Photographer for Wedding in Heathfield
Just set the date? Now thinking of a wedding photographer?
I’m based in Mid Sussex, but will travel anywhere in the South East to cover your wedding. Please check out the rest of this site, including the gallery and Youtube video to see samples of my work. Drop me a line from the contact page and I’ll get right back to you. There’s also a bit of info below, which some may find food for thought.
Finding the right professional photographer to take photographs at your wedding is not always a simple process.
The memories of your beautiful wedding can sometimes start to fade with time. However, if you capture the day with professional photography, the memories will remain with you for a lifetime.
In life, few things are as special as your wedding day. It is essential to have a skillful photographer who understands how to capture the important details and to document everything to look back on for a lifetime.
- 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
The Importance of Wedding Photography.
Planning your wedding day in Heathfield is an involved process and hiring a wedding photographer may not initially be at the top of your priority list.
Your wedding photography does however, deserve some of your time. You need to set a budget that is sufficient for the task and get your photographer booked up as far in advance as possible. Your wedding day is made up of lots of little precious memories and you need a professional wedding photographer with the ability to capture the essence of every little moment. Your wedding album will tell a story that you can share with your family and your friends and even your future grandchildren.
The wedding photographs will have the power to take you back to your special day and bring back those amazing feelings again and again down the years. When your wedding day is over, your bridal shoes and gown will go into storage, the flowers will wither and be cleared away and the wedding cake will have been eaten. 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.
Why hire a professional photographer for your wedding?
The planning for your wedding day is probably almost done if your wedding is coming up soon. Catering for the event is in hand, the wedding cake is chosen and the wedding venue is all booked. Your wedding dress is getting its final alterations, your flowers are all on order and the decorations and table centrepieces are all in hand.
The wedding photographs are next on the list. Perhaps you’re considering asking your nephew to do it since he’s an amateur photographer.
That way you can save yourself some money, diverting the cash to other areas of your budget. This is a route that has been tried by many, but in truth has worked for very few.
Hiring a professional wedding photographer is the route you should take
The benefits you get when you hire a photographer with significant experience of weddings are much greater than the monetary savings you’ll make when you get the photos taken for free. Remember, some special moments happen only once in a lifetime, yet the photos will stay with you forever.
Benefits of hiring pro-wedding photography
When you hire a specialist wedding photographer, the images you are presented with at the end will be of the highest quality and taken with the best photography equipment available.
Using their knowledge and skills, together with camera and equipment of superior technology and editing with the latest software, your wedding photographer will be able to produce beautiful and unique images that will make your day..
The quality of the photographs is determined by far more than just the camera that is taking them. The advent of camera phones has for some become a tempting way to try and save money on wedding photography. Many have found this to be a big mistake. Everyone desires photographs that are skillfully composed and expertly captured for their wedding day. Let’s delve deeper into what a professional wedding photographer can bring to your wedding day and how they add value.
Experts with their camera gear and a host of external factors, such as weather conditions. A photographer is only as good as the lenses they use and the skills they possess and a full appreciation of lighting. Professional wedding photographers normally bring to the table a lot more skill, knowledge and equipment that they can use. DSLR cameras are accessible to most amateurs, but their full potential is only really realised in the hands of experienced pros. The type of equipment used is crucial, but just as if not more important, is the person handling the equipment. 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 the Photographer Plays
Another reason to hire a professional wedding photographer, rather than trusting a family member or a friend with the task, is it they will be less distracted. A professional photographer wonít be looking to get involved with the celebrations like a family member would.
They won’t miss that precious moment whilst chatting with wedding guests, having a beer or grabbing a slice of cake. They will be fully concentrating on the job, taking every opportunity to capture the special moments of your wedding day, whilst keeping it very low key.
Wedding guests are also far more likely to respond to a professional, paid wedding photographer than they would be to a relative barking orders. Photoshoots taken by a relative tend to be less organised and taken less seriously than those arranged by professionals.
Skill with Different Styles of Photography
In order to attain photos with a specific style, you need to engage a professional wedding photographer with the style to match. Not many amateurs are familiar with the differences between photojournalistic, fine art, traditional or contemporary styles.
Are you certain that theyíre going to be able to provide you with the photos that you dream of? Quite often, they will not be able to. Don’t rush into a decision; think about the style you want and get a photographer that can match it. Once you have in mind what you want to achieve, hire a professional who gets it.
A Reliable and Communicative Professional
There are lots of other reasons to choose a professional wedding photographer rather than choosing a relative, friend or enthusiast to take your photos. It’s 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 be able to communicate effectively and persuasively with guests to ensure they are where they need to be. They will use their voice and body language to encourage people to where they need to be, persuasively getting things done and enhancing rather than detracting from the celebration of your special day in Heathfield. Maintaining a balance between holding a distance as a photographer but getting involved to encourage people is a very difficult balance to strike and very few amateurs have the experience to do it.
Professional Wedding Photographers Provide More
You spend more time with your wedding photographer than anyone else on your wedding day. 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 is always near you, having been engaged to capture the emotion and style of your day in its entirety. If they know what theyíre doing, you wonít even notice them. The photographer will notice if a picture is being spoiled by a lipstick stain on a collar, or a wonky handkerchief.
They will be there to inform you of this and help you try to fix it. 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.
