Well that was fun! If not a little calorific..

Let’s back up a little.

I was asked to be the official photographer for the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners North West networking event at new wedding venue Dorfold Hall. At the same time, we would be doing a styled bridal shoot showing the floristry skills of Red Floral. A busy day? You bet…

You can see more about the bridal shoot here.

We started off with some photos of the new wedding venue – Dorfold Hall – which is just stunning! You should definitely check it out. There’s going to be a permanent marquee in the gardens and Candice, who will be running it, is so helpful. Here’s a few photos of it:


So I mentioned calorific … and that brings me to the best bit … check out the amazing sweet and savory treats that we enjoyed during the evening! All three suppliers were superb and brought their best to generously share around.

All were inundated with hungry (and in my case slightly greedy) visitors who eagerly tasted and sampled. The artistic and culinary talents on show were superb. Thank you all!


And it wasn’t just food that we sampled … we only had drinks with dry ice! The guys brought plenty to ensure there were superb theatrics to delight – and in my case, commit to memory card.

I’ve never seen drinks like these before and brides & grooms – trust me – you DO want this at your wedding!


What else was going on? Well, there was a wedding cake. This was pretty amazing. Look at the detailing … that was all piped by hand! How is that even possible! Some people are just really talented I guess.

I’m told that this style of cake making is having a resurgence, so it’s likely I will be photographing it at your wedding pretty soon.


And how did all of this come to be you might ask? Well, hero wedding planners Debbie, Andrea and Helens from Better Together WeddingsFabulous Day and Helen Eriksen, organised the whole event from scratch!

I think they should take up event planning professionally! Haha!

They are all members of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners and take an active interest in the North of England.


The rest of the night was chatting, laughing, drinking (non alcoholic) cocktails, eating, eating some more, introducing yourself in more and more imaginative ways and generally spending time with a group of people who really know…

How Great It Is To Work In Weddings!

Thank you to everyone involved! A few more photos of the evening to tell the story of the evening because, after all, that’s my job.


Credit and thanks

Event coordination Andrea from Fabulous Day, Debbie from Better Together Weddings & Helen from Helen Eriksen Weddings









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It’s spooky but I was only thinking a few weeks ago I should really do something for Halloween…

…and lo and behold I get asked to do a bridal photoshoot! This was great news because I’d not done one for a good while and I like to go back to my fashion and beauty roots from time to time.

Flowers .. literally everywhere!

The main aim of the shoot was to show Red Florals autumn bouquets and flowers … which were stunning! I was amazed at how they put it all together and the attention to detail.

Strong, dark makeup and hair up was the order of the day for the styling, which created a mood and usually smiley Kim did a fantastic job of bringing that mood to life.

Mat and the guys spent the morning and most of the afternoon getting ready for an evening wedding networking event which was being held at new wedding venue Dorfold Hall. See more of that here.

But for now… on with the vampy show!

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It was such a fantastic and fun shoot! I love the styling and the results that we managed to achieve together. No doubt we’ll do another one soon.

Watch out for it!

The magic of video..

And here’s a little video showing us all at work .. including me!

Dorfold Hall Creative Shoot – Behind the Scenes Film from Marry Me Films on Vimeo.



Photography: Phil Drinkwater (me, obviously!)
Venue Dorfold Hall
Florist Red Floral
Florence Dress from Sassi Holford, provided and modeled by Kim from Kimberley Anne Bridal Boutique
Cake by Suzanne from The Frostery
Accessories by Eleventh Heaven
Video by Marry Me Films
Hair and make up Flossy and Leigh
Shoot coordination Andrea from Fabulous Day  and Debbie from Better Together Weddings

Thank you all for your hard work!

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Today I wanted to talk about cheap, budget, affordable and free wedding photography. Over 350 people a month search for these terms in Google, not counting those that include their location, and I see many photographers on facebook offering budget prices, so it’s out there.
It’s time for a little honesty.

If you’re looking at this article, it may be that you’re considering booking a photographer at the budget end of the market. I don’t want to put you off this, especially if the budget is all you can afford, but I did want to dispel some myths around what you will and won’t receive.

How much is cheap? How much is budget?

The average amount of money a couple spends on photography is around £1000-£1200. So, what amount of money should be defined as “cheap” or “budget”, when looking at wedding photography?

If we could go back in time we’d have spent more money on a more experienced photographer

Average prices can be quite different depending on where you are in the UK, but as an average across England, photographers offering a full day of wedding photography for less than £750 would be “budget” photographers and less than £500 would be “cheap”.

These prices might reduce to half that in some areas UK and double in others.

Free is obviously no money at all (so we can’t disagree on that) but “affordable” is usually just a more dressed up word for “cheap”.

So now we know what we’re all talking about.


What might go wrong then?

In my experience, I’d say the experience from free, cheap and budget photographer is more likely to suffer from some or all of these problems:

  • Poor quality photography; I’ve seen photographs that are out of focus, severely cropped in, extremely dark or bright, consisting of incorrect colours, badly straightened, lit ineffectively and generally not very well thought out. At best they might be quite uninteresting and not really capture any of the feel of your day. I’ll talk about this a bit more below since it’s the key point.
  • Poor quality albums; There are some very cheap album manufacturers on the market. The print quality is usually OK-ish, but the album can be put together poorly and may break apart or become dog-eared quite quickly. The design might also be old fashioned and dull.
  • Poor customer service; Photographers may not listen to your desires, answer your emails or, in extreme cases, might even miss your booking from their calendar or not turn up. I’ve seen all of these cases.
  • Disinterested photographers; Your photographer might really just be in it for the money and do the very least they can get away with in order to deliver what’s been paid for.
  • Not a real business; Your photographer may not be paying tax (which you might not care about) but they also might not be insured, not have backup equipment, not be taking backup copies of the photographs and so on.

You might be lucky though, but you might not … so this is my key point:

As price increases, overall risk of a poor experience and poor photography decreases

That doesn’t mean that a cheap photographer can’t produce some better work than a more expensive photographer, but on the whole you get what you pay for. More on this later.

