WHETHER YOUR SHARE MY ETHOS,
and want a beautiful, visionary and distinctive style of wedding photography, or simply don’t want to settle for something conventional, I would be delighted to discuss your special day with you.
I only take on a select number of weddings each year. This means I can
retain my attention to detail and consultative approach for each of my clients to make the most of their investment. I shoot weddings, as well as engagement and pre-bridal sessions, both in the UK and abroad. Destination projects have taken me as far afield as Barbados, Morocco, Mallorca, Italy, France and the Greek Islands of Mykonos and Kefalonia. I will never tire of capturing beautiful occasions overseas, so don’t hesitate to tell me if you are considering a far-flung corner of the earth for your special day!
Likewise, don't be surprised if
I want to know about every detail of your big day, from your choice of venue and colour-scheme to your dress, styling accoutrements and the groom's attire. We can work together on the timings of your wedding and the overall 'look' in order to capture the most beautiful images possible on the day. These details - light, atmosphere, colour and texture - play a vital part in how your images will look and, as an artist, I want to achieve my best for you. I balance fine art details in my work, together with candid shots and loosely styled images, that have you and your loved ones looking your very best.
One piece of advice that I give to my clients is this:
never compromise on your memories. Wedding days are glorious and happy occasions, but my brides and grooms often experience a blissful amnesia for part of it. Great photography allows you to re-live the moments that felt most special and to enjoy those you didn't see first-hand.
My prices don’t include any hidden extras;
this allows you to know exactly how much your investment will cost you. You receive the full collection from your big day in high resolution, fully produced with no watermarks whatsoever. You will receive approximately 300 or more images.
If I can help make your memories timeless and beautiful, and if my style and working methods resonate with you, please feel free to contact me for my pricing. I can't wait to find out more about your big day!
A FEW OF MY PERSONAL TIPS FOR YOUR BIG DAY AND WHAT TO EXPECT...
Some brides have a flair for style and creativity; others want more of a helping hand. Included below is a summary of invaluable tips to ensure you get the most beautiful results from your wedding photography. Planning ahead and understanding how images are created will ensure you have a balance of fine art, stylised (even painterly) images for your walls, and a collection of gorgeous, candid moments to create a beautiful visual story to share with your loved ones.
Old cliches often ring true: timing really is everything! So, before you finalise your wedding day timeline, we will work together to ensure that what you intend for the day is both workable and sufficient to get you the results you want from your photographs. This includes leaving sufficient time for travel and thinking about how you and your guests will get between ceremony, reception and accommodation venues (if all three are in different spots); time for capturing bridal party shots, group photographs, venue details, reception room snapshots before guests enter for the wedding breakfast, candid shots during cocktail hour and, most importantly of all, time with you and your beloved! Daylight hours, weather and logistics will all play a huge part in dictating all of this - some things you can control, so it's always wise to make the most of them.
Where will you spend your morning getting ready? Ideally, you'll find a space with large windows and plenty of natural light; something neutral with light-reflecting colours works best, but in certain instances it's still possible to get good results from a room with a darker decor. It's worth thinking carefully about your getting-ready room so that it doesn't overwhelm your pictures. Elegant, timeless images with backdrops in natural colours (creams, soft greys, stone colours or soft pastels) help set the tone of your photographs. If you hanker to get ready in your childhood home, or if your chosen venue can't accommodate a getting-ready room that is suitable, we can get around this by taking some pre-ceremony images somewhere with better light or colour schemes once you're ready, but it's always preferable - and feels less pressurised - to stay in one place that fits the bill.
Keep your getting-ready room tidy and free from clutter (no one wants to see discarded make-up, stray shoes, suitcases and so on strewn across floors and tables in the background). Ideally, you'll be the only one getting ready in there. But, never fear, there'll be plenty of time for spending time with your mother and bridesmaids if you arrange a well thought-out schedule.
