My style, approach, gear, insurance, everything you may need to know

Where are you based?

I’m based in South London and generally provide my services in the surrounding counties, including Surrey, Kent, East Sussex and West Sussex. That’s not to say I’m not open to shooting elsewhere. Get in touch and we can discuss your day.

How would you describe your approach?

Somewhere between reportage and fine-art.  For the most part I will document you day, like a fly on the wall with a camera.  While at the same time, I will ensure that I capture timeless, stylish images of you and your guests.

Does this mean you do not do portraits or group shots?

I can fully appreciate that family members will want to have a traditional portrait or two to put on their mantelpiece. However, I’m not one of those photographers who will spend hours doing this. Neither you or your guests will want to spend your day doing a photo-shoot, so I always recommend limiting this part of the day to 8-12 shots so I can focus on documenting your day and you can get on with enjoying yourselves and the company of your guests.

How do you prepare for a wedding?

A few weeks before the wedding, I will scout the venue. I also insist on meeting you, to ensure we are all on the same page with regards to the big day. The day before your wedding, I charge my camera batteries, I format my memory cards, I make sure I’ve got the venues location programmed into my satnav and I ensure there’s plenty of petrol in my car.

What cameras do you use?

For the most part, I usually use the following cameras:

  • Fujifilm X-T3
  • Fujifilm GFX50R

I also have an assortment of lenses, ensuring that I’m fully prepared for any situation that may arise on the day, including a weather resistant set-up for rainy days. I always take multiple cameras with me on the day to ensure I’ve got a back-up should there be any malfunctions.

Do you shoot colour or black and white?

Both. Personally, I prefer black and white images. However, I always try to ensure that at least 40% of the images you receive will be in colour. If you’d rather have just black and white images, then get in touch as there are discounted rates for this.

Do you edit your photos?

Yes, I generally prefer to have complete control on how your images look, so I’m not one to outsource the post-production to an agency or someone else. I use the latest Adobe software available and ensure all your images are backed up in several places during the editing process.

What happens after our wedding?

It varies on the package you’ve selected. But generally, I will try to get your images to you within three months after the day. During the editing process, I sometimes share images on my Facebook page too. If you’ve opted to have a hardback book, this will usually take a little bit longer, as the production process involves more work.

Are you insured?

Yes, I am fully insured.  I have professional indemnity insurance along with public liability insurance.  Many venues do insist that photographers have insurance, so if you wish to see my details, do not hesitate to ask.

Do you shoot video?

I do.  I have recently decided to expand the services I offer to include a highlights video.  Naturally, I can’t do everything, so should you decide to hire me to video your wedding, we will need to hire a second photographer.  I’ve worked with several photographers who I can recommend in heartbeat.  For more information on my videography work, please visit www.cdmiller-videography.co.uk.

And what about you?

I’m married, I have two young children. I’m 41 years old. I like to think I can play guitar and I like to watch films when I can… mostly films that include spaceships and superheroes.  I also have my own personal photography blog, where I write about various projects, trips and equipment I am using: www.cdmpix.co.uk