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Professional Wedding & Portrait photographer. Serving the whole of South East Kent.
Coronavirus and You’re Wedding.

Coronavirus and You’re Wedding.

Coronavirus and You’re Wedding.

At this time we are all facing an uncertain time.

With many countries becoming locked down more and more couple are looking for advice on coronavirus and you’re wedding.

Photographers are just one of many thousands of self-employed businesses that will suffer during this time.

So what do we know about Coronavirus and you’re wedding.

Have you a wedding booked for the summer of 2020.

As we know the government is still stopping any social gatherings.

People are to remain home, So what is your next step.

For many couples the realism of having to postpone their big day is an all to familiar scenario.

This involves contacting hundreds of guests and all your suppliers and making alternative dates for your new venue day.

Setting up a new key date with your supplier is paramount, to begin you’re replanning of your wedding day. So make sure you contact all your suppliers as soon as possible. Starting with your venue, it would be advised to have a couple of dates in mind to forward all suppliers.

Once you have more information from your venue, you can communicate with suppliers to have you re-booked back in.

Coronavirus and You're wedding

Coronavirus and your wedding .

Understandably this will take a little time, however be mindful that with the postponement of many thousands of weddings in 2020. Will have a ripple effect through to 2021.

As things stand at the moment many couples are looking at later in the year 2020 to re-book. Or alternatively will re-book the following year 2021.

What does this mean for you if you leave it several months? Below I have listed some QnA of potential ideas moving forward with your wedding plan adjustments.

Coronavirus and you’re wedding Q and A.

Q, Can I postpone or cancel my wedding Photographer?

A, Check with your photographer and contract,You have drawn up with them. For many it can be a simple case of postponing. However make sure you provide alternative date(s) as soon as you have spoken to your original venue planner. If you decide to cancel you may well lose deposits and monies paid, postpone is the way to go.

Q, Can I just postpone and wait till later in the year?

A, Many photographers will be ok to postpone, as you still require them to photograph their big day, However it would be very wise to provide alternative date(s) as soon as possible in order to re-secure your venue day. Leaving it till later in the year would have an impact on some suppliers will have potential double bookings, as you can imagine couples only just starting to look at wedding dates right now will be trying to secure key dates as well.

Q, When Should I contact my photographer with regards the Coronavirus?.

A, if you have a wedding booked for up to July 2020 it would be paramount to contact your photographer as soon as possible, to see what your options are.

Q, Will I lose money if I postpone my wedding?

A, Check with you’re photographer I think in many cases if your simply postponing and re-booking with them you should be just fine.

Q, Will I have to draw up a whole new contract?

A, more than likely not as long you contact your photographer keep them in the loop with new dates, and if anything is changing for your original wedding.

These are just a selection of questions and what to do, whilst many venue’s are closing their doors to wedding gatherings.

Feel free to contact me if you have been effected by the Coronavirus outbreak and your wedding plans have had to been scrapped.

For late 2020 wedding photography deals click on the link below.

Winter wedding deals available at the moment.

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DeLorean Project shoot

DeLorean Project shoot

Throughout the year I create various special projects many of them are model portraits, however on this occasion I had the unique opportunity.

A friend of mind happen to own a very good condition Delorean, or a we see it The back to the future car, from that amazing movie were Marty Mcfly and Doc Brown, travel back in time and forward again.

It all started  a few months ago when I spoke to my friend Keith, about cars and he happen to mention he owned a DeLorean!.

This was my chance to get to see one up close and photograph it in my own creative way. So we arranged to meet and drive the Car to a good location in which to shoot.

Great Scott…

The day arrived and I heard this rumble arrive at the front door, the first sight of it was it’s distinctive pointy nose bonnet, I grabbed my bag and walked outside to see the famous DeLorean  The back to the future car, was sitting outside my house.

When Keith opened the gull wing door it was a “Great Scott” moment right there I was living the cult 80s movie, the only thing missing was my hover board.

Getting inside the DeLorean was a little strange having had the standard car doors but there was something satisfying about closing these iconic gull wing door. We set off and as soon as we hit the high street area you could see people stop & “smile” from passing schools to rows of traffic at the traffic lights, peoples head where turning with that same smile I had seen from the moment we drove off.

My objective was to capture the DeLorean moving and stationary with a mix of doors open and closed , what better Car to photograph than this one.

Once the shoot was complete we stopped off to get a coffee whilst having parked the DeLorean opposite us in the car park, and once again this amazing car was centre stage, with people going out of their way to walk up close to have a look, have their photo selfie with it, the smiles on people’s faces where impressive and make you smile just to watch.

The DeLorean is an amazing car from the moment I saw it, to climbing inside was literally a step back in time for me, But now our time was up and we had to get back to our own time.

A huge thank you to Keith for giving his time for the shoot and allowing me to photograph his amazing DeLorean.

So Lets have a look at those all-important photos…

enjoy .

Boudoir Portrait Deals and Offers

Boudoir Portrait Deals and Offers

 

Is it time for you to have your very own Boudoir Portrait.  

