There is no such thing a ‘traditional wedding’ these days. Weddings now are a unique reflection of both you and your partner’s personalities and values.
Seeing as you are at a photographer’s website, you’ll no doubt have spent some time thinking about & planning your day.
I look forward to hearing all about your plans, so I then I can then tell you how I’d like to approach photographing your day in line with your wishes.
So if you are planning your wedding right now you’ll no doubt have some questions about the photography that you want answers to.
Below I’ve included a few answers to some questions below…
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So, what's your style?
I’ll photograph your wedding with a documentary approach in the main, capturing key ceremonial moments, alongside the ones that just happen between the guests & family enjoying the day. Many of these elements are ones that would otherwise go unnoticed by the bridal couple. Your wedding day hurtles along at breakneck pace when you are in the middle of it, so my images will help you recall and cherish key moments, as well as catching up on some of your guests experiences and reactions across the day.
Where DO you work/travel to?
Anywhere. Really, so just ask. I’m based in South London so whilst working locally in the main I’ve also captured weddings in Cornwall, The Cotswolds, Italy & Turkey to name a few of the further flung locations.. My regular fee includes day travel to Greater London.
For wedidngs outside of London, please let me know where your wedding is and I’ll let you know of any mileage fee.
How long do you stay at my wedding?
8hrs is the full day package, which normally includes Bridal preparations, last dance & into the evening. I tend to work pretty much constantly apart from when I’m eating so you’ll get full coverage of the day.
I hate being photographed, so can you help me..?
To be honest I’ve not yet encountered a couple who have said “Michael I cant wait to be centre of attention & have my picture taken, all day”.
So, I have good news for you as I can my professional help learned from 100+ weddings, plus some advice when it’s asked for. My way of working is really unobtrusive, so I will not be interfering in your day, apart from when requested for group formal photos and a some portraiture images of the newlyweds. In terms of some portraits of the two of you, if you can hold hands and cuddle your partner on your wedding day, then we’ll be good.. For some memorable portraits of just you and your newlywed partner I like to suggest we go on a sort of photo-walk (for 30 minutes-is). It’s all very relaxed and we stop along the way and take pictures. If you’d like to try it out, an engagement shoot is a good way to get used to being in front of the lens.
Are you an ethical business?
Absolutely yes! We’ve only one planet so we need to take care of it. In my home & work life I take care to reduce my impact on the environment where possible. To this end I work pretty much paper free in my photography business; apart from the prints, and albums obvs! These I source from labs and album suppliers with solid eco-credentials. I recycle diligently (honest), & we’re lucky enough to have a garden in London so we grow as much of our food as possible in it. Plus I don’t own a car so tend to travel to weddings via public transport where practical. I have a most excellent photography wheelie case, and a neat cargo trailer for my cycle so I may even be one of a very few pedal powered wedding photpgraphers!
Tell me more about the 'portrait' photos of the newlyweds.
Whilst reportage (photographer in the background) style wedding photos tell the story of your wedding, I’d reccomend we spend 30 (ish) minutes alone with you during the day to capture some creative portraits. I try to use natural light where possible to obtain flattering results, and it’s better if we do this during the ‘golden hours’ (up to 2 hrs before sunset). This bit is all very relaxed and not intended to be pressured, and many couples say to me they really enjoy this bit..
So do we need to feed you..?
If you have a full day with wedding reception then yes please. A hungry photographer is not a happy one.. It usually works out most convenient if I eat when you and your guests do, as guests eating is not the best opportunity for timeless images (!). I don’t ever ask for anything special, & I’m not a fussy eater so whatever is easiest for the caterers will be more than adequate. I am also happy to bring some sandwiches if
Will you visit the venue before hand?
I Always try to (if it?s practical). I suggest we meet there together if possible. We can review and agree the best locations for some relaxed couple photos. I can suggest timings etc.. to make the most of the natural light.
Do you have insurance?
Yes I have public liability insurance & kit cover so can provide a copy of this to the venue if they require it
And how about group photos (The Formals)?
These can also be an important part for a family record of the day, and I will happily help here as long as we manage the number of group shots.. Guests tend to get easily bored and wander off ( to the bar) so it’s best to limit formal photos to a handful
What about prices?
Please get in touch for a bespoke quote. My all day packages include a professional album & wall art. Most people spend between £2,200 – £4,000 on this
I've got something special planned, can you photograph it?
Yes! Just let me know the details, and what you would like me to capture and we’ll agree a plan together.
Do you supply Albums?
Yes. All my packages are iunclusive of albums and or wall art. I work with professional archive quality album suppliers ‘nphoto’ and ‘Loxley Colour’
how do i book you?
Contact me through the website, email or you can call me. I’ll call you back asap. Ideally we will meet up face-to-face (or FaceTime/Skype if not possible) in advance of the wedding as it’s important you like my approach and I understand your requirements (we meet at the venue if possible). When we talk through the details of your wedding you can let me know what is important to you with regard to the day and the photos (e.g. reportage/formal/relaxed style, events & surprises at the reception etc.) so that on the day itself I can focus on capturing the essential moments while at the same time blending into the background.