So, the day is near! Once you have booked me to shoot your wedding I tend to leave you alone to crack on with your thing. I’m on hand to answer questions, but on the whole I tend to find that couples want to just get their date secured and then reconvene with me once all the plans are in place. I’m a very informal, documentary style photographer – so I’m all abut photographing your wedding, as it unfolds, rather than setting up shots. You probably won’t need my input in the early stages of your wedding planning, but I will need to know your plans inside and out once the day draws closer.
About 6 weeks before your wedding, I’ll send you a questionnaire asking some of the big questions I need to know for the big day (although none as big as the “I do”, obvs). It’s a really informal questionnaire, but it’s chocful of super important information so don’t skip it over. But also, don’t be scared by it – sit down with a coffee, tea, G&T or a vino and treat it like a fun date night amongst all the planning madness. (And a cheap one too, which is all the more welcome when you’re on wedding countdowns…). The best thing is, that all my booked couples get their own snazzy online client portal – so you can dip in and out of answering the questions on the form.
I’ll be the supplier that’s there the longest, and I have a very important job to do for you (no pressure!) so I always want to ensure that we are on the same wavelength. That’s why this day details sheet comes in handy. I will constantly refer back to the plan throughout the day, leaving you and your beau to revel in the height of wedded thrills.
To give you an idea of all the exciting details I’ll be asking you, have a gander at the list below and start racking those brain cells/rummaging around in that wedding binder. Here’s my guide for What To Tell Your Wedding Photographer (AKA me)!
I’ll need both contact numbers and email addresses for you and your partner. It’s helpful to have the basics on hand for any last minute messages. You’ll get both of mine too. Most importantly I’ll need both of your email addresses so that I can send you the email link to your finished set of wedding photos!
A pretty key one to start with, hey? A verified full address is always necessary – not just “my Dad’s farm” or “Citizen M”. I want postcodes, so I can Google Map that shizz and get exactly where you are with no hassle for you. It also helps me scout out potential locations for our portrait session to give you some relaxing celebratory time together on the day without taking you too far away from the party. If you’re having your day across two venues, make sure you include the info for both, plus the info for where you’re getting ready if I’m covering that too.
Another thing on the list of absolutely non-negotiably need-to-know things is timings. My super informal, caught-in-the-moment style of photos actually require a lot of pre-planning. I will need to know where to be, when and what the intention is for the day. Then I can ensure I’m absolutely in the right place at the right time.
Having these timings written down has twofold benefits: firstly, it’s good for me to know when all the ‘major’ events are happening, because although I’m constantly on the lookout for the best moments anyway, it’s good to know when things will be changing up. Secondly, it’s good to have the timings written down as I can then advise on when you’ve not allowed long enough for stuff (group photos!), or point out things you may not have thought of.
The important people
Now I am pretty rubbish with names! I do not take pride in this, so I’m going to try and blunder through getting names right by having a list of all the important people in advance. Knowing in advance who the key people are at your wedding will mean that not only will I be able to call them by their name, but I’ll also ensure that these people feature in your photos A LOT.
Group shot lists
Even though I’m all about the spontaneous fun and frolics that badass weddings bring, I totally understand that weddings are an opportunity to get together a group of people who don’t come together very often, and you may want to document that. Group shots are totally fine, but I do advise that we keep them as short as possible to maximise the amount you can enjoy your day and minimise the the time you’re stood with a fake smile wanting to be partying! For this reason I ask for a list of the group shots you’re looking for, itemised with the list of people you want in each one. It’s great if you can include both their relation and their name (this makes it easier for me to find missing people!)
I don’t have any rules around who you choose to have in any group photos (if you want them at all). Most couples tend to go for some combination of the following group shots:
Both families and you and your partner
Your extended family, you and your partner
Your immediate family, you and your partner
Your partner’s extended family, you and your partner
Your partner’s immediate family, you and your partner
The wedding squad, you and your partner
This list will take approximately 25 minutes to work through. If you want to add in other combinations, then you will need to allow for extra time. From my experience of shooting lots and lots of weddings, each combination of a group photo will take 3-4 minutes to organise and shoot.
It’s also super helpful if I can have an official helper from each side of the family – ideally someone who knows who the various different people. Doing so will save a lot of time!
The devil truly is in the detail, and the marketing devil inside of me LOVES to have a solid brief before the job starts. I’ll ask you to describe what you have planned for your ceremony, and to describe what you have planned for the reception. I’ll need to know about any special surprises that you have planned too. If you’re going to let off confetti canons immediately after your first dance, then I’m going to want to make sure I’m in the best position all ready for that!
And I don’t mean guests’ dietary requirements – they should be directed to the caterer. Instead, it’s always really useful for me to know if there’s any tension in particular groups or with particular people as I navigate your guests. Context is important for photos! I come from a very modern family, with multiple sets of parents (that don’t talk to each other!) so I know that not every family is a straight-up nuclear scenario.
