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Lucria Creative Family Party Photography

Become a host, for one of our 'House Party Family Photography' days.

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Become a host of one of our ‘House Party Family Photography Days’. All you need to do is invite your friends and their children around to your home, or a chosen venue, as you might do anyway when the chance arises for a get-together. We can even all meet at your home, and take a group trip to a local park, as part of the day, for some relaxed, natural and fun photo opportunities.  

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Play host and reap the rewards, as we photograph all the children and their present family members who wish to be part of the experience. And because you are booking us as a group, you benefit from a discounted rate, saving over half the amount on our Family Prime Package. Plus a whole host of other benifits that are included, such as discounted rates on printed products and even money off other family photography packages, should you wish to take advantage of more time in front of the camera for you and your family. And as the host, you get all of this and more for free - just for hosting your own friends!

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Family photography

Children of all ages are welcome, including new born babies. And time will be taken to photograph children individually, along with their present parent/s or guardian/s as well as in playful group settings with friends.

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Wayne Hudson Lucria Creative family photography coventry
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If your group consists of new borns babies, or very young children, or there are a few younglings of varying ages present in the group, then this is okay too. Everyone is welcome. We will set up a small portable studio in order to capture some stunning shots.

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All guests will receive: 

2 x 12x8” prints. And at least 5 high resolution* artistic edits of selected images from the day.

An online viewing gallery, that is password protected, with options for direct print purchases of individual images that will also be made available to the group. Here you will find your 5 artistic edits, plus many more that may have been taken during the day. 

Anyone pre-ordering images, either before or on the day, will benefit from a substantial discount on prints and framed products. Discounted additional family shoots are available for guests also.  

wayne Hudson Lucria Creative family photography coventry
Wayne Hudson Lucria Creative family photography coventry
Wayne Hudson Lucria Creative family photography coventry
Wayne Hudson Lucria Creative family photography coventry

And the best bit is, as the host, you benefit from all the above that your guests recieve, for free, plus a free additional family location photography shoot. And for every £25 extra your guests spend on additional printed and framed products, you will get given 1 print credit, which by way of example is worth 1 x 12x8” print. So the more your guests buy, the more print credits you get,  the more free prints of your children and family you can order, all at zero cost to youself. For higher guest orders, this soon translates to huge discounts off other printed products as well, such as framed prints. You also get the discounted print product rate to use at any time on your print collection should you wish to place a separate order yourself. A minimum number of 5 children applys, and if you double this amount, then you also double the amount of images and artisitc edits that you get as a reward. 

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Family photography

If any guests would like to host their own party, then they too can benefit from the above as a host. 

For more information please contact Wayne on 07590535622 / wayne@lucria-creative.com or via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lucriacreativestudio/ 

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We look forward to hearing from you. 

 

Marc + Clare: Before they say 'I do'

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The morning of a wedding day is one of the most intense mornings you can imagine. Emotions are high and everyone is busy. There is often a mixture of laughter, tears, happiness and a touch of intrepidation. After all, this day is often the culmination of a lot of hard work and planning, and you want the the day to go off with one hitch and one hitch only. No unexpected problems will be allowed to get in the way. 

This set of images were taken at a recent wedding, where the bride to be, Claire, was surrounded by close friends and family all chipping in and making the day start off the way it should. 

I love moments like this. They are very personal, and it is no small thing to allow a photographer in during such a time. I always feel very privileged to be allowed to witness such moments in people's lives. And to be with the bride and groom, and their families, from the very start is my favourite way to kickstart a wedding day photoshoot. 

Arriving to the house early, in Coventry, the house is abuzz with life. The option of tea and Champagne is on offer. And the clock is ticking down. It is moments like this when our friends and family really show us their value. And without them we often would not make it, which is often true of life. Claire's family, and friends, as well as getting themsleves ready, were all chipping in, and helping the bride, and doing an amazing job, as you can see for yourself. 

