a love given freely a committment to union an enduring togetherness a story worth telling
Hi! I know you’ve come here just looking to see some wedding video samples and find out about prices – but I don’t think we’ve met before, so if you don’t mind, let’s take a moment! So you’re getting married? WOW! Congrats!
That’s awesome! No REALLY – it’s awesome! I’m passionate about commitment, selfless love and the striving that comes with lifelong union!
The fact that you have entered into this journey, and are planning to make this commitment to each other is commendable but also beautiful – I hope you know that!
I’m keen to find out more about your story, what brought you together, what fun times you’ve had, the things that drive you nuts about each other.
So here’s the first thing you need to know about me. I’m not in this business to go through the motions and get paid – I want to creatively produce a product that celebrates marriage, reminds my clients of these good times, maybe it will even stir something up again if their marriage ever grows stale. I hope my films stand the test of time and are even one day watched by others who will be excited to see how your fruitful and resilient marriage began!
To get the best out of a wedding film though – both in terms of the end result, and our interactions on the day itself, it helps if my client buys into the ethos and are excited in partnering with me as we film your special occasion.
I’ll get the ball rolling on our getting to know one another! I’m married to my beautiful wife Steph with whom I have three beautiful kids – Two boys – Ruan and Jesse, and our newest baby girl – Robyn!
I am truely blessed and don’t half recognise it sometimes – but it’s pretty sweet to live on the North Coast of Ireland with good friends and family nearby!
My family aside, I also have deep affection for rugby, coffee, savoury pastries, US TV shows, travel, my church community and the song 'Africa' by Toto.
Will your cars, your flowers, your cake, your shoes still warm your heart in decades to come like moving images and sound will?
Invest wisely - don't be afraid to kick typical traditions to the kerb!
I aim to create fast paced, emotional and beautiful films. A clip of guests sharing a giggle – brilliant! A clip of your uncle looking very serious – that might not make the cut. I’m not interested in standing at the sidelines capturing the mundane, I work my butt off all day – always striving to capture the best elements of your big day! I look for the joy and excitement and (sometimes tears) – and it pulls together so much better in a short film rather than a 2hr DVD.
I’m happy to work solo – it’s what I’ve always done in my first six years of business. That said, the benefits of a two person team are undeniable… and in some cases necessary! A few benefits:
Much of the day is filmed as it naturally happens. On occasions I’m maybe ask you to stand in a certain place, or do something in a certain way – if this isn’t your style, just let me know. The couples portraits session is generally run by the photographer on the day, but I will occasionally chime in and ask for a certain movement, a kiss, or a walking shot. My feedback from previous clients has stated that I’m fairly discreet and enjoyable to be around on the day! awww shucks!
My packages are ‘a la carte’ you begin by choosing your short highlights, and if you want more, you can choose from the ‘add-on’ list!
My short films can be edited in two styles – this can be decided upon at time of booking, and again I’ll check this decision a few weeks before your big day.
|Highlights Film 3/4min £1250
|| Dialogue Story Film 3-5min £1300
- Second Camera Operator – £300
- 15 Minute Feature Film (includes vows) – £200
(in most cases only available along with ‘Second Camera Operator’ add-on)
- Vows in Full – £50
(separate video file – never forget your promises!)
- Ceremony Edit – £100
- Speeches In Full – £100
- Groom Prep – £100
(only available along with ‘Second Camera Operator’ add-on)
- Performances of music/Irish dancing/fireworks etc… £50+
- USB Delivery £80
(in bespoke decorative box)
You have likely not been followed around for an entire day by a photographer and so don’t really know what to expect. Your expectations might be built on family wedding memories – forget all you think you know and really look long and hard to see what’s available. It is a very saturated market ranging in very different styles and abilities. When my wife and I got married, we didn’t look hard enough! Photo’s were OK – I mean, they are memorable, and colourful and in focus… but soon after our wedding we started noticing the wedding photographers we wished we’d had!
Aside from checking out they can take a good snap – my top tip is this – You are with your photographer for a long day – please make sure they are your ‘kinda guy’! It really helps if you are like-minded, and get on with them.The best relationships I’ve observed between couples and photographers are very relaxed, full of fun, chat, and trust. Whenever you are feeling relaxed and having fun, you loosen up, and it shows in your photos.You will open up, your posing will become more natural and vulnerable, a good photographer will really capitalise on that, and capture the true emotions in your day.
There are a few more video specific preferences I have. The truth is, some photographers may have a mindset and style that doesn’t necessarily go hand it hand with my style. Natural light photographers help me out by not having flashes in all my video clips, and photographers who encourage the couple to truly enjoy the intimacy of their pose will help me too – I need at least a few seconds for a decent clip, an all too quick pose-snap-relax again approach doesn’t give me much to record!
Everybody has different priorities of course, but I’d encourage everyone not to scrimp on their photography. Will your cars, your flowers, your cake, your shoes still warm your heart in decades to come like photos and video will?
Please take a look at the following talented photographers who in my view tick all the boxes both not only creatively but relationally. You would love these guys!
Fraser Stewart Photography
"I’m a tall cheeky Scottish lad currently based in Northern Ireland. I love shooting weddings and I genuinely believe I have the best job in the world. My approach to wedding photography is to capture as many happy moments as possible in a natural, relaxed and discreet way. "
"Over the past 7 years, we have witnessed some wonderful occasions. Seasons of joy, times of change and symbols of loving commitment. We have the knack of being able to elegantly capture those moments that leave you scrambling for your camera. We favour a relaxed and personal approach to photography, which helps to take away any stress or nerves."
"We love the excitement, romance, beauty, and unpredictability that every wedding brings with it. Wedding photography allows us to be creative, and that's when we're happiest! For us, Simple Tapestry is about finding and photographing the connection & warmth between people. Celebrating the extraordinary days and the ordinary days in between."
Gather and Tides
"We specialise in creative photography. We like to call it storytelling. We celebrate real people, real emotion and individuality. We take photographs, we tell stories, we love being married! We think there is no better thing than seeing someone follow a dream and pursue what’s in their heart | We make an awesome team"
And all these guys are awesome too!
I’ve also enjoyed working with Chris Copeland, Mark Barton, Jake Samuels, Lifting The Veil, Connor McCullough, Paula O’Hara, Francis Meaney, Peter Thomas, Kat Mervyn, Steven Hanna, Paper Window, Lauren Rutherford, YouThemUs, A Higher Love….
and I look forward to discovering even more of the amazing crop of talent we have here in Northern Ireland!
"Not only are you incredibly talented but you're just the loveliest person to work with and we would recommend you to anyone."                                     Judith & Mark - 4.2.17
Please read the ‘Packages’ section above. Get in touch if it floats your boat! All the info is already here, please no requests for ‘price lists’ or ‘best prices’.
Your love matters. Your story matters. It deserves to have a film about it!