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I am an award winning, creative, wedding photographer based in the Chichester and Bognor Regis area of West Sussex, reaching far and wide, nationally and internationally.
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£1750
Details

Photography Style

First Look Photographer
Reportage / Documentary
Modern
Artistic
Dramatic
Traditional / Classic

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
Full Description
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!!

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
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
1
Reviews
(37)
(37)
Paul & Emma Brigstock
Wedding: February 2016
June 2016
Made us both feel totally at ease
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 everyone knew who was in charge. All photos were done without us feeling stressed and we would a hundred percent recommend Fiona to all friends and family!
Sarah & Chris Heaver
Wedding: December 2016
June 2016
Our photo's are amazing!
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 that prepared us for our wedding day.. Our photos are amazing. Fiona just knows what you want and creates it without you even realising it. Fiona is one of a kind very patient her talent is out of this world. Can not recommend her highly enough. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Jim & Olivia Elliott
Wedding: February 2016
June 2016
All in all, very happy!
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 like our wedding day was one big long photo shoot, and we were very happy with how it turned out! The photos were great, we have 4 on our wall already, and Fiona did amazingly well to negotiate the sporadically rainy weather. Planning for the day was a breeze, and helped us feel very relaxed about the whole thing, and we loved the delivery of the photos too! All in all, very happy!
Liz & Jack Evitts
Wedding: December 2014
June 2016
Every shot was beautiful and tastefully presented
We cannot recommend Fiona enough! The service we received was professional, friendly and unobtrusive to our day. Fiona's discrete manner coupled with her unique style helped to capture all we wanted from the beginning to the end. Every shot was beautiful and tastefully presented to us. We will definitely use her if we need a photographer again.
Stacey & Simon Love (Facebook Review)
Wedding: December 2017
June 2016
Literally loving her work & unique photography style
Having met Fiona at a couple of weddings & literally loving her work & unique photography style we decided to have an autumnal mini shoot. Fiona didn’t disappoint, she has a lovely personality & put us all at ease being photographed. The finished photos are wonderful & something we will treasure. Thank you Fiona x
Chantelle Wyatt
Wedding: October 2017
June 2016
Love, love, love the energy of this woman!!
Love, love, love the energy of this woman and the way she puts you at ease when she takes your photo. I would highly recommend her and can honestly say it was a pleasurable and fun experience. Thanks so much Gorge Fi x
Location & Contact Details

Address

Bognor Regis, West Sussex

Travel Notes

Nearest Town

Bognor Regis

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M27

Nearest Train Station

Bognor Regis

Nearest Airport

Gatwick or Southampton

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Press & Awards
(7)

Accreditations / Associations (2)

BIPP Licentiate
MPA Licentiate

Industry Awards (2)

Master Photographers Association Silver Photographer of the Month
Master Photographers Association. Gold Award, Merits, Highly Commended
FAQ
(10)

What is your most memorable wedding?

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.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

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 about your business are you most proud of?

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 is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

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!

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

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!).

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

Creative, Imaginative, Natural, Candid, Striking

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

White umbrellas and funky wellies, wet reflections and sunny smiles.

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

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.