Surrey, London, South East England
Wedding Photographer and Filmmaker
True emotions can’t be staged, but they can be captured.
Hello! My name is Moritz Schmittat – I’m a wedding photographer and filmmaker based in Guildford. I love my work and consider myself fortunate to witness and document so many emotional moments. To me wedding photography is equally an art and a creative service. My secret is to blend in, to be part of the celebration and shoot the action from close-by without disturbing or interfering – I’m a silent hunter, always looking for the next beautiful moment. As a wedding photographer I very much understand that every bride and groom pairing is unique and that there is no standard approach to creating meaningful wedding photography – there is no ‘off-the-shelf’, there is only ‘personal and bespoke’.
I’ve always been a natural observer and I’m especially interested to capture that special kind of energy that only exists between the two of you. As a wedding photographer I find it fascinating, challenging and extremely satisfying to create photos that ‘speak’ to you as they tell the story of your day – honestly and tastefully. Every wedding is an emotional rollercoaster ride, from the excitement in the morning, to the emotional highpoints of the vows, to the hilarious moments of the speeches and the wild party energy on the dance floor. I like to be close to the action without ever drawing attention to myself.
A wedding photographer is a natural observer
Even though I love beautifully composed portraits (and they look impressive printed) I’m even more interested in the little moments that happen along the way – the little looks, the honest laughters, the true emotions! For every wedding photographer it’s the biggest honour to know that these pictures might hang in your home for many years to come.
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. 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.
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My work as a wedding photographer
I honestly believe that I have found the perfect job for myself. As a wedding photographer and filmmaker 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 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 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 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. 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.