Tell me more about photography quality?

I mentioned I would discuss possibly issues with photography quality in a little more detail since you may be willing to accept the other elements of an offering, like poor customer service, as long as the photos are OK.

I’d like to start with a discussion I had with a groom a few years back. He contacted me about fixing photographs taken by his wedding photographer which they were not happy with.

I’ll not include his name, but the words are directly copied from my email communication with him.


I’d like to highlight a very important parts of this exchange:

  • The couple themselves realised the photography wasn’t up to standard. Considering they are not photographers, the photos were bad enough that anyone would spot the problems.
  • Having a look through some of them, I could see that the photographer didn’t have even a basic command of their camera. Focus was completely off in some photos and the brightness (exposure) was significantly off too. I corrected them as much as I could, but once the shutter is pressed, there’s only so much you can do to improve the quality. If the focus is off, it will always be off. If the shot is too bright, you can’t darken it much. If the shot if too dark, brightening it will introduce grain. I would say that, of the 100, only maybe 20 were “acceptable”.
  • The groom highlighted they wished they had spent more money on a more exprienced photographer.

On this particular wedding, there were also two photographers and they were using completely different cameras with different amounts of flash. This created a completely different look to the photos and colours were nearly impossible to match.

A few good photos on a website isn’t enough to determine the quality of a photographer because everyone gets lucky occasionally and you can build a portfolio out of those lucky shots

The groom was clearly sad that the photographers hadn’t managed to produce much which was usable from their wedding day and I was seriously concerned that I might not be able to do much, but I did what I could and gave them some extra work for free since I felt sad for them.

Poor quality post production

However, there are two parts to photography; taking the photo, and post production. It may be though that the photography isn’t too bad, but there is little or no work done on the photographs after. Professional photographers in the £1000+ a day bracket will usually spent 1 to 3 days finishing the photographs to ensure they are all they can be. I spend more time than anyone else I know because I realise the tiny details can really make a photograph.

“Shoot & Burn” photographers capture your wedding, get home, put them all on a disk and send them off. You are then left to choose the more flattering ones without blinks and literally no work is done to improve the photos. It’s not a great service.


It starts with incorrect assumptions

People believe they know more about photography and the photography market than they really do and they don’t see how this allows cheaper photographers to thrive.

Here are the most common assumptions.

The market must be regulated?

People believe that anyone who says they are a professional photographer can in fact do their job, but there is no regulation in this industry so anyone can say they are a professional.

“You must have a good camera as your photos are fantastic”

This is like saying “You must have a good set of knives and pans as that meal was amazing”.

The general public is convinced that a good camera makes a good photographer. This is totally incorrect. Good quality wedding photographers could produce fantastic work on a camera phone (although they might not print that large before showing artifacts). Just believe me on this.

I can judge quality from their website

A few good photos on a website isn’t enough to determine the quality of a photographer because everyone gets lucky occasionally and you can build a portfolio out of those lucky shots and I know some photographers do.

“You get what you pay for” is an incorrect statement

We’d all like to think that “you get what you pay for” isn’t really the case when we don’t want to spend on something, but on average it is true. More expensive hotels are nicer. More expensive TV’s produce a better picture. More expensive cars are more luxurious, faster and safer. The examples are everywhere.

However, as humans we convince ourselves that people charging more are not more effective. Instinctively we know it’s true, but try to convince ourselves “it’ll be OK” because, at heart, most of us are optimists about our lives.


So what to do then?

Well, firstly, I would strongly advise against going cheaper than you need to with your wedding photography. Typically, 10-20% of your budget should be for photography and ideally I wouldn’t go with less than £500 for the day. It’s at that price level I hear the most stories about.

If you can’t increase your budget, you can still choose how to spend it…

So, another option is to find a more experienced photographer who will cover a smaller part of your day since at least your ceremony and reception will be correctly captured.

… but most important is making sure you check your photographer out properly.

How to check your photographer

I’ve already mentioned that a website (or facebook page) with a few photos on is not an indicator of quality or consistency. So what do you need to be asking?

  • Your photographer should have Professional Indemnity and Personal Liability insurance.
  • Your photographer should have a full set of backup equipment – camera, lenses and flash guns.
  • Your photographer should backup the photos to other drives or computers when they’re at home. Ideally they’ll have two card in their camera at a wedding too, to backup while they’re photographing.
  • Ask how long the photographer been in business for themselves, not as assistants. After 2-3 years, they likely have enough experience to avoid the common errors.
  • Ask to see several full weddings. “Full” should be defined as “at least 100 photographs from each wedding which shows all sections of the day”. I’d also ensure you see them printed or zoomed on a large monitor so you can check for grain and accuracy of focus (that the photos are sharp on the subject).
  • Throughout a meeting, your photographer should be talking about other weddings they’ve done and experienced.
  • Do your own research on the company on Google and look through as many weddings as possible on their facebook or website.
  • Ensure you have a valid address (home or business) and active phone number, ideally a land line.
  • I would also see at least 3 photographers. One should be above your budget, so you can see what quality could be like if you spent more or took a smaller part of the day.

Most importantly, if something feels wrong, don’t book.

However, it’s very hard to check out someones work and business if you’re not in the industry and know what to check for. If you have a friend who is a photographer, ask them what they think maybe?

Before you go, read my in depth article about wedding photography prices.



Isn’t every photographer cheap at some point?

Yes. It’s a good observation. Pretty much everyone starts cheap and works their way up. However, most truly professional wedding photographers tend to assist while they are learning so they start at a certain level of market, where they know they’re capable of producing results.

What’s the risk of an issue with our cheaper photographer?

It’s impossible to say without me literally assessing them for you. However, the more you spend, the lower the overall risk.

I’m not that bothered about photography so why should I care?

A good question. I can’t promise you it’ll matter to you in time; only you know that. However, please be honest with yourself and whether you’d be disappointed if you didn’t get what you expect.

