We all want amazing photographs from our wedding day so with this in mind, I have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you decide if I’m the right photographer for you
Please click on any of the questions below:
When you’re ready to book, you should let me know straight away.
If your date is still free you will be sent a booking form to complete and return to me. You will also receive details on how to make your booking fee/deposit of £250.
Your date is then reserved for 5 days. Your booking can only be confirmed once both the booking form has been returned and your payment has been made.
Wedding Photographer Essex. In a profession where there is no shortage of choice, it can be difficult to decide who is the right photographer for you. Price can seem an obvious factor, but when it comes to photographing one of the biggest days in your life, then other areas should also be considered; like experience, creativity and personality.
Below are just some of the reasons why I could be the right photographer for you. I hope that you agree.
I take my time in getting to know you both, your likes and your dislikes, and you will get to know me too. Therefore, come your wedding day you will feel comfortable and relaxed. You will also have the peace of mind knowing that I have everything covered ensuring you have fun and that I will capture your day with amazing photography
As a professional, full-time photographer of ten years, I love to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. When I work with couples, I take a creative approach to the photographs allowing the couple to interact as they would normally. This way I’m able to capture the beauty that is revealed between them, even their most casual of moments.
Wedding photography is especially important to me. Therefore, because I love to capture the people and the beautiful moments they are spending in the company of their loved ones. Your wedding is both special and unique and the photographs that I take will be special and unique too.
I only take on a limited number of weddings a year. While I would love to photograph the weddings of everyone who requests me to, I limit the number of weddings to ensure that the focus of my attention is on one wedding at a time.
I love people and people love me. From the youngest child to the eldest great-grandparent you can be guaranteed that all your guests will be happy being photographed by me – resulting in more great photographs.
I am a qualified member of the Master Photographers Association that has gone through an extensive and challenging qualification process. All of my work is covered by both public liability and public indemnity insurance so that you can be sure you have peace of mind during your whole event. I use only Canonprofessional equipment and always pack backup equipment for those “just in case” moments
I love what I do. When you work with someone that has a true passion for their craft, the result is a more enjoyable experience. Plus, you receive beautiful photographs that you will cherish forever.
My fees reflect my experience, the outstanding products and the time spent. I only use high-end suppliers and never spare on quality. I am however still very affordable
For many people, the thought of standing in front of the camera is not something they may be particularly looking forward to. This is one of the reasons that I offer you a Pre Wedding Photography session. We get together at a great location and spend time taking some really cool photographs.
Usually £295, this session is currently available for only £125
For further information or to book your Pre-Wedding / Engagement Portrait session call or text me on 07961 100 580 or email me via the Contact Page
It’s very likely that you have never had to arrange such a large occasion before so what can you do to help you with planning a wedding?
Wedding & Event Planning Specialist Bernadette, from Dream Occasions has provided these Ten Tips to help you plan the wedding of your dreams.
Yes, you have permission to start dreaming about your wedding. Go wild, what would you have if money was no object?
Buy every wedding magazine to work out which one matches your style. Each magazine has a different target bride/wedding and you’ll quickly discover which ones are right for you.
Think about what season you wish to marry in and what year. Must it be on a weekend or will you consider mid-week (which can be cheaper for venue hires)?
It stands to reason that ideally you’d have all your family, friends and work colleagues at your wedding. Remember though that every guest has a price to their head. The rough number of guests is necessary for when you start shortlisting venues
What can you afford, the average UK wedding is £20k but you can spend considerably less or more. Are you paying for the wedding or are family contributing? Work out what money you have saved, and what you plan to save leading up to the wedding.
Start discussing what style venue you want and ideally what location. Is this where you live currently or perhaps where one of you were bought up? Look at this blog post on how to select your venue
There are some amazing wedding blogs available for you to browse, as you’re on my blog, I’m assuming you already are familiar with the concept of blogging! My recommendations for blogs to consider are (in no particular order):
This year has been the year my clients have come on board with Pinterest, showing me their ideas during an initial consultation. As a planner I love it. Sometimes it is clear their verbal description of what they want for their wedding is very different to the visual description, having Pinterest will help formulate your ideas when speaking with designers (stationers, planners, florists, cake makers) for your wedding. You can follow my boards here and Jeff’s boards here Want to keep the design private from guests? No worries as you can create private boards and show with just key people involved in the wedding.