Has a boudoir portrait been something you have been considering for some time, however nerves and confidence are letting you down.

Then rest assured I provide a spacious & comfortable studio environment, with changing & make over area.

Each boudoir portrait shoot is designed around your requirements from classic boudoir shoots to something more sensual if required.

So let’s discuss your Boudoir Portrait Deals and Offers Bring along a selection of outfits for your shoot taking advantage of the studio props from Chaise lounge to metal frame bed to capture your Boudoir shoot in that classic style.

Boudoir Portrait Deals and Offers

Current

Boudoir Portrait Deals and Offers in Kent.

Available right now…

5 Digital download shoot 45 minute portrait shoot

& online gallery selection process.

£140

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Boudoir Silhouette deal 45 minute shoot

£140 Classic style Boudoir portraits

Less is More, this not so revealing shoot consists of back lighting to show your outline more than your figure, great for first time Boudoir Ladies.

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Boudoir Sexy Package

£210  60-minute session

INC 5 A4 prints of your choice with secure online gallery.

Bring along a Change of outfits.

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Options for complete Prints or albums…

30 images Digital downloads £45

60 images Digital downloads £60

A4 Albums £75 26 page

A3 albums £95 26 page

Prints from £8

For any questions that you may have with regards a Boudoir portrait shoot I have a FAQ page on the following link to answer many questions already asked over the last 11 years of photographing boudoir shoots.

Also, please contact me if there is a question that is not listed I would be happy to assist.

FAQs

 

For pricing and other Boudoir packages, feel free to check the following link.

 

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Christmas Boudoir Photography in Kent

Christmas Boudoir Photography in Kent

Christmas Boudoir Photography in Kent.

Looking for something special for your partner this festive season, Why not try a Boudoir portrait shoot and see their reaction this Christmas.

So what’s involved…

Christmas Boudoir Photography in Kent

Boudoir photography is always on the rise becoming more popular each year, from your standard classic boudoir, to something a little more raunchy, to including a theme with your shoot.

If you love Christmas and enjoy the excitement of the festive season, and would like to try your hand at some Boudoir why not combine the two for that ultimate Christmas gift for either yourself or Partner.

by simply pre-booking a suitable weekday or weekend at a time to suit you, I can arrange a studio shoot session for you.

Each shoot can last up to an hour depending on if you would like a full make over which is also available on request, why not have a little more pampering with a make over and hair styling to make you look and feel even more special. After this its time to walk on to the studio set for your photos, with simply to understand instructions and direction by myself the Photographer.

Every year I am contacting by dozens ladies wishing to try Boudoir mainly for the first time, they are nervous of course and unsure what the experience will bring for them personally.

Each boudoir shoot not only provides a huge boost in confidence but encourages women to know their body and feel at ease knowing they will capture some amazing images for themselves or a partner forever.

Below is a couple of images of clients having their make over with the professional MUA on hand to make adjustments during the shoot.

Christmas is that extra special time of the year and with this Festive Boudoir styles have their fun element to them, from Santa hats to festive hold ups, you can really let your hair down at a festive Boudoir shoot.

During the editing process I can create the perfect atmosphere for your images, by creating Christmas themes, with baubles, decorations snow effects and more.

So idea’s for your Festive Boudoir shoot could be any of the following work great as gift ideas.

Calendars   ( have sexy boudoir calendar made for your partner)

Christmas cards   (great for sending to that special someone)

Mugs   (idea for yourself or partner)

Cushions   ( create that special eyes only cushion that is always near you)

Mounted prints  (Ideal for bedroom walls something to share with your partner)

Cds, Digital downloads, regular photo prints

Photo albums   ( always a popular choice)

Some examples of Christmas Boudoir I have added below for reference to give some idea of hat can be achieved.

If you have any questions with regards your next Boudoir shoot I have outlined some FAQ asked by clients over the years you can find that link here.

Alternatively you can contact me direct via my contact page here.

Boudoir price guides can be found here and scrolling down to find your choice of boudoir shoot, Christmas them will be added automatically on request.

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Professional Wedding Photography for 2021

Professional Wedding Photography for 2021

Professional wedding photography for 2021

Pre-book you’re photographer today

professional wedding photography for 2021

With a selection of 4 great wedding photography packages available right now.

 All my professional wedding photography for 2021 packages come with professional editing as standard and free consultations.

Below are some professional wedding photography deals for 2021.

5 hours coverage Bronze package £599

This package will cover your full Ceremony group & formal photos and part of your reception up to Cake cutting*

This package comes with digital downloads of all your wedding photographs all professionally edited for you with printing rights.

Options for wedding albums available please ask at your free consultation, as well as options to extend you coverage

* cake cutting dependent on time frame mock cake cut may be required.

6 hours coverage Silver package £750

This package will cover your basic day from full Ceremony to group photos and formal photos of you both. Package will cover early reception and guests arrival.

This package comes with a digital downloads of all your wedding photographs all professionally edited for you with printing rights.

Options for wedding albums available please ask at your free consultation.