What’s the worst that can happen, realistically?

You literally could receive no usable photographs. That is unlikely, but it’s been known to happen.

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  1. Rob Dodsworth robdodsworth.co.uk

    Great post Phil. I was asked to “fix” some photos last year. Even if I had permission from that photographer to edit his work, I couldn’t have improved them much. They were soft, underexposed and extremely noisy. I really felt for the couple. There’s some really sound advice here for the Bride and Groom to be!

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So you’re getting married abroad, but you’re not sure about the quality of the local photographers. What’s the chance of taking your own photographer abroad with you?

Check with your venue

Some venues won’t allow you to use anyone other than their in-house photography team, although it’s questionable whether they would turn down the option if really pushed… but be sure ahead of time.

Choose a known destination photographer

There’s a surprising amount to organise when you’re photographing a destination wedding. Simple things like transport, maps, location, language and how used they are to traveling can make a massive difference to how relaxed they are when they arrive, or whether they manage to arrive at all!


Skype is your friend!

Your photographer might not live in the same country as you but that shouldn’t stop you from saying Hi and making sure they are someone you feel comfortable with. Most photographers will be happy to organise a convenient time which to discuss their service.

Ask for an engagement / party shoot

If your photographer is already at the location and your friends and family are there, they may well be happy to photograph events and an engagement shoot for the two of you. This will give you some extra memories of this once in a lifetime occasion.

Ensure your photographer arrives at least one day in advance

If your photographer is just down the road it’s not a problem, but flights are occasionally delayed or cancelled, so ensure your photographer is due to arrive at your destination at least a day before the ceremony.

Planning your destination wedding?

If you’re looking for a photographer for your destination wedding, please get in touch to discuss your wedding.


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So this year, instead of just showing some of my favourites from the year, I thought I’d show some photos from weddings where there was something different… Here we go!

The one with all the tears (but plenty of smiles too!)

It’s a privaledge to be able to capture some of the most emotional moments in someones life, and this wedding was no exception.

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The one with all of the details

In May I was in London for my first wedding at Claridges hotel. It was an incredibly luxurious occasion and we went to town on photographing the details!

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The one with all the masks

I’ve often thought that a masque ball would make a fantastic … and it did this summer at Allerton Castle!. G4 were in attendance too, singing opera for the couple in their first public performance since X Factor.

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The one with all the selfies

When I saw selfie sticks that I was going to see them appear at a wedding .. and they did! As long as they don’t do me out of a job, I’m happy!

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The one with all the Converse

One of the things I love about weddings these days is you can do it your way, and sometimes that includes your choice of footwear … in this case Converse trainers!

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The one with all the table decorations

When it comes to weddings, I often think I’ve seen it all, but then someone come up with something new … in this case, actual grass and flowers in the centre of the table! It looked magnificent and was a real talking piece.

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The one with all of the couple shots

Every once in a while a couple wants to spend more time on photos of themselves … and why not! This was one of those occasions and it was great to be able to spend more time together.

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The one with all the London Hotpots

I love to do engagement shoots as it gives me a chance to meet and get to know a couple. I particularly love it when the engagement shoot is in Central London because it gives me chance to make use of some beautiful architecture.

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The ones … I can’t show you yet! (shh)

These weddings finished the year and are not yet completed. However, I wanted to include just a couple of photos to be going on with.

Here’s to a fantastic New Year for everyone! And a particularly huge thank you to all of the couples I worked with in 2014 and will work with in 2015!

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  1. Nichola Morton nicholamorton.co.uk

    Absolutely beautiful images Phil.

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    Great stuff Phil. love that last sparkler shot!

  4. mark

    great stuff phil. lovely work

  5. Rachael ~Marry Me Ink~ marrymeink.co.uk

    What a fab year! Can’t wait to see the others!

  6. Rachael ~Marry Me Ink~ marrymeink.co.uk

    What a fab year! Can’t wait to see the others!

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It’s half way through the year and I was just thinking how lucky I’ve been to work on some of the weddings that I’ve been to this year.

They’ve given me the opportunity to create some beautiful wedding photographs at the likes of Chatsworth House, Claridges, Rivington Barn, Dewsall Court and Stoke Newington in London.

Here are some highlights so far..

Chinese wedding at Rivington Barn

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Vintage wedding in Stoke Newington

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Claridges luxury


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Chatsworth house


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Dewsall Court

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There is some confusion in the wedding photography market that unobtrusive wedding photography is a photographer who stands in the corner trying not to be seen and that somehow that will produce results which are ideal.

Sorry… but that’s just creepy! It makes everyone around the photographer uncomfortable! If you’re a photographer doing this, stop it now!

So what does unobtrusive photography really mean then? Well, it really means not to get in the way of the day – not to be stopping it every five minutes while you carefully craft a pose which is just too perfect – ie. it looks unnatural.

How to be unobtrusive at a wedding?

So how can you be unobtrusive and still get natural and fun results? Well, you get involved as much as you possibly can! You talk to the guests, make them realise you’re a normal person and you’re fun too.

In essence, you be a guest, but a guest who happens to take a lot of very very good photographs!

Everyone then stops seeing you as a scary photographer who will take photos that they hate. Instead they’ll be totally natural, showing their real personality rather than wearing a “wedding smile” all day. You want to remember your friends and family how they really are.

Unobtrusive wedding photography examples

Here are a couple of examples from a recent wedding. All of the guests trusted me and were enjoying my company and so were totally relaxed around me.

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No, it wasn’t lunch that made me so full, but I’ve pretty much reached my limit for weddings in 2014, except maybe a couple late on in the year depending.

Sadly I’m currently having to turn down enquiries which come in.

I don’t know if most people realise or not, but popular photographers regularly book up a year to 18 months in advance and, if you’re keen on getting the photographer whose work you love, you need to get in there as soon as possible.

