The Penrose Wedding Guide 

Please take your time to read over my guide, this will help you understand how I work and also help you get the most out of your special day. If you have questions that haven't been answered, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Closer to your wedding day I will be in contact to catch up and go over your final plans. At this point I will send over a questionnaire. This is so I have everything I need to plan for your big day. It normally takes around 10 minutes but this will mean I have everything to make your day go as smoothly as possible.

Shot List

What is a shot list? A shot list is there to make sure I don't miss any photos you want. It also means we can get through the group shots nice and quick so you can get back to enjoying your big day. Please find an example of a shot list below, 

1.Bride and groom with parents,

2.Bride and bridesmaids,

3.Groom and Groomsmen,


One thing that makes the day go a lot easier is a schedule. Both of you will be very busy chatting to everyone you don't want to have to think about what is coming up next. If you are able to send me a rough schedule of the day I will carry it with me so you don't have to. It also means I know what's coming up next so I can make sure I am ready to capture each moment.

Leave time for your very own portrait couples shoot. 

I normally steal you away for 10-20 minutes to get some nice couple portrait shots. This is also a great time for you to take a minute to see each other. You will find the day will go very fast and everyone will want to speak to you. Having some time for me to take a couple of nice snaps, will also give you two time to chat. In your schedule if you can leave 20 minutes or so for us to go away and do a quick shoot then we can get those winning shots and you guys can have a breather. 

Wedding Insurance

Do I need this? My simple answer is yes. Your wedding will be one of the most expensive days of your life. I believe you should always plan for the worst and having insurance is the best way to do that. When Covid hit thousands of couples lost out due to the fact they didn't have insurance and nothing to cover them. You can get it as cheap as £50 from online comparison sites. This will give you both peace of mind, if anything were to happen, you know you are covered.

Write it down.

This is more for after the wedding. Write down everything you can remember the day after your wedding. Kellianne and I did this as we were getting ready to go on our honey moon. After 2 weeks we had forgot so much that had happened but reading our notes, brought all the memories flooding back. Its so simple to do and you will not regret it.

Questions & Answers

When will I receive my amazing images?

I normally take around 4000-6000 images and have to go through each one, cut through bad images and edit them to make them perfect. Due to this it can become quite time consuming. I aim to get the photos to you between 4-6 weeks after the wedding. I know you will be wanting a couple so I will normally send you 5-6 in the first week or two just to tide you over until the rest come through. After they have all been edited and checked I will send you the log in so you can view them all in high resolution and download them through your personal, bespoke online gallery. After editing you should receive 400-600 amazing images in colour and black & white. 

Picking your images

I understand you will want to share these images with your friends and family. But sometimes it's nice to keep some for yourself. Once you receive your personal login, I will also send you the guest log in. The guest log in will only show the images you want them to see. For example, if you want the bridal prep images hidden, you just click hide on your account and the guests won't be able to see. If you have any questions on how to do this please let me know. 

Will you be eating with us?

I don't normally sit with the wedding party, I normally sit away from everyone so I am able to back up my images, so please don't worry about adding me to your table plan. As it is a long day I do kindly require food and drink to be included as part of the contract. If I sit down and eat at the same time as you, it means I don't need to leave to go get food and miss any of your big day moments. 

What happens if your ill or can't make it?

I work with a lot of other wedding photographers that would be able to step in and would have a very similar style to me. If you didn't want to go with the photographer you will be able to get a full refund. As I grew up in Cornwall on a muddy dairy farm I have a pretty good immune system so you shouldn't have anything to worry about.

Are you insured?

Yes, I have full Wedding photography insurance which covers myself and people who work with me for everything. Some venues might need to check this so I am happy to call them if they need to double check. 

Will you post our images on social media?

I like nothing more than showing off your beautiful images on social media. I understand not everyone likes this, if you don't want me to post images just let me know. Most of the time I will message you anyway just to check you are happy for me to post images. If you dont say anything I will take it that you are happy for me to post them. 

Can you film some of the day?

If there is going to be a speech or a moment you would rather have filmed let me know. It will mean there will be no photos at this time but I can film parts. As I am not a videographer i won't be able to do any video editing but can put it onto your USB if part of your package. 

Accommodation and travel cost?

Depending on the travel distance I may include a cost for travel and accommodation. This would all be agreed before booking. Normally anything over 2.5 hour away from BS20.

How long will you stay on the day?

I normally start from 2.5/3 hour before the Ceremony. Most of the time this will be around 8-9 in the evening but if you need me to stay later that is fine. I find by 10 the drinks have been flowing and people are not really in the best place to have their photos taken.

Can you help out?

The main aim of the day for me is to document your day so you can look back on it in years to come. Of course if you need a hand grabbing something or checking with staff at a venue just let me know. I want to make sure your day goes the way you want it and will do whatever I can to help.

Do you use a drone?

I do bring a drone with me to each wedding and use it where I can. It all depends on the weather and if its right to be using it. If your venue needs proof of a drone licence please let me know and I can get it sent over.

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Engagement shoot hints & Tips

1. Set the Scene for your Engagement Photos

Location, location, location. Before you go to your neighborhood park for your engagement pictures, consider what really inspires the two of you and look for a place that reflects that. If you need help I can give you some locations which can be really good.

2. Wear Something you’re Comfortable In

It’s true that what you wear has great influence on your mood, and in the way you walk and feel. While it’s only natural for you to want to look fantastic in photos, wearing something you’re actually comfortable is key. If you have long hair make sure its put in a way that if the wind blows its not going to mess it up. I wouldn't recommend wearing clothes that don't have branding all over it. This will help make the images more natural.

4. Come Up with an Activity

It’s easier to forget that there’s a camera around when you have something to do. Go for a walk around the neighborhood, play your favorite table games, prepare breakfast or even go apple picking! I love it when engagement photos are full of natural movement, spontaneous laughter, and genuine emotions. I will give you activities to do though the shoot so dont worry if you can't think of anything.

5. Bring a Prop to Change Things Up

If there is something you two love, bring it along. If that is your pet dog, a photo of you from your first date or an activity you love. Once couple brought their little boy along and a picnic blanket. We had so much fun and it really took their minds of the camera.

6. When in Doubt, Kiss!

Where do we put our hands? Which way do we look? These are some of the most frequently asked questions I hear during the engagement shoot. My tried and true tip to help you loosen up in front of the camera is to go in for a kiss! It’s a great way to help you connect with your partner and bring your focus back to each other. After all, this is what your engagement photos are all about, right?

7. Make a Date Out of it

One of the greatest tips is to make your engagement shoot part of your day-long date. Take a day off of work if you’re shooting a weekday and enjoy your time together while getting ready for the shoot. Starting the day off with this mindset helps you to feel romantic when you head into the photo shoot. Plus, you’re already dressed to the nines and look your best – why not finish the day with a delicious meal at a restaurant after the shoot? Sounds like a million dollar idea to me!