NATURAL & RELAXED
You're going to think we're CRAZY, but we hate having our photos taken.
We're really awkward in front of the camera.
My partner r-e-a-l-l-y doesn't like having their photo done.
We NEVER take a good photo.
Is this something you can resonate with?
You may be surprised to hear 80% of my couples, who contact me about wedding photography, say this!
I understand, I also felt like this; until I got someone to take my photos in a more natural way, that is. Do you always get your photo taken with you looking right at the camera? I did.
You may have noticed, in 99% of my images there will be someone, if not everyone NOT looking at the camera. Yes, this is something I do on purpose: Usually, I'm trying to capture the moment, the atmosphere and the energy of the day. I'll leave the majority of the "1,2,3 CHEESE" photos to you and your guests, this is because I don't think this is what you're hiring me for....
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"We met Fiona to see if she would be a good fit with both myself and my camera shy husband in April, and again we both felt her welcoming manner and the way she made us feel at ease would be perfect for our day." Sophie Davies
"On the day Fiona blended in, we didn't even know she was taking photos. Fiona put us and our guests at ease for the hours she was with us by taking laid back and relaxed photos with minimum direction." Rachel Barker
"We have just received our wedding photos and they have had us in tears all over again (good tears of course)!!! Fiona is an absolute dream to work with, she had me at ease through the whole thing and she is one of the loveliest ladies I’ve met. Her work is incredible and to capture the little things that I missed on the wedding is just lovely to see. Thanks so much Fiona for capturing our day, the pics really are amazing." Sophie Flanagan
Every time I get an email or a review from clients like these it really makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside, like I have
THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD!
REALLY, it has got to be the most beautiful, rewarding job and I love it!
Something you need to consider is, your photos are the only part of your day you get to keep forever, I think this makes your photographer's job really important and you need to make sure you choose the right person for it. Don't just choose the cheapest person you can find, you're putting your story in whoever's hands you choose at the end of the day, so they need to be hands you're comfortable and relaxed in and ones you trust too. Make sure your photographer has a similar vision to you, because when you choose them, you shouldn't really need to think about anything else after that: Any good photographer knows what they're doing and won't need your to give them loads of ideas, it's their job to have these, along with a vision for you. Here's a few things you might want to contemplate when choosing them:
If you choose to ask me to capture your wedding day, I will of course be ecstatic, I will be eager to find out about all of your plans and meet you both in person before the day where possible. I'll be aiming to document your day in as natural way as possible, capturing: tears, smiles and connections; my hope for your photos, is that you look through them and relive the day, time after time, after time. I want you to feel something inside, when you look at them, like when all the hairs on you arms stand on end and they get pimples all over them. My hopes are for you to laugh, cry and rejoice, when remembering the day together.
HOW I ACHIEVE THIS
When I go to a wedding as the photographer there are a few key things to get right: I need people to feel comfortable around me and for that to happen I like to try to blend in with the crowd, this helps people feel more comfortable anyway and if they don't notice me so much, I'll be able to capture more candid photos. Sometimes I will get a feeling when I know people are not happy about me taking their photos, more to start with, everyone always relaxes towards to the end of the day, especially if they've had a little drink or two. It's important that people don't feel like this, so often I will have an informal chat with guests to put them at ease. I'd hate to think I made people feel uncomfortable and I love making small talk plus whilst your chatting you can capture people at the same time and sometimes the guests who I'm chatting to will even say, "Look at them lot over there!" And you'll look over just it time to get some good footage. I always believe it's a good thing to have more pairs of eyes.
WHY I DON'T REALLY POSE MY COUPLES
OK, as I've already said 80% or more of my couples tell me they don't like having their photos taken, lots of them tell me that this due to them not knowing how to pose for camera. I understand what you mean, I have no idea either and usually it would involve me pulling a ridiculous face, where one of my eyebrows is an inch higher than the other, and pulling out my 'peace' fingers ✌🏻 🙈 😂 Hmm, I'm not sure this is the best advice to give you, do you?
With my first trick in the hat out and it being totally useless lets go with my second one shall we? I just won't pose you at all. Yes, this is my best trick, no kidding! I'll find somewhere pleasant to position you, I might fluff you outfits and polish you shoes or ask you to hold the flowers in a certain place (if you have them) and then you do the rest. Let's face it, you don't get much time to yourselves on your wedding day, so the 15-20 minutes you spend with me for your 'couple' photos is probably going to be the majority. Generally, I tell my couples to chat and I'll move around to capture you doing just that, there's so much for you to tell each other and usually there's some funny stories to tell one another about the getting ready part of the day, because of this, I find that my newly weds are laughing and smiling like crazy, all by themselves. I might also get you to wander along somewhere together or climb a tree and dangle from it upside down (only joking about the tree part) and whilst you do it I just ask you to chat or look at one another whilst I snap away. So far, I've only ended up with stunning, happy images that portray your chemistry and connection, you're smiling and you're not thinking about it, you're being you.
HOW LONG DO THE PHOTOS TAKE?
