Laura & Paul ~ Engagement Photos at Hylands Park

When Laura & Paul booked their Wedding Photography with me, we had a great chat and found that we actually shared quite a lot in common especially a great love for our four legged friends. Paul explained that Laura was quite upset that Penny & Woody wouldn’t be able to attend their wedding at Baddow Park in September, so after hearing this I explained that included within their package was an Engagement Shoot, so why not bring the doggies along and we can make an afternoon of it at the park!

I caught up with these guys in Hylands Park, Chelmsford for their pre wedding shoot with Penny & Woody tagging along aswell. The only times I have been here are to watch the good ol’ V Festival which takes part every year, and also back in the day when I did a bit of cross country running for my school team…we’re talking around 16 years ago now not something you’d catch me doing on my weekend off!!

To witness this location in it’s natural beauty is lovely. It stretches on for miles with plenty of grassland, trees, blossom and even a pond – although we avoided this for the sake of the dogs getting wet 😉

Laura & Paul chose this area for their pre wedding shoot as it’s a popular walking spot they enjoy with Penny & Woody and although a little hot, I think the dogs actually quite enjoyed the camera…they certainly enjoyed the treats that came with it! Laura dotes on these two and who can blame her – I love it when any pets come and join in on a shoot!

My thanks to these guys for being great! Bring on September!


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Emma & Darren ~ Engagement Photos at Layer Marney Tower

Recently I got to catch up with these two ahead of their wedding in September at the gorgeous location that is Layer Marney Tower. For anyone who’s never been, please go there for a day out as it is beautiful and there is so much to see and do! We spent the afternoon lamb feeding, as well as checking out the wildlife and of course the beautiful gardens surrounding this unique location.

Not only for it’s beauty, and because it’s so close to home; Emma & Darren also chose to have their wedding here for the historical aspect it brings aswell. The ancient buildings, the on-site Church and the Long Hall for their Reception seemed like a perfect place to keep their wedding wrapped up without having to move about too much. They’ll be able to celebrate the whole day with family & friends so fingers crossed for a beautiful day!

These guys were so easy- going and up for anything, we even had some fun feeding the lambs on site too (Emma’s idea…not mine 😉 ) but nevertheless there were some pretty adorable little baby’s in the barn guzzling milk from these two as quickly as they could!

I’m super excited to be back here in a few months time to capture these guys in a slightly different attire!

My thanks to Emma & Darren for allowing me to share these few images with you.

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Kirsty & Simon ~ Engagement Photos in the Dengie Countryside

The other week I got to catch up with these guys again on the build up to their Wedding in June. We had a fabulous Engagement shoot with some super golden sunlight on Simon’s parents farm in the middle of the Dengie countryside.

Kirsty had hoped to include the couples’ two cats within some photos on their shoot, but Jessica and Bobbles had other ideas and decided no matter how many treats they were offered it just wasn’t worth posing for a picture. Luckily Harry the dog was more obliging and sat happily alongside them for some affection and a good scratch before following us around whilst we continued through the farmyard.

Walking around the farm, we had lots of areas to explore and discover whilst capturing the magic between Kirsty & Simon. It was great to listen to their plans for their wedding and to see how it is all coming together. I even got to see where they’re hoping the marquee will be pitched so I could imagine what areas will still be accessible for us to use for photos on the day.

These guys are getting married at the local Church surrounded by friends and family before returning back to the farm for a marquee Reception in the gardens to celebrate. What a perfect way to have a Summer wedding in the beautiful countryside!


I would like to express my thanks to Kirsty & Simon for allowing me to share these images with you, I can’t wait for June to rock around!

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Chloe & Patrick ~ Engagement Photos at Dedham Boating

Last weekend I met with Chloe & Patrick for their Engagement Photo Session over at the popular destination of Dedham Boating Park.  Being a well known area to Chloe as she would often come here with her with her family when growing up, and then continued on the tradition when she met Patrick. It seemed like a perfect location for their Engagement Shoot and we even had a beautiful warm day to accompany us too!

