Why should we book you?
I think there are two main things to consider when choosing your wedding photographer - do you like their style of photography and do you have a good connection with them as a person?
I love what I do for a living and I hope that shows in every aspect of my work, whether it's during your wedding day itself or the careful editing afterwards (which is always done by me). It’s a real privilege to do what I do and I'll never take it for granted.
I always want to meet my couples before their wedding day at least once, just to have a coffee together and to get to know each other a bit more. A pre-wedding shoot is also included in my full day packages and this can be a fun little-practise run!
How would you describe your style?
Natural, spontaneous, fun, alternative, candid, authentic, romantic.
Whilst I can definitely take core, group shots for you, I’ll be mainly capturing all the action as it happens in a completely natural and unobtrusive way. See below for more info on groups.*
I photograph using a professional digital SLR kit (Canon). I would also describe myself as a ‘Hybrid Photographer' - my background is in film photography - so I will happily take some analogue portraits for you too in addition to digital if that's your thing. I always bring a full back-up digital camera kit. And a sewing kit.
I would also describe myself as a natural light photographer. I will of course use flash where necessary but I tend to keep this to a minimum, much preferring to work with the ambient light of your venue and a higher ISO for a more natural and authentic result.
I’m very respectful to your feelings throughout the day and also the wishes of your venue, so for instance I will always avoid taking photos during prayers in a religious service or when you are actually signing the register (we can set up a photo for this after the signing has been done).
My unobtrusive approach is important to me and something I get a lot of great feedback on. Whilst I will of course have input on timings, location suggestions for photos and some simple posing ideas, I will not control or dictate to you the running order of your day whatsoever. I think this approach in wedding photography is very dated.
I see myself as more of a reportage photographer, capturing the natural connections and moments that I notice and am given throughout the day.
*Can we request group shots?
By all means I welcome group shots, but I suggest keeping this to a minimum of perhaps no more than 10 to ensure that your family members and friends aren’t waiting around too long. Any group shot lists you provide will be used for guidance only and is ultimately subject to scheduling and timings. I will always consult with you to check if you are happy we’ve covered your groups sufficiently by the end of the day and if there are any further shots you might require before I leave for the day.
Do you do engagement shoots?
Yes, love them! I include a free engagement shoot in my full-day package for couples based in the North-West.
Can you explain more about copyright to me?
If you are interested in booking I can send you a sample contract with all the details, including my full copyright statement. To summarise, as your photographer I retain the copyright but grant you a special license the reproduce your images, print, share etc as you wish.
On a sidenote, I sometimes post photographs in my portfolio and blog but there is absolutely no obligation - if you prefer me not to that's fine.
I hate having my photo taken!
Many people do - you are not alone! That’s why it’s great to meet you beforehand as being photographed by someone you've met before is way less scary. I’ve photographed lots of people who aren’t used to being in front of the lens and I’ll make it stress-free and fun for you as possible.
At the end of the day when you look back on your photos I want you to remember being together and newly married, rather than ‘having your photograph’ taken. I use a longer lens for your couple shots and although I can give a little direction on poses I keep this to a minimum.
Do you offer videography?
I don’t offer this myself but I have some trusted contacts who provide video, so I can provide their details. However I do offer a super8 highlights film service - please contact me to find out more about that.
Do you work with a second photographer?
I generally don’t need to as I prefer to capture the whole day from a single, unique viewpoint. For particularly large weddings I may consider bringing a second photographer to ensure we get plenty of photographs of your guests. I will still edit all the images myself, to ensure consistency.
Do you cover weddings outside of the North-West?
I love to travel and so I'd be happy to hear from you if you are based elsewhere in the UK. I especially love visiting Scotland and Wales. I also spend a lot of time in Austria so if you are looking for a wedding photographer in Vienna, bitte klicken Sie hier.
How do we book?
Please send me an enquiry via the form, and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours to confirm if I have availability on your date. If we can jump on a phone call, FaceTime or Skype that would be great as it’s always nicer to meet!
I can answer any questions you may have and hear all about your plans for the day. From there if you’d like to proceed and book I will ask for a 35% deposit to secure the date, and the balance will be due anytime up until 2 months before your actual wedding date.