FionaMillsArt

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I am a creative portrait and wedding photographer based in the Chichester and Bognor Regis area of West Sussex, reaching far and wide, nationally and internationally.
Details
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
Artistic
Modern
Reportage / Documentary
Pricing & Costs
Prices start at
  • £950
Reviews
(16)
Our photo's are amazing!
Testimonial
Dec 2016
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Thank you just doesn't seem enough for your hard work. Our test shoot was an amazing experience that both Chris and I learnt a lot from ... 

Delighted with the quality
Testimonial
Nov 2016
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Thank you fiona, our wedding photos you took are amazing, amazing quality with a lovely personalised box with my colour theme. And the a... 

What an amazing photographer
Testimonial
Oct 2016
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Had the pleasure of meeting Fiona yesterday. What an amazing photographer. Such a lovely lady! Cannot wait to see the finished pictures.... 

Blown away by the album, perfect service
Testimonial
Sep 2016
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We had Fiona as our wedding photographer and I could not have been more pleased we picked her! From start to finish she was amazing to w... 

Most amazing family photos
Testimonial
Oct 2016
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Thank you Fiona for the most amazing family photos! I'm really impressed by how you managed to get so many great shots of Jack capturing... 

Absolutely amazing... Would highly recommend
Testimonial
Aug 2016
A happy couple
Fiona was our photographer at our wedding, absolutely amazing, so talented and professional would highly recommend to anyone

Thrilled with the results!
Testimonial
May 2016
A happy couple
Absolutely lovely and professional service from Fiona for our engagement photos recently. We are thrilled with the results but we also t... 

Captured our day so perfectly
Testimonial
Jan 2016
A happy couple
Fiona was the photographer for our wedding. She is truly talented.....she captured our day so perfectly. Fiona made us feel at ease. We ... 

Great attention to detail
Testimonial
Jun 2016
A happy couple
Fiona is an easy going person. Whom would answer any questions very quickly. We accepted a lift kindly offered from the church to the ve... 

Made us both feel totally at ease
Testimonial
Feb 2016
A happy couple
Fiona was SO good. Made us both feel totally at ease and to be able to control our family/mobs was just amazing. She did that calmly but... 

All in all, very happy!
Testimonial
Feb 2016
A happy couple
Fiona was everything we had hoped for on the day, friendly, unobtrusive, we really wanted to live in the moment of the day and not feel ... 

Wonderfully magical pictures
Testimonial
Aug 2015
A happy couple
From beginning to end Fiona's professionalism and attention to detail has blown us away. As an international couple we had to work on th... 

Fiona Mills is top of her game.
Testimonial
Aug 2015
A happy couple
Fiona Mills is top of her game. A brilliant photographer with an eye for capturing personality, beautiful shots and clever composition. ... 

Fiona is a first rate photographer
Testimonial
Jan 2015
A happy couple
Fiona was our wedding photographer and she was a joy to work with, from start to finish. From the "getting to know you" call we had with... 

Every shot was beautiful and tastefully presented
Testimonial
Dec 2014
A happy couple
We cannot recommend Fiona enough! The service we received was professional, friendly and unobtrusive to our day. Fiona's discrete manner... 

our special day was captured with class
Testimonial
Nov 2014
A happy couple
Fiona is a fantastic photographer who produces an excellent product. My wife and I agree, our special day was captured with class. Wit... 

