I'm an experienced photographer and have been shooting weddings for 18 years. I've also worked in advertising, lifestyle which brings extra skills and knowledge to my business. I studied Fine Art which opened my mind and creativity. I'm married with twins. I enjoy humour, messing about with my kids and generally don't take life too seriously. I also like keeping fit, reading, music and playing bass.
Where are you based? Liss nr Petersfield, on the Hampshire Sussex, Surrey border
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How many weddings do you do a year? Between 20 and 30
Average price/cost: Disc only packages from £850, album packages from £1300
How would you describe your wedding photography style and what makes you unique?
I describe my style as a blend of various approaches to provide a 'storybook' of my couple's wedding day. I love capturing natural, relaxed shots of people, real moments, genuine love between the couple, small arty details. I have plenty of experience to bring out the best with whatever light conditions the day offers.
How would you describe your working style?
Unobtrusive, quick, candid, fun, easy going, thorough on detail.
Do you shoot digitally or with film? Or both?
I used to shoot some film but now pure digital. I could offer film if required.
What type of equipment do you use?
Do you shoot in colour and black and white?
Yes I offer both - every image is captured is in RAW file which holds the maximum information for black & white conversions from colour as well as further colour enhancements in post production.
What can you offer couples? Can they customise the package with you?
I offer flexibility with pricing - both on coverage and work afterwards. Therefore, my couples can have some say in how they would like there photos to look style-wise.
Do you include an engagement shoot?
An engagement shoot is optional for couples to choose if they wish.
How long after the wedding will the couple receive their proofs?
I aim to deliver the first disc within 4 weeks. However, it's all about delivering quality not rushing to a deadline. If it takes a little longer, I will send samples.
How far in advance should couples book you?
This can vary according to dates. Popular summer dates 6 - 9 months in advance. But I do have gaps so always worth asking. Off season times have more availability generally, even short notice.
What information do you need from the couple before the wedding day?
With an initial enquiry for a quote - I need the date, venue, timings, size of wedding. I offer a meeting/phone chat. I show samples and hear what my couples prefer style wise, how their day will flow, album options etc. I talk again close to the date to run through and check final details.
What are you favourite trends?
I look at various trends and styles and then apply as my couples wish. I like the variety so I don't have one favourite as such. I think the vintage trends have opened up more options colour wise which I like working with. I enjoy pleasing my clients with delivering what we discussed plus some surprises.
What are you expecting see more mainstream/more common in the next year or two?
Oh I really don't know......getting married at midnight in a moonlit forest, wearing matching onesies??!!
If you were getting married, how would you choose your wedding photographer?
I am married and our day was very relaxed with a reportage type photographer wandering about, taking lots of candid quirky moments. I'm not crazy about having my photo taken and he got lots of natural shots, which we loved (although he did mess up the film processing so they all look dark!). This inspired me to capture my weddings as the whole event as a 'story book'.
I would think about how you would like to enjoy YOUR day. With everything going on, the time you actually have to hang out together can be limited. So think time wise, how much do you want to be spending with your photographer getting specific shots done..... balanced with.... how much you want to be celebrating with friends and family?
It's a fine balance to let the day happen naturally and step in to get certain shots and a good experienced photographer should respect this.....AND deliver great pictures... AND be able to work efficiently..... AND be able to handle the situation if things don't quite go to plan..... AND work hard after the day to really enhance your set of images.....AND.....smile with you !