1. How far do you travel to photograph weddings?
I photograph weddings all over the UK and Europe. One weekend I will be in the Lake District, the next down to the Cotswolds, then on a flight out to Italy. This year I flew out to India and New Zealand to shoot weddings. I go anywhere, but am based in Brighton.
2. How long do you stay for, what packages do you offer?
I like to keep things simple by only offering one package. Typically, I would come to photograph 2hrs before your ceremony time, to capture the excitement as you get ready, through until beyond the first dance, to photograph some of the party atmosphere.
3. How many photographs will we get?
You can expect to receive somewhere around 900 – 1100 finished, edited images in high resolution. Every single image is studied by myself in the editing process, with complete dedication and pride in my work. Where some photographers seem to be offering ‘quality, not quantity’, I don’t see any reason why in this digital age, over a day’s shoot you can’t receive a LOT of photographs that are also high in quality. Have both!
4. Can we see examples of full weddings please?
Yes! What you can see on the website is not every shot that my clients received – there are too many! Please just ask and I will send you links to some FULL weddings, to give you a better idea.
5. How will we receive the photographs?
You will receive all the finished images on a lovely wooden memory stick, in high-resolution with the rights to print away as you wish. You will also have an online password-protected slideshow so all your family and friends can view your wonderful photographs! Books and albums are also available – you can either decide before your wedding, or as most people choose to do, we can discuss this afterwards when things have quietened down.
6. Can we meet up, so we can check out how easy you will be to have at our wedding and how very friendly you are?
Coffees are on Paolo! I am based in Hastings and am frequently in London. I have family in the north-west, so occasionally travel up there….and travel a lot with work, so if you are further away from the south-east, I may still be in your area at some point. Get in touch and we can see if it’s possible. My number is 07869 28 75 49.
7. How qualified are you?
I’ve got a First-Class BA Honours Degree in Photojournalism, from the University of Wales. I went on from that to win the Guardian Photographer of the Year Awards 2006. I was a finalist in the prestigious Ian Parry 2006 Photojournalism Awards, and also in the global Black & White Spider Awards 2008, over three categories. I’ve exhibited my photojournalism work in high-end galleries such as the Getty Images Gallery in London, 99 Mount Street Gallery in Mayfair and Varennes Fine Arts Gallery in Notting Hill.
8. How long have you been a photographer?
I have been a professional photographer since I graduated in 2006. For my first job after graduating, I was commissioned to fly out to Lake Geneva and put together a private exhibition of the lake’s surrounding medieval villages, as a personal collection for a client. I started doing some work for The Guardian and things were taking off.
9. How did you get into wedding photography?
I read an article in The Guardian newspaper about a photographer who was top, top end – charging up to £25k for a wedding package. I got in touch to ask if I could come along to a wedding with him. He got back to me, saying that in 24hrs he had received over 40 similar emails from students and keen photographers who were looking to get into the business, and that he couldn’t help me.
Then a few days later he got back in touch. Having looked at my website he said my work stood out from the crowds and he would love for me to join him on a shoot. So I joined him in France, then another for a wedding ceremony inside London Tower Bridge with the reception in what was the London Gherkin’s first wedding, and again, things were taking off.
I owe a lot to my friend Alan Kirwin. And now I am beginning to do what he did for me, for other new photographers.
10. We love what you do – what do we do next?
I limit myself to 25 weddings per year, to allow complete dedication to my work. The first thing to do is to get in touch, to check on my availability and to have a chat!
If you decide that you would like to go ahead (which, personally, I think you should as I will WOOOW you with your photographs) then bookings are secured upon receipt of a £600 deposit and signed contract. I can email that across for you to have a read through if you like.
Thank you for reading – any other questions or thoughts, please do get in touch. I’ll look forward to hearing about what you have planned for your wedding day! Exciting times!!
A terrific talent. Our guests have made no end of comments both as to the effort you made on the day (which was unobtrusive, relaxed and always good humoured, despite working like a Trojan all day) and to the quality of the end result – the photos were simply perfect. I have had no hesitation in highly recommending you.Tom & Rosie, Harrow School
Paul was superb. He captured every single intricacy throughout the day, which collectively, told the day with such clarity and detail. His ability to remain unnoticed assisted his knowledge and vision, to achieve photographs of a composed yet relaxed nature. We cannot speak highly enough of Paul; the quality of his photographs is superior and, equivocally so, is his demeanour and good nature.Rachel & Lee, Lake Garda, Italy
The recommendation we received to contact you was, on reflection, one of the single best wedding presents we were given…Tom & Rosie, Harrow School
We booked Paul after seeing the gorgeous photographs from a friends’ wedding last year. He is the photographer at another friends’ in December and also one next year, with no doubt more to follow!Toni & Mike, Lancashire
Paul managed to shoot some of the most poignant moments without us even realising he was there. He creates photographs that have a magical, yet natural quality to them…Jo & Niall, Leeds