Im old enough to have followed a traditional route in to professional wedding photography, both studying at college and the subsequent apprenticeship, learning under the tutoring of an established professional. My intention like all aspiring young photographers of the time was always to be the next David Bailey, to be the household name when it come to photography and of course to be both rich and famous at the same time!
22 years or so ago having this experience and training behind me, I was asked to and agreed to photograph my friend’s wedding, this was my first taste of wedding photography, I earned a grand total of nothing for this first assignment, but was bitten by the wedding photography bug. Shorty after this photography was about to change dramatically with both the Internet and digital cameras were around the corner, I’m thankful I cut my teeth on film cameras, without the instant preview, unlimited shots and photo editing they made me learn quickly what a great photograph looked like and how to capture it.
Going it alone: In 1996 I built my first web site (still running today) volunteered to carry bags for other photographer and photographed weddings for free, much to the annoyance of other wedding photographer of the time all to gain as much experience as I could. Obviously working for free didnt really do much to pay the bills! And photography became a weekend thing, a passion that I did outside of a career in retail. Slowly I found myself fitting my career around an increasing demand for my wedding photography, and while working in sales in 2011 was invited to take a position at the wonderful Harrods, there both a professional photographer and consultant.
I’m very fortunate to love what I do, and have managed to stay on trend and at times drive the trend for many years. Although wedding photography has evolved great imagery has stayed the same.I’m incredibly lucky to have also worked outside of weddings on both books and movies, but weddings and capturing your day remains the most diverse, enjoyable and challenging still.
If I know anything after some 500+ weddings is that no two weddings are the same, there are no do overs, and you cant control the weather. Weddings are unlike any other kind of professional photography, a once in a lifetime event and one chance to capture it on film, I was lucky in that when i started I happened across a lovely gentleman wedding photographer who would give me the encouragement , and skills to do this reliably and repeatedly and still love it after 20+ years.
Not done it alone:
My first camera as a gift, (and the many rolls film developed) from the most supportive parents anyone could wish for. My partner Aimie for her continued support and the time spent living in what can only be described as a large extension of my office. And to the Bride and Groom from my first paid wedding photography assignment more than 20 years ago and for the wonderful thank you from the you both still on my desk ..
In all seriousness that about sums it up, I hate to be pigeon holed in to a type of photography, its your day not mine, and i’m as happy at the high art photography end as I am at the reportage end of wedding photography. Left to my own devices, your photographs will be a mix of, candid, staged groups and a few stylish high end portraits .
My wedding photography was described in a magazine as “a mix of a life time of experience, a love of light and shade. A wedding story teller with the ability to tell the whole story in each single image. A man who truly knows when to press the button and how to present those images at there best”
I quite simply I say “I shoot romance”
TERMS and Booking Conditions
ENTIRE AGREEMENT: This agreement contains the entire understanding between me the Photographer and you the client. It supersedes all prior and simultaneous agreements between the parties.
The only way to add or change this agreement is to do so in writing, signed by all the parties. If the parties want to waive one provision of this agreement that does not mean that any other provision is also waived. The party against whom a waiver is sought to be effective must have signed a waiver in writing.
Our wedding photography contract is in place to protect us both, we cant change it, with out you signature and one we agree with you to change part of it, only you can go back on it..
BOOKING: A signed contract and booking fee are required to reserve the specified coverage. You are required to make contact with us atleast 4 weeks proir to your wedding date. to confirm wedding, times etc.
This is a must, Please make sure you have received our signed copy and conformation of your booking.
COOPERATION: The parties agree to cheerful cooperation and communication for the best possible result within the definition of this assignment.
I will communicate with you, and with your guests in a cheerful manor, and get the best results if your guests cooperate in a like way.
We the Photographers recommends that the CLIENT designate an “event guide” to point out important individuals for informal or candid photographs to the photographer during the wedding that they wish to have photographed.
Maybe one of the ushers, a bridesmaid or a member of the family as a go between, someone who knows who belongs to which family, so i can drive them nuts while all you need to do is enjoy your day.
The photographer will not be held accountable for not photographing desired people if there is no one to assist in identifying people or gathering people for photographs. Minett Photography is not responsible if key individuals fail to appear or cooperate during photography sessions or for missed images due to details not revealed to Minett Photography.
If they’re not there I cant photograph them.
