Natural Wedding Photography
My Wedding Photography Style…
The wedding day is the start of a new journey for two people, and one of the best things I love about my job is that I get to share a small part of this journey of two people by taking pictures they will love and cherish for many years to come. This means so much to me, and maybe that’s one of the reasons why I keep on doing what I do. Taking pictures and making people happy.
Who Do You Choose..?
You’ve decided on the date, chosen the venue, and looked at zillions of wedding pictures so your next decision is about the photographer, and who do you choose?
Do you choose a friend, a part-timer, or someone who’s just starting out in photography, together with the worry and disappointment this could bring, or do you choose a full time professional with a lifetime of experience?
Its all about choice, but remember that your pictures are really important. In years to come you want to be able to sit down and look at all your pictures, re-live the day, and still get that warm and fuzzy feeling about how perfect your day was. This is why you need a photographer who you can trust to capture your day. One who knows where to be at all the right moments, and one you can trust to capture those future memories.
A Hands Off Approach
My style of photography is based on watching rather than organising, so I photograph things as they happen. The only time I get do involved is during the formal groups and newlyweds portraits.
During this part of the day I need to organise people for the groups, and I also need to tell the couple where to stand for their portraits. For the rest of the time its just me capturing the day – quickly and quietly.
But, and there always is a ‘but’, if you are looking for an alternative photographer, one who edits your pictures with funky colours, then I’m not the photographer for you. I’m really not. I believe pictures should last forever, which is why I keep things simple with clear and colourful pictures, elegant photography and most of all, pictures that will stand the test of time.
Experience Goes a Long Way
O ne of the biggest assets any photographer can have – besides their cameras – is experience. I’ve been photographing weddings now for over 30 years, so I bring this experience with me to each and every wedding.
Sometimes things don’t go entirely to plan, things like the weather or ‘things’ that get in the way of the day, so besides being flexible I use my experience to have a ‘Plan B’ and be ready for next picture. That’s what a lifetime of experience does.
If you are looking for a photographer who can capture the day, doesn’t make a fuss and provides you with timeless and elegant wedding pictures, then read my FAQ’s, visit my galleries, visit my BLOG stories and if you want to get in touch or even meet for a coffee, I’ll look forward to hearing from you.
A Portfolio for all Kinds of Day
Weddings come in all shapes and sizes, so I have three wedding portfolio’s to cover the smallest to the largest of wedding days.
The Intimate Portfolio is for elopement weddings or intimate weddings with around 25 guests or less. I have three options to suit your day.
The Small Wedding is for those smaller weddings and ceremonies with around 50 guests or less, and includes several options to suit your day.
The Big Wedding is for those big days with around 60 guests or more and includes lots of photography from the preparations until the evening dances.
Frequently Asked Questions
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, make a list of the ones you like then arrange to meet the photographers. When you do meet them, 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…?
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 12 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 five minutes to get everyone together and pose, so if you want ten group pictures – that’s around 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...?
That’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 the ‘doubles’, ‘eyes-closed’ shots or shots that just didn’t work are deleted during the editing process – 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 800 for a big wedding. 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.
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 storybook, 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 visiting, then 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.”
Get in Touch..!
If you would like to know about my availability, or would like to see my price guide, then click on this button to go to my contact page where you can send me a message.