Michael Cockerham Photography
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An innovative, distinctive and utterly reliable photographer with over 20 year's experience and work held in all the UK's national libraries, available for weddings throughout the UK and overseas.
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Products and Services
Bridal Prep Shots
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Flexible Hours on the Day
Large Group Shots
Personal Online Gallery
Physical Shop / Studio
Second Shooter Available
Stay Through Dancing
Stay Through Speeches
Reportage / Documentary
Traditional / Classic
Weddings and civil partnerships are arguably the most testing discipline for any photographer. Whereas other jobs might allow for reshoots (albeit potentially expensive and embarrassing), weddings have to be done right; first time, every time. The modern wedding is all types of photography rolled into one: fashion, glamour, reportage, group-portrait, product and architectural shoot. The couple want the best, but they don’t want it to interfere with their day, so it needs to be minimum fuss, maximum style. What that needs is diplomacy, tact, humour, patience… and skill. With a reputation for an engaging manner and a distinct vision, Michael Cockerham is an expert wedding photographer in both traditional and reportage styles of wedding photography. He has a simple rule of thumb: strive to produce the best photographs possible, but not at the expense of the couple’s enjoyment of their day. The approach is relaxed, fun, and absolutely in keeping with what these occasions are supposed to be about: romance, style, laughter, family and friends. Michael is happy to meet with prospective couples to discuss their needs and show samples of work. Generally all things are possible, whether the event is just up the road or on a different continent. Interested couples should get in touch to establish availability, and a brochure will be sent out detailing the various schemes on offer – from simple unobtrusive registry office events with the minimum fuss, to the all encompassing Storybook. Whether you are planning the wedding of the season, a quick “I Do”, or the most stylish civil partnership in history, Michael Cockerham will provide you with the only thing other than the relationship itself that can last: the memories in vivid colour and sensual black and white.
Personal Message from the Manager
Name of Wedding Contact: Michael
There is one fundamental truth about weddings - when the dust settle after the day itself, the only physical things you have left apart from each other, are the rings and your photos. Your photos will be an archive treasure for people who don't yet exist. They will be pored over by your children, grand children and countless generations to come, and provide you with the foundations of your memories for the rest of your life. Call me to find out why I would be the wise choice for you.
Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
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Chartered Institute of Journalists
What is your most memorable wedding?
Well the MOST memorable was my own, of course! But if we are just talking about work, then the one when the bride knocked out her husband would take some beating... if you'll excuse the pun!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Relaxed, intimate, innovative, distinctive and reliable.
What about your business are you most proud of?
The range and depth of clients I have. I have photographed over a thousand weddings, but unlike many wedding photographers, I do a lot of other stuff. My photos have been in space several times, and there aren't many that can say that. I can prove it if you don't believe me!
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Less is more. Some people try to pack too much in, and they end up not being able to get the most from anything.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
A bride releasing balloons for her recently deceased mother just before entering the church. She and her father had tears in their eyes, and to be honest, so did I.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
The couple talk about their plans and I listen. I try to get a sense for what motivates them and what their characters are like. I tend to get a feel for them very quickly, and I can honestly say that I like my customers and they like me. Frankly, that is so important. Couples need to feel that their photographer is someone they would like with them on their day anyway. It makes them more relaxed, and that in turn leads to better, more natural photographs.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
The two of them together, of course!! Everything else follows from that, and is shaped by their personalities, the location, their friends and the good old British weather (always assume its going to rain - then you can only be pleasantly surprised).
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
The bride wanted to make her husband look small, so I made him fit in her hand with no photoshop trickery at all!
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
Umbrellas - unless you like being wet!
Describe how you got into photography.
It's a long story which involves Northern Italy, a coach, a beach, and some thieves. If you really want to know you'll have to ask me over coffee while we discuss your wedding!