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Candid, natural, and discreet photography by Richard Galloway. One of the best documentary wedding photographers in Surrey and the South East.
I’m a married father of two lovely (and sometimes mischievous!) children. As well as being a complete car nut, I play football as much as I can get away with – usually only on Monday nights with a great bunch of guys ranging from 50 year old dads to young lads who are almost half my age…time flies! It’s probably already obvious, but I love wedding photography. I love the concentration and thrill on the day itself when you capture those very special shots. There is also a great deal of satisfaction in putting together an album that you know the couple are just going to love. It’s an enormous privilege to be charged with the task of creating what will be a family heirloom and will be viewed by generations beyond the couple.
I am predominantly a documentary wedding photographer, but I do of course take a select handful of posed family and couple shots at a convenient moment during the day. In other words, I don’t direct the day, I record it – thus the photographic memories that I provide are genuine and emotional rather than contrived and detached from the real story of the day. My aim is to tell an artistic and informative story of the day through the medium of a mix of black & white and colour photographs. In short, my mantra is: The wedding should not be about the photographs; the photographs should be about the wedding.
As well as having an eye for a photograph it is essential for a documentary wedding photographer to be both organised and discreet. Discretion is important, as it’s my job to get as much detail and emotion from the day as possible – and as soon as there’s a camera in the room, many people instinctively freeze or at least alter their expression and body language. That’s why it’s music to my ears when I often hear guests tell me at the end of a wedding that they didn’t even know the couple had hired a wedding photographer!
I only shoot digital. You simply couldn’t shoot documentary effectively with anything else!
I shoot with Sony a9 cameras and I wouldn’t have it any other way. They’re completely silent, I can shoot from a variety of angles due to the excellent rear monitor, and the focusing and tracking is out of this world – a huge evolutionary step in the world of wedding photography!
I edit my pictures in both colour and black & white. I don’t like to tie myself down to one or the other because the subject matter of each individual image can be so different.
Wedding photographers get booked up very early on in the wedding planning stages so I would advise anyone who has their sights set on a particular photographer to make initial enquiries the moment you find someone who suits your taste and budget.
I like to keep things simple so I offer a ‘with’ or ‘without’ album package. I don’t want to give them 5 or 6 choices as it just becomes a little overwhelming when it’s time to decide. With that said, I offer two packages on the basis that they can be customised to suit the exact requirements of my clients.
I don’t currently offer engagement shoots as they can be a little time consuming (more the editing process than the actual shoot) and I like to put as much time and energy into my wedding photography as possible.
My clients receive their proof images along with a photofilm of the day within 14 days of their wedding. It’s very important to me that a couple returning from their honeymoon will have a nice surprise awaiting them in the form of the photographs. And if the couple decides not to go away then I try to get the pictures to them in as short a time as possible.
I always have a pre-wedding meeting with my clients so that I know exactly what is going on and when. Keeping to time is crucial so that the wedding runs smoothly and the couple and their guests don’t feel rushed. In this meeting we discuss timings, specific shots they’re after, who’s who etc.
Almost every wedding photographer should have a portfolio page on their website, but this is really a ‘best of’ and therefore not truly representative of the sort of photographs they’ll capture on the day. It’s best to judge a wedding photographer on individual weddings that they’ve shot, so if it’s available head over to the blog/recent weddings of their website…this will give you a clearer idea as to what you can expect.