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8 hours  coverage Gold package £900

One of the most popular packages I cater for, which includes a A4 hard cover wedding album, & digital downloads of all your photos, professionally edited with printing rights. Online digital gallery and album proofing. This package can cover bridal preparation through to full ceremony, group photos and formal photos of you both, to half of the reception evening. MOST POPULAR PACKAGE.

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10 hours coverage Platinum package £1100

Another popular package that covers everything you need for your special day, from bridal preparation to the evening reception, group photos, couple photos, professionally edited with printing rights, Online digital gallery and album proofing. This package comes complete with A3 hard cover wedding album, Save £250 with this unique package with free consultation and album viewing.

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For more information on any of these packages or all of the wedding photography packages I offer feel free to contact me here for details.

* Cover varies dependent on how your venue timings work out, but feel free to talk to me at your free consultation.

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Learn Photography in Kent

Learn Photography in Kent

Learn photography in Kent

Pretty much most households today own a camera of some description.

Learn Photography in Kent

Whether it’s a Classic SLR or a modern-day DSLR to your camera phone, Learn photography in Kent will guide you through to becoming a better photographer.

How we choose to use it though is how we live our lives.

For that everyday snapshot will normally do it,  However understanding as much as we can about our camera opens many more doors to our photography.

Sharing with family & friends on social media, today is easy enough creating works of art that we can call our own can sometimes be something else.

You would be surprised how many pictures we take each year, so what makes us take a photograph.

For many of us we just like the convenience of taking snaps as and when required. When something happens a funny moment to something at an event or may see on the odd occasion. For the rest of us those a little more into taking photographs we are constantly looking to up the game. Create something better than we did before, because for that percentage of us who own more than just a camera phone. We want to create that special photo from architecture to that amazing sunset or perfect portrait.

Learning about photography takes time and is a subject that I feel does not end as there is always something new to learn in our ever-changing world.

So why are you looking to learn more about photography,? is it simply because you have creative abilities that you want to excel at and share with others your talents, maybe you’re looking to have a career change.

So what is there to learn about photography and your camera, there are many things straight off the bat, our mind-set and having patients over a time.

Taking on too much at once is not the answer, but learning a subject that you want to meet is.

The Learning.

Where to start first off you would need to know the niche of photography you would be interested in. For example, Landscapes, Sports, Portraits, Long exposure, Weddings and so on, once you know the subject it is time to begin.

Choosing your way to learn photography is a matter of preference. Do you self teach yourself via the internet or do you prefer a more hands on practical method. This is where I can help by providing several one2one courses designed for you to suit your requirements.

My courses cover a variety of aspects. Once complete you will be free to explore more challenges and place them into practice for yourself.

Some examples of my courses are found on this link to photography courses

Courses range from beginner moving from auto is always the best place to start. If you are unfamiliar with your camera and settings, after which settings and general photography courses would be the next step. These courses start from 3 hrs and extend to 5 hrs courses. Sometimes there are time constraints with normal life commitments so spreading the courses can help. That way you’re not taking in too much to soon to remember.

Always remember that learning photography takes time and commitment. Above all have fun with it, and never be afraid to ask for help. There are many ways to seek help my website being only one method.

Locations of many photography courses are:

Gravesend

Medway Towns, Rochester

Eynsford

Tonbridge, Royal Tunbridge wells & High Weald area

Sevenoaks

Below are just some example of what you can do.

For details on my photography courses you can either. Use the contact us page in the main menu or click learning photography link above.

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Wedding Nerves

Wedding Nerves

Wedding nerves.

Each and every wedding comprises not only gathering suppliers and keeping to your budget as best you can, But on the day nerves pop their head around the corner, like a driving test or that all important exam.

Wedding Nerves.
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From that Pre bridal preparation to the moment you spot your betrothed for the first time that day, Nerves are all part of your special day.

 

I.D the problems?

It helps to make a list to find the issues that you’re concerned about and to place them into a perspective.

So how do you manage them?

It helps to have positive friends around you, friends that are close enough to you to engage with about your big day.

Breath?

As natural as it sounds but taking deep breaths does actually help, try to stay calm and flexible emotionally and physically.

Posture?

Always think about your posture try to avoid looking at the floor keep your head high and eye contact with everyone, let the family & friends around you see how happy you are.

Pamper?

Allow yourself some pampering, enjoy it after all you are the centre of attention, smile, deep breath and avoid conflict.

The Big Day?

Go over in your mind how you see your day from walking down the aisle to raising that toast at your reception straight through to that first dance, this shows confidence in yourself and will take away the unknown.

Most important?

Keep smiling, smiling covers many angles about your day, it relaxes your face, your structure, it shows people around you how happy and stress-free you are and above all your photographs will shine because of your smile.

These are just a few ways to relax and take away some of that pre-wedding stress from the groom to bride it all counts, in the same way, A wedding is a special day with lots of preparing with time and energy to put together so have fun and feel the love romance as it all comes together for you both.