Walking around with Chloe & Patrick I felt like I’d known them for years, although in reality we’d only met once briefly at the Crowne Plaza Wedding Fair back in November of last year. These guys were such a fun, easy-going couple, up for lying down in the grass or clambering over muddy patches (although as Patrick kept reminding me he was use to all this after being a part of the army for so long) I really felt like I was out walking with friends for the afternoon.

Although being very popular with the public on this particular day we managed to avoid everyone and create some magic around the lakes and fields.

My thanks to Chloe & Patrick for being great models for the afternoon!


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Did you ask your Wedding Photographer these 10 Questions??

So you’ve booked your wedding photographer! Congrats!! I bet that’s a huge weight off your mind hey? How was the meeting – did you ask if they’re insured, how long they’ll be photographing for, what happens if they fall ill? No??

These may not seem worth asking at the time but I’ve composed  a list below of what I think are the most important questions to ask before you think to sign on the dotted line and hand over that booking fee!!

Ask every photographer you meet everything you possibly can, after all you’re paying for a once-in-a-lifetime day so you deserve to know exactly what’s included!

—— 1.   ARE YOU INSURED?——

May seem like a daft question to some, but this may bite you in the butt (excuse the cheek 😉 ) but in all seriousness ask it!! Everyone is human and mistakes can be made whether it’s down to technology failing us or little JoJo falling over the off-camera flashgun or even Uncle Bob walking in front of the camera just as they’re taking that vital photo that you really wanted, it’s always worth double checking.

I appreciate that things can happen which are out of our control, but personally I always try to be prepared for those moments. Shooting with two cameras has its benefits of not just being able to use different lenses quickly, but also as a fall-back in case one camera body fails half way through the day. I also bring along a bag of back-up lenses, spare flashguns and memory cards to keep me sane when I’m shooting my clients’ weddings.

To top it off, I also came across a couple of my clients’ venues last year where I was personally contacted by them and asked to see proof of my insurance, so cracking down on fully insured photographers seems to be something that is becoming an essential for certain wedding venues now.


The amount of coverage is obviously down to what package you choose but most photographers have different ways of advertising their services and what they include so make sure you are aware before you exchange any money.

Some photographers offer their wedding package services based on hours;

4 hours – Essentials  |  8 hours –  Bridal Prep to Breakfast  |  10 hours – All day

Whereas other photographers may choose to offer services between key moments on the day;

Ceremony to Wedding Breakfast  |  Bridal prep to Wedding Breakfast  |  Bridal Prep to First Dance  |  All Day & Night

Discuss everything you want to be covered on your Wedding and your photographer should be able to help guide you on the package they would recommend should you book with them.

If you’re after those comical photos of Aunt Sal catching the bouquet of flowers, or your best friend Tim shaking his hips whilst attempting to impress the Bridesmaids, or the beautiful evening sunset shots of just the two of you; keep it in mind you may have to book an extra hour or two, or even a different package.


Ensure you do your shopping around and make notes of what each photographer that you meet with has to offer.

I’ve had meetings with couples where their parents have also been present and they have claimed they were stung by their wedding photographer years ago because they were unaware they were paying x-amount for their photographer to shoot the wedding, and then y-amount to purchase the photos after. They just assumed it would all be included in the first amount.

Similarly I’ve also been told of others who thought they were getting a Wedding Album, only to be handed a sample-viewing book to which every photo was watermarked and the couple had to choose which images they wanted and then pay more!

Most photographers nowadays tend to include digital files on USB for their clients to print themselves. Personally I prefer this way as I like my clients to be able to take everything away that I produce instead of making them choose, so all my packages include fully edited digital files on USB. Some of my packages even include a Storybook or Wedding Album for you aswell, or these can be added on as an extra, but again just make sure you’re aware of what you will be receiving in the long run from your chosen photographer.


Ok so I get this a lot, and why wouldn’t I? It’s technical jargon that photographers moan about (guilty!!) on social networking sites in particular when you see an image you’ve shot but the person displaying it has no rights to use it. It’s the legal right to use the photo(s) and although most wedding photographers with digital file packages include the copyright of your images (so you can use them), some do not state this so you make sure you check it out!


