Kate & Graham's wedding photography at Rivervale Barn

Kate and Graham were married yesterday at the Church of St Michael and St Mary Magdalene, Easthampstead and held their reception at the wonderful Rivervale Barn near Yateley. It was a fantastic day with over a hundred guests enjoying their celebrations. The unusual colours of the bridesmaids' dresses and shoes made for some very colourful photographs.

Hollie & Ray's wedding celebrations in Frimley and the Meade Hall, Minley

Hollie & Ray were actually married in Italy but also had a celebration back in the UK for their family and friends who couldn't make the trip out for the actually wedding ceremony. They had a blessing at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church in Frimley and their reception at the Meade Hall, the Crown and Cushion, Minley.

It was a very chilled and relaxed day with everyone enjoying the afternoon and evening party together.

When things go wrong... "Do you have a spare battery?"

I was doing a pre-wedding shoot with a couple a few weeks before their wedding. This is a great opportunity for them to get to know me better and for me to build up the relationship with them. This helps them to relax on their wedding day as they've seen how good they will look in their photographs and so have one less thing to worry about. I asked the bride if she had any questions for me.

"I hope you don't mind me asking, but do you have a spare battery for your camera?"

I smiled and opened up my camera bag to show I had 2 camera bodies, 3 lenses, a flashgun, a set of memory cards and a collection of spare batteries. This was only for the pre-wedding shoot, not the wedding day itself. "Why do you ask?" I said.

"A friend of mine got married recently and the photographer's battery ran out half way through the wedding. She only found out the next day". This raises so many questions - including was the photographer doing for the rest of the day - were they just miming???

The moral of this story - if you think it's expensive hiring a professional wedding photographer, try using an amateur! :-)

 

James & Sophie's East Clandon Wedding Party

James and Sophie were married in the ancient church of St Thomas of Canterbury in East Clandon followed by their reception in a marquee and a barn just down the road at Home Farm. A very chilled day where we managed to avoid the thunderstorms and party in the sunshine until the fireworks later in the evening.

Elita & Rob's Scottish/Lithuanian wedding at The Elvetham

We are often asked to photograph fireworks at the end of a wedding reception. This was the first time someone had mention the Lithuanian tradition of making wishes while throwing powered amber into a fire. How could we say no? It make it into a long day but a great one for everyone involved!

Things to ask a photographer when you meet them

Wedding photography is a funny thing to research and buy - most people only buy it once. People such as parents who might be able to offer sage advice on all sorts of things now find their advice on this topic is 30 years out of date!

Photographers don't make it easy as everyone has different offerings, packages and pricing which makes it very difficult to do a fair comparison between them.

Our advice is to look carefully at a photographers work either online, at a wedding fair or at their studio and see if you like their style and you can picture yourself appearing in that style of photograph.

Do you actually warm to and like the photographer? They will spend a lot of time close to you on the day and you don't want someone who is going to get on your nerves.

Other excellent questions to ask:

Is the photographer you meet actually going to be the person who turns up at your wedding?

Will there be just the one photographer, one photographer with an assistant, or two experienced photographers present to photograph your wedding?

When will they arrive and when will they leave? Is it a set number of hours? What happens if there's a problem at the venue and everything is delayed by 2 hours?

Have they photographed a wedding at your venue before? If not, how are they going to plan out the best locations for the photographs on the day?

Does the photographer carry spare equipment (camera bodies, lenses, flashes, batteries, memory cards, etc) in case of equipment failure on the day? 

Are they insured - not just equipment insurance but public liability insurance in case of an accident involving the venue or a guest?

Do they offer a pre-wedding / engagement shoot so you can see how they work prior to the wedding day?

How do they back up the images on the day and after the day to make sure none of your precious wedding memories are lost?

What exactly is covered in their packages? Do they include albums? 

Do their prices include VAT? If they are registered for VAT then it should be included in their prices. You don't want to agree to a £2,000 package and then get an invoice for £2,400!

What happens if they are ill on the day?

It's an important job interview - treat it as one

Before I became a full time photographer, I worked for a fast growing services company where I had to interview and hire a lot of people in a short time. One of the best pieces of advice I received as to always ask for examples of how someone had dealt with a situation. For example, don't ask "Can you deal with difficult people?" instead ask "Can you give me an example of a difficult person you had to work with and how did you resolve the situation?"

So in this way, you should ask questions such as

"When it last rained all day at a wedding, what did you do?"

"Have you ever had equipment go wrong at a wedding and how did you cope with it?"

"Have you ever had a bride who lost it on the day and what did you do to get her back in the right frame of mind?.

"What was the last complaint you had from a bride and how do you deal with it?"

Anyone who says they've never had a complaint is either lying, has not shot enough weddings, or been extremely lucky. Everyone whose job involves working with people knows there is always someone who will find something to complain about! :-)

If you have any comments or suggestions for good questions for photographers or how to choose the best one for you, then please let us know.

I'll follow up this article with another post very soon on things we seen or heard going wrong at weddings so you can watch out for them.

 

 

A wonderful review from Paula & George

We photographed Paula & George's wedding at The Elvetham in June, and they came over at the weekend to view their wedding photographs on our big screen in the studio and to pick up their viewing DVD, high resolution files disc and their wedding day book.

Paula sent me this wonderful email the next day as a review which I've reproduced with permission here:

Hi Adam,

Thanks so much for your time yesterday , we are so happy with the photos!

