What you can expect...
Hiring me to photograph your wedding will be like asking one of your mates to come with their camera… if your mate happens to have epic camera sniper skills. Investing in top notch wedding photography is already going to pay you back with amazing memories so many times over.
However, times that by TEN when your photographer is on the same wave-length as you are and you get on like a house on fire! That way, not only are you going to have a book full of absolute bangers after your wedding, you’re going to feel like every photo is a mini “that’s how we roll” moment. Your grandkids are going to love it when they see your wedding story!
Typical Wedding Package:
- A "get to know me" introduction before you book. We find a time that's convenient for you and set up a Google Meet session. I'll go through all my packages and prices and explain exactly what you get. You can also ask me any questions you have.
- A pre-wedding meet up . This is usually at your wedding venue(s) and allows us to scout out all the best locations and get a feel for how your day will unfold. This is when we'll go through all the timings and put a plan together.
- Full day's coverage from the morning preparations to the first dance. This allows me to build the right context and tell the story of your day, I'll get all those lovely little moments too.
- A password protected online gallery, so that you can access all your wedding photos anytime you have a device with you. Also, it's a great way to securely share with family & friends.
I offer stunning wedding albums (see here) so that you'll have your photos right to hand whenever family or friends pay you a visit. This means that you don't have to pile everyone around a screen... instead, you get to blow their socks off with the ultimate way of showing your wedding photos off!
Well, you know what they say, two heads are better than one, and when it comes to wedding photography, two photographers are definitely better than one! With double the talent, double the lenses, and double the creativity, you can be sure that your special day will be captured from every angle and in every light. Ideal if you're getting ready in different locations, or movement is restricted.
Not only is it a great opportunity to get to know me a bit more and get comfortable in front of the camera, it's also a chance to capture some beautiful and meaningful photos of you and your partner before the big day. Plus, you can use these photos for save-the-dates, wedding websites, or even as decorations at your wedding! From exploring the nature around you, to bee-keeping red letter days, we'll do something fun and totally you. You'll get a great sense of how I work too ;-)
The next step...
To find out more about me and my services, I recommend filling out my contact form and getting in touch. We can then arrange an online meeting where I can go through my various package options and explain exactly what they are and what you get. You can then decide what's for you!
How many photos will we receive?
It all depends on your wedding and what happens on the day! It's difficult to give you an exact number as I haven't shot it yet ;-) However, it's always over the 500 mark! Having a second photographer at your wedding will bump it up too.
Are you insured?
Absolutely, my Public Liability insurance covers me up to £5 million. I can break something pretty expensive can't I ;-)
Can we print our images, are there any restrictions?
They're your wedding photos!!! I think they absolutely must be printed and you can even order prints through your online gallery... or wherever you want to. You can print them out and put them all over your house. Even better, put them all over someone else's house. If your friends have their wedding photos up on their wall, replace them with yours.
Do we need to sign anything when booking?
Yes. All wedding photographers (and all suppliers for that matter) should have an agreement in writing. It means that your date, venue & what you've ordered are all in black and white... and we'll all sign it. It's there to protect us both and really helps with transparency, you'll feel reassured when you sign it.
What happens if you suddenly can't make our wedding?
This is a really important question! As much as I'd love to guarantee I'll be at your wedding 100%, there's always a small chance that something unforeseen could happen to me. In the event that I am unable to make it, I'll turn to some of my amazing friends in the wedding community and find a talented and established photographer to step in. I'll then get all the images from them and carry out all the post production and finish the job. I'll also try to find someone who isn't a million miles away from my style and demeanour... just so you don't miss me too much. This is covered in my contract (as mentioned above).
It's quite a long day, should we arrange a meal for you?
It's such a great feeling when you're half way through totally nailing a wedding, and there's some lovely food waiting for you! I generally back away from the wedding breakfast as I know you and your guests probably won't appreciate being photographed at this point... so it's an ideal time for me to get stuck in too. Most wedding venues will happily look after me at your request. I eat absolutely everything, apart from strawberries... they don't like me :-(
Shall we give you a list of photos we want?
The only list that's handy is one for the group/family photos, just to make sure we don't miss anyone out. I'll be photographing your wedding like a fly on the wall, so it's not necessary to say, "please get the kiss, please get the first dance". If something happens, I'm all over it! As for your family photos, from experience... if we're shooting them for more than fifteen minutes, you might start feeling like running to Mexico. I recommend keeping your list lean, and your guests keen!
Are all the images we receive hi-res?
Yes they are! I've heard horror stories about photographers giving their couples low-res files, then trying to charge more for the printable versions. Don't worry, you'll get the full files.
When will we receive our photos, and how?
Typically it takes me about four weeks to get them to you. You'll receive a link that will take you to your password protected client area, where you'll be able to view & download your lovely wedding photos!
Do we need a second photographer for our wedding?
It’s pretty much dependant on your wedding. Having an additional photographer present allows me to effectively be in two places at once. I usually spend the morning with the bridal party and my camera buddy will be with the boys, pinching their fry ups and drinking their tea. Another benefit is that one of us can be at the back of your ceremony and the other at the front, so we’ve got all the angles covered (ideal if movement is restricted). Then there’s the dynamics. Since there’s two of us, it allows me to spend more time on the farty arty stuff whilst my assistant mingles with your guests and snaps away. In short, you get more of the good stuff!
