Steve Smailes Photography

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COVID-19 Update
I'm still taking bookings during the lockdown. Obviously weddings aren't going ahead as normally right now and I am following all current government advice as to when I am able to return to wedding photography. Bookings are filling up for 2021 so please do get in touch to learn my availability! Stay safe and well. Steve x
As a photographer, it's my job to capture the joy and happiness, capturing those defining moments of your special day so that you have images that bring back the memories made.
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£1000
Details

Photography Style

First Look Photographer
Reportage / Documentary
Modern
Artistic
Dramatic
Traditional / Classic

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
Wedding Albums
Personal Online Gallery
Pre-Wedding Venue Visit
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Images on USB
Full Description
I offer three different packages to suit all your needs. All the packages includes the following: - Truly full day coverage (no time limits). - An unobtrusive documentary style to tell the real story of your wedding day. - An online gallery of all your images you can send to family and friends who can purchase their own prints direct. - A wedding preshoot to get you comfortable being in front of the camera. - Consultations before you book and a week or two prior to the wedding day to discuss your day. - Helpful guides and information to help you plan your perfect day.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Steve Smailes
Hello! Thank you for taking a look at my Bridebook profile. Planning your wedding requires everything to be perfect and in my opinion, a photographer is one of the most important things to find because it's one of the few physical things besides each other and the gifts from guests you will have to keep long after the big day. So choosing a good photographer is essential! Drop me a message to arrange a no obligation chat to learn more of what I offer. Thanks, Steve

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2012
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 10 and 30
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
1
Reviews
(11)
Georgie & Alex
Married in January 2020
January 2018
Our guests commented on how great he was
It was such a pleasure to have Steve as our photographer for our wedding, we did a pre-shoot a few months beforehand so he could get to know us as well as getting to know Steve, and he made us feel so relaxed, he was fantastic on the day and captured so many amazing shots, he was so patient and our guests commented on how great he was, would highly recommend Steve for any occasion.
James and Kristen
Married in October 2018
November 2018
A wonderful time
We hired Steve on a friend's recommendation, my now wife loved his portfolio and we thought we'd made a good decision. It turned out to be a great one. We initially met and talked out how the wedding was going to go and what kind of photos we wanted, he was really receptive to our input and we booked a test shoot before the wedding. Steve was great at putting us at ease in front of the camera, we took a walk around the local landscape together where he had us laughing and posing even despite our awkwardness. When it came to the day he was there from the get go photographing the bridal party as they got ready and at the church he was entirely inobstrusive, capturing vivid, natural scenes from every angle with the congregation unaware of his doing so. He checked in with us after to get any scenes in the church that couldn't be done during the ceremony. Afterwards he was charming and engaging as he took a mixture of posed and impromptu photos, even crouching down into the mud to the get best possible shot. He also managed to wrangle the wider family into frames, the term herding cats never felt so apt, and got us some phenomenal photos. My 4yo nephew announced 'Bumcrack!' and had us in stitches and Steve was quick enough to catch us all laughing naturally. After the ceremony we were given a lovely wooden memory box with digital and physical copies of our photos to bookend the experience. Steve, a sincere thank you for the memories!
Charlotte & Darius
Married in August 2018
November 2018
Captured our day perfectly
It was an absolute joy to have Steve photograph our wedding. He captured the atmosphere of the day perfectly. He had a warm and friendly presence; Steve was able to coordinate our (lively) guests for staged photos and morphe into stealth mode to get those natural shots (half the time I didn’t know he was taking photos!). These photos are now ours to treasure forever and I am so greatful - thanks Steve!
Pennie & Andrew
Married in July 2018
January 2018
Absolutely thrilled with the photos...
Absolutely thrilled with the photos from our wedding, we would highly recommend Steve for his skill and his professional but relaxed approach, he put us at our ease and the results speak for themselves, brilliant. Thanks Steve !!
Andrew & Pennie
Married in July 2018
December 2018
Thank you Steve!!!
Well what a day (and night) we gave Steve a rough brief but it soon became apparent we could trust his expertise and experience to deliver us superb memories of our day, and actually just let him ‘get on with it’ discretely in the background and relax. He was everywhere!! Looking at some of the photos now - we hadn’t even noticed he was busying away in the background. Really really pleased with the whole service Steve offered. Thank you Steve 👌
Abbie & Kate
Married in May 2018
January 2018
He made our day extra special...
Would recommend Steve to anyone looking for a photographer for any type of occasion or event. He covered our wedding and couldn't have been more helpful, friendly and made the whole process enjoyable. He made our day extra special by giving us some beautiful photos that we will have forever and exactly what we were after. Great service, would (and have been already!) recommend to everyone!
Location & Contact Details

Address

Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Town

Lincoln

Nearest Motorway & Junction

Nearest Train Station

Lincoln Central

Nearest Airport

East Midlands Airport

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Press & Awards
(1)

Accreditations / Associations (1)

British Institute of Professional Photography Member
FAQ
(10)

What is your most memorable wedding?

Hard to nail down to one in particular. There are plenty of wonderful moments in every wedding. Each one is very personal to each couple and special in its own way.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Flexible, adaptive, documentary, bespoke, creative

What about your business are you most proud of?

When a couple sees the photos of their wedding for the first time and relive the day.

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

Remember it's YOUR wedding so plan what you want to have.

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

When the couple had Polaroid cameras for guests to pass around at the reception. The guests then stuck the polarioids into the guest book with a message to create a photo book of the evening.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

Couples come for a first meeting where I explain my process and find about more about them and their plans. They sign an agreement and pay a deposit and we arrange a preshoot so they get a feel for being my subjects. We set times and a list of must have shots for their wedding before the big day. After the wedding we have another meeting to flick through the photos and hand over their own memory box to take home.

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

Some kind of group shot with everyone in. It doesn't have to have confetti in but it always makes for a great photo.

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

A couple once had a barge to take them from the wedding venue to the reception and I got to take photos on the barge which made for some special images.

What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?

Umbrellas and positive attitude. Rain presents a challenge but doesn't make a photo shoot impossible!

Describe how you got into photography.

I found my passion for creativity almost by accident while at school. I then had lots of work experience before I was getting my own work while still in university which neatly transitioned into setting up my business and getting to where I am now.

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