Mary Smith Photography

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I am a professional wedding photographer based in Oxfordshire but happy to travel. I love to take high quality, natural and authentic photographs to tell the story of your wedding day.
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£950
Details

Photography Style

Reportage / Documentary
Modern
Artistic

Products and Services

Bridal Prep Shots
Back-Up Equipment
Online Proofing
Photo Printing
Flexible Hours on the Day
Stay Through Speeches
Images on DVD
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
Images on USB
Full Description
My style is a mixture of documentary/reportage and fine art photography. That means I will capture all the natural candid moments throughout the day. I will also make sure we make time for some beautiful couple shots. This is a chance to be on your own after the ceremony and to create gorgeous, natural portraits, often in the golden light of sunset. My clients tell me I'm easy to get along with and I will chat to all your guests, help you into your dress if necessary. Most of the time, I'll be in the background capturing your day as it unfolds. I'm based in Henley on Thames and although many of my weddings are South East England, I love to travel so I'm happy to cover weddings across the uk and abroad.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Mary Smith
Hi, thank you for looking at my page, I hope you like my style of photography. Please get in touch in if you would like to have a chat or meet up and see some of my sample wedding albums.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2012
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 30 and 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
1
Reviews
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Adam and Zoe James
Married in February 2018
June 2016
We are blown away with the quality
We are blown away with the quality of our wedding photographs that Mary took. Mary made us feel completely at ease, capturing everyone enjoying themselves in beautifully candid shots. We chose Mary because of her style and the way she made us feel. Her photos are so completely natural and she works tirelessly to capture every precious moment.
Mr and Mrs H
Married in November 2017
June 2016
The most beautiful photos
Thank you so much for being our photographer and capturing the most beautiful photos of our wedding day. You were a source of support and reassurance on the day and you hack captured our special day exactly how we wanted. We will cherish our photographs for years to come.
Mr and Mrs Pickin
Married in October 2017
June 2016
The photos are amazing
Thank you so much for the work you did for myself and Heather yesterday, you were superb and the photos are amazing!
Hannah and Shaun
Wedding: September 2017
June 2016
The photos are absolutely beautiful
Mary the photos of my daughter and son in laws wedding are absolutely beautiful,you worked so hard on the day click click from morning till night,always with a smile,can't wait to see the rest.Carol Stowersx
Lori and Rob
Wedding: September 2017
June 2016
Tylney Hall testimonial
We are extremely impressed with the wedding photographs Mary took of our daughter's wedding at Tylney Hall in August, 2017. Mary is well organised, calm and her professionalism put us all at ease.
Vicki and Tam McGregor
Married in August 2017
June 2016
Mary did a fantastic job
Mary did a fantastic job, so many of our guests were commenting about her relaxed approach. She also ensured that my husband and I allowed sufficient time for our photos together nicely spread through the day which was lovely from the more formal ones at the start to relaxed romantic shots as the sun was setting.
Location & Contact Details

Address

Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Town

Henley on Thames

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M4

Nearest Train Station

Henley on Thames

Nearest Airport

Heathrow.

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Press & Awards
(3)

Accreditations / Associations (1)

Member of Guild of Photographers

Industry Awards (1)

Highly Commended SWPP
FAQ
(10)

What is your most memorable wedding?

Last summer, I photographed a wedding at Crear in Argyll, Scotland. It is the most stunning location for a wedding. Nicole and Simon had an outdoor wedding and we went to the beach for their bride and groom portrait session. Their wedding was a relaxed day full of laughter and I would love to return to this most amazing and beautiful venue.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Relaxed, natural, documentary, candid, romantic.

What about your business are you most proud of?

Turning my dream into a reality and through hard work and training, have developed a wedding business that attracts lovely clients and allows me to do something I love.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Be relaxed on the day, enjoy it and just go with the flow if anything doesn't go to plan.

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

The mother of a bride, who was a jewellery designer made individual bangles for each of the female guests which doubled as a napkin ring.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

I meet with the couple or chat on Skype and discuss their plans and what they are looking for from their photographer. I liked to get to know my couples and what is important to them. I have several examples of wedding albums I show my clients. Once a booking has been made, I send a wedding contract and take a booking fee. We then arrange a pre wedding shoot which is a good opportunity for us to get to know each other. A few weeks before the wedding I will get in touch to discuss final details and arrange a venue visit if it is a new venue to me. Throughout the wedding day, I am unobtrusive in my approach, friendly and chat to the guests. I like to capture the day in a documentary way, telling the story and also creating beautiful, romantic but natural couple shots as well as any group shots that are required. I usually stay until a few dances after first dance. I edit the images from the wedding and upload them within 4 weeks to a private gallery on my website.

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

Everyone's wedding is unique but if we have a sunset I will always try to persuade my couples to come outside, even if it is in the middle of the meal. Golden hour is the best time for photographs.

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

A bride and groom with their lovely dog.

What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?

Just go with the flow and embrace it. I have an umbrella and rain shots can be amazing.

Describe how you got into photography.

I have been a keen amateur photographer since I was in my 20's. I lived overseas for 12 years and started as a travel and street photographer and when I lived in Oman, I started to sell my prints to galleries and shops. Fellow expatriates soon asked me to take their family photographs and when I returned to UK in 2010 decided to train and pursue my dream of being a professional photographer. Here I am now, doing what I love!

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