WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY LONDON | POLAND | WORLDWIDE
So, you are looking for a professional wedding photographer? A photographer who can capture the magic, romance and atmosphere of your wedding day? You are in the right place.
The art of wedding photography is an expression of artistic talent that will capture your story and the character of the most beautiful moments of your life in a simple but unique way. I am an experienced photographer who listens to my clients and tries to find out as much as possible about their plans and expectations. This helps me plan my session thoroughly. Although working with me is relaxed and informal, I am ready to give you subtle directions if I feel you may need them. I offer clients an individual approach and friendly service
Bringing your wedding memories to life
When the cake has been eaten, the night has been danced away and you take your bobby pins out of your perfect wedding ‘do, your photographs are the one thing that will remain. Your beautifully captured wedding photos are what will enable you to revisit the romance, emotion and spirit of your day that passed by so quickly.
The easiest part of your wedding plans
Lets get together – on the phone, at your favourite coffee spot, even SKYPE – whatever is most convenient for you. We’ll chat about your wedding day, confirm your date, and discuss all the fun details. I’ll show you examples of beautiful custom wedding albums and other items that can become your cherished wedding day heirlooms. Together, we’ll select the perfect package for your wedding photography.
Once we confirm the details, I’ll prepare your contract. After you return your signed contract with your deposit, I’m officially your wedding photographer!
The Next Steps - What You Should Expect
8 Weeks Before Your Wedding: I send questionnaire to get all your wedding details, so I can be fully prepared for your day.
4 Weeks Before Your Wedding: Your final payment is due.
Your Wedding Day: The day your dreams come true!! And I will be there to capture it all!
1 Week After Your Wedding: Sneak peek images are posted to Instagram and Facebook for your family and friends to view.
3 Weeks After Your Wedding: At this point (or earlier), your online gallery of images will be available, and we discuss selection of your images for wedding album. Shortly after, your wedding album design will be available for you to make revisions.
4 Weeks After You’ve Confirmed Album Design: You will receive the very best, most beautiful culmination of your wedding photos…your album!
Feedback – The final part of my wedding photography process is to send you a quick survey to get your feedback on how things went, and I will ask you to write a review on my page. I am always trying to improve and make things better/easier for my clients, and one way I have been able to do that is by the direct feedback you give me. The survey is totally optional, but it is greatly appreciated if you take the few moments to fill it out. After this you are totally done and you have gone through the full wedding photography process with me!
A smooth flow to your special day.
A well-planned timeline is one of the most important aspects of your wedding day. The goal of a great timeline is for you to feel relaxed all day long. Knowing everything has been planned for and is being taken care of. Here are some basic suggestions:
Getting Ready: The bride & Groom – varies
Even if you are the most punctual person, be prepared for this part of the day to run behind schedule! Be sure to give yourself lots of buffer time, as it’s better to enjoy extra time with your bridesmaids than to be stressed for time.
Family Portraits –
After I wrap up family portraits at a wedding, I almost always get a ‘that’s it? We’re done?! Comment from a family member. I keep the family portraits lighthearted and simple!
Wedding Party and The Bride & Groom – 30min - 1 hours
For this part of the day, extra time is important to ensure creativity of portraits. I love extra time with the bride and groom, not only to get beautiful portraits, but also because it ends up being a really sweet time for the two of you to be together and adore each other before the flurry of wedding day events continue!
Transportation – varies
Be sure to plan extra time for transportation of you and your bridal party to photo locations, if applicable. Remember! Your wedding day is unique, and I’m here to help craft the perfect timeline to ensure that everything flows well and that there is plenty of time for both meaningful, unscripted moments and for creative portraits!
As a visual artist I truly believe in idea of quality over quantity. I cherish the thought of being able to cater to my clients needs and give them the best service I possibly can. Life moves so quickly and I want to be the person who helps capture not only pretty pictures of you and the once you love, but be able to capture your story and the essence of who you are as a people. After the wedding day is said and done, photographs and albums are the only tangible things you have left. my purpose in life is to provide you memories of contagious laughter, tears and raw emotions for you to hold onto forever. I want to create the story of your beautiful, unique life.
Professionally edited images
Private online gallery
8 hours of coverage (usually from bride’s preparation to the first dance)
10 x 10 Exclusive Album
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WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
I’m based in London, UK where I am most of the time.
ARE YOU WILLING TO TRAVEL OUT OF LONDON FOR OUR WEDDING?
Yes, of course! I love both local and destination weddings. I photographed weddings in Poland, Malta and many places in UK. I’m ready and willing to travel anywhere for your big day.
There are different rates for local and destination weddings. Please contact me to inquire about them.
DO YOU OFFER OTHER TYPES OF PHOTOGRAPHY BESIDES WEDDINGS?