Review:

It is hard to express in words just how happy we are that Adam was our wedding photographer. Not only does he take a wonderful picture but he is also lovely to be around, which considering the time, dedication and personal attention he showed throughout the day, this was a real bonus! Both of us were thrilled with the pictures he took and this was echoed by the compliments we received from all our guests. We also believe that having two photographers (Adam & Craig) ensured that we could go about our day with minimal interruption as they could get all the shots they wanted without having to repeat or re-stage moments. Furthermore they always knew exactly where to stand to ensure they didn't miss a moment. Thank you both for all your hard work and taking photos that we will treasure forever!

Paula and George

Paula & George's wedding at The Elvetham, Hampshire

It's always a pleasure photographing at wedding at The Elvetham even when it's a tremendously hot day and the place is full of owls! We had a really lovely day with Paula & George and their families and friends and we stayed on long after the usual first dance exit to shoot their fireworks display in the grounds. A great end to a fabulous day.

Wonderful Rivervale Barn wedding for Charlotte & Ben

A wonderful sunny day at Rivervale Barn, Yateley for Charlotte and Ben's wedding. It was a joyful day with lots of happy smiles from everyone present. 

Rivervale Barn is a fantastic local venue, whose spacious layout has separate ceremony, drinks, wedding breakfast and evening venue areas. This means your guests don't have to be moved while an area is being turned around for the next phase of the day. Check out our venues page for this and other locations which could be perfect for your wedding day.

Tracey & Arran's Wedding at St Edwards RC Church, Windsor and The Berystede, Sunninghill

Another fantastic wedding day, with Tracy & Arran's church ceremony in Windsor, followed by their reception at The Berystede in Sunninghill. A large group of guests and some disruption due to BA flight chaos at Heathrow meant their first dance didn't commence until nearly 10:45pm! One of the benefits to the couple of choosing us with our all-day coverage is we were still there to photograph it for them - had the photographers been on a fixed number of hours contract then they might have left before the dancing started... :-(

 

Our new 2017 Wedding Highlights Slideshow is now available

Our new video takes you on the story of the day, from preparations through to first dance and beyond in the evening. Using our two photographers working as a combined team, we capture all the special moments and emotions of the day...

If you would like to have photographs like these from your wedding day, call us now on 01276 683712 to see if we are available for your date.

2017 - Another year, and the start of another wedding season

Well it's January and the rate of enquires has gone through the roof as happens every year at this time. A lot of people have just got engaged at Christmas and have started looking at planning their wedding. We recommend taking a look at our venues page to check out some of the venues convenient for you and see how they look when dressed for a wedding - many of the hotels can be a little corporate and it can be hard to imagine how a large bland coloured banqueting suite might look for your wedding day.

Then there are the couples who have just realised it's 2017, they are getting married this year and they haven't booked a photographer yet! We do have some dates available so do contact us quickly if you are keen to have some fantastic wedding photographs as memories from your wedding.

There are wedding fairs coming up from this weekend. This Sunday we are at the Bracknell Hilton with Prestige Wedding Fairs. Next week, Sunday 15th January it's the fabulous Elvetham Hotel. We're looking forward to meeting lots of new clients at both events.

Finally, we have a brand new-look, new-style brochure ready for the Spring rush. It's available now so you can download it first right here.

Good luck!

Adam

Another great wedding review...

We've just received this wonderful review via email from Sophie who married Steve at the Royal Military Academy Chapel, Sandhurst back in March:

Hi Adam

Hope you're well! Thanks for your email and sorry for not getting to this sooner - we are more than happy to give you a review. Please feel free to upload it onto your website/FB etc :-)

Here's our review:

"Adam and Mo provided a first-class service for one of the most special and memorable days of our lives.  From the moment we met Adam, we knew from his enthusiasm, professionalism and passion that he'd do a stellar job! Our pre-wedding shoot put us at ease and produced some beautiful photos which we displayed at our venue on our wedding day. On the actual day, Adam and Mo created a huge number of shots that take us back each time we look at them. We were absolutely blown away with the results; the love, emotion and laughter were captured beautifully! Thank you so much Adam and Mo for producing something that well treasure for the rest of our lives. It goes without saying that we could not recommend you more - what fantastic photographers!"

Best wishes

Sophie

Another Wedding Fair this weekend

This Sunday is the wedding fair at the Berystede Hotel which is a great wedding venue near Sunninghill and Ascot in Berkshire. I'll be there from 11am until 3:30pm ready to chat with you about your plans and we will have some great wedding albums and images on display for you to view and discuss.

Look forward to seeing you there tomorrow!

Quick update: The wedding fair is just starting and we're getting a stream of couples coming in to look for their ideal suppliers for their wedding day. Lots of good conversations to be had!

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Highfield Park wedding photography today with Tori & Jamie

Today we photographed another fantastic wedding at Highfield Park, for Tori & Jamie. The plan was to have an outdoor ceremony but the weather was just too bad and we used one of the indoor ceremony rooms instead. However, after the ceremony we were all able to go outside and celebrate the wedding in style! The three young flower girls tried their hardest to steal the limelight from Tori but even they couldn't compete with all the men in kilts... :-)

As The Folly at Highfield Park had been specially decorated for the outdoor ceremony, but not actually used, we decided to break with tradition and pose the family group photographs using The Folly itself. This actually worked out really well as you can see from the image above left and the video below as the structure of the building adds to the shape of the images.

We are recommended wedding photographers at Highfield Park and have photographed quite a few weddings there this year. We're back there next month for our final wedding of the season and we would like to thank Kirsty and her fantastic team for all their support and help over the course of the year.

It's wedding fair season (again!)

It's that time of year again at smart hotels across the region as we spend our day manning our stand, meeting lots of people and chatting with them about their plans for their wedding. Today we're at the Bracknell Hilton Hotel and look forward to meeting many future clients and helping them get great photographs and memories from their wedding day.

Our display at the wedding fair today

Our display at the wedding fair today