FAQ's

Are you a member of any Professional organisations?

Yes, I am a member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association, (WPJA), an International organisation representing professional photographers skilled in the documentation of weddings in a candid, unobtrusive style. As a WPJA member, I join the ranks of some of the most respected and accomplished award-winning photojournalists in the world.

Do you offer mid week wedding photography discounts ?

Yes, I offer mid week wedding photography discounts. Discount options are available for mid-week weddings Monday-Thursday (except bank holidays) – Prices from £500.00

All our services are flexible and can be modified around any requirements you may have. If you do not see something exactly to your requirements here, please call or email to discuss further. We pride ourselves with being able to offer something to suit most people at a price to suit your budget.

What makes you different from other Dorset Wedding Photographer?

I am a professional Dorset wedding photographer and as such I deliver professional results.

Wedding photography is not something to supplement my income, as I give each wedding 100% of my time and attention. In delivering truly professional results a finished set of wedding photos can take up to a week of my time. It is not just a matter a shooting it and then handing responsibility elsewhere. I personally oversee every stage from editing, colour correction and retouching, product design and album layout. I also personally inspect every finished album for quality before presenting to the client.

As a Documentary Wedding Photographer, can you tell me more about how you would capture my day?

To create an impression of how a documentary wedding photographer captures your wedding day, I would start with the bridal preparations (and those of the groom if preparations are to take place in close proximity) before proceeding to the marriage venue to record the build up to and the ceremony itself.

A short period after the ceremony we might take a small number of posed group shots to provide you with a clear, relaxed and high quality record of how your nearest and dearest looked when they came together to celebrate your union.

I would then continue to document your wedding day as it proceeds through the various stages you have so carefully planned, including the reception, the wedding breakfast, the speeches and all the other intrinsic aspects of that special day as they occur at their natural pace.

I do not direct any part of ‘your’ day for the purpose of my photography. To do so would result in a false documentation of your wedding day and the photographs would then become my perception of your wedding rather than a record of ‘your’ day and the way you meant it to be.

For a short period around sunset I would hope to have some time with you for a small series of portraits when the days light is at its very best. I will then continue to document the celebrations as they continue into the night.

Anything else you should know?

Yes – I’m a married father of three.  I own two Rhodesian Ridgebacks called Nala & Maya, I enjoy cycling and riding my classic Japanese motorbike.   My professional career has seen me document the life of the nation, within national news for 16 years, from the funeral of Princess Diana to the London bombings  !

 

I am 44 and my favourite musician is Ben Harper. My greatest love is music, with a collection ranging from Jazz  to dance.  I’ve got many stories to tell from my days working in the National news from celebrity encounters through to the hard news.  These can be extracted upon meeting, but for now lets concentrate on your story.

Are you insured?

Yes, I am – I have public liability and professional indemnity insurance.

Who choses the images for the wedding album?

In my experience couples often find it a chore to decipher the best image from a sequence or where indeed to start editing when looking at a large amount of images.

I believe editing is one of the key reasons why many couples employ a professional photographer to capture their day. Good photographers have many years of experience in editing and telling a story with style and without repetition.

I openly encourage couples to have an input with editing, asking for a brief list of real favourites, so I can include and highlight specific images where appropriate.

What happens after the wedding?

As presenting your memories is so important to me, it may take up to 4 weeks for me to carefully edit and present these images back to you. I make no apology for this as I dedicate time to each and every image, preparing and optimizing them one by one.

The first time you will see your images it will be on an online gallery, and after that the usb, prints and album will be produced. Some albums can take up to 2 months to be hand-built and delivered.

How do we book you?

Call me or email at any point to check my availability. Once the date is confirmed, we can arrange to meet and talk through your wedding photography requirements. This can be an opportune moment to look through my latest wedding albums as well as to make some great portraits with a possible engagement shoot.

I require a printed & signed contract and a non-refundable retainer fee of £250 to secure my services for your wedding date. I accept bank transfer or cheque. No date can be saved without completed contract and deposit, with remaining balance needing to be paid 28 days before wedding date.

Do you require feeding on the day?

It is not a prerequisite to do so as I can bring my own food. Whilst you are enjoying your wedding breakfast, I will take my own short break, without missing any key moments…

 

However, should you choose to do so, it is greatly appreciated as the working day is long and the energy involved maintaining an alert perspective can be greatly assisted through some fine food 😉

Do you take formal group shots?

Yes, I do – even though many modern couples shy away from the stiff starchiness of posed wedding photography. In my experience, a small amount of group shots will always be wanted and in turn valued by family members.

 

People love to see clearly who was there to share in the joy of their day. Even though I am in my element doing the documentary stuff, the formal pictures can be arranged easily with the assistance of an usher or Best Man and then we can move on.

Do you photograph in Black & White or colour, and who edits the images?

All my images are taken in colour with the option to reproduce in Black & White upon editing.

Some images work particularly well in Black & White rather than colour and vice versa.

I edit all my own images and perform colour corrections, cropping & conversions.  I try to improve key portraits and remove spots & harsh shadows, but cannot offer miracles with removing elements from a photograph.

How would you describe your style?

My work is best described as reportage or documentary wedding photography, with me seeking to find and capture definitive moments within the wedding day.  I act fast and unobtrusively to provide an accurate visual record of your wedding day without interfering with the natural flow of the day.

You are based in Dorset. Do you travel elsewhere?

Yes, I am based in Dorchester, Dorset but I am well used to traveling large distances in the course of my work. I undertake commissions throughout the UK and abroad.

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