Our mission is to capture the originality, emotion and narrative of the special day.
We offer a fresh, personal and intimate free-style approach influenced by documentary photography rather than set-up or ‘posed’ wedding photography. We capture the key moments of the day in an unobtrusive way, looking for moments that are so often missed. We strive to communicate the intimacy, humour, friendship and personality of the couple, the guests and the day.
Beautiful, natural and unobtrusive.
Where are you based? London
Favourite Bijou Venue: Cain Manor
How many weddings do you do a year? Around 50-70
Average price/cost: £1500-£3000
Tell us a little about yourself?
We are a collective of photographers bound by style and approach. Founded by John Nassari, each photographer in our pool is carefully selected and finely tuned by the man himself. This training has produced a superior group of wedding photographers who not only understand the importance of our job, but also thrive on it.
How would you describe your wedding photography style and what makes you unique?
We provide a documentary style of photography. Since our photographers are traditionally trained and come from varying art-based backgrounds within the industry, we are driven by our practice and want to produce cool, interesting, and emotive images of a wedding day. Weddings are full of love, excitement, humor, anxiety, and joy; an abundance of emotion that is a delight to witness and capture as a photographer. We are thoughtful, considerate and sensitive to the monumental occasion and everyone involved.
How would you describe your working style?
Although professionalism is of utmost importance to us, we believe that taking a laid-back attitude on a wedding day is the key to success. Because we want the images to reflect the mood and feel of the day, we take a step back; watch, observe, capture. The only time you’ll see us directing is during the essential family group shots and the couples own private shoot that we construct to a degree, placing the couple in natural scenarios so as to create images for and about the couple
Do you shoot digitally or with film? Or both?
Digitally. We never put our cameras down; the way we shoot is so that we don’t miss a trick. Although we do miss the darkroom, it would not be an effective use of our time if we had to load film every 24 frames. Furthermore we like to keep our turnaround time quick so our couples aren’t waiting for months on end to see their images.
What type of equipment do you use?
Each photographer is different, as we all have our personal preferences. Of course the cameras we use are the best in the business. As John is an Olympus ambassador our key kit is the most current flagship Olympus; at times we are shooting on kit before it is released to the public. Do you shoot in colour and black and white? We shoot everything in colour, and then adjust accordingly in post-production. This way if the couple sees their ‘hero shot’ the photo can exist in any condition they wish. Generally in a complete edit we deliver around 40% of the images in black and white; we choose with our artistic eye!
What can you offer couples? Can they customise the package with you?
Our packages start with 1 photographer for 6 hours with an online web platform from which they can share and download their images. Of course we know that can’t carter to everyone’s needs so we can tailor our packages to meet those of our clients.
Do you include an engagement shoot?
Our engagement shoots are not offered as standard, but we do encourage our couples to book one with us. It’s the perfect opportunity to get to know their photographer and get a feel of how their couple’s shoot will be on the big day. We find that the couples that choose an engagement shoot are far more relaxed. Plus, it’s a fun way to get acquainted and the couple end up with some wonderful images. How long after the wedding will the couple receive their proofs? We state in the contract a 60-day turnover. However, we like to get the images to our couples as quickly as possible and often beat deadlines by a considerable amount. How far in advance should couples book you? We get all kinds of time scales at Indigo. Some book us 24 months in advance, some, 12, 6, even 2. If we’re available, we shoot it. The sooner the better though!
What information do you need from the couple before the wedding day?
Around a month prior the wedding day we send out or ‘Order of the Day’ for the couple to complete. In this we get addresses, times, names of VIPs and a list of group shots. Then with a week to go we organise a phone call to go through logistics and final details, to be sure all our notes match and so we can prepare for the day.
What are you favourite trends?
Photography wise we don’t believe in trends. They come and go; we want to deliver something that is timeless and can be dug up by grandkids in the future and still be as cool and interesting as when we shot it. We look at the work of our favorite documentary photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson and still get tingles of inspiration. This is what we want to achieve! Wedding style wise we can see that they are becoming far more casual- less black tie and more chinos and boho chic!
What are you expecting see more mainstream/more common in the next year or two?
We’re expecting more garden-party and festival inspired style weddings.
If you were getting married, how would you choose your wedding photographer?
The work should drive the search; you need to have a connection with the style of photography. It’s got to be a work of art that you can proudly hang on the wall.