The Small Wedding
The Small Wedding is for those smaller days with maybe with the church, the cars and the dress, but with fewer guests than a big wedding. I don’t like things to be too complicated, so I only offer a few options to complement your photography.
EACH PORTFOLIO INCLUDES
Uncomplicated and unlimited photography
An image collection of individually edited pictures on a USB drive
A personalised chrome or wooden USB drive
Your edited pictures as high and low-resolution digital files in colour and monochrome
A HD slideshow on the USB – with a selection of pictures coordinated to music
A private online gallery to share with family & friends
My photography starts before the ceremony to capture the arrivals, and then continues throughuot your afternoon until you sit down for the wedding breakfast at the afternoon reception. The portfolio includes your edited pictures on a USB inside a presentation box covered in the material of your choice.
My photography starts before the ceremony to capture the arrivals, and then continues throughuot your afternoon until you sit down for the wedding breakfast at the afternoon reception. The portfolio includes the boxed mini-album and USB or the boxed print set with the USB and one hundred prints of your choice.
Include the preparations of the bride at home or hotel
Include the speeches and the evening dances
The Bellissimo Wedding Albums & Books
My albums and books are made right here in Scotland, and with over 50 colours to choose from, you can choose to have your album covered in linen or leatherette. Each album I design is designed around your day, starting each design with blank pages and then designing as I go along to tell the story of your day in a contemporary and easy on the eye design. Once the design is complete, you can choose to make changes to the design before it goes to print.
From the outside the albums look the same, with the main difference being the pages. Albums with photo-pages have my designs printed onto Fuji-krystal photographic paper, which are bonded onto card pages before binding into the cover. This means that the photo-pages are thicker and have better visual quality. Albums with press-printed pages have my design printed straight onto acid free paper using an indigo printing press before being bound into the cover. Press-printed albums are thinner, have slightly less visual quality and are more economical.
You portfolio will include a personalised USB drive and a presentation box covered in linen or leatherette. With over 40 choices of material to choose from, you simply choose a colour from my ALBUM COLOURS website page. The USB is made of chrome and is covered in either white or black leatherette, which can be persoalised witn your names in either black or white printing. The box can also be covered in your choice of linen or leatherette, and again personalised with your choce of text.
The Bellissimo Mini is a presentation box containing a 9x6 inch album plus a personalised USB drive. My page designs are printed onto photographic paper, bonded onto lightweight pages and then bound into the album cover. The album and the presentation box are both covered in the same material and personalised with your names.
The Print Box is a presentation box containing one hundred 9x6 inch prints of your choice plus a USB drive containing all your edited pictures as high and low resolution files. The presentation box is covered in a material of your choice and both the box and the USB drive are personalised with your names.
The Bellissimo Album is a heavyweight album that has my page designs are printed onto photographic paper, bonded onto thick card pages and then bound into the album cover. The album and USB are provided in separate presentation boxes.
My Storybooks and duplicate books are high quality printed books which are considerably cheaper than the photo-printed albums. This means you dont have to break the bank for your main album or parents books. All the books can be covered in your choice of linen or leatherette, with the exception of the mini-books which are covered in leatherette. You can see the colour choices on my ALBUM COLOURS page.
The Storybook Album
A personalised 14x10 or 12x12 inch storybook with 40 page-sides and finished in a cover material of your choice.
30 page-sides: £200
40 page-sides: £225
The Medium Bellissimo Album
A personalised 12x8 or 10x10 inch album with 40 page-sides and finished in a cover material of your choice.
30 page-sides: £325
40 page-sides: £350
Two duplicate 10x8 or 8x8 inch press-printed books, each with 40 page-sides and finished in the same cover material as your main album and provided in a presentation box.
30 page-sides: £110
40 page-sides: £125
Five duplicates of the main album, these 4x4 or 5x4 inch books are press-printed and finished with your choice of leatherette cover with your names printed on the front.
The Small Bellissimo Album
A personalised 10x8 or 10x10 inch album with 40 page-sides and finished in a cover material of your choice.
30 page-sides: £275
40 page-sides: £300
The Large Bellissimo Album
A personalised 14x10 or 12x12 inch album with 40 page-sides and finished in a cover material of your choice.
30 page-sides: £375
40 page-sides: £400
Two duplicate 7x5 or 8x8 inch albums, each with 40 page-sides and finished in the same cover material as your main album and provided in a presentation box.
30 page-sides: £150
40 page-sides: £175
Ten duplicates of the main album, these 4x4 or 5x4 inch books are press-printed and finished with your choice of leatherette cover with your names printed on the front.
