Forest-Row Wedding Photographer
Taking a few pictures with a camera doesn’t seem that hard, but hiring a photographer with the right balance between personal and professional skills for your wedding is a little more complex. If your wedding is in or around the Forest Row area, look no further. I’m Burgess Hill based and will taken on assignments anywhere in the South East. Please check out my site where you’ll find all the information you need and a gallery of images to give you an idea of the quality you can expect.
If you are one of those people who think that taking photographs on your wedding day does not deserve extra effort and investment, maybe you haven’t realised the importance of your special day.
The memories you have of your beautiful wedding event can slip away and become fuzzy overtime. When you hire a specialist for wedding photography, you are investing in memories, memories that will last a lifetime.
In terms of life events, your wedding day is just about the most important. With the right photographer, none of the small details of your wedding will be missed. All will be skillfully documented in your photo album.
- Pro-wedding Photographer
- Great Communicator
- Access to Premium Photography Equipment
- Organised and Good time keeping skills
- Will pay attention to detail and capture your Big Day
- High Resolution Photographs
- Skilled Photo Editor
Wedding Photography and Why It Is so Important?
When planning your wedding event in Forest-Row, finding time to hire a photographer may initially be low on your priority list.
You should invest some time in planning your wedding photography though. It needs to be budgeted for and thought of well ahead of your special day. It is important to have a talented wedding photographer who has the skills and experience to perfectly capture all the precious moments of your wedding day. When your children and future grandchildren ask you about your wedding, you’ll be able to tell the story of the day by showing them your wedding images.
Your wedding photos will capture cherished memories that you can turn to time and time again. After your wedding day, you’re unlikely to be wearing your dress and shoes again, the flowers will be cleared away and all the cake will be eaten. but the photographs of your wedding will always be with you to share, enjoy, laugh and maybe cry over. So please take the time to find the right professional!
Why a professional photographer is the right choice for your wedding
The planning for your wedding day is probably almost done if your wedding is coming up soon. The venue is all booked and planned, the cake is being made and your catering is sorted. Your wedding dress is getting its final alterations, your flowers are all on order and the decorations and table centrepieces are all in hand.
You’re now planning on the best way to achieve the quality photographs your big day deserves. Perhaps you’re considering asking your nephew to do it since he’s an amateur photographer.
The savings you make on the wedding photography costs could be handy in other areas. This is definitely a path you should avoid.
Your wedding photos should be entrusted to a professional wedding photographer
It’s a much better idea to have a professional photographer get it right, than save some money and have an amateur photographer miss those important big and little details! Remember, the glances, the smiles and the connections that happen at a wedding are subtle and to capture them photographically is a skill.
Some of the key benefits of professional wedding photography
When you hire a specialist wedding photographer, the images you are presented with at the end will be of the highest quality, taken with the knowledge, skill and professionalism you would expect. You’ll also get privileged access to the best photography equipment and software to produce the best quality pictures possible.
The equipment that wedding photographers use goes far beyond the camera, which is only a part of what it takes to achieve the quality photography you need at your wedding. Camera phones are pretty amazing these days and many people are tempted to try and save money by using them for their wedding photos. This might be a huge mistake. Everyone desires photographs that are skillfully composed and expertly captured for their wedding day. We’ll take a more in depth look now at what you get when you hire a professional wedding photographer, which adds that extra value and makes it worth your while.
Camera equipment expertise, as well as being able to deal with indoor and outdoor lighting. A photographer won’t be able to do the best job possible if they don’t have the lighting options or lenses they need, or the skill to use them. Professional wedding photographers are better, not just because of their skill and experience, but also the equipment that they use. A DSLR camera can be purchased by anyone almost certainly, but the full potential of this camera can only be unlocked by experienced professionals. The skill of the person taking the photos is highly important, but they also need the right equipment to produce top results. In order to get your dream photos, you need high end camera equipment and a wedding photographer with the experience, talent and knowledge to use it appropriately to its full potential. This includes being able to take great pictures in different photographic lighting conditions, indoors and outdoors, with different natural and artificial light at the venue.
