WHY I'M THE RIGHT  WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER FOR YOUR DAY

WHY PICK ME TO COVER YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

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WHY ME?

 

LUXURY AND BESPOKE CREATIVE HAND EDITING

 

I offer a truly luxury and bespoke hand editing service to each and every one of my clients - no two weddings are the same, so why should the editing be? I hand edit each and every photo to perfection - ensuring that your wedding photographs look the very best that they can, using modern, creative and timeless techniques that ensures your photos look as amazing as they do on the day you get them in twenty years time.

 

When I say that my photos are hand edited - I really mean that, they are painstakingly tweaked and perfected by hand to a top quality standard, to ensure that every photo looks perfect without using any batch editing processes or one click filters. My signature style wasn't born by using short cuts or cheating - each and every photo is perfected for you - no matter how long it takes me - I always give my clients a beautiful and magical wedding album full of creative images that let their unique day shine through by telling their story, whilst using my creative editing techniques that I've become known for and delivering an album that matches the pictures you see on my website. I always discuss editing with my clients before each wedding to find out what they love - some people love black and white, some people love colour, some people love overly creative and fashionable editing and some people like a mix of natural and creative images.

 

One of the main things that sets me apart from other photographers is the fact that I don't use batch editing, I don't outsource my editing work to other companies and I don't use generic "filters" to edit your photos - each and every one of your wedding photos is hand edited until it looks the perfect. I've spent years perfecting my editing techniques and developing my signature style - and it's something that I'm well known for amongst the photography world and community - and something that my clients have come to expect as standard with my service. Luxury and bespoke editing is all part of the service, and it's all included in the price of your wedding.

 

I don't use batch editing like a lot of photographers do. Batch editing is where a photographer applies one set of "tweaks" to multiple photos without editing them by hand - this gives a uniform style to the photographs, but it can also leave the photos lacking any vital tweaks that need to be made to ensure that each different lighting condition is edited correctly - no one size fits all style works for every single photo and it's really important to check each and every one to ensure that the levels are perfect, the sharpness and noise levels are perfect and that certain colours don't need adjusting to be brighter or less saturated. Batch editing can save a photographer a lot of time, but it also means that your photos don't come out tweaked individually to ensure that each and every photo is perfect and you can end up with a lot of photos looking too dark, too bright, with the wrong or undesirable colours, or not adjusted properly in so many other ways.

 

I don't outsource my editing to other companies, which again, is a very disturbing growing trend as you lose any sort or tailored editing when a photographer sends it away to be edited by a team that's never even spoken to you, which takes away any sort of input that you want to have over how your photos are edited. These companies offer editing services to photographers for dirt cheap prices to save them time, I'm plagued with cold calls and emails from these companies constantly, but it goes against everything that I stand for as a photographer and I can't offer a truly luxury and bespoke service when I'm sending my photos to someone else to be edited. I do understand why some photographers use this service - it saves them weeks of work after the wedding and these companies have dedicated teams that work day and night to edit photos for cut throat prices, but at the same time, it takes away any creative control you have as a photographer, and any creative input the client wants to have too. I'm constantly trying to explain to these companies when they call me that I offer a luxury and creative hand editing service (they never read my website before they call me) and it would be fraudulent for me to outsource my editing as that's one of the main selling points of my photography, but they still persist and tell me constantly that they have a huge amount of photographers in my area using them, which is frightening to say the least, as their work can often be very generic, they often remove backgrounds very badly and replace them with stock images of blue skies, and to be honest with you - their work is just no where near as beautiful as the hand edited creative touch that photographers like me have spent years learning how to do perfectly.

 

Filters are great from a photographers perspective, they allow you to click a button and have your photo look a certain style, but the service that I offer goes so much further than using filters. I don't use any filters when I edit weddings, I create every photos unique style by hand to ensure that they all look perfect and consistent with my signature style. Using filters can be a really bad thing as not all filters fit every scene and it can severely ruin photos. I tweak each and every photo to perfection by hand depending on the lighting, subject, clarity, colour, sharpness, contrast, highlights, shadows, exposure, aperture and style of each photo. Using filters is very common amongst photographers as it saves them a lot of time in the editing process, but personally, I refuse to use them and I edit each and every photo individually to ensure that they all look their best - not every photo suits the same style and no wedding is a one size fits all job. Have you ever tried to apply a filter that you've used before and loved to a photo on instagram and it's looked wrong or not worked how you expected? That's because all photos are different and there isn't a "one size fits all" way to edit photos to look perfect.

