ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
I've packed a quite a few snippets of information into this 'about' page to hopefully give as much as I can about how I work, including a brief explanation about what documentary photography is and how it can look as well as how I also actually like to create lovely fun family group pictures, as well as all the other things that you'll want to know, like prices, reviews and other questions.
What does it mean?
It can be anything that's not staged or a moment between people that shows an emotion or an expression that is real and unposed.
Basically, photography in a documentary style is about capturing what is actually happening without any interaction whatsoever. It's authentic and wonderfully revealing. The emotion on the faces of the bride's parents in this picture is real because they were unaware of my presence and my mission is to keep that authenticity of the moment in the image. My job is to anticipate what is about to happen instead of trying to direct or stage anything. Only then is it truly documentary.
Here are a few other examples of exactly what I mean.
Ok, so having said all that about the importance of un-staged candid photography, I accept that although most people say they want natural photographs, they may well be disappointed if they don't get a few slightly more formal pictures of their family and friends. That's fine by me, however, I promise I won't take ages setting them up and bossing people around. Instead your group photos will be fun and interactive and as relaxed as possible. It doesn't have to be tedious and long winded but it can be a real opportunity to make creative fun pictures for just a couple of people or even the whole guest list. They will be done before you know it so that I can carry on mingling and capturing what's really going on. Here are a few other examples of group pictures.
PRICING & PACKAGES
Pre-shoot. (with images supplied)
Unlimited time on the wedding day.
All edited images supplied on USB & Download
Everything in Package 1
Beautiful 12"x12" 30 page coffee table album.
Your choice of design, style and cover.
Everything in package 1
Beautiful 12"x12" 40 page coffee table album together with 2 additional smaller albums with identical designs for parent gifts.
Your choice of design. style and cover.
When you have received your photographs I would love to work with you to design and build a beautiful wedding album. I only use the finest quality products from carefully selected suppliers.
Here are a few examples of album pages that have been designed for clients.
“We cannot recommend Paul enough, our whole experience with him was wonderful. He was very professional and considerate and everyone commented on how friendly he was, he put everyone at ease....even the most camera shy! The images he captured were absolutely beautiful and we were very impressed with the attention to detail that he paid. The turnaround for our photos was incredibly quick, all in all he was amazing! Thank you so much Paul, it was a pleasure to meet you and have you share our day.”
What sort of photographer are you?
I like to think of myself as being a 'documentary style wedding photographer' and in the main, the majority of my work is exactly that. It's candid and unposed and represents what is really happening rather than everyone standing on ceremony for hours on end. However, I still enjoy taking family group photos but I try to make it fun and I don't take too long about it. Also, I like to take a few shots of the Bride and Groom in more of a creative fashion or bridal magazine style.
How much experience do you have?
I've been a photographer for more than 30 years but shooting weddings since 2004.
What can we expect from you as part of your service?
I offer 3 packages which all include a pre-shoot, all consultations, unlimited time on the day, all edited images on USB or download, a password protected online gallery for friends and family to view at your discretion. Details about album options are explained above in each package description. Depending on distances and locations, the price will be all inclusive. However, I'll be happy to give a bespoke quote to clients that want a reduced coverage or a midweek booking.
How many photos will we get?
There can never be a definite number but on average I shoot in excess of 1,000 images often more, and I usually edit to a final set for my clients of around 400 edited magazine quality images which are generally delivered within a month after the wedding.
What about albums?
When you've had a chance to thoroughly look through all your pictures I will invite you to choose a selection of your favourites and then I will design an album for you. You will also be able to take part in the designs and make sure you are happy with the final drafts before they go off to be made. I work with only the best suppliers who offer the best quality products anywhere in the world. Currently I work with Graphistudio of Italy, and British companies Loxley Colour and SIM Imaging. I have samples that I will be happy to show.
Are you insured?
Yes, I have full Public Liability insurance and I am also DBS checked.
What happens if you are ill or cannot attend the wedding?
Firstly, this has never happened and I don't ever expect it to and I would have to be on my death bed or stranded on a desert island to not turn up for your wedding. I understand the need to answer this one properly though and if that ever happened you would be provided with another photographer, one of a number of other professionals that I associate with plus a compensation payment of not more than 25% of the total paid.