Yes, I do. My focus is on weddings and engagement sessions, but I also offer boudoir and personal branding photography. I love to photograph women and couple portraits. And I know how to make them feel beautiful and comfortable in front of the camera.
WHAT IS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE?
In my style I am looking for simplicity, decisive moments and interesting light. I would describe my style as a natural, romantic and contemporary with an unobtrusive photojournalistic approach. I try not to interfere too much, and I would love you to be relaxed, enjoy the day and let me capture your fun and celebration as it happens.
HAVE YOU PHOTOGRAPHED AT OUR VENUE BEFORE?
Chances are if you are getting married in London/ South East England then I had the pleasure of working at your venue before. And if it’s a referral from the couple I photographed before, then more than likely I’ve worked there. However, if I’ve not photographed at your venue, don’t worry, as I have experience of working in places with similar situations and challenges (lighting, rules of the venue, best locations for photos, etc.).
If it’s a new place, I make sure to do my homework ahead of time (looking at the venue’s website, past wedding images online, making sure we have the correct address and directions, and showing up extra early to scope out the place). For what it’s worth, nearly half the weddings I photograph are at new venues, and I haven’t had any issues so far.
HAVE YOU PHOTOGRAPHED CULTURAL AND MULTICULTURAL WEDDINGS BEFORE?
Yes, and this is what I love about weddings! Every culture has their own traditions and personal backgrounds, and I love to learn about them and work with couples and their loved ones. I’m happy to let you know that I have been photographed English, Greek, Catholic, Nigerian, Philippians, Italian, French and Polish as well as multicultural weddings and I’m very comfortable with them all! I can imagine how important the cultural aspect of your wedding day is.
If I haven’t photographed wedding from you culture before, rest assure, as I do all my homework well ahead of time to make sure we don’t miss any important moments.
DO YOU DO PRE-WEDDING SHOOT?
Absolutely! Pre-wedding engagement photo shoot is a fantastic opportunity to get to know each other and get comfortable in front of the camera. It will break your shyness and bring confidence on your wedding day. You can also use photos for Save the Date, Invitations or Thank You cards.
Find out more about pre-wedding photo shoot!
WHAT ARE YOUR OFFICE HOURS FOR MEETINGS?
Although I try to be flexible my best times to have a meeting are during the weekdays from roughly 9AM-6PM, as weekends are mostly taken up by weddings and travel. I can also meet later in the evenings and a few Sundays provided I’m available.
ARE YOU AVAILABLE TO MEET IN-PERSON?
I love to get to know my couple in-person. Usually I find quiet and comfortable place in London for meeting where we can get to know each other and discuss everything. We will talk about your wedding day vision; I’ll show you my album sample and we put together the perfect wedding photography collection. Just fill out contact form and we’ll set up a time to meet at your earliest convince.
WHAT IF WE CAN’T MEET IN-PERSON?
I understand it might be difficult to have in person meeting, especially if you live elsewhere from London area. I’ll be more than happy to set up a Skype/phone or even a video call with you and your fiancé. Just fill out contact form and we’ll set up a time to meet at your earliest convince.
WHAT INFORMATION SHOULD WE HAVE READY BEFORE OUR MEETING WITH YOU?
There is no specific information list, but at least information about your wedding venue, date, the idea of what collection are you interested or budget you have in mind. And of course, most importantly, your excitement to share your story and vision for your dream wedding day!
WE LOVE YOUR WORK AND WE’RE ALREADY INTERESTED IN BOOKING YOU. DO WE STILL NEED TO HAVE A MEETING?
Thank you! I’m honored. I’m happy to make everything official online with the contract and deposit. But to make sure I’ll answer all your questions and get to know you and your fiancé better, I’d love to have a meeting (in-person, web or phone) prior to your wedding.
WE’RE READY TO BOOK YOU, WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO TO MAKE IT OFFICIAL?
Thank you so much! I’m thrilled and honored to work with you! To make everything official, you just need to choose your collection, fill out and sign your online contract and pay 25% deposit retainer. I accept both bank transfer and PayPal. Rest assure every step will be outlined and details documented in e-mails to ensure there is no surprises or miscommunication.
WE’RE INTERESTED IN BOOKING YOU BUT AREN’T QUITE READY YET. HOW LONG CAN YOU PUT A SOFT HOLD ON OUR WEDDING DATE?
I understand that choosing the right wedding photographer is a huge commitment and I want you to take as much time as you need. All bookings are on first come first serve basis (signed contract + 25% deposit retainer). However, with in-person, web or phone meeting, I can put a soft hold on your wedding day for 72 hours (3 days). Afterwards, unless further notified by you, the date will be open again.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU BETWEEN THE TIME OF THE BOOKING AND OUR WEDDING DAY?