It goes without saying that I’m actively booking for 2015 now and enquiries are coming in fast as couples plan their wedding… so if you’re interested in booking me for 2015, please get in touch as soon as possible 🙂

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… also known as how to ruin your wedding day! You might be surprised by this comment about ruining your day with a photography checklist, but bear with me.

You don’t recommend a wedding photography checklist?

Let’s examine first what most people mean when they talk about a wedding photography checklist. Usually it’s a list around 100 items long with detailed shots, such as:

  • Mother adjusting the veil
  • Bride putting on the garter
  • Bride in mirror with bridesmaids in the background

And here’s the key problem:

If I’m looking down a photography checklist and setting up shots, I’m missing the happiness on faces and instead concentrating on ticking boxes.

Photographers are fundamentally a creative bunch. Some are more creative than others, but we produce art we love and art is never about ticking boxes. It comes from the heart and the soul, not from a list..

So how do we make sure we get the photos we need?

Firstly, let go and trust that your experienced photographer has (hopefully) been to plenty of weddings and knows which shots are needed. They won’t miss the kiss. They won’t miss the exchange of rings. These are key shots. If they don’t know they need these shots, you might want to choose another photographer anyway.

I always allow my couples to specify the group photographs that they want, since I don’t know their families, plus a small list of more unique photos which might be important to them – such as a photograph of the rings. Outside of these, your photographer should be following you around or directing you as required.

Hmm… I’m not convinced…

If you think you need a massive list of specific wedding photography, you aren’t going to enjoy your wedding day as much. Instead you’ll worry about whether everything is being ticked and your photographer will be doing the same. Instead of concentrating in quality and light and beauty and emotion, they will spend their time just trying to fulfill a contractual obligation.

The expression of the feelings you share as a couple should bring about a joy which shows through in the photographs. If you’re enjoying your day, great moments will present themselves and your photographer can capture them naturally… which is always better than ticking off lists with false smiles.

I really hope I’ve changed your mind about creating a long list of photographs!

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One of the most confusing aspects of the wedding industry is that prices seem to be all over the place.
But why?

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Price averages

You can spend anything from pretty much zero to £10,000 for a UK wedding photographer – and if you look worldwide you can pay even more! You’ve probably seen some of this already with ads promising high quality coverage both for £395, £995, £1495, £1995 and £2995. Why pay £2995? Or is £395 enough for everyone?

Why do I charge £1695 for the day? Why should you pay the extra over a photographer who charges £1000 or £1500? What more will I deliver compared with the other photographers?

Let’s start with an average though. The accepted norm in the UK wedding industry is to spend 10-15% of your wedding budget on your wedding photographer, or 20% if the quality of your memories are particularly important to you.


That makes the average spend around the £1200 mark, but that amount is obviously location dependent.


What are the typical price brackets?

Let’s ignore albums for a minute and just talk about prices for photography and a disk/USB (I know not all photographers sell the files… but let’s assume they do for the minute).

It seems that anyone “with a good camera” is seen as a potential wedding photographer.

What you will find is that photography mirrors the food industry: for both £2 and £500 you can buy a thing called “a meal”; they are both food, but they are incredibly different. The £2 meal will contain sustenance that your body needs (along with some it doesn’t..), while the £500 meal will be a work of art. The £500 chef knows about aspects of cooking that the £2 cook doesn’t even know exist.

The same is true of wedding photographers. The typical price brackets for a full day of photography are as follows..


As mentioned, wedding photography prices are also affected by location – you will pay more in London than in a quiet village in Wales, for example.

Why pay more for your photographer?

It’s very human to assume that other peoples jobs don’t require much experience and photography is no exception; it seems that anyone “with a good camera” is seen as a potential wedding photographer.

On the whole, throughout every industry worldwide, you do get what you pay for. Cars, houses, food, holidays and so on all follow the same rule.



The truth is that someone who takes some nice photos of ducks or landscapes or even people is as capable of photographing a wedding as I am at cooking a meal worth £500! Wedding photography requires a very specialised set of skills – people, organisational and photography skills – which are developed over years.

So .. pay more to reduce risk! As you pay more, generally, you reduce the risk of disappointment. It isn’t a 100% correlation, but most of the time it’s true.

  • A free photographer may experience basic problems and you might not receive usable photos.
  • A cheap photographer for £500 will probably produce poor results at some points.
  • A professional photographer for £1000 will likely produce acceptable results in most circumstances.
  • An experienced photographer for £1500 will probably produce a consistent set of photographs with a style.
  • A luxury wedding photographer for £3000 should produce amazing results, no matter.


Of course, the “for free” photographer may have everything in their favour one day and produce amazing results while the luxury wedding photographer might have an off day and mess up … The chances of these happening are low though. That’s why it’s about risk and not certainty.

Couples usually have little or no experience of professional photography on which to make an assessment about value for money.

Do you really get what you pay for then?

On the whole, throughout every industry worldwide, you do get what you pay for. Cars, houses, food, holidays and so on all follow the same rule. Photography is definitely no exception, but it is unique in that couples usually have little or no experience of professional photography on which to make an assessment about value for money.


Just like with chefs, photographers have a limit to their natural talent too. Photographers who are more effective will generally float to the top end of the industry because their love for their art will push them to produce more and more of the beautiful work that they get a buzz from.

Bargains can definitely be found, especially if you’re willing to be less exact with your requirements, but photographers who are more expensive will tend to provide a better service and more stunning photographs than a photographer who charges less.

Here are some of the differences that you can expect from a more expensive photographer:


  • Generally, be a more competent photographer. This is the most obvious difference. In theory at least, every photograph I produce will be more effective than a cheaper photographers.
  • Use more expensive equipment, such as the highest quality lenses (which can cost up to £2000 each!), cameras and lighting. These do make a difference.
  • Spend more time and be more competent in the post production of photographs, which is where photos can really shine. They could also have a higher quality screen and a colour accuracy tool.
  • Spend more time listening to the couples needs and giving advice.
  • Have more effective admin and business systems.
  • Deliver your wedding using higher quality products.

If a photographer is charging less, it’s very likely that some or all of these elements will be missing.