Once this is filled in, I generally meet couples to have a chat about a month before the wedding day. Other than just having a lovely natter, it’s great to sit down and cement those plans, and talk them through in person. This leaves me feeling totally confident that I know exactly what you’re planning and wanting for the day, and most importantly should leave you feeling more relaxed, safe in the knowledge that someone else knows the nitty-gritty too. It’s a very informal chat where pets and children are welcome too.
If your plans change – don’t panic! This can and does happen. About a week before I’ll send you what I have as the final plan, to make sure that nothing’s changed since we last spoke. I then bring that with me (or an updated version with any changes) on the day as a crib sheet to refer back to. The final plan is by no means written in stone (it’s usually on my iphone actually), so if there are last minute changes and additions, that’s cool.
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Woooooooo weeeeeeeee WHAT A YEAR?! So 2018 was the first full year for Parrot and Pineapple, and I can hand on heart say it’s been ALL KILLER NO FILLER. I’ve absolutely loved every wedding that I’ve photographed. And, just as I planned for, they’ve all been different and unique in their little ways. But there’s been one over riding common theme – couples that just wanted to get married without any of the traditional patriarchal bull shit that is all too often associated with weddings.
Here’s a tiny fraction of the images that I took from all of the weddings I photographed. All of these images are my absolute faves. I got a little bit emosh putting this video together. Because these images are exactly what I set out to capture. Little moments. Joy. Strength. Love. Big fun.
Sit back, relax, hit full screen and most importantly turn up the volume.
Choosing a wedding photographer is hard. Don’t worry, I completely get what you’re going through right now in the stages of your planning. But I want to help. I want to give you more of an insight as to what it is like working with me as your wedding photographer. I want to share with you what happens when you decide to book me and what you can expect. It’s really important to me that my clients feel secure and happy so I have come up with a process that ensures each client has a similar experience that results in everyone wanting to cheer and carry me shoulder high through their local town (actually, don’t, you might strain something).
Initial Video Call
When you enquire I will look at your date and see if I am available. If I’m available I will send you info about my prices, and tell you exactly what you get for your money and some links to my portfolio. It’s really important that clients choose me because they love the kind of images that I shoot.
If you like my photography style and if my prices fit your budget then the next step would be to have a chat via video call. It’s a good opportunity for you and your partner to ask lots of questions. Plus I can tell you about the booking process, how I work, the contract and how to approach planning your wedding photography.
After the call I’ll send you two full and complete wedding galleries to look at. lIt’s really important that you look through at least two full wedding galleries of any wedding photographer’s work because by doing this you get a very good idea as to how consistent the photographer is with their style and what your wedding photos might look like.
I issue a contract to every client so that everyone is clear as to what they are buying, how much they are paying, what happens if anything goes wrong, what they can do with their images after the wedding and what I do with the images after the wedding. I am always happy to answer any questions that a client might have about the contract – ultimately clients are booking me to photograph their wedding and I want them to be really happy with what they get. Once the contract has been signed by both parties, your contract (along with all your other wedding photography info) will be stored in your own personal client portal. Only you and your partner will have access to the portal and it will contain all the important info relating to your wedding photography.
Confirming the Booking
To complete the booking I ask for a £500 booking fee. Once I have received the signed contract and 50% of the fee then the wedding date is reserved in my diary. Clients are then left to crack on with planning the rest of their wedding. I’m always on hand to answer questions or provide recommendations of other suppliers. If you’re looking for any wedding insight, handy tips or even venue ideas check out the rest of this wedding planning advice blog posts. I’m always taking names and contact details of people who do a great job for their clients, plus I’m in a big network of wedding professionals, so I can generally make a recommendation of someone that is good.
Six Weeks Before Your Wedding
I’ll drop an email over to clients 6 weeks before their wedding date. This is to start planning the wedding photography in detail. Clients are asked to fill out an online form with how the day is going to run and all the essential info like timings, places, names and contact details on the day.
Two weeks before your wedding
Once I have received the completed day in detail form I will meet up (or have a video call) with clients for a chat and some drinks to go through everything. The purpose of this meeting (apart from to have a nice time) is to help me completely clarify what clients have planned for their day. My aim is to photograph the wedding day in a documentary manner as it unfolds – this means that I have to be really clear on what is happening and when. I also find that clients relax when they are really secure that I know their wedding day plans like they do.
One Week Before Your Wedding
I will drop you an email to check in and confirm plans. I know that weddings can be a bit of a moveable feast and plans do have a habit of changing at the last minute. Don’t worry if they do – I’ll check in with you to ensure we’re singing off the same hymn sheet.
