Details

Hiring a photographer should be a pleasure not a chore. I like to make things as easy and straight forward as possible, so here’s what to expect…

1. Your first step is to check that you like my work and the documentary style is your cup of tea.

2. The next step is to find out if I have your date free

3. I love hearing about your wedding plans, so it’s great to talk things over. We can meet up, chat on the phone or do things by email, whatever works for you.

4. To book me, we both sign a form so we know where we’re upto, and along with a booking fee, the date is sealed in the diary for you!

5. A month before the big day the rest of the invoice will be due for payment, I will send an invoice nearer the time.

6. The week before, I will call you to go through everything with a fine tooth comb and check all the timings and details are still the same.

7. After your big day, I usually edit and post out your USB with your high resolution printable photos within a maximum of 3 weeks during the busy season, and upload your online gallery for which I will have already provided you with a link and password, which you’re welcome to share with friends and family.

Questions?

I’m always at the end of the phone or on email if you have any questions or concerns. Below are some of the questions I get asked;

Q: Do you take formals?

Yes. I understand that it’s something usually requested by certain members of the family! Most couples usually have around 6 group shots and provide the names of 2 helpers to round people up (usually an usher and a bridesmaid are nominated as helpers and given a list before the big day)

Q: Are you insured and do you have backup equipment?

I most certainly am insured, as every professional should be. I’m more than happy to prove it too! As for backup equipment, I have backups of backups and shoot with 2 cards in each camera, just in case!

Q: How does the time of year and day affect our photos?

The time of your ceremony will no doubt depend on the venue and the time of year. The times to avoid portraits and group shots is the middle of the day when the sun is high in the sky – guests will be squinting and the light is very unflattering for portraits, which are better done in the evening. Unless it is winter, in which case later in the afternoon before it gets dark is ideal.

Q: What if it rains?

If you’re getting married in the UK, there’s a high chance of rain, let’s face it. But it doesn’t have to spoil things. Brollies and wellies are your friends. Ask your venue if they can supply brollies for guests. We can find places indoors for portraits if you definately don’t want to go outside but we can get some fantastic shots in the rain too.

Q: What if it snows?

If snow is forecast, I will try to find accommodation close to your venue the day before so I am there, however if I am snowed in and there is no chance of me getting to you I will try and find someone else who I work with who is available to come to your rescue. If everyone is snowed in, then we’re all in the same snowy boat and the wedding is likely to need rearranging. I always suggest for reasons like this that couples take out wedding insurance.

Q: What if you’re ill?

I’d have to be on death’s door to not make it to a wedding, but if the worst is to happen I’m surrounded by a network of fantastic photographers who in the worst case should be able to step in last minute.

Me photographing a charity event.

About Me

I had a non-traditional route into photography – although I did want to be a photographer when I was at school but there just weren’t the work experience opportunities around. So to cut a long story short I started my own design business, which I have been running successfully for 15 years.

A friend in need…

It wasn’t until my friend Ceri asked me to be her wedding photographer (and wouldn’t take no for an answer!) that I discovered weddings. Since then I’ve thrown myself into the world of photography. I’ve trained with fine art black and white and fashion photographer Keith Moss, as well as Petra Creffield, a lecturer in photography at Brighton University – who helped me discover my love for all things documentary and story-telling. Along with my background in graphics and print, world-class training in Venice and Barcelona I’ve found what is important to me, and that is stories and moments.

A life of amazing contrasts

So now I find my weeks filled with beautiful designs, amazing people and fantastic locations. I love the contrast between the corporate business world and that of weddings – contrasts keep creativity alive and exciting.

Quiet times

I love to walk in the open – anytime I can be outside I’m happy. I’m a seaside baby and love to get my toes in the sand whenever I can, even in the middle of winter (I’ve been known to go on Christmas eve before now) My family is the most important thing to me and I love to spend as much time with them as I can – we have to cherish them while we have them. I also love horses – I’ve never been lucky enough to have my own, but one day! So I’m often found out taking photos at events – I especially love Allerton Horse Trials.