Here’s a bit of extra info on how I work…
I like to get to know each couple as much as possible before the wedding comes around, if after looking through my galleries and blog you think I might be the photographer for you, then it would be great to have you both over for a cuppa so we can have a chat about your wedding day and so you can flick through some albums. I’m based a couple of miles from the centre of York, just get in touch with a time and day that would suit you both and we can set a date!
The Wedding Day
On the wedding day I like to blend in as much as possible, I don’t wear any logo-ed T-shirts with my name on shouting “I am the photographer!”, I prefer to wear smart suit trousers and shirt and tie so I look more like a guest than someone who is at the wedding to take over the day and grab all the attention!
The day usually begins with me heading over to where the bride is getting ready, 2-3 hours before the ceremony. I use this time to get to know close family members, take detail photos of the brides dress, shoes and flowers etc, and then be in the background capturing natural moments of the bride and bridesmaids getting ready. I try to arrive at the ceremony location about half an hour before the ceremony begins (if the bride is getting ready at a separate location), this allows me time to get some photos of the groom and the guys along with the guests arriving, and then capture the brides arrival. If the whole day takes place at the same venue, then I will usually be able to pop between the girls and boys to photograph both sides. If the guys are getting ready at a separate location from the bride and you would also like that part of the day photographing then you can add on a second photographer to the package for an additional £250, and he or she will stay until after the speeches.
For the majority of the day I like to be in the background capturing all the natural candid moments of the day as it unfolds, you won’t find me bossing people around, nor do I take the bride and groom away from their guests for over an hour for a photo shoot. My couple portrait shoots last about 20-30 minutes during the drinks reception but how long we spend is completely up to you! I'll always try and get some more in the evening for some stunning sunset, or night time dramatic shots lit by flash.
I’m happy to do a small number of group photos which are normally arranged on the pre-wedding meeting, I print out a copy of the group shot list (I recommend no more than 8 different group shots) and give a copy to the ushers so they can help gather people together so that everything runs smoothly and people aren’t stood waiting around for too long.
When I photograph a wedding I believe in being there for the full day, my price includes coverage until after the first dance and I always stay for at least 30 minutes of the dancing (most often around an hour). It is one of my favourite parts of the wedding and love seeing everyone having a good time on the dance floor enjoying the music and throwing some shapes! Most people don’t want me there when it starts to get messy though so once I’ve got a good coverage of the evening I’ll head off home and start work on the editing once all the photos are backed up (at least 4 times, you can’t be too careful!)
Editing the Photos
After the wedding day, I like to start on editing your photos as soon as possible. If you go away on honeymoon for a few weeks, I like to have your photos ready for when you arrive back home. During peak times it might take me a little longer but I guarantee the photos will be with you in under a month after the wedding. Each photo that you receive will have gone through my editing process, I’m quite a perfectionist so I spend about 3-4 days solid editing each wedding so that your photos look the very best. Once ready, I will send you a link to view the photos online in your client gallery, and if all are ok for you I'll then send out the usb stick of the photos with high resolution files so you can make prints from them, and also low-res files optimised for uploading to Facebook, Instagram etc. The photos will be online on your client gallery for at least a year, and you can send the link out to friends and family who can view and order prints. I keep multiple back ups of all your photos so they are nice and secure in case something happens to your copies.
Albums and Thank You Cards
Along with the USB of photos you will receive after the wedding, you can also choose to purchase an album, which I believe is the best way to display the full story of your day. I have a range of stunning hand made albums with prices starting at £450. The albums can be ordered any time after the wedding to spread the cost, there’s no rush as I keep all your files backed up for 5+ years. I ask you to choose your favourite photos to go in the album, the number depends on the size of the album but is usually from 100-130 photos. My albums are all designed by myself using your chosen photos, a PDF will be sent to you with the initial design so you can make any changes to the layout before it gets sent to print. Delivery takes under 2 weeks after payment has been received.
I can also supply thank you cards with a photo from your wedding day on the cover. You can send these out to your guests which can include the web link to your online gallery which saves you having to email it to everyone. These can be ordered directly through me and delivered to you in 2-3 days.
How long have you been photographing weddings?
I have been a professional wedding photographer since 2010, and have photographed somewhere in the region of 250-300 weddings so far (I've lost count!), from intimate back garden weddings with just close family, to extravagant castle weddings with hundreds of guests - I've seen it all! You can rest assured that you'll be in capable hands, and I'll always be happy to share my wedding knowledge with you to help the day flow smoothly.
How would you describe your style?
I always find this question difficult to answer as there’s not really a set style that I work to, I try to learn as much about each couple as I can before the wedding day so I can get a feel for just what they want and I’ll adapt the way I photograph to suit. If I had to put a name to it I’d say I was a creative documentary photographer. For most of the wedding day you won’t know I’m there, I try to blend in as much as I can and will always be looking for the smiles and laughter throughout the day.
