Professional wedding photographer in Congleton, Cheshire and North West
I am Lisa Cowen, a Cheshire based wedding photographer who absolutely adores both weddings and photography (so I’m definitely in the right job!!). I have been a full time professional photographer for 8 years now and I have photographed over 300 weddings. I was thinking about what this actually means in terms of experience and it made me realise that I have fluffed/ straightened/ adjusted more than 300 different, beautiful wedding dresses! I have probably organised somewhere in the region of 3000 group photographs (gulp), have captured tens of thousands of both portraits and natural, reportage style images, and to top it all, I have probably taken around a quarter of a million wedding photographs in my time!!! Gosh!! You would think I would be tired by now!!😉 BUT….here’s the thing…… every single wedding is totally different; there are different venues, different weather conditions, and completely different characters and personalities, which means that even if I photograph a venue on more than one occasion, the photographs will always be totally unique!!
As every wedding is so different, I am very flexible when it comes to the plan of the day, but in general I usually arrive with the bride 2 hours before the ceremony begins to capture some photographs of the bridal preparations. If you would prefer me to head straight to the ceremony venue instead that is no problem at all. I am normally allowed to photograph the key moments of the ceremony, and then after the service I usually take some group photos either at the ceremony venue or at the reception venue. I find that a wedding naturally lends itself to different styles of creative photography; there are times when I will use a photojournalistic style to capture hugs and tears and proud smiles, and then there are certain shots, such as the signing of the register, throwing the confetti and cutting the cake etc which, although traditional shots, I like to capture as naturally as possible. At a couple of different points in the day, preferably both before and after the wedding breakfast, I usually like to take the bride and groom away from the crowd, just for 10 minutes or so, to get some couples shots, and I also photograph the speeches.
Throughout the day I will be capturing your celebrations using a natural, reportage style, so that you will be able to relax with your guests and enjoy yourselves. The responsibility is on me to create the images that I am looking for, so for most of the day you won’t really know that I am there, and when you do I work very efficiently so that you can continue enjoying your celebrations without disruption. I stay until the wedding breakfast is over, and then I take the bride and groom for some more couples shots, along with any special requests, before I head home. I do not need to stay until the first dance as I will have already captured the best part of the day, with the best light and therefore the best photographs. If, however, you would really like me to photograph the first dance, I do offer this coverage as an optional extra.
If you would like to arrange a meeting so that we can discuss your plans in person, please do contact me. The meeting is a good opportunity for me to show you some albums so that you can see how I photograph a full wedding, from start to finish. We can talk through your plans and I can answer any questions you might have and provide you with any advice you may need. I will then give you with a booking form, and if you decide that you would like me to photograph your wedding I then ask you to return the completed form along with a deposit of £150 which secures your date.
I am a qualified, licensed member of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers, and I have professional indemnity and public liability insurance.
I carry lots of spare equipment, and my cameras each have 2 memory cards to back up your images on the big day.
Registration No: 7998778. Registered in England & Wales.