WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER IN SURREY UK

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ABOUT US

Most of the couples who book us want to feel relaxed and want to enjoy spending time with their guests. A lot of people don’t want to be under pressure to perform for a ‘photo shoot’ on their wedding day, and instead prefer a softer, more natural feel. This suits me just fine. I like to let the wedding be a wedding. I observe, and integrate a journalistic or storytelling type of approach to capturing the day as it unfolds without getting in the way and without making it all about me. My style has been described as “enhanced documentary” – Make of that what you will!

Shooting weddings has always been about getting to the core of a couple’s story, and for me it’s essential that I can get to that story in a relaxed and honest way.

I’ve learned a lot in the last 15 years of being a wedding photographer and still I sincerely love weddings because I love the story of two people falling in love and wanting to be together. It makes me feel good about life, and the future, and it’s who I am too. I love photographing people and love knowing that my photography will be precious and magical for years to come.

I’m a professional full time Surrey Wedding Photographer. I’ve been doing this for 15 years. My wife Carrie is the invisible force behind everything we do. We work together, we run a family together, and she helps and drives all aspects of what we do with wedding photography.

With photography I make a carefully refined, simple, and powerful document of your wedding, your way, with your people. It’s about finding your narrative and telling your authentic story through pictures.

I’ve worked in the fashion world and the film industry too. I’ve worked with and photographed celebrities, and I’ve run my own studio. I’ve loved every minute of it, but weddings are just about as real as it gets and I wouldn’t change my work for anything.

I come from and live in music. I’ll play a guitar or piano if there’s one around. For years my calendar would pivot around the Glastonbury Festival. I played there once.

Down to earth & accessible, we’re all about keeping it simple, but at the same time we’re totally in love with the poetry and drama in great wedding stories. I know there’s a lot of reportage style photography around at the moment – it’s a big part of what we do, but there’s nothing wrong with getting your loved ones in front of the camera for a few formal photos. Getting those essential shots without being stuffy or boring is important too.

Your story is happening right now – you’re travelling at the speed of light, and We’ll be there to show you what that looks like.

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS IN SURREY

“I use natural & available light & an engaged immersive

approach to capture a unique mix of premium editorial

photography & hi-art portraiture bound by a

quintessence of documentary storytelling.”

HAMPSHIRE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

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Questions Answered

Where Are you?

I cover a large area and have been all over the UK, especially in the South and I want to particularly work throughout the south west – get in touch if this is you

Do you travel?

– Yes I do – I’m based in Godalming, Surrey, which is just south of Guildford, and now split my time between Godalming and Devon. I see what I do as less local only and more UK wide. I’m still essentially a Surrey Wedding Photographer, and I get a lot of work in the neighbouring counties too. Hampshire, Sussex and London are all regular haunts. I’m pretty much nationwide now  with a high concentration of weddings coming from Surrey and the South. I don’t charge for travel up to 50 miles from where I’m based, and then any further than that is just a small fee for extra time and expenses. When I have to travel further still I may need to stay over the night before, so hotel expenses are the thing.

No, Silly! - Do you Travel?!

There’s not much call for destination wedding photography these days – most people book the photographer that the location is providing as part of the package. For some, though, it’s important to book the photographer they really want, so flying me out to a destination will always be an option. ~ £500 is required to cover flights and accommodation in Europe. Because my prices are already low this isn’t usually a problem. Let’s go to Italy!

We’re interested, how do we book you?

– Something that we’re very proud of here is how easy we’ve made it to get your wedding photography booked and sorted, leaving you to get on with everything else without having to worry about it. Were like many of your suppliers in the fact that we often get booked far in advance, especially for the summer months. Jason should  have at least two meetings with clients before the wedding. It’s part of it, and a great way to cover some ground – talk about the details, and get to the style of photography you’re after, as well as putting a face to a name, too. A retainer of £195 secures the date and once you’re confirmed we’re all yours.

What about the copyright?

– This is the question I get asked the most. It’s not as complicated as some would have you believe. Simply put you get all of your wedding photographs in full resolution, ready to print. There’s no digital watermark and you have the freedom to carry on reprinting your pictures. There’s another question here, too – I’ve been asked a couple of times if I will give the RAW files. In short, the answer is ‘No’ – You get the high resolution, amazing looking JPEGs – I answered the question in great depth here so please do take a look.

Are you insured?

– I’m a recommended photographer for some of Surrey’s absolute best Wedding Venues, including Loseley Park in Guildford, Ramster Hall in West Sussex, and a couple of other venues I’d rather keep a secret – some in Hampshire, some in Dorset, and some further afield! I couldn’t exist as a professional photographer without all of the correct Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurances. I also make sure that I insure the safety of your images with an elaborate backup routine with on site, off site, and cloud backups of everything.

Why Jason Leaman Photography? My friend’s just bought a camera and she said she’d do it for a few quid and a bit of cake!

– This is my favourite!  Anyone with a good camera can now be a Wedding Photographer? There’s always lots of discussion about this especially now we live in a digital age where cameras and computers are getting better by the day. All the clichés are true – Your wedding can’t be repeated, and you can’t go back and do it all again. The photographs are truly the one way of keeping your memories for years to come, and very often the only thing (apart from your new spouse, of course) that you’ll get to take home after the show.