How long will you stay for on the wedding day?
I believe in capturing the whole story of your day, so I will be with you from the morning preparations, usually 2-3 hours before the start of the ceremony, right through to the evening for around an hour after the first dance to capture the evening fun. Unlike other photographers, I don’t work by the hour for my full day coverage option, so you can rest assured that if timings start to run later than planned in the evening I won’t be checking my watch and I’ll still be there to catch everything!
How many photographs will we receive?
I generally don’t stop taking photos for the whole day, aside from during the wedding breakfast. The quantity taken is dependent on a range of factors (how many guests there are, the number of locations used throughout the day, and the time of year). I don’t set a maximum limit and will supply an edited set that tells the story of your day in full. It usually varies from around 500 for small or winter weddings, through to 700+ for larger or summer weddings.
Will you take photos of the groom as well as the bride before the wedding?
I usually try to visit both the bride as well as the groom before the ceremony if both are getting ready in the same venue, or within a few minutes of each other. Normally I will first visit the bride whilst she has her hair and make up done, and capture details such as the dress and shoes and some informal photos with family and bridesmaids. If the guys are getting ready far away at a separate location and you want their part of the day capturing too, you can add on a second photographer for an additional £250 and they will stay up until the early evening. It also means that you will get photos from different angles which might not be possible with just one photographer, such as during the ceremony, as well as extended coverage during the drinks reception of guests and the speeches whilst I concentrate on the bridal party.
Do you take group photos as well as candids?
I sure do! I'm happy to take a limited amount of group photos of family and important guests and work to a pre-arranged list (I say to stick to no more than 8 in total, otherwise it can take over too much of the day), and this can be discussed at the pre-wedding meeting. It is best for everyone if no longer than 30 minutes is spent on the group photos, and your ushers can play their part in gathering people together to speed up the process.
Do you charge travel expenses?
Travel expenses for the wedding day for weddings within all of Yorkshire will be covered within my standard wedding pricing. I'm more than happy to cover weddings across the whole of the UK and even abroad, please get in touch for pricing.
Are you insured?
Yep there's no worries there, all my equipment is fully insured and I am covered by public liability and indemnity insurance.
Can you tell us about the pre-wedding shoot?
I always enjoy doing a pre-wedding shoot with my couples, it’s a fun and relaxed session that is a great way for us all to get to know each other, and for you both to get used to having your photograph taken. I'd say it's especially important to have the shoot if you're nervous about having your photograph taken (don't worry, most people are!) A mid-week shoot within the York area is included in my pricing, but if there's a special place you'd like to visit instead then that's no problem, I'd just need to add on a small amount for extra mileage. I try to arrange the shoot about a month before the wedding day, but I've done them a whole year before, or even 2 days before the wedding! This is also a great time to go through the plans for the day and to talk over the photographs that you want me to take. You will receive around 50 photos from the shoot via an online gallery, where you can download the high resolution prints. You can also use the photos to put a signing board or guest book together, which I can arrange for you.
When will we be able to see our photographs?
I aim to have the photographs available to view online within 2-3 weeks so they are ready for when you return from your honeymoon. You'll get to see them online first in a private gallery, and then shortly afterwards the full resolution files will be sent to you in the post on a swanky custom USB stick.
What equipment do you use?
I use professional digital SLR cameras and lenses by Nikon, currently the D750 model. These are highly capable for weddings as they are well renowned for their low light capabilities and quick focusing systems, ideal for catching those important moments, even in the darkest of venues! I always carry 2 cameras with me to each wedding and a range of lenses, plus another back up in the car. This means that not only do I have a spare camera in case one breaks during the day, but also that I don't have to stop taking photos if I need to change from a wide to a zoom lens for example, and can carry on taking photos and not miss any important moments throughout the day. I prefer to use natural light, but I always have a few flashes I can use when it starts to get dark.
What albums do you supply?
My current range are hand picked from the very best UK wedding album manufacturers. All the albums I use are hand finished, have edge-to-edge printing, and open out flat to allow images to be spread right across two pages with no loss of the image in the centre crease. A wide variety of sizes and covers are available, including leather, linen and photo-cover.
Can we see the album design before it goes to print?
Yes, I will put a design together using your favourite chosen images and then send an electronic copy of the page layouts. I want your album to be as perfect as possible and to your exact specifications before going to print.
How long will our album take to arrive?
All of my albums are made in the UK, so there’s no waiting for 3 months for your album to arrive from the other side of the globe! Once you have signed off the design, depending on the album chosen it will take about 2 weeks for it to be delivered.
How do we book you?
Once we have had chance to meet up (or chat on the phone/Skype if you live far away), and you have made the decision to go ahead with the booking, I will post a wedding contract and booking form to sign and return, along with an invoice for a booking fee of £400, then you’re all booked!