here's a few questions some of my couples frequently ask.
What does story telling in pictures really mean?
I have worked as a photojournalist across the UK and abroad for many years and I have documented many stories with my cameras. I have photographed Princess Diana and several members of the Royal family; captured images of road and rail disasters; documented the plight of refugees during the Balcon conflict and even the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch in Honduras. I spent years capturing moments in time for publications across the globe and I now spend my time doing the same for couples on their special day.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?
Newton Photography was launched in 2006 while I was working as the Picture Editor of the Derby Evening Telegraph. For the first time in my career I found myself desk-bound and I began covering weddings at weekends to fulfil the need to take pictures. I quickly discovered that my passion for natural and documentary-style photography was perfectly suited to covering weddings. The rest, as they say, is history!
Don't you find shooting weddings stressful?
Shooting people's wedding stories is a genuine pleasure and I frequently feel honoured to be a part of their special day. Shooting images for The Times and the Daily Mail is stressful!!
Are you the only photographer - will it be you on the day?
Yes, absolutely! Unless you request two photographers I always work alone, which allows me to be very discreet and out the way. However, I can bring in an additional photographer if required.
Which areas do you cover?
I’m based in Derby and regularly travel across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. I’m more than happy to travel across the UK and really enjoy working in new venues and areas - that's a challenge my newspaper background really trained me for. My package includes travel costs within 50 miles of DE1. If I'm to travel out of the area all I ask is for my fuel costs to be reimbursed. I'll even travel abroad if asked - and I'm eagerly waiting my first commission overseas!
What camera equipment do you use?
I currently shoot with 3 Canon Pro DSLR cameras which shoot full frame images with file sizes and quality the equivalent to medium format film cameras, with the benefit of digital technology. All images are captured in RAW format though they are given to you as Full Res JPEG images. All my images are shot in colour, then during my post production processes some of the images will be converted to black and white. I have developed my own special filters which I use during post production to create a set of images which match and work together to tell the story of the day.
Do you just shoot documentary wedding photography during the day?
I strive to tell the story of your day with the least infringement on the running order. Most clients like a few formal group shots and a big group shot of all the guests and, as a rule of thumb, I recommend no more than 10 groups shots on the day, which usually takes around 30 minutes. If you want a greater number of groups I will, of course, try to accommodate this in the time we have, as efficiently as possible.
What it your packages don't offer the coverage we are looking for?
I am very flexible with everything I do and I will, of course, try to accommodate what you need on the day.
Are you insured?
Yes, I have professional indemnity insurance, along with £2million public liability insurance.
Do you offer pre-wedding shoots?
Yes, if this is something you would like then I'm more then happy to book and arrange a pre-wedding shoot at your venue or another suitable location at a mutually convenient time. Naturally, my weekends are usually rather busy, so I usually schedule pre-wedding shoots for week days or evenings.
Will we meet again before our wedding?
Meeting again is not usually necessary. I will book you in for a pre-wedding planning meeting usually on the phone or Skype/FaceTime where we will chat through the plan for the day.
How many photographs will you shoot on the day?
I generally shoot a lot of images during the time I'm with you - I alway have done. I usually shoot between 2500 and 4000 images on a full wedding day. I edit the best pictures to around 500 images and post produce them using my 'natural darkroom' techniques. I'm not the sort of photographer who will put a spot colour on a black and white image, I aim to produce a natural set of pictures, which tell the story of your day.
How many photographs do we receive?
You will receive a disk of the edited photographs, as well a copy of ALL the images taken on the day. These are provided unedited but in a full res JPEG format.
Do we have the copyright to produce the pictures?
Yes, I will give a copyright waiver document which gives you the right to reproduce and use the pictures for your own use, as you wish.
If we order a digital package, can we order a story book after the wedding?
Yes, you can order a story book up to one year after your wedding. And I will honour the price of the book originally quoted.
How long after the wedding do will we have to wait to see our pictures?
I try very hard to have your pictures with you within four weeks - but at very busy times this may be slightly longer. Every picture, from every wedding, is precious and the pictures deserve the time I'll spend on them in post production.
How can we check your availability - or book you?
It's easy to check my availability: you can send me a text message or an email and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Book a no obligation wedding consultation, I meet clients at a local hotel where we can chat over tea or coffee.
I'll give you my booking form.
If you decide to book, simply send or email the booking form, along with a non refundable £250 deposit to secure your date. Your wedding date is not secure until I have received your booking form AND deposit.
I'll email you a booking confirmation for your files.
That's it !!!