What is your Photography Style?
I am looking for relaxed couples who wish for natural, romantic, dreamy wedding images and up for a good laugh in the process!I will capture every detail of your wedding taking natural and beautiful photographs, the result is a personal story you will cherish for the rest of your lives! I enjoy building relationships between myself and the couples and I understand how important my role is on your wedding day, It is a honour for me to capture your special memories!
Where is Helen Russell based?
I am based in North East, willing to cover the whole of the UK and the world.
How long have you worked as a professional photographer?
I set up my own photography business in 2007 photographing families and children. When planning my own wedding in 2010 I got obsessed by the magical wedding industry, If I wasn’t exhibiting at a wedding fair I was visiting them as a bride. Since 2011 I have photographed nearly 200 weddings.
How long do you stay at my wedding?
I will arrive around 1.5 hours before your ceremony, until your first dance around 8.30pm
How many photographs do you take?
Over 1000 then I will select the best ones for editing, the images will go through a post production stage, before presenting you with a minimum of 400 images.
Family group photographs?
Yes it is important to photograph to document your friends and family at your wedding as this is your history however I do advise keeping them to a minimum to leave room for me to capture creative shots for you.
Do you shoot alone?
Yes you are booking Helen Russell , my creative vision. I get into the zone and work very hard to capture everything.
However I do have the option of a second photographer if you really would like one.
I would like an album?
We have a selection of luxury albums to choose from. You can use the online gallery to proof your images and select them for your album. You will view a PDF of your album before it reaches the printing stage.
I would like to make prints of my wedding images?
No problem I offer license to reproduce with all of my packages
When do I view my images?
Post production and editing takes around 6 weeks after your wedding depending on the time of year.
Can my friends and family view my photographs?
We will provide you with a web gallery to display your photos to
friends and family where they can purchase their own prints.
I do not live near you how can we chat?
Telephone, Skype, Facetime.
What equipment do you use?
5D Mark 111 a selection of L series zooms and primes to shoot your wedding in the lowest of light and have every angle covers.
What are you Qualifications, Experience and Awards?
BEST UK WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER UKWA 2016 with Hitched, You and Your Wedding & Perfect Wedding Magazine.
Photography Video and Digital Image BA Hons.
Licentiate Qualification with the MPA.
Newcomer Portrait Photographer of the Year MPA North East.
A Photographer based in the North East with 9 years experience in the industry, who has photographed hundreds of kiddies, hundreds of weddings, with 60 weddings alone in 2012.
Shortlisted for the The Wedding Industry Awards “North East Photographer”
Do you have Insurance?
Of course!!!! Public liability and Indemnity.
What if I become ill and I cant make your wedding?
I really hope this will never happen however I am friends with lot of well established wedding photographers who will gladly come to my rescue.
How do I book you as my Wedding Photographer?
It is only £200 to secure your wedding date, the rest payable one month prior to your wedding. We also fill contracts in for peace of mind for both of us. I am now limiting the quantity of weddings I do each month and my diary is filling up fast for 2017. It is always advisable to book your photographer soon after booking your venue.
Do you require a meal at the Wedding?
If you hire me for the full day it would be lovely if you could supply me with a hot meal.
What is an prewedding shoot?
A chance for us to get to know each other better, for you to become comfortable in front of the camera, to create some lovely portraits of you both in a location special to you. I can also turn the images into a personal guest book for people to sign.