Wendy is a multi-award winning photographer with 18 years of experience. Her style blends reportage with elegant classical photography. Her masterful eye for detail will leave you with a breath-taking record of your wedding day.
Where are you based? Just outside Marlow, a pretty market town on The River 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 spectacular. I have photographed many wonderful 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 with 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 and glass atrium are all fabulous features for creating striking wedding images.
How many weddings do you do a year? I photograph approximately 30 weddings.
Average price/cost: £2000 plus
Tell us a little about yourself?
I have been a full time professional photographer for 18 years. I won Kodak Portrait Photographer of the year 2000 in my first year of business and never looked back! I’m still as inspired by photography now as I was back then. My portrait photography business grew rapidly when my children were young and I specialised in child and family portraits and over the last ten years wedding photography has become a large part of my work.
So much has changed over the past ten years from analogue to the digital era which I've embraced. The process has changed, the eye hasn't!
I am a member of the Master Photographer’s Association (LMPA) and an Associate member of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS).
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 constantly look for light, perspective and flattering angles. As an accomplished and experienced portrait photographer, this is a well honed skill!
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 an engagement shoot this can easily be arranged, either at my studio and gardens or on location or indeed at their chosen Bijou wedding venue. Couples often like to select their favourite image from the shoot and have it mounted for their guests to sign at their wedding. I then have it beautifully framed for them.
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. 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 wedding 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 high 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