Who am I?
I am Katie a 30 something full time photographer based on the Hampshire Wiltshire border, in the town of Tidworth. I’m an army wife and a mum to one. I love horses, sci-fi and the great big outdoors!
I have loved photography for many a year, and love that my passion is now my job. Add in I love weddings and I mean I really LOVE weddings. They are a day of joy and happiness, so what better job can there be than to share that day with couples? I love the details, the care and attention each couple put into their day. Nothing is too small or insignificant to be featured as every little part of the day was a conscious choice of the couple and reflects their personality.
What do I do?
My job is to capture details, every single little one, so that the day can be relived for years and generations to come. Whether that be the choice of flowers, the venue or more so the relationships and emotions on display from your guests.
Unlike some photographers I take on at most 20 weddings a year to ensure that I maintain a personal connection to each couple. An average wedding from start to finish will take up well over a week of my time, and due to the fluctuating nature of the wedding season I won’t overbook myself at peak times to ensure images are delivered in a timely manner. Instead I support my wedding work with complimentary portrait work including my award winning equine portrait work. My other work allows me to test my creativity, and develop new ideas, which after refinement can filter through to my wedding work.
Am I the photographer for you?
I would best describe myself as a creative documentary photographer. How creative I get depends on many factors including your venue & how much time I can steal you away from your guests!
I always work calmly and proficiently trying my best to merge into the background of the day so I can capture those natural unposed moments. I liaise closely with the wedding co-ordinator & other suppliers to ensure I am in the right place at the right time. Importantly I don’t pose couples! I will direct, in so much as to move in a certain direction or stand in a particular place for the couple portraits, I may also get you to do the odd fun game to help you relax, but no rigid posing. The time we spend doing couple portraits is often the only time you will have all day alone together, well without guests anyway, so I do my best to ensure you can enjoy that time & savour it, whilst also capturing some beautiful photos.
A big thing for me is that stress does not appear in my vocabulary, I am a natural problem solver so in the event anything does crop up I find a solution, quickly and calmly. For this reason I am perfectly suited to photographing weddings. Whilst doing my best to reduce stress for you as a couple wherever possible I also put you at ease when you are in front of my cameras. By the end of the day you will forget I’ve even got my cameras!
Although I often work solo I do also work with a second shooter to enable me to effectively be in two places at once. Wherever possible I work with my trusted colleague and friend Liz who as well as sharing my working ethos and methods is also a talented photographer. If you would like to read about when and why having two photographers can be better than one then I have written a blog about it which you can read here.
“Katie is an amazingly talented and creative photographer. Highly professional, fantastic ideas and totally reliable. A delight to work with from the pre wedding shoot to the very last photograph and beyond. We are so happy with our wedding photographs. I would highly recommend her.”
-Laura & Justin
“Katie took some amazing photos that captured the essence of my wedding. I am not the most photogenic but I truly loved them all! “
-Vicky & Paul
“AMAZING! So pleased we chose Katie to do our wedding photography she has given us amazing photographic memories to last a lifetime and captured the day perfectly. Highly recommend to anyone – don’t get married without her! She is also the loveliest person to have around on your wedding morning when nerves are running high, professional friendly and lots of fun. Can’t thank you enough Katie! “
-Catherine & George
“Worked to the brief to a T… Paparazzi style shots, which I prefer anyway, but also as I hate having my picture taken. I now have some gorgeous wedding pics on my wall thanks to Katie!”
-Claire & Rich
What areas do you cover?
I am based in the town of Tidworth on the Hampshire Wiltshire border right on the A303 which gives me easy access to the entire of the South of England. I do though cover weddings nationwide and internationally.
How many images will I receive from my day?
There is no simple answer to this question. Essentially I go through all the images from the day and anything with suitable merit is edited and passed on to you. Although I aim for almost all photos to be technically correct, if one isn’t that doesn’t stop it being included. My focus is to capture memories and moments and that overrides the need to be technically perfect.
I do though put an emphasis on quality over quantity so won’t include what I would consider ‘duplicate’ images. On average I tend to deliver at least 20 images per an hour for full day weddings if solo shooting and 30 if I have a second photographer working with me. For shorter day coverage it depends on what aspects of the day are covered.
I don’t ever release all images or my RAW files because I prefer to ensure the standard of my work potentially being seen publicly is an accurate representation. If though a client ever feels there is an image missing I am happy to go back through to see if it existed and if so why it wasn’t included.
How quickly will I receive my photos?
I always endeavour to deliver a small selection of sneak peeks within 48 hours of the wedding. I then spend a significant amount of time over the following weeks working through and editing the rest of the images from your day. I aim to deliver all images via an online password protected gallery within 4 to 6 weeks of the wedding date. Soon after uploaded, the images will then also be delivered on a branded USB.
What editing do you do?
There are two main types of editing that my images undergo between being taken and being delivered to you. Firstly I apply a series of adjustments which give the images my personal style. Best described as classic, with an ever so slightly matte feel.
Secondly where required I will ‘Photoshop’ images. I do not as a rule Photoshop people unless something like a temporary blemish that would be gone naturally the next day. I do though remove distractions from an image. Fire exits, plug sockets, dirt stains, traffic cones and the like will disappear to create cleaner more striking images.
Are you insured?
Yes, in a word! It is an utter essential for professional photographers to be covered at minimum for public liability insurance, although I am also have professional indemnity. I’m happy to provide a copy of my certificate of insurance to any clients or their venues on request.
Do you offer a payment plan or any discounts?
For those that may find them beneficial to their planning I happily offer payment plans, and I also offer a 10% discount on my base wedding coverage pricing for military, emergency services & NHS weddings. As a military wife myself I understand the extra complexities involved with a wedding involving military personnel. The same applies to members of the emergency services where work is often unpredictable at best.
Wedding photography is about creating everlasting memories that you can share with your friends and family. Your wedding cannot be repeated, but expertly captured, those precious moments can be regularly revisited and eternally treasured. Although some may see photography at times as a frivolous expense, no price can be put on those memories, and photographs are often the only tangible memory from your day.
I have packages to suit almost all budgets dependant on whether partial or full day coverage is required. I would always suggest it is a wiser investment, to have reduced day coverage from a photographer you love, rather than full day coverage from a photographer you only like. Just 2 hours coverage can provide ceremony coverage in addition to, couple and family portraits for most weddings.
All packages include all edited images in high resolution digital format with a personal use licence, but I also have a collection of additional products from trusted suppliers of the highest quality which are available at additional cost. This collection includes canvasses, albums and stunning fine art prints amongst others, all of which have bespoke options to ensure they are a perfect fit for you.
As every wedding is different I like to give personalised quotes to each wedding couple, but as a guide for 2019 a standard full day (10 hours of coverage) within a 90 minute travel radius of Tidworth is £1500.
I would love to hear about you & your Wedding
Drop me a message and we can discuss how I can be part of your amazing day. I always reply where I can, even if already booked, within 48 hours of your email. So if you haven’t heard from me please check your junk folder, and if needed message me again.
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