How would you class your photography style?
We're laid back and relaxed, looking for the same in our couples - stylish couples who don't take themselves too seriously, looking to have their wedding captured in a fun, relaxed & unobtrusive manner with some beautiful imagery, allowing them time to still spend their fabulous day with their guests. We use our imagination to creatively capture a magical, authentic story of your day as it unfolds, this allows you both to be awesome and truly experience the magic, the emotion, and moments that make up your day - not forgetting the little details that you've spent so much time creating that help stitch a wedding together.
We're big lovers of light & shadow, and natural light (Craig is also a sucker for a classic, strong black and white); we love focusing on the people, the personalities, and the atmosphere that makes the day so memorable. We make it as relaxed as possible and much prefer blending in as if we were just another pair of guests, capturing your day as it unfolds, along with the feeling, the fine details, the love, emotion, and the expressions without intruding or unnecessary posing. Oh, and we love adding a little quirkiness to our photography too :)
How long will you stay at our wedding?
Creating and delivering a story of your day that invokes the feelings you had on the day is such a rewarding experience and we take great pride in it. We start early (normally 2 hours before the ceremony) and finish late - If the party is rocking, we're there, capturing the atmosphere until we literally have zero energy left! That being said, this is generally around 10hrs during the summer months. We have stayed later than this; however, it is at our discretion as to when we do.
Will it be yourself photographing our wedding?
Yes, it will be Craig & Andrea photographing 100% of the wedding, with Andrea as the second bringing all the finer details into your photography that may otherwise get missed by a single wedding photographer (from the back of the church for instance).
Do you work with Videographers?
Honestly, 85% of our clients don't book a videographer, such is the nature of how we document weddings. We have worked with videographers, but depending on their style, they can drastically affect the way we document the day, but also, the amount of time you'll need to spend on your portraits. If you'd like a videographer for your wedding, drop us a message, and we'll forward a few recommendations for you - recommendations will be for those videographers that we've had good experiences with, and also shoot a similar style to us, plus won't spend ages (or just won't at all) posing you.
Will you pose us for our photographs?
No, not at all! In some of the galleries, it may look like we've posed a couple, but we can assure you, these will have just been couples that at the time of the photograph, were really just into each other!
Our photography aims to express you guys and your characters at the same time, trying to capture you as naturally as possible. We really don’t want to be ruining a moment and our creativity, by instructing you to turn into the perfect position for instance - we’ll direct you maybe into better light when it arrises, but other than that, we want you guys to look at your photographs and remember a particular moment as it happened, not how it was directed to happen.
We love to capture moments in time; not cheesy, not posy… we don’t like cheese and we certainly don’t like posy, so if you feel like you’ll want to be directed into perfect poses, we’re probably not for you and you’re probably better off with a more ‘traditional’ wedding photographer. If you want your photographs to be as natural as possible, photographs of happy guests, enjoying your wedding, real moments between real people, nothing contrived, fake or cheesy, then we might just be for you.
How long before we get our photographs?
We'll do a you sneak peek on Instagram within a couple of days of your wedding, and aim to get the finished gallery to you in 8-12 weeks.
Are you insured?
Yes, we are fully insured with public liability insurance & professional indemnity insurance; if your venue needs a copy of our certificate, give us a shout, and we'll send it over. All our camera equipment is also fully insured and of course, we have full AA vehicle cover... just in case!
What happens if it rains?
If the unfortunate does happen, then don't worry on your wedding day; We come fully prepared for such eventualities, bringing with us special black & white umbrellas for the bride and groom so that we can still get some stunning outdoor portraits - Couple that with our creative use of flash and you can create some beautiful portraits even in the rain.
All of our photography equipment is fully weather-sealed, so if you're happy to step outside, then so are we. Group photographs can still be taken indoors (church for instance, or a suitable area at your venue).
In the event of you being ill, what happens?
Don't jinx us! In the unlikely event that one of us is so ill (honestly, we'd need to be bed bound!!), that we're unable to attend your wedding day, we are part of a network of talented wedding photographers; therefore able to gather help at short notice.
Do we need to meet you before our wedding day?
No, not at all - and many times, it's just not feasible as many of our couples aren't local. We always schedule a call, or a video chat prior to booking, and also before the big day itself. If you haven't already, have a read through the 'Love Letters' our clients have left us for a general feel for how we work.
Do we need to feed you?
It's not a requirement, but it would certainly be nice - we understand how expensive a wedding is and don't want to add an extra expense. We work a very long day and generally bring our own food, but of course, we won't turn a hot meal down.
If you do feed us, don't 'shun' us off somewhere dark, let us eat when everyone else eats and where they do, or at least in eyes view - that way, we won't miss anything spontaneous that may happen during the meal - that doesn't mean we will be taking photographs during the meal... not what your guests want, but we're ready in case anything 'happens' during that time.
Why should we hire you?
Well, there's the real question... I could go on and on about our passion, how I've been behind a camera since I could walk, but in reality, if you'd like pure, honest, and timeless photographs which perfectly document your day, then hire us; Don't hire us if you'd like traditional, cheesy, gimmicky, dull, 1000's of pointless back of the headshots and 'must photograph this for no apparent reason' type of photography.
We are down-to-earth, fun to be around, and very quickly put you and your guests at ease.
How many images do we get?
We try and concentrate on quality, not quantity. That being said, we generally deliver around the 600 - 800 area depending upon the day, time of year, weather, and the number of guests.
Will you do formal group photographs?
Yes, we will if required - we understand that it's rare to have so many of the family together all at the same time, but if you want every conceivable variation of family/friends, your guests stood around for an hour +, waiting for their turn to have their photograph taken and then the '1, 2, 3, smile', we're probably not the photographers for you. We love documenting your day, the love, the laughter (that includes your guests too) - basically, everyone enjoying your day. Think back to the last wedding you attended, did you enjoy the 'group' photos? Probably not? Anyway, we try and keep these to a minimum (5-6 ideally). We will generally speak to you about this at the initial consultation.
We love what you guys do, how do we book you, and how much is the booking fee?
If you've had a good look through our work and you've now decided we might be the ones for you (and we're available of course) a signed contract (Booking Form) and a £350 booking fee are required. The booking fee will be subtracted from the final balance which is due no later than one calendar month before the date of the wedding. It is advisable to contact us first to make sure that your date is available.
Please note, that wedding bookings are taken on a strictly first-come, first-served basis. Unfortunately, we are unable to take 'provisional' bookings or reserve dates without the signed and completed Booking Form and Booking Fee.
If this all sounds great, and you're interested in us documenting your wedding, please fill out the contact form, and we'll get the ball rolling!