Yes, all the images we display have been taken by us at REAL weddings!
As silly as this question sounds, there are now photographers hiring models and staging shoots to put together a website and portfolio of their work.
This is clearly wrong as it does not give potential wedding couples an accurate depiction of the type of results they would receive from their wedding day. A photographer using models has the luxury of waiting for the perfect lighting, or spending a lot of time setting up artificial lighting or even rescheduling the shoot entirely in the event of bad weather!
On a genuine wedding day, the photographer is working with the conditions he’s given and is usually also working against the clock (as well as factoring in the wishes of the couple and ensuring that all the other elements of the day are also captured) which is a very different skill set to a styled shoot!
Also, models know how to present themselves to the camera to achieve the best photographic results. At a real wedding, the majority of couples do not feel completely at ease in front of the camera so it is the photographer’s job to guide and relax couples to ensure that the end results are the most natural and flattering.
To help spot these non-genuine photos, ask the photographer to see more images from that particular wedding day (such as the ceremony including the vicar/registrar, the guests, family group photographs etc). Obviously all photographers have to start their career somewhere, but the key is that they are open and honest with potential couples about the origins and circumstances of those photos.
Yes – we do not restrict the number of images taken at a wedding. You will end up with all the images from your day, presented to you on a printable USB stick in high resolution and with no watermarks. You also have full printing and online usage rights in your images (so you are free to email, Facebook or print any of your photographs as many times as you wish!)
No, prices are fully inclusive. (However, travel costs may occur should your wedding location be further than a radius of 40 miles).
A £300 retainer is required when you book your date with us. Once this is received (together with your completed booking form and contract), this ensures that your day is secured for you and that no further weddings can be taken on for your wedding date. The remaining balance due is then split equally, with 50% being due 6 calendar months before your wedding and 50% being due 1 calendar month before your wedding. The relevant dates and amounts will all be set out on a receipt/invoice for you.
Two photographers will be taking pictures as they occur. We will capture the events as they unfold, natural poses, documentary, fun shots, informal groups and romantic pictures making full use of the surrounding grounds or gardens wherever possible.
The photography typically begins with arriving at the home or hotel room of the bride, to begin capturing all of the fun and excitement of the bride and bridesmaids getting ready. But of course, this is entirely optional and we will gladly meet you at the wedding venue should you prefer.
Before the service, we like to photograph the groom and best man and any guests arriving, then we photograph the bridesmaids (if they arrive before the bride) whilst awaiting the arrival of the bride and her father. Should it be allowed, photographs will be taken during the course of the service and at the signing of the register.
Once the ceremony is finished, photographs will be taken of the family and groups of friends either in the church grounds, or at the reception venue (usually decided by the size and appearance of the grounds, together with possible time constraints). Then, before you sit down to your wedding breakfast, we will try to find more picturesque settings to create artistic, romantic photography of the bride and groom, as well as capturing candid moments of you and your guests, and the cutting of the cake.
Of course, this is only a very basic idea of what will happen. We aim to be flexible and are always happy to satisfy any requests for additional photographs during the day.
We generally cover photography at the bride’s home or hotel room, the church or civil ceremony, and then the wedding reception through to the first dance. However, we do offer a reduced rate for the option of us finishing as you are seated for your wedding breakfast meal.
Please see our Prices page for more details.