Photography by Venue Types
- Farm Wedding Photographer
- Barn Wedding Photographer
- House Wedding Photographer
- Gardens Wedding Photographer
- Bar Wedding Photographer
- Hotel Wedding Photographer
- Urban Wedding Photographer
- Beach Wedding Photographer
- Church Wedding Photographer
- Registry Office Wedding Photographer
- Castle Wedding Photographer
- Stately Homes Wedding Photographer
The Role of the Photographer
Another very good reason to engage the services of a professional wedding photographer in Forest-Row is that they’re going to be far less likely to become distracted than a family member or relative charged with capturing the day’s event. When you pay a professional photographer, they’re there to do a job, whereas a family member is more likely to be looking to enjoy the celebrations.
They won’t miss that crucial loving moment because theyíre eating cake, downing a beer, or chatting with wedding guests. Theyíll be concentrating on the job in hand, candidly capturing some of the best images they can for the duration of the event.
Another thing to bear in mind is that wedding guests tend to respond to photoshoots better when they are being arranged by professional wedding photographers. When family members organise a photo session, or an ad hoc photo opportunity, thereís a different dynamic to when a photographer sets up a professional shoot.
The Photographic Style
If you are looking for photography that captures a certain style, then you should hire a photographer that is proficient in that style. If you asked the majority of amateur photographers what the difference is between fine art, contemporary, traditional or photojournalistic photography styles, most wouldnít have a clue.
Can an amateur really deliver the pictures that are going to inspire you forever? In many cases, they will not have the skills to do so. Take a bit of time to understand what it is you want and then hire a photographer that can deliver that style. Choose a professional who can immediately understand your style ideas when you explain them.
Communication Skills and Timeliness
There are lots of other reasons to choose a professional wedding photographer rather than choosing a relative, friend or enthusiast to take your photos. Any wedding day has tough moments to overcome, whether it is getting a large group together while meeting a deadline with a photoshoot in session and a professional brings a mass of experience to help deal with this.
A professional will be able to carry the wedding party along and subtly communicate where your guests need to be. They will use body language and verbal messages, without imposing on your guests, to run through the necessary formalities whilst enhancing the celebration of your wedding day. Getting the perfect picture often involves striking a balance between being distant, but also being encouraging and supportive, humorous and amateurs rarely have the skills to do it.
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. From the shots of you getting ready and preparing to go to church all the way to the moment you leave the wedding venue, the photographer is there.
Your wedding photographer remains with you throughout every special moment of the day, capturing memories and blending into the background. Good wedding photographers will only be noticed when they need to organise a photo session. The photographer is the one who notices every detail out of place such as lipstick stains on the teeth, or wonky button holes etc.
They are there to help you get the best pictures and will try and fix anything that is in the way of that goal. Your wedding planner will spend far less time with you during the day than your photographer will. The experience of the photographer will help to ensure that the wedding party know where they are going and when and help to alleviate any anxiety or emotions as they arise.
As a wedding couple, you should engage the services of a wedding photographer that helps you feel comfortable. Think about the number of hours you will be with this one person on your special day. You donít want to spend all that time second-guessing your decision.
The professional photographer will have to be technically skilled, with an added mix of patience, experience and understanding. It is their job to help the day flow and to bring out your personality and capture it with their photography skills. A professional will remain calm and in control even when things don’t always go exactly to plan. The best wedding photographers flow with the event, are flexible and adaptable with the images they capture, whilst always maintaining professional standards.
What to Expect When You Hire a Wedding Photographer?
The wedding day is often the first time that the couple has ever had a professional photographer taking shots of them. As well as being anxious about the big day, having a camera pointed at you all day can make you feel even more uncomfortable, especially if you feel that photos donít generally flatter you.
If you have spent a bit of time selecting the right wedding photographer for you, the photographer will do a few things in order to make the process better.
Theyíll Be There on Time and Be Professional
If you hire people for the right reasons, such as their passion, reputation and having looked at their work, professionalism will be a given. Your wedding photographer should be punctual, personable and on time for your wedding schedule, as well as dressed appropriately. Your photographer should arrive early on the day, to scout the location having probably visited relevant locations several times already.
The Wedding Rehearsal on the Day Before the Wedding
It is customary for church wedding ceremonies to have a rehearsal a few days before the big day. 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. This discussion normally happens on the day of the wedding in Forest-Row, with the registrar, in the case of a civil ceremony.
The Big Wedding Day
Your wedding photographer will tend to arrive to take photos of the bridal presentations, the timings will have been agreed. He will be there for the rest of the day but will not interrupt the flow in any way. Jeff Woodall photography’s 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. The goal at Jeff Woodall photography is to ensure that every precious moment is captured, but to remain unobtrusive and in the background until such a time as you have questions to answer, or you need some help.
