How long have you been photographing weddings?
I started shooting weddings about 10 years ago. I’ve lost count of how many it is now but I must have photographed over 150.
How do you work on the day?
My style is documentary which means capturing the day as it unfolds. I don’t like to choreograph too much as I’m constantly on the look out for real moments and candid shots. I can herd when needed however but I keep that to a minimum and let everyone get on with enjoying the day. I’ll pretty much know minute by minute what’s going to happen which means I can relax and really look around me. I’m quite gung ho and I enjoy the bizarre as well as the traditional. I will be the one up ladders and leaning out of windows to get my shot. I’ve snapped couples doing all sorts, including playing golf, rowing a boat, and buying ice cream from a van. Great fun!
Will you visit the venue before the wedding?
I will visit a venue if I think there is something about the running of the day that isn’t clear otherwise but generally speaking I don’t need to. I’ve photographed in some venues more than once but if it’s the first time I’ve been there it works better for me if I’m seeing it with fresh eyes. I might call the venue to have a chat beforehand about which areas I can access, if I can borrow a ladder etc but I’d rather wait until the wedding day and let my creative juices run wild!
I hate having my photo taken. Will this be a big problem when we do the portraits?
Very few people would actually say they enjoy having their portrait taken but, hand on heart, most couples end up loving it. I’ve found that letting people relax and be themselves mostly does the trick, but shooting way back with a long lens also helps! On the day the couple are so happy and smiley anyway they are putty in my hands. But I would recommend a pre wedding shoot with me as it will definitely help with photos on the day. It’s my favourite shoot and a great opportunity to get rid of any camera nerves.
What is your advice if it rains on the day?
I’d say bring some nice umbrellas just in case, then carry on regardless. The weather will do it’s thing but it’s never going to spoil the day and sometimes it makes for great photos.
Can you make an album for us?
Yes. I offer a range of beautiful fine art albums which can also be added to your package.
What is your No.1 wedding planning tip?
Buy plenty of confetti!! order 3 times what you think you'll need then you should have enough!
Sandra was everything we could have wanted and more as a photographer for our intimate wedding. Her style was seamless and yet really responsive to our needs whenever we asked anything of her. I am painfully self-conscious about photographs of myself, and my partner is a sometime-cameraman with a strong sense of what styles he likes and dislikes, so we're not at all easy to please, and yet the photos of our ceremony and afterwards with our friends in the park fill us both with joy and delight every time we look at them. Somehow Sandra captured all the joy and love we all felt and wrapped it all up in a sun-kissed and petal-strewn set of photographs we will treasure for the rest of our lives. After the ceremony, she delivered previews to us extremely quickly and even the final photographs were delivered earlier than we expected. Not only is Sandra a warm and kind person, she's also the most fantastic photographer and delivers the best service one could expect. We cannot recommend her highly enough.
I rate Sandra so highly for several reasons: her work is not only wonderful, spontaneous and well curated but we never felt awkward or instructed. The pictures really do transmit what my husband and myself are, our essence. She made this possible through her calm demeanor, putting us at ease so easily and willingness to work with us in every way possible; quirkiness, romantic, or just plain silly. Most importantly, she was flexible with her time and really thought out of the box. Hence, the pictures were fantastic and we get to relive that day every time we see them!
Sandra was absolutely amazing, she knew exactly what we wanted from our wedding photo's and delivered exactly what we asked. We were blown away by her dedication to documenting our wedding – and her creativity in positioning herself to take the perfect shots. Sandra was also incredibly flexible, happy to work with us to find quiet moments throughout the day and evening to get some lovely photos of us with just the right balance of intimacy and fun. We received over 350 delightful photos from the day, which were a mixture of candid and posed shots, and really cannot thank Sandra enough for truly capturing the spirit of the day in a way that we will treasure forever. We would recommend Sandra to anyone who was looking for a photographer for their wedding or special occasion. Thank you Sandra!
I am so beyond happy that my husband Woody & I found Sandra when we did. On the day Sandra and her second shooter (Gigi) were friendly and lovely to have around, and never imposing, efficiently capturing the "official" moments that we wanted to tick off of our list while managing to catch special, quiet moments without us noticing that they were there. The ideal combo of being both present, and subtle. The editing on the pictures is gorgeous as well. If you want a fun, stress-free experience who will make you feel excited and at ease in equal measure, don't even consider anyone else. Sandra is the best of the best and if you can get her you are very lucky - she will understand your wedding planning, make sense of it and unobtrusively ensure it captures the feel of the day, and it will all look truly wonderful.
Sandra is simply the best photographer ever. She's incredible to work with and her photography is outstanding. We met Sandra through a friend and hired her for a surprise proposal and were so amazed by her photos that we asked her to shoot our wedding in London. She was so kind and helpful, but believe me, when we saw the pictures we were amazed! Sandra likes to catch the moment instead of creating an artificial scene and i think this is what she is strongest at. We never looked for another photographer after we met her. Later on we invited her to our second wedding ceremony in Turkey and we were so happy that she accepted. We now have over 1,000 photos taken by her and each one is so precious for us. If you are looking for a photographer to catch your most important moments I think that Sandra Reddin is the only name you need to know.
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