SHOOTING TIME / ADDITIONS: The photography schedule and selected methodology are designed to accomplish the goals and wishes of the CLIENT in a manner enjoyed by all parties. CLIENT and Minett Photography are in agreement that cheerful cooperation and punctuality are essential to that purpose. Shooting commences at the scheduled start time.
Things go quickly, I have a plan, and it will be ok, don’t worry, follow my lead and we will fill it all in..
HOUSE RULES: The photographer is limited by the guidelines of the ceremony official or reception site management. CLIENT agrees to accept the technical results of their imposition on the photographer. Negotiation with the officials for moderation of guidelines is Clients responsibility; Minett Photography will offer technical recommendations only.
Most places are fine, some are a pain! The ones that are a pain, I can only try my very best..
FILM and COPYRIGHTS: The photographs produced, Negatives and Digital images by Minett Photography are protected by Copyright Law (all rights reserved) and may not be reproduced in any manner without Minett Photography’s explicitly written permission.
Most packages give you full reprint rights
Unless otherwise stated or included in package . Image, prints and related file remain the intellectual property of Minett.
Most packages give you full reprint rights
You are free to reproduce any image for notice of wedding only, in press, and then only if accompanied by our trade name and either website address or phone number.
Please just a mention, its how I grow my business.
EXHIBITION: Requests for specific negatives or slides to be used by Minett may be requested at a future time. CLIENT grants Minett permission to display selected images resulting from this assignment as an example of Minett’s Photography work and for entrance into photographic competitions and release all claims to profits that may arise from use of images
The section changed most often or re written to exclude parts, and like most of this agreement I’m happy to change this or any part. when we met I’m guessing i showed you albums, I would if you don’t mind like to be free to use your photos is such a way, I cant do it with out you.
MODEL RELEASE. The CLIENT hereby grants to Photographer and its legal representatives and assigns, the irrevocable and unrestricted right to use and publish photographs of the CLIENT and Guests or in which the CLIENT or guests may be included, for editorial, trade, advertising and any other purpose and in any manner and medium; to alter the same without restriction; and to copyright the same.
The CLIENT hereby releases Photographer and its legal representatives and assigns from all claims and liability relating to said photographs.
And for the same reason, if we use them on-line in our gallery we need the above permission..
LIMIT OF LIABILITY: In the unlikely event that the photographer is injured or becomes too ill to photograph the event, Photographer will make every effort to secure a replacement photographer.
If Photographer cannot perform this Agreement in whole or in part due to a fire or other casualty, acts of God or nature or terror, or other cause beyond the control of the parties or due to Photographer’s illness or injury, then Photographer will return all fees to the Client(s) but shall have no further liability with respect to this Agreement.
This limitation on liability shall also apply in the event that photographic materials are damaged in processing, lost through camera malfunction, lost in the mail, or otherwise lost or damaged without fault on the part of Photographer. Client(s) agree that an entire wedding cannot be replicated, re-enacted or repeated for the purpose of a re shoot and limits Studio’s liability to the amount paid under this contract.
Under this agreement you would be entitled to a full refund, however Ive not missed a wedding in ever and don’t intent to start, I work closely with 11 other photographer and should i be unable to attend.
I understand that last bit is a bit scary, please do understand it has to this date never happened, and i don’t ever intend it too…
To this end it may on occasion be necessary to ensure coverage to substitute the photographer booked.
And the above is just in-case it ever does..
We will endeavor to capture your wedding in full, no liability is accepted for individual images you feel should be there that are not, either due to decision on the part of the photographer or by malfunction of equipment.
It is understood and agreed that no other Professional (fee excepting) photographer will be allowed to photograph or take pictures at the wedding while the Photographer is working.
Your friends and relatives can take as many photos as they wish, it makes it very difficult if to photographers are competing for your attention, and trying to direct and pose you.
Proof books where included as part of the package may vary in appearance, and the choice of the cover photograph where used will be at the discretion of Photographer
Albums will be proofed on-line, and can be changed as necessary; Albums are produced via an agreed company, and once the photographs are selected, and layout approved no further changes can be made.
It is understood it is your responsibility to examine the on-line proof supplied carefully and understand that once agreed no exchanges or alterations are possible without charge. This charge is currently £295.
Services we provide and covered areas.
Wedding photography Essex
Wedding photography Kent