 

I also use specialist professional wedding equipment to ensure that my photos are capable of being edited in the creative way that my clients love. The reason that professional photos can be edited so much better than those taken with consumer or mobile phone cameras is because those types of cameras can't capture the detail needed in the file to be able to push the boundaries during editing. Without the specialist capabilities to capture large ranges of detail, colour, shadows, highlights and a huge dynamic range within the photo file, the photos are never going to be able to be edited in the same ways as a specialist professional cameras photos can be. Even cheap DSLR cameras can't keep up with proper professional cameras - I still have my very first DSLR and I couldn't stand to use it anymore as the files are just so basic compared to my professional gear, and you just can't achieve that top end professional editing without the right equipment for the job. Not only is it about the camera and how the camera captures the information from a scene, it's also about the editing software being used - that's where I can really push the limits and achieve so much more than you ever could with consumer grade editing software that you get on things like instagram.

 

My editing method is a trade secret, but what I can tell you is that by using the most advanced software available, I can carefully adjust every single aspect of a photo until every detail is exactly how I want it to look, ranging from brightness, sharpness, clarity, contrast, individual colour saturation levels, highlights, shadows and so much more. This allows me to use my advanced camera to it's fullest potential - my camera is a very advanced professional camera that captures so much more detail than you see in a photo, and it allows me to push the boundaries with editing and get some really creative looks out of my photos whilst still maintaining the quality and clarity.

 

Each scene requires a different editing style and different levels to be tweaked to ensure that all the photos look fantastic, creative and consistent with my signature editing style so that your album is every bit as magical as you'd hoped it would be. Photographers that use "one click" filters for photos can have a whole wedding album edited in a day or two, but it can take me up to a few weeks to perfect a luxury and bespoke hand edited wedding album, and that's part of the reason that my prices are a bit above the average, as you're paying for a lot more work than just the wedding day itself - you're paying for my undivided attention whilst I hand edit every single one of your photos to perfection, and this is a huge part of what sets me apart from other photographers!

 

I love editing. It’s one of my favourite parts of photography, and I pride myself in keeping up to date with trends and new editing techniques. I love styled editing and I think my portfolio really reflects this. Some photographers hate the editing part of the job, but to me, it's one of the best bits and I can't wait to sit down at the computer and start waving my digital wand. The computer is where half the magic happens and you turn a great shot into a creative shot. My photography style is modern, creative, timeless and at times, it even includes fine art.

 

I’ve always been a creative person; I studied art when I was younger, and I think that’s strongly reflected in my work. You can always rely on me to be true to my personal signature style, and deliver the creative photographs that I've become known for. I always ensure that my clients get the beautiful and magical wedding album that they expect from me. Take a quick look through my portfolio and get an idea of what I love to do, and how I love to do it.

 

 

PASSION

 

Not only am I friendly and approachable, but I also have a can-do attitude and nothing is too much trouble for me. I really do go the extra mile for my clients, and I don’t do off days. My clients always tell me that they cherish the time that they spend with me on their wedding day and that I was the perfect person for the job, and I think that says a lot about me as a person - you wouldn't want do spend your wedding day with someone who wasn't easy to get on with, and I think that's just as important as the professional side of being a photographer - you can have all the photography skills in the world, but if you don't have any people skills then your clients aren't going to really appreciate their time with you on their wedding day.

 

It's really important to enjoy what you do, and I'm grateful every day that I get to do what I love with some really fun and interesting people. Weddings are my passion, I love nothing more than watching a couple celebrate their love and unite together as one. I fell in love with wedding photography and that was it for me - I knew what I wanted to spend my life doing!

 

Because I love what I do, it gives me that extra drive and passion to go the extra mile for each and every wedding that I shoot. No two weddings are the same, and that's what makes them all so beautifully unique and fun to shoot! I think having passion is what has driven me to be where I am today - it always makes me strive to work harder, to aim higher and achieve greater things.

 

If I had been asked when I was a teenager what I wanted to be, I couldn't have told you. I spent a few years of my adult life wondering where my place was in this world and what I was destined to do - when I grew up, we were expected to know what we wanted to do by the age of thirteen, and I just didn't know. I ended up perusing art at school - it was the thing that I loved the most, and I'm so lucky to be able to work within the art sector - people don't often think of photography as an art - but it is. You sketch your subject with your background and the people when you take the shot, then you paint the masterpiece at home when you are editing the photo on your computer. To read a little more about me and my background, head to my biography page and see who I am behind the lens.