Try to plan the wedding together as sometimes it can be left to the bride, after all, you are entering the ultimate partnership as a married couple so start as you mean to go on and learn the art of compromising! The end wedding should be a culmination of both your ideas and personalities.
Ok I couldn’t give you tips without including hire a planner. I’ve been organising weddings and events since the end of 2002 and it would be a pleasure to help you with yours. I specialise in events in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk but can go further afield upon request. Do look at my website for more information onDream Occasions.
Your wedding is going to be a wonderful day and I will do everything to ensure that as well as capturing the most amazing photographs, you receive the very best service too.
Your journey starts with an initial consultation at my studio. This allows me to find out more about your wedding day and fully understand your photography requirements. From the consultation, you will also find out if I am the right photographer for you.
Once you book me as your Essex wedding photographer you will be provided with a booking form to complete and also receive my Wedding Photography Guide. The guide provides you with lots of helpful tips to ensure a smooth experience for your wedding day.
There is the option of an engagement session, where you get used to being photographed by me and we get to know each other more. Plus, we’ll have great fun and create some amazing photographs too. For more information please visit Your Engagement Portrait
From the excitement of you getting ready, the ceremony, parents getting emotional and guests having fun, I’ll be capturing all the special moments of the day. For more information about what I will be doing at your wedding please visit Your Big Day
The premium service continues after your wedding. This includes:
NB: Packages to include both a wedding album and USB are also available.
To find out more about what happens please visit After Your Wedding
You can read a small selection of comments from some of my previous wedding couples on my Testimonials Page
I have photographed weddings throughout Europe and beyond. I would be delighted to join you anywhere you are getting married.
Reasons why I might be the Best Wedding Photographer for you.
I receive enquiries on a daily basis from clients looking for a photographer for their wedding, so, if you think I could be the right Essex wedding photographer for your wedding, please get in touch. I’d love to meet you both to find out more about you and your wedding day and discuss how I can capture the very best photographs
Wedding Photography Essex. Simply call or text me on 07961 100 580, email me at Jeff@JeffTurnbull.com or complete the form below for more information or arrange to meet.
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An often asked question is, “Why is wedding photography so expensive and why is there be a big difference between what photographers charge? After all, they’re all doing the same thing aren’t they, just clicking the shutter button on the camera all day? Right?”… Maybe not is all at it seems.
Nearly all wedding couples will have two things in common, regardless of their budget. One, they want the very best photography of their day possible, and two, they only want to trust this really important task to a dedicated and professional wedding photographer. Without a doubt, this area of investment is not cheap. It is however far less expensive than getting this huge decision wrong!
Unlike some professions, photography in the UK is not regulated and the market is flooded with literally 1,000′s of poor quality wedding photographers. It is really important that you understand that just because you pay someone to photograph your wedding, you should not just assume that you’ll end up with the professional results you expect.
So please find below information below that will help you with your choice, and hopefully, it will go some way to explain why full-time, professionally qualified wedding photographers in the UK will be worth every penny of your investment:
Group1: The Amateur Wedding Photographer – Expect to pay from free of charge up to £500
This will be a combination of enthusiasts looking for pocket money to pay the cost of their equipment, student photographers, a few part-timers or it could be family members/friends. Please note that these people are unlikely to be insured, unlikely be paying tax and national insurance on their photography income and also not likely to be around if or when something goes wrong.
Naturally, everyone has to start somewhere, but due to no or very limited wedding photography experience, the quality of photographs are likely to be low at best and very poor and possibly ruined at worst. These photographers are likely to provide a ‘shoot ‘n’ burn’ service (just supplying the images on CD’s with very limited or probably no editing, colour correction, retouching or support). This would mean you’re left to do the painstaking photographers job by dealing with the 100’s if not 1000’s of poor expressions, poses and blinks taken. Any albums offered will be poorer quality and simply available from the high street and also using low-cost printers. At most, you can expect a basic quality website and photographs. In addition to no insurance, they will have limited or no backup camera equipment. Any equipment they have will be similar to what you can buy from Dixons and Argos.
