Welcome! My name is Moritz Schmittat and I am a passionate wedding photographer (Wedding Photography Surrey).
Based in Guildford I mostly work in Surrey, London and the surrounding counties. I have created this site to show you some of my work and to tell you a bit about my approach to wedding photography. After some general info I’ll try to talk you through an entire wedding day step-by-step from a wedding photographer’s point-of-view.
As a wedding photographer I understand that every bride and groom pairing is unique. I am fascinated about my craft and will work with you to capture your individual personality traits as a couple. Wedding photography is a service and an art at the same time. I’m very honoured knowing that my pictures might hang in your home for many years to come.
Whether it’s wedding photography Surrey, Hampshire or London I always go the extra mile to get that one extra shot from that one extra angle for your album. My approach to wedding photography comes in three stages. Before every wedding I will talk you through these basic stages – the preparation, the ceremony, and the festivities afterward.
The first part of the day (the wedding preparations) I shoot in a “reportage” style, which means I will capture each moment as it happens in real time without anything being staged. This can be anything from the mother of the bride making the final touches to her daughter’s hair to the best man giving the groom a pep talk! I will be as invisible as possible, I’m not part of the action myself – I’m am just a silent observer. My goal is to tastefully document your day with my photographs.
I know how much time, effort and money goes into every wedding. I find it very important to also photograph the venue (even at night!), the table decoration, the flowers and even the car. All of these things are part of your wedding day and deserve a place in your wedding album.
I’ll also aim to capture as many natural shots of the ceremony itself as possible. This will include all the classic moments from the bride walking down the aisle to the rings, vows and even grandma’s tears. Every shot will be taken with subtlety and professionalism and I will be as unobtrusive as possible to guarantee a truly natural, memorable image. I’m solely documenting what’s happening – and to me it is an art to do so in a tasteful, timeless manner.
Confetti shots as the newly-weds exit the church or register office are always a lot of fun to take. No matter how small or large the group is I’d always recommend taking a few group shots before the afternoon/evening festivities begin.
The next part of my wedding photography involves the “formal” shots, but this doesn’t mean it can’t be a lot of fun! First up, I’ll work one on one with the couple to capture all the quintessential wedding shots, including romantic snaps outside their favourite locations, the first kiss, the loving gazes into each other’s eyes and more.
One of my specialties are environmental portraits. These are pictures showing the bride and groom in a wider context, be it an urban or nature environment. These photos look great on large scale canvas prints but can also be used for Thank You cards.
Next up I’ll get the family involved, so this will give all the guests in your wedding entourage their chance to shine! We’ll take some group shots, some serious ones, some fun ones and whatever else you want to experiment with in order to create a comprehensive portfolio of your big day.
During the speeches – just like during the ceremony – I usually shoot with a very long lens and my camera shutter set to silent allowing me to capture both the speaker and the reactions of the audience from a distance without disturbing.
After the dinner and the speeches it’s usually time for cutting the cake. I’ll quickly show you how to stand so it’ll be fun and look good on your photos.
I have a complex multi-flash light setup which I completely hide in the DJ (or Band) rig. Even during disco lights I will have my own perfect light whenever I take a photo. People usually think my flashes are a disco strobes but they they actually belong to the photographer. Using this technique I’m able to create interesting photographs during the first dance and the party afterwards.
As day turns into night I’d like to ‘kidnap’ you one last time for a quick sunset or even night photoshoot. Let’s be creative! A silhouette photo against the sunset might look just as romantic as a moonlight dreamy portrait. If necessary I will set up multiple lights outside and pre-calibrate everything beforehand. This way we can make some impressive and creative shots within just a couple of minutes which will look great printed on canvas or used for thank you cards.
I hope this page has been useful and that you now have an impression of my style and approach to wedding photography. Please have a look at my blog and slideshows as well. If you’d like to see entire wedding galleries please click here. Being based in Guildford I do generally consider myself a Surrey wedding photographer (wedding photography Surrey), however I have travelled all across the UK and EU for photography jobs and will happily negotiate travel arrangements with you. For an informal chat over coffee, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me today – I’m looking forward to hearing from you.