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Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, photography, coventry, Getting ready, images, morning, the day of
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Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, photography, coventry, Getting ready, images, morning, the day of
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Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, photography, coventry, Getting ready, images, morning, the day of

Mark + Lizzie: A Christmas marriage proposal leads to a wedding in a summer garden

Moxhull Hall, Sutton Coldfield, Mark and Lizzie, Elizabeth, O'Donnel, Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, groom, photography, coventry

It was a Christmas never to forget for Lizzie Reddell and Mark O’Donnel, with Mark proposing in the most unexpected way.

The couple, were at home on Christmas Eve enjoying a romantic meal together. “Afterwards, we then sat in Christmas jumpers watching Love Actually,” explains Lizzie. Carol singers arrived at the door and Lizzie reluctantly answered, not really in the mood. But during the second carol, Mark disappeared and then reappeared on one knee behind the carolers! “I couldn’t hold it together, and agreed to marry Mark by nodding and sobbing,” laughs the bride.

They married at their garden wedding on August 16, 2015, The ceremony and reception both took place at Moxhull Hall, Sutton Coldfield, decorated under the inspiration of a summer garden party, and with the weather staying sublime throughout, where we photographed their big day, which happned to be on their seven year anniversary.

A wonderful bride and groom who knew eactly what they wanted from their photographers. And the pictures show this. 

Moxhull Hall, Sutton Coldfield, Mark and Lizzie, Elizabeth, O'Donnel, Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, groom, photography, coventry
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Moxhull Hall, Sutton Coldfield, Mark and Lizzie, Elizabeth, O'Donnel, Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, groom, photography, coventry
Moxhull Hall, Sutton Coldfield, Mark and Lizzie, Elizabeth, O'Donnel, Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, groom, photography, coventry
Moxhull Hall, Sutton Coldfield, Mark and Lizzie, Elizabeth, O'Donnel, Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, groom, photography, coventry
It was a Christmas never to forget for Lizzie Reddell and Mark O’Donnel, with Mark proposing in the most unexpected way.
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Moxhull Hall, Sutton Coldfield, Mark and Lizzie, Elizabeth, O'Donnel, Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, groom, photography, coventry
Moxhull Hall, Sutton Coldfield, Mark and Lizzie, Elizabeth, O'Donnel, Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, groom, photography, coventry
Moxhull Hall, Sutton Coldfield, Mark and Lizzie, Elizabeth, O'Donnel, Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, groom, photography, coventry
Moxhull Hall, Sutton Coldfield, Mark and Lizzie, Elizabeth, O'Donnel, Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, groom, photography, coventry
Moxhull Hall, Sutton Coldfield, Mark and Lizzie, Elizabeth, O'Donnel, Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, groom, photography, coventry
Moxhull Hall, Sutton Coldfield, Mark and Lizzie, Elizabeth, O'Donnel, Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, groom, photography, coventry
Moxhull Hall, Sutton Coldfield, Mark and Lizzie, Elizabeth, O'Donnel, Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, groom, photography, coventry
Moxhull Hall, Sutton Coldfield, Mark and Lizzie, Elizabeth, O'Donnel, Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, groom, photography, coventry
Moxhull Hall, Sutton Coldfield, Mark and Lizzie, Elizabeth, O'Donnel, Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, groom, photography, coventry
Moxhull Hall, Sutton Coldfield, Mark and Lizzie, Elizabeth, O'Donnel, Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, groom, photography, coventry
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Wedding photography: Hints and tips for your wedding day - part 5

How to choose the right wedding photographer  

PART 5 - What it means to have the copyright to your images!

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Now we move briefly on to copyright and who owns the rights to the work produced by a photographer on your wedding day. They are, after all, pictures of you and your friends and family, so it might seem logical to think that the copyright automatically is with you or the people in the photographs. However, this is simply not the case as the photographer that takes the images, or studio that you hire, do. This is often a hotly contested topic for some, and often exacerbated by mixed information floating about, so let's break it down.

Regarding the intellectual property of the images taken on your wedding day, and its ownership, you should be provided with a contract outlining such things beforehand. This is so you do know what is what. Most photographers or studios, will retain all rights to their images as standard and this is true if there is a contract or not, and there is nothing odd about this. 

Let me explain.