Group 2: The Part-Time Wedding Photographer – Expect to pay from £500 to £995
In this group, we have a combination of new part-time wedding photographers looking to break into the local wedding market, plus also full-time non-specialist general photographers. It could even be a photographer who’s struggling in other areas of photography so are giving weddings a go.
As with the first Group, it is unlikely to find all these people with the correct business insurance and most will have other types of employment to supplement their low rates, which just aren’t sustainable.
The quality of the photographs is likely to be average, with nothing unique to set them apart from the 1,000′s of other photographers out there. Their websites will just have their best images that they have taken not be able to give you an example of what you’re really likely to receive. Any albums that they supply you are likely to have been designed using template software by the album companies, which means that your wedding album will look exactly the same as the last one they did. This also means that the photographs they would have taken are likely to have been shot using the same poses in the same location at the same venue for every couple. In other words, nothing personalised about them at all.
Expect them to have limited or at worst no insurance and again limited or no backup photography equipment when things go wrong. Because they may well have other jobs that keep them busy, long waiting times and poor quality of service is often a feature of their business.
Group 3: The Dedicated Professional Wedding Photographer – Expect to invest from £1,000 to £3,000
With this group, you have experienced and dedicated portrait & wedding photographers who do this area of photography as their sole occupation. They are likely to be paying full business rates, full business insurance, tax and insurance on their income. In addition, they also have the expense of all the other associated cost of running a business, including regularly updating their professional photography equipment (plus the important backup equipment) which will have initially cost around up to £10,000.
More importantly, they will also be dedicated to improving and learning their photographic craft by attending regular training seminars or workshops run by the country’s top wedding professionals. Many of them will also be qualified with a leading professional photography association like the Master Photographers Association (MPA) or the BIPP
Each wedding they photograph is likely to take up more than a full week of the photographer’s time. Numerous quality hours are spent meeting, calling and emailing wedding couples in the run-up to their big day. The photographer will be with you 8-12 hours on the day itself. There will then be 3-4 full days of primary image editing, followed by more meetings with couples. This is then followed by 3-4 full days of additional image processing, plus there will be album design and print processing. It’s not unusual to, therefore, spend 50-80 hours on each wedding photographed during the year.
The quality of wedding photography is likely to be high, with unique shots and poses and have a personal photographic style that is distinguishable from the next wedding photographer in the same category.
The quality of wedding albums and other products from these photographers is likely to be extremely high, with most of these professional photographers using the same few high-end album supply companies from Australia, New Zealand, Italy and the UK. The wedding albums are likely to be custom designed, ensuring that your wedding album will be very personal and completely unique to you and your wedding day.
Most will have professional looking websites, with high-quality photographs that focus only on wedding and portrait photography. They are also likely to have dedicated wedding studios either as part of their homes or in high street locations. They are likely to be fully insured, for your peace of mind, and carry with them essential backup equipment (and also back-up equipment for their backup equipment.) The level of service and the attention to detail from these professional photographers are likely to be very high, as they will limit the number of weddings they photograph each year to ensure they maintain their high standards and their level of service.
Group 4: The Celebrity Wedding Photographer – Expect to invest from £3,000 to £10,000
In this group are those few talented individuals who are able to virtually name their price for their wedding photography services. They photograph royalty and the super-rich and famous worldwide with their highly unique photographic styles.
Their albums and products will be sourced from the same companies as those in group 3 mentioned above. You can expect them to have studios in London, New York, Hong Kong, Dubai and/or Paris, and teams of employees and assistants helping them with their wedding ‘productions.’
We all want amazing photographs from our wedding day and we all know that after the confetti has blown away, the cake has been eaten and the honeymoon is long forgotten your wedding photograph’s will help you to keep re-living your wonderful wedding day for many years to come.
So with this in mind I have compiled a list of Questions you must ask your Wedding Photographer.I want to share with you the many reasons of why I think you should consider me to capture your big day.
Are you a full time photographer?
Yes. I’ve been a full-time photographer since 2006. My working week is dedicated to developing my craft but also when I say “I’m available” it really means I’m available and I’m not having to work around some other job
How many weddings do you photograph a year?
A maximum 25. This allows me to spend more time after your wedding to work on your photographs and wedding album. This also means however that I am not able to photograph the wedding of every couple that I meet
How long will you be at the wedding?
