Choosing a wedding photographer
Making the decision on who to use as your wedding photographer is not always easy. The key to your choice should ultimately be based on liking the photographer's work and knowing what sort of image style you want as these will help narrow down your choice. Outlined below are a few points that I hope answer many of the initial questions I'm often asked.
1. My style - I am not a formal photographer and base my wedding photography on capturing the day's events in a ‘reportage’ style. This makes it a very memorable occasion with the images creating their own story along the way, particularly as so many of the little things can pass the bride and groom by.
2. Getting to know you - In addition to covering the wedding day itself, I like to get to know a bit about the couple I’m photographing as it makes it much easier for you and me. Part of being a wedding photographer is taking the pictures that you want, as well as the formal groups and families. Part of this getting to know you includes a mini shoot in the months leading up to the wedding day. I call it part of the planning process and it means I can discuss the detail of what you do (and don’t) want on the day and who will be in charge of making sure that those being photographed are in the right place at the right time!
3. Behind the scenes - This third element is some ‘behind the scenes’ shots of the preparation in the lead up to the ceremony and reception. To give you an idea of how this works, Ashley & Nick's wedding had all of these elements and even though this couple were based in the Cotswolds, going there six months before the wedding, meant I knew where everything was (the pub, reception, church etc) in relation to where the wedding was taking place, so on the day I could get on with taking photos and not asking too many questions. In addition, I make time to come to the church and reception venues either the before or on the morning of the wedding to take some images during the preparation including flowers, table dressings and on occasions, the wedding rehearsal.
4. Your pictures - Once the wedding day itself is over, I aim to get a few ‘sneak peek’ images to you within 24/48 hours and sample prints delivered within a week so you have something to look forward to on your return from honeymoon. The wedding images will be uploaded to a personal gallery on my website within a couple of weeks, so they can be shared with friends and family.
5. Costs - I try to keep my costs competitive and where weddings take place within two hours from my base in Hampshire, travel is included. Thereafter I charge a standard 45p per mile. The price of covering the wedding itself is £1,000 which includes all editing, sneak peek images and sample prints. Depending on whether you’d like digital images or prints, I can provide tailored print package prices on request. To confirm the booking, I ask for a non-refundable deposit of £250.