A little bit about me…
I’ve always loved taking photographs. I have ever since my parents gave me my Instant Polaroid camera, but nothing gives me a greater buzz than shooting a couple’s big day. With my partner Kim as my second shooter, I take on a documentary style to capture natural, honest photographs of your wedding as it unfolds, and I’m certainly not the type to ask you to “say cheese” or “wave your jazz hands”.
Some reasons why you may want to consider me:
- Awkward poses are just not for me, I probably dislike them as much as you do.
- I may have red hair but I’ll be sure to blend into the background as much as I possibly can.
Editing is in my nature so I’ll always take the time to professionally process the images I capture.
- For me, great photography is often about being organised, flexible and full of energy from start to finish.
- I honestly do go above and beyond for my clients. If you’d like me to capture the moment your rings are engraved, or the moment you try on your dress or suit for the first time, I want to be there.
As I’m sure you will see when you start your search for your ideal wedding photographer in the UK, price can vary considerably. There can be a number of reasons for this, such as the level of experience, location, equipment, number of photographers, hours of coverage, insurance and hours spent during the editing/post production stage. To get a clear idea on my prices, please feel free to request your bespoke pricing brochure and I’ll be back in touch as soon as possible.
A standard full day package with Ben Taylor Photography will include 12 hours of coverage, two photographers present (myself and Kim), unlimited meetings during the build up to your big day, shotlists, moodboards, all images digitally processed and a bespoke wooden keepsake box with matching memory stick. In addition to having public liability and indemnity insurance, we also have a backup plan, so in the unlikely event that a piece of equipment is damaged or fails at your wedding, we always have replacement cameras, lenses and flashes on hand at all times.
I’ve always photographed using a Canon and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Generally throughout the day I am alternating between my Canon 5D Mark 4 and Canon 6D cameras, which I both have easy access to thanks to my leather harness. Kim then shoots with a 6D too whilst our lenses range from 24mm to 200mm and this subsequently means we’re able to photograph very wide scenes such as full scenes of the church and the surrounding grounds, as well as close up candid portraits which we take from a distance. The equipment we use not only allows us to cover all angles, but it also ensures we can work away in the background without disrupting your day. We then have all of the accompanying gear such as flashes, tripods and reflectors.
Absolutely. We’ve never confirmed a wedding with a couple until we’ve met them in person (or via video call if based further afield). We feel it’s important you get to know us, our style and how we work, and we’re more than happy to come to your place for an initial meeting, or we can meet at our place, your favourite coffee shop or even the venue. It’s completely up to you.
Yes, though myself and Kim are based in Bedford, we’re more than happy to travel to photograph weddings throughout the UK and overseas. We enjoy seeking out new cultural like many destination wedding photographers, we will tie a wedding in with a holiday of our own, thus keeping costs as low as possible.
Yes I’d say that the majority of the weddings we photograph include those classic family shots outside the church or reception venue. We know how important these are and though we pride ourselves on capturing reportage photographs, we always factor in time for the indispensable formal family photographs.
For me, documentary wedding photography is about adapting to the scene that’s in front of you and anticipating the shot before it happens. As discussed, the majority of our photographs are taken without any direction on our part, but our ultimate aim is to give you a beautiful wedding album that tells the story of your day, whilst bringing back real memories and emotions.
Having photographed weddings on my own and with an assistant, I find that I’m able to cover a whole lot more of the day with an extra pair of hands. Luckily my partner Kim also has a passion for photography and it means we’re both able to capture candid moments from various perspectives, so whilst I’m photographing a close up of the rings as they’re being exchanged, she can be positioned towards the back of the church capturing the special moment as part of a wider scene. Another example is that during the formal photographs, Kim will be positioned just behind me, to the left or right, so whilst I’m capturing those head-on formal photographs, Kim will be capturing the same family members expressions from a more natural angle. We can talk more about how we work during our initial meeting, and you can see if we’re available for your big day by sending us a message here.