How I work

You’ve just got married, there’s tears, laughter, the kids are manic there’s more than one social hand grenade at the party and your Best (wo)man is lucky to be alive. The last thing I want to do at this point is line you all up and inflict the word ‘cheese’. So I just let you get on with it. I move around a lot, I give you space, I ask you to look at each other and not the camera and I try and keep the formal photographs to as short a period of time as possible  and have fun whilst doing them. Everybody is a little awkward and self conscious to begin with but a relaxed and natural approach produces genuine moments rather than the stiff, formal and overly staged. 


My approach

It’s not all about about the boisterous and the belly laughs either so I want you to feel at ease  with me through the quiet moments too. I would consider myself  an extroverted introvert with my fair share of social awkwardness…this works in your favour!

I like being around people but I don’t always have to talk and I’m definitely not a shouty photographer. A lot of the time i’m preoccupied  with and looking over your shoulder for a parallel line, shade or shard of light. I also love architecture, landscapes, moody weather and want to incorporate your chosen venue into your images so sometimes I’m just too far away to worry about.


How do we secure the date?

So, start the ball rolling by sending an email to louise@shrinkingvioletphotography.com or fill out the ‘contact me’ form here.  I will ask you to read through my contract and if you agree with the terms and I am available on that date then we’re half way there. I ask for a 25% deposit of your chosen package and for it to be paid at the time of you signing and returning the contract. The rest of the payment is due 28 days before your wedding day. 

Are you insured?

OMG Yes! I have public liability and professional indemnity insurance. I also carry plasters and corkscrews for other mini emergencies…

Do you work alone?

Yes, usually. Which means you both get to decide which one of you is most photogenic in front of the mirror and which one is most photogenic in the bar, The other option is choosing to have a second photographer on the day – two sets of eyes are better than one.

What happens if you are ill on the day?

I am a Nurse, I have superpowers but Social Media is bullet proof.  If for some unforeseen circumstances I’m struck down or incapacitated, I am part of a network of wedding photographers who can cover your day last minute. This however has never happened and I would do everything possible to ensure you have a replacement photographer. 

Do you provide wedding albums?

Yes I do, You can order an album, photo book or prints up to 12 months after your wedding and normally it take around 4-6 weeks to be delivered after the finished order goes to the publisher. I am not however all about the ‘hard sell’… but ‘thats a lovely online gallery’ said no new Mother In Law ever. So even if it’s only on the side of a set of coffee mugs you’ll have much more fun with your images once they’re off the computer.

Can we meet before booking?

If you live in the London area, then definitely. We can meet for a coffee or be reckless and go for a pint. If you are further afield we can chat. Please don’t put me or you through the mortification of facetime or skype… I get very distracted by my facial gurning! Either way, it’s really important that we get to know each other a little, that you leave feeling you would be comfortable in my company throughout such a momentous day. and that I’m committed to producing a beautiful set of images after the confetti has settled.

When will the photos be ready?

Please allow up to 6 weeks for your digital images, though this can be quicker outside of peak season. I aim to deliver 400-800 high resolution Jpeg images which you will receive on a USB and via an online password protected gallery where you can digitally download them. All images will be edited individually, free of watermarks, and yours to share /print, as you please.

Do you cover destination weddings?

Most definitely Yes. My prices for destinations are the same as those quoted for UK weddings, plus added travel and accommodation costs.

Do you require a meal on the day?

Yes. Food equals fuel and the more energy I have the longer I last into the dance offs. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy and you don’t have to traumatise your guests by making them sit beside ‘the photographer’ ..but a meal would be very much appreciated.  

What equipment do you use?

I have three Nikon/Sony camera bodies and a full array of lenses. The first wedding I did I came armed with step ladders and studio lighting…I’ve calmed down a bit since then.