Wedding Photographer in Sussex

Sussex Wedding Photographer

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Taking photographs may seem easy and the access to digital photography equipment today is vast. However, a competent professional photographer will be looking for every artistic opportunity, gauging the light, anticipating and he/she will  always be in the right place at the right time. The images produced will be of a much higher standard than anything obtained by the guests or friends you may have asked – to do you a favour.

If you don’t think it’s worth investing in a professional photographer for your wedding day, perhaps you haven’t really considered the importance of your wedding day photographs.

Memories, even the beautiful ones of a wedding event can fade over the years. By capturing those special moments with professional images, you can help make sure they stay with you for a lifetime.

There aren’t many events more important than your wedding. Finding a professional photographer with the skills to capture every small detail is important.

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Here Are the Reasons Why the Wedding Photography Is Vital

Planning your wedding day in Sussex is an involved process and hiring a wedding photographer may not initially be at the top of your priority list.

However, it is important enough that you should bump it up your priority list. It will make things much easier for you if you set a budget for your wedding images and get the photographer booked in Sussex up for your special day in good time. It’s not always easy to capture those precious moments, so you need a wedding photographer with talent, experience and the right equipment to do your special event justice. Your wedding album will tell a story that you can share with your family and your friends and even your future grandchildren.

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The photos of your wedding will rekindle memories as you look through them over and over again. The day after your wedding in Sussex, your wedding dress will be packed away, your shoes boxed up, the flowers will wither and you’ll be finishing off the last crumbs of the wedding cake. but importance needs to be placed on your wedding images, because they will be with you forever, to browse through and perfectly recapture those emotions from your wedding day.

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Why you should hire a pro-photographer for your wedding day.

If you’re getting married soon, you’ve probably done the majority of the necessary planning. The venue is all booked and planned, the cake is being made and your catering is sorted. Your wedding dress is perfect, your wedding theme is arranged and the flowers chosen.

You’re now planning on the best way to achieve the quality photographs your big day deserves. Perhaps you’ve spoken to your nephew about taking the photographs at your wedding.

That would enable you to divert some of your budget to other areas of the wedding. You should definitely not go down this path.

Your wedding photos should be entrusted to a professional wedding photographer

The savings you make by using an amateur photographer are not worth the risk you are taking of being left with poor quality images to look back on. There are dozens of special moments that happen on your wedding day and in a flash they’re gone and forgotten if not captured in your photos.

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Key benefits of hiring wedding photography professionals

When you choose to hire a professional wedding photographer in Sussex the pictures you receive will be quality, in high resolution, captured with the best photography equipment and edited with skill, using professional editing software.

As well as a wealth of knowledge and experience, wedding photographers in Sussex have access to premium photography equipment and software to enable them to capture the best wedding pictures possible.

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The quality of the photographs is determined by far more than just the camera that is taking them. Camera phones are pretty amazing these days and many people are tempted to try and save money by using them for their wedding photos. Many have found this to be a big mistake. Everyone wants beautifully composed and captured photographs of their wedding day. I’ll explain some of these benefits in greater detail, to help you understand the value in paying a professional wedding photographer for the day in Sussex.

Experts with their camera gear and a host of external factors, such as weather conditions. A wedding photographer will not be able to produce fantastic pictures in all conditions if they don’t have the lenses for the situation, the lighting options, or don’t have the skill to use them. Professional wedding photographers have more photographic equipment in their armoury and also have more experience using different setups to capture stunning images. DSLR cameras are accessible to most amateurs, but their full potential is only really realised in the hands of experienced pros. The skill of the person taking the photos is highly important, but they also need the right equipment to produce top results. The ideal scenario is that you have the best equipment available and a highly skilled professional photographer to be able to get the most out of it. One of the key areas of skill is being able to use the equipment in different photographic lighting conditions, which will be necessary based on the weather and the available light available at your chosen venues.

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The Role of the Photographer

A professional wedding photographer in Sussex is far less likely to be distracted by situations of the day than a family member or relative. A professional photographer wonít be looking to get involved with the celebrations like a family member would.

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A photographer won’t be off drinking alcohol or eating cake when they should be capturing an important shot. Every moment theyíre there, their focus will be on unobtrusively capturing the best possible images that they can of the event.

Something else that is a factor is that wedding guests tend to respect photo opportunities much more when they are gently marshalled by professional photographers. If you have a member of your family taking photos of everyone, guests might not take the photo sessions so seriously.

The Photographic Style

If you want a specific style of photography, you should hire a professional photographer whose style matches yours. If you want to ask an amateur photographer, the chances are that theyíre not familiar with the differences between traditional, contemporary, fine art, or photojournalistic styles.

