There are many words for what I do: candid wedding photographer, documentary wedding photographer, reportage wedding photographer, etc. All these titles sum up to one thing: I want you to be able to step into my pictures and feel like you’re right there, laughing with your best friend as you sip champagne and she fusses over your hair, squeezing your father’s arm when he winks at you as you two walk down the aisle, running around with your baby cousins, their shirts un-tucked and dresses stained, as they yell and play during one of the most joyful, momentous days of your life.
Hi, I’m Joelle. I am a published, award-winning candid wedding photographer located in Oxfordshire and working across London, Bristol and the rest of the UK. As a reportage-style photographer, I don’t want to take up half of your wedding day with posing and lining family members up for hours to create shiny, “flawless” shots that somehow…fall flat. I don’t want to take your wedding pictures, I want to take pictures of your wedding: the little details, smiles and interactions that make your wedding day what it is. When your mother teasingly pokes your father in the ribs because he stepped on her heel on the dance floor, when your brother takes an extra big bite of cake just to make you giggle, the moments when you and your spouse glance at each other, from across the table or across the venue, just to gaze at each other one more time – I want to capture those moments. I want the unrehearsed smiles and unpractised poses – the genuine, unabashed, sometimes silly, sometimes messy but always real joy that takes place at a wedding. I want to create images of your wedding you can step into, years from now, and feel that same joy all over again.
My style of wedding shooting is unobtrusive. The kind of intimate moments I want to capture mean that I have to blend in as seamlessly as possible – you’ll barely notice I’m there! That way you will get to enjoy your wedding without interruption, and I will be there happily capturing the story of your wedding day – exactly as it happens. As a professional graphic designer, I live and breathe design, and I make it a priority to create images that are as strong in their design as they are genuine to the moment. Your wedding day is one of the most emotional, beautiful days of your life, and there is nothing I love more than documenting the tears, the smiles, the sighs and the laughter. Once the cake has been eaten and the dress trashed, I want you to have a set of images that tells the story of your wedding through intimate photographs.
Go ahead and take a look at my gallery or my About Page if you’d like to learn more about me or my qualifications. If you like me and my style of photography, don’t hesitate to reach out. I’d love to hear from you!
You can get in touch with me by using the contact form at the bottom of the page. We can arrange a chat, get to know each other and you can tell me more about your wedding plans. If you decide you are interested in booking me, and I am free on your wedding date, let me know and I will send you my payment details in order for you to pay your deposit. Paying the deposit will confirm the booking. A casual pre-wedding couple shoot can be arranged around this time as well, and I offer these for £200 (travel cost not included).
Yes, a 10% non-refundable deposit is required in order to confirm your booking.
The rest of your balance is due 2 weeks before the wedding day. I will send you an email reminder at that time, so you don’t need to worry about missing the deadline.
The number varies quite a bit and depends on a wide range of factors, such as how long your day is, lighting, etc., but you should expect to receive between 200 and 400 professionally edited images.
Post-production is a long, arduous process and a huge amount of work, and most weddings I photograph take me about a month to edit. If it’s a quiet season, then you may receive your images a bit quicker.
I sure do! Once your images are edited, I pop them onto a password-protected online album, and I will be happy to provide prints as well for an extra fee. I also offer wedding album design (as I am a professional graphic designer), and my prices for wedding albums start at £350, the price depending on album size and page count.
Yes I do, but I would only recommend the second shooter if you want the groom photographed as he gets ready, or if you want extra angles in your shots, as I normally photograph alone. If you decide you do want the second shooter, I charge £250 for 4 hours of coverage, and additional hours of coverage are provided for an additional charge.
Yes I do! I travel for most of my weddings, and I will travel anywhere I’m needed, provided my travel fees are paid for (and I always make sure to keep these to an absolute minimum!).
I do, yes, but these really aren’t my style. If the number of group shots you want reaches the double digits, you are probably better suited with another photographer. I understand, however, that we all have relatives to please, so a few group shots is fine!
Yes, but only in a select few locations. I always do a sneak peak of my 20 favourite images on my Facebook page, within a week of the wedding. Other than that, the images will only appear on this website, and possibly some promotional material. If you don’t want me to share your images anywhere, just let me know, and that can be arranged.
This hasn’t happened as of yet (knocks on wood), but if it does, I have a team of wonderfully talented wedding photographers I can call on. You don’t have to worry at all; your day will still be photographed beautifully!
A meal would be fantastic! It’s a very long day of shooting, and food will make sure I can keep up my energy from dawn to dusk. If you can’t feed me however, that’s no problem; just let me know in advance so I can plan accordingly.