If you would like to ask me any questions about your special day, perhaps you have questions with regards poses and facial expressions then please feel free to contact me either direct by phone live chat you can find on the home screen or email. I am more than happy to talk with you about any matters that you’re concerned with.

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Pre-Wedding Boudoir Portraits

Pre-Wedding Boudoir Portraits

Pre-Wedding Boudoir Portraits

Making that perfect memorable gift of a Pre-Wedding Boudoir Portraits.

When your planning your wedding & searching for the endless amount of wedding suppliers for their professional skills to make your day that bit more special, & once everything you can think of is in place and booked, We often think of that last minute gift for your partner, that special personal something from yourself to present to them.

Pre-wedding boudoir portraits has to be among the most memorable gifts to present your partner to be. As a wedding gift your partner will only be to happy to receive.

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A Pre wedding boudoir portraits photo shoot holds a very special sentiment. The love you share with your partner to be can be created in your gift to them.

So what’s involved in your Pre-wedding boudoir portraits.

With my Pre-wedding boudoir portraits shoot, located at my studio location in Dartford, kent. A large studio environment with space to bring a friend along for support if you so wish.

Using a studio environment affords the professional opportunity to create perfect lighting conditions in which to shoot your portrait photographs. With the use of coloured backdrops and other props and utilities available these range from seats to wind machine to a bed room style environment.

Pre wedding boudoir portraits can be photographed in many different ways from showcasing some of your wedding wear to lingerie items. From semi-nude if so required to sheer and more.

Duration of your Pre-wedding boudoir portraits.

Each pre wedding Portrait can last between 40 minutes to an hour depending on if your having a make-over option added.

Changing of outfits.

By all means brings several outfits that your most comfortable in, for your  pre-wedding Portraits. As we will shooting on at least two different coloured backdrops so the normal items of outfits brought along normally consist of white and black however please bring along anything you choose and feel relevant to your portrait shoot.

There is a changing room and make over room provided so privacy is guaranteed at all times.

Other options for your Pre-wedding boudoir portraits     .

I provide many options for your pre-wedding Boudoir Portraits. These range from make overs to photo books framed prints, canvas art etc. I can discuss your options prior to your photo shoot.

As presenting that gift to your partner to be is all important.

Photo books consist of 30 images that you can choose from your entire shoot, once taken and professionally edited for you by myself they will be sent to you via a secure password protected online gallery with instructions on how to choose which images you would like in your photo book.

Once you have made your selection the process of ordering your photo book with take just over a week and will be sent to you via signed for delivery.

Make over.

Why not add to your Pre wedding boudoir portraits a professional make over and hair styling. With our professional makeup artist who will be on hand throughout the shoot to ensure that everything is place. for you and you look amazing.

Time line.

To ensure that your portraits are ready for you in time for your wedding day. I advise that you pre-book well in advance to ensure that everything arrives in time. I would suggest at least two months in advance.

If you have any questions with regards your pre-wedding boudoir portrait shoot you can contact me here & I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Alternatively you can find my FAQ page for boudoir here as these are some of the most popular questions ask by my clients.

I look forward to hearing from you and photographing your Pre-wedding boudoir shoot, in the mean time please have a look at my boudoir web page for photo examples of my work.

    

Easter Holiday Portraits

Easter Holiday Portraits

Easter Holiday Portraits

Easter holiday Portraits, Half term is just round the corner.

Do your children become bored during half term, Why not try an Easter portrait studio shoot. See how a professional studio operates with lighting & boom arms, backdrops and camera’s everywhere.

Enjoy a fun Easter portrait theme shoot, with party props, wigs hats, masks Giant fun glasses and more. With many special effects to choose from in post processing your photos. You will receive a secure online digital gallery to choose your photographs.

And with options for Prints, Digital downloads, Photo Books, Poster Prints and much more there is something for everyone.

Would you like the family involved in some playful fun with a studio shoot. Is just amazing fun, for more information and pre bookings you can complete an online form right here.

Glamour Portrait shoots

Has you daughter ever wanted to have her first full makeover and fashion shoot portrait. Would this be something they have always been interested in. Well you have found the right studio photographer for that. With complete make over room provided by a professional make up artist. Every make up session starts with a skin analysis and cleanse tone & moisturizer treatment for your skin type.

Style

Having a professional makeover artist means every feature on your face can be highlighted, bold and beautiful, just right for the camera. Choose a style from, smokey, winged liner, bold lips, and more.

Unsure of what you want, or what would suit you, your eye shape & face shape will be discussed. So we can see exactly what would work best for you. Not only will you look your absolute best, the pictures would show this in a way that only a professional make up artist could make. Book the brush of beauty, paired with a professional photographer, and you will not be disappointed.

 

If you have any questions with regards your studio portrait shoot please have a look at this FAQ page

For further information with regards your portrait shoot you can email me direct feel free to click this link.

Prices start from £140

With other packages available.

