I am a friendly, relaxed wedding photographer with over 20 years of experience and covered over 400 weddings on a professional basis, so you can be confident that I will photograph your special day in the manner you expect and deserve. I love what I do and I’m always excited at the opportunity of capturing truly great images. I like to photograph what I would want to remember if it were my wedding. I’m unobtrusive, understanding that it is your big day.
Most of the time I will blend into the background, capturing moments as they happen and being sensitive to the significance and order of the day. I will gently direct when necessary to make sure you are in the suitable light and look your best. Group photos are important but kept short and sweet, and relaxed.
We are recommended suppliers at several wedding venues, but regularly photograph weddings at venues across Essex. I have been attending weddings at venues such as: The Lawn Rochford, Roslin Beach Hotel southend, the Westcliff Hotel, Porters in Southend on Sea, Prittlewell Priory southend on sea, Friern Manor, Stockbrook Manor Billericay, Pontlands Park, Newlands Hall Chelmsford, Rochford Hotel, The Ye olde plough house bulphan, De Rougemont Manor, Leez Priory Chelmsford, Orsett Hall, Crondon Park stock, Channels Golf Club, Warley Park Golf Club, Maylands Golf Club, Three Rivers Golf Club, Layer Marney Tower, Maidens Barn Chelmsford, Mulberry House Ongar, Langtons Registry Office, Fennes, Park hotel southend, Cromwell Manor, Holiday Inns Brentwood & Basildon, The Ivory Rooms, Billericay, The Chichester wickford, Lords Golf & Country Club Rayleigh, Marks Hall Coggeshall, to name but a few..
So if your looking for an accomplished Professional photographer who comes fully insured with backup procedure, and who is friendly with a keen eye for detail then look no further as you now have a better understanding of the person behind the camera and the images I take, the passion I have for photography capturing the special moments that life has to offer.
Gary Hubbard LRPS
Answers to some questions that you may have..
Q. What does the consultation meeting involve?
The no-obligation, local meeting for a chat about your wedding in detail plus you can see more of my work and my sample wedding albums. Booking fee of £50 will be required to secure your date, this is non-refundable in the unlikely event of cancellation.
Q. Do you take traditional group photographs?
We only recommend doing a small number of formal group shots of some the key people at your wedding, normally after your ceremony at your reception venue once you have had a glass of bubbly. Group shots can take anywhere from 20 – 30 minutes depending how long it takes to find the guests you need in your photographs. I recommend that you should arrange for the ushers to play their part in finding and help gather people ready for group photographs to speed up the process.
Q. We have a large wedding, do you recommend two photographers?
Yes a second photographer gives the advantage of a far greater selection of photographs capturing different moments from your wedding day and all of the key moments are taken on two sets of cameras from two different perspectives. Second shooters can be great at gathering groups together, getting the next shot ready before the last is done.
If you’re having a larger wedding (80+ guests) I would highly recommend having a second photographer, simply because there will be a lot going on at once and I can only be in one place at a time.
Q. What sort of shots do you take at the reception?
We take detail shots of the tables, décor and wedding cake etc, as well as candid’s of guests mingling as much as time allows, and we like to stay and get you being announced into the room, as well as cutting cake, first dance etc again if time allows. If you’ have booked the Classic half day package, we can set up a do a ‘mock cutting’ of the cake shots before the guests are seated for the wedding breakfast meal.
Q. Do you give discounts for winter weddings?
Generally, I offer discounts for weddings between November & March - please get in touch for more details.
Q. Do you offer a Pre-wedding shoot?
Yes. Pre-wedding shoot gives you the opportunity to see how I work, to feel more comfortable in front of the camera and for us to get to know each other better before the wedding. All of which makes for a much more enjoyable and successful experience on the day of your wedding. Pre-wedding shoot can take place at your venue or local park around a month before your wedding. Pre-wedding shoot + high resolution images - from £50.
Q. Do we need to provide a meal for staying on past the wedding breakfast?
A meal would be gratefully excepted as photographing a wedding can be long day, so during your wedding breakfast I usually retire to eat once your guests are seated.
Q. Would you recommend booking a Toastmaster for a wedding?
If you have a professional Toastmaster they can be very useful at this point. They can call names and groups whilst we concentrate on making sure everyone looks great in the photographs and you can just relax and smile for the camera. One of the greatest benefits of having a Professional Toastmaster is simply being able to enjoy your wedding day and not to worry about who has to do what when and be where. I can recommend Professional Toastmaster David Mills.
Q. When will we receive our photographs?
You will receive your Photographs on a DVD Disc or USB flash drive after you return from honeymoon. (Approximately 3-4 weeks) But during busy peak summer months, it may take a little longer.
Q. What kind of equipment do you use?
I use professional high end Canon DSLR equipment, cameras that can produce a file size suitable for printing on a bill board. Plus a selection of L series lenses (Canon’s flagship Professional lens)
Q. What if it rains on our wedding day?
In the event of bad weather, we would search for a sheltered area or locate an area in doors or even wait for a break in the weather,
Q. What happens if you fall ill on our day?
I have never ever missed a wedding, but for your reassurance, I have a network of photographers to call upon should something extraordinary happen.
Q. What if we cancel our wedding?
This should be done in writing and at the earliest opportunity. Unfortunately, in most cases the deposit is not refundable, unless I can rebook the date again. If the wedding date is within three months the whole amount will have to be paid, as I am very likely to have turned down other bookings for the same date. If you are cancelling in order to reschedule, then hopefully we can just move the date and nothing will be lost.
Q. Do I have to add VAT to your prices?
No. We are careful to restrict the number of weddings we attend. This allows us to ensure a consistently high quality of service to our clients. It also means there is no VAT to pay and the prices you see on our website are the prices you will pay.