At a certain time in the evening, usually after the first dance, your photographer will approach you to see if there’s anything else you would like him to capture. The photographer will start to backup the photos if you are happy that they have captured all the moments you need. All the photos will be fully backed up by Jeff Woodall photography, on 2 hard drives and the backups will be kept save until all wedding photos have been edited and delivered to you. We never underestimate the value of your photographs.
The Editing of Wedding Photographs
Editing is a large part of the work and will be done in the days following the wedding in Forest-Row. 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. The editing of the digital photographs then begins with a light touch approach that ensures a subtle process of enhancement.
Jeff Woodall photography provide clients with images that are high resolution. The pictures that require a little work are edited for colour balance and size. Some images will be converted to black and white and may have other styles applied as appropriate.
The pictures are then prepared and uploaded for viewing, by anyone you want to give access in an online password protected Gallery. They are also provided to you on a presentation USB stick. Sharing your wedding photos is great fun and so we provide you with the USB stick with high definition pictures and instructions of how to give access to your online gallery to friends and family.
Here to help after event
At Jeff Woodall photography we will ensure we are accessible to help you find out about bespoke wedding photo books and any wedding albums that you might like. Even if you’ve set your mind to the style and design of your digital photo book album, it can take a bit of time after the wedding day to decide on which photos to include.
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.
Portfolio in Forest-Row
Wedding photography packages & what is included?
To find out more about what wedding packages normally include. Some of the items you’ll need to make some careful decisions about, whereas others take care of themselves. How many events you want photographed.
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 the dates and times of events with the photographer.
How much time you want for the shoot in Forest-Row
Generally, a photographer will use time as one of the main methods to price an assignment. Although we tend to use this pricing method for most events and for portrait shoots, the process has been simplified for our wedding packages, to fit the scheduling needs for each wedding and ensure that we remain flexible enough to go with the flow of your day.
You are probably familiar with photographers offering Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze wedding packages. When you start adding extras to these packages it all becomes a bit of a logistical nightmare to understand or work out the overall price. I find it works better to have a set price for a full day’s coverage. Obviously, this is within reason, but I tend to arrive well early to get shots of getting ready and to remain long after the first dance, because there is still additional photographic value to be had. Travelling to and accommodation at weddings. If there is travel involved to the wedding ceremony there would need to be some negotiation over the expenses involved in terms of accommodation, fuel or flights, food and refreshments.
Different Styles and How They’re Different
Fine Art Photography
Fine art photographers normally steer clear of too many traditional shots, in the same way that photojournalistic photographers do. Rather, they photograph with an appreciation for the artistic side of people, the lighting options and the overall drama of the scene. The Fine Art photographer in Forest-Row prefers to pack their photos with art and drama, often using black and white as a filter.
Vintage Style Photography
Vintage style photography has partly evolved as a result of vintage photo filter popularity. The number of wedding couples that choose to have vintage wedding photography has grown fast. 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 traditional or classical wedding photography, it’s unlikely that you’ll get lots of action and movement in photos, but the images shouldn’t feel unnaturally forced either. The aim of traditional photography is to capture moments with dignity and artistry, using many posed shots, including many formal images, under a range of lighting options.
Photojournalistic or Reportage
Photojournalism looks to record moments on camera, rather than orchestrating specific staged shots. As always, the necessary formal shots will be taken, as well as a number of spontaneous happy shots group shots during the day. Photographers with a photojournalistic style will shy away from orchestrating too many moments during the day, except those formal group shots, or bride and groom images they need to take. They prefer to record close-ups of the bride, groom and wedding guests and really document the day’s actual emotions and feelings.
Black and White (Monochrome)
This can be an effective way to present classic, timeless images. Although many clients prefer colour photographs, a large number also appreciate the way that removing colour can enhance the mood captured in images. It really comes down to what you prefer. Monochrome images may not appeal so much to some people, but it can produce more compelling photos as it sometimes helps the context and the subject to shine through. Removing the colour from images and creating black and white can evoke a certain ambience within photographs that colour sometimes lacks.
Colour Popped and HDR Techniques
This aspect of photography employs techniques that require attention to detail in both the shooting, as well as the final processing. The photographer chooses the appropriate moment with which to use these techniques, finally skillfully uses the right processing software to produce quality images with colours that pop and emphasises particular areas of a scene.