Just a shoot –  90 minute studio portrait shoot with 10 Digital downloads of your choice £140

A 4 photo book option – Complete studio shoot 1.5 hour with A4 photo book with 30 images of your choice £165

Theme Kids portraitsStudio shoot 1 hour with digital download of your entire shoot with special effects and your costume ideas £160  (2 hr shoot £190)

Double Family Portrait Bring a friends family as well – Double Family portrait shoot & 10 digital photos of your choice each family, ready to print only £ 97.50 per family (Popular package)

 

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Options for various prints in frames or canvas art are available please ask for more details.

For some more examples of my work you can click here for my family photo gallery

Glamour N Glitz Portraits.

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Mothers day Pamper day photo shoot

Mothers day Pamper day photo shoot

Mother’s Day Pamper day photo shoot.

“Treat Mum”. To a Mother’s Day pamper day photo shoot.

 

Mother's Day pamper day photo shoot

Mum is more than just a special person, Mum is the one that always looks out for us, and is always dependable so why not treat mum to a Mother’s Day pamper day photo shoot.

With make over and hair styling options.

And that’s not all with these packages you get a choice of options as well.

So what’s involved with a Mother’s Day pamper day photo shoot,what do you do next, well let’s go through it:

To book both studio and makeup artist for your Mother’s Day pamper day photo shoot you can simply email by clicking this link whereby you can let me know some available dates to Pre-book your Mother’s Day pamper day photo shoot

Surprise shoot and pamper day, if you don’t know what days your free don’t panic we can supply you a voucher which is valid for a full year after purchase which also can be an amazing surprise gift to present to mum, your voucher will include everything to complete your Mother’s Day pamper photo shoot from make over and hair styling to your digital prints of your choice.

I pride myself on providing high quality photographs as well as a friendly approach but don’t take my word for it this is what people are saying about me.

For more examples of my work feel free to scroll down this page to browse my images.

If you have any questions at all please feel free to contact me. I will be happy to reply as soon as possible.

 

Mother’s Day pamper day Shoot from £140 With 10 digital downloads INC & optional (make over)

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£140 Complete studio shoot  with 10 digital images of your choice to keep (Optional MUA for £60)

  £185 Complete studio shoot with A4 26-page album and (Optional MUA for £60)

  £250 Complete shoot with makeover and hair styling. 20 digital images of your choice (For an extra £40 you can add 1 extra person for a make over)

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Wedding jobs can go wrong

Wedding jobs can go wrong

Wedding jobs can go wrong.

 

For those of us who are wedding photographers, whether you’re a professional or a beginner there can be times when things don’t quite go according to plan.

There are some situations that can happen that we try not to think about. But must have a back up plan of sorts stored away in our minds for when wedding jobs can go wrong.

 

For example this can range from the smallest issues too much bigger problems ensuing. Lets have a look at some of the issues you as wedding photographers could and will face at some point.

1, Equipment problems

We may have all done it as photographers at one point, we may have forgotten a piece of vital equipment needed. From camera batteries to memory cards, lenses there are many items that we have to remember to pack. For me personally it’s all about plan, plan, plan. Weeks before, night before check twice shoot once as they may say. Double checking your equipment is vital for a successful days shooting. Make a check list of what you need after all every wedding is & can be very different from one to the other. Having the equipment you need will make you focus on the day ahead.

2,Time…

Always arrive early to the client it shows that your prompt and professional but also your keen that simply. Having time to photograph everything you need to complete you’re in most cases contract with the client is the second best rule. And as part of the planning stage leave yourself enough time to get to different locations for the ceremony or reception etc. Arriving prior to the main couple. For me the bridal pre shoot and ceremony followed by formal shots is the real work and concentration part. Then moving on to the reception you can relax a lot more with a more open-ended type of shooting style.

3, Bridezilla’s…

Yes that word that pops up for us wedding photographers at times. I don’t always blame the bride, it’s a stressful day for them with months sometimes years in the planning all hinged on one day. If you look at it for us photographers it seems really stressful however our job is to focus on capturing it. More than stressing about it, getting your mind-set in gear and capturing those magical moments takes time. Brides can get a little uptight they expect quite a lot from there day after all and why not, when I first meet them remember your photographer is your friend and he will make you look gorgeous, if you upset him he may lose his ability to concentrate to capture you at your best. However on the day keep smiling and connect with your bride and groom make them feel happy with jokes and humorous actions as they will become more comfortable.

4, Weather…

All wedding photographers nightmares what to do when it rains.It is a question of if you have done your planning right & had a good look round the ceremony and reception locations. Then you should have made some notes on possible indoor locations in the event of bad weather. However if you know that bad weather may come into it lets say shooting in the rainy season or winter. Then equipment protection will be required from rain covers to even suitable clothing all come into play. Does the venue place provide umbrellas if not then you may have to bring some along with you. It’s the little details that show the client that you are a professional at what you do and have thought of the little details for them that goes a long way. Here is the only real-time that bad weather arrived at a wedding that only effected some formal and group shots.

5,Unforeseen problems…

Though rare on very odd occasions there could be let say internal problems. Either with families or the clients themselves there is really not much you can do except talk to the clients about how they want to do. Sadly there is no manual or leaflet on this subject sometimes what is, is what is. Though rare it’s something that can creep into your mind, clients can talk to you earlier to the big day stating that there may be a family feud going on or something similar.

