Oxfordshire Wedding Photographer
I’m Dan Thomas, a professional Hampshire Wedding Photographer.
I originally started out photographing weddings in Hampshire but now I have moved to Oxfordshire and my work takes me all across the county, including Oxford, Banbury, Bicester, Abingdon and Woodstock.
A massive congratulations, you’re engaged and all good to start planning your Oxfordshire wedding you’ve always wanted. This is such an exciting time to be a bride or groom, and you have some wonderful options to consider for your special day, including choosing your Oxfordshire wedding photographer. Oxfordshire has some truly stunning wedding venues to get married at that compliment beautiful wedding photographs. Whether you want the historic splendour of Notley Abbey (I have a specific venue page for Notley Abbey and am offering discounts for couples who book me at this venue) and The Ashmolean Museum (I am also offering a discount for couples who book me for this venue) or a more intimate felling of a barn venue such as Lains Barn or Old Luxters Barn there is a venue to suit the style of photography that you want. Whether you are coming from another county to get married in Oxfordshire or already live there you can’t deny that the county is truly spoiled when it comes to wedding venues and you want a photographer to match the one you choose as one of the biggest regrets that couples have is skimping on their wedding photographer because wedding photography is incredibly important and you deserve high-quality images you can love and cherish for years to come.
Quality Wedding Photographer in Oxfordshire
Every bride and groom team can appreciate the incredible results of wedding photography done right. Having someone in charge of telling the story of your wedding through photographs is truly special, but how do you find the right photographer to take on the task? Well, quality is a big factor when researching for your wedding photographer, as you want to choose a photographer who has similar styles to what you like. All the best wedding photography businesses should have reviews and other online resources to enlighten you on their offerings and areas of expertise (you are reading one of mine right now). If you need more information and inspiration on the kind of wedding photography approach you really appreciate, take a look on Pinterest as it has a whole range of varying styles and you’re bound to find the one that is right for you.
Natural, Unposed Photography For Your Special Day
One of the best things about getting married in the UK right now is that there are lots of options for wedding styles to suit your photography preferences and style that you are looking for. I offer natural, unposed photography so that your wedding photos truly reflect your big day. This style of photography is called documentary and it is the best way to capture all the laughter, hugs and fun of your wedding.
These reportage style wedding photos are centred around candid images with fewer poses and more magical moments, all completely natural between the two of you and your wedding guests. While some duos prefer their wedding imagery to focus heavily on the reportage style, others prefer a more mixed approach with a combination of traditional and documentary style imagery. I offer group shots and bride and groom portraits, which are more traditional but a massive part of your wedding as they are the images that tend to be framed and put on the mantlepiece.
You know that your documentary wedding photographer did a good job if you receive your wedding gallery and see shots that you didn’t even know were taken but not just that you also didn’t know that your photographer was there, those are signs of a truly expert documentary wedding photographer.
Matching Photography With Wedding Venues
Another part of wedding photography to think about is making sure you and the photographer are on the same page about venues. In order to properly tell your story, all aspects of your wedding day should be captured by the photographer, including your arrival at the venue and the accompanying celebrations after you say I do. The more familiar the photographer is with the local area and your venue, the better, although sometimes it’s fun to explore new scenery together and find hidden spots for one of a kind pictures of the new husband and wife.
The story of your day can come to life with the right photography setup in place. If your wedding photographer hasn’t shot at your venue before then they should scout your wedding venue before your big day. This is something that I always do because then I know the best place for bride and groom portraits, where the light will be at different times of the day and exactly how to get to your venue so there is no chance of me getting lost. I will also talk to the wedding team to get to know them and how they run the wedding day. It’s a great feeling to hire an Oxfordshire wedding photographer who shares your excitement and appreciation for your wedding venue.
If you are getting married in Oxfordshire then hiring a photographer based in the county means that you don’t have to worry about them getting to your venue, no matter where it is in Oxfordshire. Areas like Oxford, with venues bathed in History, such as The Bodleian Library (I am offering discounts for photographers getting married here) and Rhodes House are just some of your great options based in this historic city. Not only will you and your fiancé get to embrace such lovely wedding locations and the accompanying photographs, but guests coming up from London and the rest of the UK will surely appreciate a few snapshots of the wedding too. You can share your favourite photograph or an entire collection on your wedding website or social media page to put a smile on people’s faces long after the actual wedding celebrations are done and dusted.
Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographers
Once you’ve come up with your shortlist of photographers, whether it’s just one or a few, it’s a good idea to jot down your questions and ideas for further discussion. While you may be able to get a lot of your questions answered from blog posts and reviews, there’s no better way to reach your final decision on a wedding photographer than to approach a prospective photographer directly with your questions. Here are a few things you may want to ask:
- How many people are on your photography team?
- Are you experience in the style of photography that I want?
- Do you have experience in shooting at my venue?
- Can you name some of the best wedding venues in Oxfordshire for the style of wedding I want?
- How many weddings do you do a year?
- Will you recommend an indoor and outdoor place to get some snaps in between the ceremony and reception?
- What are the most pieces of information you need to properly capture our wedding day?
Your Wedding Photographer Checklist
When it comes time to sign a contract with a wedding photographer, you need peace of mind that this professional has all the resources in place to bring your wedding day to life behind the camera. Out of all the wedding photographers in the business, you want to choose the established professionals who have a lot of weddings under their belts. More experienced wedding photographers are your ticket to an amazing wedding day gallery you won’t ever want to put down. Keep these items on your checklist to ensure you have found your perfect match:
- Are they available on your desired wedding date?
- Are they familiar with your Oxfordshire wedding venue?
- Do they have a large number of testimonials from previous weddings?
- Do they make you both feel comfortable and at ease?
- Have they been prompt, professional and patient thus far in your wedding planning process?
- Would you feel comfortable having this person take photos of your significant other, family, friends and other guests at your wedding?
- Do you prefer their portfolio work over other wedding photographers? Is there a noticeable difference between their quality and other photographers?
Your Oxfordshire Wedding
Weddings are so much fun but also a whole lot of work, and the right wedding photographer should be there to support you along the way. If you need help with your search for a wedding photographer in Oxfordshire, look no further than Daniel Thomas Photography. As a top contemporary Oxfordshire wedding photographer, I’d love to hear from you using the contact form on my website.
If you want to know more about me, my services or just want to see if I’m the right fit for you then you can call me, email me. I’d love to hear from you.