Can you supply a second photographer?
Yes. I work with Caroline Coeur, who is totally in tune with my style and approach. This means you get broader coverage without the photography becoming obtrusive. I wouldn’t compromise my distinctive style of photography by working with anyone else. The main advantage of this approach is that you get vital moments during the ceremony, reception, speeches, and the dancing recorded from two angles, giving a cinematic feel to the story. Having Caroline there to photograph also means that both the bride and groom’s preparations can be documented and ensures that unposed shots are still being taken while the family group shots are being organised during the drinks reception.
How far will you travel?
Distance is not an issue, and I work all over the UK. I love working at new venues and old favourites alike. Travel expenses are included for most UK weddings, but occasionally I may have to quote extra depending on the distances involved and the wedding logistics.
Can we provide you with a list of must-have shots?
Pure documentary wedding photography is all about observation, anticipation, spontaneity and reacting quickly to real moments – not contriving them. This approach provides a faithful narration of the day. Providing me with a list of ‘must have’ images would contradict my work method. You will, however, find that most of the shots on the typical bride’s must-have list will be captured by me in my style. This is always something I’m happy to discuss at pre-wedding meetings. If there are certain people you'd like me to concentrate on, please point them out to me on the day. It goes without saying that the bridal party and close family are easily recognisable on the day, and I’ll pay close attention to ensure they feature.
We don't want prep covering, can you tailor a package?
I can. However, I’m a storyteller, so starting a wedding at the ceremony would be like writing a novel and starting at chapter three. Finishing my coverage as you sit down for the meal would be like walking out of a football match after 60 minutes! If you’re looking for a bespoke package, let me know at the time of enquiring. I am happy to discuss your needs!
Do you take formal family group shots?
Yes, of course. I always recommend a maximum of 5-8 small, intimate groups of immediate family and the bridal party. To ensure you have as much time as possible with your guests, I recommend around 20 minutes of formal group shots. To help you plan, allow 3 minutes per group.
We got married in June 2022. Choosing Ian as our wedding photographer was one of the best decisions we made. We did not want staged posed photos. We wanted someone to capture the magic of the day, the moments we did not see... (and make us look good in the process!). From Day 1 (our intro zoom call) we knew we had found the very best. On the day some guests thought that Ian was a friend, others commented on how unobtrusive and relaxed he was. Ian (and Caroline) simply blended into the background and went with the flow of the day. We had absolute trust in them during build up, on the day and post the wedding for editing/finalising. They totally took the stress away. The finished article was amazing. They exceeded our expectations more than we could have ever hoped. We highly recommend Ian & Caroline. Wonderful people and incredible photos! Thank you so very much! xxx
We had seen Ian's work online as he had regularly photographed our wedding venue. However, we already had a photographer booked. Cue COVID and two change of dates and our original photographer could no longer do our date. We reached out to Ian and we are so glad that we did. We had a zoom with him to make sure we were on the same page as to what we wanted. His style is more documentary rather than hour after hour of posed photos. We could not be happier with the whole experience. He is such open, warm and friendly guy who we felt comfortable with instantly. Later on in our journey, Caroline joined - a truly perfect addition. Both Ian and Caroline came to capture our wedding at Prestwold Hall. It felt like they were old friends and guests, rather than there to do a job. So many of our guests spoke of how nice they both were. We had two 'staged' photo shoots for 15 mins each. This has resulted in a perfect balance of shots. He caught so many fantastic moments. I know everyone is always happy with their wedding pictures, but we were completely blown away. Every small detail and event was captured by either Ian or Caroline. They have different, but complementary styles which really create a match made in heaven. We have just completed the impossible task of selecting which ones to go in an album and I know that we will adore the album just as much. We can't face that this is the end of the journey with Ian and Caroline so might just have to get married again so it's not all over.
From our first meeting with Ian, we knew instantly that we wanted him as our wedding photographer. We both knew we didn’t want many staged photos as we aren’t the most comfortable in front of a camera, so Ian’s documentary style was perfect and captured the day so naturally. We decided we wanted an engagement shoot with Ian too so we could capture some photos of us with our dog and practice being in front of a camera before the wedding. Ian helped to choose the perfect location in the woods and the best timing to get the setting sunlight. It was so relaxed and easy, we felt like we were just on a normal dog walk with friends. Then when we got the images back, we were over the moon. Ian had captured some cracking moments and even managed to get our dog to pose…no mean feat that’s for sure! On the day of the wedding, Ian was great, especially as we had a lot going off and needed him to go to/from two locations. He arrived in the morning and was instantly mixing with my family and bridesmaids, he made sure everyone was comfortable and relaxed before snapping away. He then drove across to capture the groom and groomsmen getting ready which was such a special extra to have. For the rest of the day, Ian was just like one of the guests, he was smartly dressed and mingled in with everyone so well…most of the time we didn’t even realise he was there! Ian is not only an amazingly talented photographer but also the nicest, kindest man and the best person to have around on your special day. He has such a genuine heart; nothing is too much trouble, and this shows through his photos and his eye for capturing the most magical, emotive moments. We can’t thank him enough for providing us with a storybook of our day and for giving us memories we will forever look back on and cherish for years to come ???? Thank you so much!
Ian took our wedding photos. He is phenomenal in every aspect. His talent is outstanding, even made an ugly mug like me look an absolute rock star. His work ethic knows no bounds, getting to the venue early and staying late to take party photos. Everyone loved him and importantly to us, he wears a very nice suit on the day, such that he blends into the guests and is able to take very unobtrusive photos really capturing the moment! We loved working with him from the very first meeting to the very last when choosing wedding albums. I would recommend him to anyone!!
Ian was one of the first people we booked when we started planning our wedding, we met him at a wedding fair at Norwood Park and loved his style, we wanted a photographer who would really document the day naturally and so we knew instantly that Ian was perfect for us. Ian is so friendly and approachable and wasn’t trying to push us to go with him at all, he loved talking about his work and the passion he has for his job is clear to see. He invited us to his studio to see some of his work, he showed us weddings he had previously done at our venue so we could get an idea of the settings, explained why he takes phots in certain ways and made us feel completely at ease- it’s like we were old friends having a chat! We were so happy that he was available for our wedding day! On the wedding day Ian was great, he arrived early to meet us looking very smart. He was soon laughing and joking, sharing stories with my mum and bridesmaids as we got ready, helping to make everyone feel relaxed as he captured that exciting time. The rest of our amazing day went by far too quickly, and we felt like we hardly saw Ian, he blended in with the guests so well. We were sad to say goodbye as he left- much later that night, after the first dance! Ian got the internet link to us so quickly, we were on honeymoon, so it was the perfect setting for us to see all the photographs! We were AMAZED by them! WOW! He captured everything, every emotion of the ceremony was there in the photographs, the excitement, the love, the laughter. We have never seen photographs like it, this capture of emotion continued through all parts of the day: fun with guests, quiet moments just Kris and I, special moments with family, children being cheeky, all captured together. Looking through our album now feels like we are reading a story of our day. We could not be any happier or grateful of all Ian’s hard work and we cannot recommend him enough. We will forever treasure our photographs and they will be displayed proudly all around our house! Thank you so much Ian!
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