Kate Hopewell-Smith

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A fine art photographer with an editorial edge who also offers cinematography and aerial filming. Known for making people and particularly women look their absolute best. A trusted Nikon Ambassador.
Details
Products and Services
Back-up Equipment
Bridal Prep Shots
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Flexible Hours on the Day
Images on USB
Large Group Shots
Online Proofing
Personal Online Gallery
Pre-wedding Consultation
Pre-wedding Venue Visit
Second Shooter Available
Stay Through Dancing
Stay Through Speeches
Thank You Cards / Photo Stationery
Videography Available
Wedding Albums
Photography Style
Artistic
Traditional / Classic
Pricing & Costs
Prices start at
  • £2400
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Full Description
  • Choosing your wedding photographer is a big decision and not an easy one to make these days. The photographer plays a really important role on your wedding day - they need to be respectful, adaptable, unobtrusive and you need to like them. They also need to love weddings and want to immerse themselves in these remarkable, emotional, wonderful events with as much energy as you and your guests. After all you are entrusting the photographer with the precious role of memory maker. I have photographed many incredible weddings, at home and abroad, in summer and winter and am delighted to be a preferred supplier at venues like Blenheim Palace and Hampton Court Palace. I am often asked how I would describe my work and my response would be that of a fine art storyteller. My main job is to document the emotion, the drama, the beauty and the love in a natural yet stylish way. But I would also say that I don’t just take pictures but strive to make them. Weddings are full of challenges for photographers but despite this I want to create truly stunning imagery for you at every opportunity that I can - so this does mean that I direct you – generally towards the most beautiful light I can find. On the day itself I work quietly capturing the wedding as it unfolds. I take direction from you regarding the more formal portraits that you may want and ask to have some time alone with you both during the proceedings for some more intimate shots that celebrate the new ‘you’. I photograph each wedding for the couple – your images should be an authentic reflection of you and your relationship and I will work hard to capture how you truly feel about each other on camera. This may be a daunting thought to you but I know that I can create magic with you both if you trust me.
  • Personal Message from the Manager
    Name of Wedding Contact: Kate
    Magical wedding images are the result of teamwork - so it is really important that we have meet before the wedding so that I can find out exactly what you want from your wedding imagery. It's important to know that I am obsessed by light so I will move you out of bad light into beautiful light!
  • Experience
    Year Business Was Established
    2010
    # Of Weddings Hosted
    More than 50
    # Of People In Team
    2
    Public Liability Insurance
    Yes
Press & Awards
(2)
Press and Awards (1)
All UK photography magazines and numerous wedding blogs.
Industry Awards (1)
https://nikoninframe.co.uk/ambassador/kate-hopewell-smith
Photos
(12)
Location & Contact Details
  • Directions
    • Address
    • Priory Stables, Chetwod, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, MK18 4LB, England
    • Nearest Town
    • Buckingham
    • Nearest Motorway & Junction
    • M40 9
    • Nearest Train Station
    • Bicester North
    • Nearest Airport
    • Luton
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FAQ
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What is your most memorable wedding?
Argh! Can't say - there have been so many that are very different. I loved a recent wedding in the Seychelles because it is a truly magical place.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Artistic, Stylish, Beautiful, Creative, Timeless
What about your business are you most proud of?
Being asked to be 1 of only 5 Nikon Ambassadors.
What is your #1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Make sure you have at least 2 hours for the reception so you actually get to have a drink and talk to your friends and family.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
For me it's always in the speeches - some have made me quite tearful!
Describe your typical process with a couple.
Lots of talking to make sure I understand exactly what they want.
What is the #1 photo that you think every couple should take?
A beautiful big environmental shot which you can frame for your home.
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
An image of a Russian grooms party - it is wonderfully moody and reminds me of the mafia....
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
To carry on and make beautiful pictures - with lighting if necessary.
Describe how you got into photography.
I started when I was going slightly nuts as a full time mum.
Bridebook benefits
  • Bridebook Gift: Neom Candle