What matters, and what doesn’t?

In articles, I see much of the advice which is touted tends to lead you to that own photographers business or written by online magazines who don’t really understand wedding photography. This can lead to a confused view of what is important.

So what really matters and why?


What matters

  • Backup equipment; should something go wrong, your photographer will need backup lenses, camera bodies, flashes, batteries and memory cards in order to continue.
  • Insurance; should something go very wrong, you need the ability to sue your photographer
  • Backup of wedding photos; IT equipment fails at times, so having a camera which backs up the wedding on the day and making sure they have multiple backups at their house is essential. Barely a week goes by without someone on a facebook group saying they’ve lost photos.
  • Passion; people who are passionate about a subject, rather than intent on selling you on something, will tend to do a better job for you.
  • Relaxed and calm persona; wedding photography is a tough business and with so much going on during the day, having a photographer who is confident and relaxed
  • Attention to detail; the most effective photographs are often the ones with the fewest distractions, so a photographer who is detailed oriented will tend to produce photographs which are superior.
  • The style they show; some photographers, in order to gain business, will promise they can replicate someone elses style. In my 10+ years in photography I’ve never found a situation where this is true. Only ever book someone based on the style they show.
  • Ensure they will be the photographer; some photography companies will send other photographers on the day, so ensure you know exactly who you will have on the day

What doesn’t matter

  • If they are a full time photographer; if they’re not, you just need to check they aren’t doing too many weddings which might cause you to be waiting 6 months for the photos, but some of the best photographers I know are part time. The positive that’s never talked about is some of these people do it simply because they love it.
  • Have you worked at X venue; experienced photographers are used to working at different venues and it’s simply not important for them to “know what the lighting is like” at a particular venue, or similar.

What might matter

  • The equipment they use; equipment does matter, but as a non-photographer it’s almost impossible to judge what is right and wrong, so just make sure you’ve chosen someone whose work you like and ensure you’ve seen some large album prints of indoor venues (such as dark churches) to make sure there isn’t too much grain – this might be an indicator of cheap equipment.
  • How long they’ve been photographing weddings; as time goes by, you do learn more. Newer photographers really don’t like this, but it’s simply the truth. The reason this is in the “might” section though is there are some talented photographers who have worked in other fields for year. Typically, I’d choose someone who has been doing weddings for at least 3 years though.
  • Having a second photographer; customers tend to look at second photographers as a bonus – more for less money. However, it’s typical that one photographer will be the more experienced. You will therefore have some photos taken by someone whose work you might not like as much. Unless you particularly need coverage of two locations at the same time, this is a red herring.

How can I find a cheap wedding photographer?

If your wedding photography is in the £1000+ budget, you shouldn’t have too many concerns as long as you see plenty of work and like their style and personality.

However, what do you do if you’re limited to less than £1000?

Top tip: You should seriously consider choosing a more expensive photographer but just booking them for a smaller portion of the day, if they offer that.

Well, you can definitely ask a more expensive photographer if they will do fewer hours at your wedding. Some photographers will do as little as 2 or 3 hours, which could be enough for the ceremony and some photos in a local park, for example.

It would certainly be preferable to have a smaller coverage of the day with good photographs compared with photographs which have serious errors. (And yes, it happens – I’ve been asked to try to correct the files!)

Secondly, you need to do your homework and that means visiting your preferred photographers. There are two things that every photographer should have and they are professional (PI & PL) insurance and backup equipment (camera body, lenses and flash). I would also want my photographer to backup my photos to at least one other hard disk too.


It’s also important to check the quality of their photography equipment so I’d want to see some printed photos at least A4 size in dark locations, like inside churches. Sometimes newer photographers don’t even know that their equipment isn’t capable of producing acceptable results.

Past that, choose someone who seems honest, dependable … and fun!

If you want to know more about what the risks might be, read my article on cheap wedding photography.

What are the prices of wedding albums?

Albums, like photographers, are available at different price points for good reason.


Queensberry, who I use, are the “rolls royce” of the wedding album industry. You can expect a Queensberry album to be at the very minimum £400-£500, with most reasonably sized albums costing £700 or more. A cheaper GraphiStudio or Folio album might be a few hundred pounds less, like for like.

There are also album manufacturers who are cheaper still.

As with wedding photography, the price reflects the quality and it is possible, with a cheaper product, the album won’t stand the test of time quite so well.

To finish…

I hope this article has lifted the lid off the confusing wedding photography pricing system, as well as given you something to work from. Whoever you choose, do your research and compare them with others of similar quality.

If you have any questions or comments, leave them below!

Good luck with your search and I hope you have a fantastic wedding day!

Quick Questions & Answers

What is the average cost of wedding photography?

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Around £1000-£1500 for a full day, without an album. Many spend more though, and many spend less.

How should I price wedding photography?

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Typically, spend between 10-15% of your wedding budget on wedding photography, or 20% if photography is particularly important to you.

Why does wedding photography cost so much?

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It’s hard to explain in just a few lines, but the costs of equipment are huge (over ten thousand pounds worth of kit is in most photographers bags) and quality training is expensive too. We also have to pay for sample albums, websites, advertising, credit card systems, customer management systems and so on.

Most of all though, wedding photographers spend between 20 and 50 hours on an single wedding in conversations with couples, the photography itself, post production and sending out the final files.

A magazine or blog said I shouldn’t pay more than “£750” for photography. Is that right?

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Well, it’s up to you. However, magazines and blogs are produced by journalists who don’t really know about photography. It would be like me saying “you shouldn’t pay more than £1.50 for a wedding magazine” when in reality I don’t know anything at all about what quality of magazine that will get me. £750 really is the minimum I would ideally pay for a full day photography, not the maximum.

Are wedding photographers rich if they get paid so much for a days work?

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Sadly not… It’s not a single days work to finish a wedding – it usually takes 3 to 5 days total.

Should I negotiate with my preferred wedding photographer?