The image that is taken, and the edited image that is produced is, in essence, a product created by them. It is the image that a professional might use to advertise and grow their business. After all - you found them somehow and I am willing to bet it was on the strength of the images you saw, so it is only right that you, as the client, expect and understand that the images from your wedding day may well be used in this way. Although many people often do, and have little issue with this, sometimes they think that they are the ones that give the photographer permission to use the images, whereas it is actually the other way around. And this is where problems can occur, and I want to stress that this is normally no one's fault. But the onus is on the photographer to make this clear and not just take it for granted that it is known. That is why we at Lucria Creative outline all this in our contract.

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To once again give an analogy, we often buy products of all kinds but we do not buy the blueprints or the schematics or expect them to come bundled with the item. We are after the finished product, and this is as true of a games console as it is a kettle any other product we buy! Likewise, think of the secret recipe to Cola. It does not come on the side of the can or bottle for anyone to copy. Coca-Cola as a company guard their intellectual property with passion, and likewise, a photographer should be expected to do the same. This is also true of all sort of art. An artist would not give away the right to an original piece or let people make copies without the appropriate licence in place. And let me remind you, photography is also art and a true photographer will treat their images as such. If you find that your photographer thinks like this then at least you know they value their own work - and that can only be a good thing when it comes to the quality of your finished images. If they truly value what they do, then they will not just give away all rights. So instead of worrying about this, it is something you can take comfort in. 

So where does that leave you and your rights, because as some people point out, these are not just random products or unrelated works of art, they are personal to you as they include images of you and your loved ones, and after all didn't you pay for them?

With any wedding photography package you buy, you are in fact buying a service and a product. You are not buying the overall copyright to what is produced by the service you have paid for, or the image rights to what make up the product. In fact, it is the photographer that grants you rights to use the images, In the form of digital copies or printed products such as a wedding album, and there are often restrictions. 

If you feel this might be a problem for you then simply talk to the photographer about it so that you feel comfortable and in the know from the off. If you feel sensitive to your image being used for marketing or other such things then it is worth having that conversation before you part with any money. And make sure you read your contract fully and are happy with what is included.

Regarding your contract, you should be granted rights to use the images, but this is for personal use only. Nothing more should ever be needed. The photography studio grant you these rights knowing that they have given you the package that meets your needs, and that if ever in the future, you need anything more, then you can come back to the studio. 

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By way of example, the high resolution digital negatives provided by us at Lucria Creative for our wedding photography are perfect for printing up to a 10x8. This is normally more than ample for most people's needs and if they wish to make an extra print of a certain image, providing that it is for personal use, then this is included as standard in the licence we grant and is detailed within our contract. We also gift the whole artistic edit image collection to everyone that books with us as a first year anniversary present, and it is these that you can use to make any prints such as these from. ? You already have the end product that was included in your chosen package - whatever mix of digital and print you opted for at the time. And of course the means to order more via our online gallery or direct through our studio are available. But after a year, just like with the digital negatives included within the package from the start, we believe that you should have them - so that is what we do by gifting them to you at this time. So we actually only retain full printing rights for 12 months after your wedding day, whereas many photography studios will keep these for an unspecified period of time, if not forever.

We choose to work this way for many reasons, those largely being that we value our photography and we are justifiably proud of our art. We also want to be able to offer you the best possible service while still remaining a profitable and viable business. It is a business at the end of the day, as much as we love it, and we believe in transparency and honesty. We know getting prints through us and our lab will be the best way to do our art justice. But we also understand that people do not want to be tied to the studio forever, and they may want to make some prints in their own time and at a later date. If anything above and beyond this is needed then we are on hand to help through our dedicated suppliers. Just as with the fact that not all photographers are equal, the same is true of print labs and their printing process. When in the past we did not adopt this way of working, we have often seen inferior printed products of our work when not done by us, such as a canvas or large scale print turn out below par and, in many cases, often simply bad, and that is obviously something we do not wish to see.

And that is what it boils down to, a mixture of pride in our work and making sure we do our images justice every step of the way and giving you, as the customer, what you want and need. 