6, Illness…

Do you have a contracted in place for what you do. As we often think about how we want to plan your clients day. But what happens if we ourselves become ill or have accident just before a venue date. Do you have fail safes in place, a back up photographer or a refund system in place. To try to save the day you would need to do what ever it takes to keep the clients happy. All to often I hear of clients stating that there photographer has vanished and taken their money or not offered a good service or refund, to keep clients happy. We must have something in place to counter act problems from our end as professionals after all you want the good feedback. You want the clients to pass the word around about how good your services are. So when considering your wedding photography business always think on what could go wrong and are you covered.

7, Insurance…

There is plenty of professional wedding photographers out there that are all covered with insurance. Both liability and indemnity if anything should happen during the wedding. Slips falls and after the event insurance cover is very important it covers you and other people.

8, After the venue…

You have completed the venue day you have the images and the editing begins. What happens if your clients have an issue with your choice of photographs taken. What happens then, in most cases talk to your clients and ask what they fill is wrong with the images . At first maybe they are some that feel didn’t capture the magic as they expected. Or sometimes they saw an image on your website that they wanted to replicate. But feel it does not look the same. Sadly this does come up at times though we can explain to clients that not only is their venue location unique to them. But the style of their photographs portrays this, however with editing comes most solutions with re-editing and fine tuning most problems can be solved with simply communication. You can also read more about this in my wedding workflow blog here

9, Backup…

Once you have finished you wedding shoot packed you gear away. You will have that overwhelming feeling of getting those raw images back home. Storing them safe kicks in all to often, a word to the wise backup, backup, backup once you start the upload to your pc or laptop. Make at least another or two backups on separate drives in case of damage or equipment loss once this is done you will feel a lot more at ease. Because if you loss them with no back up there gone in most cases.

10,Website showcase…

After every wedding is completed the edits have been done and the client has their finished product and the business is concluded. I like to ensure that a selection of wedding images from that event are showcased on my website. However do check with your clients before adding them to your website that they are ok with it. 9 times out of 10 they are only to happy to share their day with your website. As this shows other potential clients your work. However their can be odd occasions where by clients can get a little funny about having there images show to the world, and it could lead to court cases against you in extreme cases.

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Professional wedding photography Kent

Professional wedding photography Kent

Professional wedding photography Kent.

“Hundreds of couples, thousands of photos.”

Professional wedding photography Kent

I have been a professional Kent based photographer for Over 11 years. I have photographed many weddings with many styles, met many interesting couples along the way. Been overwhelmed by some wedding venues I’ve seen.

I see many couples at my wedding consultations & they all have an exciting story to tell about their day.  Of course, it can be an expensive one to plan, and we want to remember our special day after all. So careful thought of your photographer that your comfortable with is vitally important.

When to start looking

Many couples have been instructed that they should find their photographer as early as possible. As if left to late the right photographer for them will be hard to find. I couldn’t agree more.

There are many wedding photographers across the South East region all different entry levels to professional levels. However, choosing your style is important to you as there are many looks and styles to choose from. And you will always see a particular style that you like and would love to have at your own wedding. These are just some in my wedding gallery.

So what do I provide for your wedding photography. I offer free consultation for all couples after all you’re looking at hiring me because you have seen my work. Or have been referred by a friend, so to get to meet you and see samples of both my work and albums. I provide a hands on look at my work, my passion for what I do best.

I offer a variety of packages for all budgets with hours to suit, and a flexibility second to non. Along with my unobtrusive approach to my work. I will go through all the details of how I work, how I will arrange your day with regards photographs. Gathering the group shots and formal shots, before looking at your venue place. So I know exactly what images and visions I have of your day before your day.

Planning.

I love to plan, my wedding photography, I love to work out the best places at your venue site from lighting to positions, so on the day it will run smoothly so you have not got to worry about organizing family and friends, just leave that to us.

Once your day is Over.

When the day is complete and all that remains is some confetti blowing in the wind. This is where I go to work by editing in most cases some 1000 images. (average full day wedding) Each image will go through a selection process and rejects will removed as I see fit. I want you to have the best choices, I will  make some lighting changes some cropping and the last editing filter effects. Before I save your files in high-resolution ready for your album selection process. I will send you your files in low resolution only for proofing purposes via an online gallery straight to your inbox. You will be able to make your selections and I can start your album design. Once this is complete with your choices we will proof the album. I want to make sure your happy with the design layout. When complete I start the ordering process and within 2 weeks you should have your album with your precious wedding day images delivered to your door.

Does it end there…

No, I keep all your images for up to one year after your special day. I will notify you to say that it’s been almost a year and I will be deleting your file to make room for others. This gives you the opportunity to buy in that year further prints or enlargements or extra parent albums. This kind of flexibility I feel is the right way to be without pushing after sales at you and also a more affordable way to keep costs to a minimum.

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Kent Wedding & Portrait Photographer

Kent Wedding & Portrait Photographer

 Kent Wedding & Portrait Photographer.

