My name is Faye Cornhill and I’m a fine art wedding and portrait photographer. Using both digital and film cameras I focus on creating elegant, light filled images that evoke strong, impassioned emotions. I’m fun and friendly to work with, but also assertive and assured when a busy wedding day requires it. I shoot weddings throughout the UK and Europe but predominantly in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Surrey and London.
Where are you based? Amersham, Buckinghamshire
Favourite Bijou Venue: Botleys
How many weddings do you do a year? 25 maximum
Average price/cost: £2000
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Faye Cornhill and I’m a fine art wedding photographer based in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. I am a hybrid photographer which means I shoot using both film and digital. In 2012 I won ‘Your Bucks Berks & Oxon Wedding of the Year’, in 2013 I was shortlisted by Professional Photographer Magazine for ‘Wedding Photographer of the Year’ and in 2014 I was shortlisted for ‘Best Wedding Photographer’ by The Wedding Industry Awards. At weddings, I pride myself on an unobtrusive, friendly style with a natural ability to blend in amongst your guests. A photograph enables us to freeze time and capture everlasting memories. That’s what I love about being a photographer, what motivates me, and why I hope you’ll decide I am the right photographer for you. I cover weddings worldwide.
How would you describe your wedding photography style and what makes you unique?
I take a fine art film approach to my wedding photography. This means I create beautiful, light, natural images that evoke the true emotion of your special day. I get to know all of my couples; by the time wedding comes you will feel like you have a friend there to photograph your wedding.
How would you describe your working style?
I’m a very organised person who likes to plan and create lists (perfect for the wedding planning process!) This approach enables me to concentrate solely on creating beautiful images on the wedding day. I ensure that I always fully engage with your venue to help the smooth running of your big day.
Do you shoot digitally or with film? Or both?
I’m a hybrid shooter so I use film and digital. I believe this is very important to produce the fine art images.
What type of equipment do you use?
I use full frame Nikon digital cameras and lenses, Nikon 35mm and Mamiya Medium Format.
Do you shoot in colour and black and white?
All of my digital images are shot in colour and I will sometimes put these into black and white during my post-production. On film I shoot on black and white and colour.
What can you offer couples? Can they customise the package with you?
I have 3 collections and an a la carte pricing plan which helps couples completely tailor the package they want.
Do you include an engagement shoot?
Yes, 2 of my collections include an engagement shoot.
How long after the wedding will the couple receive their proofs?
I tell couples 4-6 weeks but often it’s much sooner.
How far in advance should couples book you?
As soon as possible – I am now taking wedding bookings 18 months in advance.
What information do you need from the couple before the wedding day?
I send my couples a questionnaire 2 months before the wedding which details everything I need to know.
What are you favourite trends?
I love…. Lace, film noir, Gatsby, Art Deco, beaches, black tie.
What are you expecting see more mainstream/more common in the next year or two?
Classic colours are making a return – gold, blacks, champagnes, and navy.
If you were getting married, how would you choose your wedding photographer?
There are two key areas I think you need to ensure you are comfortable with. (1) Do you like the feel of the imagery that a photographer offers; do you want your pictures to look like theirs? (2) Would you be happy to invite this person to your wedding? If you can say yes to these pointers I think you are in a good place. I got married 8 years ago and it was very hard to choose!