An internationally acclaimed wedding and portrait photographer, Wendy has more than 15 years of experience. Her creative, elegant and emotive style has won her 23 awards since 2000 – most recently for Wedding Photography in the Master Photographers' Association Awards 2014.
Wendy’s style combines classical photography with reportage and her masterful eye for detail, emotion and fun will leave you with a beautiful, timeless record of your wedding day.
Where are you based?
Just outside Marlow, a pretty market town on the Thames in Buckinghamshire. We're surrounded by the rolling Chiltern Hills but conveniently located just off junction 4 of the M40 and junction 8/9 of the M4.
Favourite Bijou Venue:
All the Bijou wedding venues are wonderful and I particularly enjoy photographing weddings at Notley Abbey and Botleys Mansion. Notley Abbey is a beautiful and romantic country house. Its mullioned windows, light and spacious rooms, sweeping lawns and rows of lavender make it perfect for creative wedding photography.
Botleys Mansion stands beautifully. Its grand Palladian architecture and acres of parkland as well as the elegant double staircase work wonderfully for groups shots the glass atrium is a fabulous feature for creating striking wedding images as it is so full of light by day and provides incredible reflections by night.
How many weddings do you do a year?
I photograph approximately 20 weddings a year as well as my portrait photography.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I am very much a people person and it is a huge privilege to be able to capture some of the most important moments in my client’s lives. I was first drawn to photography many years ago when I lived in Singapore and Indonesia and would take my Olympus OM2 to the markets and photograph local scenes. Since becoming a professional photographer more than 15 years ago, I have won 23 industry awards for creative wedding and portrait photography. My most recent accolades are Silver and Bronze in the Master Photographers Association Central Region Awards for wedding day and celebration photography. I am a member of the Master Photographer’s Association (LMPA) and an Associate member of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS) and was also featured in Brides magazine's January/February 2015 wedding planner.
How would you describe your wedding photography style and what makes you unique?
My style of photography is a mixture of classical and reportage. I look for light and perspective and want to capture the emotion, anticipation, love and excitement of the couple, their families and guests. My approach is gentle and observant. I am always looking at the most flattering angles and, as an accomplished portrait photographer, this is something I am particularly adept at. I rarely use flash but prefer natural light and I specialise in low light photography. This is particularly important for winter weddings and also for capturing the love the warm romantic ambience of candlelight. While most couples wish to have natural photographs, I have never photographed a wedding where the couple has not wished to have any group shots. Group shots need not be boring and staid - it’s just a question of gentle organisation. I aim to work quickly to avoid keeping guests waiting around and spoiling the flow of the day.
How would you describe your working style?
My style is to be observant but unobtrusive. I enjoy capturing the emotion and beauty of the day and creating a story in images that are both creative and flattering to the couple and their guests. I love photographing moments of humour and touching gestures that really make for a unique record of the day.
Do you shoot digitally or with film? Or both?
Since 2008 I have shot all my weddings digitally.
What type of equipment do you use?
I use Nikon exclusively. Do you shoot in colour and black and white? I shoot in colour and convert to black and white. This means there is a nice mixture but there’s always the option to have the colour version of any image.
What can you offer couples? Can they customise the package with you?
My wedding photography is bespoke so there are many options and album styles to choose from. All weddings include a password protected online gallery and private slide show.
Do you include an engagement shoot?
Yes, if couples wish to have one this can easily be arranged, either at my studio and gardens or on location or indeed at their chosen Bijou wedding venue.
How long after the wedding will the couple receive their proofs?
Two weeks after the wedding the slide show will be ready for the couple to view and the password protected online gallery will be available for the couple to share with family and friends. There is also a facility for guests to order their own copy of photographs online.
How far in advance should couples book you?
Couples generally book me a year in advance but this varies and depends on my availability.
What information do you need from the couple before the wedding day?
I always like to meet the couple to discuss their requirements and show them all the examples I can offer them. I like to understand the type of wedding they are planning and a sense of the family dynamics is also important, particularly when planning the group shots. I always ask for an itinerary two weeks prior to the wedding, a list of group shots and the names of key people.
What are you favourite trends?
I have really noticed how much care couples are taking over their choice of flowers and I particularly like the more natural and romantic arrangements, which have become more popular. They are wonderful to photograph and really enable a couple to personalise their venue and make it a feast for the senses.
What are you expecting to see become more mainstream/more common in the next year or two?
There has been a resurgence of classical style wedding albums and whilst most couples wish to have the digital images to share and view on screens, they also want to have a beautiful bespoke album.
If you were getting married, how would you choose your wedding photographer?
I think it’s important to feel at ease with your chosen photographer and to feel that he or she understands what you want and listens to you. It’s important to choose someone who has lots of experience and can cope with any situation and still produce great quality images. I would want to see a range of different albums and whole weddings, not just snap shots of several weddings. Choosing someone who is a member of a professional body is advisable.