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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.
Products and Services
Bridal Prep Shots
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Flexible Hours on the Day
Large Group Shots
Personal Online Gallery
Pre-wedding Venue Visit
Second Shooter Available
Stay Through Dancing
Stay Through Speeches
First Look Photographer
Reportage / Documentary
Traditional / Classic
Pricing & Costs
- 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 award winning style style is contemporary, creative and stylish. 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 as we try to choose the pictures for their album!!
ExperienceYear Business Was Established2008# Of Weddings HostedMore than 50# Of People In Team1Public Liability InsuranceYes
Press & Awards
Location & Contact Details
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. This is the timeline that follows: Within 14 Days: Sign and return the contract and booking retainer (this is what makes our arrangement official!) Between now and your wedding: Book in your mid-week test shoot (Summer, Winter it's up to you!) 4-6 weeks before your wedding: Have our wedding timeline planning session. This can be done at your venue, at home, down the pub etc and is where we hash out what we'll be photographing, who, when and where on your day. 1 Calendar month before your wedding: Final Balance due (sorry about that!!) 0 Days Before: It's your wedding where all these hard worked on plans come together to create your beautiful day! 6-8 weeks after your wedding: This is when you will receive your fully edited image gallery online to look at and download. Within 6 Months After: My aim is to have all albums designed and signed off to order within 6 months of your wedding. Your album could take 8-12 weeks to be produced & delivered depending on the complexities of the design.
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 Discount: 5%
- Bridebook Gift: Free Bottle of Champagne