Questions and Answers
There are a few questions I often get asked, so I thought it would be a good idea to put them here...with the answers, so it saves you having to ask them - because I'm nice like that ;)
Describe your approach
My approach is to be a guest at your wedding for the day and take a lot of lovely pictures. It really is as simple as that. Although the common term is Documentary Wedding Photography, my ethos at a wedding goes much further that simply hovering around with a camera in the background. I want real natural organic pictures of your wedding (and I hope you do too), in order to get those I need to be part of the wedding, people (you and your guests) need to feel completely relaxed around me, I have to be accepted by people to a point I'm not even noticed...what better way of doing that than hiding in plain sight disguised as a wedding guest! So I'm not 'the photographer', I'm just another guest.
I'm perfect for people who don't like the idea of having their picture taken.
Where are you based?
I live in Cheshire, UK.
Do you travel for weddings?
Oh yes. Most of my weddings are away from home and I travel frequently. I like it, I get to see a lot of the world.
Do you photograph alone?
For the most part, yes. Two photographers aren't better than one. Having more than one photographer at a wedding can be rather intrusive for you and your guests. Most of the weddings you see are photographed by myself only. I'm a firm believer in letting you enjoy your day, rather than having numerous people taking your picture constantly - for my low key approach there's a perfect balance between taking the right amount of pictures and getting on your nerves, that works best if I'm on my own.
The only exception to this would be if you're having a huge wedding with 250+ guests where sometimes a second photographer may be required to provide enough discreet coverage. For anything larger than that I can provide a team of photographers / videographers.
Are all your pictures the same quality?
Now this is a good question! I'm rather transparent with what I show on my website and social media. It's not just the pictures people would consider 'fancy shots', I show a full range of pictures from various weddings, at various types of venues, most are randomly selected from galleries and I do this because I want couples to be 100% confident that when they get their full galleries they won't be left disappointed. So yes, you can fully expect all your wedding pictures to be of an excellent standard! More importantly than that, they will show the full story of your wedding day.
Are you ok with guests taking pictures while you are? We've heard some photographers frown on it
This causes so much uproar in the wedding photography community it's unreal ! Photographers can get really pissy when other guests with cameras jump in on pictures. My attitude? Whatever makes you and them happy, I'm not fussed at all. If you've read through most of my website you'll know I state I'm 'Just like a guest' at your wedding, and I am, so what would I do if I saw a reflection of myself in a mirror taking a picture of you...go in a mood with myself?? I've had an awful lot of experience at weddings, my approach is unique, I know how to circumnavigate eager amateur photographers and grannies with iPads and when to take advantage of the situation to add a bit of context to a picture. Basically I'm not bothered at all, in fact I encourage it, having guest pictures means you get more especially if you use something like WedPics and ask everyone to put their pictures there! (Learn more about WedPics here)
What time will you arrive and how long do you stay for? How long after the first dance do you leave?
Being a photographer who tells the story of your day it wouldn't be right if I put hours to my coverage, the full story is the full story after all ! I arrive in the morning whenever you're getting ready because that's when your story starts, and lucky you I'm with you till the end (if there's stuff to photograph I stay), there's no 'I stay till just after the first dance' nonsense, the evening generally starts to liven up after then and I wouldn't want to miss that would I ! There's no limit on hours, no clockwatching, no packing up early. Full story, full day.
What makes you stand out vs other photographers?
Hmmmm apart from my dancing in the evening? Do you really need any more than that??? A few things, firstly I really do blend in...I know, I know so claims every other photographer too, but they don't, they probably like to think they do because they're nice, and friendly and stuff, but....and this is based on conversations with guests at weddings (who happen to be married and have had a photographer before). I do actually act like a guest, I don't carry a big camera, I don't appear to be taking many pictures and seem to be spending more time just mingling and talking to people (despite the fact I am).
The other thing would be the pictures, they're not generic, I don't turn up at a wedding with a pre-conceived plan or a standard set of pictures to take, every wedding is different, they're organic and totally unique. I can't template that without calling a halt to proceedings and 'making you do stuff'. I don't do that, it ruins your enjoyment of your day. So every wedding is photographed just as it happens - it's yours, the pictures are unique to you.
What equipment do you use?
Someone asked me this so I'll answer it. I use a Fujifilm X-pro 2 camera and a single prime 18mm lens. That's it. It looks like a small film camera, does very well at visually saying "I'm not a photographer" but is very good at taking pictures (actually it's me who takes the pictures not the camera).
I also carry a Ricoh GR II camera with me in my pocket, it's as small as a mobile phone yet produces the same quality of pictures as the Fujifilm one.
There's a bunch of backup equipment in a bag too, but that stays out of sight - it's just there in case something happens to either of my main cameras.
Are you insured?
Yes - I'm not a nincompoop. I have full insurance.
How will we receive our pictures?
I use a beautiful online gallery system to share your images with you. From this private gallery you can share images to friends and family or to social media. You can also print good quality images through my print partner, or download individual images or the full gallery so you can store it on your hard drive at home. The images are guaranteed to be on the site for at least a year.
When will we receive our images?
I usually say around 6 - 8 weeks during busy periods. I do bust my ass to get you your pictures as soon as possible, so I'll happily stay up way into the early hours editing to make sure you get them as fast as possible (without sacrificing quality of course!!!). I don't release a gallery until I'm perfectly happy with it.