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If you’re anything like most brides, your wedding day will fly by all too quickly and the best way of reliving it in the months and years to come will be through your photographs and/or your video.
Though lots of your friends and family will take pictures on the day, it’s always a worthwhile investment to book a professional photographer for shots you can look back on with pleasure.
Photo by Nova Wedding Photography
Base your selection on whether you like the kind of work your photographer does. Visit a selection and ask to see examples of their work from recent weddings. Notice how the photographer has chosen his settings and make sure there’s a mixture of different types of shots. If the firm you visit employs several photographers, find out who has taken the pictures you like best and make sure you book that specific photographer for your day – and find out what happens if that photographer is suddenly not available. Decide whether you want formally posed shots, or whether you would like the photographer to take informal pictures as they happen. Black and white photographs are now as popular as colour so find out whether your photographer will shoot in black and white film or turn colour pictures into black and white afterwards. Ask whether proofs will be available at the reception. Your photographer may well know the church and reception venue you have chosen, but if he doesn’t check he will visit both before the day so he can choose the best locations.
Make sure you get a written quotation which specifies exactly how many photographs will be taken, at what points during the day and how much extra prints will cost.
If you want photographs taken in church, check that your vicar or priest is happy for this to happen and at what points during the service.
Much the same advice applies to choosing a videographer as to choosing a photographer.
Make sure you see samples of recent work, make sure the videographer you get is the one whose work you like best. Again check with the vicar or priest first whether he is prepared to give permission for filming during the ceremony.
For Andrew, being your wedding photographer is about providing a package, being your friend and building trust. His style is very natural and relaxed and he will approach your big day with passion, committment and humour, aiming to provide a five star service.
His photography style combines both traditional and documentary techniques, telling the story of the day, with a real focus on people, moment and detail, as well as a whole load of fun, spontaneity and the famous selfie stick.
Friendly, fun, classic and contemporary photography: from the ceremony only to a full day’s coverage, there will be a package to suit you and your wedding. Call for a discussion with no hassle and no obligation.
With all-day wedding photography, plus album and a free video for just £795, and register office packages, with an album, at just £595, Focus Weddings brings 20 years’ of quality experience to your wedding album. Photographer Ian Worrell always tries to put you, your family and your guests at ease, creating a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere which helps create the best photographic coverage of all those memorable moments from your big day. His mix of formal and spontaneous shots will make your album unique and complete.
Highly commended in the 2019 South West Wedding Awards, Louise Richey absolutely adores her job and makes every effort to get out and about when I have some free time to take pictures and experiment with different types of photography.
Her wedding style is classed largely as reportage as she likes to capture the moments of your day as they happen, but she will also capture those important moments where a little pre-organisation will make the difference and give you those all important ‘mantlepiece’ shots. Her belief is that the best shots come from a strong client-photographer relationship and she will strive to build that with you from your first meeting to ensure you will be happy with your photos on the day. Her aim is to capture your memories in a relaxed and personal way.
Vanessa has had a camera in her hand since she was 10 and says: ‘To capture a moment, frozen in time, this fascinates me the most about photography. To then be able to look back at it and recall that moment!’ Which is exactly what couples want from their wedding photographs.
Vanessa loves meeting people and helping them relax in front of the camera. ‘I do my best to create a friendly environment,’ she says, ‘and bring out the beauty that’s there but is just too shy to come out. The sentence I hear most at my shoots is ‘I hate being in front of the camera.’ Well don’t worry. I will help you all they way.’