"It is more important to click with people
than click the shutter."
Do you shoot film or digital?
I learnt photography with black and white film using Nikon SLR camera at Bournemouth & Poole Art College - now I shoot exclusively digitally, always in the RAW format which gives the best tonal range - all good photographers will always shoot in RAW.
What equipment do you work with?
I work with Nikon a D810 and D800E cameras accompanied by the best Nikon Lenses. My three favourite pieces of glass for a wedding are the prime Nikon lenses particularly 35mm F/1.4, Nikon 85mm F/1.4 and the Nikon 105mm F/2.8 for very close-up details, sometimes I dig out my zoom Nikon 70-200mm F/2.8, I also bring various Nikon Speed lights for extra lighting.
What is your style?
I photograph in a natural reportage style, whilst I mix-in timeless, creative portraits and close-up detail imagery to tell the story of your day. Take a look at my gallery, if you like what you see then I’m a good choice for you.
How do you conduct yourself at weddings? What is your approach?
I try and be as unobtrusive as possible at weddings. I keep my interaction with the bride and groom to a minimum unless directing portraits and group shots.
How long until we get the pictures?
I usually complete all the post-production in 2 Weeks, I always send a few sample, taster images within a few days.
Do we get an album?
Not an album but a book, which I believe is a more modern take. As an ex-graphic designer I have a lot of experience in this field, so you are safe in the knowledge that you will receive a beautiful book with carefully selected images (either you can select or I can do it for you). We can also customise details such as page amount, size, finishes. If you want me to look at an album for you I offer a 10% reduction at the time of your initial booking.
Colour or Black & White?
Some images will suit one format and vice versa. If you have a strong preference for Black & White then I can focus my post production with that as a priority.
How much experience do you have?
I shot my first wedding in Dorset 5 years ago, now I shoot around 10-15 a year. I also undertake commercial commissions, so in order to keep my work at a high standard I currently won’t shoot any more.
Do you shoot group shots and how long do they take?
Yes I do! It helps if you can provide a list of the family / friends you would like included and I'll ensure there is time set aside for them. Usually formals take between 30-45 minutes.
What if I don’t like my photograph being taken?
I often find that the couples who tell me that they do not generally like their photos being taken, actually enjoy the wedding photography on the day. I have a fun and relaxed approach and for the most part you won't even notice I there, I am confident of capturing you at your best which helps to put you at ease and enjoy the photography.
We like the idea of an engagement shoot – where can we do this?
Anywhere that is special and means something to you as a couple! Preferably somewhere picturesque and quiet – woods, beach or around some interesting architecture.
Do you have relevant insurance?
Yes I have Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance.
How many pictures will you take at my wedding?
There is no limit to the number of photographs I take – I will take as many pictures as there are opportunities. The quantity will depend on the size of your wedding, the location, the weather and the time of year. On a full day's shooting it will usually be between 1500 and 2500 images and I would usually supply between 400-600 as a final edit.
What if it rains?
A good photographer should be able to cope with all conditions - where at all possible I will visit the venue in advance to ensure there are locations we can use for the group photos, couple shots and bridal portraits in the event of bad weather, and I'll be bringing lighting equipment with me in case we do have to shoot indoors.
Can we meet you before the wedding to discuss our requirements?
I believe it is mutually beneficial for both parties to meet up before the big day. However, if a meeting proves logistically impossible we can still discuss all your queries or concerns over the phone or on Skype. The meeting is free of charge and you are not committed.