Where are you located and what service/products do you offer?
I’m based in Norfolk, but I provide services all around the UK. I offer luxury and bespoke wedding photography with a difference – I offer a premium service from the very first time we speak to the very last. I include my bespoke hand editing with every wedding package to ensure that your wedding photos are tweaked to perfection in my signature style. I also offer airbrushing and retouching with each package to ensure that any minor flaws on the day don’t make it into your wedding album. I offer a service that any bride or groom will struggle to find with any other photographer – I shoot in a high fashion, creative and timeless style, and due to my hand editing, each and every photo is perfected, so you don’t just get a handful of great photos, you get an entire album full of them. I don’t just take pictures – I tell love stories. For more information about how that makes me different, this can be found at:
What makes you different to other wedding photographers?
Not only do I offer a luxury and bespoke service to all of my brides, but I also offer several things that most wedding professionals don’t – hand editing, creative editing, airbrushing, retouching, planning, scheduling, free physical media with my packages and so much more. For more information about what makes me so different, see https://www.sarahbrooksby.com/whyme.html My customer service is also what makes me so different – as I’m so selective and exclusive about which weddings, and how many of them that I will cover each year, I’m able to offer my couples a truly bespoke and luxury service, all the way throughout the planning to the delivery of the photos. Because I don’t overbook myself, I have so much more time to give to each couple, and I don’t put my clients onto a conveyor belt to cram as many weddings in as I can to earn more cash. I put my clients before the pound signs, every time, without fail, and not only do my clients get my fantastic photography, but they also get my luxury planning and scheduling, extra communication and meetings, and more time spend on their wedding than most photographers are able to offer due to overbooking themselves.
How long have you been involved in the industry?
I’ve been a professional photographer now for over 5 years, but I’ve been an amateur photographer since my teenage years, where I studied art and drama before going on to complete my three photography degrees.
What planning advice would you give to couples?
To always plan ahead and make sure that on the run up to your wedding, you’re not stressing about everything at the last minute. A well planned and organised wedding equals a happy and relaxed bride and groom, and a more enjoyable and love filled day. The weddings that I’ve covered over the years where things have gone wrong, or the couple have been stressed – are almost always because things were rushed through at the last minute and the couple were still running around the day before the wedding trying to finalise everything.
Have you got any trend tips for couples planning their own wedding?
In 2018, DIY wedding planning is taking the UK by storm, and the best things that I’ve seen that are on trend have been homemade sweet carts, DIY fairy light walls, DIY fake flower bouquets and buttonholes, DIY selfie booth props, DIY venue decoration with fake flowers and so much more. I’m always happy to offer advice to any couples looking to create a fairy tale DIY wedding, so please don’t hesitate to head to my website to get in touch, or for some wedding inspiration through my photos or my blog which features entire wedding albums so you can get some #realwedding inspiration.
Have any weddings you attended left a lasting impression and why?
Almost every wedding I attend does – the only ones that don’t tend to are the ones where a couple elopes at a registry office and have no after celebrations – they tend to be very short and very quick due to the nature of registry offices. I’m not saying they are any less beautiful, just that you don’t get the chance to leave your personal mark on your day like you do with a reception venue. The most fairy tale weddings I’ve covered have been at venues where the bride and groom have really personalised and decorated the venue to suit their personalities. Some of my favourites were an orange and blue themed tipi wedding in a field, a fairy tale hall wedding with a forest and fields for the couple to have their photos taken in and a beautiful traditional hall to celebrate in, an old country house which the bride had covered in pastel on trend flowers, lights and other beautiful things, and a wedding at a country hotel where the groom was a member of the queens guard and he had his squad come along in full uniform – it was quite a sight! I have so many beautiful memories from over the years that it would take me all day to list them, but those are the ones that spring to mind when I’m asked about the weddings that left the most lasting impression on me over the years.
Any other information you like to add?
I think every wedding is beautiful for its own reasons, and every wedding is special because they’re all so unique, so if there's any other information I’d give brides and grooms – it’s don’t be afraid to be yourselves and get stuck in making your wedding as true to yourselves as possible. Out of the box and unique weddings are the best ones – where the couple have really put their own mark on the venue to make it reflect who they are, what they love, and what love means to them.
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