What to Expect
HOW LONG DOES ALL THIS TAKE?
Three weeks after your wedding your online gallery will go live, and if you’ve ordered a USB I will post it the same day your gallery goes live. If you have ordered an album, the first preview of the design will go live the same day as your pictures, and you will receive your USB and album two weeks after the design is finalised.
THE NUMBER OF PICTURES I TAKE
It’s really hard to promise a guaranteed number of pictures taken at a wedding because there’s so much that can happen and I never know what to expect. As a guideline there will be a minimum of 350 pictures on your USB, depending on how long I am with you. In all honesty, much of the what I do depends on the day and the opportunities I get.
I take a lot of time and care during the editing process, individually editing each picture to gain the best results. I believe colour pictures should be colourful and vibrant, so I don’t mess about with fancy effects as I want your pictures to look just as good in two or twenty years as they do today.
Like most people, I like monochrome, but where some photographers go ahead and decide which pictures they make into monochrome, I don’t. Besides all your colour pictures, I also provide you with a complete set of monochrome files so that you have the best of both worlds.
Your password protected online gallery is where you, your family and your friends can view your wedding pictures – as well as order prints, canvasses and frames etc. The gallery stays online for around three months, and although I do delete the online gallery after time, I never delete your files off my storage server.
As soon as the wedding is edited I go right ahead and make the first design of the album which I uploaded to a separate gallery on my website with its own password so only you can see it. This saves time, plus it gives you an idea of how the album ‘flows’. Then you have three opportunities to change, add or take away any pictures.
The USB with all your edited pictures will contain four sets of pictures: a complete set of colour pictures as high and low resolution files, plus a complete set of monochrome pictures as high and low resolution files. No logo’s or watermarks will be added to the picture files.
Once I have edited your pictures I will select about 50 to 75 pictures to show the highlights of your day and then make a slideshow which I coordinate to music. I make the slideshow into a HD slideshow and put it onto your USB drive as an MP4 file which you can play on your computer or TV.
Experience has helped me develop a style that captures the formal and informal moments of your day without a lot of fuss. There really isn’t any set formula to what I do because every wedding is different, so my approach is to stand back, observe and to take pictures as the day unfolds.
When it’s time for the groups, I get these done as quickly as possible, keeping the groups to a minimum. For the pictures of the newlyweds, these usually take between 20 to 30 minutes and my relaxed approach to these will ensure these are neither stuffy or cheesy.
I take great pride in what I do, and taking beautiful images that you will treasure is my ultimate goal. My images are timeless and honest, and I photograph each wedding in a way that captures your day and the start of your new journey.
You've probably got a few questions about my wedding photography, so here's a few answers...
How do I choose the right photographer...?
All I can suggest is that you visit several websites, look at their pictures and see what they’ve got to say. There’s zillions of photographers to choose from, some are cheap, some expensive, some just starting and some are just part timers.
Look closely at their pictures and look for continuity. Some photographers can take great shots of shoes and flowers, but their people shots less so. Some have stunning front-page shots, sometimes using models, but what are the rest of the wedding day shots like?
Make a list of the ones you like then arrange to meet them, and when you meet, ask them lots of important questions – about their experience, if they’re insured and also, their approach. After that, you’re going to have to make an inspired decision. Are they the right photographer for you…?
Things I don't do...
There's lots of things that I do before, during and after a wedding that are part of my wedding coverage, but there are some things that I do not, and will not do...
- Destination weddings. Unless its in Scotland.
- Take hours to shoot the groups, and even longer for the portraits.
- Take snaps of the guys holding their kilts up.
- Call myself a 'fun' photographer. Weddings are a serious business...!
- Make your pictures weird colours.
- Take months to edit your pictures. Three weeks, with me...!
- Pretend I’ve won zillions of photography awards.
- Use flash during your ceremony.
- Demand a meal at tea-time.
- Turn up at your wedding dressed like I've been to the supermarket.
- Only turn up with one camera and two lenses.
- Miss your wedding…!
Will you be the photographer at my wedding?
Of course I will be your photographer. Some wedding photographers will take your booking and then have someone else photograph your wedding, usually a part-timer. I would never do that and will always be the photographer at your wedding.
How do you define your 'Style'...?
I photograph things as they happen, so I’m very hands-off during your wedding day. I like to stand back and photograph the day as it unfolds, capturing real moments. The only time I get involved is for the formal part of the day for some group pictures and of course, portraits of the newlyweds.
