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Amanda Karen Photography

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We are a husband and wife team offering natural, romantic and timeless wedding photography primarily across Essex and London however we do love to travel further afield for a beautiful wedding!
Products and Services
Back-up Equipment
Bridal Prep Shots
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Flexible Hours on the Day
Images on USB
Large Group Shots
Last-minute Orders
Online Proofing
Online Shop
Personal Online Gallery
Photo Printing
Pre-wedding Consultation
Pre-wedding Venue Visit
Second Shooter Available
Stay Through Dancing
Stay Through Speeches
Wedding Albums
Photography Style
First Look Photographer
Reportage / Documentary
Traditional / Classic
Pricing & Costs
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  • £1950
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Full Description
  • Amanda & Hutch are a husband and wife team based in Essex and London and together have been telling couple’s stories since 2014. Our style is quite relaxed, enabling us to capture those fleeting moments as your wedding day unfolds, but we also have an element of fine art portraiture too as we feel it’s important to create beautiful images of you both as a couple, after all how often do you get so dressed up together! We’ve had the absolute pleasure to photograph gorgeous weddings and we love seeing how each of our couples put their stamp and personality into the day. When we’re not behind the camera, we love spending time with family and friends, exploring new places and experimenting with new restaurants and recipes. We can’t wait to get to know you better and to capture your story!
  • Experience
    Year Business Was Established
    # Of Weddings Hosted
    Between 10 and 30
    # Of People In Team
    Public Liability Insurance
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Press and Awards (10)
Accreditations / Associations (1)
The Guild of Photographers
Industry Awards (1)
The Wedding Industry Awards - Regional Finalist 2017 East Anglia
Location & Contact Details
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  • Directions
    • Address
    • Basildon, Essex, England
    • Nearest Town
    • Basildon
    • Nearest Motorway & Junction
    • M25
    • Nearest Train Station
    • Laindon
    • Travel Notes
    • Our home office is in Laindon, however we are also more than happy to meet couples in London or arrange a Skype consultation
    • Nearest Airport
    • Stanstead
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What is your most memorable wedding?
Gosh that's a really difficult one as each wedding has so many elements of personality of our couples. I think it's easiser to pick a memorable moment and that has to be when the bride is walking down the aisle. You can see the nervous energy in the groom and when they meet at the bottom of the aisle there are usually tears and always a big beaming smile! And I'm not ashamed to say that I (Amanda) often shed a tear too as it's just such an emotional and happy moment. It's what the day is all about.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Natural, romantic, relaxed, fine art
What about your business are you most proud of?
The care and attention we give to all of our couples, it's important that we really get to know our couples so that they are really relaxed around us on the day as this makes for the best images. We usually end up being friends with our couples and once the day is over there are always a few little suprises thrown in to celebrate your marriage.
What is your #1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Remember that it's about you two as a couple, plan a wedding that best reflects your interests, style and loves - do what you two want. Also (and I know this is a second tip but is equally important) look for suppliers who's style you love, matches your vision and that you get on with.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
The decor is usually where we really see our couple's personality shine and we've seen everything from homemade sloe gin, charity donations and beautiful pashimas. I also love it when there are photos of the couple's life together and we've even seen a table showcasing the wedding images of their families too.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
Before booking we always try and either meet face to face or via skype to learn more about you and your wedding. Once booked, we're always on hand if you have any questions, we often have brides dropping us an email asking for recommendations of suppliers! About three - six months before the wedding we would have the engagement shoot and then one - three months before the wedding we meet, usually at the venue if it's local, to talk through the timings of the day, the group shots etc and to finalise the details for the day. On the day itself we are there from bridal / groom prep right the way through til about half an hour after the first dance, within that we will capture the day as it unfolds, couple portraits and group shots. After the wedding, we will start hand editing your images (we may post a sneaky peek from the day on social media just to whet your appetite!) and you will receive your online gallery details 4 weeks after the wedding, along with your USB drive if you've gone for one in the collection. We will then schedule your album design session so that we can decide on the cover, images etc. We will then design the album and you'll be sent the design to sign off before it is sent off to be made. There is usually a 12 week turnaround on albums.
What is the #1 photo that you think every couple should take?
I really do think that couples should take time out in the day to get some gorgeous images of them as a couple. These are the images that look great framed in your house, a lovely reminder of the day and how awesome you looked!
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
Hmm, another tricky one as the couple shoots are always tailored to our couples as we want the images to reflect their style, but a wedding last year did involve walking along the beach front with ice creams which was great fun!
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
Umbrellas! It rarely rains consistently throughout a wedding day so we can usually still get outside into your venue's gorgeous grounds to take photos, we've even done this in December! However, when looking at venues it's always worth looking at whether there are great places inside to take photos too, be it a lovely lit room with space for the group photos, a stunning staircase or a great looking lounge area with eclectic furniture. We'll talk through your rainy day options as part of pre wedding meeting so don't worry about it too much, you can capture some really great rainy day images!
Describe how you got into photography.
We have both loved photography however it wasn't until our own wedding in 2013 that we realised we could combine the two together!

National Wedding Show - London Olympia

  • 16th February 2018
  • We will be exhibiting at London Olympia with the National Wedding Show. We can't wait to welcome all the newly engaged couples to talk about their photography

Bridebook benefits

  • Bridebook Discount: 5%
  • Bridebook Special Offer: Please mention Bridebook when you first enquire to receive 5% off any of our collections