Simon Brettell Photography
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Simon Brettell Photography is a documentary wedding photography business based in Harborne, Birmingham in the West Midlands and which operates throughout the UK and abroad
Pricing & Costs
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Products and Services
Bridal Prep Shots
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Flexible Hours on the Day
Images on USB
Large Group Shots
Personal Online Gallery
Second Shooter Available
Stay Through Dancing
Stay Through Speeches
First Look Photographer
Reportage / Documentary
I specialise in reportage / documentary style photography and aim to capture your wedding as it really happens without setting scenes up. I take images that are natural, informal and describe the real story and emotions of your wedding. I do this with minimal interference so that you can spend more time enjoying your big day with your family and friends. I take images that cover your whole wedding day, from the widest of landscapes to the smallest details. Although I spend most of the wedding day capturing natural, candid moments I also make sure to spend some time doing a few epic portraits with the bride and groom as well as some group shots too. Most of all I try to make the experience fun. I like to keep things as simple as possible so offer only one basic package. This is for full wedding day coverage from the bridal preparations in the morning all the way through to the evening reception, staying for an hour after the first dance . . . sometimes I stay longer if there's lots of craziness going on and shapes being thrown on the dance floor. The basic package is for digital delivery / download of your images and does not include a printed album – this is an optional extra. Unlike many wedding photographers I supply you with full resolution digital copies of your wedding photos which enables you to make your own album if you wish to minimise costs. The photos are provided in Jpeg format and are granted with a right to print and to share with your friends and family. The photos are uploaded to a secure password protected on-line gallery to make sharing / downloading easy. Also included is an mp4 formatted 20 minute highlights slideshow of selected images which can be played on a computer or compatible TV. The package also includes a free pre-wedding consultation.
Personal Message from the Manager
Name of Wedding Contact: Simon Brettell
If you would like to make an enquiry or just find out some more information about me and how I work please don't hesitate to get in touch and I will send you a copy of my "wedding photography manual". If you are making an enquiry please be sure to include details of your venue(s) and the date of your wedding.
Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
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Press & Awards
Press & Awards (1)
Love My Dress, Your Perfect Wedding Magazine, Easy Weddings, Daydreaming Bride
What is your most memorable wedding?
A music festival themed wedding in a tipi on Cannock Chase. It was bloomin' epic and featured a brass band, an opera singer, some rock, some roll and some heavy metal. Vintage cars, an ice cream van, a pie waggon, torrential rain, wellington boots, lots of smiles, love and laughter.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Modern, creative, documentary, stylish and fun
What about your business are you most proud of?
Building my business from nothing in 2012 to become one of the most regarded wedding photographers in the space of a couple of years without any adverting, working purely on word of mouth recommendations.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Don't worry about tradition, cultural norms or expectation. Do things your way with the people that are most important to you.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
I offer a free pre-wedding consultation to all couples making a wedding booking. This usually takes place a couple of months before the wedding so that the majority of your plans for the big day are already in place. This enables me to have a more detailed discussion of the wedding plans with you and allows me to work out the timings for the key events of the day. It's also a great opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better too. If you’re close to the Birmingham I usually suggest meeting up at a city pub for a drink and a chat. However; due to distance and timing it’s not always possible to have the consultation face-to-face so we can also meet virtually using Skype or Google+ I really love getting to know my couples and it forms an important aspect of how I shoot. I love to photograph weddings from the inside, capturing the bride and grooms groom's view of the day. I love to integrate my self into the day so that guests treat me as a fellow guest rather than an outside observer / supplier. This is one of the things that really helps with capturing true candid moments throughout the day.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
An epic portrait!
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
The bride and groom stood between two septic tanks at their wedding venue!!!
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
A lot of bride and grooms have big concerns about what will happen if it rains on their wedding day, unfortunately the one thing that you can't control is the weather. For me, rain opens up a whole load of creative opportunities which can be used to add a more unique look to your wedding photos. Provided you're willing to come outside with an umbrella then we can still get some epic shots.
Describe how you got into photography.
I've always had a fascination with cameras and photography which is probably due to the influence of my dad when I was growing up. He was always brandishing his Canon AE-1 35mm film camera throughout my childhood. It was the first camera that I learnt to use and I still have it today. It's funny to think now that virtually everyone has a camera in their pocket these days but when I was growing up in the 80's and 90's, in the pre-smartphone era, if you wanted to take pictures you had to carry a dedicated camera with you. I was the kid that always had a camera with them which has resulted in me now having mountains of photos and negatives filling up my cupboards.