 

Passion is so important in photography because it gives you an extra string in your bow - if you love what you do, you're going to enjoy doing it, and work never really feels like work.

 

 

ORGANISED

 

I'm one of the most organised photographers that you’ll ever meet. I'm meticulous with both my digital and physical organisation. I keep detailed notes to make sure that I know every detail running up to your day, it really pays off to be prepared - I make records of the details of every conversation, email and document that we share so that I know exactly what I'm doing, when I'm doing it, and most importantly - how I'm doing it. Planning your wedding is a vital part to ensuring that we get the best photos possible, but it's also a part that I love doing - I absolutely love talking to brides and grooms about their wedding plans, themes, surprises and everything in between.

 

Not all weddings need a rigid schedule, some weddings don't have one at all, but I'm very experienced in co-ordinating photography schedules with clients, venue staff and service providers, and I always make sure that every couple gets the moments that they want captured - I always help them plan to fit in the photography that they want around the rest of the events on the day.

 

I'm also very meticulous about my photography gear -it has to be cleaned, organised and ready to go the night before each wedding - every piece of equipment gets tested to ensure it's working, every battery gets tested to ensure it's charged, and every item goes into my gear cases which are not only waterproof, but they can withstand a truck driving over them. They may be a two man lift, but they're so padded and heavily protected that my photography gear is perfectly safe and organised after even the bumpiest of car rides, so that I'm ready to get it all onto the camera and into my bag once I arrive at a wedding venue without any catastrophes.

 

 

DEDICATION

 

You will never catch me leaving because its past my finishing time. I will always put in overtime for as long as you need, and I will also work around the clock at home to plan and organize your photoshoot, and then to process and edit your photos afterwards. I don't take holidays and I don’t have a standby button, so you can be assured that there won't be any excuses from me as to why your photos took 6 months to edit. Each wedding gets an estimated editing time, and I've not once yet gone over my estimated editing time, in fact, I've always been early because I'm a workaholic!

 

Each photo is hand edited to perfection to ensure that they all get the time that they deserve. I don't use instagram style "filters" or use batch editing, I hand edit each photo and tweak it to perfection. My signature style is my creative editing and that's one of my favourite parts of the job. I can often be found working into the night to ensure that every wedding gets the dedication that it deserves, much to the dismay of my family!

 

I've dedicated the last 5 years of my life to perfecting my skills and style as a professional photographer, and I've dedicated most of my life to art and telling stories using pictures in one form or another. Although I haven't got 20 years of experience - For a start, I'm not even 30 yet! - I do have the most up to date and modern perspective on photography so I'm not stuck in a rut like some older photographers can get, I love to keep up to date with the modernisation of photography in the digital era and the new techniques that are fresh to the market - you won't catch me falling behind with the times and It think that's a huge advantage of being young and having learned photography in the digital era, so don't let the fact that I haven’t been photographing weddings for 20 years put you off - some older photographers can end up stuck in their ways and not move with the times, and I'm dedicated to keeping up with the latest trends and technology advances.

 

I offer a truly luxury and bespoke service that only a top creative professional photographer can offer you. To read about what you should look for in a professional wedding photographer, see my blog post on the subject here.

 

 

CANDID & NATURAL SHOOTING STYLE

 

I mainly shoot in a candid and natural style with a mix of posed shots thrown in - for example the group family and guest shots need to be directed to an extent and the intimate bride and groom shoot often requires a small bit of guidance and direction to ensure that the couple are looking their very best. Even when I'm shooting in a posed manner, I try to do so in a natural way. More information on shooting styles can be found in my blog post here that goes into detail about all the different shooting methods and styles of wedding photography and lists the pros and cons of each.

 

You have to be able to trust your wedding photographer to capture your day in the most amazing way possible - without trust, there's no creative control for the photographer to capture your day in a natural and candid way. There's always a place for planning and scheduling, which is something that I offer all of my couples, but to capture the candid and natural events at a wedding, there has to be a certain amount of trust that the photographer is going to use the time that isn't scheduled well. Trust is closely related to giving up certain aspects of control over your day - just like how you trust your venue to perform their expected service, or you trust your caterer to make great food. When planning and organising a wedding, you have to accept that you cannot control everything and that's why you have professionals to carry your creative visions and bring them to life. Handing over the photography reins to your photographer requires a lot of trust, but if you try to plan too much of the day, you can end up hijacking the creative process.