There is so much that can be said on this matter that the best advice I can give you on this, is to read your contract and if you have any need for further clarification then just talk to your photographer before you sign anything. It is good to know exactly what you are getting. We retain all the rights on the images because they are of course our artwork, and most, if not all, top, quality professional photographers will do the same. Our customers can come back to us for larger prints and framed items or extra books, but we want to also make sure that they can use the images for personal use as well as for basic prints and digital files in the ways that they might need. So of course, this once again ties in with the last post regarding RAW files and digital negatives, and making sure customers get what they require by being a full service photography studio and being able to fulfil such tasks. But not all photographers follow the same guidelines, so just make sure you are in the know.

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And thats all for this 5 part series on how to choose the right wedding photographer for you

Just remember that your wedding photographs are the memories you’ll cherish when the flowers have faded, the honeymoon is a distant memory and friends and relatives have returned home. So choose the best you possibly can.  

So we hope we have been able to help in your search and debunking some of the worry and myth that you so ofen find.

If you would like more information on our wedding photography then don't hesitate to get in contact.

You can find out more at www.lucria-creative.com

And for even more information and answers to any question you might have, then you can check out our frequently asked questions page here.

 

 

Wedding photography: Hints and tips for your wedding day - part 3

How to choose the right wedding photographer 

Part 3 - What to expect from your professional wedding photographer 

Lucria Creative wedding photography

So if you have decided to go the professional photographer route for your wedding day, then read on. 

You of course need to make sure you get value for your money. And that is what this part is about. This does not necessarily mean getting things on the cheap - but be sure to get your money’s worth no matter what you spend. Many things are not cheap, especially when a wedding day is concerned. So like with anything of value, and photography of your wedding day is one of them, be sure to do your homework and make sure you get the right photographer for you. 

In a world dominated by the internet, it is easy to book and order everything online. And this is a great convenience, and there are some fantastic services out there for connecting you to the right people for the job. But if you can, try and have a face to face with your photographer. Take some time and get a feeling for them. In parts 1 and 2, I talked about other options for your photography, and there are a few - with pros and pitfalls for each. If you are still reading, it may be because you understood only too well the pitfalls often outweigh the benefits when it comes to such an important, one of a kind day! And so the reason for excelling the virtues of investing in a professional photographer are many, but not all professional photographers are created equally. This is also the person that you will be spending the most time with throughout, and so, you want to make sure you get along with them, and that you understand each other’s vision for the day.

It is often great to get recommendations, I myself get most of my business this way, but people, even close friends and family, who might be the ones to recommend someone, all have their own tastes and they may differ from our own - so be sure the photographer meets your own specifications. There is nothing wrong with knowing what you want and going after it. The right photographer for you will be out there.

And because it is your big day, that is why this is all the more important - but remember that a photographer is an artist, and will have their own artistic style. It is never a good idea to try and mould a photographer to you. Instead find one that is everything you want and more. And a truly great photographer, while being happy to go out of their way in order to look after his or her clients, should not compromise on their own work simply to land a job! 

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As previously mentioned, meeting your photographer is important. If meeting up directly with your chosen photographer is not possible, maybe because it is a destination wedding or there are other factors in the way, then you of course can speak on the phone; I also often offer Skype or FaceTime chats if meeting up in the early stages of booking is not possible. In all but my entry level package I also offer the couple a complimentary engagement/pre-wedding shoot. The value in this for the both parties, can not be overstated. Any nerves can be put to rest, questions asked and, of course, you get some photos as a result - perfect for a save the date cards or guest signing frames. You will also see a very good insight into how your chosen photographer will be on the big day itself. Any doubts at this time still gives opportunity to make changes and find a replacement, which is the reason I often offer those complimentary shoots; I want to assure the couple that have booked me, that they made the right choice. If either of them have any fear of the attention and focus of a camera being pointed at them for the vast part of such a day, then I want them to be confident in me, the process and in the images that will be produced. Look for a photographer that offers this, as a way of really knowing what you are paying for. It can be a good test run if you will. 

Just splashing the cash on something is not going to guarantee quality. And even if the work is stunning, are you all on the same wavelength? Of course you have a budget, and fantastic - you like their work. Just make sure you all click. Being relaxed and at ease is the most important part to getting the best photos on your day.

