Frequently Asked Questions
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What style of photography do you provide?
My style of photography is 'reportage', documenting the whole day to give you a detailed record of all the aspects, but always with a fun and candid approach, so everyone relaxes.
I offer a fully customised service and will be there for as long as needed on your ‘big day’. Often I am asked to attend for the preparations of the wedding party, before going to the wedding venues.
My packages include full coverage of the wedding service, formal group photos afterwards and the more fun/ candid shots too, as well as those personal photos that you’ll treasure.
What photography packages do you offer?
I offer several packages, which can be tailored to meet your exact needs. There are more details in the pricing page. I like to keep things simple and aim to provide a good service at a competitive price.
A bit about me...
I've always had an interest in photography. I bought my first 'proper' camera 30 years ago and was hooked. My interest was in landscape photography with the lake district being one of my favourite places to visit.
Commercially, it all started with taking a family portrait for a friend. People saw the canvas print and asked if I would take their photos. Then I was asked to help a couple with their wedding photos and the rest as they say....
I studied for a City and Guilds in photography and started doing portrait and wedding photography on a part time basis. I now specialise in wedding photography, having captured over a hundred weddings in the 10+ years of business! That said I still have the same passion as when I first started and want to make every set of photographs special. It is always great to see each couple's reaction when they receive their wedding photos (still the best bit)!
My style of photography is 'reportage', documenting the whole day to give you a detailed record of all the aspects, but always with a fun and candid approach, so everyone relaxes. If you haven't already, please take a look at the feedback from previous customers. I have found many couples prefer natural photos, capturing those candid moments during their day. There are newer ideas like 'first look' and 'first touch'. Ultimately it is about planning the photos you want of your wedding day!
My packages include full coverage of the wedding service, formal group photos afterwards and the more fun / candid shots too, as well as those personal shots you’ll treasure. The other thing I offer is to give you full usage of all the images, to share with family and friends, avoiding the costs that many photographers charge for individual reprints. To keep things simple I offer a few packages, which can be tailored to meet your exact needs.
I am based in Swadlincote, Derbyshire and cover all the East and West Midlands. Thanks for visiting my website and if you would like any more details, please contact me.
Planning for the 'Big Day'
I like to work with each couple and tailor their wedding photography package to meet their exact needs. Pre-wedding consultations and a rehearsal are included. During the rehearsal we'll agree the backdrops for your pictures and take some trial shots too.
I work with the venues and other service providers, to ensure we have everything arranged, so your photographs capture all the key moments of your wedding day.
By the time of your wedding day, all the details will be confirmed and you'll be confident that I have everything in hand. This doesn't stop the candid and fun moments which I'll also capture - they are often very special memories.
Which locations do I cover?
I provide wedding photography services throughout the East and West Midlands and further afield by negotiation. Most of my wedding photography takes place in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire. There are many examples of previous weddings in my portfolio.
There are some lovely places locally that provide the backdrops for great wedding photos. In the main, the areas I cover are: Alrewas, Barton Under Needwood, Branston, Burton on Trent, Lichfield, Tamworth, Uttoxeter, Derby, Hartshorne, Melbourne, Newton Solney, Repton, Swadlincote, Willington, Ashby de la Zouch, Coalville, Leicester, Measham, Moira, Nuneaton, Atherstone and Polesworth.
Wedding Photography in Burton on Trent
I've worked at a lot of venues in and around Burton, from the Registry Office which has lovely gardens near the River Trent and in nearby Branston at both the Riverside and Branston Pavilion.
I am the preferred wedding photographer for the Riverside, so they recommend me to their customers. Each venue has a unique feel and from experience you know exactly the locations to use, to provide the couple with the best wedding memories. On the weddings page you will see loads of examples of weddings at both the Riverside and the Pavilion in Branston.
Wedding Photography in Derbyshire
There are so many beautiful venues for weddings in Derbyshire and the backdrops they provide for photography are stunning. I have had the pleasure of working at so many throughout the County.
In the north, these include Makeney Hall, Shottle Hall, Cressbrook Hall and Alison House Hotel. I have also taken wedding photographs in Derby at West Mill, Darley Abbey, the city centre registry office and Derby Conference Centre. In the south of Derbyshire, weddings at Hartshorne, Linton, Melbourne, Newhall, Newton Solney, Rosliston (Forestry Centre and Hidden Hive), Swadlincote (Church and Town Hall), Ticknall and Weston on Trent.
