Every wedding is unique, one of a kind, a one-off, so while others may give you a choice of pricing packages, offering their services for a set number of hours, I charge per hour so you can book us for as long or as little time as you wish - although I'd expect a wedding not to last for more than an hour: we'd need to be there before bride and groom, so with travel time, I guess the minimum time you'd need me is 2hrs. The price for 2hrs will be £400.
If you want to know more, please get in touch with me here, let me know a date and how long you'd like us for and I'll get back to you.
If you want to know more of what's on offer, click here for my FAQ's.
I always suggest that, where possible, I come to meet you both before you make any decisions about who you are going to book as your wedding photographer. I'll ask about your ideas and plans for your wedding - this helps me get an idea of what you like, what you don't like, which aspects of your day are very important (so I can be sure to photograph it) and any other plans (such as a surprise).
I will be your main photographer with my partner Martin doing photography with the other member of the wedding party before the ceremony. We will take photos of your whole day - your cake, your reception room, your flowers and anything that you have prepared for the day. We'll do pictures of your guests and will always be happy to do additional photos if asked by anybody. We go beyond just traditional wedding photos (although we do those as well), so you don't need to worry about missing a thing.
I will process all your images, making some black and white or using other processes to give you something more than just colour images - if you have a specific idea of colours for your photos (sepia, vintage etc) let me know and I'll make sure I include some of those as well.
Usually, within two weeks of your wedding ceremony, your pictures will be on an online password-protected client gallery, so you can share your pictures easily with your family, friends and guests. The client gallery is set up so your friends and family can download images for FREE. On some occasions I will supply a USB - this is mostly when I've been with you for getting ready pictures - I don't usually put these in the online gallery as they are personal to the bride.
I offer a payment plan over three affordable instalments - a payment when you book, the second a week or so before the wedding and the third when I get the pictures to you, hopefully helping you plan your budget a little better.
With the formal information out of the way, I want to explain that I can be more than just your wedding photographer. I have photographed many weddings.
If you are struggling with a timeline for your day, I can help and advise you about that.
If you are struggling to choose a wedding venue, I can advise you about that.
If you are wondering what time of year is best for your wedding, I can listen to your requirements and advise you about that.
If you are wondering whether to have speeches before everybody enjoys their wedding breakfast, I can advise you about that.
Whatever you are wondering about, ask me: chances are I can help you.
Choosing your wedding photographer
Choosing a wedding photographer can be a bit daunting as for most of you, it will be something you only do once in your life.
My best advice is to contact and meet with at least three wedding photographers, make sure you like them (why would you spend the day with a person you don't like too much), see what they have to offer and see how they deal with you from your initial contact - you want someone that fills you with confidence in all areas of their business.
Try not to let cost alone be the reason you choose your wedding photographer.
While I understand that if you have a budget to keep too, paying for a photographer may seem like an additional expense you don't need, what can be seen as an 'intangible' expense - while it sounds cheesy (and I've seen it said many times on photographer websites) - once your wedding day is all over, all that will be left are the pictures! In years to come, if you have a family, it will be these photographs your grandchildren look at and if you are fortunate enough to have your own parents at your wedding, your grandchildren will see their great grandparents.
If the photographer you are looking to book is 'inexpensive' (a subjective word), in comparison to the others you have looked at, ask yourself why this might be?
It's OK to be either of these things (we all had to start somewhere), but you need to understand why they may be less costly than others and manage your own expectations in relation to the quality of pictures you will receive.
Some photographers may appear to be inexpensive to book, but will only supply you with a limited number of pictures included in the cost (sometimes as few as 5 or 10), but ask you to pay for any others over this amount.
We all have different business models, different overhead expenses etc, and there will of course be a difference in how we all charge, just be aware of why some seem less expensive than others.
Numerous surveys over the years have always highlighted the regret by brides that they didn't spend more on their wedding photography... but not all of us take advice (I know I don't) and you will choose a photographer that fits your overall budget but do so with the full understanding of what you might get for your money.
If you have any questions about what I've written here, please get in touch with me and I will answer any queries you have.
Thanks for sticking with me this far!