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!
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£1950
Details

Products and Services

Bridal Prep Shots
Back-Up Equipment
Online Proofing
Photo Printing
Flexible Hours on the Day
Last-Minute Orders
Stay Through Speeches
Stay Through Dancing
Large Group Shots
Online Shop
Second Shooter Available
Wedding Albums
Personal Online Gallery
Pre-Wedding Venue Visit
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Images on USB

Photography Style

First Look Photographer
Reportage / Documentary
Modern
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
2013
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 30 and 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
2
Reviews
(20)
Lisa & Mark
Wedding: December 2018
February 2019
Incredible Photographers
Amanda and Hutch will put you at ease instantly! From the engagement shoot to the wedding day itself we had a flawless experience with them. Their work is highly professional with amazing attention to detail not to mention they were both so lovely to work with. Thank you for capturing our special day and I can’t recommend you both highly enough.
Chelsea
Wedding: September 2016
September 2016
Amanda is more than a photographer...
Amanda is more than a photographer; she’s part of your wedding. From start to finish you’re excited to have her with you on your journey. Her charming pre-wedding pack was filled with tools to help us relax&plan. On the day she went above&beyond, calming morning nerves, even organising access to hidden rooms for some rare snaps as an alternative in the rain. Our photos were delivered beautifully wrapped. Amanda captured all the little things we missed in the emotion of the day to look back on.
Susan
Wedding: July 2016
July 2016
Her online pages are really strong...
Her online pages are really strong, she's really professional and her photos are amazing. I love her small detail shots, she captures the day fully.
Hannah and Alex
Wedding: October 2018
June 2016
You guys are just such phenomenal photographers and friends
Dear Amanda and Hutch, Yet another another huge thank you! You guys are just such phenomenal photographers and friends! Lots of love Hannah & Alex
Hannah and Alex (part 1)
Wedding: August 2018
June 2016
This note can't even begin to express how much gratitude I feel
Dear Amanda, This note can't even begin to express how much gratitude I feel towards you and Hutch for capturing our weekend! You made me feel so comfortable and relaxed the entire process. You and Hutch have been the ultimate professionals and wonderful friends. One last request. Can we pick a photo out to be made into a post card or something to use as thank you notes? No rush as we are off on honeymoon but wanted to ask while I though of it! Speak soon, Hannah xxx
Sarah and Lee
Wedding: April 2018
June 2016
Omg!!! They are amazing!! We love them!
Omg!!! They are amazing!! We love them! Thank you so much for yesterday - honestly one of the craziest days I've ever had - in fact probably the most! I hope everything was ok for you?! I literally can't wait to see the rest xx
Location & Contact Details

Address

Basildon, Essex

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 Town

Basildon

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M25

Nearest Train Station

Laindon

Nearest Airport

Stanstead

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Press & Awards
(12)

Press & Awards (10)

Accreditations / Associations (1)

The Guild of Photographers

Industry Awards (1)

The Wedding Industry Awards - Regional Finalist 2017 East Anglia
FAQ
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What is your most memorable 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 style in 5 adjectives.

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 about your business are you most proud of?

We have both loved photography however it wasn't until our own wedding in 2013 that we realised we could combine the two together!

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

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!

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

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!

Describe your typical process with a couple.

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 the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?

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 the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?

Natural, romantic, relaxed, fine art

What do you recommend for a rainy day 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 how you got into photography.

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!

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