Lavenham Photographic

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About Lavenham Photographic

I pride myself on being polite, professional and approachable. I attend weddings dressed in a suit like any other guest. My approach is to be as discrete as possible more much of the day, allowing you to enjoy your wedding day with your guests as much of the time as possible. Obviously the more formal photos that are required, the less time there is to spend with your guests, but I try to leave the bride & groom as much time as possible mingling, time which I spend circulating the wedding capturing both candid photos of the day, and approaching small groups, families and couples to get as many photos as possible of your entire wedding in a true and atmospheric style. - Ben

Based on the Suffolk-Essex Border, our professional service captures every aspect of your wedding day; the details, the atmosphere, storyboarding your whole day as it happens.
The bulk of the day is spent photographing in a reportage style, ensuring you spend plenty of time with your guests. People usually find these candid photographs a lot more relaxed, and we capture more of the atmosphere of the day.

The formal line-ups need not be too formal, and the posey shots are usually far from posed. ‘Arranged’ is a better term, we feel posing you too much won’t ever look natural, we’d much rather photograph you looking comfortable and relaxed, arranging you in beautiful surroundings for memorable photographs.

Lavenham Photographic is recommended by leading wedding venues throughout Suffolk & Essex. Find Us On facebook too!


Frequently Asked Questions:


What is the price of your service?

Various Options, priced from £1000. USB-only Options, Packages including fine quality albums, or Albums, USB, Frames and Thank You cards. Please see our website for up to date package prices.


What services do you offer?

I specialise in wedding photography only, capturing weddings in a variety of styles, the atmosphere, details, romantic photos and more formal groups, always aiming to give every single photo a very relaxed and happy feel!


What does the wedding package include?

Various packages are available, from USB-Only, USB and an Album, or the Platinum Package with larger album, copies for parents, USB, thank you cards and a frame or a canvas. Reduced coverage until the beginning of the meal-time is available also. See our website for up to date package prices.


How far in advance should I contact you?

Some clients book me years in advance of their wedding, some just months before! Every year I turn away bookings on dates I'm already booked for, so don't hesitate in finding out if I'm available for your date!


Do you cover more than one wedding a day?

All of my work is mine personally, I never send over any other photographers to work in my name. A a result I only photograph one even per day, and do get booked up quickly!


Are you able to travel?

I'll usually travel to wherever I'm needed!


What is the charge for travelling?

Weddings within an hour and a half of my home address are usually not charged any extra travel costs


What style of photos do you take?

I change my style of photography whenever the day calls for it! After 800+ weddings over 17 years I know exactly what photos need arranging, and any time in between I'm looking for the casual, atmospheric photos of everyone enjoying their day!


What kind of technology do you use?

I'm a Nikon user, using huge sensor, 36MP camera bodies and nothing but the finest quality lenses available!


Do you use a specific technique or innovative approach?

I'm always complimented on my discrete approach, with clients always telling me they weren't aware that so many of the photos were even taken! The art, however, is being able to be invisible when I need to be, but also being able to command the whole wedding when the time comes to get things done! I think this is where some photographers can either be too shy to command a wedding, or far too loud and brash and get on everyone's nerves! I like to think I get this just right!


What kind of equipment do you use?

I carry two camera on me at any one time, meaning I'm always ready to capture whatever photo opportunity may arise! The finest Nikon camera bodies, and only the finest, sharpest quality lenses, wide, telephoto and prime lenses of all types that I use as and when I want to craft a photo in a particular style


Do you offer any tool to display the photos online?

Photos are usually put on the website for guests to view, and it's entirely the client's decision whether to keep this for their personal viewing, password the gallery and share with their guests. Most are happy to leave the gallery unlocked for all to see. Visit my site now, under 'View Photos' and log in to see entire weddings, and exactly what clients have received from me from their wedding day's photography.


What''s the delivery time for photographic report?

