Yorkshire Wedding Photography Leeds

How do you approach a wedding and what makes you different?

I offer an honest interpretation of your wedding day; while I try to remain discreet when working, its often pretty apparent that I’m the guy with the camera as I will be following you both around all day, standing at the front of your service (with the vicars permission!) and arranging any small group shots.  In this respect I will act as an observant participant in that I aim to do all of this with as little fuss as possible and without taking you away from the day that you have spent so long planning and saving for. I also like to have a laugh with you all – it’s an all day and nighter and I feel privileged to be a part of it all

I like to think then that my photographs are about the interactions that occur on your day wedding day that are captured around the formalities that exist and what makes me different is that the images that I create at your wedding will be a presentation of how I witnessed your day; everyone interprets a scene, emotions and body language differently, and its these nuances that make each photographers point of view unique to them.

I’ve also won a few awards, been published in some prestigious publications and even been exhibited in LA. I use my spare time to travel and document my experiences and I bring all of this to the way that I approach your wedding. You can read more about my style by clicking here.

Have you always photographed weddings?

I started photographing weddings professionally in 2012. Before I took up wedding photography I was a mental health nursing assistant and also have a passion for travel. These experiences have given me a set of social skills that enable me to integrate myself within new environments and groups of people fairly quickly, and despite being the guy with the camera, I’m often just another guest too and this means that I’m able to capture lots of the things that happen that you often don’t get to see. I also have experience of photographing weddings in lots of different light and weather conditions and have a list of kind words to support the fact that no matter the size, location or weather at your wedding, you will have a beautiful collection of photographs that document the people and events that go into creating the next chapter of your lives together.

I’m getting married abroad……..?

International weddings are considered based upon availability and destination – please click here to get in touch for a tailored quote.

Do you process the images?

All images are professionally processed by myself and presented in colour & B&W. I use colour-managed equipment to ensure that the images you get are of a high professional technical and industry standard.

Do we get to see all of the pics?

Due to the candid nature that I aim to achieve with my wedding photography, there are often shots that get culled because they are similar to a better shot or because of a limitation in terms of people moving and blinking, etc. As an average I deliver around 150 – 200 photographs from each wedding that I cover and often more. in terms of a ten hour day this is around one photograph produced every three minutes of my attendance. You will see a lot of photographers offering you hundreds if not thousands of photographs from your wedding, I would ask you to look through a full gallery of these photographers images from a single wedding day and look for variety within their work, as I can pretty much guarantee that what you will receive is a lot of duplication, for example several shots of shoes in various configurations or a string of images around a single moment. This approach to capturing weddings does not appeal to me; I want to produce a beautiful product for my clients that tells a story without getting stuck on a single detail. Within my work you will find variety and consistency and that is why I believe that when it comes to photography, less is often more in the respect that a greater quantity of photo’s doesn’t guarantee a greater quality or consistency.

How long do you stay for on the wedding day?

A typical wedding day for me starts at around 10.00 or 11.oo, allowing an hour or two to cover preparations and then coverage until the first dance or 9pm. After shooting a wedding I then make back-ups of all of the images that I have taken at your wedding, this means that my typical wedding day starts at around 7/8 AM to arrive at the preparation venue well in time and ends at approx. 1 AM when all of your wedding photographs are securely backed up.

What happens if the Wedding day runs over?

As is often the case, with hurried last minute preparations and late arrivals, to uncle John going missing during the group shots and the groom going for a snooze just before the first dance is scheduled, wedding days often run over the scheduled time line. On the day if this happens I will liaise with you both and give you the option for me to stay later if this is feasible given bookings the following day. The charge for additional wedding photography on the day is £175 / hour.

Do you work alone?

For the majority of weddings I work alone however from time to time bring along an assistant depending on logistics, amount of equipment to carry, etc. I also work with a couple of other wedding photographers that I could call upon in the event of sickness or injury.

How much is the deposit and how soon should I book?

The deposit is £250 and is deductible from the final price of your wedding photography collection. I advise booking as soon as you are in a position to do so as I book wedding days on a first come basis

Are you insured?

I carry full public liability and professional indemnity insurance. If you or your venues require proof of this please let me know.

How soon will we see our wedding photographs?

I aim to get clients wedding photographs back to them within 6 weeks, however during peak months this may be 10-12 weeks.

Do you need a meal?

Your caterers will be busy sorting out the food for you and your guests and the photographer is often the last person to be served a meal. For this reason I like to arrange my own, as it means that I am able to keep my self fuelled as I require throughout the day.

Can I buy an album at a later date?

Certainly, I keep 2 copies of your photos for 6 months, after which my copies are reduced to one.

Do you take group shots?

Definitely. I believe a small number of close family group shots are an essential part of your wedding photography collection. I recommend no more than 4-6 however, so that time is not taken away from your reception and in order for me to concentrate on the storytelling that I look to capture for my clients.

Do you take any formal portraits of the Bride and Groom?

Its completely up to you guys, some weddings that Ive covered have had no formal photography throughout the day, however most that I photograph will have a 10 – 20 minute session at some point during the day. You can read more about my approach and see some examples by clicking here.

Alex Abbott is one of Yorkshire’s leading Documentary Wedding Photographers. Please click here to get in touch about your wedding photography.