Money is always a tricky subject to bring up but once you’re feeling content that you’ve found THE Wedding Photographer for you, they should be professional enough to handle this well and make you feel at ease. Most photographers will ask for a booking fee of a certain amount or a percentage of the final amount in order to secure the date for you with the rest usually payable nearer the time of your wedding. Whether it be a month before, a week before, or sometimes even at the very latest on the morning of…however I would try to avoid this as it means extra hassle of carrying their money on the day. Other photographers may even ask for everything up front so be prepared just in case!


Being that it is a very important day, and everyone has photos on their phones but all you’re interested in is seeing the professional images don’t be upset if you have to wait a while. The reason Wedding Photographers are expensive is because their job doesn’t just end when they go home after your wedding, they still have weeks of work with editing, designing, printing, packaging, organising etc but it’s still worth talking to your photographer and having an approximate completion date.

As social media is so above & beyond now, chances are most photographers would’ve asked if they can share a few images from your wedding on their social media or blog to show you a little sneak peek and to promote themselves. Some will even email over a select few images for you to see privately if you ask. Typically it will take around 2-6 weeks (depending on length of time shot on your day) to have your wedding fully edited and ready for viewing but just make yourself aware of how long your photographer thinks it will take them.


This is important and should probably be put to all your vendors when booking each of them. Your photographer should already have a backup plan in place, but you should also be aware of it too.

I’m not talking about a cough or a cold, heck I’ve managed to work with these whilst dealing with a full day wedding before! I’m talking about serious problems… a broken leg, appendicitis etc. Most will have a list of back up photographers they can call on but it is still worth asking as others may leave you in the lurch and offer a refund… Not very good if it’s the day before you say “I do”! Some photographers may not even offer a refund in this situation so this kind of touches back on the insurance question as it’s totally beyond anyone’s control and can happen at anytime.


Although not majorly important, it still gives you a good idea on how well this photographer knows their stuff. You wouldn’t want to ask a photographer who specialises in landscape photography to shoot a wedding, and visa versa.

As a Wedding Photographer you need to be aware of the rough timings that happen throughout the day. What to expect in the ceremony, when the key moments happen, what angles work best, how to handle a white floaty dress etc, so if it’s important for you to get these photos right (and let’s face it ladies…it really is 😉 ), then you will need to book someone who works well under pressure and knows how to handle your wedding day.


Although most people are guilty of looking at one or two photos from a photographer and instantly deciding ‘yep that’s the one!’ make sure you’re happy with their style of photography throughout the whole wedding day. Ask to see a full wedding they’ve shot…even better if it’s at the venue you’re getting married at! This will give you an idea of the photos you’ll expect to receive back and whether you’d be happy with them or prefer someone with a different photographic approach.


Following on from the question above (bonus points if they show you one from your venue) however, if they haven’t then ask if they’ll be taking the time to visit beforehand to check it out. Always worth asking as this will determine how much time they spend familiarising themselves with the areas to create those special shots at your wedding and I also find it helps when checking out places to park the car if there is limited space at the venue etc.

Now there are obviously more questions you can ask your photographer, however I personally would make a note of these ones next time you’re having a meeting as well.

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Marie & James ~ Engagement Photos at Ingatestone Park

Last weekend I was out for my first Engagement shoot of 2017! Although not a necessity for a wedding – I love getting to meet my couples again, and chatting about how plans are going for their wedding and generally having some fun with them!

We headed up to Ingatestone Church which is where Marie & James will be tying the knot in June. For anyone who hasn’t had the pleasure of walking or driving past this beauty, the Church is set right in the heart of Ingatestone High Street on a slight hill, watching down on the bustling road below.

Marie & James are both from farming backgrounds and were keen to bring along their wellies, and use the rural backdrop of farm land which is set beyond the church and stretches out for miles.

Being January it was a bit of a risk, but on having the wedding date set for a Summer, a Winter Engagement shoot seemed like a great idea to get a different contrast of photos to treasure. We did have a threat of rain as I left home for Ingatestone but luckily this bypassed our location and we even managed a little sunshine through the clouds which photographed perfectly.

My thanks to Marie & James for booking; I am so excited to be back here with you in June!

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