 

This is why I always ask my clients to trust in my creative process and to allow me to have some time during the day to capture candid and natural photos - there has to be some room in the day for flexibility so you can do your job as a creative professional - there has to be room to be creative, spontaneous and present in the moment to capture those memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.

 

Lists of must have shots and a guest shot plan are a great way to know what a bride and groom want, and that's something that I always incorporate into my wedding photography planing with my couples - but it's vital that we leave some time for candid and natural photos, because no one can predict the amazing and spontaneous creative moments that happen on a wedding day, and if every minute of your day as a photographer is planned out, you don't have time to stop and capture the laughs, the smiles, the tears and everything in between.

 

Because I specialise in telling wedding stories in candid and natural ways, I need my brides and grooms to trust that I will capture the best bits of their days, and everything in between without having my time micromanaged, and that's a skill that I've proven at every single wedding that I've shot - my couples are always delighted with the photos that I've captured of parts of the day that they didn't even see themselves, or bits that they didn't witness because they were too busy, and that's something you can see in my reviews - my clients put their trust in me and they don't regret it.

 

 

INVESTMENT

 

I'm constantly looking out for new trends, techniques and equipment to ensure that each wedding I capture is done with the best possible equipment, and in the most modern and stylish way. I offer several creative options to my clients to ensure that each and every wedding I shoot has the creative sparkle that I’m known for. I even offer a few "off the menu" items that can give a wedding album that little extra sparkle. I don't list these on my website as they are discussed on a case by case basis and they fluctuate with the trends in wedding photography industry. To find out more about my special creative touches, please contact me.

 

I invest most of my profit back into my photography. I have a super fast modern and powerful computer with 4x the power of most consumer computers with all of the latest editing software. I have an ever growing collection of photography books, magazines and professional grade equipment, including full back up equipment to ensure that I can continue to cover a wedding if anything happened to my main equipment, I have lenses of almost every variety, tripods, flash guns, lighting equipment, modifiers, soft boxes, beauty dishes and other bits to ensure that no matter what the job is, I have a large selection of gear to chose from so that I'm prepared for every wedding that I cover, and I'm able to be creative, modern yet still timeless.

 

I use a professional grade specialised wedding camera manufactured by the multi award winning company Nikon, and all of my lenses are Nikon branded. Despite the massive cost of buying Nikon professional grade equipment, other non OEM branded lenses can be inferior in quality so I have heavily invested in the equipment that I use to ensure that it's capable of capturing whatever I ask of it with crystal clarity glass that produces top grade images. Nikon are one of the biggest manufactures of cameras and photography equipment in the world and they've been at the forefront of photography since 1917. They are at the top of their game with optic electronics and precision technologies, their digital SLR cameras continue to constantly revolutionize the photography industry for professional photographers and photojournalists.

 

Using Nikon's equipment gives me the speed, quality, editing capabilities and durability of their award-winning digital SLR camera technology whilst ensuring that my equipment is up to date with the latest advancements in photography technology whilst being built to withstand the demands of professional use in any lighting condition. Nikon equipment is built with high quality components, and although it's very expensive to purchase and maintain, it's built without any compromise on quality or reliability.

 

Canon was once the manufacturer of choice for professional photographers due to a technology race with something called auto focus which allows the camera to focus on objects in your chosen area in the image frame, but in recent years, more and more photographers are switching over to Nikon because of Nikon's high quality, durability and technological advances, Nikon now owns more than 40% of the market share amongst the whole photography industry, and that's saying something as there are a lot of big brands that make DSLR cameras and lenses! At the time of writing this, Nikon are now the #1 selling brand for full frame professional cameras, and that's all thanks to the jaw dropping specifications of their cameras, the exceptional quality and extreme durability.

 

I regularly maintain my equipment by cleaning the electronic sensors and doing all the routing maintenance to ensure that my photography gear is kept well maintained and ready to go. I take all steps necessary to ensure that my professional gear is regularly service to prevent the likelihood of any malfunctions or electrical failures. I also use special photography grade batteries which are kept constantly charged by a special trickle charger, ensuring that they aren't damaged by the consumer grade battery chargers on the market that overcharge batteries and push power into them too fast. The special batteries that I use are phenomenal quality, they allow my flash gun to fire all day and night at a steady voltage without a drop off in power, and although they are very expensive to purchase and need replacing frequently, it ensures that I only use the best tools for the job.

