Black and white wedding photographs. A groom awaits his bride at St Alkmund's Church, Duffield, Derbyshire.

 

How would you describe your style?

I work in an informal and friendly way. I love to reflect the warmth and real joy of the day, avoiding the more intrusive style of formal wedding photographs. I’m always keen to make the photography a thoroughly enjoyable part of the wedding for everyone involved. This everyone feel relaxed throughout the whole day.

Whilst informal and with an eye open for the pictures that really make your wedding, my style is not strictly pure documentary or reportage. Rather than stay on the sidelines I prefer to document what’s happening from within.

I have recently started to use quiet and unobtrusive (and fully professional quality) cameras that aren’t so big as to scare the living daylights out of people! I find this really does help to put the bride and groom and their guests at ease. In the right hands this really helps people feel completely relaxed about having the photographer around.

 

How much time do you take over the formal group shots?

Done in the right way, the group shots can be a wonderful part of the day for everyone involved. They can be made enjoyable and fun and are a great way to make sure that all your guests feel involved.

However a balance has to be struck. It is important to do them quite quickly and they should never be allowed to take over the afternoon. It’s also important not to keep the caterers waiting.

I like to fit in with your day. If there are only 45 minutes before guests are called in to the dining room, then the formal wedding photographs can generally be done quite easily in this time, especially with the aid of efficient ushers. If there is longer, then there wil be time to intersperse posed photographs with socialising for the bride and groom.

 

How many formal group photographs do you usually take?

I don’t recommend doing every possible combination of family / friends and so on. I find that a list of around ten photographs works well, starting with the big group and reducing it down.

 

I’d just like to have a chat about our wedding photography

If you would like to come and meet, you would be made very welcome. Just e-mail me so that we can arrange a suitable time. I can then show you some sample albums as well as a slideshow of recent favourites. We can just have a very informal chat about your wedding photography and you can then decide afterwards if I’m the right person for you to look after your wedding photography.

 

What is needed for booking?

I ask you to read and sign a contract (nothing too scary!) and to make a first payment of £250.00. Once that’s all done I will issue a receipt and confirmation and your wedding photography is all set until nearer the time.

Ideally a few weeks before the wedding we will need to get together to go through the arrangements.  If meanwhile you have any queries or need advice, then I’m just a phone call or e-mail away.

 

What happens if the photographer is ill on the day?

Working and communicating closely with other wedding photographers I have actually stood in before now on a couple of occasions when other photographers haven’t been able to get to a wedding through illness. I help run a professional photographer forum and have connections with quite a few photographers who I can call upon and who I can trust with your wedding photography. I’m also a member of the British Institute of Professional Photography who can often help out.

 

Are you insured?

Yes I have full professional indemnity insurance and public liability insurance.

 

What happens if a camera or card fails?

I use two different cameras approximately 50:50 (two different lenses) and always carry a spare camera in the bag. Each camera simultaneously writes each file to two different cards, so in the extremely rare event of a card failure, all images are safely on a second card.

 

How do you produce black & white?

Having had experience of hand printing in the professional darkroom I am really keen on producing quality black and white. Some wedding photographs really lend themselves to this whilst others really do need colour.

Usually I initially provide the wedding photographs in colour to be converted to black and white at the album stage, although if preferred I can go straight to black and white for some of the images right from the start.

Nowadays it is normal to put digital black and white files through the colour process for printing, but I prefer to print them here on an A2 sized dedicated printer. The results are distinctly better, especially when viewed under artificial light.

 

What kind of albums do you offer?

There are two distinct album types: digital and matted.

I use Jorgensen matted albums from Australia and for digital albums I use British made and printed albums by SIM2000, both of which I believe are amongst the very best available. I do have accounts with other companies should you have any more specific requests.

 

What happens after the wedding? How secure are my wedding photographs?

The images are backed up off-site and duplicated. Images are then carefully edited and processed and uploaded to your own password-protected web page.

The finished files (full size as well as smaller web-sized files) are copied to a USB stick for you.

If you are having an album, I ask you to choose an album type and to give me a list of the pictures you would like to be included. I will then do a suggested layout and you will be able to request changes to this. Full guidance is given at every stage.

 

Are you familiar with my venue?

I have photographed weddings at many venues across Sheffield and South Yorkshire as well as much further afield. For a wedding photographer Losehill House, Hassop Hall, Chatsworth, Whitley Hall, Whirlowbrook, East Lodge (the list goes on) are all wonderful venues.

You may just have found somewhere that I haven’t photographed before but you shouldn’t worry about it. If I haven’t been there before I will always have a good look round beforehand and make sure that I have seen the place with a fresh, creative and experienced eye.

 

Can you suggest some other wedding suppliers that you have worked with?

Sure! I have worked with many different wedding suppliers over the years, from florists and caterers through to magicians and have a page with quite a few suggestions here. Naturally I can’t give absolute guarantees about other people, but I do feel that the people on this list are all well worth looking at.