When I shot my first wedding it wasn’t easy to find out how the top guys in the industry were operating. I wanted to know what kit they were using, what their workflow looked like, how they planned the photography, and how they were marketing themselves. This information was not readily available online, and the experts were not keen to help emerging photographers.
I love nothing more than sharing what I’ve learnt about both wedding photography & business along the way. I am extremely grateful for the career I have and hope that I can help others to achieve their own goals within this field.
I offer 1 to 1 consultancy over the phone, covering all aspects of wedding photography. I will endeavour to share everything that I have learnt, but I ask that you email me some details of you and your business, and any specific topics you wish to discuss.
The calls are 90 GBP per 1 hour call.
To enquire about availability, please use the comments box below.
Below is a list of the products and resources that I use to run my business, as well as some free downloads I feel may be useful. You will find links to their websites and in many cases, discounts that companies have been kind enough to offer to my readers.
I will be publishing detailed articles on my blog, covering everything from my website, marketing strategy, workflow and equipment, to how I plan and photograph each wedding. You can sign up on the left of the screen to receive updates and new articles to your email.
Below is a list of articles already on the blog:
Wedding Photography Equipment
How to start a Wedding Photography Business: Getting the first wedding
How to start a Wedding Photography Business: Deposit and Agreement
How to start a Wedding Photography Business: First wedding kit bag
Tricks and Tips: Editing Workflow
Tricks and Tips: HDR
Tricks and Tips: Alien Skin Exposure 5
Tricks and Tips: Slideshows
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any comments or questions on the form below. I would love to hear your feedback and share any further information that you might find useful.
This is the agreement I ask each of my clients to sign at the time of booking. The booking is only confirmed when the signed agreement and the deposit have been received. Feel free to copy and paste all or parts.
For me, the key to successfully shooting a wedding is the planning. Once I have received the deposit and the signed agreement, I ask my clients to fill out this short details form. It is generally all the information I need to collect from the Bride and Groom before I start to plan the photography for the day.
Photographing someone’s wedding is a big responsibility, so I am careful not to add any pressure by leaving something behind! I’ve found simple lists really helpful in almost all areas.
Check out this blog article for the full list of equipment I use to shoot weddings.
Buying equipment in the UK
Initially, I bought most of my kit from Warehouse Express. They seem to consistently offer the most competitive prices and have been super reliable each time I have used them.
Buying equipment in the US
When I upgraded my cameras from the 5D Mark II to the Mark III, it was cheaper for me to fly to NYC and pick them up from B&H than to buy them in the UK. It also gave me a chance to seriously nerd out for the day in the B&H superstore. If you haven’t been there, it’s a must. The place is crazy.
Also if you buy online and can have them posted to a US address outside of NYC, you don’t have to pay tax.
Fixing equipment and buying used kit
Consistently living up to it’s name, Fixation is a great shop in London that I use for repairs. They also have a great secondhand kit department.
It is super important that all the equipment I need to shoot a wedding fits into one bag so that when necessary, I can take it all with me on the plane as hand luggage. Therefore, if my checked luggage is delayed or doesn’t arrive, I have everything I need. I can buy a new toothbrush and tie but it might be a little more difficult to replace all the kit at short notice in a remote village in rural France…or Mexico.
The ThinkTank Airport Int. is a great bag. Everything fits in and it is just small enough to count as hand luggage. Problems only arise if an airline has a hand luggage weight limit policy but that is pretty rare.
Here is a link to their US website with a full range of their products www.thinktankphoto.com
I bought my bag from Fixation in London. They stock many of the Think Tank products www.fixationuk.com
Tripod & tripod head
I use a carbon-fibre Manfrotto 190 CXPRO4 tripod with a Gitzo GH1780 QR head. This was the lightest, most compact yet sturdy combination I could find at the time.
Building and developing my site has been one of the most rewarding and enjoyable aspects of my business. I taught myself the entire process as I had no previous experience of web development.
Hosting and domain
I registered my domain and set up hosting with Bluehost. They have been 100% reliable since I switched to them about 5 years ago. They automatically back up my site and have a great customer service whenever I have questions.
My website is supported by ProPhoto. It is an all-in-one blog, site and portfolio which works in conjunction with WordPress. ProPhoto help you to set up, design and build every aspect of your site and are an awesome company to work with. They offer extensive tutorial videos and are happy to answer any questions you have.
If you use the link below to purchase ProPhoto you will get $10 off.
ProPhotocomes with a comprehensive set of plugins but I did add the All in one SEO Pack to enable my site to be found more easily.
To enable readers to sign up to receive updates and the latest articles to their email, I use Mail Chimp. There are various paid options but the free version includes everything I need. Google Feedburner is another popular RSS feed reader but there are virtually no options for customization and I read that Google may be discontinuing it in the near future.
Tracking and reports
I use Google Analytics to track detailed information about visitors to my site.
Keep an eye on my blog for a more detailed description of my workflow. I use Aperture>Photoshop>Alienskin, but I also like Lightroom>Photoshop>VSCO. It’s really just a matter of personal taste.
Downloading, rating, naming and basic corrections
Adobe Lightroom www.photoshop.com/products
Alien Skin www.alienskin.com/exposure/
Use the discount code CSP0513 for 15% off Alien Skin!
If I’m shooting fashion in a studio I use Capture One.
When I started photographing weddings I didn’t include a book. I was never a fan of the traditional wedding album and it wasn’t until I found Asuka Books that I introduced it as an option. They are a great company and the book quality is amazing. I offer the Zen Layflat range to my clients.
The best printers I have worked with is The Print Space in East London. I use them for large prints for my wedding clients and for my fashion portfolio.
With such great HD filming potential on the 5D Mark III, recently I’ve been having a bit of fun with video. I edit in Final Cut Pro X which is amazing.
I really enjoyed following the Final Cut Pro X tutorials on Izzy Video and felt completely comfortable with the software after just a couple of evenings.
I have insurance for my kit, public liability and a few other things. I found Photoshield competitively priced and the one time I had to claim for a lens that was pinched, the claim was dealt with quickly and effectively.
Please do not hesitate to ask me questions on any of these topics. I would love to hear from you.
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