natural, relaxed wedding photography
my approach is to observe and capture, not setup but what else is there to know?
Do you shoot family groups & couple portraits?
How do you work?
Reportage wedding photography is about capturing natural images of the day, with little to no intervention. There can be some family pressure for family groups shots, that is fine. But I advise no more than 4 or 5. They take longer than you imagine and you lose valuable time to capture the sort of images you can see on the website. Similarily, couple portraits are kept short and sweet. No dragging you away from the party for an hour of elaborate posed pictures.
I work alone. A lone photographer is far more discreet and more in keeping with a candid documentary approach. I use fast professional prime lenses along with the silent Sony A9II cameras.Whenever possible I use the available light to retain the atmosphere of the event rather than blasting it to kingdom come with flash, often shooting a whole wedding without using a flashgun. I am after naturally capturing a scene, a moment, by being as unobtrusive as possible.
Does a videographer affect how you work?
How many images do we get?
A completely honest answer? Yes, it can. The idea of the natural documentary/photojournalistic approach is to create a narrative of the day. To do this well requires having the freedom to roam, to seek out angles and capture moments. This can be seriously compromised by a videographer (and worse, two or three of them) blocking views and locations with big tripods and their gimmicky sliders. Some locations mean there are limited angles. Often the best picture means being in one particular spot but if that is taken or blocked... But I can provide names of videographers who can work well with this reportage style.
A typical coverage of about 8 hours would result in 400+ individual images. I don't put an exact number on it as it varies from wedding to wedding. As one groom said to me, it's not about how many images you get, but whether they are any good?
Each image comes in both a B&W and Colour version.
Each has been individually processed by me and are ready for printing. Images are delivered via digital download. There is also an online gallery, with both a slideshow and a print ordering facility, should any guests wish to order prints.
How long will you be at the wedding?
My standard coverage is from any getting ready shots until a few songs after the first dance - I don't leave until I have enough of the party - usually up to 8 hours coverage. This seems to cover 95% of weddings. Any additional time if required, is charged at £200 per hour/part thereof.
Why should we hire you?
Now there’s the real question! There’s no photography assignment that matters more to the client than a wedding. It’s deeply personal – one of the most significant days in their lives. For the photographer, there’s no second chance, no margin for error. And that’s where experience counts. Hire me if you want someone with twenty years+ of experience as an award-winning professional photographer. A natural eye combined with experience is the best formula. Hire me if my photography, my eye, my way of seeing, hits the mark for you. Look at what I shoot – would this tell the story of your wedding well? But don’t hire me if you want traditional, cheesy, gimmicky, by-the-numbers traditional images. My aim is to capture honest, classic images of your day. My goal: to raise some smiles and with them some tears, and to enrich your memories of your day.
How do we book?
If this work appeals to you, please do contact me to check my availability? Booking is a simple as completing and signing a booking form, which along with the £300 booking fee, secures the date. The balance becomes due a couple of weeks before the wedding date.
Reach out to me if you have more questions or would like to find out more about the Way I work?