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If your preferred photographer is more expensive, it’s likely for good reason – and I bet you’re not the only one to prefer them. Some photographers may negotiate but photographers who are in demand generally won’t do. In reality, you’re likely to have to decide to pay their rate, or choose someone else.

Why are some wedding photographers more expensive?

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More expensive photographers are like more expensive meals – more consistent, higher quality, more artistic, more skilled, produced with better equipment and delivered on better materials. They are likely to notice details that a cheaper photographer wouldn’t even consider, so in theory every photograph should be a bit better.

Should I care about the quality of my wedding photography?

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Well, I can’t answer that for you, but rather than assuming a cheaper photographer can do the job, think about how you would feel is you didn’t receive the quality you would like. That may give you an answer to your question.

Should I get my friend to photograph my wedding?

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The answer is almost always “no”, unless you have no choice. Firstly, if your friend is not a wedding photographer, the fact that they have a nice camera and take some nice photos is virtually meaningless. Just the speed of a wedding is enough to trip up very experienced photographers. They will likely be confused about what’s coming next and you will likely miss sections of the day.

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    Great post, bet that took a little time 🙂 – but IMO 2 camera man shoots (an assistant) in my view are vital – holding off camera flash, detailing, and getting another angle – you can’t be in 2 places at once!

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I thought I’d try something fun … and create a Word Cloud from the testimonials on my website. You can see the results below.

A Word Cloud will show the words which are used most often in larger lettering. I’ll leave you to make up your mind what these words say about me and if they represent what you would want from your wedding photography…

Share this please!


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    What a great idea, Love it !

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I’ve just taken delivery of a new Queensberry sample album and it got me thinking: why bother with a wedding album in these days of disks and USB and Cloud and Facebook and Twitter?

It’s an interesting question!

I’m well known for not actively selling albums these days. I provide them as a service but I don’t recommend couples buy an album when they book me – instead I recommend they wait until after the wedding. Most do come back and want an album; so obviously they still want printed photographs too.

I think it’s easy when you work in the wedding industry to become very used to your products and forget just how incredible they make your photographs look. When couples see my albums they are literally blown away, even though they’ve been around other wedding photographers.

So here’s the first reason; they make your day look as incredible as it really was.

How about the story of your day? Turning the page of a well designed album shows a new section of the day – for example, moving from the ceremony to the reception – and helps you appreciate the different feelings expressed throughout the day. These sections will have a feel of their own and they’ll say something about how your day was for you.

So here’s the second reason; moving from page to page  tells the story in pictures in the same way as reading a book tells the story in words.

The third reason for me is that Queensberry wedding albums are meant to last a lifetime; they’re a legacy for your family, your children and grandchildren. They capture you on the most special day of your lives: when you become a couple with combined hopes and dreams which you will build towards throughout the years together.

So here’s the final reason; we want to show people in 50 years time – this is who we were, this is how we loved and this is who we loved.

While Facebook and Twitter are a great way of sharing your photos, a wedding album is a treasured keepsake which most people still love and want to keep in order to relive their day time and time again.

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Plan the timing of your wedding day

You’re planning a wedding day – something which you’ve never done before. That’s difficult, right? Yep.

Fortunately there are some resources which can help you. Not all of them consider all angles though, so to be sure that your photographer isn’t tearing his hair out trying to take the photographs that you need, I wanted to write about wedding day timings and some of the pitfalls which people miss from their time line.

Remember that wedding planners and venues don’t always consider the way the day will need to flow from a photographers perspective, so talk to your photographer about it before finalising the exact times for everything!

1. Minimum of one and a half hours at the venue!

In order to take photographs of the reception and room, the cake, the group photographs, the couple photographs and some natural moments between people, photographs typically need a minimum of one and a half hours. Remember that people drive at different speeds, so don’t trust Google Maps to determine how long it’ll take to get there.

If you can extend that to two hours you’ll have more time to deal with poor weather (which slows things down) or allow you to enjoy a relaxed drink with your guests.

Do speak to your photographer about the amount of time it’ll take to do the group photographs – I allow about 5 minutes for each group and about 15 minutes for the group shot of everyone. It sounds a lot, but I promise it can take that long to get everyone together.

Don’t skimp on this time as you will likely regret it when your photographer is rushing around looking stressed!

2. Venue will ask you in to dinner earlier than you think!

…following on from the previous point, if you tell your venue that you would like dinner at 4.30, they will start to call people in about 15 minutes early, which will eat into the time a photographer will have for the photographs that you want.

Make it clear to your venue that the time you need for photographs needs to end with them calling people in and not when everyone is sat down.

3. Plan for the congratulations..

Don’t forget to leave 15-20 minutes after the ceremony for congratulations and possibly a confetti shot. They make fantastic moments to photographs and this important time is often forgotten in the schedule.

4. Know how long it takes to lace up your dress!

In the morning, the lacing of the dress can take much longer than expected (20-30 minutes is not uncommon), especially if your bridesmaid hasn’t done it before.

Many people video the dress shop doing it, which is a fantastic idea and can help if you get stuck.

5. Leave a couple of 15 minute pockets in your day.

As a final point, all couples should leave a few 15 minute intervals with nothing scheduled to allow for extra time needed at various points during the day – they will be used up! The last thing you want on your wedding day is to feel rushed, so plan to make sure that doesn’t happen.

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    Thanks for sharing this post with us. Your work is fantastic. Congratulation!

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I wanted to say a quick hello from Knowsley Hall, which is where I am right now, doing a wedding.. or more specifically waiting for the speeches after dinner.

The bride looks amazing in an incredibly stylish Justin Alexander dress and Knowsley is incredible as ever.

It’s a wedding which will definitely hit my English wedding gallery soon!! Look out for it.

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For the last 6 months I’ve been reading articles in the Bridal press saying that Vintage as a wedding theme is starting to tail off a little.

