So what is Wedding Photojournalism?
Documentary wedding photography is a much more natural and candid approach to capturing all the authentic moments, genuine emotions and real stories from your wedding day, without setting them up, staging or directing anything. It’s not something that can be reduced to a formula to be repeated over and over at each and every wedding.
Every wedding day is unique, with different personalities, lighting and weather conditions, locations and ceremonies. So it gives you wedding photos that are unique to your wedding day; a record of a family history that will last generations.
It’s much more low-key and unobtrusive than more traditional wedding photography. Wedding photojournalism can also be called Documentary Wedding Photography, Wedding Reportage or Candid Wedding Photography amongst other things like Natural Wedding Photography.
Does This Mean You Won’t Shoot Posed Portraits or Group Shots?
Yes, I understand that the majority of wedding couples (or their relatives) will still want some more formal and traditional photos from the day. So depending on the wedding package you choose, you can have a number of portraits and group shots too.
Whilst 90% of my approach to your special day is more candid, portraiture has always formed an integral part of photojournalism and documentary photography throughout history, so there’s no reason I wouldn’t include it. More formal portraits are also part of the story of your day.
How Much Of Our Wedding Day Will You Cover?
All my wedding photography packages cover all the most important parts of your day. So depending on the package you choose will dictate how long I will be at your wedding day for.
Do You Shoot For Less Hours At A Wedding?
I only shoot for a full day at a wedding, particularly as I serve the whole of the UK – it’s not cost effective otherwise. If you are local to Weston-super-Mare or Bristol then we can discuss a shorter day though.
How Many Photos Will We Receive?
Each and every wedding is different, so it’s impossible to put an exact number on it. However, each of my wedding photography packages will set out the minimum number of edited full resolution digital images you can expect on a USB after your wedding.
Do You Shoot Black & White Photos?
Yes, most definitely! Black and white is very classical and definitely suits documentary wedding photography. Howvere, It will depend on the image as I am a firm believer that some images work in colour and others work better in b&w. I usually offer a 50/50 split between colour and b&w images. But if you would prefer more or less black and white, just let me know at the time of booking me for your wedding.
What Is Your Photographic Experience?
I have been shooting weddings for almost 10 years now and have won a number of awards for it with the Wedding Photojournalist Association & the Artistic Guild of the WPJA. In addition I have been a street photographer for 20 years, again winning a number of prestigious awards for it – most notably the winner of PDN Street 2016, selected by iconic photography historian, curator and writer, Colin Westerbeck.
I am also a supplier of images to Getty Images and Alamy, with my work being licensed to various news media, international blue chip companies and even used in the Closing Ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. You can find out more on my About Me page.
What Are Your Influences and Inspirations?
My photographic influences and inspirations tend to fall outside of wedding photography. The photographer who first inspired me to pick up a camera was the music portrait photographer (and now film director) Anton Corbijn.
As a documentary photographer I love the work of Don McCullin, W. Eugene Smith, Jane Bown, Dennis Stock, Martin Parr, Henri Cartier-Bresson and many of the Magnum photographers.
As a street photographer, I am a huge fan of Garry Winnogrand, Jeff Mermelstein, Tony Ray Jones, Robert Frank and Joel Meyerowitz. I also love photographers like William Eggleston and Stephen Shore.
The cover art of the Jazz music label Blue Note Records, designed by Reid Miles between 1956 and 1967, have had a huge impact on my photography. So my inspirations are extremely varied and eclectic – ideal for the varying demands of a wedding day!
Do You Offer Traditional Wedding Albums?
In order to keep my pricing simple and straightforward, I do not offer wedding albums at this time. However, I strongly believe you should get your wedding photos printed, so I offer more contemporary and affordable coffee-table style photobooks as an optional extra if you so wish. See my Wedding Fee page for more details.
Do You Include A 2nd Photographer?
Yes I can if you would prefer a more extended coverage of your wedding day. For example, unless you are both getting ready at the same venue, I would usually only shoot one of the morning preparations. By having a second photographer, you could then have both morning preparations documented.
A second photographer will also increase the minimum number of images you can expect with your wedding photography package. You can find out more from the Optional Add-On’s on my Wedding Fee page. I also work with the same photographers whose style and approach all closely matches my own.