After the wedding
Because I know that people are excited about their wedding photos I will share some highlight photos with you 1 week after your wedding. You can share these photos as much or as little as you want. After that it will take me approximately weeks to edit the full story of images. I like to deliver lots of images, and I go through the final pack many times to make sure they are perfect. Clients will receive their wedding photos via a private online gallery; from which images can be downloaded as high resolution jpgs, shared on social media and prints can be ordered. I also offer wedding albums, and once clients have seen their final photos they very often want to make up a wedding album from their favourite images.
If all of this sounds exactly what you are looking for in a wedding photographer then you can get the process started by contacting me here.
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Is your dog just waiting to be discovered as the next Kate Moss or David Gandy? I am putting together a super fun photo shoot for an exciting dog photography project and I need some willing participants!
If your dog is happy to have their photo taken, and you are happy for your dog to become a social media sensation, then I would love you to get involved.
We are looking for dogs of all ages, breeds, shapes and sizes to take part. The shoot will take 30 minutes and you will be given a specific appointment timeand the address of our top secret shoot location. In return for your time you will be given one high resolution jpg image from the shoot, which you can choose from a selection. You will then be able to print, download and share on social media to your hearts content.
To take part simply complete the form in the box below. If you have multiple dogs that you would like to enter please complete one form per dog. If you have any problems please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the things that is most important to me as a photographer is to invest in my continued learning and development. I believe that as a creative you have to keep pushing yourself and growing your capabilities, regardless of how long you have been in the job. Tastes are always changing, new technology becomes available and if I’m going to provide a spot on well informed service to my clients then I have got to keep my finger on the pulse. Last November I attend a winter wedding photography workshop in Sheffield. It was just one of four training courses that I attended in 2016.
The Day Dusk Dark Workshop was organised and led by my good friends Shelly Richmond and Jamie Sia Gadong. They were a great pairing to run a photography workshop to teach other photographers how best to deal with low levels of light. Shelley prefers to work with the available natural light to create beautiful images, while Jamie loves to indulge in technology to create his own magic. It was great to learn both approaches – weddings are so varied and as a skilled photographer you must be confident to capture epic photos in any given situation. With Christmas weddings becoming ever more popular, it was essential for me to be able to master winter wedding photography.
I went to university in Sheffield, and ended up living there for another 4 years after graduating. The city has a special place in my heart and I absolutely love to photograph the post industrial landscape. Living there has probably been a very big contribution towards my love of the urban environment. Regardless of the time of year, the multicoloured mish mash of the urban backdrop is always lovely to photograph.
In 2017 I have already attended a 5 day photography festival in Wales and I’m currently looking to take on a mentor so that I can create a more personalised development program.
Here’s some ‘behind the scenes images’ to give you an idea of what we got up to 🙂
Not all weddings are the same, and not all wedding photographers are the same. When it comes to wedding photography the style of photographs that you want will impact how your wedding photographer works with you on your day. I would describe my style as predominantly relaxed wedding photography.
Relaxed wedding photography is largely documentary in approach; that means that I will document your day in photographs as it unfolds. I will put more emphasis in to capturing the moments, emotions and feeling of your day, rather than setting up specific shots from a preordained list. Some words that I use to describe my wedding photography style include:
I keep my style consistent across the images of the day; but that doesn’t mean that I am rigid with my approach to photographing a wedding. Not all weddings are the same, not all couples and families want the same from their photographs. After booking me and in the lead up to your wedding I will take time to understand exactly what you want from your wedding photos. I see my job very much as a collaboration between the three of us. When I understand what you want your wedding photos to be like, I can provide you with guidance and planning tips that shape your day to ensure that you are delighted with your final selection of images.
Ensuring a relaxed vibe on your wedding day begins with making sure that I fit with you as a couple. Before my clients even commit to booking me I like to meet up, either in person over drinks or via a video call online. It’s an opportunity for you to see what I am like as a person – documenting your wedding means that I will be with you for an extended period of time on a really important day in your life – you have to know and like who I am as a person!
Once couples decide to book me I begin by understanding exactly how your day is planned. I know that couples put a lot of time and effort in to planning a wedding day, so my primary intention is to work as unobtrusively as possible. About 6 weeks before your wedding I send my clients an online questionnaire to complete. The questionnaire has been designed to capture all the logistical details of the day. Then one month before your wedding day I meet up with my clients (usually over drinks and snacks at a convenient location to all of us) to go through the plan for the day. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to ask questions. I find that working in this way ensures that when the wedding day comes, my clients are super chilled out, safe in the knowledge that I know exactly what to do.
My primary objective as a wedding photographer is to give you an experience that you love and create images that you are delighted with. I am super happy when I read reviews from previous clients that reflect exactly what I have set out to do. If you want relaxed wedding photography and are thinking of booking me to photograph your wedding, be sure to read what other people say after working with me and get in touch.
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