Well, maybe they have lost touch with the average person on the street because the number of searches in Google UK for “Vintage Wedding” are still rising!

vintage-wedding-photography-trendSearches in Google for “vintage wedding” since 2004

You can clearly see when vintage started to take hold of the wedding market; back in 2009 the number of people searching was rising. In 2011 it has massive momentum which carried through to 2012.

My first vintage wedding was back in 2010, although at that time no one was calling it vintage; instead the phrase “garden party” seemed to be more popular. Last year I was involved with two vintage weddings. One of these wedding was totally vintage – not only was bunting everywhere, but there was an ice cream van!

Time frame for vintage weddings

So when might vintage weddings start to decline? If you’re having a vintage theme in the next year, will you be the last bride in the UK?

The UK wedding market works in an 18 month to 2 year cycle. Couples get engaged and they spend up to 2 years planning their wedding. One of the first decisions will be what style they would like.

If brides are searching for vintage weddings now, you can be sure that vintage is still here to stay for another 2 years at least.

So don’t worry. Your bunting and china tea set are safe for now. Go ahead and have your ideal vintage wedding.

(And while you’re here, take a look at some of my vintage wedding photography. It’d be rude not to…)

Vintage wedding photographs

My vintage wedding photography is a combination of photographing in a vintage style and processing the photos with a vintage effect. Learn more about my vintage weddings.


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    This is a very interesting article!

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    The groom looks cool in his braces and the dancing at the party looks great too!

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Winter weddings demystified!

In the deep of winter in the UK the night time settles in pretty early – usually around 4pm by December time. So, if you’re planning a winter wedding, what do you need to be aware of in order to get the best from your day and what ideas might help you along the way?

If you’re planning your own winter wedding, get in touch to discuss how I can help with your photography or to ask any questions about your day. I cover wedding throughout the UK and worldwide. I have covered many winter weddings and am very experienced at using lighting to the best effect.


Q: Why have a winter wedding?

If winter weddings are more difficult to organise because of lack of daylight, why have a wedding at winter? Well, the top reasons I’ve heard are:

  • We love a honeymoon destinations which has the best weather during the UK winter (such as the Caribbean, the Maldives or Thailand).
  • We love winter! The snow, the crisp, fresh morning and the Christmas feel.
  • Our preferred venue is already booked during the summer.
  • Our venue will be cheaper at Christmas.

So, you’ve decided you’re going to get married in winter. What extra preparations do you need to take?

1. What time for your winter wedding?

Since it’s likely to be dark by 4-5pm, you need to allow enough time for everything to happen. Too often couples get married around 2pm at a church and then have to travel to a venue and there’s no light left to take advantage of it.

Photography is obviously closest to my heart, so you should choose a photographer who can take well lit shots of the two of you indoors… and outdoors.

If you are getting married at the venue, I’d get married no later than 1.30. If you are getting married at a church and moving on, I’d get married no later than 1, or earlier if it takes a long time to travel to the venue.

Your photographer will usually need around an hour and a half minimum before you sit down at the venue to take all of the photographs necessary. If you are travelling, remember that everyone does not drive at the same speed and wedding cars often travel significantly slower.


If you are going to get married after sunset and your venue will be dark, make sure your photographer can show a wedding where they have covered this before, especially if they will be at the back of the ceremony room. Re-lighting an entire ceremony room is not for the inexperienced!

2. Which winter wedding venue?

In the winter the weather is not usually much worse than the British summertime, although it will be colder. However, you are more likely to have snow, rain, sleet or even fog. Selecting the right wedding venue for your winter wedding will be essential.


Your guests won’t want to be outside for long periods, so make sure the indoors will be an effective space. If you have very poor weather, it might be necessary to take photographs indoors, so consider where a shot of everyone will be taken and where your couple photos will work.

Also, if the weather is very snowy, how easy will your guests find it to attend the various locations during the day? Think about the roads they will have to travel on.

Finally, you need to make sure the wedding looks right. There’s little point in choosing bright colour which will not fit with the Christmas decorations at the venue. Dark colours tend to work best.

If you are to be married just before Christmas, you will often find that your venue will have decorated the venue for you which will save you money and give you a theme to begin with.

Make sure you speak to them about the decorations they will be using to ensure that you don’t clash.


3. Which winter wedding dress and outfit?

If you’re getting married in late November through to early February you can guarantee it’ll be cold – it may even not make it past zero degrees! That means you and your bidesmaids will need to consider how warm you’ll be outdoors for long periods when you’re thanking guests outside the church maybe, or when photographs are being taken.


Your winter wedding dress should have a shawl which you can add when necessary. Also consider your wedding shoes carefully because it may be slippy or wet underfoot. Or cheat and bring some boots to wear under your dress! Just make sure your dress will reach the floor…

4. What about winter wedding photography?

Photography is obviously closest to my heart. You should choose a photographer who can take well lit shots of the two of you indoors, outdoors and be able to take well lit group photographs indoors of groups, in case the weather isn’t suitable for outdoor photography, or there isn’t enough light during the day.


This will be essential. You should make sure they are capable of using “off camera flash” which will produce the best results.

5. Where to go for a winter honeymoon?


You’re lucky. Many of the most beautiful places in the world have the best weather during the UK winter. For your winter honeymoon, consider places like Mexico and the Caribbean, Mauritus, The Maldives and Africa, Zanzibar, Vietnam and Thailand, all of which are incredible at this time of year.

If you want to go further, take a look at Australia, New Zealand and South America too.

Finally…  get in touch to discuss how I can help with your photography. I am based in the North West of England but cover weddings worldwide.


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I was speaking to my friends at Pomp & Ceremony Wedding Planning recently and asked them to share a little of what they do and also offer some advice as professional wedding planners. We’re both aware that planning a wedding is a tough business so they kindly obliged 🙂

Here’s what they had to say…

Wedding planning

As Cheshire wedding planners we work with couples in all stages of planning their big day from being there at the start of the preparations through to just being there on the day. As with all good things, coffee shop culture, shopping centres and Vogue to name a few, America has led the way in the wedding biz, followed by London and wedding planning is now taking off in the North West! Savvy brides-to-be realise that with a planner in tow anything is possible and they can actually save money.