Do You Photograph Same Sex Weddings?
Of course. I am delighted to photograph any wedding, irrespective of sexuality, gender, age, colour, creed or faith – and have done so on many occasions. All that matters is that a wedding is a joining of two people and I am honoured to be there to document it.
How Do We Book You?
Once you have decided you’d like to chat with me about your wedding, then send me a message via my contact form (preferred) or you can call me on 07920 422144. We can then arrange to either meet or have a chat via Skype. I will provisionally hold your wedding date until 48 hours after we have met/chatted in order to give you time to talk it over. Once you decide you want to book me, a non refundable deposit of £250 is required, along with a completed wedding photography agreement. Once both are received your wedding date will be 100% secure. The final balance will be due one calendar month before your wedding date.
How Do We Pay You?
I prefer payments by bank transfer, and will provide you the details when you book. After you have paid non-refundable deposit of £250, we can agree instalments for the remaining balance, if this is easier for. We can discuss this when you book.
Why Is The Deposit Non Refundable?
This protects me against loss of your wedding date. Once I book your date I am unable to take a further booking for the same date.
Do We Need To Feed You On The Wedding Day?
I certainly don’t expect to be seated for your wedding meal with guests – in fact, I prefer not to as I use this time to back up images and recharge batteries. However, if you can arrange with the venue/caterer to provide me food and water that would be appreciated. Wedding days can be a long day, so food and beverages are essential in ensuring I don’t flag throughout the day.
Will You Travel To Shoot Our Wedding?
The simple answer is yes. I am now based in North Somerset but I will happily photograph any wedding throughout the UK and beyond.
Do You Charge Travel & Accommodation Costs?
This will depend of the wedding photography package you choose. Any additional costs I will always agree with you in advance and keep them to an absolute minimum.
Do You Photograph Weddings Outside The UK?
Yes – subject to the usual immigration laws of that country. The furthest I’ve travelled for a wedding, to date, was to Finland. Think you can entice me further away? I am happy to tailor individual wedding photography packages for weddings outside the UK. Contact Me.
What Photography Equipment Do You Use?
Again, much like my wedding photography approach, I am different to most as I shoot with Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras and lenses . These are small, light and very discreet – and a great fit to my unobtrusive candid approach. I have shot Olympus cameras since the late 1980’s and am firm believer it’s much better to know your camera system inside and out, than be snobby about what brand name is on the camera.
I will shoot your wedding with three cameras on the day and usually with fixed length prime lenses. This allows me to cover all scenarios and I personally believe that prime lenses offer better image quality over the usual (and more convenient) zoom lenses.
Do You Use Flash Photography or Other Lighting?
I won’t use flash photography during the wedding ceremony/service. Depending on circumstances I may use on camera flash at other times during the day and definitely on the dancefloor in the evening. I don’t use any other lighting, such as light stands or off camera flash.
How Discreet Are You During The Wedding Ceremony/Services
As my whole documentary approach to shooting weddings is built on discretion, you can expect me to be as discreet as possible during the wedding ceremony/service. In addition to never using flash during the ceremony/service, I also set my cameras to a “silent shooting” setting which means even the cameras are inaudible. Some wedding venues even have restrictions on where and when a wedding photographer can work and, obviously, I will adhere to any restrictions. However, you will need to be aware these limitations may restrict the kind of coverage I can get during the ceremony/service.
What Do Your Previous Wedding Couples Say About You?
You can read some reviews left previously on Google here on my Kind Words page.
Are You Insured?
Yes, I am fully insured for third party liability and professional indemnity cover with Markel (UK) Limited – which many wedding venues will insist on a wedding photographer holding. I am happy to provide copies of this if it is required.
How About Covid?
I have had both my Covid Vaccine Jabs (the second one I had on 24 April 2021) so am fully vaccinated (happy to provide a screen shot of my NHS myGP vaccination confirmation, if you would like proof?) I always adhere to Covid restrictions, social distancing (where possible) and the wearing of face mask, hand sanitising, etc. If you have any concerns, we can chat about this when you enquire.