Natural and relaxed couple photo at wedding

How we do things

Approach & Style

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We’ve been photographing weddings for more than a decade and in that time have carved out our own style.  We’ve never worried about trends, instead we’ve always taken the simple approach of going with what felt right to us  – and what we enjoyed the most.

KEEP IT NATURAL, KEEP IT REAL

Typically, 80-90% of our pictures are taken documentary style – without direction and as unobtrusively as possible.

‘Staging’ events really isn’t our thing.   You won’t see us telling all the guys to jump in the air, nor the bridal party to walk hand-in-hand across the lawn.  That’s not us.  We might ask you to move into nicer light as you fix your tie, or as you have your veil fitted, but that’s usually the limit of our intervention.

What actually happens at a wedding – all the fun, the laughs, the nerves the interactions –  is far more interesting than anything we could contrive.

Bride hugs mum as she prepares for wedding

Everyone who has seen the photographs are overwhelmed with the quality, love and care that has gone into them”

Sinèad & Nick

CONTEXT, STYLE & HEART

We once recevied a wonderful compliment “your pictures look like stills from a film”.  We absolutely loved that because it seems to encapsulate how we compose and capture our images and it’s a mindset we’ve carried with us ever since.

We like to give our pictures a sense of space, location and light and don’t tend to feature a large number of  ‘closeups’ or ‘headshots’.  If someone is laughing, who are they laughing with, and where?   What is going on around them to give broader context?

Context and empathy are super-important as they help convey the emotion of the moment in a way that makes the picture tell a small story.  We’ve aways pushed ourselves to achieve this in our work. Little slices of the day, all captured with honesty, style and heart.

Natural wedding photo showing boy looking back at mother while bride and groom have confetti thrown in background

COUPLE PICTURES WITH GORGEOUSNESS

Pictures of the two of you alone are some of the most important of the whole day and some of the most creative and enjoyable for us to photograph.  These times will be the first opportunities you have to be together, away from the crowd. By keeping these sessions private and quiet, you can relax and be yourselves while we create some beautiful images and you can give as much or as little time as you prefer.

We keep ‘posing’ to a minimum – just enough so you look good to the camera – but ideally, these pictures should show you two as you are together, how you interact and how you bounce off each other. Think of it as a nice break – a bit of downtime together with some peace and quiet.

“The professionalism and commitment made planning the day from afar a lot less stressful. As a result, we were able to enjoy the wedding day itself so much more knowing that they had things under control.”

Roksana & Shane

WE’VE GOT THIS

Building a great, trusting relationship with you is a big deal for us.  Part of that confidence comes from getting involved in your planning as early as possible.  Although we much prefer to be ‘hands off’ on the day itself, pre-planning is what allows us to keep on top of things so that on the day we can all breathe.

We’re not interested in controlling your day, but making the best use of your time is something we can really help with.  We’ll often recommend little tweaks to your schedule to help you get the best from us and your day.

WE’VE REALLY GOT THIS

Having a good feel for the venue is really important to us.  If we’ve not worked there before we’ll do a little ‘recce’ visit in the weeks leading up to the wedding date, usually mid-week when it’s quieter.  We find it really useful to get ‘grounded’ at the place, say hello to the staff and to get an understanding of the layout.

If you’re getting ready elsewhere or if your wedding uses more than one venue, we’ll even do a test drive of the route to make sure the sat-nav is correct (sometimes it’s not!).  We like to feel prepared, ready and have the logistics clear in our minds before we get to the big day.

“From start to finish we were treated like friends rather than another client.”

Sarah & Gareth

Over the years have received some really wonderful feedback from the couples we’ve worked with and it’s incredibly satisfying to read their testimonials.

We don’t use associate photographers so you are hiring *us* – our personalities, our creativity and the joint experience we’ve built up together for over 13 years. You’re choosing the passion that we inject into our work and our untiring sense of ‘doing things right’.

PRE-WEDDING SHOOT

When we take you two off alone for the “couple” photos, we want to show you two as you are together. Our aim is to always try and get your personality to come through in the photos and for this, our optional Pre-Wedding Shoot is incredibly useful.

It gives us chance to get to know you a little better. It also gives you chance to get used to how we work and shed any nerves or worries, so that on the big day, you can forget about the cameras and enjoy yourselves.

Pre-wedding shoot

WEDDING ALBUMS

Photos always look their best in print and professionally made album is still the ultimate way in which to present your wedding photographs.

Wedding album layout design
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