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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)
Emma & John Brown
Married in December 2017
June 2016
She’s the best!
I’ve admired Fiona’s wedding Photography for years always knowing I wanted her as my photographer on my special day! We were instantly put at ease for both our engagement photos and wedding photos. Fiona’s photos portrayed us looking natural and relaxed due to her calm friendly nature teamed with her eye for creativity and direction on how to stand, look etc. Fiona has gone out of her way to make our big day special making us feel she cares about it as much as we do! If you’re looking for a wedding photographer, I would not hesitate to use her as wedding photographer, she’s the best! (via Facebook)
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
Your Sussex Wedding (Magazine)
Wedding: November 2017
June 2016
Fiona Mills was awarded Highly Commended during a
"EDITOR LOVES: You may recognise this image from our stunning Bailiffscourt Hotel shoot this issue. Well, it's worth mentioning that the photographer Fiona Mills was awarded Highly Commended during a Master Photographers Association competition this year. Hugely deserved, this photo is stunning" Ivana Sidey, Your Sussex Wedding magazine, Nov/Dec 2017 Issue
Holly Boult
Wedding: November 2017
June 2016
Fiona is a true artist and is very enjoyable to wo
Fiona is an amazing photographer! I have worked with her for head shots, an amazing styled shoot and she also photographed my sisters wedding. Fiona is a true artist and is very enjoyable to work with!
Les & Tom Leefe
Married in November 2017
June 2016
We love all of them
"Dear Fiona, Thank you so much we love them. Well done. We love all of them. You are a star cause I look great and that’s what counts lol (joking)" Les Leefe, via Email
Kerry & Mark Thomas (Facebook Review)
Married in November 2017
June 2016
If you are looking for a photographer ,or unsure who to choose to capture your big day - stop right now and don't look any further.
If you are looking for a photographer ,or unsure who to choose to capture your big day - stop right now and don't look any further. We were fortunate enough to have Fiona share and capture our big day back in July and cannot praise her enough . Not only is she one of the nicest ladies we have ever met, her professionalism is second to none. From the offset Fiona has your best interest at heart and just wants to make sure your day is perfect in every way. Nothing is too much trouble and she was an absolute pleasure to work with. Not only is she a lovely person inside and out, her work is out of this world. The hardest part was choosing selected shots for our album, they were all so amazing. The day really was captured beautifully, and the album Fiona presented us with was of exceptional quality with a total uniqueness I have not seen elsewhere . Thank you Fiona - You made our day ...and thank you for those "personal moments" we shared in the morning. Sometimes you just need a hug and someone to tell you " just take a deep breath" ! xxx
Location & Contact Details

Address

Bognor Regis, West Sussex, England

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?

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 No. 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 No. 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!