To be honest, I believe that the best wedding photos require a good amount of planning and communication well before you walk down the aisle.
You can expect me to be open and answer any question you might have. That being said, I typically send email with helpful links and questionnaire to get all wedding details 2-3 months beforehand. We’ll then schedule a meeting roughly a week before your wedding to get over all your final details and answer any questions you might have.
WHAT HAPPENS IF AFTER WE BOOK YOU, YOU’RE NOT ABLE TO PHOTOGRAPH OUR WEDDING?
Oh no! Thankfully I have perfect attendance and never missed a wedding! Certainly, I don’t ever plan on doing so. Your wedding day is top priority on that day, and I wouldn’t miss it for anything. I truly mean it. If there will be a very bad weather, I’ll be there (hopefully not get anyone sick!). If my best friend is getting married on the same day as your wedding, congrats to my friend but I’ll be celebrating this day with you. If my family ends up on going on holiday that weekend, too bad but I’m going to miss it as I’ll be photographing your wedding.
It would have to be something catastrophic (knock on wood) for me to not be able to photograph your wedding. If somehow that happens, I will notify you immediately and propose one of my fellow photographers’ step in and capture your big day. And if somehow that not possible, I’m connected to a network of other wedding photographers who will do admirable job in capturing your wedding. Please rest assure I’ve never come close to missing a wedding, but I do have emergency plan if that were to ever happen.
HOW EARLY OR LATE SHOULD PHOTOGRAPHY START ON MY WEDDING DAY?
I can’t speak for all photographers, but I generally prefer to capture as complete of a wedding day as possible. It’s like an author of a book or a director of a movie, as a documentary photographer, I want to tell your entire wedding day story.
That being said, I typically photograph about one hour of groom getting ready (groom’s details, finishing touches, groom’s portrait shots, drinks with the guys and group shots), followed by around two hours of bride getting ready (bride’s details, hair and make-up, finishing touches after getting into the dress), followed by possibly a first look and pre-ceremony portraits (bride’s portraits, bridal party, immediate family), ceremony, then post-ceremony portraits (bride and groom, extended family), and the reception.
Although I’m happy to stay as late as you’d like, I normally say goodbyes about half an hour after first dance. On average, I’m at a wedding for ten hours, from roughly 12-10PM. But I’ve had photography coverage as short as two hours to as many as 16 hours.
DO YOU ALSO GET MORE TRADITIONAL, CAMERA-AWARE PHOTOS?
Although my focus is to capture beautiful moments, the goal is to tell a complete story of your wedding day. That includes the traditional, looking and smiling at the camera photos, i.e. the ones our parents love and will probably end up printing and hanging on their walls at home :).
Throughout the entire day (not just during the portraits and formals), I make sure to get images of you, your future spouse, bridal party, and family all looking amazing at the camera. And if you’re not too fond of those images, no worries as it won’t take more than a few minutes or even seconds here and there.
Rest assured I won’t be showing up looking casual or too comfortable. My goal is to dress professionally and blend in with the crowd. We want all the attention to be on you and your future spouse, not on me :).
HOW MUCH PHOTO-RELATED DIRECTION/GUIDIANCE DO YOU PROVIDE ON THE WEDDING DAY?
My intention is to capture your wedding day in an unobtrusive and distraction-free manner. I’ve found that my couples and their loved ones are in their true, raw, real environment when I’m more observer rather than constantly giving directions, moving subjects around, and the worst…asking to redo something.
However, I’ve found that at every wedding, my couples and their loved ones are seeking direction/guidance from me, especially when it comes to the camera-aware/posed photos like family formals and bridal party portraits. And I’m more than happy and willing to provide them. Such as where to put our hands, where to stand, which direction to turn our bodies, lining all the subjects in the best order, etc.
Perhaps during the getting ready, I want to make sure you’re in the best light when it comes to zipping up your dress or putting on jewellery. Or when it comes to cake cutting, I want to put you and your spouse on the right side since there’s a giant exit sign on the left.
Don’t worry, all of this is done quickly, efficiently, and in a subtle and pleasant manner :). My goal is to give just the right amount of direction and guidance to get the best images, so everyone can go back to enjoying the day, and we can continue capturing those amazing candids!
I DON’T WANT TO SPEND FOREVER TO TAKE FAMILY FORMALS, HOW LONG DO THEY NORMALLY TAKE?
I’m on the same page as you! On average, I won’t spend longer than 30 minutes of total time taking family formals. This includes pre-ceremony family formals (just with immediate, about 15 minutes) and post-ceremony (with immediate and extended, another 15 minutes). Well before the wedding, I ask my couples to provide a list of family formal groups they would like captured.
