"Where are you based?"
I live in sunny Brighton.
"We don't live in Brighton, is this okay?"
Absolutely! I love to travel. I'll shoot your wedding wherever you are. My packages include travel expenses within England.
If you're getting married abroad (or elsewhere in the UK), please get in touch for your bespoke destination wedding package...it doesn't cost as much as you might think. I simply charge for travel and accommodation on top of my usual day rate.
"What does 'laid back, natural photography' actually mean?"
My approach is relaxed and informal. Typically, I spend most of the day shooting in a documentary style looking out for romantic moments, with a little time for some group shots (if you want them) and a portrait session to get some natural shots of you and your brand new husband/wife. I'm a sucker for romance! I want to get photos that show the love between you (whether that is soppy, silly, passionate or anything in between) and will advise you on the best time of the day to get the light just perfect to really enhance this.
If you're after a more formal wedding photographer, that is definitely not me. My style is frequently described as laid-back and informal - I'm there to capture your day exactly as it unfolds, catching details and moments as they happen in a creative manner, rather than dictating what you do. I think we've all been at weddings with super bossy, old-fashioned photographers, which is certainly not my style! I want you to enjoy your wedding photography and I'm often mistaken for a guest, which is a lovely compliment.
There are so many different styles of wedding photography out there. My advice to you would be to book the photographer who's work you connect with the most. Have a good rummage through my portfolio and blog posts, and if you love my photos, then that is just flipping awesome.
"We really don't like having our picture taken, are you going to make us do lots of cheesy poses?"
Absolutely not. And firstly, it is perfectly normal to not feel 100% at ease in front of the camera - most of my couples feel this way at first. Secondly, it is MY job to put you at ease. I do this by taking the time to get to know you, and then on the day, I use a few tried and tested techniques to help you relax - including using my impeccable sense of humour to make you laugh (ahem). Read some kind words from my past clients who explain how I helped them feel comfortable in front of the camera.
In my opinion, the best pictures are the natural ones. That being said, when we nip off to get some portraits, it can sometimes feel tricky being 'natural' when it is just the two of you and me with my cameras. It is my job to guide and direct you, so if you're thinking you won't know what to do, then don't worry!
Still worried about being in front of the camera? I include a complimentary engagement shoot with all my wedding packages - this is the perfect opportunity for you to get used to being photographed, plus you'll get a bunch of beautiful photos as well. Check out the blog post I wrote on why Engagement Shoots are totally worth it.
"Did you study photography?"
No - I studied journalism at uni. My love of photography massively pre-dates my degree though. When I was 17, my nickname was Paparazzi Tora...I kid you not! During uni I was a nightclub photographer. Then I moved to Brighton and started to blog a never-ending stream of photos of friends and family. Along the way, something clicked, and I knew this is what I wanted to do. I've always loved telling stories, whether that be through words or photos. My photography training has been on the job, and in the form of some awesome wedding photography workshops with some of the best wedding photographers in the world.
"We're a same-sex couple, is this okay?"
I think it is a shame that anyone even needs to ask this question, but it is absolutely, 100% okay. Love is love <3
"Can you airbrush us please?"
The short answer here is no. As a documentary photographer, I'm passionate about images that truly represent your day. I'm not about to airbrush you to the point that your guests won't recognise you. It is my job to find that gorgeous flattering light, and capture you in all your wedding gorgeousness. That being said, if you just so happen to get some nerve-induced acne on the big day, I can certainly make sure you don't see it in your photos.
"Are you insured?"
Absolutely. I have indemnity and public liability insurance, as well as fully insured, professional equipment.
"Who owns the copyright?"
That would be me. Within your wedding package, you'll receive a Personal Use license. This means you have free reign to print your pictures, share them online (please do not add any filters in Instagram though), create albums, etc. You can also share with friends and family, and they too can print and share. What you do not have permission to do, is to sell them and use them for commercial use. If any of your wedding suppliers would like to use the photos, please ask them to pop me an email to arrange this.
If you would like to be featured on a wedding blog, then that is just great! I just ask that you let me know, and that the blog links back to my website please.
"Are you GDPR compliant?"
"Awesome, we really want to book you. How do we do that?"
Booking is really simple. Please refer to my packages and booking page.
If I am free on the date of your wedding, I will send you the link to my digital contract for you to peruse and sign. Your date will be secured when you have signed your contract and paid a non-refundable deposit of £500. The rest of your balance will be due 30 days prior to the date of your wedding.