Bristol Wedding Photographers - Duncan Mein Photography
Welcome to the website of Duncan Mein Photography, Bristol Wedding Photographers. Thanks so much for stopping by my site today. Given that you have made it this far, you are most likely starting to look for a wedding photographer to cover your special day. So firstly, allow me to say huge congratulations on your engagement, and then let me tell you a little bit about me and my style to give you an idea if I may be a good fit.
A Little About Me
Hi, I’m Duncan, a Bristol Wedding Photographer. I LOVE weddings, be it as a guest or as a photographer. Whilst each wedding is totally unique and reflects the individual personalities of the brides and grooms, the one thing they all have in common is that they are filled with such heartfelt expressions of love, happiness and pure joy. Being surrounded by people celebrating and having fun makes a wedding venue the best “office” to work in and I often think how lucky I am to be able to play a small part in such an important day. Being a wedding photographer truly is the best job in world.
Check out the 'About Me' page If you want to find out a bit more information about Duncan Mein, Wedding Photographer Bristol.
(ps - If it's portraits you are interested in, head on over to my sister website Bristol Portrait Photographer )
A Little About My Style
Having been through the wedding process from the other side of the lens, I know how important it is to choose the right photographer, whose work you love and whose style speaks to you.
I consider myself primarily to be a documentary wedding photographer, capturing the moments as they happen. You won’t find me directing people, re-organising rooms, recreating special moments or staging shots. My style means I take a ‘fly on the wall’ approach so you might not even notice I’m there. I am great at blending in, leaving both you and your guests at total ease to enjoy the day without worrying about being photographed. In fact, the moments you are blissfully unaware of the camera usually produce the most beautiful, emotional and dynamic frames.
Every couple is astonished by how quickly their big day flies by, but beautiful photographs last long after the wedding day is over, and hopefully they will invoke amazing memories when viewed even many years later. My goal is to capture all the memorable moments from your wedding and tell the story of the day as it happens.
My wedding photography work mainly uses a digital format, but I also shoot on film if the opportunity arises so it’s not uncommon to see me with some rather retro looking film cameras. Digital is great, but film photography - shot in the right conditions - is simply gorgeous.
Have a quick peek at my Wedding Portfolio to gain a better understanding of my photographic style and see some examples of my Bristol Wedding Photography.
Wedding Photographer Bristol and the South West
Having lived in Cheltenham and Bristol for over 14 years now, I feel incredibly blessed to be able to work as a Wedding Photographer in Bristol and the South West as we have some of the most incredible wedding venues and naturally beautiful landscapes, which are the perfect setting for any happy couple’s special day. I love exploring all that the region has to offer and meeting with so many lovely and creative couples in the process. It's brilliant hearing all about your wedding day ideas and plans to show off these spectacular wedding venues to their very best.
Check out the blog for some of my more recent work and travels with my camera in Bristol, the South West and beyond.
Thanks once again for stopping by. If you like my style and are looking for a relaxed and friendly Bristol Wedding Photographer to capture your big day, I'd love to hear all about your plans - so do get in touch.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the more common questions I get asked:
How Do I Go About Booking You?
My booking process is very simple. Firstly, I will send over a copy of my contract for you both to read, sign and return. Once I have received the signed contract, all I ask is for a deposit of £100 and that's it - I am yours for the day.
Are You Insured?
Absolutely. I am fully insured for both Professional Indemnity & Public Liability and can provide certificates upon request if necessary.
What Happens If You Are Unwell?
I have never missed a wedding to date and have barely taken a sick day in my working life, so fear not, I will be photographing your wedding if you've booked me. That said, I am a member of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP) and they have an SOS hotline I can use in case of emergencies. In such situations, I would ensure to find a photographer with a similar style to my own and arrange for them to cover your wedding. Whilst I have never had to make use of this, it's nice to know there is cover there in case of that one in a million emergency.
Do Your Prices Include VAT?
Yes. All of the prices quoted on my website are fully inclusive of VAT. No hidden charges, no surprise bills. What you see is what you pay.
Will I Get All The Raw Files?
In short, no. RAW files need specialist software for you to view them, tend to be very large in size and look a little flat and dull if I am honest. The hi-resolution, hand edited JPEGS that I do deliver, however, look stunning and are yours to print, create albums with, share and post all over social media.
Do We Have To Have Formal Group Pictures?
Not at all. This is totally up to you. I have no fixed format in terms of how I cover your day so just let me know at any point during our time working together and I will ensure you get the coverage you want.
Do You Use Flash?
If at all possible, I prefer to use natural light over artificial flash as it means I can blend in and not draw attention to myself. There are parts of the day however that do sometimes need flash to capture the moment (and capture it well) so I do carry some speedlights with me to cover all bases. I take pride in my ability to use flash sympathetically and your images will all look soft and naturally lit, even if I had to use flash.
What Happens If It Rains?
My ethos here is hope for the best and prepare for the worst. During my pre-wedding site visit, I am always looking for beautiful spots for photos (both inside and out) so if the worst happens and it does rain, I always have a backup plan for where we can get some beautiful frames.
Do We Need To Feed You?
I know first hand how expensive weddings are and there is no need for me to make it any more expensive, so I am perfectly happy to feed myself. If there is an option of a meal however, that is always greatly appreciated and I am totally happy to wolf that down in the kitchen with the other suppliers.
What Equipment Do You Use?
I take pride is using only the best professional grade photography equipment from Canon and Profoto to ensure your day is captured beautifully. I also bring lots of backup equipment with me so I know I can always document your day fully, even if something decides to stop working.
How Long Do I Have To Wait For My Images?
I usually have a few preview / teaser images ready a couple of days after your wedding, which I like to post on Facebook and Instagram. The rest of your images will be available 4 weeks after your wedding (if not a wee bit sooner).
Do You Work Alone?
Normally I work as the principal photographer with my assistant (who is a god send). For larger weddings or when you need additional coverage, I can arrange for a second photographer at an additional cost. I only ever work with photographers whose style is similar to my own and who share my approach to photography.
Do Your Prices Include Travel Costs?
Yes. The price you see is the price you pay for all UK weddings, no hidden costs.
I Would Like An Album. Is This Possible?
Sure. I am happy to provide you with a quote for a bespoke album so let me know at any point during our time working together. The album company I use offers Fine Art and Matted albums in various materials and colours, so you are spoiled for choice. Take my word for it, they are absolutely beautiful and in my eyes, the best in the business.
How Long Does Your Coverage Last?
When you book me for a full day, I am with you for 10 hours. It's totally up to you when you would like coverage to start and end so just let me know. Some couples like more morning preparation coverage, whilst others prefer more evening dance-floor shots. Additional hours can be added at an extra cost if you so wish as well.
How Many Images Can I Expect To Receive?
For 10 hours of coverage, you can expect to receive between 400 and 500+ hi-resolution images that are ready to print.
Will My Images Be In Colour or Black & White?
I always deliver a mix of colour and black and white frames but am always happy to provide you with both colour and black and white copies of any special images - just ask.
Can We Order Prints Through You?
Absolutely. I am very happy to provide you with a quote for all the prints you require. I outsource this to the same company I use for my albums as I think they produce the best prints in the business. Just let me know the size, number and paper you would like your prints on and I can arrange all of this. They can even cater for framed prints with their beautiful, handmade wooden frames as well.