Kent Wedding & Portrait Photographer

Kent and South London Professional photographer covering televised weddings for the BBC.

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Kent Wedding & Portrait Photographer

As a well established Kent and London Wedding & Portrait Photographer I understand that your wedding is a major investment and is not an inexpensive time, as well as choosing everything you need for the big day, that’s why we have made our wedding photography prices that reflect on…

On keeping things simple from the outset.

I have a selection of Wedding photography packages to suit you, starting from as little as £499.00 for half a days’ coverage perfect for a registry office ceremony, with an option of either bridal preparation or the evening reception.

However, you will no doubt be aware there are lots of photographers offering all types of Photo wedding packages at some very discounted prices, So peace of mind is paramount in making your decision. As a leading Kent Wedding & Portrait Photographer I only offer superior quality over quantity, even though an average days’ coverage will produce over 500 photographs.

To make this process easier for you. I offer a set of simple rules.

You choose the package that is right for you, remember I am not hourly based business and do not charge differently for weekdays or weekends!

You can Taylor design your wedding photo package around your requirements.

A full contract will be provided.

All photographs will be professionally edited by myself as standard

Optional extras available for example choice of Wedding Albums, canvas art, prints and ornate framed wall art.

  Your Photographs will be kept on my database for up to a year after the venue in case you require further prints.

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My BBC Experience of Don’t tell the Bride

My BBC Experience of Don’t tell the Bride

My BBC Experience of Don’t tell the Bride

In 2014 I was asked by friend if at short notice (2 days) if I could cover a wedding in the Luton area Bedfordshire.

Of course as photography it’s what I do.

I accepted immediately.

My BBC Experience of Dont tell the Bride

I had no idea at first my clients were going to appear on the Tv series Don’t tell the Bride so My BBC Experience of Dont tell the Bride begins.

This is short insight into My BBC Experience of Don’t tell the Bride.

I am driving my way up the road to Bedfordshire to photograph a wedding for the BBC TV series. How cool id this I’m thinking, many thoughts went through my mind prior to covering the venue. As two days is not long as I don’t know the clients at all. To the point that I don’t even know what they look like. However, that’s all part of the thrill of being a wedding photographer. You never know what to expect.

Once I arrived at the venue I managed to find the Groom fairly easily, we chatted for a few minutes, so I could get a run down on their day and understand the idea of what the groom wanted with regards their photographs.

It wasn’t very long before the Bride arrived and I swung into auto lets take some pictures’ mode.

I guess after so many weddings the auto mode kicks in, and you are looking at every possible angle to shoot knowing what lens will suit, where people are heading, while keeping an eye on the lighting condition. The general rule for me when shooting any wedding is to know what to shoot when to shoot ahead of schedule however sometimes things don’t always go to plan so with some quick thinking I try to keep ahead of the game.

Full Wedding venues…

They seem to fly by, they really do when you out there shooting away the time really flies by and next thing you know your finished its late at night, however in this case I was only required for set amount of time.

Working with the BBC

I did not have any issues as I have read some blogs that camera crews getting in the way and there are problems etc, however although the film crew were always about doing their job I was just as much there doing mine so a compromise is in order most of the time you can work out where the film crew will be moving so you can work around them easy enough, I had plenty of chances to take photographs of the couple, in this case even when they went up in a hot air balloon, taking into consideration having the right mix of equipment also helps.

Would I work with the BBC again

Of course after My BBC Experience of Don’t tell the Bride. I’m looking for the next one. Providing something unique for others to see and share, as in this day an age sharing is a key part of learning.P

Do I do rush weddings

Simply put yes as long as they are can be done enough to do, taking into consideration travelling etc there is no reason not to, again it’s something I do and have dedication in. Obviously it’s always nice to have as much information about the couple, site, times as possible, this is where you get to know them prior to the event, as normally they feel more at ease, however in some cases a rush wedding can be equally rewarding as a planned one. The same goes, for the couples they adjust very quickly.

Nerves

That’s the other guys’ problem haha

Was I on TV.

Yes I did happen to sneak myself into a few frames 😉

Conclusion

Being a photographer for part of a TV show does not feel like it then as photographing the wedding I’m used to seeing many cameras to video camera’s of guests, and at the time I am not thinking too much about the film crew but concentrating on capturing the couples’ day.

For anyone thinking of photographing a wedding or event with film crew from any TV broadcasting company, don’t be nervous as they are doing their job whilst you’re doing yours, and at the end of the day it’s fun.

Do I feel any different?

Of course, I feel proud that I have done this, it’s not a job you have every day and helps towards your photography experience I would look forward to photographing another.

Here below is the photograph used on the BBC website.

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Here is the Original
Here is the Original
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Photography Journey

Photography Journey

Photography Journey

Starting out as a photographer is something we either fall into or want to do.

How many of you have taken some pictures of a friend or a family wedding as a favour. And they have commented on how good they are.

Photography Journey

I’m sure it’s happened to you at times. So where does it start, well pretty much from that point from the moment someone gives you that good vibe. Satisfying as it is a remark about your photos goes a long way.