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Though you’ll have a budget in mind (and only you know what you can afford), often you do get what you pay for. The average spend on photography in the UK at the time of writing, to give you some context, is around £2000 - £2500. If you can afford more, then you may be able to afford someone more established or with a wider package offering. If that is out of your price range, then maybe you will be lucky and find someone starting out, just be carful to watch out for the pitfalls that I mention in the previous parts to this blog series concerning these options.  

There are of course other factors to the price, such as what is included. If you can afford X amount, and you like the photographers or studio’s work, and they are free on your day (it always pays to book in advance to make sure you avoid disappointment) then you will want to find out what you actually get for your money. If you are spending around the £2k mark, or more, then you will be wanting a damn good product. A book and prints maybe. This is one of the key reasons to pay this amount, and why a truly creative photographer will value the printed product. We at Lucria offer fantastic hand finished books, as well as a range of printing and mounting options all from the best quality companies for this very reason. We believe in a full service offering. And that is something you will just not get at the lower end of budgets.

So what else are you getting for your money?

You have found a photographer that you like. You love the work they produce, and you have had some face to face time. You believe they are the photographer to capture your wedding day perfectly. You are paying good money, so you expect more than the images on a disk or USB stick. You want printed products, and of course you want high quality. If you are paying a professional to give you professional service, then you of course expect a professional product.

The importance of the printed product can not be undervalued. If you tell yourself you will get a book or prints made up later, and you follow up on this, then you are one of the few that actually do. So credit would be due. But if you leave it to the professional, you will be getting a professional product worthy of the investment. And an investment is what truly good photography certainly is.

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As an example, the books that we include here at Lucria Creative, are not your average photo book. They are styled to reflect our artistic style and to give you, the client, the best value for money. There are of course upgradable options, but the standard of the included book is nothing short of top quality; as it should be! A bespoke design, hand finished and impeccable style all come together to form a product that we are proud to showcase our work in. This is not something your local print lab or online store can offer, or can put together for the cheap prices you may see advertised. The gulf in quality difference is vast. And putting one of these together to look stylish and elegant is often not an easy task, even though that advert claims it can be done with a few clicks in 10 minutes. Don’t believe me? Then don’t take the risk, and try it beforehand to find out. Use some family images and make yourself up a nice little book, and then compare it to some on offer by your photographer and you should be able to instantly tell the difference.  

To view an example of our package products click here.

We not only include the book already mentioned, together with a perfectly formed case to protect your memories; we also include our video-slideshows on a disk, ready to play at home in your entertainment centre, and all the images and digital copies on a USB stick in presentation and storage case. 

We have a range of stylish print options available too. And with some of our packages there is also the chance to add more value with our same day edits, personalised website, Life in squares design collection, printed, mounted and framed, all ready to adorn your wall as well as our unique ‘customer for life’ service. 

Is your chosen photographer giving you value for your money? If they truly are, as well as them, their skill and artistic merit, they should be striving to give you impeccable service, and this includes the final product. The photographer that offers this will be more dedicated, more professional and more worthy of you spending your hard earned cash on, than someone that simply puts all the images on a disk for you, with no end product. You want to be assured that the potentially higher costs to you has all the benefits that it should have. Is your photographer insured? Do they have back up systems for the precious once in a life time images. Do they have back up equipment and plans if anything were to go wrong on the day? And what exactly do you get for your money, as in a digital world the lines can often be blurred. 

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Which is what we will talk about next, so join us for part 4 as we breakdown what a digital file actual is, we discuss RAW files and digital negatives and give you all the information you need to know.

Wedding photography: Hints and tips for your wedding day - part 1

How to choose the right wedding photographer. 

Part 1 - The importance of wedding photography

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Are you getting married? Yes! Well first, let’s start with congratulations.

Now, let us move onto the serious talk of planning. 

These blog posts are here to help you with a few of the questions and tasks that you may be faced with, on the run up to your wedding day. 

We will be starting with wedding photography, and how to choose the right wedding photographer. 

