Monkeymole Photography

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COVID-19 Update
We're still here, helping couples plan their big day. We have however traded "meeting up for a coffee" for a FaceTime call (you just have to excuse the questionable home haircut).
Relaxed reportage wedding photography for the gigglers, the fairytale planners, the incurable romantics, and those wanting a rockstar-worthy celebration of love.
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£1200
Details

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
Thank You Cards / Photo Stationery
Second Shooter Available
Wedding Albums
Personal Online Gallery
Pre-Wedding Venue Visit
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Videography Available
Images on USB

Photography Style

Reportage / Documentary
Modern
Full Description
We're not what you'd call your typical wedding photographer; we get the groomsmen started early on the Dutch courage, lace the bridesmaids with Prosecco & Haribo, flatter the in-laws, and party with you on the dancefloor (albeit with some seriously questionable dance moves). We base our coverage of your day on our core beliefs; a wedding shouldn't be a glorified photoshoot, and couples aren't expected to be experienced models in front of the camera. Unnatural posing and forced smiles are unceremoniously chucked out the window - instead focussing our efforts in documenting the story of day as it happens, and capturing those brilliantly natural moments of you pair being "you". By taking a "guided reportage" type approach to coverage, even the formal photographs can be approached with a sense of humour & fun. Whilst many associate this part of the day with being like a game of stand up Twister (put your left foot here, right hand there), we take it as an opportunity to get a 'lil mischievous and spark up a bit of the passion that led you to getting hitched up - just no heavy petting if there's kids about! Our standard "Sunrise 'til Sambuca" coverage ensures you've got everything needed to tell the story of your day - I'm your chief troublemaker all the way from morning preparations until the drinks start flowing after the first dance, and all the important bits inbetween. There are a handful of ways in which the package can be tailored to you, and I've got some equally fantastic vendors I'm happy to bring along for the ride. We put a huge amount of importance on getting to know you both all the way from initial enquiry, right through to the run up to the day. Your photographer is with you for longer than anyone else on the day, and it's crucial they've got a personality that works for you. If you're a fan of my work and think I sound like a decent chap, I'd love to get to know you both, and listen to your plans for the day.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Ashley
Hi, I'm Ashley; the chief button-presser of Monkeymole, and the person at the centre of all mischief according to my life. I just wanted to take a quick opportunity to say "thank you" for taking the time to give my profile a quick browse. I take a huge amount of pride in my work, and the relationships I build up with my couples. I'm possibly the most approachable chap you'll ever meet, and simply love anything "weddings". If you'd like to have a chat about your day, just drop me a line.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2016
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
2
Reviews
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Matthew & Megan
Married in August 2019
May 2020
Brilliant
Absolutely loved having Ashley with us on the day. Always on hand, kept everyone laughing, and has given us the most amazing pictures to remember our day back. An all round great guy, and I’m so glad we booked him.
Ben & Alex
Married in June 2019
May 2020
Thank you
Hi Ashley, I just wanted to say thank you so much for capturing our day in such a wonderful way. All of the photos do a brilliant day of telling the story of our day, we absolutely love them, and can’t stop looking at them! We would recommend you in a flash to other couples - very happy with the decision we made to book you!
Dean & Hayley
Married in May 2019
May 2020
A brilliant chap
Picking a photographer was something me and the husband to be were really dreading - we really don’t like having our picture taken and spending the day posing is our idea of a nightmare. As soon as we had a chat with Ash, we knew we had found our photographer straight away. He was brilliant in helping with the preparations, and mega organised with getting all of the details from us. On the day he was absolutely faultless, got on well with the guests, kept us both nice and relaxed, and made sure the photography parts of the day were really fun. We were blown away when we first got our pictures - they were so much better than we could have ever imagined, and captured some of the most gorgeous pictures of us without us even knowing. A brilliant photographer that we’d hire again in a heartbeat.
Robin & Hannah
Married in April 2019
May 2020
Thanks
Great photographer, love the pictures, and an all round top chap. Thanks for all the work you put in for our wedding, and thank you for the gorgeous pictures.
Chris & Becky
Married in September 2018
May 2020
An absolute pleasure
Well what can I say? Not only was Ashley a pleasure to have around on our wedding day but the photos he took are incredible and captured our day perfectly. I could not be happier with the end result and we would happily recommend Monkeymole to anyone. Thank you Ashley for making our day so special and giving us amazing photos to remember our day with for years to come.
Sam & Kaye
Married in August 2018
May 2020
Thank You
Thank you Ashley for capturing our special day, it was absolutely perfect. We didn’t want the day filling with posed pictures, but wanted all of the day capturing. Most of the time we didn’t even know Ashley was there, and captured pictures we didn’t even know were being taken! I love all of the pictures and how they tell the story of our day, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Ashley to others.
Location & Contact Details

Address

Alfreton, Derbyshire, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Town

Alfreton

Nearest Motorway & Junction

Nearest Train Station

Nearest Airport

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FAQ
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What is your most memorable wedding?

There's far too many to narrow it down to one! It's always memorable for me when it's winding down time and I'm sat with the bride & groom chewing the fat over married life. It's great to feel like a friend more than a supplier.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Relaxed, fun, informal... I'll need to come back to you on the other two!

What about your business are you most proud of?

The relationship I have with my clients and the results it delivers - most would describe me as "a friend with a camera who takes chuffing good pictures".

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

Communication. Be it friends, family, or suppliers - communication is absolutely key. As suppliers, we've seen every eventuality you can imagine on the run up and on the day - we'll have a solution for anything you can throw at us.

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

I can always remember a groom who was huge into gaming. The bride had done some serious research into his favourite arcade games, and scoured the land to get them at the wedding reception as a surprise. He was one very, very happy boy - and it also reminded me of how useless I am at Pacman.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

First things first; I always put a lot of focus on either meeting up for a coffee or having a chat on the phone with new couples - your photographer spends longer with you than anyone else on the day, so it's key that their personality works for you. Once all the formalities are completed, it's on to getting to know you both - I do a lot of preparation around understanding the 'story' behind you both, and plans for the day - it makes the day itself much less stressful and more fun.

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

A bit of a boring one, but the formals with parents/grandparents. They won't be your favourite part of the day, and they certainly won't be the most creative photographs either, but a lot of the time they can be one of very few photographs of the whole family together - when people get older, these can quite often be some of the most treasured photographs you'll have.

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

The only real requests I regularly get are the group photographs, which is totally understandable. They may seem a bit boring, but they're also the ones your treasure in years to come.

What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?

A sense of adventure! Sure it can leave the dress in "less than pristine" condition, but you can get some absolute blockbusters in the rain if you're brave enough/had enough prosecco. It's also worth mentioning a lot of the time, it's the photographer getting wet and not the couple - venues have so many nooks and crannies to use, that a lot of the time you can't even tell it's been raining in the pictures.

Describe how you got into photography.

I've been taking pictures before I could even say the word "camera". I've always loved the fact that with a single still frame from a camera, you can show the world your interpretation of what's in front of the camera. I've always been a massive people person