Do you need a shot-list...?
No, I don’t. I photographed my first wedding in 1987 and I’ve photographed hundreds of weddings since then, so I know what pictures to take and where to take them. But… if you have any special pictures you would like, then tell me beforehand or tell me on the day, otherwise just relax and enjoy your day and let me worry about the picture taking.
How do you handle group shots...?
Every wedding needs some group pictures as they are a part of the wedding and its a rare opportunity of families getting together. I usually shoot between 8 to 10 group pictures at a wedding. Sometimes a bit more, sometimes a bit less but I do have to keep them to a minimum due to time. A group picture takes around four to five minutes to get everyone together and pose, so if you want ten group pictures – that’s around 40 to 50 minutes or maybe longer depending if guests are on hand. This is why I keep the groups to a minimum and concentrate on fewer but larger groups.
How many photographers will be at my wedding..?
I will always be at your wedding, but sometimes for big weddings I may use a second-shooter called Brian – who is also a full-time photographer of 16 years wedding experience.
What if we love having our pictures taken..?
If you love having your picture taken then all the better. I love taking pictures, especially if you want to play, so let me know beforehand so we can put some extra time aside for your pictures.
What if we don't like having our pictures taken..?
Maybe we could break the ice with an engagement shoot, as this helps me to build rapport with you. If not, then on the day I will try to make the pictures as easy and as painless as possible with my hands-off approach.
How many pictures do you take...?
How long is a piece of string...? It's a difficult question so I never promise a set amount of pictures. All weddings are different, so much of it depends on the day and the opportunities I get. On the day I only stop taking pictures when I feel I’ve taken enough.
Some of the pictures you won’t see because during the editing process the ‘doubles’, ‘eyes-closed’ shots or shots that just didn’t work are deleted, and besides, no one needs to see them anyhow.
As a rough guide the final number of edited pictures could be around 200 pictures for an intimate wedding, 400 for a small wedding and around 600 for a big wedding. But, as I said, it just depends on the day.
How do you edit your pictures..?
Some people know a bit about photography and some don’t, but its a fair question. The pictures you take on your small cameras or phones are JPEG’s, which are small compressed files. The problem with JPEG’s is once you edit the picture it looses quality, and looses more quality after each edit.
All the pictures I take are captured as RAW files, which can be edited multiple times without loosing any quality – so that’s what I use. Once I’ve selected the pictures I want to keep (the keepers) I use professional software to edit the pictures, editing each individual picture to get the best results.
And by the way – I don’t use fancy colours of effects when editing pictures as believe me, trends soon go out of fashion. I like clear and concise colours as I want your pictures to look as good in 20 year time as they do today.
What do we get..?
Each couple receive a USB with the edited pictures as high and low resolution files – with one complete set in colour and one complete set in monochrome. I also provide a slideshow movie, which is a selection of the day’s pictures coordinated to music. There is also an online gallery to share with your family and friends, and which stays online for six months after the wedding.
If you want to include a bespoke album or coffee table book, you can add the cost of one to your portfolio before or after the wedding. Its completely up to you.
What of it rains..?
If you live in Scotland, then its something we come to expect. If you are just visiting Scotland for your wedding, then you need to be aware that rain is always a possibility. I’m used to it, so if it does rain then I will always have a plan B for the pictures, whether its somewhere indoors or even outside under an umbrella.
What if you were sick on the day..?
Once I am committed I will be there! There’s no if’s and definitely no but’s, but if something colossal were to happen then I do have some close colleagues who would cover for me. But in all honesty, in the 30+ years I’ve been photographing weddings I have never missed a single wedding. Ever.
Did you really...?
Did you really get this far down the list…? I’m amazed. So, just to cheer you up…
- Did you hear about the two spiders who just got engaged? I hear they met on the web.
- Did you hear about the two cell phones who got married? The reception was terrific.
- Did you hear about the notebook who married a pencil? She finally found Mr. Write.
- Ladies and gentlemen, it’s been a very emotional day. Even the cake is in tiers.
- I just saw two nuclear technicians getting married. The bride was radiant and the groom was glowing.
- It’s been ten years since the invisible man married the invisible woman. Their kids are nothing to look at either.
And finally, a quote…
“To keep your marriage brimming with love in the wedding cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up.”
If you would like to talk about the photography, then lets chat on the phone or meet up for a coffee. Give me your number or a date to meet at Loch Lomond or Glasgow. Its just a chat, so there’s no obligations and no decision has to be made straight away.