Wedding Photography by Farnborough based Wedding Photographer Brian Parkes LSWPP
I am a wedding photographer in Farnborough, (Hampshire) located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and regularly cover weddings in all three counties. I’m also willing to travel to London which is only 40 minutes away and further afield, the furthest so far was in Cyprus! I offer easy to understand, high quality, wedding photography from my base in the home counties.
I offer a range of wedding packages from simple images on a USB stick to those including gorgeous wedding albums. Please see my wedding photography prices section for full details.
All wedding photography packages include a set block of time (8 hours as standard) which you can use as you wish. All wedding photography packages also include a finished product such as an album or images on USB with no hidden extras. Not enough? You can choose from the menu to add extras such as additional hours of coverage (if needed) or additional copies of your album. A written wedding photography contract ensures there are no nasty surprises.
Informal, flexible and fun is how I approach wedding photography. I believe as a couple you don’t just want great images, you also want to enjoy your special day. I work around you, Its your day and as your wedding photographer I’m just here to photograph it for you. I will make suggestions based on years of experience, but if you have specific ideas I’m happy to work with you.
I firmly believe that by engaging with and having fun with you and your guests people enjoy having me around which makes for better wedding photographs as people are more comfortable around me. I pride myself on hitting the perfect balance between going with the flow while still being able to influence the wedding party and guests enough to get the job done. By keeping it fun and light hearted people respond and want to help me get the group shots, it becomes a positive experience and less of a chore.
When small children are involved I take my time to make them feel comfortable, while reacting quickly when they are ready. I believe by getting down to their level when talking to them, making them feel special by asking them to help me get the shot and where necessary, jumping around like a lunatic it makes having their picture taken a positive experience and them more likely to respond well to it.
To me being your wedding photographer is an absolute joy and that comes across in my manner and how people respond to me. I’m not watching the clock waiting to come home from another wedding photography ‘job’, I am thoroughly immersed in your day and aim to photograph your wedding from inside your wedding party, rather than from an outside perspective looking in.
My preferred approach is mostly reportage or ‘candid’ wedding photography with some arranged but informal groups and couple photographs but I adjust the approach to suit your tastes. My experience tells me that most couples want to enjoy mingling with their guests after the ceremony, so my usual aim is to take you away for no longer than 20 minutes for your couple photographs and 30 minutes for your group photographs. This way I can get a great selection of the more staged photographs before working in the background freeing you up to enjoy your wedding day.
Different wedding photographers have different styles when it comes to candid or reportage wedding photography. My emphasis is on the interactions between bride, groom and guests, nothing beats that natural dazzling smile or the wide eyes and surprised look as the punch line to an interesting story is delivered. Its these interactions that make your wedding photographs special. It’s my ability to read people and immerse myself in your wedding day along with advanced technical know how that sets me apart as one of the better wedding photographers in Hampshire.
I am accredited by the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers, which means a panel of my work has been assessed and found to meet strict professional standards on composition, lighting, image processing and presentation. It also means I am bound by the society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers professional code of conduct.
I have been a professional wedding photographer since 2003 and have photographed over 170 weddings in all conditions ranging from sunshine to snow.
Before I specialised in weddings I have had my editorial and portrait photography published internationally both online and in print through my picture library.
I have also photographed weddings both locally and abroad so you know you are in the hands of an experienced wedding photographer rather than a learner starting out. Everybody has to start somewhere, but do you really want an inexperienced wedding photographer learning from their mistakes on YOUR wedding photography?
Please note I am also able to offer a private service to couples whose jobs or wishes require a low internet and social media presence and tailor my processes for example by not using online viewing to comply with enhanced security needs. There are many reasons a couple may want enhanced privacy from abusive ex-partners to those whose jobs require it. Several of my clients have included high ranking military officers and a member of special forces. Please note I also hold full Security Clearance (SC) from several govt departments including the Ministry of Defence and a clean Enhanced Disclosure (formerly CRB) check dated March 2015 for peace of mind.
I am available to all couples no matter your race, religion or sexual orientation. Love transcends all of these man made definitions, if you are getting married I would love to hear from you! You can view some of my Civil Partnership Photography here. If you are incorporating elements of your culture into your wedding please just make me aware beforehand so I can make sure I am prepared and expecting it to be in the right place in order to capture those elements that are special to you!
Should you be interested in meeting with me I would to sit down with you, go through a few wedding albums and talk about what you would like to get out of your photography. Should you then wish to book I will provide you with a contract which you must sign and return and on receipt I will counter-sign scan and return along with your booking confirmation. Please note for both our interests I have a defined booking process which must be followed in order to book me for your wedding.
– John Ruskin
For more information on weddings, have a look at the following websites:
http://www.hitched.co.uk – Some good articles and a very active, sometimes lively forum.
www3.hants.gov.uk – Approved wedding venues and information on changing your name
www.bbc.co.uk – Some interesting articles on weddings in general.