Your Wedding, true story!
My name is Moritz Schmittat and I’m a Surrey Wedding Photographer and Videographer based in Guildford. Although I mostly work in Surrey and London I also travel throughout the UK and abroad for my wedding photography and videography projects. I photograph about 30 weddings each year and in between, I shoot about 75 commercial jobs which are mostly corporate portraits (headshots), product photos, event photography and videography coverage as well as architecture photography (interior and exterior) in and around Surrey and London.
Natural and beautiful wedding photography for Surrey and beyond
I’m a documentary wedding photographer based in Guildford, Surrey and I love my work! I love documenting weddings and telling stories that really mean something to my couples. I consider myself fortunate to witness so many happy occasions. To me, wedding photography is equally an art and a creative service. My secret is to blend in and shoot the action from close-by without ever disturbing or interfering – I’m a silent hunter, always looking for the next beautiful moment and weddings are my natural habitat.
As a wedding photographer, Surrey is the best place to live and work
Surrey offers many stunning wedding venues to make your special day truly unforgettable. I’ve always been a natural observer and I’m especially interested in capturing that special kind of energy that only exists between two people in love. As a wedding photographer and videographer, I find it fascinating, challenging and extremely satisfying to create photos and videos that ‘speak’ to you as they tell the story of your day – in an honest and tasteful way. Every wedding is an emotional rollercoaster ride, from the excitement in the morning to the emotional highlights of the vows, to the hilarious moments of the speeches and the wild party energy on the dance floor. At every wedding, I like to be close to the action without ever drawing attention to myself. I’m a local wedding photographer based in Guildford. Surrey is the ideal place to work as I’m near to countless stunning Surrey wedding venues.
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I’m one of the few Surrey Wedding Photographers who also offer wedding videography. I offer heartfelt wedding video productions either as a package with photography or booked individually. I can honestly say that I enjoy working as a wedding videographer just as much as being a wedding photographer. Here is a recent wedding video I shot in summer 2019.
Combining wedding videography and wedding photography
I offer several different wedding videography solutions, tailored to the requirements and budgets of my couples. Most of my wedding videography projects involve a second shooter. Being two shooters at a wedding we can cover both photography and videography at the same time. During the ceremony and speeches, we film with three cameras to guarantee continuous coverage. However, for smaller budgets, I also offer a wedding video add-on to your wedding photography. If couples book this package I constantly switch between photography and videography while having two additional stationary video cameras capture the ceremony and speeches continuously.
Your wedding story told by a wedding videographer
Wedding films offer a unique opportunity to tell the story of your biggest day in a personal, emotional and engaging way. As a wedding photographer I know which angles look good through a lens and as a wedding videographer, I can use this knowledge to create engaging, moving images. I love incorporating little quotes and snippets from you, the couple, and your guests to give your wedding video an even more personal touch. Curious? Please have a look here at my latest wedding videos made in Surrey and London.
Surrey Wedding Photographer and Videographer
I honestly believe that I have found the perfect job for myself. As a Surrey wedding photographer and videographer, I’m very fortunate to meet so many lovely couples and to witness their wonderful weddings days at truly stunning venues!
Getting in touch
Most couples approach me about six to twelve months before their wedding (occasionally even two years beforehand). Typically, we would meet for coffee or chat on Skype. I’m curious to hear more about your story, how you’ve met, how you got engaged and of course what kind of wedding you are planning. Then I would like to pitch my ideas to you and talk you through a typical wedding day (if that exists!) from the point-of-view of a wedding photographer. I would then leave you with a detailed quote so you can take your time and make your decision. Please have a look at this timeline for more information.
Booking your Surrey wedding photographer
If you decide to go ahead and book I will send you a private link to my online booking system. There you will be able to sign the contract online in your browser, fill in a detailed questionnaire (no rush!) and pay your booking fee (20% due on booking) and final installment (80% due on your wedding day) online.
Keeping in touch
I would like to keep in touch with you during the months before your wedding. Feel free to keep me updated as your plans become more and more detailed. If you need any inspiration or if you have any wedding planning questions, in general, feel free to get in touch again – I’ve seen quite a lot and will hopefully be able to advise.
A week before your wedding I’d like to meet or skype with you again. We will go through your planning in detail and double confirm every little bit. The day before your wedding I will pack my bag, clean my lenses, recharge all batteries and empty all memory cards. I will send you one last text to confirm that I’m ready to go. I personally always appreciate good customer service and as a wedding photographer and videographer, I aim to provide an excellent service to my couples as well.
Your wedding day
Your big day has finally arrived. I personally prefer shooting the entire day from early in the morning to very late at night. I am used to working long shifts and 16h is nothing unusual for me. Shooting a wedding is hard work – I must admit – but it’s even more fun. I need to stay focused for a long period of time and anticipate moments throughout the day. I will be close to you but equally, you won’t see me much at all. During your ‘official’ photo shoot I like to be effective and efficient. Let’s make this fun and relaxing without taking too much time out of your festivities.
Backup and security
I’m a bit OTT when it comes to backing up my data. All of my cameras shoot onto two memory cards at the same time creating the first backup already in-camera. I always copy all images onto two additional hard drives on location – first time during the meal and once again when while I pack up my gear at the very end. Back at home I make two more local copies and upload everything into the cloud overnight. Your final photos (and video!) will be uploaded to four separate servers – that should be enough copies to keep your photos safe forever.
As a Surrey wedding photographer, I actually spend more time editing my photos than taking them. During an all-day shoot, I typically take about 2500 shots. After culling them to a selection of about 400-450 photos I photoshop each and every single shot. This usually takes about three full days of work. I aim for a balanced mix of colour and black&white photos but I’m happy to put more emphasis on either one if you wish so.
Delivering your wedding photos
About a week after your wedding I will send you a link to a password protected gallery. There you can see your photos, download single shots or download them all in one go (zip file) in a variety of resolutions. Feel free to share this link with your friends and family. I never apply any watermarks to any of my photos. Quite often I receive messages from my couples looking at their wedding photos on their honeymoon.
Reviewing your Surrey wedding photographer
As a wedding photographer, I know how important a good reputation is. All my clients are automatically invited to review me on the Google-trusted site reviews.co.uk, a professional service for which I pay a monthly subscription fee. I’m very proud of my rating (currently 4.98/5) and will do my very best to keep it as high as it is.
Wedding Album Printing
All my wedding photography packages are digital only. You will receive your photos via a secure client page on my website. In addition, you will also receive a beautiful USB stick which I will post to you via Royal Mail. I do offer fine art wedding album printing as an additional service. Please get in touch for more information.
I hope this page will be useful and that you will get an impression of my style and approach. I’m not a big marketeer and prefer to rather let my pictures and videos do the talking. In conclusion, being based in Guildford I do generally consider myself a Surrey wedding photographer. I have also 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.