Sarah Dunwood / Purple Boots Photography

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One of the best bits of being a wedding photographer is capturing those fleeting moments that you didn't see, so that you are able to enjoy the laughter and joy that everyone shared as your guests
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£650
Details

Photography Style

Reportage / Documentary
Modern
Traditional / Classic

Products and Services

Bridal Prep Shots
Online Proofing
Flexible Hours on the Day
Last-Minute Orders
Stay Through Speeches
Stay Through Dancing
Large Group Shots
Online Shop
Wedding Albums
Personal Online Gallery
Pre-Wedding Venue Visit
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Images on USB
Full Description
I love a wedding! It's a real joy to be able to capture as much of it as I possibly can. My role is to ensure that I know exactly what you want to be captured, making sure that I engage with your family and guests, confidently and professionally, to capture them at their best. I try to be as unobtrusive as possible in order to catch candid moments that reflect the events of the day. If desired, formal group shots and posed shots are part of my service. The wedding day goes by so quickly and the happy couple definitely do not get to see everything that goes on during the day. As one of my clients recently said upon receiving their photos, they were able to relive the wedding and actually take time to see the interactions, fun and love that happened as a result of them saying "Yes" to each other. I am an experienced photographer with over a decade of freelance work capturing weddings, family portraits, newborn photography and other events. I pride myself on providing a friendly, personal and flexible service that is specifically tailored to the needs of my clients. I was also a teacher for 24 years, so my experience has allowed me to develop a calm and purposeful approach to wedding photography and the ability to respond quickly and flexibly to changes such as inclement weather, changes to the photography plan or persuading camera shy guests to let me capture them on your behalf. I'm also a born helper, so I always find that I am offering to help with other things during the day to remove as much stress as possible for you. When you contact me, I'll provide a quotation which allows you to build a package that fits your needs. In the time between accepting the quote and the wedding itself, I will meet with you to discuss your plans, to get to know you both, building a relationship that allows you to feel confident about me as your photographer and to draw up a photography plan for the day. I really am looking forward to chatting about your wedding plans.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Sarah
Hi there Thank you so much for considering me as your photographer. Please take some time to have a look through my website and social media profiles to see if my style is something that fits in with your vision for your wedding. If it is, please get in touch and have a chat with me - it's really important that your photographer is a "good fit" for you both, so that you are happy and confident about how they are going to capture your day. Really looking forward to hearing from you!

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2011
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 10 and 30
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
1
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Location & Contact Details

Address

Birchwood, Warrington, England

Travel Notes

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FAQ
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What is your most memorable wedding?

My most memorable wedding was the first one that I shot - it was my Dad's second marriage, so no pressure! Fortunately, my Dad was a pretty chilled out client and the biggest challenge I had was getting him to relax in front of the camera, because he is usually the one taking the photos. After that, the wedding that sticks most in my mind was of Jenny and Andrew, for so many reasons including Andrew arriving at the church in his truck, Jenny being 'supported' by the groomsmen to climb up into the truck to drive to the reception and most of all, the hilarity and general shenanigans that went on throughout the day. It was a really joyful day, with lots and lots of laughter and fun, where I felt as much a part of the day as the other guests.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Candid, relaxed, quirky, flexible, stylish

What about your business are you most proud of?

As a sole photographer, I am particularly proud of the fact that I take my clients through the whole process, from initial enquiry through to the presentation of the final images. This is really important to me because it absolutely ensures that clients are getting a genuinely personal and customised service from me.

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

Plan your day based around what you want, not what other people may tell you you should do. I got married in a purple dress, wearing my motorbike boots underneath, with my 9 year old son giving me away and I made a speech. It's so important for your wedding to reflect who you both are and what you both want, so that when you look back on your photos, it triggers all of the right memories with absolutely thoughts of "I wish we had ..."

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

At a recent wedding, the groom had made his own Limoncello, bottled and labelled with a personal message for all of the guests, which I thought was such a lovely touch. I love the details that make the wedding really reflect the couple, whether that's quirky details, handmade table favours or twists on the traditional.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

When a couple enquires about my services, I will respond usually with an email and ask if I can have a chat - I prefer to get a sense of what people are looking for and also to give them a chance to see whether we connect when we speak. I will then build a flexible quote that allows my clients to either choose from 3 standard packages or to build a package with additional features. Once a quote has been accepted, a 25% deposit secures the date, at which point that date is completely blocked out in my diary - I never split my time on any particular day. I'll arrange at least one face to face meeting with my clients, but usually I will meet up a few times to chat, have coffee and cake and really build a picture of what they want in order to shape the photography plan for the day. Depending on the package, one of these meetings will also include a pre-wedding photo session. A week before the wedding I'll be in touch to check final details and any adjustments needed. On the day, I am fully focused on my couple and essentially adopting a fairly ninja-like approach to capturing relaxed, candid shots of the couple and guests, as well as any formal or group shots. I also encourage the couple to build in at least 20-30 minutes of time to go for a walk or spend some time together, with me taking photos either from a distance or posed depending on how stylised they want their images to be. Following the wedding I can never resist going straight home and getting them onto my computer and I will pick out a small number to edit and share privately with the couple as a 'sneak peak' which they can share online or keep to themselves. Within 4-6 weeks of the wedding, a private online gallery will be shared with the couple where they can download images and, if they have chosen add ons such as albums or prints, they can choose the images that they wish to have included. These will then be produced and handed over within 10 weeks of their final selections.

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

The photo I love most from my own wedding was taken at the moment where we were told we were officially 'husband and wife' - I think this is such a poignant moment as suddenly it's real and its true. It's the moment where the couple both visibly relax and settle into the rest of the day - capturing the reactions at this point is one of my favourite things!

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

To climb onto the flat bed at the back of the groom's lorry, which he had decorated with graffiti declaring his love for his wife, to take photos of them. It was just so absolutely "them"

What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?

Wherever possible I visit the venue before the wedding in order to assess the different indoor and outdoor locations. On rainy days, I am led by the couple in terms of whether they prefer to stay indoors or whether they want to make use of the weather with creative shots. I have a stash of white umbrellas which can be used (with the help of willing volunteers!) to protect the couple from the elements but also to add something different and creative to the photos. The most important thing is to remember that you and your guests will enjoy your day no matter what the weather and as your photographer, I'll have plenty of alternative plans up my sleeve just in case.

Describe how you got into photography.

I started getting into photography in my teens, partly so I could be on the other side of the camera, after years of being my Dad's test subject for his photography. I figured that asking him to teach me would mean he would stop asking me to sit for him! It worked. I learned using an Olympus OM10 SLR camera, well before the days of digital and autofocus, so I developed a sound understanding of the 'rules' of photography, before I started breaking them. After a few years of taking only family snaps with a little compact digital camera I bought my first 'proper' digital camera with interchangeable lenses and I started a daily photoblog on a website called Blipfoto. I maintained this for 10 years, accumulating over 3500 journal entries, which documented life and my experimentation with different styles of photography. In 2011 a close friend asked me to shoot her wedding and it was at that point that I absolutely fell in love with this aspect of photography. It was the moment that started me on my journey. Over the past few years, I have been the primary photographer for a number of weddings and have also worked with other photographers as their second shooter. All this, whilst working a full time teaching job! In 2019, I decided to take the plunge and make photography my full time career, because I absolutely love the opportunities it brings to be creative, to meet lots of lovely people and also to bring joy to couples when they see the images captured from their wedding day.

Bridebook Benefits

Bridebook Discount10%
Bridebook Special OfferFree 30x30cm canvas print of an image of your choice from your final photos (or alternative print product to same value)