Patience Is the Key
As a couple, you need to hire a professional photographer that you are comfortable with. The amount of time youíre going to spend with this person on your special day really is significant. 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 with you, capturing the best of your personality through the lens. A professional will remain calm and in control even when things donít always go exactly to plan. A good wedding photographer will remain professional at all times and will be flexible, flowing and adapting to changing circumstances.
What You Can Expect from a Wedding Photographer?
Often people have never been in front of a professional camera before their wedding day. 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 done your homework by selecting a professional wedding photographer that matches your style, there are a few things that a wedding photographer will deliver to mark a satisfactory service.
Good Time Keeping and Professional Standards
Professionalism will shine through during your research into a photographer, while checking out their reputation, their enthusiasm for photography and their portfolio itself. Itís important that the wedding photographer you choose gets there on time, has a great attitude and gets on with people. 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.
Rehearsing for the Wedding Day (The day before)
In many cases, church wedding ceremonies have a rehearsal during the week before the wedding. Your photographer may want to find out from the Vicar where they should stand during the vows and which vantage points wedding photographers normally use in the church. This discussion normally happens on the day of the wedding in Heathfield, with the registrar, in the case of a civil ceremony.
Wedding Day (The big day)
Your photographer will be there to take pictures of bridal presentations, or at whatever time you have agreed beforehand. He won’t interrupt at any point during the day but will be with you throughout. 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. Jeff Woodall photography prides itself on its ability to remain unobtrusive but to always be available for questions and to keep spirits high, ensuring that no beautifully precious moment is lost.
At a certain time in the evening, usually after the first dance, your photographer will approach you to see if thereís 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. 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. Your photographs are as important to us as they are to you.
The Wedding Photo Editing Stage
Editing the images is an important part of preparing your wedding photography package, completed in the days after the wedding event in Heathfield. The first step is to select the best images that tell the story of your wedding. Every selected photograph is edited using a light touch approach with only a few subtle edits.
The images that Jeff Woodall photography produce are always beautifully sharp. 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 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. 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.
Helping clients down the line
Jeff Woodall photography will always be on hand, accessible to talk about wedding photo album options and the design of wedding photo books if you so require them. You probably have decided beforehand whether you wish to opt for a digital photo book album, the styles and colours etc., but it won’t be a short time after the ceremony that you decide which images you would like it to contain.
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 will then begin to design the album for you.
What is included in a wedding photography package in Heathfield?
Take a look below to see what is included in packages for wedding photography
Below is a list of the what is included in a wedding photography package. Some of the items below are highly important, whereas others you may not even need to talk about. Number of events to be photographed
From the engagement party, the bridal shower, the wedding ceremony, reception and after party. This would equate to how many days the photographer provides to you and will be early on in the decision-making process. Following discussion and decisions you need to get the dates organised and communicate them to the photographer.
How many hours of shooting
Typically, a photographer will work out pricing based on the number of hours they need to put into any assignment. At Jeff Woodall Photography we tend to use this method of pricing for events and for portraits, but we understand that each wedding has a bespoke schedule and that we need to be flexible to go with the day and so we work a little differently.
Photographers often [I used to] have different packages i.e. Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, etc. What exactly gets delivered becomes complicated, especially in those cases where additional options are added to these package deals. With me you get a full day’s coverage for a set price. Iím yours for the day and won’t mind doing the odd extra hour and won’t be clock-watching. We know you don’t want to have an extra hour billed after the event, just because your schedule fell behind and the eight hours you paid for in the Silver package didn’t cover the full day. In cases where weddings are overseas, or in remote locations, there would need to be some negotiation regarding fuel or flights, food and accommodation.
What are the differences between all these different styles?
Fine Art Photography
Photojournalistic specialists and fine art photographers donít normally tend to shoot many purely traditional images. Instead, they use an artistic approach to capture elements, people and events, with a subtle use of effective lighting techniques. Typically, a fine art photographer is highly skilled at creating and staging photos that are artistic and beautifully full of drama, applying filters to photos during editing, including often using monochrome conversions.
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. This style of photography can bring with it an ageless, timeless quality and has the power to stir emotions and maybe this is why more and more people are seeing the appeal in it. Vintage photography is regarded as almost an art form, where the ordinary is transformed into stunning evocative images using colour filters and specialist lighting.
Traditional or Classical
With traditional or classical photography, details of shots are considered staged, even those that you may think look spontaneous. You’re less likely to get action shots with this type of photography, although every moment will be captured in a natural way that doesn’t feel forced or posed. The goal of photographers who prefer the traditional style is to take pictures that reflect the artistry and dignity of the wedding ceremony, with stunning lighting techniques.
Photojournalistic or Reportage
Photojournalism photography focuses on the actual moments that happen, rather than staging them. As always, the necessary formal shots will be taken, as well as a number of spontaneous happy shots group shots during the day. 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 style is excellent for timeless, classical, emotion-packed photographs. Many clients appreciate how the nostalgia and mood of images can be enhanced by removing colour. You need to decide what you like. 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. Sometimes colour can fail to portray the atmosphere of a photo, where monochrome techniques can really bring it to life.
Colour Popped and HDR Techniques
Attention to detail during the shoot and excellent editing skills are required for this type of photography technique. 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.