Weddings, Portraits, Products, Events
I am a corporate and wedding photographer and videographer based in Guildford, Surrey. Although I mostly work in Surrey, London, Hampshire, Berkshire and throughout the UK and abroad. I love wedding photography and videography as well as portrait photography, event photography, product photography and commercial video production. I photograph about 30 weddings each year and in between I shoot about 100 commercial jobs which are mostly corporate portraits, 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
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.
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 are two recent wedding video examples (shot in 2018). For more wedding videos please go here.
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. 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.
As you can imagine the wedding industry is quite a seasonal industry. Most of the weddings I photograph or film take place between April and September. In order to have work all year I have offered commercial photography right from the beginning.
Corporate photographer for businesses in Surrey and London
As a corporate photographer I shoot anything for businesses such as corporate headshots, products, buildings (interior and exterior) and of course events. After a couple of years working as a commercial photographer in Surrey and London most of my work is repeated business (for example photographing annual events) and I’m always proud when I get recommended to other businesses. In fact, I have collected reviews for both my photography and videography work from February 2016 – have a look here to see my reviews.
I admit that as a wedding photographer I enjoy a lot more creative freedom than when I work as a corporate photographer. Every commercial photography job usually involves a precise creative brief from the marketing or management team. It’s my goal to always exceed the expectations of my clients and to deliver my photography well within the set budget and timeframe. Please have a look here for more information about my commercial photography work.
The cameras I use allow me to shoot both photography and videography on a professional level and I have embraced this opportunity right from the beginning. The entire process of shooting video seems very similar to commercial photography work – it’s a matter of effective framing, creative lighting and careful preparation.
Corporate videographer Surrey and London
As a corporate videographer I produce videos for businesses mostly in Surrey, London and the surrounding counties. My video productions include event video coverage (multi-cam setups), corporate videos, talking heads (including teleprompter) and even green screen animation video productions. I am very open to any new challenge and I love filming things or situations I haven’t filmed before.
Many of my customers appreciate the fact that I’m a ‘hybrid shooter’, which means I’m able to shoot both photography and videos (even at the same time). Traditionally these two disciplines have been separated and at an event you would find separate crews for photography and videography. It is one of my unique selling points that I am able to offer both and I’m able to assemble crews of any size to accommodate any scenario. I always do all editing and post-production work myself to ensure the same look, feel and quality across both formats.
My Commercial Blog
Each year I photograph and film about 100 commercial gigs. On the photography side these jobs include event photography, product photography, architectural photography (interior and exterior), corporate headshot photography but also photography projects for private individuals and families. Typical video production jobs cover everything from event filming, talking heads (teleprompter videos), corporate video production and even complex green screen animation projects. For more corporate photography please go here and for more commercial video productions please have a look here.
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 instalment (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 advice.
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 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 over night. 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 tlooking 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.