I do - about half my couples still want group shots at their wedding
. I try to get through this part of the wedding day quickly and efficiently so if you can try to keep it under 10 combinations, and rope in a helper who knows who everyone is to help gather people it would be a great help on the day.
I don't think you need lots of photos of having makeup applied. But my aim when turning up is to capture the feelings and relationships of the morning
. The anticipation and excitement on the wedding day. It also gets you used to having a wedding photographer around early in the day. I love to capture both of the couple where possible.
Yes - I use Folio Albums
. They are beautifully crafted, local, eco-friendly and the staff have excellent attention to detail. I have a very customisable Fine Art Album, or a more budget friendly Palette Album - full details are here
Although the majority of weddings I shoot are around Derbyshire, and the Midlands / Peak District (Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Yorkshire) I do love to go on wedding adventures further away & charge for accommodation and travel expenses as needed. If it's less than two hours drive from Derby it's just considered local and included in the normal wedding package.
I use small Fuji mirrorless cameras
. After using DSLR's and systems with all the bells and whistles I fell in love with using a lighter system that just felt like a small film camera. I try to travel light on a wedding day, and use flash only in emergencies, as I usually like to capture the ambience of the day and I believe the natural light is a big part of that.
Documentary Wedding Photography, or reportage or photojournalism are all the same words for the same thing
. It's a way of capturing the day where you don't try to control it and affecting the wedding day as little as possible. There are different ways of doing this - some photographers stand back with a big zoom lens so they're not part of the proceedings. Some like to get into the thick of things and be there in the day. I do the latter as I believe it results in more intimate, involved photographs that make you feel like you are there.
I take a lot of inspiration from press photographers and street photographers - people out in the world capturing and telling real stories about real people.
We always schedule a chat (or a meeting, if you're in or around Derby / Nottingham etc) about your wedding. I like to get to know about what you want from your day, and in particular from your wedding photography. If I'm the wrong photographer for you I want to be honest about it and help you find the right person (although If you've got this far down the page and are still reading I seriously doubt it).
After that I send out a booking form and contract and ask for a 25% deposit to secure your wedding date.