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Winter Wedding Photography
International Wedding Photography
"Capturing the Magic Moments and Personal Details of Your Wedding Day
From Pre Ceremony Preparations to Post Party Celebrations."
A professional dedicated wedding photographer competent enough to capture the candid natural moments and confident and experienced enough to orchestrate your portraits and group photography for the must have photos for the mantle piece!.
It is a privilege to share your wedding day as your wedding photographer, to be entrusted to capture the magic moments of your wedding day!
Whilst having the experience of 200 booked weddings, I am aware no two weddings are alike, nor our wedding couples tastes and styles. I try to take this on board when documenting your wedding day as your photographer, so that you will be seeing the images you want in your Wedding Story Book!
During our first meeting, together we will arrange a 'Wedding Photography Package' to suit your individual personal requirements.
It may just be a "DVD with every photograph on it!" or a deluxe 'Book Collection' - with copies for your friends and family.
We'll meet a second time (closer to your wedding date) at your wedding venue to discus your wedding photography requirements, group combinations and to investigate the photo opportunities presented to us at your wedding venue. We will use my photographer booklet that I have created especially for this. As no two weddings are alike (nor are the couples!) and as such your personal priorities will also vary! I aim to respond to these - to cpture what you wish to see in your wedding photography album!
You can have a complementary 'Portrait Shoot' at the venue if you like. This is useful so you know that you can relax on the day, feeling comfortable in front of the cameras, your in the hand so of an experienced personal and professional!
According to your wedding photography package or chosen hours of coverage (my average wedding is 8 hours photographic coverage) I can photograph the bridal preparations right through until the evening celebrations.
Im dedicated to documenting your day and to attempt to capture all of your 'wished for wedding moments' as well as the 'obligatory' group shots that I will orchestrate and we will have discussed and pre arranged together.
My experience of photographing 200 weddings is invaluable in this!!!
I endeavour to capture as much 'natural reportage' as possible (ie documenting the day as it was, as it happens and unfolds into the evening celebrations) Whilst offering my creativity and experience in arranging the group photographs and some personal portraiture (that wont occupy your afternoon - eating into your valuable wedding day and wearing the patience of your wedding guests!)
The 'Originals' are given at full quality to the Wedding couple on 'Master DVD's [plus 2 extra copies for your parents] in a deluxe DVD presentation case
'Reproduction Restrictions' are waived. Your Wedding photographs are copyright free (this means they belong to YOU and not he photographer. The images are soon to become your wedding memories, are yours to keep, share, print, enlarge, upload, frame, email, 'burn' (copy) etc..
Wedding Photographs are also provided 'resized' on a 'wallet friendly' credit card sized USB memory card for easy sharing (email ready and web friendly - perfect for using on Facebook) - 4 copies are given to the wedding couple to enable easy sharing.
An online Wedding Photo gallery with password access is available for you, your friends and family to share and enjoy the photographs. (online within 1-3 weeks, and will remain online for a duration of 12 months)
The Wedding Photo Gallery is aligned to a professional print ordering service, offering professional prints on top of the range Kodak Endura paper from only £3.69 each & 'complete sets' of prints from a rapid gallery from just 10p each!
The online wedding photographer slideshow features a special FREE DOWNLOAD facility on each images, enabling your friends and family (and your guests using the password) to download to keep - to 'help themselves' to their photographs.
Being a Wedding Photographer is my job – a full time job, a vocation. I am a professional Wedding Photographer and I am passionate about it (You have to be - the average wedding week in the summer for me is a 60 - 70 hour week)
I Photograph around 30 weddings per year (restricted) and only accept a maximum of TWO wedding per week during the peak wedding periodto assure flexibility, focused coverage and fast processing of your wedding photography gallery, enhancement of the wedding proofs / originals and your handmade Italian wedding album and finished wedding photographs. Most of my wedding photography bookings come via referrals and recommendations. I am very busy during hr peak summer months, Some Saturdays during the 'wedding season' can attract in excess of 30 enquiries (ok so this was the 07-07-07! - considerably less for a wednesday wedding in November!) Its worth planning ahead and contacting me as soon as you have secured your wedding venue and wedding date.
Its as important for me as the wedding photographer as it is for the wedding couple to meet and to choose the person that will be working intimately alongside during the wedding day! (I will spend many days following the wedding immersed in the wedding photos, tweaking and enhancing the images building wedding galleries, creating DVDs and USB keys of all of the wedding images. (its a far more rewarding task when one has gelled with the couple!) A true labour of love!
Its a demanding job, the wedding photographer can often be the centre of the coordination on the wedding day (between venue staff, the chauffeur, toastmaster and the wedding party - often all at the same time!) it takes skill and sensitivity for the wedding photographer to be able to do this delicately without becoming 'bossy' or 'taking over' and adding any stress to those involved.
I use the finest photographic specialist equipment - using the latest professional Canon 5d III - famed for their high sensitivity in low light conditions, producing photographs that you could enlarge onto a double bed sheet (should you really want to!)
I use 3 Top of the range wireless flash guns Canon 600EX RT and 4 additional portable ttl wireless triggers and flash guns (for outdoor use and abuse for when the creative flair calls for something a little beyond the ordinary!)
Professional equipment that provides the best quality doesn't come cheap - £5000 for one camera with one lens and a flash gun! I don not compromise on quality, a sentiment wedding couple would e wise to ponder upon when booking their wedding photographer - the images will be all you will have to remember your wedding day with!
One of the most important aspect of wedding photography is a bag full of super sharp fast low light lenses. My personal camera bag consists of the legendary Canon 16 - 35mm L F2.8 super wide angle lens (perfect for a group shot indoors on a rainy day) to incredible telephoto portrait lenses - the Canon 70 - 200mm L IS F2.8 (image stabilised) in order to capture moments from afar, unnoticed, non intrusively! The super fast Canon 50mm F1.4 (ideal for late night on the dance floor) and my favourite all rounder 24 - 70mm L F2.8. I also have a macro lens for extreme close up detail and a phenomenally powerful 1000mm dedicated mirror lens (suitable to capture your venue from across the valley!)
Professional capable equipment does not come cheap - my camera bag is worth in excess of £12,000. There is no venue 'too dark' or restrictions on season that this equipment and an experienced professional photographer cannot deal with.
This is half the story, Then there is the computer to process these wonderful and large wedding images. I use the latest version of CS6 Photoshop to enhance and flatter your wedding photographs. I have a large colour profiled and calibrated monitor and a computer with 16GB of RAM and my hard drive count is in excess of 16 TB in order to be able to work and preserve your wedding photographs.
I offer flexible Wedding Photography Packages - starting from 'Images Only Services' (Digital Disk) to 'Tailor-made Wedding Photography Services' which offer complete 'Wedding Photography Packages' with Graphistudio wedding books nabbing your new larger family to be able to enjoy all of the wedding photography!.