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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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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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One Light Portraits | Sheffield

Portrait Photographer Sheffield

In my experience (and style), simplicity is the best approach to photography. It doesn’t matter if it is lighting, post processing, composition, equipment, contracts, prices, etc… I like to keep things simple. There are infinite ways of doing things (especially in Photoshop) but I believe simplicity is the key to quality work.

So here is a little taste of an ‘on location’ photo shoot that I did for an organization called Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF). My brief was clear: they wanted me to photograph (head & shoulders) 40 members of staff in a 1.5 hour break time at their annual conference. I needed to get there, set up and shoot each person in 2.25 minutes.

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Tom & Emily’s Engagement Shoot | Peak District

Sheffield Wedding Photographer

I have the privilege of shooting Tom & Emily’s wedding in a couple of months but recently we did an engagement shoot in the Peak District. It was really difficult to choose my favourites from our shoot but I have managed to pick a few for you to see!

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