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Your Wedding, Your Way.

The most important day of your lives!

Most of us spend many hours, spread over many months, planning our weddings. We choose the outfits, the colour scheme, the catering, the flowers, the cake, the venue or venues, the transport, the entertainment, the music for our first dance and the photographer.

The photographer……

We all have preconceived ideas of what our wedding photographs will look like. Usually, this is based on the wedding albums of our parents, relatives and friends. So how do you see your images of the day.

The traditional approach is that of the society photographer. It will invariably include a range of group photographs, a few shots in and around the ceremony and several of the couple designed primarily to show off the dress which of course has itself been the subject of much deliberation, it may also include some pictures of the first dance, as well as the cutting of the cake. These pictures always look stylish and encompass all those present at the ceremony and possibly the Wedding Breakfast. They require a bit of marshalling, and I would suggest that the Best Man and the Ushers are involved in getting the appropriate people together in an order which best suits the list of shots required by you. This type of imagery lends itself well to a more traditional album style presentation with some shots of the couple as framed enlargements. It aims to capture the glamour of the day providing polished, structured images of all the guests.

An alternative approach is that of reportage or documentary photography, This is a more relaxed, informal approach that aims to retell the story of your day through images and presents a record of lots of small details that have happened to make up a great day. The photographer simply blends in with the crowd and records what is happening. A lot of these images look good in black and white but will always be recorded in such a way that you will have the choice of both colour and black and white pictures for your final package.

Finally, highly stylised, 'art' images which are crefully posed and lit are becoming quite popular. These are beautiful almost magazine like images which take time to set up, pose and direct. The finished result is beautiful but creating these images will inevitably mean time away from your guests. I would not advocate this type of image if you are only considering a digital image option - they really look best in a properly edited and colour matched print in an album and / or on a wall.

​I am happy to provide any style or to provide a mixture. Inevitably, the choice is yours and is something that we can discuss prior to booking. The factors that will help to determine things are: the size of the party (more people = more groups), time of the wedding and time between ceremony and reception, one or two venues, time of year, the layout of the venue and most importantly your personal preferences.

Look at the images on my site, and look at other photographers sites as well, the important factor is that your wedding photographs are an investment in time and money and you need to have a set of images that you will want to look back at in the years to come. I would love to meet with you to discuss your requirements and hopefully to work with you to create a record you love and will want to look at over the coming years.

Your Story:

The story can unfold from the preparation stages on the day of your wedding through to your departure from the reception. 

Typically, it starts with the Bride’s preparation in hair & make up, her interaction with her parents and bridesmaids through to leaving for the venue. Preparation shots of the groom will normally require a second photographer, unless the couple are staying at the same venue. 

The next stage of the story is the venue for your ceremony with the arrival of your guests, the Groom and the Best Man anticipating the arrival of the Bride and the preparations of the Celebrant for the event. 

The arrival of the Bride at the ceremony and the ceremony itself, including the reactions of your guests as the service unfolds. 

Departure from the ceremony and arrival at the reception. Shots of the celebrations from the first Champagne until your departure from the reception, including of course cutting the cake and your first dance.

If there are specific shots that you would like included, we can discuss these when we meet and ensure that they are covered on the day.

Booking Early

I only cover around 25 weddings each year. This allows me time to carry out the 'non-shooting' elements of the process.

A typical wedding will involve 10-15 hours of shooting time on the day and probably 3-4 times as long selecting and editing shots and another 6-8 hours preparing and ordering your album. Where practicable, I will also visit your chosen venue in advance to assess the layout and lighting. Clearly, for destination weddings, especially those overseas this may not be possible without incurring additional charges due to the time and expenses involved. Because of these additional tasks, I keep the number of bookings restricted so that when I shoot your wedding, I am not still trying to sort out the editing from the previous event.

For this reason, I would suggest that you contact me as early as possible with your dates. Bookings will be confirmed on receipt of a deposit of £200.00 with the balance payable four weeks before the wedding.
Charges

You will often see the word 'investment on websites, this is in many ways quite an accurate description. You are paying for something that you will hopefully treasure for many years and will want to share with your children and grandchildren.

I have tried to make the fee structue as clear and as simple as possible with one basic package price. The fee for the basic package is £1000*. (Current for 2018-19) This includes:

Pre wedding meetings to discuss your plans and requirements,
Visiting the venue to review the location and layout
Around 10-15 hours shoooting on the day
Shot selection and editing after the event
Post wedding meeting to review the images and choose the shots for presentation in an album should you choose one
Your edited images on a USB drive in a presentation box (Standard Resolution Images suitable for printing to 18x12 cm)

Additional items are available on an ' a la carte ' basis.

*10% discount on the basic package cost for Monday - Thursday weddings.

​I am based in rural West Oxfordshire but I am willing to travel to other locations if required. The basic cost includes car travel to destinations within the UK. Where flights or overseas travel is required, or where the destination necessitates an overnight stay, this may be charged at an additional rate. I will however always look at the most cost effective options and where possible will minimise the amounts of such charges.

Presentation

How you have your images presented is a matter of choice. Many people are happy to show the images digitally on computers, tablets and smartphones. As part of the basic package, you will receive a USB drive in a presentation box with your selection of images as a slideshow that you can display on your television or computer. This will also contain the images in a printable format suitable for printing up to around 18x12cm (7.5x5 inches). To have good quality prints beyond this size really benefits from the images being correctly set up (profiled) for the type of printer and inks being used and to this end, I work with a few carefully selected labs where I can use their printer settings when I edit the images in order to control the final image

Should you wish to have an album, I use a selection of album styles which I believe offer the best balance of quality of finish and good value for money. A good album is not cheap and I have discontinued supply from a few providers because of quality control issues. If you do not wish to order an album immediately, I will keep the images on file for an order at a later date. After all, I want you to get the same WOW! feeling when you see the finished result that you want from those you show it to. It is always lovely when you see the images for the first time on a screen. However, the sheer impact of the printed image is always quite amazing and this is something that is evident in all the albums and these can be sourced via the  'a la carte'  section.


From the 'a la carte ' section, there are a variety of additional print options, parent albums and pocket albums available.