Can they deliver what you want the way you want it? In most cases, they will fall short. Take some time to consider what you want and then ensure that the photographer you use is able to capture the style that you want. Once you have in mind what you want to achieve, hire a professional who gets it.

A Great Communicator and Reliable, too

There are many more reasons that a professional photographer is a better choice than using a relative or enthusiast. Itís easy to understate how a professional photographer can contribute to the day; blending into the background when necessary and getting involved to smooth the schedule and push things along when time is getting tight.

A professional wedding photographer will have the communication skills to organise groups, move people and find out exactly what you want throughout the day. They will be able to use signals and body language, as well as their voice, to get people where they need to be in a pleasant way, enhancing the atmosphere of your celebration in Sussex. Amateur photographers, no matter how hard they try, will find it hard to identify the right approach to photo sessions, being distant to a degree, professional, humorous, encouraging and supporting guests through the process, in order to capture those memorable shots.

You Get More with Professional Wedding Photographers

Of all the people around you on your wedding day, your wedding photographer will probably be with you most. The wedding photographer will take preamble shots at the start of the day, shots at the venue, pictures at the reception and perhaps even pictures as you leave the venue at the end of the day.

From the start of the day to the end of the day, your wedding photographer will be around you, capturing every special moment without intruding on your day. Good wedding photographers will only be noticed when they need to organise a photo session. Your photographer will notice if there are untucked shirts or jackets missing in photos, as they will have a keen eye for every detail.

They will be there to inform you of this and help you try to fix it. Your wedding planner will not be your shadow all day in Sussex, but your photographer will. The photographer will help the wedding party be where they need to be, when they need to be and to be as calm as they should be.

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A Patient Temperament

Every wedding couple needs to hire a photographer that they feel comfortable around. Youíre going to be spending a lot of time with this person on your wedding day. You donít want to spend all that time second-guessing your decision.

The professional photographer should have an incredible amount of patience, but also a good deal of empathy and subtle powers of persuasion. They need to flow through the day in Sussex with you, capturing the best of your personality through the lens. Even if things donít go exactly to plan, the wedding photographer will remain in control, calm and measured, as a reassuring presence. An expert wedding photographer is flexible and goes with the flow of the event, while maintaining a high level of professionalism.

What to Expect from Your Wedding Photographer?

In many cases the day of the wedding is the first time people are in front of a professionalís camera. This can cause anxiety, especially if you are camera shy or tend to look awkward in photographs.

Having invested some time to choose the right wedding photographer, you can be assured that they will do certain things to make the process less stressful.

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Promptness and Professionalism

Professionalism will shine through during your research into a photographer, while checking out their reputation, their enthusiasm for photography and their portfolio itself. You want your wedding photographer to get on with the guests, to have an excellent attitude towards time keeping and to dress in a suitable manner for your wedding. Your wedding photographer should arrive before they need to, so that they can get a feel for the venues and the best places to get the shots that you desire.

The Day Before the Wedding - the Rehearsal

In many cases, church wedding ceremonies have a rehearsal during the week before the wedding. The wedding photographer ask to come to the wedding day rehearsal to scout the location and to find out from the Vicar where they should be standing throughout the service. In the case of a civil ceremony, the wedding photographer will tend to have the discussion with the registrar on the same day as the wedding in Sussex.

The Big Day – the Wedding

Your photographer will arrive at the agreed time to capture the bridal presentations. He will be there for the rest of the day but will not interrupt the flow in any way. Itís crucial to the team at Jeff Woodall photography that every precious memory is captured on camera and that we remain unobtrusive, so the day can play out naturally; we are of course available for any questions and we strive to raise the spirits of everyone in the party. Jeff Woodall photographyís ethos is to be very subtle, at staying in the background without interrupting the day, but being available to keep spirits high and answer any difficult questions, making sure that every single memory is captured in digital format.

At some point in the night, often after the first dance, your wedding photographer will check with you to find out if thereís anything else you would like to be pictured. The photographer will start to backup the photos if you are happy that they have captured all the moments you need. Jeff Woodall photography will keep all photos backed up on a storage device until they have been through the editing suite process and are delivered to your satisfaction. We understand just how precious your photographs are to you.

Wedding Photo Editing

Editing is a crucial stage in the wedding photography process and will be completed within the days that follow the event in Sussex. To tell the story of the wedding day the pictures need to capture the moments and so the first stage is going through all the photos and picking the best ones. Every selected photograph is edited using a light touch approach with only a few subtle edits.

