Q. What style of photography do you shoot?
Some people call it a documentary style or a photojournalistic approach and I’ll go with that. I’m very much in love with cinema – especially directors of photography, production designers and cinematographers. So you might see some of these influences in my work.
Authentic and real. Relaxed and emotive. Zero fixed grins, negative cheese. People being people, being themselves. We’re all unique – as are our personalities. Loud, quiet, wild, shy, adventurous, reserved. It’s all good food for the camera.
Q. Are you a full-time professional photographer?
I am. I’ve been a photographer in various guises for about 9 years. The majority of this time was spent as a sports and commercial photographer in New Zealand before I moved back to the UK a couple of years back and started concentrating on weddings. This is what I do, full-time – and I have a great time doing it!
Q. Do you photograph the actual ceremony?
Yes. I’m very discreet and you will never know that I am there during the ceremony – I only use natural light (no flash) and keep my shots to an absolute minimum. Please note, you should always check with the person who you’ve chosen to lead your ceremony ahead of time to ensure they have no restrictions they wish to impose. I always touch base with this person on the day to reassure them of how discreetly I shall be capturing your ceremony.
Q. What areas do you cover?
I predominantly cover weddings across the UK (mainly in the north) but if you live further afield, or wish me to cover your overseas destination wedding or elopement then please get in touch as I’m more than happy to do go travel greater distances if I’m needed to.
Q. How many photos do you take on the day?
I do not limit the number of photos that I take on your wedding day. I just keep shooting. Afterwards, you will typically have over 450+ fully edited shots to look back on.
Q. What do we do if it rains?
Always a big worry for brides and grooms – but it doesn’t have to be! You just have to embrace whatever the weather brings you. Some of my favourite shots have been taken in wet and windy conditions. I can tell you now from experience that my brides and grooms 100% do not care on the day. They are having such a great day that they don’t even notice.
Q. Do we meet you before the wedding to talk about our plans?
Absolutely! If you’re interested in booking an informal, no-obligation meet-up about your wedding plans, at your choice of York/Leeds/Harrogate location, then please just get in touch. If you’re a bit further afield I’d suggest a video call (Skype/FaceTime) instead? I strongly believe in building a rapport with my couples prior to their wedding day. The more we know each other and the more you understand my approach, the better the final images will be.
Q. Can I let other people see my wedding photos?
Absolutely – I know that you will love your wedding photos and I want you to share and show them to your guests! Your online gallery and slideshow are password protected but please feel free to pass on their links to whoever you wish.
Q. Are you insured?
Absolutely. I carry full public liability insurance.
Q. How long do you stay on the day?
From the beginning to the very end!
Q. Do you charge for travel costs?
I don’t charge travel costs for any wedding throughout mainland UK. For destination weddings, I ask that for an additional fee to cover my travel and accommodation.
Q. Do you require a meal on the day?
No. I always take my own food on the day and will typically nip away for 20 minutes whilst you and your guests are tucking into your wedding meal. If you wish to provide me with a little something to eat, of course, I would never say no, but please don’t feel obliged to do so.
Q. Do you take any formal or group photos?
Of course! Most weddings that I shoot ask for a few formal group shots to be taken and I totally get why brides and grooms request them – it’s not for themselves, but more for their parents and grandparents who expect them. So while I’m more than happy to oblige I recommend keeping these to the essential ones (bridal party, immediate families, groomsmen etc)
Q. Who will take our photographs?
I will! I do not have anybody else working under my brand, however, should you require me to, I will bring along a second shooter to cover some of the action too (we would agree on this long before the wedding)
Q. Help! I don’t like my photo being taken!
You are not alone! I understand that a lot of people do not like having their photo taken so I work in a very natural way. I never ask anybody to hold a smile for me or hold each other in a peculiar way. I’m all about the authentic moments between two people. Take a look through my wedding portfolio and you will see!
Q. Can my friends and family purchase any prints?
Of course. There are a number of print options in the online gallery area. Remember though, you will have the high-resolution images as well so you could pass the images onto them directly if you wish.
Q. How do we secure our date with you?
By paying the deposit which comes off the total cost of your wedding package. I will also send you an online wedding photography contract which will need to be viewed and signed. The final balance is due anytime up to 30 days prior to your wedding date.