Advice on Choosing Your Wedding Photographer. Recent Publicity – Wedding Venues & Services

Featuring one of my favourite informal photos from Elissa and Michael’s wedding, I contributed to a piece in this summer’s Wedding Venues & Services magazine: Ask the Expert

What interested me most on reading it was that all five of us featured – some of the top names in the wedding photography world – gave essentially the same advice to prospective clients seeking to choose a wedding photographer:

See at least two complete recent weddings; you get what you pay for in photography – the better the photographer the more they charge;

see client testimonials as well as wedding photography; check experience, & whether the photographer is full or part time;

check they have client liability insurance (an absolute must have);

choose someone you get on well with;

look for passion and emotion in the images;

choose a reportage photographer with great care, not all ‘reportage’ images are flattering – make sure they can also take the other type of shots that matter e.g. groups, lovely portraits of the couple.

In terms of trends, each of us picked our own trend, but I agree with all of them:

1. Image manipulation – there is currently a fashion for heavily manipulated, fashion style images.

Whilst I think this can work well for a portrait shoot, for a wedding I offer this style to clients on one or two photos only from the hundreds taken. I prefer wedding photography to be ‘real’ rather than fake, to tell the story of the day. When I do show such an image I usually recommend that it is a stand alone image, rather than one put in the album.

2. The best of both worlds – Not just reportage or portraiture.

More Brides are realising that posed photographs don’t have to be stiff and formal and that reportage shots aren’t necessarily relaxed! The best photographers are combining both, I certainly do.

3. Trash the Dress – the big trend coming in from the USA.

This is becoming more and more popular both with my existing clients and with Brides who have used other photographers for their wedding.

4. The importance of the classic wedding album

Digital only packages are popular, but invariably clients realise that a wedding album is more than a collection of photos – it’s an heirloom, and a repository of their memories of an extra-special day.

Bumps and Babies

There’s something quite miraculous about Bumps turning into Babies!
Congratulations to Jane and Phil on the arrival of their beautiful daughter Erin.
Jane is responsible for my fab logo and a very talented designer who is now enjoying juggling – time that is, not babies!
If you’re looking for a graphic designer check out Jane’s web site at

Funky fun!

One of the great things about a Love Your Dress shoot is that you can have a lot of fun trying out different ‘looks’ so that you have a wide choice of photos from the classically beautiful to the funky and fun.
I adore photographing weddings, but on a portrait shoot I also get the one thing I don’t get at a wedding: plenty of time! On the wedding day itself, the most important thing is to capture the real day, and to spend time with the Bride & Groom judiciously so that they get stunning photos but don’t feel that their day was turned into a full scale photo-shoot. Unless we can build in a lot of time prior to the ceremony, the portraiture time afterwards is usually about the couple, not the dress, so a Love Your Dress (or if you feel like living dangerously a Trash Your Dress) shoot is the perfect opportunity for us both to relax and have fun, without any pressure.

Recently, Emma and I had a fabulous afternoon doing just that at a variety of locations. We did some classic shots as a bit of a ‘warm up’ and then moved on to more adventurous pictures. Emma’s stunning Vera Wang dress had the chance for another outing before being finally packed away.

She’s still choosing her favourite photos which we intend to put at the end of an album with the photos from her wedding in Australia.