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Top 20 Questions to ask your Wedding Photographer

Crabtree Wedding photography

Your wedding photographs will remain long after your wedding day, reminding you and your guests of all the beautiful memories from your special day. Because of this, one of the most important decisions you have to make is choosing the right wedding photographer.

To help you decide this, I’ve put together a list of key questions along with how I would answer them, and why they are important.

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Engagement Shoot: Should we have one?

Jones Engagement Shoot

Once you’ve become engaged and have chosen a wedding photographer who meets your needs, without a doubt one of the best things you can do is organise an engagement shoot.

Here’s a few reasons why:

  1. Firstly, they’re fun! You can revisit all those special places such as the place you got engaged, the location of your first date, or even just your favourite spot to hang out. This allows you to relive some of your most loved and personal memories and capture them forever.
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Metcalfe Wedding Photography | Boroughbridge

Couple in love + plenty of cake + laughter + pyrotechnics = a great wedding and this April I had the privilege of photographing Sally and Josh Metcalfe’s wedding in Boroughbridge! Having never been to Boroughbridge, let alone shot a wedding there I was pleasantly surprised at how quaint & lovely the little town in North Yorkshire is!

The Matt Lollar emergency umbrellas came into good use as the heavens opened at one point, but we still got some lovely photos. The personalised Coke bottles and Metcalfe family ‘pants’ tradition (see if you can spot them in the photos below) were some highlights and the day ended with a spectacular fireworks display. How cool is that?!

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Fieldsend Wedding Photography | Sheffield

On the 7th April 2012 I had the pleasure of photographing Debbie and Tom Fieldsend’s wedding at the bandstand in Weston Park and the reception afterwards at the Norfolk Arms. This was one of the friendliest weddings I’ve photographed and as you can see from the photos below I was able to capture lots of candid shots of happy wedding guests! There was a real sense of fun and this continued long into the night at the reception where the guests took full advantage of the photo booth I set up (when they weren’t busy dancing at the awesome ceilidh).

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Top Tips for Handsome Grooms

In my last post I gave you my Top Tips for Beautiful Brides. This post will focus on the guys and how to get killer good photos. Assuming there’s great interaction between you and your Mrs (and you’ve booked a photographer who knows how to capture good light (hint, hint) then here are my top tips for Handsome Grooms:

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Top Tips for Beautiful Brides

Photography is the art of capturing light, and weddings in particular are all about good light. You can have great light, and a bad subject (like me) but still end up with good photos.  Similarly you can have a beautiful subject but bad light and get rubbish photos.

To get great photos, I need great light and good interaction with you, but not all photographers know how to capture light well as a quick google search will prove! Assuming you’ve got a photographer who knows how to capture good light, here are my top tips for beautiful brides:

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Evans Wedding Photography | Berkshire

Weddings are always a privilege to shoot and last October I had the chance to photograph my friend’s little (actually taller) brother’s wedding. When a bride and groom value the importance of photography to capture the start of their life together, it really makes my job so much easier and Hannah and Nahum did just that.  We built in a lot of time for photography during the day so I had ample opportunity to be creative. I really felt they trusted me to get great photos and that made them a lot more fun to photograph! After seeing their pictures this is one of the reflections they wrote:

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Basran Wedding Photography | Sheffield

Last October I had the privilege of photographing Beks and Alex Basran’s autumn wedding in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. The day started at Christ Church Fulwood, before moving to a nearby park close to Forge Dam for the group and bride and groom portraits. The reception was held at Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield City centre and the day ended with an awesome, traditional Indian meal by the guys at Aagrar.

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Harper Family Portraits in Woodland Discovery Centre | Sheffield


A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of shooting family portraits for some friends in Sheffield. Below are samples of some of my favourite portraits from the day.

Shooting family portraits is one of the perks of my job, it’s great to capture the essence of a family and really show their personality. I like to let people be themselves but there are a few things that can massively help the look of the shoot.

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Drummond Family Portraits in Brincliffe Edge Woods | Sheffield

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘portrait’? Perhaps you imagine an oil painting or a photo from your grandparents’ wedding where everyone stood in a line, scowling, looking straight into the camera.  But portraits don’t have to be serious and miserable. In fact, they are usually completely opposite; they are a lot of fun!

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