I like to keep my photography candid and as natural as possible. I want my clients to feel comfortable in front of the camera which will, in turn, allow me to take great photos that can be enjoyed for years to come.
Taking good photos is not just about skill; it is also important that we build rapport. Whether we do a one-hour shoot in the studio or a full-day wedding, it is important that we enjoy our time together because this will affect the end result.
When I'm not behind the camera I like to enjoy the outdoors through long country walks, running and cycling. I do a lot of cooking and make a good lemon drizzle cake!
Choosing a photographer
Choosing a photographer for your wedding is a big decision - you are putting your trust in them to provide quality photographs of the day which you can look back on in years to come. The first consideration is the photographer's style and whether you can say to yourself 'I want my photos to look like that'. You also need to get on well with them. Your photographer will be shadowing you for most of the day and you need to feel relaxed around them and know that they will interact with your family and friends well.
I always meet my couples to discuss what they would like and hear about their plans for the day. Once we have agreed to go ahead a contract is signed. I encourage my couples to do a pre-wedding shoot in the months before as this allows us to work together so that you don't feel quite so put on the spot on the day of your wedding.
When it comes to your wedding day I aim to capture as much as possible to tell the story of how the day went. I'll capture details you might not have seen and people's real emotion in a candid and non-intrusive manner. I won't be hiding in a corner but will also respect your guests.
Despite my desire to be as candid as possible, there will of course be plenty of opportunity for group shots of the guests in any combination you like.
I also find it worthwhile to put a slot into the timetable just for taking formal photos of the pair of you. This will allow me to take photos fit for framing and putting on your living room wall.
How many photos will you take at my wedding?
I will take photos continually on the day but edit the best ones in varying finishes. I don't impose limits but a full day wedding will return 300-400 finished photos.
When will we get our photos?
For weddings, please allow up to four weeks for the finished package. I will, however, provide a selection of unedited images for you to view within a few days of the wedding.
What will we get?
The finished package will be a USB disk with all your edited photos. It will come in a presentation box, which can be engraved. If you have chosen an album, you will receive the disk and album at the same time.
Are you insured?
I have public liability and professional indemnity.
What will you wear?
At your wedding I am a guest and during the ceremony will be quite obvious so am fully suited and booted. Usually a conservative black suit, white shirt and plain tie.
Do you bring spare equipment?
I bring three cameras, spare batteries and other backup items. For the gear nerds among you I use a Canon 5D Mark 4, 24-70mm f2.8, 50mm f1.2 and 85mm f1.2 Mark 2.
Do you backup your data?
Memory cards remain on me at all times on the day in a zipped pocket. As soon as I get home, I create three copies on three different drives; one is external and kept in a different location.
Do you take a deposit?
I take a 50% deposit to save the date. It is signed off through a contract outlining all the requirements and expectations of each party.
When is the balance due?
The balance is due one month before the wedding. I will send a reminder and confirm details with you at that time.
What area do you cover?
The cost on my website is for within 40 miles of Birmingham city centre. I work anywhere in the UK but extra costs will be added. I keep the distance I travel on the day to an absolute minimum to avoid being held up, staying as close to the venue as possible.
Who owns the copyright?
In any photography, the copyright remains with the photographer. In our case, you will receive digital copies on disk. The contract will outline that you have permission to share on social media and print on any medium you like. You will not be able to submit the photos to websites or magazines or sell them to a third party. I reserve the right to use the photos to promote my business.
What is an engagement shoot?
It is a portrait shoot of about two hours, prior to the wedding, allowing us to get to know each other before the big day. If you're in any way nervous about being photographed then this is a great way to get it out of your system. Some locations I suggest are Clent Hills, Lickey, Sutton Park or even staying in town and making use of Birmingham's architecture.