Rob Wheal Photography

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COVID-19 Update
We are operating as normally as possible during the pandemic. Initial consultations are arranged via Zoom, and we are taking bookings for 2021, where available, and beyond. Do get in touch! Rob
Hi, I’m Rob, a very experienced photographer, offering a mix of relaxed documentary style, with more formal shots when needed. Bright, punchy colours, plus classic black & white define my style.
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£1700
Details

Products and Services

Bridal Prep Shots
Back-Up Equipment
Online Proofing
Photo Printing
Flexible Hours on the Day
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
Images on USB

Photography Style

Reportage / Documentary
Artistic
Full Description
As wedding photographers, we all like to think that our work is unique; that we are indispensable. It’s the artist in us that makes us feel this way. In reality, I’m aware that there are other photographers capable of producing work similar in look to my own. So what would persuade you to choose me, Rob Wheal, to document that one, unrepeatable day in your life? I’m a full time, qualified, professional photographer (not everybody is, surprisingly). I limit the number of weddings that I shoot every year, so that I can dedicate the time to your wedding that it deserves. I’m sensitive to the emotions involved. I take the time to learn the names of all the key people on the day; to fit in. It’s always a great compliment when other guests ask me if I’m a friend of the family. I also understand what’s important to you, as I’ve taken the trouble to get to know you before the big day. I always consult with my clients before the event, and the majority of them will also have enjoyed a pre-wedding portrait shoot with me. I record the events of the day with minimum intrusion, and deliver stunning photographs which tell the entire story as it unfolds. I’ll spend most of the day discreetly photographing you and your guests in a documentary style, but there are going to be times when it’s appropriate for me to take the front seat; usually during the formal part – those group photos that have to be taken! I’ll work quickly and creatively to ensure that you have wonderful memories. Mine is a very personal service, both before and after your wedding. If your chosen package includes an album, you will have the option to spend an afternoon with me to help choose the images for this. There’s no pressure, no rush. A huge part of the satisfaction of my job is seeing your response to my work, and it’s really important to me that you are 100% satisfied with your end product.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Rob Wheal
I hope you'll consider me to photograph your special day. I'm very approachable, so please just call or message me to arrange an initial chat. I look forward to hearing from you.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2005
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
2
Reviews
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Lynne & Howard
Married in September 2020
January 2021
Rob has been meticulous in his preparation
Rob has been absolutely meticulous in his preparation for our recent wedding. First in discussions at his house then the pre wedding shoot and then the absolutely brilliant job he did on our Wedding day. After seeing so many great shots of our wonderful day it was tricky compiling the album, but with Rob's help and expertise we have such a perfect reminder of our big day. Thanks Rob. Best Wishes
Lydia & Alex
Married in February 2020
January 2021
The passion he holds for his art shines through.
Rob and his wife Becky shot our wedding photos on 29th February 2020. From our initial enquiry through to delivering our album, and everything in between, Rob has been professional and dependable. The passion that he holds for his art shines through, and his friendly, outgoing manner put us instantly at ease, allowing him to "blend" into our wedding party and capture stunning photographs for us to treasure. Rob took the time to learn the names of all key wedding party members, drove miles from his home for our pre-wedding shoot, and even met with us online to create our priceless wedding album during Covid-19 lockdown, ultimately delivering it to us personally - at a safe distance! These personal touches have truly made our experience, and given the beautiful, artistic photographs and Rob's top rate service, we cannot recommend him highly enough.
Chris & Basia
Married in January 2020
January 2021
..would very confidently recommend
We are absolutely thrilled with the wonderful wedding album we received from Rob. As well as being so pleased with the result, we are very impressed with the friendly professionalism we were always shown. On the day itself, Rob and Becky were courteous, respectful and pleasant at the Church and with everyone involved. They blended in so well that we would forget that they were there. One of the many things that we really appreciated was their keenness to achieve the best possible result, putting great care and thought into each photograph and making clever use of the surroundings. We really did feel that we were much more than just another client - this is clearly reflected in the gorgeous photographs that we shall always cherish. We will definitely recommend Rob Wheal Photography to our friends and family and would very confidently recommend them to anyone. Thank you for making our day so special! Chris & Basia
Karolina & Aryana
Married in October 2019
January 2021
Could we ask for more?
Highly skilled photographer with an amazing personality and sense of humour. Could we ask for more? Rob took great pictures and helped us with everything we struggled. I honesty recommend his services.
Hannah & Michael
Married in September 2019
January 2021
The photos are absolutely stunning
Rob did the photos for our wedding a few weeks ago and we couldn’t be happier! The pre wedding meetings & photo shoot made us feel so much more comfortable in front of the camera. On the wedding day Rob put everyone at ease and several people commented to me on the day how good Rob was. The photos are absolutely stunning and captured our day perfectly. We are so happy that we picked Rob as our wedding photographer and highly recommend!
Alex & James
Married in September 2019
January 2021
We were absolutely delighted with the results
Rob photographed our wedding at Kirtlington Park in September 2019. We were absolutely delighted with the results. Such beautiful photographs. As well as the formal photographs that we had requested, Rob managed to really capture the happy atmosphere on the day, with so many natural photos of us and our guests, including some real gems! Some really great imagination went into many of the photos as well. We will have a really hard time choosing which ones we want to put into an album and print out! Rob also made us feel very relaxed on the day, he was really easy to work with, and many guests commented on how friendly he was. A special mention should also go to his wife, Becky, who also worked with him at our wedding and also captured some really great shots. We would highly recommend for any event.
Location & Contact Details