From then on you decide to take more & more photos. & with family and friends commenting on them you soon get the bug for photography.

Your Journey :

You now have already started the journey each time you pick up your camera in fact. Start shooting every day. But how do you get better, as the old saying goes the first 10,000 pictures are you worse. Which in a lot of ways is true. I look back at all the pictures I have taken over the years. I still have some of my very early ones and I see that my first attempts aren’t that great I can tell you.

Professional Photographers

So how do we learn more about photography the equipment, the techniques, lighting. The list is very long and there is so much to learn. I used to refer to it like a house mortgage it never seems to end!.

Like any profession it takes time and no one no can learn it all in a short period. So the best way to deal with this is to take it at one stage at a time. For example, I learn the following in this order, Camera settings and functions the first rule know your equipment. Make sure you either read the manual or have a look on YouTube for tutorials. There are some excellent ones on there as if your like me you want to see someone showing you than reading a manual.

Practice & technique

Composition learning the ability to compose your shot making sure that you don’t have certain things being cut out of your images. Like people’s legs, heads, arms etc a common early mistakes. Once you have the full understanding of what draws the eye into your photos you will see massive improvements straight away.

Lighting, Now lighting takes the longest to learn. Well it did for me as it involves lots of learning and techniques trial and errors. As well as buying more equipment.

If  however your on a budget. I recommend a budget light set up, Now which form of lighting do you need?. I would suggest deciding on what you want to photograph first, such as if you want to get into portrait photography. Then either some strobe lights or continuous lighting setup would be a place to start.

Lighting

Continuous Lighting, strobe lighting what are these?, I hear you say. Well Continuous is where the lights are on all the time very much like a room light. You can get lights that have a variable dimmer which is better, with these lights you get a constant lighting effect on your subject. So you can see the light effect it is creating at all times. Very useful when starting out.

Strobe lighting is the more up market which would normally have the dimmer light or modelling light as it’s called. Strobe flash bulb built-in just like a flash, these are the better profession lighting options but at cost.

Other Light sources are flashes or Speed lights these are the flash units that sit on top of your camera a good speed light can be a little pricey but there are plenty of after market types that are good all rounders to start with, and even to the point that pros still use, so never think that to get to pro status that you need the top most equipment. Speed lights can also be used off camera, by using a remote trigger system you can place the flash in different fairly nearby locations and shoot etc.

The last form of light which is widely used is natural light the light from the window if your indoors or the outside sunlight, but remember sunlight can be quite harsh especially during midday, you can buy accessories to help tone done the light such as reflectors which in some cases have a transparent white diff-user with them, Also using reflectors to help with lighting situations as well.

Overall as lighting is quite a long process to learn it is wise to practice, practice, practice, as much as possible until your comfortable with a general set up.

Practice

So what about those Professional photographers, by now you may have come across a few of us and seen their work and thought wow! How can I get to that standard, how can I get better! Well you can do several things, either follow their work and contact them they may give you some helpful pointers, and general information, as the way I see things there are no secrets in photography if your dedicated enough you will meet what you want as an end result.

Now there are some photographers who are far to busy to speak to you, However in the world of photography there are always others around equally willing to share information that will help you along the way, by searching either YouTube channels, or general search locally you are maybe able to team up with some, I have been contacted several times and asked questions on several topics I will leave my details below if you have any questions.

Conclusion:

When all is said and done your photography is as important to you as you want it to be. And it is not always about being better, but it is about the journey along that path, as learning is fun and when you find out new techniques it’s far more worthwhile and rewarding.

I would say that even in my position as a professional photographer I too am still learning and above all I am still on my journey because I enjoy what I do and the service, I offer people. Simply put if I have produced some photos lets say of a brides wedding day, and they are enough to reduce the client to tears of joy than I know I have done my job.

So does your photography end well it doesn’t you can only improve but above all enjoy the journey it takes you down the people you meet the places you see, the Journey is what photography is about.

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Clacton Air Show 2014

Clacton Air Show 2014

Clacton Air Show 2014.

Today saw me flying among the VIPs at Clacton Airshow, with so many aircraft on show including maybe the last time the two flying Lancaster’s will be together as well as 50th anniversary of the red arrows.

Its was a great day the weather was perfect with the right amount of blue sky and clouds to add some atmosphere.

On display were, Pits special Tucano Sea king-Essex medi vac helicopter-wing walkers Red arrows Battle of Britain memorial flight Canadian Lancaster (both Lancaster’s Flying together) Spitfire and hurricane Typhoon fighter.

A truly memorable day as both Lancaster’s will probably not been flown together again any time soon based on the logistical task to get one of them over here in the first place.

The crowds really enjoyed seeing them both fly together it was to a point that people stood for the occasion as a sense of respect, as this was the hi-light of the show and the crowds cheered and clamped each time they flew by.

Watching these aircraft fly by at any airshow is always a delight and I always look forward to as many as I can get to see. Hope you enjoy the images below as much as I did photographing them.

 

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