 

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I mainly shoot in a candid and natural style with a mix of posed shots thrown in - for example the group family and guest shots need to be directed to an extent and the intimate bride and groom shoot often requires a small bit of guidance and direction to ensure that the couple are looking their very best. Even when I'm shooting in a posed manner, I try to do so in a natural way. More information on shooting styles can be found in my blog post here that goes into detail about all the different shooting methods and styles of wedding photography and lists the pros and cons of each.

Not only am I friendly and approachable, but I also have a can-do attitude and nothing is too much trouble for me. I really do go the extra mile for my clients, and I don’t do off days. My clients always tell me that they cherish the time that they spend with me on their wedding day and that I was the perfect person for the job, and I think that says a lot about me as a person - you wouldn't want do spend your wedding day with someone who wasn't easy to get on with, and I think that's just as important as the professional side of being a photographer - you can have all the photography skills in the world, but if you don't have any people skills then your clients aren't going to really appreciate their time with you on their wedding day.

 

CANDID & NATURAL SHOOTING STYLE

 

I mainly shoot in a candid and natural style with a mix of posed shots thrown in - for example the group family and guest shots need to be directed to an extent and the intimate bride and groom shoot often requires a small bit of guidance and direction to ensure that the couple are looking their very best. Even when I'm shooting in a posed manner, I try to do so in a natural way. More information on shooting styles can be found in my blog post here that goes into detail about all the different shooting methods and styles of wedding photography and lists the pros and cons of each.

 

You have to be able to trust your wedding photographer to capture your day in the most amazing way possible - without trust, there's no creative control for the photographer to capture your day in a natural and candid way. There's always a place for planning and scheduling, which is something that I offer all of my couples, but to capture the candid and natural events at a wedding, there has to be a certain amount of trust that the photographer is going to use the time that isn't scheduled well. Trust is closely related to giving up certain aspects of control over your day - just like how you trust your venue to perform their expected service, or you trust your caterer to make great food. When planning and organising a wedding, you have to accept that you cannot control everything and that's why you have professionals to carry your creative visions and bring them to life. Handing over the photography reins to your photographer requires a lot of trust, but if you try to plan too much of the day, you can end up hijacking the creative process.

 

This is why I always ask my clients to trust in my creative process and to allow me to have some time during the day to capture candid and natural photos - there has to be some room in the day for flexibility so you can do your job as a creative professional - there has to be room to be creative, spontaneous and present in the moment to capture those memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.

 

Lists of must have shots and a guest shot plan are a great way to know what a bride and groom want, and that's something that I always incorporate into my wedding photography planing with my couples - but it's vital that we leave some time for candid and natural photos, because no one can predict the amazing and spontaneous creative moments that happen on a wedding day, and if every minute of your day as a photographer is planned out, you don't have time to stop and capture the laughs, the smiles, the tears and everything in between.

 

Because I specialise in telling wedding stories in candid and natural ways, I need my brides and grooms to trust that I will capture the best bits of their days, and everything in between without having my time micromanaged, and that's a skill that I've proven at every single wedding that I've shot - my couples are always delighted with the photos that I've captured of parts of the day that they didn't even see themselves, or bits that they didn't witness because they were too busy, and that's something you can see in my reviews - my clients put their trust in me and they don't regret it.

 

that goes into detail about all the different shooting methods and styles of wedding photography and lists the pros and cons of each.

You have to be able to trust your wedding photographer to capture your day in the most amazing way possible - without trust, there's no creative control for the photographer to capture your day in a natural and candid way. There's always a place for planning and scheduling, which is something that I offer all of my couples, but to capture the candid and natural events at a wedding, there has to be a certain amount of trust that the photographer is going to use the time that isn't scheduled well. Trust is closely related to giving up certain aspects of control over your day - just like how you trust your venue to perform their expected service, or you trust your caterer to make great food. When planning and organising a wedding, you have to accept that you cannot control everything and that's why you have professionals to carry your creative visions and bring them to life. Handing over the photography reins to your photographer requires a lot of trust, but if you try to plan too much of the day, you can end up hijacking the creative process.

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I mainly shoot in a candid and natural style with a mix of posed shots thrown in - for example the group family and guest shots need to be directed to an extent and the intimate bride and groom shoot often requires a small bit of guidance and direction to ensure that the couple are looking their very best. Even when I'm shooting in a posed manner, I try to do so in a natural way. More information on shooting styles can be found in my blog post here that goes into detail about all the different shooting methods and styles of wedding photography and lists the pros and cons of each.

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