Award Winning Cheltenham Wedding Photographer
Phil Webb ASWPP
As a Cheltenham wedding photographer, I have photographed weddings at various venues and locations throughout the Cotswolds 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 worked at are stunning, for example, Manor by the Lake in Cheltenham where I am a preferred partner wedding photographer. Everybody naturally loves a great venue to work at, however for me it is all about the people and the emotion on their wedding day. Delighted to also be a preferred wedding photographer at The Matara Centre, Kingscote Barn and Ellenborough Park.
Your wedding day
Every couple’s priorities are very different and each wedding is different. It is so important to chat through your plans with you for your wedding. Capturing memories – the finished images that you will get will be the ones that you will treasure and recall for the rest of your lives. For most of your wedding day I will take pictures naturally, completely blending into the background like one of your guests. Following your ceremony, we can capture the formal group pictures you would like. We can then 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.
I have been a regional finalist (The South West of England) in the largest wedding awards competition in the Uk. The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA) in 2017, 2018, 2019 and most recently 2020.
My “style” of Photography
My style is predominantly natural photography, capturing unscripted moments complemented with portrait photography. This combination will ensure your day flows very naturally and the formal pictures we capture will become treasured memories of your wedding day. An approach that is unobtrusive and very relaxed.
I also love to capture images of couples as the sun is going down, these pictures usually have a big WOW factor as we can get a little more creative!
For the vast majority of your wedding day I blend into the background in a documentary/reportage style capturing candid natural moments, anticipating the moment. Most couples feedback is something along the lines of “I didn’t even know you were there!” Even my cameras have a silent shutter, so no constant annoying click-clicks throughout your day.
Attention to detail is very important to me. After your wedding I will finish all of your pictures individually.
Frequently Asked Questions
Approximately 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. Pricing questions come across to my pricing page.
How do we get our pictures?
The high resolution images will be copied onto USB. You will also get a folder of low resolution images ideal for use on social media. The same pictures just in a smaller file size. The USB is in a presentation box. There are no watermarks on any of your images and there are no copyright restrictions. Because the images are all yours, you can share & print as much as you like. I also produce a slideshow of a selection of your images set to your first dance music. The slideshow will be on your USB and on DVD. For your security I keep two back up copies of every wedding I photograph.
Do you take Colour and Black and 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.
Editing, 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.
The two images above are of a model during a workshop not a bride. Above, I have cropped the image a little to adjust composition. Then adjusted the skin tone, smoothed the skin a little and a little blemish removal. Much more pleasing on the eye and I think the finished image looks very natural.
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. Apart from the car that decided to exit the venue just at the wrong time (the car behind the groom). 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.
Will our guests be able to see our finished pictures on your website?
Every couple have an online password protected gallery for 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.
Could 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.
Does it take a long time to get 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. I will your pictures completed as efficiently as possible, without compromising the quality.
If you did not include an album in your original package you can arrange an album at any point after your wedding. 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.
For how long are you with us on our wedding day?
To get the most complete story of your day, all day is best. It is up to you, your are the boss. I can be with you all day or half a day. If I am with you all day, my coverage will include; the preparations through to your first dance, party pictures and evening/sundown bride & groom pictures.
Have you got 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’m 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. In 2018 that qualification was elevated to Associate (ASWPP). The qualification ASWPP is held by only the top 10% of wedding and Portrait Photographers who are members of the SWPP and they are impressive and consistent image makers. 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
Refine the Pose & Define the Light – Sanjay Jogia
- 2018 Ninedots Gathering
- 2019 Ninedots Gathering
A couple of Tips/Advice - For your Wedding day
If you would like a copy of my GDPR I will send a copy to you by request.