How would you describe your shooting style?
Fine Art, feminine, light, romantic and timeless are all words that have been used to describe the style I shoot in. The WAY in which I shoot could be described as primarily documentary with some beautiful portraiture and an eye for detail. It’s easy to get confused when looking at different styles so please check out my work, if you like it then my style is probably right for you.
I’m really camera shy, can you help me?
Don’t fret, every single person in the world (well, maybe not Kate Moss!) feels awkward and embarrassed in front of the camera. It’s my job to make you feel relaxed and I’ve got a couple of tricks to help. First of all you wont be on your own, you will be with your beloved, which will make you feel more natural. The way I direct you goes a bit like this “ok walk away, hold hands, look at each other, keep walking, cuddle” it’s pretty easy. If you’re still worried about how you will look on camera I highly recommend booking an engagement shoot which is a fab way to get a bit of practice and saves shed load of time on the wedding day.
Do you take formal family and group photos?
Yes, of course! Although I like to limit these to 10 groups only. If you’re unsure I can help you decide who to include in these photos. And please allocate me a loud voiced helper to round everyone up!
Where are you based?
I’m based in Dorset however I’m happy to travel all over the UK and internationally to photograph weddings. If your wedding is further a field just drop me a line to discuss getting there.
Do you shoot weddings abroad?
Yes, please book a wedding in Hawaii and ask me to photograph it! I absolutely LOVE to travel and really enjoy photographing in different countries where the culture, people and light are different from the UK. For weddings abroad I charge for travel, accommodation and expenses but not for my travel time.
How long do you work on the wedding day?
This depends on your requirements but I usually start about 2 hours prior to the ceremony and finish half an hour after the first dance. The perfect amount of time to capture some mental dance moves!
What kit do you use?
I use 2 Canon 5Ds Mark III with Canon L Series prime lenses. My absolutely fave lens in the 50mm 1.2 but I’ve also got a great big zoom for back of churches and during speeches. I really believe that the best photos are the natural ones to I try to be as stealthy as possible!
I also shoot with a medium format and 35mm film camera should you book my film and digital package.
Do we receive all the photographs you take on the day?
No and you wouldn’t want to. During the edit I get rid of any of the photos that are unflattering, duplicates or where people are blinking. I don’t set myself a target amount of images so if there is a good photo of you or your guests you will get it.
How do you edit our photos?
I edit your photos to make them look like the day but a bit more beautiful, this usually means adjusting with the exposure, white balance and contrast. I don’t do any hectic effects and I don’t do much retouching. Having said that if you have a massive spot on the day you wont see it in the photos. I believe that you should like yourself, glowing, which believe me you will be on the happiest day of your life.
How do we receive our photos?
First of all I will send you the link to an online gallery which is the best way to view the photos and share them. Then you will receive a USB with all the images in high resolution suitable for printing.
Please ask for advice on printing, canvasses and mounting to avoid disappointing results.
Can we meet before the wedding day?
Yes I will always meet you before the big day, I feel that getting to know each other plays a huge part in producing natural, happy images.
How do I book?
To book I just require a completed Booking Form and a 20% deposit to secure your date. Without these your booking won’t be finalised and I will still accept other enquiries. The balance payment is due 30 days prior to your wedding.
How long will it take to get our photos?
I understand how excited you’ll be to see your wedding photos so I aim for 3-4 weeks but in peak months I may have to extend this to 4-6.
I can’t decide if I want an album, can I wait until after the wedding?
Yes. For this reason none of my packages include an album unless requested. I can design and make albums for you up to 2 years after your wedding.
Do I need to feed you on the wedding day?
Yes please! Something warm and filling would be lovely.
Are you insured?
Yes, I have fully comprehensive insurance including public liability and professional indemnity.
Eeek, I can’t afford you, what do I do?
Please do contact me as sometimes reduced packages can be arranged in off peak season and on weekdays.