For the smaller mid-week weddings I’ll be with you for up to 4 hours. For the Full-Day weddings, I’ll be with you from the Bridal Prep session all the way through to the first dance. Additional coverage is available if required
Many photographers show model brides, do you photograph real people?
Ha ha! I’ve noticed too that lots of “new-to-the-profession” photographers tend to use models dressed as brides to fill their website, blogs etc with those photographs (but hey, everyone has to start somewhere). I can assure you that all the photographs on my website, blog, wedding albums etc are from real weddings with real people, just like you.
What areas do you photograph weddings?
Based in Essex I travel throughout all the UK and overseas to photograph weddings
What happens in the unlikely event you are unable to make it on the day.
I’m pleased to say that I’m very hardy, however, I do have a back-up plan in place in case of emergencies. Being part of The Master Photographers Association means that I have a network of other qualified photographers that I can call upon. So you can rest assured
What is your wedding photography style?”
I don’t have one particular style as each wedding is different. My couples tell me I’m great at really capturing the spirit of their day by providing, fresh, creative, fun and vibrant photography. I’m unobtrusive where necessary but will slightly direct some of the photographs to ensure that we get the most amazing photographs of you
Can my guests take photographs at the wedding?
Yes, no problem at all. I love photography and know that many of your guests will too. I just ask that if you have any “super enthusiastic” photographer guests, that you mention to them not to get in our way too much
What are your wedding photography prices?
As your wedding will be unique, various packages are available depending on your individual requirements and budget. For more information please do visit the Wedding Photography Page
What are the wedding photography booking and payment terms?
Upon receipt of your signed booking form, I take just £250 as a booking fee with the remaining balance only being required 6 weeks before your wedding day
Do you need to be provided with a meal at the wedding?
No, not at all. We can easily bring along a packed lunch. If you would like to provide us something then sandwiches or a bar meal would be great but there is no need to go to the expense of providing us with the same meal as your guests.
What is the idea of an Engagement / Pre Wedding Shoot?
The engagement shoot is a great opportunity to get used to being photographed by me and for us to cover some poses we’ll do on your day. From the session, you will choose your favourite photo and I will make it into a large signature board for your friends & family to sign on the day.
Can I have all the wedding photographs on a USB?
In this digital age, many people like to have their images this way. I have Digital collections available and also you can buy these along with any of the album collection. You’ll also receive a reproduction licence allowing you to arrange your own printing should you wish.
Are you up to date with current wedding photography fads?
If you have a particular style in mind please let me know. As a creative photographer I tend not to follow the crowd but instead work hard at creating the best photographs that fully capture the essence of the day without them looking like another couple’s wedding photographs.
Will you be coming to the wedding by yourself?
If it’s a smaller mid-week then it’s likely that it will just be me. With the full day weddings, I usually have my assistant with me.
What about Insurance?
I carry extensive Public Liability and Public Indemnity Insurance.
You mentioned you’re a member of the MPA. What does that mean?
Being a member of The Master Photographers Association means that I follow a strict code of conduct and practice and that I have gone through a challenging qualification process to ensure that you will receive the best photographs possible
What is the wedding photography booking process?
The process is fairly simple and details can be found on the Wedding Photography Page.
On your wedding day, I will arrive approximately two hours before the ceremony is scheduled to start.
While the bride is still having her hair and makeup done I am able to capture the excitement of her with the bridesmaids. If both of you are getting ready at the same venue you can choose me to photograph the groom and his groomsmen getting ready too.
From then on I will document the day in my distinctive style.
I will photograph the ceremony ensuring that I capture each magical moment; including walking down the aisle, exchanging vows, your beautiful first kiss and signing of the register. Following the ceremony, I will photograph any formal group shots of your friends and family that you have requested.
When the time comes to photograph the two of you alone, we will slip away from the crowd to capture some special photographs of you together.
I will also photograph the speeches, cutting of the cake and continue to document your amazing day through to your first dance. I’m also available to stay beyond the first dance if required.
With our smaller wedding options, I will be with you for up to 4 hours, documenting your day. Many of my couples book me from the bridal preparation through to the start of their wedding breakfast. I can also stage a ‘cake cutting’ photograph for you as well.