Clothing And Getting Dressed:
What will you wear for your bridal preparations? Not forgetting your bridesmaids too! You might choose a beautiful pair of pyjamas for you and your girls, and even for the mother-of-the-bride, or a silk robe each. Think carefully about your colour palette; steer clear of strong colours and keep away from patterns as they tend not to photograph well. In your chosen setting, a bright pink robe is likely to swamp your images, whereas we want you to be timeless and the star of the show!
When I arrive, you should be almost ready. That means: have your hair and make-up done. I can guide you through putting on your dress and shoes so that we can capture some beautiful, soft images of you in the final stages of your morning.
The mother-of-the-bride's attire can be its most beautiful when it fits with the bride's overall colour palette. If you have designed a blush-tone or soft-metallic wedding decor, for example, choosing something that complements it can be truly show-stopping.
Influencing what your guests wear to your wedding is always a tricky task; you tread a fine line between creating something truly stylish and being overbearing! I am a huge fan of black tie weddings, particularly for those ceremonies that start later in the day and have a sumptuous evening reception. The resulting photographs can be truly beautiful!
Too many brides overlook the importance of beautiful flowers and make the error of choosing something traditional or inexpensive. Even if you opt to do them yourself with plenty of practice, flowers are worth the investment and can be the most mesmerising part of your wedding design. Beware the unimaginative florist who steers you towards a tight bunch of ordinary roses or, worse still, bunches of Gypsophila in the interests of accommodating a tight budget. As much as with photography, research will pay off. Look at styles you like - note down the colours you warm to and the names of plants. Don't be afraid of foliage - a bunch of silvery-grey eucalyptus can be stunning just on its own, or with touches of white flowers within it; and don't steer away from truly undone, rustic bouquets with unusual additions like succulents (air plants). Just as your photographer should be, the right florist will work with you to realise your vision and advise you in their field of expertise. Make a careful note of the costs, including any chargesassociated with hiring jars, stands or hanging baskets. Investing in quality over quantity always pays off. One great tip is: don't overdress a church or venue at the expense of beautiful bouquets for you and your bridesmaids.
A common mistake is for brides to follow their bridesmaids down the aisle too closely. It makes for poor shots - the groom won't be able to see you clearly and nor will I! Try to ensure you get a clear run of the aisle - to do this, think carefully about timings and your music choice for the entrance.
One of the most beautiful touches for any dressed reception room is high quality linen. I can assist with recommended suppliers but, at the very least, choose linen that is pristine, well ironed, and is long enough to touch the floor to cover table legs without getting caught under chairs. Elegant swathes of soft-coloured fabric can make all the difference to your decor.
CHOOSING YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER...
Your wedding day is a momentous occasion and one of the most cherished days of your life. It is only right, should you want to capture physical memories of the day, to choose a photographer whose work excites you and with whom you feel comfortable. You'll be spending a lot of time together, after all!
Just as there are hundreds of types of wedding, from relaxed and intimate to big and bold, there are many different types of photographer. With a bit of practice, you'll be able to spot the traditional, more staged types from those whose work is timeless, stylish and more progressive. Research is key; your photographer is a valued member of your wedding 'team' - both because of the cost of the investment and the importance of the task at hand. It is worth taking the time to get it right.
Websites and blogs are good places to start: look at the images (not just one-off snaps, but whole wedding albums) to get a feel for style, continuity and overall production quality; read blog entries to get a sense of a photographer's personality, their craft and how they work; and don't overlook the comments from blog followers and the photographer's newlywed clients to gauge their responses to the images. A collection of happy clients speaks volumes!
Once you find a photographer whose work really resonates with you, arrange to meet in person , if geography allows it, or schedule a video chat. This will give you a valuable opportunity to see how you connect and make sure you get on. Do also use the opportunity to ask - and take notes on - any important questions you have: establish what the price will be and whether there will be any additional extras you haven't accounted for; ask about emergency or contingency plans; find out whether you need a second shooter and how much will that cost; and establish that your photographer is properly insured. All these points are better discussed upfront so there are no surprises for either party.