My name is Moritz Schmittat. I’m a Surrey wedding photographer based in Guildford. I’m a curious person, empathetic and hard-working. 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’.
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I love listening and observing to capture that special kind of energy that only exists between the two of you. That’s why 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.
I hope this page will be useful and that you will get an impression of my style and approach to wedding photography. Please have a look at my blog as well. 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.
The gallery below shows my favourite work of the last 12 months sorted like a typical wedding album. These are examples of my wedding photography Surrey, London, Hampshire, Sussex and even abroad.
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No two weddings are ever the same and my goal is to make each wedding look unique. Having said that, I’d like to briefly elaborate on a few main parts of your wedding day:
We start with shots of your preparations early in the morning. This part 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 (and not interfere!) your day with my photographs.
I know how much time, effort and money goes into every wedding. I find it important to also photograph the venue, 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. Furthermore, 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.
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. My goal is to to create a comprehensive portfolio of your big day.
When the sun is setting it is time for another quick golden hour photoshoot before you will cut the cake and perform your first dance. Party pictures should be wild, loud and crazy – and I’ll be right there with my camera! I always try to conclude my work with one last beautiful creative shot of you two.
During the speeches – just like during the ceremony – I usually shoot with a very long lens and my camera shutter set to silent. This allows me to capture both the speaker and the reactions of the audience from a distance without disturbing.
Cutting the Cake
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.
The First Dance
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. These will definitely look great printed on canvas or used for thank you cards.