Hi, I’m Paul
I truly think of it as a huge honour to get asked to photograph weddings and each and every one is a unique experience. I enjoy working closely with each couple to ensure they too put a stamp on their wedding photography, and that the final images exceed their expectations.
I always calm and relaxed and love to smile and chat with the couple, their friends and family and that helps me to capture more natural, in the moment, images. I love the way a wedding day unfolds and the opportunities that offers for amazing images. I also believe a sense of humour is vital on such a happy day and when couples and their guests engage with the fun side of photography then we can create something magical together.
I spend my spare time with my lovely wife and daughters. When I’m not behind my camera or editing on my computer screen we try to travel as much as we can. Being by the sea holds a special attraction for me so I’m often indulging in some landscape photography or drinking too much coffee in lovely little cafes. I suppose I’m not actually that often without a camera in hand!
What is the style of your photography?
There are a few different styles of wedding photography. I would call mine creative documentary. I like to capture the special moments as they happen but when possible I will add my own little twist. I love shooting through doorways, windows and other frames such as between people. I love geometric shapes which can really add to the look of a photo and am always looking for opportunities. Don’t worry if you need a little direction, I can do that too!
What equipment do you use?
It is not the camera but the photographer who takes the pictures isn’t it, but having a decent kit can certainly help to get better photos in more difficult situations! I’m a Nikon shooter and shoot with 2 cameras on the go armed with prime lenses which give me such a beautiful quality and a creative shallow depth of field.
Can we meet you before making the booking?
I would love to meet you before you book me! Actually, this is one of the most important things to do before you choose your wedding photographer – get to know them! You will be stuck with them for the whole day and it is one of the most important days of your life. Of course in some cases it’s tricky to arrange a meeting if you are in another country or travelling so we can Skype, but I always try to do my best to meet every couple.
Do you require a meal on the day?
Yes, please! Weddings are beautiful but at the same time it’s a long day for a photographer so feel free to order me a meal.
What happens if you are ill or cant make it to our wedding?
It has never happened to me before, but a little cold will not stop me from getting to your wedding and taking awesome photos! Unless I literally have some serious health problems, I will be there. But if under some very unforeseen circumstances I cannot make it, don’t worry! I have a large network of photographer friends and I try my very best to find someone equally as good to capture your special day.
I am camera shy… can you help?
Of course I can! I know most of my clients have never been photographed before and I will give you little tips to make sure that you will look your best. I strongly believe that everyone can look great in photos. I recommend adding an engagement session to your package, it’s a great way to get to know me and the way I work before your big day.
Are you insured?
Yes, I have public liability and professional indemnity insurance. I would rather be safe than sorry!
Do you travel?
Most definitely Yes! I love traveling for weddings and I’m happy to go anywhere to take awesome photos! Travel is free within the UK but for destination weddings I would require travel and accommodation the day before and after your wedding. I’m really easy going so you don’t need to splash out on posh hotels (unless you really want to!).
Do you provide wedding albums?
Yes I do and they are just beautiful. There is nothing quite like seeing your memories in print, either in an album or framed prints. Request my brochure to find out more!
Do we receive a mixture of colour and black and white images?
Most of my work is in gorgeous colour, however I do believe some photos just look better in black and white. I’ll often take a photo specifically for black and white.
Do you take family and friends group shots?
I understand that most couples like some form of group shots, we’ll always chat beforehand about your must-have image list prior to your wedding day. I’ll recommend a base set of 8, any more than this will eat into your fun time. Some couples want to have fun shots with props, and others prefer something more traditional – the choice is yours. With these more formal shots, I ask my couples to designate the grooms-men or best man to be in charge of organising the groups for photos. This keeps things flowing and speeds up the process.
How do you manage to produce your magic in bad weather or during winter?
Aa a start my equipment is weather sealed for bad weather. I’ve also trained and practised to use off camera lighting in any condition – a must in winter months, when it gets dark early. If you’re adventurous and love creative photography then we can produce the magic together on any weather or light.
Are the images copyrighted?
Yes, though you have full license to print and share as you please.
How many images am I likely to receive?
This very much depends on the day and how much coverage you’d like. However, you can expect between 450 to 600 photos all fully edited by myself and in my signature style. You’ll be able to get a good feel of my style across my website, and in my blog and portfolio. Quality is my main objective and the photographs you’ll receive will be as perfect as possible.
When will the photos be ready?
Please allow up to 6-8 weeks for your slideshow and digital images, though this can be quicker outside of peak season. You can order an album, photo book or prints any time after your wedding but I always recommend ordering soon after whilst the emotions are strongest. Albums normally take around 4-6 weeks to be delivered after the finished order goes to the publisher.
Is a deposit required?
Yes. I take a 30% deposit to hold the required date; the final balance is not due until 1 calendar month before your wedding day
We want you to photograph our wedding, what do we need to do?
That’s great! I can’t wait to get an email from you. Please get in touch so that we can go through all the details and find the right package for you. Feel free to check my pricing here. Every wedding is unique so If you can’t find what you are looking for there, Im sure we can make that happen.
Paul Summerfield Photography is a contemporary wedding photographer in Essex, covering weddings in Essex, London, Suffolk and the rest of the UK
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