The images provided to clients by Jeff Woodall photography are always high resolution. During post processing, the images undergo some minor editing. They are colour balanced and cropped. Various effects can be achieved during the post processing of your images, including monochrome conversions.

The photos are then ready to be exported from the photo editing suite into an online password protected gallery, as well as uploaded to a USB stick and delivered to you, ready for sharing on social media and for printing. Weíll provide you with all the instructions you need for how to access the online gallery and how to share it with your family and friends and we’ll also send you the USB stick with easy to use instructions on how to share your photos online.

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Jeff Woodall photography will be available for everything else you need; to talk about albums, or the types of bespoke wedding photo books that can be designed for you. It can take some time after the wedding ceremony to decide on which pictures to include in your digital photo book album, even if you have already decided on colours, styles and designs.

Your photographer will guide you through how many photos to choose and how best to tell the story and we’ll probably suggest around 80 photos. Your photographer then goes about the task of designing the album.

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What do you get when you choose a wedding photography package

Read on below to see a list of what is included in a wedding photography package. Some of the items are self-explanatory and take care of themselves, whereas others are very important. Which events the photographer should attend.

From the engagement party, the bridal shower, the wedding ceremony, reception and after party. Some of the events the photographer will almost certainly be at, include the wedding ceremony and the after party, but you need to decide whether he attends the bridal shower, the engagement party and how long he stays on during the after party. You need to communicate which events you want captured to get them in the diary.

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The shoot duration in Sussex

Generally, a photographer will use time as one of the main methods to price an assignment. I often use this for portrait and events but in terms of weddings, I have simplified the process to a large extent, due to the flexible nature of the day and the fact that each wedding is quite different and difficult to predict in terms of exact timings.

Photographers often [I used to] have different packages in Sussex eg Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, etc. This way of doing things can get over complicated and even more so when additional options and extras are added to the mix. I now prefer to work on a fixed price for the full day’s coverage. I won’t question doing an extra hour here or there. We want pricing to be clear and transparent and don’t want to have to bill you for extra hours after the event, because things ran on and your Silver package didn’t cover it. For wedding ceremonies that are a long way away and need significant travel or even flights, there would be some negotiation required over accommodation, fuel, flights, food and refreshments.

Wedding photography Services List

Below is a summary list of wedding photography services :

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Some of the differences between wedding styles explained

Fine Art Photography

In the same way that photographers of a photojournalistic genre don’t tend to take traditional shots very often, fine arts photographers rarely do either. They prefer to take an artistic view and capture elements, events and people with that mindset, always looking for dramatic lighting and backgrounds. Fine Art photographers in Sussex have a flair for the dramatic and always looking for the artistic side when composing and staging their photos, often using different filters, including black and white.

Vintage Style Photography

Vintage photo filters have become quite popular over the last decade and has resulted in more demand for this style of photography. The number of weddings that are being photographed with a vintage wedding theme in mind, seems to be steadily growing. Something about old, timeless photographs appeals to people, maybe itís the feeling of nostalgia which this style of photography evokes. Through the use of various methods, such as colour filters used in this style, professional photographers are able to transform pretty standard looking images into works of art.

Traditional or Classical

Seemingly spontaneous and ad hoc moments often tend to actually be taken as posed portraits with traditional or classical photography. With this style of photography, you are likely to get more static images than spontaneous flowing, action shots, although the images you get won’t feel overly staged. Traditional photographers will want to capture precious moments and formalities with artistic style and integrity and will look for shots that will work using that style during the wedding ceremony.

Photojournalistic or Reportage

This style involves the recording of events as opposed to the staging of them. The formal shots you would expect at every wedding, will be captured, as well as group and individual ëgrip and griní wedding guest shots. The photo journalistic photographer is all about immortalizing the spontaneous reactions and emotions of the day as they happen, rather than orchestrating and staging their images.

Black and White (Monochrome)

This can be an effective way to present classic, timeless images. Many clients appreciate how the nostalgia and mood of images can be enhanced by removing colour. Preference is what matters here. Monochrome images aren\’t always liked by everybody, but using this style can really draw attention to particular aspects of the sceneís composition and subject matter. Black and white images can be effective in portraying an atmospheric, or nostalgic and timeless feel, that is sometimes elusive in the colour version.

Colour Popped and HDR Techniques

When shooting photographs and using this photo technique, each shot is rather complex with lots of elements to consider and the editing process is equally detailed. The photographer that uses HDR and colour popped techniques will use them sparingly, only with the right images, to maximise the impact of those colour popped or high dynamic scenes.

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Jeff Woodall

I’m a wedding photographer based in the South East of England who will take on projects pretty much anywhere.

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