As a Gloucestershire wedding photographer I have photographed weddings at various venues and locations throughout the Cotwolds and further afield around the UK, from small family celebrations to larger gatherings, city centre registry offices, church weddings, civil ceremonies to high end country manor house hotels.
Some of the venues I have shot at are stunning, for example Manor by the Lake, Cheltenham (above) where I am a preferred partner wedding photographer. I do love a great venue to work with, however for me it is all about the people and the emotion on their day. I am also a preferred photographer at The Matara Centre near Tetbury and Glenfall House in Cheltenham.
On your big day my job is to get it right for you. Each couple's priorties are different and every wedding is different. It is so important to chat through your plans with you for your wedding. I capture memories, I want the images that I give to you, to be the ones that you want to recall and treasure. For most of your wedding day I will take pictures naturally, completely blending into the background like one of your guests. Following the ceremony, before or after any formal group pictures you would like, we can go for a stroll together away from your guests to create some wonderful relaxed bride and groom portraits. I will suggest various locations to shoot, a little guidance on composing the pictures and how to stand (pose). This usually only takes around fifteen minutes, then back to your guests for a drink or two.
How many pictures will we get?
The length of time I spend with you on your big day will reflect on the amount of finished images there will be. On average between 400 & 600 individually finished photographs.
How do we get our pictures?
ALL of your high resolution images will be copied onto USB. I will also put a folder of low resolution images ideal for use on social media on your USB too, the same pictures just in a smaller file size. The USB will be in a presentation box, there are no watermarks on any of your images and there are no copyright restrictions, they are all yours, you can share & print as much as you like. In addition I also produce a slideshow of a selection of your images set to your first dance music this will be on your USB & on DVD. For your security I keep two back up copies of every wedding I photograph.
Do you take Colour and Black & White pictures?
I take all the pictures in colour (in a “RAW” format). This is to ensure as much digital information is captured within each image. When I get them on the computer I will look at each image individually. Some pictures lend themselves to colour some to black & white and others to both. If it is the latter I will duplicate the finished colour image and convert the duplication to black & white, so you have the same image in both formats.
Do you "Photoshop" our pictures?
Editing, post processing or "photoshopping" is a very important part of giving you a finished product. I will only edit pictures to enhance them and I do it with great care. Typical edits usually cover the following; exposure, tone and colour adjustment, blemish/spot removal, or the removal of a simple object that does not enhance your image. Please see some before and after examples below.
How can our guests see our pictures?
I set up an online password protected gallery for you friends and family to see your pictures. From the same page your guests can also order prints, a canvas and or framed pictures if they would like.
Can we meet with you before we book?
I meet all couples, we must ensure we are right for each other. Your photographer will probably spend more time with you on the day than any other person! As your wedding photographer I need to know what is important to you on your wedding day and any “do’s or don’ts”. Or it may be the case that you just want me to shoot away as the day unfolds. I take what I do incredibly seriously, in saying that, my approach to shooting your wedding is done in a relaxed and unobtrusive way, please check out my testimonial page. I want your pictures to be the best they can be! So in short, yes we’ve gotta meet up.
How long will it take to receive our pictures?
The average turn around time is between one week and ten days. During the very busy summer months this can drift to three weeks. There is only one of me, I know how keen you’ll be to see your pictures, so I’ll get them done and ready for you as quickly as possible, without compromising the quality.
Do you do albums?
Yes. Once you have received your images. Give yourselves a period of time to look through them and select the ones you would like in an album. I will put a layout together for you on my computer for you to view as a proof before manufacturing commences. After approval your album will be ready within 7 – 10 days.
How long do you stay on the wedding day?
All day is best, to get the most complete story of your day. It is up to you, your the boss. I can be with you all day or half a day. The longer I spend with you the more complete your story will be.
Do you have insurance?
Yes I am fully insured, I have professional indemnity and general liability insurance.
What training have you had and how do you keep up to date?
I am the sort of person who firmly believes that no one has ever made it in life, whatever they do and at whatever level. Whether that be in business, sport, as a photographer or even a surgeon. The medical profession for example continue professional education way after they have qualified. A year or so after getting my diploma in photography I was awarded the qualification LSWPP with the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers. I have also listed below some of the photography workshops, seminars and lectures I have recently attended.
Flash & Wedding Photography - Brett Harkness
Studio Lighting & Mastering Flash - Damien Lovegrove
Shooting the Bride and Groom & Studio Flash - Mark Cleghorn
The Digital Photography Show - Joe McNally
Wedding Photography - Kate Hopwell Smith
Effective use of light - Lisa Beaney
Studio Portrait Lighting - Simeon Quarrie
Fashion Photography - Quentin Caffier
The story of the wedding day - Brett Florens
Lighting & Posing the Bride & Groom - David Stanbury
I am also delighted to be able to share some very exciting news. As of February 2017 I have been accepted on Damian McGillicuddy's mentoring programme, it is a very advanced photographic programme specifically designed for professional photographers to further enhance & escalate their photography, lighting skills and creativtity. I would imagine that everybody reading this (except professional photographers) is asking who is Damian McGillicuddy? Let me tell you a little about Damian.
Damian has over 25 years in the photography industry and has gained a fantastic level of knowledge and experience. Over his long and colourful career he has secured his position as one of the United Kingdom’s best photographers by accruing over 673 international awards, being the only photographer to hold 5 UK Master Photographer of the Year Awards along with 7 Society Photographer of the Year awards, and is the only photographer in the world to be awarded a Grand Master with Bar.
Damian’s hard work and dedication has resulted in him earning 7 international Fellowships, holding the title of Master Photographer with the National Photographic Society (NPS) and the Guild of Photographers, being the ﬁrst photographer to be awarded a Double Masters with the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers (SWPP) and standing as one of only 3 individuals to be honoured with the prestigious title of Grand Master.
In 2013, his achievements led to Damian being instated as Olympus UK’s Principal Photographer and Educator – a position that he is extremely proud to hold.
Damian is the the only Grand Master photographer that directly trains other professional photographers. Over the past 8 years Damian’s mentoring has resulted in professional photographers he has mentored achieving countless national and international awards, including 16 Photographer of the Year titles, and has seen a great number of photographers gaining photographic qualifications ranging from licentiate all the way to fellowship.
After reading and digesting the above, I hope you may be able to understand my excitement at joining Damian on this mentoring programme. When I photograph weddings and shoot portraits for clients I do this in a laid back and unobtrusive way. I do however take what I do very seriously, constant improvement and getting better at what I do are always my goals.
Getting the most out of Damian's mentoring programme will involve a big commitment of my time, quite a bit of travel and a healthy financial investment on my part, that said, it is something I am very much looking forward to.
I am a qualified member of the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers and hold the qualification LSWPP with them.
The two images above are of a model during a workshop not a bride. Above, I have cropped the image a little to adjust compostition, adjusted the skin tone, smoothed the skin a little and done some mild blemish removal to give a healthy natural look, much more pleasing on the eye and I think the finished image looks "un-edited"
Road signs are obviously a critical and important part of road safety. Apart from when there is one on top of the groomsman's head!!! The sign on the left hand side needed to go too for balance.
The entrance of the bride is one of the most eagerly awaited moments of any wedding day. On this image I have corrected the natural horizon of this old chapel and given the overall image some "punch"
Most great wedding pictures are the natural ones. I feel this is one of them. That is apart from the car that decided to exit the venue just at the wrong time (the car behind the groom, it's all about the detail for me). A couple of lights to the right of the bride are a slight distraction as well. The overall image I feel vastly improved by their removal. I love this picture!
One of those safety signs behind the brides head is trying to spoil things
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