So how are you different to a traditional wedding photographer?
As a candid street photographer I’m much more interested in real spontaneous moments that happen naturally without any intervention or direction by myself as a photographer. So I bring this candid approach to photographing weddings. I focus (no pun intended) on capturing genuine moments, real emotions and authentic stories from your day. I believe this is a much more relaxing approach and allows you to forget about me and get on with celebrating your wedding. This approach has much in common to what is more commonly known as Documentary Wedding Photography, Wedding Photojournalism, Wedding Reportage and Candid Wedding Photography – although I think I differ slightly from a straight documentary approach as I adopt a contemporary street photography “aesthetic”
A traditional wedding photographer will look to set up shots, stage moments and do lots of formal portraits. One isn’t better than the other, they are just different approaches and it comes down to a matter of taste and choice for your own unique wedding.
So can we see some of your candid street photography?
Yes, you can see some at my street photography website That Darren Lehane You can also see some on my Instagram feed (@thatdarrenlehane) You can also listen to an interview with me about my views on street photography (and some wedding photography) on the PhotoBizX podcast.
Does This Mean You Won’t Shoot Posed Portraits or Group Shots?
The main reason you will be booking me as your wedding photographer is for my natural, candid and street photography approach. However, I recognise some couples may want some portraits and group shots also shooting, therefore I am happy to oblige to by shooting a small number if you require. We can discuss this at the time of booking.
How Much Of Our Wedding Day Will You Cover?
I will usually arrive for the final hour or so of the morning preparations and will stay through to at least an hour or so after the first dance in order to capture some of the evening dancing and fun. If you would like me to arrive earlier or stay later than this, then again we can discuss when you book me.
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 no cost effective otherwise. If you are local to Weston-super-Mare or Bristol then we can discuss a shorter day though.
Do You Offer Different Wedding Photography Packages?
No. I offer a simple and straight-forward single fee to photograph your wedding. I find this is clear and less confusing for couples.
How Many Photos Will We Receive?
Each and every wedding is different, so it’s impossible to put an exact number on it. However, for a full day you will receive, as a minimum, around 500 edited full resolution digital images on a USB within 14 days of your wedding.
Do You Shoot Black & White Photos?
Yes, I do. 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. My preference tends to be for colour photography, as this is key to my signature contemporary street photography “aesthetic” – so I usually provide 80% colour photos and 20% black and white. If you would prefer more black and white. Just let me know at the time of booking me for your wedding.
Do You Offer 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?
My approach to wedding photography is very individual and is built upon my unique street photography approach. Therefore, it’s not something another photographer can simply replicate. However, if you feel it is essential to include a second photographer on the day, I can arrange one who shoots in a similar style to me. We can discuss when you want to book me
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 sandwiches etc 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.
Do You Charge Travel & Accommodation Costs?
I only charge additional travel and accommodation costs for weddings further than 200 miles away from the BS22 (Weston-super-Mare) postcode. I will always agree these 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. 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 street photography 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.
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 chat about this when you enquire.