Your wedding photographs are uploaded onto the Mac and backed-up on a separate hard drive. Furthermore, they are stored on two cloud-based servers as well as remaining on the memory cards until the images have been processed. I offer these five areas of storage for your peace of mind because I understand that your wedding photographs are uniquely valuable.
The hundreds of RAW images that we have taken at your wedding are individually hand-processed in order to make any adjustments to the exposure, colour and contrast of each image so that they are perfect.
Approximately three weeks after your wedding, you are invited to the studio for a personal viewing of your photographs. You settle back, the lights go down and your video slideshow begins. Additionally, you get to enjoy the laughter and tears as you re-live your wedding day, all over again
Photographs from your viewing are put on an online gallery, allowing your family and friends can view them. Prints of your photographs and other products can be ordered directly from the gallery, making it easier for everyone
In the comfort of your own home, you choose your favourite photographs from your online gallery and then simply send me your selection.
The photographs you select are passed onto my amazing creative team who will produce the most wonderful album design for you, taking into account the style of images and any specific requests. A week or so later you will be given a preview of your design. See Example Here
You can request any changes you would like after viewing the design, including the addition or removal of any photographs, repositioning or changing sizes. The album is then redesigned according to your instructions. No charges are made for the first re-design.
Once you are totally happy with the album design, I will arrange for production to commence. All of our albums are handcrafted to very high standards and are ready within 4-8 weeks.
Collecting your finished album is a really exciting time and you will be blown away when you see the finished product. You are then free to take your album home, where it will provide you and your loved ones with many years of wonderful memories
Yes. I’ve been a full-time photographer since 2006. My working week is dedicated to developing my craft but also when I say “I’m available” it really means I’m available and I’m not having to work around some other job.
Between 25 and 30. This allows me to spend more time after your wedding to work on your photographs and wedding album. This also means however that I am not able to photograph the wedding of every couple that I meet.
For the smaller mid-week weddings I’ll be with you for up to 4 hours. For the Full-Day weddings, I’ll be with you from the Bridal Prep session all the way through to the first dance. Additional coverage is available if required.
Haha! I’ve noticed too that lots of “new-to-the-profession” photographers tend to use models dressed as brides to fill their website, blogs etc with those photographs (but hey, everyone has to start somewhere). I can assure you that all the photographs on my website, blog, wedding albums etc are from real weddings with real people, just like you.
I don’t have one particular style as each wedding is different. My couples tell me I’m great at really capturing the spirit of their day by providing, fresh, creative, fun and vibrant photography. I’m unobtrusive where necessary but will slightly direct some of the photographs to ensure that we get the most amazing photographs of you.
Yes, no problem at all. I love photography and know that many of your guests will too. I just ask that if you have any “super enthusiastic” photographer guests, that you mention to them not to get in our way too much.
As your wedding will be unique, various packages are available depending on your individual requirements and budget. For more information please do visit the Wedding Photography Page.
Upon receipt of your signed booking form I take just £250 as a booking fee with the remaining balance only being required 6 weeks before your wedding day.
No, not at all. We can easily bring along a packed lunch or go out somewhere. If you would like to provide us something then a bar meal would be great but there is no need to go to the expense of providing us with the same meal as your guests.
The engagement shoot is a great opportunity to get used to being photographed by me and for us to cover some poses we’ll do on your day. From the session you will choose your favourite photo and I will make it into a large signature board for your friends & family to sign on the day.
In this digital age many people like to have their images this way. I have Digital collections available and also you can buy these along with any of the album collection. You’ll also receive a reproduction licence allowing you to arrange your own printing should you wish.
If you have a particular style in mind please let me know. As a creative photographer I tend not to follow the crowd but instead work hard at creating the best photographs that fully capture the essence of the day without them looking like another couple’s wedding photographs.
If it’s a smaller mid-week then it’s likely that it will just be me. With the full day weddings, I will often have my assistant with me.
I carry extensive Public Liability (£2 million) and Public Indemnity Insurance.
Being a member of The Master Photographers Association means that I follow a strict code of conduct and practice and that I have gone through a challenging qualification process to ensure that you will receive the best photographs possible.