That way, I can conduct the family formals in an efficient and dare we say pleasant manner :). No worries if you’re not sure about that list, as I have the essentials all memorized, i.e. with parents, with parents and siblings and spouses, with aunts, uncles, etc. The family list is more for you to not forget anyone important, and for them to be present when I take the photos.
DO YOU WORK WITH A SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER?
Sometimes I take a second photographer to the weddings but I found that depending on the type of wedding, it may not be beneficial for the couple to invest in a second photographer.
For example, if you want coverage of the guys getting ready, candids of the guests, and if there’s not much time for the main photographer to get ceremony and reception details (among other things), I recommend including a second photographer in the wedding collection.
But if the wedding is pretty intimate with a small number of guests (roughly 100 or less), everything is at one location, and there’s time to capture details (among other things), I’m confident a single, main photographer will be able to tell a comprehensive story of the day.
If there’s no second photographer, usually one of the ushers or bridesmaids are happy to help the photographer with various things, i.e. fluffing the dress, lining up the family formals, etc.
IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF PHOTOS YOU TAKE AT A WEDDING, AND OF THAT HOW MANY CAN WE EXPECT TO GET?
There’s no limit to the number of photos I take at a wedding and give to my couples. But historically, I provide on average about 50-80 images per hour. For example, for a 10-hour wedding, the couple can expect around 500-800+ images. Naturally, the more time we have for portraits, the less driving or waiting around for people, and the more activities taking place (i.e. toasts, dancing), the more photos I’ll be able to take and give to my couples.
HOW SOON AFTER OUR WEDDING CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE THE PHOTOS?
You can expect to see a sneak peek of your wedding photos (about a handful) a few days afterwards, maybe sooner (on my Facebook fan page and Instagram account). Since it takes some time to go through all the images taken and remove the outtakes (someone blinking or not ready for the camera, test images, duplicates, etc.), plus I want to give great amount of love and care in colour correcting/enhancing every single one of the images you’ll get, it takes roughly 3-4 weeks total to for me to have all your images ready.
HOW WILL WE BE ABLE TO VIEW, SHARE, AND OBTAIN OUR WEDDING PHOTOS?
Roughly 3-4 weeks after your wedding, when I’ve completed editing to all your images, I’ll have them up on a private online gallery. I’ll be sending you a link and password to not only view and download the high-res, edited digital files, but also share your wedding photos with your family and friends. By default, this gallery will be online up to 14 days. Please make sure to have downloaded and backed up all your images by then.
DO YOU DO ANY COLOR CORRECTING/EDITING TO THE IMAGES BEFORE WE RECEIVE THEM?
I always strive to get the best image possible when I capture it in the camera. But all photos can use some enhancing, and that’s what I do to all of yours. Since there’s several hundred to a thousand plus images to edit, it takes a good 1.5-2 weeks to go through them all individually and do the colour correction.
This includes basic retouching like exposure, temperature, contrast, colour, cropping, sharpening, and a few other tweaks. Yes, I go through each of your wedding images one at a time (no batch editing). I want to make sure every single one gets the proper care and time before uploading them all online for you and your spouse to view and share.
WE ARE PLANNING ON ORDERING AN ALBUM FOR OURSELVES BUT ALSO WANT TO GET A COPY FOR OUR PARENTS, DO YOU ALSO PROVIDE THEM?
Yes! As much as I love putting together a gorgeous wedding album for my couples, I’ve found that doing so for their parents is special in a completely different way. I can only imagine how excited and happy your folks would be when they get a beautiful book filled with moments, portraits, and details from your wedding.
Perhaps a holiday, birthday, or a simply “Thank you” gift? I can create the same design and sized as the main one for your parents, or completely start from scratch with different photos and a smaller or larger book.
DO WE OWN THE COPYRIGHT ON OUR PHOTOS AND WHAT ARE ALLOWED TO DO WITH THEM?
Per the contract, we actually both own the copyrights to your wedding photos. But you’re more than welcome/have the rights to share, print, give away, use, and essentially do anything you’d like with your wedding photos provided it’s not for commercial/monetary usage. If you decide to sell your wedding photos or use them in a profitable/marketable way, then we’ll both need to fill out and sign a separate contract agreement.
WHAT DO YOU INTEND ON DOING WITH OUR WEDDING PHOTOS?
On our end, I intend to only utilize your wedding photos to promote Monika Szolle Photography, such as post my favourite images on my and other (wedding-related) websites, i.e. Hitched, Facebook fan page, Instagram, etc.
Aside from a few dozen of our favourites, all of which will be web-sized only, we won’t ever give away/share your photos to other vendors/third party organizations without your written consent. Rest assure keeping your identity and any other sensitive information private is our top priority.