What's an Engagement Session all about?
A pre-wedding engagement session is a great opportunity for us to get to know each other a wee bit more before your wedding day, and we’ll get some epic photos too. It’s a bit like going on a little adventure together for an hour or two, maybe in a national park, maybe at the coast or maybe during a bee keeping red letter day. We’ll have a right laugh and get some gorgeous pictures too, perhaps even for your invites!
What's the difference between one of your albums, and one we can make ourselves?
Well firstly, you can certainly make an album yourself! You'll have all the hi-res images from your gallery available for download (at printable quality). The albums that I produce are some of the finest wedding books in the world. You'll get a totally mind bending memento of your day, with all the feel and smell of that awesome leather (or synthetic materials if you wish). Be sure to check out my Albums page (top menu) for more info.
Are you full time?
Yes, I've been a full time photographer since 2012 - and I'm loving it ;-) I pretty much shoot weddings exclusively.
Do we really get high fives and fist bumps throughout the day?
My most asked question (unbelievably)! Yes you do, but they require a situation to warrant them first. I can't be seen to dish them out for no real reason, otherwise I get mobbed. Something needs to happen, that thing needs to be pretty awesome... I then become emotionally moved towards marking it with the above mentioned gestures.
Can we photograph you?
How about you photograph me... your guests photograph you, photographing me... and I photograph your guests photographing you. That way we can have some sort of inception situation going on. As long as we don't rupture some sort of continuum, it's all good.
We hate having our photo taken! What now?
I hear you - tell you what, neither do I! I think you probably hate someone pointing a camera at you, barking instructions and making you feel awkward. Right? My theory is that it's actually this that is the problem. It's the thought of being made to feel awkward, uncomfortable and uneasy... therefore making you look exactly those things in the photos. However, something that seems to pop up quite a bit in my google reviews is: "He made everyone feel at ease on our wedding day" or "Great fun to work with and makes you feel so comfortable in front of the camera".
Your wedding should be a fun and relaxed day, you certainly don't need a photographer trying achieve their own goals or attempting to turn you into someone you're not. Some couples will be happy to be photographed for hours, but most will not. I can get some cracking portraits in 10-15 minutes, we'll have a bit of a walk about, have a right laugh and a bit of fun too. I bet you'll say something like, "well that wasn't hard was it".
So what's involved in the booking process?
Well, hopefully at this point you'll be thinking... "yep, Mark's the very man for us, he's going to totally knock our wedding out of the park".
Booking me for your wedding couldn't be easier! Firstly, head over to my contact page and fill in the form with all the relevant details (it's all self explanatory). I'll be in touch shortly after with my availability on your date, if all's good, we'll set up a video meeting and have a good ol' natter about you and your wedding plans. If you'd like to go ahead and place a booking, you'll receive a link from me which will take you to your very own booking portal. There, you'll be able to build your own photography package by selecting the bits you want (like a second photographer) and leave out the things you don't want (like an engagement session). Once you've built your package, a contract will be generated for you to sign, and you'll also be able to pay your 25% booking deposit. They'll also be a brief questionnaire for you to complete, just to make sure I have all the relevant info about you and your day.
The entire process takes about twenty minutes to complete online. Then, you'll be in the "Mark's gonna shoot our wedding club". T-Shirts not available.
We don't need a photographer for a full day, can we still book you?
If you are having a small wedding between November and February, with shorter coverage required (minimum four hours), I can absolutely tailor my photography to your needs and can even give you an hourly rate. So just get in touch to let me know what you require and we’ll make it happen!
How far do you travel?
I'm based in Surrey and typically cover London and the surrounding counties (Kent, East/West Sussex, Hampshire & Berkshire). However, I quite often travel further afield! If your wedding is more than a two hour drive away, it might be sensible for me to leave town the morning after... so accommodation may be factored in (something like a local Premier Inn usually does the trick). If you're planning a destination wedding that requires a more in depth approach (like the SAS), but you'd still like me to do my thing on your big day... do drop me a line and we'll work it out! I've shot weddings in Italy, France, Romania & Ireland so far... I'd love to add a few more to that list (like Iceland... go on, you know you want to).
We're also interested in having a videographer. Can you help us with that too?
I don't provide this service myself (videography & photography actually require a very different skillset). I recommend going for someone who's a total specialist at filming weddings and will "get you" just as much as your photographer will. If you're hiring a photographer because they're great at subtly catching people candidly and joining in with all the fun... you don't want an ex-BBC guy cramping your style with a huge broadcast camera, trying to "arrange" everything.
Luckily, I often work with some fabulous videographers who totally get weddings... and people for that matter (after all, that's what it's all about). I can certainly put you in touch with talented people who are not only great at what they do, but have a similar approach/demeanour as me. Go for a second photographer too and you'll have your very own wedding dream team ;-)
What my couples say...
What my couples say...
“We just wanted to say a huge thank you for our wedding photos. They’re amazing, you really captured the day and it all felt so effortless”