The team at Penny’s Wedding HQ are always on the lookout for fantastic photographers and Enlight Wedding Photography have not disappointed. Covering the UK and worldwide destinations, this is a must-read interview for engaged couples.
How long have you been photographing weddings?
I’ve been photographing weddings since 2006.
What is your typical photographic style?
I would describe my photographic style as documentary or reportage. I always find that people are more comfortable when they are unaware of the camera. It also allows me to capture true emotions and natural expressions. Using this fly-on-the-wall approach allows me to watch the day unfold quietly and unobtrusively, anticipating reactions without fictionalising any part of the day.
Do you have a portfolio that we can view?
Yes, I have an array of sample albums, prints, canvases and other contemporary forms of presentation which can all be viewed by arranging an appointment with me. You can also view a selection of my work on my website: www.enlightweddingphotography.co.uk
In which part of the country do you work?
I am based in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, but I travel all over the UK to photograph weddings.
Would you travel overseas?
Of course! I have no problem travelling overseas to shoot weddings.
How can you advise a couple who are undecided about styles and formats?
First of all, whatever the style or format a photographer employs, it is essential that they are using top of the range Professional equipment. I personally favour Digital SLR cameras and lenses. Also, back-up equipment is essential in case the primary equipment fails on the day.
Regarding styles, it depends on you as individuals and what suits your lifestyle and personalities. A wedding can be stressful enough for a bride and groom, therefore the majority of couples opt for a photographer with a relaxed approach, mainly capturing moments as they happen and arranging few formal photographs with friends and family at a convenient time during the day.
Describe a typical wedding format so our readers know what to expect.
Generally, couples like coverage to include from the bridal preparation until the first dance. Typically, this is an 8-10 hour day for a photographer, and will mean that the whole day is captured as a story. However, every wedding is different, and although some weddings take place entirely at the one venue, others can involve 3 or 4 different locations!
Who exactly will be shooting the wedding?
I shoot and post-process all weddings myself. Occasionally I will take an assistant if I feel the need too, but I will be the only person taking the photographs.
What would happen if you were sick on the day of the wedding?
Hopefully this will never happen, but by knowing and networking with many other photographers in the wedding industry, I would more than likely be able to arrange a replacement photographer who could step in for me on the day. Unfortunately, this cannot be guaranteed, and the worst case scenario would be a full refund of all payments received.
What type of camera equipment do you use to shoot weddings?
I believe that a wedding deserves the very best and therefore I only use the top-of-the-range Canon Digital SLR camera bodies, and ‘L Series’ Lenses. I have 2 flash guns in my kit bag but I try to avoid using them as I am a massive fan of natural light. I also carry an LED video light and a tri-pod in the boot of my car, along with some outdoor lighting and back-up equipment, just in case!
Do you carry liability insurance?
Yes. I am fully insured with Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance.
Can you explain your wedding packages (costs, hours, products included?)
Very simply, I work on the number of hours I attend at the wedding, and then put together a bespoke collection of products which can include; a CD of images, a Multimedia Digital Album, a contemporary Storybook or a combination of these. My typical and most popular coverage’s are between 6-10 hours on the day.
Also, every couple will receive a password protected web gallery, where friends and family can view a slideshow and/or purchase prints, canvases and frames.
How soon after the wedding date are the photographs available?
I always advise 14 days to prepare CD’s and web galleries, and up to 8 weeks for album design, production and delivery.
Finally, how can we book you and are any deposits required?
First of all I like to meet my couples. This way we can talk in detail about the running order of their day and the timings of the ceremony, wedding breakfast, speeches and first dance. Once all of this has been discussed and agreed, I take a small deposit before booking the wedding into my diary.
Penelope x x