Wedding photography - Stoke, Staffordshire, Midlands
Wedding photography to suit your needs
Joyous days with the whole 'gang' together sharing in your special moments
Albums are a lasting family heirloom memento
Make sure the besty has the rings
- Where do you cover ?
- Do you do video ?
- Can I have digital files ?
- Just have 'Reportage' ?
- Engagement parties ?
- How soon to see photos ?
- What does it cost ?
- Backup equipment ?
Whilst I'm based in the Staffordshire Moorlands by Stoke-on-Trent I can cover Weddings much further afield. I have covered Weddings in other parts of Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire. I have been 'across the border' into Wales and also down to Newbury, Berkshire, and Fleet in Hampshire. If I can suitably get there by Public Transport then I can be there. Yes, I do not drive. That is why it is important that any booking enquiry includes details of where the Wedding is since I have too factor in the cost of travelling and also work out if I can get there.
Having a cooker doesn't make you a Chef. I have video capable cameras and some sound recording equipment but I am not a videographer. Providing both video and photography coverage at the same time is not realistic. The quality of both will suffer.
Having an album or not is your choice. I can just provide digital image files licensed for your personal and non-commercial use and I can also provide albums at varying price points. After your Wedding you will have memories of the day but nothing re-evokes those memories more than a physical printed image, be it on the wall or in an album. When compared to the cost of parts of the Wedding that are just consumed on the day and then gone and album is actually quite cheap and much longer lasting than a meal or the drinks.
It is your wedding and I would be there to provide what you have hired me to. When it comes to group photographs I do recommend having some taken since they are the ones that in years to come your children and their children will be pointing out who is who in the family. They are the primary 'family heirloom' photographs.
Yes, I do. Just as I cover Proms and Balls, anniversaries and other special events so I can also provide coverage of an engagement party. This can be with my 'roaming' around at your event, providing a studio style setup as I do at formal events or a combination of the two. For more details see my Events page
If I've not edited, processed and finished the digital files within a week then I would be personally disappointed. 'Sneak peak' images can usually be released by the next day although if I have Weddings on consecutive days this might be put back a day. Albums can take several weeks for manufacturing and delivery if one of the Italian made Graphistudio albums is chosen. Simpler, cheaper albums usually have a quicker turnaround time.
My general pricing starts from £450 but this can be varied depending on the location, length of time that you want coverage for and the media delivery option that you want. Albums will cost more and I prefer to finalise the cost of that after the Wedding. That then gives YOU the opportunity to know what photographs you have and therefore how many you want in the album and also more time to consider the size and finish of the album
I have seen people turn up to photograph a Wedding with just a single camera and basic 'kit lens'. In good lighting conditions such equipment can provide reasonable results but Weddings are notorious for variable and poor light levels. I have had a flash decide to stop working whilst at a Wedding and I was able to just get the backup out of the bag and carry on working. I've had a camera damaged from an unexpected impact and just been able to pick up another one and get on with the job. I've had a camera get damp due to the poor weather and, yes, you've guessed, been able to swap in a backup. All of the above equipment returned to fully working state and without a repair but if I'd tried to sort it out at the time I'd have missed part of the Wedding or other event that I was covering. Just as a computer hard drive will fail, it is just a matter of when, so digital cameras and other equipment can fail. If the photographer doesn't have suitable quality backup equipment then you might find you do not get many photographs of your Wedding.
You may now kiss the Bride.