MY APPROACH TO A WEDDING DAY

There are a lot of ways to describe the type of style in the wedding photography industry in one word, and I’m sure you’ve heard; documentary, reportage, modern and so on.

This is why I find it easier to describe my style, as I feel it is a bit of a mix. So here we go…

SO WHAT DOES A TYPICAL WEDDING DAY LOOK LIKE?

90% of the day, I love to document what unfolds in front of me and will not pose or direct. The other 10% is a slightly more directed approach and this will occur during couple shots and family portraits.

I like to arrive during bridal preparation, but when I get there I just try and blend in as if I’m another one of the girls. At this point I don’t direct or pose, I just capture all the raw and beautiful moments as this is a very emotional and intimate time.

 

 

Indian wedding, Essex

London-wedding-greenwhich

London-wedding-greenwhich

London-wedding-greenwhich

 

During the day, I will take story telling shots, like the outside of your venue, your table plan, shots that really help tell your story, so you can look back and really remember what your day felt like.

 

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London-wedding-greenwhich

hotel mediterraneo sorrento

Hotel Mediterraneo

wedding photographer Hampshire

wedding photographer Hampshire

 

Before the ceremony, I like to take shots of your guests arriving, nice interaction between them, and the groom, while they eagerly wait for the bride to be.

 

London-wedding-greenwhich

London-wedding-greenwhich

basing room s Winchester

 

During the ceremony itself, I’m completely hands off and document you both as you say your vows and reactions from your family and friends.

 

The cloisters Sorrento

London-wedding-greenwhich

London-wedding-greenwhich

 

After the ceremony, I think it’s a great time to do your group photos. This way, you’re not pulling guest away from their drinks, or party. I like to spend no more than 20-30 minutes doing group photos, and I suggest keeping these to you guys with your immediate family, bridesmaids and groomsmen. This will be the only time I take ‘traditional shots’ and really say ‘look at the camera and smile’, but I will also get some of you all smiling and laughing at each other too. Trust me the parents and grandparents LOVE them!

 

the cloisters Italian wedding

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Once the group photos are done, I will get a few of you two on your own. These really won’t take long (unless we find an awesome location to venture to!). I try to direct the shots, so they’re not too posed looking, but captures the lovely interaction between you. I try to pick up on what your comfortable with, as every couple and every wedding are completely unique and different. Some couples need a bit more prompting and some naturally fall into a pose. You’ll hear me say things like “snuggle into each other”, or whisper something funny into her ear”.

 

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Then it’s time to relax and enjoy catching up with your family and friends and CELEBRATE!

During the drinks reception, I will be floating around capturing and documenting your friends and family.

 

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Italian wedding the cloisters

Italian wedding

London wedding

 

When it’s time for your wedding breakfast, this is when I take a break and re-fule. I’m sure you won’t want me to be documenting you all eating!

Once the speeches start, I’m back and will be moving around to get lots of lovely shots of your guests laughing, or crying if it’s an emotional one.

 

Italian wedding

London wedding

London wedding

Italian wedding

 

The stage after speeches and before first dance, I like to take you away again, for some more couple shots. These don’t have to take long (about 20 minutes). The light is usually golden hour and at it’s best, plus you both will feel so much more relaxed, and these make the the greatest photos of you both.

Then it’s time for dancing. Before I leave, I’ll capture the first dance and a few of your guests dancing. If you’re having a special exit, like a sparker exit, I’ll be happy to stay around for that.

 

Indian wedding

hotel mediterraneo sorrento

 

Please bear in mind that the feel of your photos will totally reflect your day. If your day was full of smiles, laughter and craziness, your photos will reflect this, just as if your day was quieter and more intimate and emotional. I’m there to document your unique vibe!

ABOUT YOU

You LOVE being in the moment and aren’t fussed about a perfectly staged photo. You want your wedding captured in a storytelling way with the focus on the emotion of your day.  If I am spending a good half an hour putting your wedding shoes in the perfect spot, or finding a tree to hang your wedding dress on, then it’s likely I’m going to miss some beautiful moment between you and your bridesmaids, or mum. Plus your ring is going to look way better on your finger than placed inside a flower somewhere!

You want to have FUN, sod the weather, if it rains, it rains. You’re not afraid to go out in it and get your dress dirty.

Unfortunately wedding days do not always go to plan, and I work really well with couples who understand this and won’t to just get back to being in the moment with their loved ones.

You value photography and want a wedding photographer there to tell your story as naturally as possible. Not just there as you need one. You want your photographer to capture all the meaningful moments and trust them to do this.

 You love deep toned, emotional images.

With all the images I capture, I create your narrative with 500 photos and focus on the images that really help tell your story, rather than 10 different shots of the same thing.

If this feels like a perfect match then yay!

Let’s document this life chapter with all its imperfection. Let’s capture all the real and natural moments that really made your day special and unique.   Then we can sneak in some family photos too!

The important questions... VIEW MORE
So how much?
To keep things simple, my full day digital package is £1,450. This includes travel cost to any UK destinations. You can add second photographers, engagement shoots and an album at an additional cost.
If you are having a destination wedding, I have a separate price for this including travel costs.
Do you travel?
Sure! In fact, hardly any of my weddings are local to me.
If you are having a destination wedding, then please do get in touch for my pricing.
Do you use a second photographer?
I work on my own, but if you have over 80 guests I strongly suggest you have a second photographer. At an additional cost, I can provide one.
Do we have to feed you?
Yes please, I'm on my feet all day and get very hungry, so a meal would be very much appreciated :)
I HATE having my photo taken!
So do I! I won’t except you to do anything you’re uncomfortable with. I will just be there to record your day, and when it comes to couple shots, I will pose you as naturally as possible and I won't take you away from your guest for hours on end BUT I kinda reckon you'll end up enjoying it- hehe! It's a perfect opportunity for you guys to have some alone time.
How will I receive my images?
I deliver my images on a secure online gallery. As we're living in a digital age, I find this the quickest and easiest way for you to share your images with family and friends and download them. You can even purchase prints directly from the gallery- super easy!
How many images will I receive and how long will it take?
I try not to put a number on it, as each wedding varies, depending on how many locations are involved, if you've had a second shooter, and the number of guests. As a guide I say at least 500+. My turn around time is 6-8 weeks.
How do we book?
I always suggest having a chat first, then if you're happy with everything I ask for a 25% non- refundable booking fee to secure the date. The rest of the balance is due one month before your wedding day.

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