Weekday and Winter weddings

Many people I talk to think that wedding photographers, like vicars, only work one day a week - and then only in the summer. If only it was true. It is undeniable though that most of our enquiries tend to be for Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays between Easter and the end of November. If you're planning your wedding outside of these times - Monday to Thursday or any time between the start of December and Easter then we're happy to offer a 15% reduction in all our prices.

And if the ceremony happens to be Monday to Thursday during the winter we'll increase the discount to 20%. That's on any of our Level 1,2 or 3 prices.

 

Shooting on Film

Over the last few years I've had an increasing number of enquiries from people asking whether I could photograph their wedding using film cameras rather than digital equipment. You'd think it would be a simple question to answer - just pick up a film camera and that's it. After all using a camera is much the same whether it contains film or a digital chip isn't it and it's not that long ago that all photography was done on film. I've photographed hundreds of weddings on film cameras and I have (and still use regularly) all the equipment I'd ever need so it shouldn't be a problem.

When I started looking into it though I was surprised how much had changed in the last ten years since I changed to digital cameras. Film is far more expensive than it used to be, even allowing for inflation. And of course as Kodak is no longer trading the choice of suitable film is much reduced. Processing laboratories are also thin on the ground (I closed mine down in 2001) and costs reflect this as well.

Nevertheless it is still possible to capture everything on film and I've summarised below two options and the costs involved.

Option One uses 35mm equipment. I'll be taking around 200 photographs over the course of the day, developing the film and professionally printing all the photographs to 9" x 6". You'll receive a complete set of prints as well as all the developed film. Price - £675.00.

Option Two uses medium format (120) equipment. This is the equipment and film that was traditionally used for weddings as the quality is so much higher than 35mm. I'm not sure that even now digital equipment has yet surpassed the quality of a print made from a Hasselblad negative so you'll be getting the best possible results. Medium format cameras are not "point and shoot" though so we'll need a more considered approach to taking between 100 and 120 photographs on the day. Again the film will be processed and everything professionally printed to 8"x 6" . You'll receive all the prints together with the processed film. Price - £ 725.00.

It is possible to scan both 35mm and 120 size film to obtain digital files ( probably the best way to produce black and white prints for example) so you can get the best of both worlds. We can do this for you if you prefer or you are free to arrange it yourself. If you're considering film photograpy for your wedding please talk to me first as there are quite a few differences between film and digital capture that I haven't mentioned. The cost of an album has not been included in the above prices but we are able to supply a wonderful range of both traditional and modern albums and would be happy to show you what is available.

 

 

Transport costs

I'm based in Thame, a lovely little market town about 10 miles from Oxford. I'm happy to travel as far as is required but my prices assume that your ceremony is within about 30 miles of me. If you're further away there will be a small extra charge to cover my fuel costs. When petrol becomes cheaper again (!) I'll happily remove this :-)

Image enhancement

Sometimes it's just a case of photographing what's in front of me. But not often. Most of the time though an overactive imagination has seen an angle, a view, a look that I want to capture. So many of the photographs I take at weddings come from that process. They're a picture in my head that I want you to see as well.

To bring it out fully often needs more than just the camera image. It needs time on the computer reworking the image to get as close to my original vision as I can and I often spend (unpaid) hours on just one photograph in the hope that you'll love it as much as I do. This isn't just a job, it's a passion.