Our favourite moments of our job are when we have either arranged a huge discount and we get to call the couple to announce the saving, or have finally tracked down the perfect item that we know will make the day complete, past examples include a dressmaker specialising in museum patterns and edible gold butterflies. Our lovely couples always make sure that we are kept busy and it’s such a pleasure to see the day come together in its own unique way.

Tips for your wedding day

Here are some tips for your big day, and congratulations if you are reading this… you have already found a fantastic photographer (Tick).


Create a budget right from the beginning of the process so that you can identify how much you have to spend in each area. This will make sourcing your suppliers for the day much easier and also reduce the stress of the costs escalating out of control.


Ideally start with the venue. This is usually the biggest cost so it is a good area to begin with to identify if money will need to be saved in other areas down the line.


Try on every shape before reaching a decision. Often what you think you want on a picture is different in reality so it’s good to experiment with shapes so that you get a dress that you look and feel amazing in.


Identify your most important areas such as food or music and put your energy into organising them, identifying areas that you are happy to compromise on is also a useful practice. This can give you some good save or splurge options.

Be Creative

Don’t feel pressure from other people’s wedding days, think about exactly what you want and start building your look from there. The best wedding days represent the couples taste and personality.

Good luck with your planning!

Caroline & Claire
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Pomp & Ceremony Planning

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I don’t talk about this much as I think people can make their own minds up about their wedding photographer, but it was sparked by a conversation with another photographer the other day: why would a couple choose me as their wedding photographer?

What makes a good wedding photographer?

I suppose it starts with this: what makes a good wedding photographer? In my opinion, the key elements are:

  • Personality; people need to enjoy being around you.
  • Non-intrusive; remember that it’s about the couple and them enjoying their day, so keep a low profile.
  • Leadership; at various parts of the day you need to raise your voice (in a nice way) and direct people. They need to follow your clear instructions.
  • Producing beauty; regardless of your style of work, wedding photographs need to be beautiful.
  • Producing variety; again regardless of your style of work, a good wedding photographer will produce different photographs which suit the couple and their day, not take the same ones again and again.
  • Recognising opportunities; weddings happen fast. Spotting a key moment that’s about to happen and placing yourself in the space which will allow you to light it beautifully is important.
  • Reliability; enough said really – your wedding photographer needs to turn up.
  • Love weddings; it’s my view that in order to produce good wedding photographs, you have to love weddings…
  • Planning; and I’ve left the best for last – planning. It’s important that I take care of everything. If something goes wrong, no problem – I’ve got a plan for it, whatever has happened. This goes from backup equipment, to insurance, to weather, to illness.

So why choose me?

The first part of achieving is understanding what you need to achieve. I’ve been photographing weddings for a number of years now and my experience has led me to this understanding  of what is important in wedding photography – and it’s more than just being able to take a very good photograph.
I constantly strive to meet and exceed expectations on all of the points above … so I guess that’s why you should choose me 🙂
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Reportage (or candid or documentary or photojournalistic) wedding photography is a branch of photography where the photographer captures a story in a single image or set of photographs. It has roots in editorial news photography and has been popular in weddings since the 70’s. The reason for the attraction in couples is that, done well, the photographer can capture the most meaningful moments in a persons life and the personalities of everyone around them.

Key skills in documentary wedding photography

A photographer using reportage usually has unique skills – most notably an ability to be unobtrusive without being particularly noticed, even when close to the people being photographed. Regularly the couples I work for say they hardly noticed me through parts of the day. Truly great reportage wedding photography is about story telling. Stories can be captured in a single image or across a set of photographs. Generally, it’s very important that the moment is just right – half a second later or earlier and the story can be gone.

Beautiful, fun reportage photography in weddings

Weddings present an extra challenge to reportage photographers: wedding photographs still have to be beautiful and the people have to look their best. In order to achieve this, the photographer must be very careful about where they stand to find the best light and how much of the background they include. However, reportage is about real stories and honest personality, so photographers have the ability to be witty and capture moments which would not sit well in a traditional wedding photography setting. This gives each wedding something unique and fresh; “Who are these wedding guests and how can I capture that?” is something I find myself asking at every wedding.

A few reportage samples

Take a look through some of my documentary photography. If you are interested in this style, please get in touch. asian-weddingasian-wedding-photography-reportage-style reportage-photographs emotion-wedding-photography-reportagebeautiful-wedding-moments personality-at-weddings reportage-photography-wedding-speeches fun-documentary-wedding-photography mirror-based-photojournalistic-wedding-photoreportage-dancing-at-wedding documentary-wedding-photography reportage-wedding-photography photojournalistic-wedding-photos brides-mother-documentary-wedding-photos

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  1. Neil Bowler neilbowler.com

    Great post Phil and very informative.

    Love your mono conversion’s too.

  2. Gary Derbridge gdphotographer.co.uk

    Very interesting post Phil!

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    reportage wedding photography when done well is an amazing way to document a wedding day. The real moments and emotions of the day captured.

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    I agree with Steven, for me good reportage wedding photography should tell the story of the day from bridal preparations to dancing, ideally showing no awareness of the camera.

  5. phildweddingphotography.co.uk phildweddingphotography.co.uk

    Then I think we all agree 🙂

  6. Rob Bird Photography rbportfolio.co.uk

    Very well described and good use of imagery to explain. I may share with a few clients if you don’t mind!

    • phildweddingphotography.co.uk phildweddingphotography.co.uk

      Thank you 🙂 Of course. As long as you point them to this article that would be fine 🙂

  7. Nasser Gazi nassergazi.com

    Very well-written. Thanks for posting. I can see you writing a book on the subject 🙂

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    Some great images, the best thing about some of these is the angles they were taken at. A good mix of emotions captured, keep up the good work 🙂

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    Some great images, the best thing about some of these is the angles they were taken at. A good mix of emotions captured, keep up the good work 🙂

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