Candid Wedding Photography FAQ

FAQ – Candid Wedding Photography

You are based in Northamptonshire but do you travel elsewhere?

Yes, I am based in the wonderful market town of Desborough. I can and will travel anywhere to photograph your wedding. I regularly travel out of the county to cover weddings. I’ll even get on an airplane if you need me to. Candid Wedding Photography, book here>

How would you describe your style?

I am a documentary wedding photographer

I aim to observe your wedding day as it unfolds, naturally and unobtrusively. I work very close to the action and try to blend in with the guests as much as possible. I am not the type of photographer who is going to ask you to “pretend” to do your make-up, or get the groom and best man to do a Reservoir Dogs march along the lawn. I do classify myself as a purist documentary wedding photographer and my clients understand that this involves me capturing the real moments and memories, in real time, from their wedding day – rather than fabricated and set-up photos that really don’t tell a story at all.

I understand that most weddings have a need for a small selection of group shots, and we can set aside some time for this. I recommend no more than three to five formal group shots on the day – this allows me to concentrate on the documentary wedding photography which defines my style, and why you booked me.

Traditionally, this style has been called wedding photojournalism, documentary wedding photography or reportage wedding photography. Essentially, all you need to know is that I capture the true story of your day through pictures. No spot-colour images and absolutely no “say cheese” moments.

What preparations do you make before the wedding?

About a month or so before the wedding I will send you a questionnaire to complete (or we can meet and go through it together at the studio); The questionnaire covers the final details such as time, and formal images, names of wedding party etc.

I will have visited the venues prior to your day if they are new to me. I have a personal gripe about lateness so often arrive hours before I need to be there, but I believe you can never be over prepared for an wedding. And that is the key in my mind to making the day look natural and allow me to get the best on the day.  On a more functional note, I shoot with two high-end professional cameras on the day, and backup equipment is always on hand.

Do you do colour and B&W, and are images edited?

Both & Yes. I shoot exclusively with high-end digital equipment. Every image that you will receive will have been edited fully. The editing involves colour correcting, cropping and conversion to my signature film-style.

I will do my best to remove spots and shadows under eyes etc on the portrait images, but I do not “alter” images by moving things around or removing people from images etc.

I prefer Black and White Wedding Photography and a standard wedding coverage will generally yield around 50% black and white photographs.

However, some clients do want a full Black and White Wedding Photography Package and for this I have a special package which attracts a small discount on the fee (as actually, my processing is a little less).  Ask for more details about my all Black & White package.

Do you take group shots?

Yes, of course.

Although I am a documentary wedding photographer, I understand that most weddings require a certain amount of traditional group photos. I would encourage you to have no more than around five group shots, and with the aid of one of your ushers we will do these very quickly and professionally.

Guests usually do not want to be standing around waiting for a bossy photographer to direct them so I will organise this section of your day very quickly, then move on.

Occasionally, there is a requirement for many more “formal photographs” (such as Asian weddings, or weddings with a large amount of guests).  In these situations, in order to allow me to continue to create the story telling type images that you see on this website, I can arrange for a second shooter to be on hand specifically to cater for the formal shots.


How do we book?

Just call or email me at any time and I will check availability. We can then arrange to meet for coffee and a chat about your day.

I require a completed and signed contract and a non-refundable booking fee of £300 to secure my services for your wedding date. The retainer fee can be paid by bank transfer, cash or cheque. I cannot hold dates without the form and fee. The remainder of the balance is due 28 days before the wedding date.

What happens after the wedding?

Once your wedding is over, the sad fact is the only thing you will have to remind you of your wonderful day is the memories, stories and photographs.  The cake will be eaten, the dress will be stored and the flowers will wilt and fade.

Because of the importance to me of helping you cherish those memories, it may take up to five weeks for me to edit your wedding photographs (more often quicker).

You will be sent a link to your personal online gallery, and after that, the DVDs, prints and albums will be produced.  I use the very best suppliers for my DVDs, albums and packaging.

The editing process for extras can take between four and eight weeks…..but it’s always worth the wait.

Are you insured?

Yes I am fully insured. I have professional indemnity insurance along with public liability insurance.

Many wedding venues will insist that all your suppliers have appropriate insurance so I encourage you to make sure that every photographer you speak to also has full insurance.


Anything else we should know?

I have a wife and three daughters, played cricket a lot as a boy, raced push bikes at club county level. I’ve ran two marathons several half marathons and a few triathlons as well, then I met my wife who loves to bake!!! I don’t look like I could run a marathon now!!! I drink tea and coffee for England so the kettle should never go cold. I love good shoes. I shot my first wedding aged 13 for a family friend that’s over 33 years ago.

I have eclectic music tastes but guitar rock is my favorite. I don’t watch a lot of TV beyond CBBC and the odd American drama. I have photographed Mikhail Gorbachev, the Spice Girls and magician Paul Daniels all in 24 hours that was the weirdest day of a very weird week

Oh, and if you really want me to say “say cheese”, then it costs £500 more 😉