LET'S DO THIS!
I adore working with modern, unique, fun and classy couples who are head-over-heels in love and want to tell the whole world!
Your wedding is obviously important to you, and it's important to me, too! You want a photographer with the skills to capture all the moments that you'll want to relive for years to come, as well as all those little things that are so easily missed in the blur of the day. You want you and your guests to feel comfortable in front of the camera and for your photographer to feel more like a guest than a supplier! You want someone with a big voice and plenty of confidence and charm to wrangle everyone in for the bouquet toss or to get their booties onto the dancefloor!
If you like cheesy, awkward posing, fake flowers and chair covers... then I'm not for you! If you're looking for someone with a cheeky sense of humour to keep you relaxed and smiling all day, we need to go for a drink! Waiter? Three margaritas please!
PRICES from £1800
This gets you all the way from prep to first dance... but that's not all you get!...
An online gallery of hundreds of photos with free downloads for everyone!
Share that love!
As many chats, texts, calls and shares as you like!
Plenty of tips, tricks and advice from a seasoned professional!
Help with coordinating the day so you can get on with enjoying yourselves!
Kick-ass recommendations for your other suppliers!
A photographer who's not only got your back, but mints, a sewing kit, tissues and any other SOS items you might need!
A personal touch...
How about adding some of these lovely little extras?!
Get pics of you both getting ready and multiple angles of the ceremony
Additional shooting time to get those excellent late-night party snaps!
My unique product 'Soundography'. Hear your vows and speeches again whilst enjoying your awesome pics!
Get your pics off your phone and onto the coffee table! Great for gifts too!
Let's get to know each other even better with an engagement shoot, and take the scary unknown away from wedding photography!
For an extra-special celebration of your favourite snaps, your selected photos will be created into works of art!
fine art prints
Hi! I'm Rach!
I'm trying to think of what you might want to know about me...?!
I'm an easy-going, fun-seeking kinda gal who swears way too much! I've been with my amazing husband, Tom, since 2009 and married since 2015. We got married in a pub (which probably tells you a bit more about me!!!)
I was a teacher / assistant principal for twelve years but I really ended up hating it and decided to follow my passion of wedding photography. I'm so happy doing what I do now. It sounds like a cliche, but I love it so much it doesn't even feel like work!
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Here are the answers to some FAQs but if they don't answer your question or you'd like more info,
What is Soundography?
As an ex-videographer, I met many couples who struggled to decide whether to pay for a photographer and a videographer. Often the decision was to only book a photographer but I would get many emails expressing regret after the big day that they didn't get a video. When I woke up on the day after my wedding, my first thought was, "I know the speeches were amazing but I can't remember what anyone said! Thank God I got it recorded!" So I decided to offer my couples a product that, as far as I've seen, is unique to shutter & joy: Soundography. I use high quality, discreet lapel mics to record your vows and speeches. I then select the best bits and create a slideshow of your favourite photos with the audio playing in the background with some gorgeous music. This means you can enjoy the benefit of a wedding film at a fraction of the cost! Find out more & watch a short demo!
Will we meet before the big day?
If we haven't already and that’s something you’d like to do, absolutely! Or if we have, let's meet again! We can meet in person, over a video call, or just chat on the phone. Getting to know each other will help you feel more comfortable on the day and allow me to understand who you are and how best to capture your day.
Can we have an engagement shoot?
Of course! Engagement shoots are a great way for us to get to know each other and provide you with lovely images that you may want to use on the big day.
Do you do formal group shots?
Yes! I do suggest keeping them to a minimum though as guests are keen to get to the bar or the loo! I'd recommend an 'everybody' shot, a 'family' shot, a 'friend' shot and a 'bridal party' shot. I do, however, recommend going off with the bridesmaids and groomsmen for a bit of photography fun! We will decide this before the big day and I will ensure I pick the right time so you don’t have to worry about the schedule of the day.
Do you use flash photography?
I avoid the flash wherever possible and use natural lighting. If it calls for it though, I will use it when lighting is too low which is usually in the evening. I also have some video lights (I pop them in the corner and they stay on) but I will only get these out during cake cutting and first dance if needs be. Don’t worry; I won’t blind you!
Can we have smoke bombs?
To this I say, “Hell yes!”… providing your venue allow them which is likely they will. They're a great extra to really make your photos look fun and special, and they're available in a variety of colours so you can match them to your colour scheme. Disclaimer: it has been known for bombs to stain clothing / accessories / flowers / walls etc. It hasn't happened for me, but if it’s a risk you’re willing to take, let's do it! You will be responsible for purchasing them, checking permissions, and any liability as wedding photographer insurers do not cover smoke bombs annoyingly! (Smoke bombs are little cylinders that emit large clouds of colourful smoke - they make fab photos!)
Can we do a champagne spray?
Abso-friggin-lutely! Although, I suggest using a bottle of cheap prosecco rather than expensive champers as it will pretty much all go to waste! Champagne spray shots look great during golden hour or with flash photography at night. Why not do a champagne tower too?!
Do you charge for travel / accommodation?
There is no charge for travel in mainland UK. Travel elsewhere is something we can figure out together. The same goes for accommodation - I usually go for this if your celebrations are 2hrs+ from where I'm based in Ken. I'm happy with a simple room or AirBnB – we’ll discuss this if it is necessary.
When will we receive our photos?
There is no set time as each wedding is unique and differs with the seasons. If the wait looks like it will be a while, I will send you some sneak-peek pics after the wedding so you have something to keep you company! Then I'll get your online gallery to you ASAP. I promise not to keep you waiting too long!
How many photos will we receive?
I don't guarantee a certain amount of photos. There are many factors that determine how much I can shoot. For example, micro weddings will have fewer guests to photograph, and some of the more traditional events, such as cutting the cake and first dance, might not be taking place. But rest assured I will get all the details and you'll have a generous number of photos to enjoy! A guide for a full day is 700-1200 photos!
How is our album designed?
Select the images you want to include and I will style your photobook for you. I'll then send you a preview file so you can give it the 'OK' or ask for any changes or additions. Once you are happy, I'll send it off to be printed: I use a company who specialise in high-end photobooks who print especially for professional photographers. Their products are beautiful books with a lay-flat binding.
What if you’re ill on the day?
It’s never happened before, but I have good relationships with other professional photographers who could step in if worst comes to worst. This will not cost you any more money and I will still edit your photos.
What are the payment terms?
I'm fairly relaxed about this as I know how stressful the expense of weddings can be and I wouldn't want to add to that! I ask for a £200 non-refundable deposit to secure the booking and the rest just any time prior to the wedding. All monies, including the deposit, will be refunded in full if your wedding is cancelled due to Covid-19, minus any expenses already incurred.
What are fine art prints?
They are a set of meticulously edited photos printed onto luxury paper designed to enhance the image and colours to their very best. Beautiful!