Ironically, I like your photos to take as little time as possible, but that is up to you, I really believe on your wedding day you want to spend the ultimate time with your guests, I mean that's why you invited them. With this in mind, I will always let you mingle after the ceremony for as long as I can and whilst you are doing this I'll be photographing the atmosphere of the day, you with your guests having a great time along with bits and bobs of the venue and your details too. I tend to say about 20-30 minutes for the formal'ish photos, if I have a runner and then as I said above about 15-20 minutes for your photos of just the two of you. It can be fun to get some photos of the bridal party too, these only take around 10-15 minutes this said, I like to stagger our photo sessions giving you breaks in between so you can chat with the guests along the way. I really want you to enjoy doing your photos with me and I think the best way to do this is to keep the session short and sweet.
YOUR FORMAL'ISH PHOTOS
What are they and why do lots of my couples tell me they don't want them... These photos can take ages if you don't prepare for them, they can involve lots of standing around, waiting for people, plus when they are done they can look awkward and lifeless, but you're doing them for your parent and the grandparents too if you're lucky enough to still have them around. I always say to my couples, be selective, make sure you think about who's going to be really upset if they don't get their photo with you, did Auntie Barbara and Uncle Mike travel from the other side of the world to see you get married and you were so busy chatting to everyone else, the brief bit of time you spent with them you weren't photographed doing so? Well that's why we have formal'ish photos! I ask my couples to send me a list of groups they'd like doing on the day and I also ask that you give me a "runner" too, so they can gather people whilst I take the photos. If I do the gathering, it can take forever because I literally have to go around asking your guests who Bill and Bob are or do they know Dot and Jen and then before I get everyone to one place they've all dispersed again. It's like herding cats 🙈 and all the while you're stood there waiting.
I agree that's not what you want to do on your wedding day, so with a helper who's familiar with people these shots can be done in 15-20 minutes usually, I tend to find the best time of day to do them is whilst the drinks and canapés are going around, because everyone is pretty much in the same place. I always choose somewhere near where everyone else is, so people aren't getting dragged away and so you aren't either; generally, I think it works best to start them about 15-30 minutes after you arrive at the venue or have come out of your ceremony, otherwise people start drifting away. I don't like doing them instantly, in view of the fact, that people want to say, CONGRATULATIONS to you first.
These photos don't have to be dull and boring either, they can be fun and they make the best presents for the people involved. I never force couples to have these done, it's totally up to you and for those who worry that 6, 8 or 10 of them won't cover everyone; remember, I'm there for you the whole time I'm with you, if you're with your uni friends or the ones you travelled the world with, shout me or drag them over to me and ask. I love it when people ask me to take their photos, it's my job and it makes it even better when I get asked. When photos happen this way they are a lot more fun too as it's a spontaneous event nobody gets change to worry about what they are smiling like because they probably already are.
FROM DAWN UNTIL DUSK
Well the entire day really;
I'LL STAY UNTIL JUST AFTER THE FIRST DANCE
A mix of colour and monochrome images in the gallery.
Up to 8 pre planned formal'ish group shots. That's not to say you can't ask me to take the countless other group photos at your leisure though! These are so much better when you're relaxed in them natural groups.
All digital images presented on a bespoke, beautiful wooden USB stick.
A high resolution, FREE downloads, online gallery with password for you both to share friends and family.
Printing rights to all your images for ever and ever!
HALF A DAY
You choose when
CAPPED AT 4 HOURS COVERAGE
A mix of colour and monochrome images in the gallery.
Up to 6 pre planned formal'ish group shots. That's not to say you can't ask me to take the countless other group photos at your leisure though! These are so much better when you're relaxed in them natural groups.
Digital images presented on a bespoke, beautiful wooden USB stick.
A high resolution, FREE downloads, online gallery with password for you both to share with friends and family.
Printing rights to all your images forever and ever!
GLAD RAGS THROUGH TO DANCING
I'll stay to capture a few more dance moves...
ABOUT AN HOUR OR SO AFTER THE FIRST DANCE
Other things included are...
5 extra spreads in your Fine Art Album
Full colour and Monochrome Galleries of all the images
Up to 10 pre planned formal'ish group shots.
That's not to say you can't ask me to take the countless other group photos at your leisure though! These are so much better when you're relaxed in them natural groups.
Everything else you already get with the other two packages
A hand-bound, leather Fine Art Photo Book
choose your own images
10 spreads included
(usually, fit 50-75 images)
(Options to upgrade this and add extra spreads are available.)
My portfolio shows lots of real weddings that I have captured through out the years, I love to blog about them too. I think it's important you know I do very little posing with my couples! I get loads of couples, that say they hate being in front of the camera and yet on the day, they say they didn't mind at all. I'm passionate and 100% believe, people look their best when they're concentrating on each other and not the camera! If you think this is for you and want to know more, take a look at my different packages, if you haven't already. Then be sure to get in touch to ask me any question or to check my availability, please tell me a bit about your plans so far too.
I love hearing about my couples' ideas and plans. I know how different weddings can be, so just ask if you feel you need something else and would like a more specific package, I'll do my best to help.
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Just so you know if I haven't already photographed your venue of choice, I ALWAYS check out it out along with the surrounding area before your day, you're more than welcome to join me when I go. I love it when couples come too. This is unless your venue is on the other side of the world or non existent of course i.e. It's a homemade wedding with a temporary structure. In this case, we'll talk it through and get a plan together. I do loads of these weddings so there's no need to worry about it! I also like to meet my couples first, I find this puts you both at ease along with myself, I like to get to know my couples before I turn up at the most important day of you life. If I haven't answered your questions then either drop me an email or check out my FAQ page...