Address

9 Whittle Road, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3PF, England

Travel Notes

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Nearest Town

Thame

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M40 junctions 6 to 8

Nearest Train Station

Thame and Haddenham Parkway

Nearest Airport

Heathrow

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FAQ
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What is your most memorable wedding?

Every wedding is memorable for different reasons, but the one that stands out most is probably when I was contacted by a photographer who had forgotten that she was booked to shoot a wedding that day, and asked me to step in with an hour's notice. As I arrived at the venue, I felt like a superhero, there to save the day. I didn't have a cape though, or any brightly coloured, tight fitting clothing for that matter.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Relaxed, meticulous, stylish, fun, inventive

What about your business are you most proud of?

I'm immensely proud of my clients' response to my work, and the high level of customer service that I strive to provide. (I don't have any reviews on here currently, but please read them on Google where there are plenty!) Every client's journey starts with a personal meeting to discuss their needs. Apart from some international customers, each couple will enjoy a pre wedding shoot where I can find out more about them, as well as giving them the opportnity to have some lovely relaxed photos of the two of them together.

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

Never, ever be tempted to ask a family friend to photograph your wedding. Whilst it's tempting to save money, it almost always ends in tears.

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

When the bride had secretly had the groom's late father's watch restored to give him on the day.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

Mine is a very personal service. I limit the number of weddings I shoot in a year to enable me to devote a huge amount of time and attention to your wedding. Each couple’s journey starts with a personal consultation. This usually takes place at my home, but during Covid, has migrated online. Prior to the wedding, we meet for a relaxed photoshoot, during which I can learn more about you; what you like, what you don’t like, so that I know more about what will work on your wedding day. My wedding coverage is unlimited. I’m there for as long as you need me, so there’s no need to worry about additional charges. Following the wedding, if you are having an album, we meet again at my home to go through the photos and choose the ones for your album. I even provide lunch and prosecco. During 2020, these meetings have gone online. You still get the same level of attention – but you have to make your own lunch. The most rewarding part of the entire process for me, is the reaction of the couple when they see their album for the first time. This is my business, so I need to make money, but that one moment is the reason I do it.

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

There are two candidates. The first would be the big group shot. I know from couples that I’ve photographed previously, that it’s important to them to have a shot of everybody who was there on the day. It’s also a great moment of celebration. The second would be the signing of the register. This can be problematic with some officiants/registrars, but it’s really the reason why everybody is gathered. It’s sealing the deal!

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

Some years ago I was photographing a military wedding, and was told that the Red Arrows would be flying low over the venue on their way back from an airshow. I thought it would be a fantastic shot, but also a nerve wracking one, as I would have only a fraction of a second to get the right image, and needed to get so many variables in the right place; the couple, the venue, the 9 red Hawk aircraft flying at high speed and very low from an undetermined direction. I was quite relieved when I was told it had been cancelled at the last minute - although also disappointed.

What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?

Embrace it! There's no need to stress over a rainy day. Your photos won’t be worse if the weather is bad, just different. It's out of our control, so make the most of it. There's almost always a point in the day when the rain holds off and we can go outside, and it always results in great photos, using the reflections off the wet paving stones.

Describe how you got into photography.

When I was a student, I worked for Kodak, went on all their photography courses, and caught the photography bug.