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SWJ Photography

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Honest, natural and creative wedding photography which celebrates you for who you are!
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£600
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Products and Services

Back-Up Equipment
Bridal Prep Shots
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Flexible Hours on the Day
Images on USB
Large Group Shots
Last-Minute Orders
Online Proofing
Online Shop
Personal Online Gallery
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Pre-Wedding Venue Visit
Second Shooter Available
Stay Through Dancing
Stay Through Speeches
Thank You Cards / Photo Stationery
Wedding Albums

Photography Style

First Look Photographer
Modern
Reportage / Documentary
Full Description
I believe that everybody is an individual, every couple is different and every wedding day is a one of a kind celebration. I aim to make sure that every single wedding I do looks and feels different and completely reflects the story of the day. As a documentary photographer I make sure that I capture the real moments rather than forcing a couple or loved ones into poses they don't feel comfortable with. At the end of the day a natural laugh looks so much better than a forced smile. At heart I am an explorer so this means when I get to a venue I will always look for a little nook, cranny or location which isn't commonly photographed so that your photographs looks like no one elses. I move mountains for my couples, I wear so many hats on a wedding day to help take the stress of the day away from a couple. I've been a seamstress, a baker, a venue decorator, a hair and make up artist, a babysitter and once a bouncer. I believe that if I can take the stress away from a couple so they can enjoy every moment of the day it is absolutely what I will do.

Experience

No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 30 and 50
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
1
Reviews
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Bec & Mike
Married in November 2017
December 2017
Thank you! <3
Stephen, you are truly a BLESSING in more ways than one to us, the couples you've worked with and all of the future people you'll meet! They say a photo is worth a thou...
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Sarah and Oli
Married in September 2017
December 2017
Thank you for capturing our day so perfectly!
Stephen helped with everything which was something I’ll always be grateful for! From helping with my veil, assisting the DJ setting up to cleaning red wine off the dance ...
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Mrs & Mrs Bridge
Married in June 2017
December 2017
He takes PRIDE in his photography
Stephan doesn’t take photos he Makes them! It’s not his camera that’s the instrument he is. Are wedding was in June 2017 we met with Stephen weeks prior for a get to kn...
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Natalie and Phill
Married in June 2018
August 2018
You again completely exceeded expectations
Stephen, well where can I start.. After meeting you as the photographer at my sisters wedding in 2016 there was never any doubt that if I was to get married you would def...
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Married in February 2018
February 2018
A very good friend helping us enjoy our day.
Nikki - Amazing photographer. I hate having my photo taken and me and my husband could not have been more looked after if we tried. He was amazing in every situation. Def...
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Caz and Ben
Married in January 2018
January 2018
The perfect man for the job.
This is long overdue but I wanted to just say how happy we are with our wedding photos. We got married at Curradine Barns in August 2017 and I knew that, after looking at...
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Location & Contact Details

Address

Solihull, West Midlands, England

Nearest Town

Solihull

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What is your most memorable wedding?

Lucy and Chris's gorgeous festival wedding. A young couple so in love and such a unique wedding. The gorgeous location was turned into a stunning festival wedding with tents, a beautifully decorated marquee and wonderful homemade decor, including candle holders made from copper pipe! The whole day was relaxed, fun and thoroughly enjoyable. All the little touches were as important as the bigger things and with the speeches delivered outside with the guests on picnic blankets it made everything feel so relaxed and different.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Honest, natural, unfussy, real and creative.

What about your business are you most proud of?

My 5* reviews. I know that I work hard, but knowing that the couples notice this and appreciate it makes me love this job more and more everyday.

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

Do what you want! It's your wedding day at the end of the day so every detail should be exactly what you want. Don't worry about other people. It's your love story! I've got some great advice on my blog.

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

A 'Guest Book Wall' built by the groom to go into their summer house in the garden. All of their guests are now a permanent part of their home. I've also seen, and tasted, some absolutely beautiful homemade cakes!!

Describe your typical process with a couple.

Everything will usually start via email to get the basic information, I like to then meet up for a coffee or a drink and have a good chat and get to know each other. I like to make sure I have met all of my couples at least twice so on the wedding day they're more relaxed. I think it's vital to get on with a couple on a personal level as this will really reflect in the photographs and will help the atmosphere on the wedding day.

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

Every wedding I do is totally different and each couple ends up with a shot which is totally 'them'. Sometimes they don't even realise it at the time. I do love playing with shadows and have a few little tricks up my sleeve to bring a little bit of something special.

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

I've never been asked to take a specific photograph as my couples trust my judgement and I reflect them for who they are. I do enjoy doing something different with the bridesmaids and groomsmen whether it's a 'boys club' kind of photo or ladies at the bar...

What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?

Embrace it, it's a part of your day so don't try to ignore it. I've always got wellies and umbrellas with me so there's no stopping us!

Describe how you got into photography.

My grandpa had an old Instamatic 33 when I was a little that I was fascinated with. He left this to me in his will when he passed away when I was 9 and since then I've always had a camera in my hand and a viewfinder in front of my eye. I remember sitting on my mom and dad's bed on rainy Saturday mornings looking through old family photographs and love the idea that in 30+ years time people will be showing their children or grandchildren the photographs I took.

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