How to choose a wedding photographer is an important part of the planning for your big day. And only one, in a long list of many important tasks that you will face together as a couple, in preparation for the wedding day ahead. 

Photography is important and, to my confusion, an often overlooked part of the wedding day experience. Although I am glad to see that this trend is slowly changing as people start to see the value in the art of photography. 

If your choice of wedding photographer is not treated as a priority, the effects can be very long lasting and, as a result, turns into a regret. And no one wants a regret on their wedding day! However, finding the right wedding photographer for you can be a very rewarding experience - one that can be the icing on the wedding cake. So it is worth taking the time to get it right. And this doesn't mean throwing vast sums of money at the problem. It is all about finding the right photographer for you. And it could be some of the best money you ever spend. 

This could be a decision that stays with you and your family for a very long time. Maybe your wedding photographer also photographs families and children! They could be with you, as your own family documentarian throughout the years ahead. An important job role to be sure. And a privileged position to hold and be entrusted with. 

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This is the person you have hired to artistically reflect and capture one of the most memorable days of your life. Let us hope they are up to the task. It is how your photographer views your wedding day, through their eyes and with their artistic interpretation, that will in turn, be how you, your spouse, your friends and family, will come to view your wedding day in the future as you all look back together on the images and remember your big day.

Believe me when I say a huge part of the day, especially the run up to you both exchanging vows, will be one big blur! And after that, there is a huge sense of relief and accomplishment that you both got this far and are still standing upright and, it is, of course, now time for great celebration. Depending on how you celebrate, coupled with all the emotion, anxiety and fatigue you will undoubtably both be experiencing, that next part might be a big blur as well! You might be living the moment and having the time of your life, but there is certain to be so much going on, that you simply won't be able to take it all in. No one could be expected to. So please don’t even try. 

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You want to have put in the work before hand, chosen all the right people to help bring your day to fruition, so that you can enjoy all the drinking and dancing and being with loved ones that you can possibly muster. Think of all those months of planning and by the end of the day, I doubt you will remember your own names! Just as long as you remember each other's at the appropriate moment at the beginning of the day’s events then all will be fine. No pressure. 

Leave it to your photographer to help you have a more relaxed day. They will guide you through when it all gets a little overwhelming. The right photographer will do so much more for you on the day than take your wedding photos. They will be with your each step of the way. Remember, they have been here before. And they should be there for you. 

You are, of course, going to want a truly wonderful representation of you both, in all your finery. You expect wonderfully composed and natural photos of family, friends and loved ones, being part of, and enjoying this wonderful occasion, as well as all the details saved for prosperity that you have spent months planning and orchestrating. You are going to want all those details documented, and you are going to want to look back and see yourselves looking blissfully happy and caught up in the moment having a whale of a time. After all, this is a defining time in your life together. And what better way to remember it all, than by having all of this captured artistically and creatively by someone who understands what you need. 

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So, in order to get all these things right, where do you start? 

I believe it boils down to a couple of simple things, on how you feel!

1) How much do you value photography? 

2) How much value do you put into having those memories of your wedding day captured, for you, your family and even future generations to look back on?

After reading the above text, maybe I have given you some food for thought on this matter as you ask yourself these things.

Now take a moment to reflect on these two questions! If they are important, then read on for some great advice, and how to avoid some of the associated pitfalls. 

If these two questions didn’t illicit much of a response, then maybe still take the time to read on, as I may be able to point out a few valuable tips. Better to read now, and get the facts, then regret it later on, like so many of us often do!

Wedding photography

Join us for part 2, where we will be talking over the different options that you might consider for your wedding photography. 

The Enemy

The Enemy band

The Enemy, hailing from Coventry and the West Midlands, are a 3 peice rock band who made it big with the debut album We'll Live and Die in These Towns in 2007. They have since gone on to have plenty of other sucsess. Tom Clarke, Andy Hopkins and Liam Watts make up the trio that I met in Leamington Spa in 2010 while the were working on their third album Streets in the Sky. I have been lucky enough to work with the lads on a number of occasions and even shared a couple of creative spaces with them over the years.