The bespoke wedding venues provide a range of photography options from outside weddings, to marquees and lovely scenery as a backdrop for your wedding pictures. Please have a look at the weddings page to see some of the previous wedding photos.
So many great memories. My first visit to Melbourne View in 2022 for the wedding reception of Chloe and Chris, after their wedding at Hartshorne Church. I was at Melbourne view again three times in 2023 and will be back again in 2024!
West Mill at Darley Abbey, which is a sympathetically restored mill, giving a mix of the urban heritage with lovely grounds set against the River Derwent. Vicki and Sean chose this venue. I could easily fill my website with any of these weddings.
I've worked at Newton Solney several times for weddings at the village church and (sadly now closed) Newton House Barns and Newton Park Hotel too.
I've captured several weddings at Ticknall, with the village hall hosting three of the receptions and some photos taken at the nearby Calke Abbey.
Nearly all my wedding photography bookings come from customer recommendation, which is a real compliment.
Wedding Photography in Leicestershire
Leicestershire has some beautiful locations for weddings.
Staunton Harold Hall was the venue for Maria and Chris' wedding. Just an amazing backdrop of this privately owned venue, surrounded by lakes and sympathetically restored rooms providing a really classy wedding location. Staunton Harold only host a handful of weddings each year, so I feel privileged to have worked there.
Over the last couple of years I have photographed weddings at Coalville Registry Office, using the grounds of Mount St Bernard Abbey for the group and personal photographs. It is a tranquil setting with lovely grounds. The Royal Arms at Sutton Cheney hosted Jazz and Craig's wedding in 2023 and we developed specific finishes for the couple's personal photos. Examples are on the weddings page.
Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel. I've taken photographs here many times, most recently in the autumn of 2023. It's a seventeenth century farmhouse with a series of original brick & timber barns, sympathetically restored to create a beautiful collection of rooms.
Other wedding photography venues in Leicestershire where I have worked are Ashby de la Zouch, Conkers at Moira (most recently in 2023), Donisthorpe Church (a couple of times), Ibstock St Denys, Kegworth, Measham, the link Hotel at Loughborough and as far south as the lovely village of Marston Trussell on the Leicestershire / Northamptonshire border. There are some beautiful villages and great venues. Some of the sample photos can be seen on the weddings page.
Wedding Photography in Nottinghamshire
I am keen to secure more weddings in Nottinghamshire. I have fond memories of a wedding in the centre of Nottingham which was followed by personal photographs at the arboretum for Lydia and Josh. We worked together to create a specific finish for their photographs to emphasise the autumn colours. Examples are on the weddings page.
Wedding Photography in Staffordshire
Near to Burton, there are a number of bespoke wedding venues. I have worked at Alrewas Hayes, Dovecliff Hall, Hanbury Barns and Hoar Cross Hall, amongst others. Loads of examples are in the wedding portfolio if you would like to take a look.
One of my favourite venues is Dovecliff Hall, where I have worked many times. In 2023, Charlie and Alex chose Dovecliff for their reception after a wedding at the Church in Rolleston-on-Dove. There were so many photo opportunities including the couple watching fireworks, a sparkler walk and entertainment by singing waiters. I also love working at Alrewas Hayes. In 2023, Alex and Matt had an amazing wedding. Check out the sunset photos and those of the couple walking their greyhounds.
In Lichfield I have photographed many weddings at the Registry Office also using the adjacent Beacon Park and Minster Pool for the group and personal photos. Barton Marina has also provided the backdrop for several weddings in recent years.
A lot of planning goes into preparing for your perfect wedding and the photos that will provide a lifetime of happy memories. We will arrange a rehearsal to visit the venues and take some trial photos. They are included free of charge. Why? Well its important to agree the backdrops for the wedding photos you'll treasure for a lifetime.
Wedding Photography in Warwickshire
Warwickshire is blessed with so many wonderful wedding venues. An example is Moxhull Hall, close to Sutton Coldfield which hosted the wedding of Alison and Ian. Another wedding where I could easily have filled the website and found it difficult to only add a few photos. Have a look at the weddings page if you have time and you'll see what I mean :)
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What personal data do we collect?
We collect and process a range of information about you. This includes your name, address and contact details, including email address(es) and telephone number(s). It also includes the images we take of you and those involved in your wedding or portrait photography.
We collect this information in a variety of ways. For example, data might be collected through booking forms when you request photography services, from correspondence with you including email and social media and hand written notes from face to face meetings. Photographs are captured on camera memory cards.
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