Congratulations upon your engagement to marry and spend the rest of your lives together. You have instantly won the title of fiancée and fiancé, and your friends and relatives-in-law-to-be will be asking you when and where will the wedding be taking place, and where will you be going on honeymoon.
Announcing your engagement to marry is always the first step out in public as a couple. It will be my great pleasure to celebrate the achievement by taking your engagement photos. Choose a romantic location and your wardrobe carefully, and decide if you will need hair and makeup support on location. Your engagement photos can be taken indoors and outside. If you have a photodestination, let's travel !
The best time of day for romantic outdoor photographs is the Magic Hour before sunset. Sunrise is also good, if it suits you. It's best to avoid portrait photography in direct mid-day sun, and if necessary we will find a location in the shade and use lighting diffusers to reduce the direct intensity of the light.
A photo of the engagement ring is popular, but optional as the photo can also be taken on the Wedding Day. It's a good idea if the ring is professionally polished beforehand to allow it to look at it's best.
Scope of Works and Price:
On location, 50 portrait photos each in colour and black and white in digital JPEG format, provided on a USB Memory Stick and on a Private Internet Page with Copyright.
Price £150 / hour plus VAT, subject to a minimum of £300 plus VAT and a maximum of £1,500 plus VAT on any one day, plus Travel Allowance dependant on location.
You need to make plans for your Wedding Day, and it's best if you can do so well in advance. A Wedding Planner may be the solution, or you may have the passion to organize everything yourselves. In either case, you will need to agree upon the arrangements as a couple, respecting one anothers herritage.
Once you have selected your venue, I will phone you and we can discuss the venue. If the venue is nearby and you are having a Dress Rehearsal I may pop in and take a look subject to my availability.
The Wedding Day Timetable for Photography can include the following elements:
1. The Wedding Day Breakfast
For couples travelling to destinations the night before, the Wedding Day Breakfast is a quality time for family, and close friends, before the main arrival of guests. I take these photos in a relaxed informal setting. After breakfast I meet with the Bride and Groom and Best Man for five minutues to review the day ahead. This is good time for you to introduce me to your Parents-in-Law-to-be. It helps everyone when it is understood that I am there to take great photos, and that I am not the Wedding Planner.
2. Getting Ready and Dressed
If you are not gathering for a Wedding Breakfast I shall meet the Bride and Groom and Best Man for five minutes informally on arrival at your home or Hotel, before you get ready and dressed, to review the day ahead. This is a good time for you to introduce me to your Parents-in-Law-to-be. It helps everyone when it is understood that I am there to take great photos, and that I am not the Wedding Planner.
It is best to aim to be ready to depart for the Wedding Venue an hour before the intended hour. Meticulous preparation, hairdressing, and makeup can take longer than expected for any number of reasons. I need ten minutes with the Bride and Bridesmaids, and then ten minutes with the Groom and Best Man, towards the end of getting ready. As it is considered unlucky by some for the Groom to see the Bride's dress before arriving at the Wedding Venue I will not take photos of you as a couple at this stage, unless you ask me to in which case I will need another twenty minutes of your time together.
3. Travelling to the Wedding Venue
Normally I will travel with the Groom and the Best Man to the Wedding Venue, to be present and ready to photograph the arrival of the Bride. I will take photos of the Bride's arrival at the Wedding Venue, and then I shall enter the Wedding Venue.
4. The Wedding Ceremony
If the Wedding Venue is a Church I shall be taking photos from the opposite end of the isle to the Bride and her father as they walk up the isle, and then at the opposite end of the isle to the Bride and Groom as you stand before the altar, and then from one or the other side of the altar. I will not stand still within the passageway of the isle. I shall take photos of your first kiss at the altar, and then as you leave the Church for the first time as husband and wife. I shall assume that flash photography is not permitted during the Ceremony, unless informed otherwise, and use low light settings and lenses accordingly.
If you are signing a Marriage Register in the Wedding Venue, please let me know in advance if you wish me to take photographs of this too. Likewise, if you require a group photo within the Wedding Venue before you leave, please let me know in advance as I may need to provide off-camera lighting.
I will take photos of you and your guests as you assemble outside the Wedding Venue, and as you are driven away. If confetti is permitted, please ask your guests to throw it upwards and not at you.
5. The Wedding Reception
The Best Man and I shall travel together from the Wedding Venue to the Reception Venue. I will mingle as informally as possible at the Reception, taking ad hoc lifestyle photos, and photos of the speeches.
The Wedding Reception is also the time for Group Photos, each taking less than five minutes to arrange, and you should allocate half an hour for up to ten Group Photos, plus ten minutes of you both together.
Many couples will "go away" after the Wedding Reception, and will not always attend their Wedding Party or Ball even of it is hosted for family and friends. If so I shall photograph you "going away."
6. The Wedding Party or Ball
The Best Man and I will travel together from the Wedding Reception to the Wedding Party Venue, if a Wedding Party is hosted by you. I will take memorable photos of the Party, including your first dance.
Scope of Works and Price, Any or All Items 1-6.
On location, 500 portrait photos for Items 1-6 in total each in colour and black and white in digital JPEG format, provided on a USB Memory Stick and on a Private Internet Page, with Copyright.
Price £150 / hour plus VAT, subject to a minimum of £500 plus VAT and a maximum of £1,500 plus VAT on any one day, plus Travel Allowance dependant on location.
The word honeymoon is thought to derive from the 5th Century custom newlyweds had of drinking mead, an aphrodesiac honey-alcohol, to boost conception at the end their first moon together.
In the 19th Century, honeymoon refered to newlyweds travelling to visit relatives that could not attend the Wedding. For example, if a relative was too old to travel, the newlyweds would travel to visit them.
Today, a honeymoon is the destination holiday spent away from friends and family, and is a time of great fun, togtherness, and carefree intimacy usually spent in some far away sunshine destination.
The Honeymoon Timetable for Photography can include the following elements:
1. Visiting Relatives
Travelling to visit much a loved relative who was unable to attend the Wedding is an outpouring of love, and is always admired by friends and family. I can arrange to meet you at any location to take portraits of you and your relative. One hour on location is usually sufficient to complete all photographs.
Scope of Works and Price
On location, 20 portrait photos each in colour and black and white in digital JPEG format, provided on a USB Memory Stick and on a Private Internet Page, with Copyright.
Price £200 / hour plus VAT subject to a minimum of £200 plus VAT and a maximum of £1,500 plus VAT on any one day, plus Travel Allowance dependant upon location.
2. The Honeymoon
Your honeymoon is a very important stage of your Wedding, and although you will be taking selfie portraits with your mobile phones, many newlyweds will invite me into their honeymoon for a few hours to take some quality time photos that can be shared with family and friends on returning home. I can travel to meet you at any destination and take portrait photographs. Normally I arrive the day before and meet you to discuss the location and the best time of day for the style of photos that please you.
Scope of Works and Price
On location, two days and two nights, 50 portrait photos each in colour and black and white in digital JPEG format, provided on a USB Memory Stick and on a Private Internet Page, with Copyright.
Price £3,000 plus VAT, plus Travel, Hotel, and Meals, dependant upon location. Travel and Hotel expenses are payable in advance, and expenses such as Visas and Taxis may arrise to be reimbursed.
Thank you for contacting me, I shall be delighted if you assign me as your professional photographer. I reside near Gatwick Airport in the U.K. and so I am available to make each moment your destination.