20, 30 years from now. Documentary wedding photography ensures a fluidity to the day and a genuine narrative to your wedding photographs.
Every photographer you speak to will have a different approach to how they photograph your day. And so you can get a better understanding of how I work, here’s mine:
I don’t intervene in the flow of the day, which means I won’t direct you, or any of your guests, or ask you to repeat anything. I won’t stand on the sidelines shooting with a long lens like uninvited paparazzi: I will be close to the action, keep my eyes and ears open and have my camera lifted ready for the punchline of a joke or an unexpected show of affection.
For me, a good photograph is when light, composition, and timing all come together at the right moment, and the resulting image has the ability to evoke emotion and feeling. All manner of things can inspire and creep into my work, whether it’s fleeting human interaction, a trip to the cinema, or the work of favorite photographers such as Will McBride or Harry Gruyeart. I’ll always look for pleasing compositions and balance within a frame so the resulting photograph is as beautiful as it is genuine. It’s very important to me that the photography doesn’t interfere with the couples enjoyment of their wedding; I aim to be completely unobtrusive and yet get utterly immersed in the day – it is the greatest compliment when couples tell me they are amazed at the moments I managed to capture as they didn’t even realise I had been there.
I won’t take you away from your guests for photographs in a hundred different locations: I will be there to photograph you enjoying the party with the people that mean the most to you. I believe that your memories from your day should be made with your family and friends, not with your photographer, and for this reason, I like to limit the time I steal you away for pictures of just the two of you to around 15 – 25 minutes.
I don’t work with ‘must-have’ shot lists cut out from the back of a bridal mag, and I won’t take contrived, soulless pictures that look like someone else’s Pinterest board: I will capture the atmosphere and the energy, the details and the emotion, the tears and the laughter and the hundred and one little stories which make your wedding uniquely yours.
I offer one wedding package to tell the story of your day, although this can be tweaked to suit your individual needs. This covers :
Photography coverage from bridal preparations to the first dance ( usually around up to 8 hours )
Visit the location before the wedding
All high-resolution images supplied on a USB stick
A set of low-resolution images to be used on social media
Password protected online gallery for sharing and ordering prints
A fully insured, experienced and friendly photographer to cover your special day and guide you through the photography process
I cover travel in the North West but would require expenses for further afield and possibly overnight accommodation
The cost of the day's coverage is £1000, this can be adjusted to suit your needs however so do please get in touch whatever your budget. There are no hidden costs or extra fees although there are some optional extras that can help make your photography experience even better . Second photographer available from £200 per day. All the photographers I work with have a style that works really well with mine and all the photos from the day will blend seamlessly together. It's a great way to have two different perspectives and two pairs of eyes to make sure nothing at all is missed.
Engagement shoot £200. A great way to have a practice run and get to feel more comfortable in front of the camera we can shoot in a studio or a location of your choice. All photos taken will be supplied with high resolution on a USB stick for you.
Wedding Albums. Albums start at 8 by 8 inches square to by 12 by 12 inches square and have a large selection of covers and finishes. Prices for 8 by 8 albums start at £295 including my design and layout. We can go into details about the album further once you have made your booking. Before the design stage, you make your photo selection and all photos chosen for the album will be edited. I always show you proofs of the design before going to print to make sure you are happy and then a couple of weeks a stunning album arrives. If you have a specific album requirement or budget to work so I will always do my best to accommodate your wants and needs. It's all about you and getting exactly what you want on your very special day.
£100.00 An extra hour of photography
£100.00 pre-wedding/engagement photo shoot
£100.00 post-wedding photoshoot
£150.00 A USB of all high-res photos in a stunning Box
£500.00 A stunning Graphic Studio Young Book Wedding Album