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.
Products and Services
Bridal Prep Shots
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Flexible Hours on the Day
Images on DVD
Images on USB
Large Group Shots
Personal Online Gallery
Pre-wedding Venue Visit
Second Shooter Available
Stay Through Dancing
Stay Through Speeches
Reportage / Documentary
Pricing & Costs
- 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.
ExperienceYear Business Was Established2012# Of Weddings HostedBetween 30 and 50# Of People In Team1Public Liability InsuranceYes
Press & Awards
Location & Contact Details
Preferred Supplier List
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 #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 #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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