Full Description
  • For those that know me, they'll say I see things in pictures. Even emotion. While I'm conversing, reading a book, chilling in the bath or going for a run along the beach my brain is a never ending show reel of pictures (often accompanied by an inner soundtrack). From an early age I was fascinated by the creative, often found painting and sculpting or taking pictures of my not-so-amused friends while a current rock beat blares from the stereo. I feel incredibly lucky to have made my dream of making a living from my passion come true. That's not to say that it's easy, but the hard work is more than worth it to do the job I feel I was created for. I find myself already excited by a couple's forthcoming wedding before they've even arrived for their first meeting! I love hearing all the ideas, plans and little surprises that go into making that day unique. The planning and prep that lead up to a wedding really enable me to build relationships with my clients which result in more natural, intimate and creative photography. To put a label on it, my style would be a large measure of candid creativity with a double dose of journalistic accuracy, a heaped serving of fun and an abundance of discretion. I love being able to capture the heart and soul of a scene that unfolds before me so the vibe and feel of that moment can be revisited as the viewer sees the image. Part of the creative process for me is the post production, being able to manipulate and enhance an image to create the finished composition I see in my head as I press that shutter. For me, that image becomes more than a snap shot, but a piece of art. When providing my clients with all their edited images, I don't limit myself to a maximum number, but I am sorry (not sorry!!) for the difficult decisions that leaves me with as I try to choose the pictures for their album!!
  • Personal Message from the Manager
    Name of Wedding Contact: Fiona Mills
    Hi, Thank you for having a look at my profile, I would love to hear more about you and the day you have planned and see how I can create a collection of images for you that represent you and your wedding day perfectly. I look forward to hearing from you so we can arrange a meet up over coffee or a chat on the phone and look further into your needs. Kind regards
  • Experience
    Year Business Was Established
    2008
    # Of Weddings Hosted
    More than 50
    # Of People In Team
    1
    Public Liability Insurance
    Yes
Press & Awards
(3)
Press and Awards (1)
Twenty20
Accreditations / Associations (2)
MPA Licentiate
BIPP Licentiate
Photos
(32)
Location & Contact Details
  • Directions
    • Address
    • Bognor Regis, West Sussex, England
    • Nearest Town
    • Bognor Regis
    • Nearest Motorway & Junction
    • M27
    • Nearest Train Station
    • Bognor Regis
    • Nearest Airport
    • Gatwick or Southampton
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FAQ
(10)
What is your most memorable wedding?
Such a hard question, they are all so memorable! It would have to be my first though....I was super nervous!! I remember approaching it the way I did my own wedding...with lists!! Lots of them!! The Bride and Groom were so laid back I needn't have worried, the planning and prep paid off and everything went well. I learnt so so much from that opportunity and will always be thankful to the brave friends who let me pop my wedding-photography cherry with them. We are still great friends and I still learn something new at every shoot I do.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Creative, Imaginative, Natural, Candid, Striking
What about your business are you most proud of?
I feel immensely proud to have followed my dreams and set up FionaMillsArt, thus every job I do I put my heart and soul into..... if I offered less than that I feel I would be doing myself and my clients a disservice.
What is your #1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Communication....we're not all natural planners or list makers, some people prefer to organise their day to the minute, others to let it flow on the day, but whatever you choose, communicating those needs and plans to those in a position to help / serve / work on the day is key to a smooth day (and less panicked interruptions for you!).
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
A couple had made their own mix CD of their favourite songs and left them on each place setting as a wedding favour, coupled with hand made CD cases, with their personally designed typography and stamps and colour matched to the day's theme. Simply a perfect and thoughtful gift. Great song choices too!
Describe your typical process with a couple.
First and foremost I try to meet the couple, preferably face to face, or on the phone/Skype if distance is great. This gives us the chance to get a feel for each other. I think this is vital...you need to be able to connect with your photographer and they you to get the most from the collection of images that will be made. Once we have agreed on the service that is to be provided and for what price, contracts signed and booking fees paid, we then get into some social media shenanigans. I love love love Pinterest. Although I would add a caveat that it would be foolish to expect your wedding photographer to be able to recreate all the pins on your wedding board, creating a board and adding me to it is a fab way for me to stay connected visually to what inspires you, what theme you are planning, what style you favour etc. I would meet with a couple prior to the wedding a further one or two occasions (depending on proximity and connecting diaries!). These meetings would usually cover a visit to your wedding / reception venue, plus a little scout for some stunning spots to whisk you to for your portraits, or a pre-wedding shoot. We would also go over a detailed plan of the day to allow space for the photographs required, where they are happening, who with, what time etc. One of the bonuses of being a wedding photographer is being experienced in the happenings of the whole wedding day and being able to guide a couple in how best to plan, should they be stuck. As a 'professional list maker', I would of course email this plan to the couple and bring plenty of copies on the day to dish out to helpful ushers!! On the Wedding Day itself, my assistant and I will be raring to go, ready to ride the wave of any sudden changes and capture the day as it unfolds. In the weeks following the wedding I am usually found hunched at my desk going through every single image from the day and editing the final cut. These will be presented to the couple when finished and choices eagerly awaited to start creating the wedding album.
What is the #1 photo that you think every couple should take?
After the beautiful portraits of the newlyweds?? Definitely a fun shot with the bridal party (preferably after the Champagne) to do a less traditional group shot.
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
A recent couple had a fairytale themed wedding, her husband was her real-life Prince Charming, so we recreated the Disney scene where the clock strikes midnight and Cinderella loses her glass slipper and the Prince collects it on the steps. A lovely collection of images although with artistic license, it was neither midnight, nor was her dress blue!!
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
White umbrellas and funky wellies, wet reflections and sunny smiles.
Describe how you got into photography.
Despite always having either a camera or paintbrush in my hands I ended up getting what is known as "a proper job". I still found a way to use my creativity in my work and brandish a camera or paint in my spare time. Over the years I found I was doing more paid camera work and struggling to make time for my "proper job". After exhibiting my work and having one of those epiphany moments I realised I needed to follow my heart and passion. I found a part time job that was sympathetic to my building business (and covered my mortgage!!) and just knuckled down and worked hard to gain experience in a wide variety of settings. I fell into weddings by accident and have never looked back. The challenge and pressure of the day coupled with the ever changing weather and light conditions give me such a buzz....nearly as much as seeing a couple see their collection of wedding images for the first time! Now that's a tearjerker moment!
Bridebook benefits
  • Bridebook Discount: 5%
  • Bridebook Gift: Free Bottle of Champagne