There are no second chances. I keep myself very busy because time and time again I get the results that discerning couples expect, and deserve. I will shoot your wedding personally, and even sometimes with Carrie as a ‘Second’ if your wedding needs two photographers.

My Wedding Photography is regularly featured on some of the UK’s top wedding blogs showcasing real weddings in all their glory. I’ve been published in National Newspapers and magazines and shortlisted for industry awards, but with a business, and three children I rarely get the time to enter competitions – I’d love to win something but I’m just focussed on my clients. They always come first, at least before my ego.

I work very hard to make sure that the best possible photographs are captured for you to treasure and keep for years to come. Everything is covered, every sequence rendered with technical skill, backed up with over ten years of experience photographing weddings. Technically it’s a very demanding environment to photograph in, and it’s not a time to chance it and hope for the best. An eye for detail, the immediate environment, the story, and timing all come together while the technical adjustments needed to adapt to any given lighting and physical conditions is a natural ability that doesn’t get in the way.

I’m very proud of my work, and the way I interact with you and your guests on the day. I’ll shoot with the latest digital cameras as well as some vintage film cameras too. The finish is important to me and I’m well known for my comprehensive service and beautiful albums. I’m into living life to the full, and enjoying the journey. I’m also up for breaking some rules, doing it my way, and creating something new and exciting. I’ve got more projects and world changing ideas ready to go than I’d dare look at.

You don’t have to book your photography with me –  I know that. I work hard to make sure that you will always be happy with your decision. Hopefully you can see something in my pictures that you can see being a good fit for you. I’m all about being relaxed and fun on the day without getting in the way of your schedule or ever taking over. I try to make the prices the least consuming aspect of what I do, though I do get where people are coming from when it comes to budgets. I have a deep connection to the psychology in photography and being able to capture a true essence of people in portraiture is what really drives me. 

People talk about passion a lot, but I tend to veer off into obsession!

What equipment do you use?

– The Fuji X cameras have made it more possible to blend in to a wedding, and blending in means that I can get closer to the action without upsetting the natural relaxed atmosphere that your guests can enjoy. The compliment I get the most is that my clients and their guests think of me as a guest too. I don’t sit down with you to eat, but I’m as much a part of the day as I need to be to get the pictures. The cameras are silent in operation and very discrete. And the quality from them is  simply mind blowing.

Help!!! our photographer’s pulled out of our wedding – it’s in two weeks!! are you available? Please?!

– Give me a call! Right now. There is sometimes late availability and I’ll always try to do something with the price to accommodate.

Why Shouldn't I book a 'Cheaper' Photographer? Your confidence makes you seem pretty sure of yourself...

I’m Better than them!
If you think that makes me sound a bit sure of myself, please – don’t get me wrong. I am sure of myself – I have to be, but it’s not unfounded confidence, and it’s not arrogance by a long way. I’m genuinely moved by the stories that I get to tell, which is a strange thing to some. I’ve had friends say to me that they think I’m dressing this thing up just to get business – their perception of what I do might be perhaps assuming that it’s just someone getting married – they won’t be the first and they won’t be the last, and so on. As long as I get paid, what do I care, right?
 
The Thing is I’m proud of what I do, and it’s a great life, but sometimes in the face of this, and fierce competition from other photographers, the hardest thing to do is to consciously turn your back on cynicism, but that’s what I have to do. Just sometimes – just once, it would be easier to just go along with devaluing what I value, and going into it with a money making brain instead.
 
It’s harder to get bookings these days simply because of an over saturation of photographers who will only compete on price. It’s a race to the bottom and the people who really suffer are the couples trying to book a professional service. 
 
I used to avoid telling people that I’m passionate about what I do, because I think it’s an easy thing to say. When I hear people say it I wonder if they’re passionate about getting the booking at whatever cost or if they’re actually lost in someone else’s dream.
 
I know both of those stories, inside and out, and do you know what? A balance somewhere in between the two might be necessary for survival, and being honest enough to say that might be a way forward.
 
If professional wedding photographers are going to survive and thrive, they have to walk that line. It’s hard to get that balance right sometimes, and nobody’s perfect. We all make mistakes.
 
The hard thing is not to come across as arrogant. Someone’s perception of what I’m saying? That’s something I can’t control when another 12 suppliers are asking for their silver and gold…
 
But I’ve always been confident about what I know I can do. I know I can do good work, and I know why I want to do it, and I know why there is value in that.
 
I also have to trust that the people who book me know these things too. At some point I have to reach out to them and get my message to them. If I genuinely believe that my photography and the experience of having me at their wedding will in some way enhance their story, then I have to be able to tell them that this stuff is good. Because it is. I’ve seen it and I’ve seen people react to it in a positive way.
 
 
So that’s why I sound sure-footed. I have a history of things working out. I know what great photography means to people at the right time.
 
And I know that honesty and trust is the best place to start, elusive as those virtues might seem.
 
I know that price comes first for some. I can’t compete with the half price photographer, but as it stands my prices are mature and established as some of the best value wedding photography packages in the industry. You might be surprised. Packages start from £895 for winter weddings and we even have mid-week registry office packages from £250 – You really need to get in touch to find out more!

 

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