Photos are usually available to view on my website around 5 to 10 days after a wedding, with the USB being prepared and sent to the client not long after this time frame.A design for an album is usually emailed within 6 weeks, for the client to approve or suggest changes to. Once we send the album to the printers, it takes only two weeks for them to produce.


Do you send all the photos taken?

I'll put the photographs through an editing process, and only send them to the client once they've been sorted, colour adjusted and perfected!


Do you work alone or do you have a team of professionals?

I've always worked by myself. This enables me to have a very personal approach. If you see my photography work, my album designs, even my website design and layout, every bit of it is the creative output of myself- Ben Brown


In case of unforeseen circumstances, do you have a replacement photographer?

I have a list of photographers who I'd contact if for any reason I couldn't attend the wedding. It would have to be a life-or-death reason though, I'd never skip anyone's wedding, take a second booking, or for any reason leave a client without a photographer!


Do you have the rights to publish the wedding photos?

I always ask my clients if they are happy for me to share the images from their wedding. If anyone would rather they were kept private then that's fine with me! I don't see them as my property, they are the clients' very special memories, and it's a privilege to be able to share them!


Do you charge per hour or per event?

My Package prices are for the day's work, with a usual finishing time of 8:30 to 9pm usually, within reason. Extra hours are chargeable, if there's a reason you'd like me to stay later into the night/


If needed, would you be able to work extra hours?

My Package prices are for the day's work, with a usual finishing time of 8:30 to 9pm usually, within reason. Extra hours are chargeable, if there's a reason you'd like me to stay later into the night/


How do you charge extra time?

My Package prices are for the day's work, with a usual finishing time of 8:30 to 9pm usually, within reason. Extra hours are chargeable, if there's a reason you'd like me to stay later into the night/


What are the forms of payment?

I take payment by bank transfer, card over the phone, or even paypal. Only a deposit is taken to confirm the booking, the balance is due around a month from the wedding date. It is fine with me, if it suits the wedding budget, to pay this in chunks throughout the year however.


How do you work?

I like to this I'm friendly, approachable, aiming to always make the client as comfortable as possible. I like to be as invisible as possible when I need to be, and as commanding as is required for the formal photographs that they can be done with as little fuss as possible, so the client can get back to enjoying their day and spending their day with their guests.Yes I need to make sure I get as many photos of the bride and groom as I can, but certainly not to the point where they couldn't spend much time with wedding guests!


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    Jennifer Boot · Married on 30/04/2016

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    Perfect

    Thank you Ben for making sure we will forever remember our wedding day at Leez Priory on 30th October 2015.

    We couldn't have asked for a better photographer. You were so professional, helpful and supportive throughout our day. Thank you for keeping us on track with the tight schedule we had, and for remembering all the specific photos we had discussed during our planning meeting.
    Our guests were so impressed with the way our photos have turned out and we couldn't have been happier, especially with those Autumn colours you managed to capture so beautifully.

    Thank you for helping to keep our perfect wedding day in an album for us to look at and remember forever.

    Jen & Stuart Anderson

    Sent on 23/11/2015

    Lavenham Photographic's reply:

    Thanks so much Jen & Stu! I'm so pleased you're happy, it was a pleasure being your photographer! :-)
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    Sebastien Fleurance · Married on 07/03/2013

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    Awesome!

    Ben photographed our wedding on March 7th this year and he has been absolutely amazing the whole day! Photos were amazing and the ones he showed our guests before the start of the evening on his laptop got brilliant comments from them.
    He's also done our thank you cards (which look amazing!) and we are impatiently waiting for our book!
    Ben you have been awesome, thanks again!!!!!
    Ellen & Séb

    Sent on 29/03/2013

    Lavenham Photographic's reply:

    Thank you, thank you! Such kind words! I'm so pleased you are so happy with it, it was a pleasure to be your photographer!
    I'll get working on the album design as soon as I can and be in touch!
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    Debbie Howe · Married on 20/10/2012

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    Fantastic photos

    This is probably one of the hardest decisions to make when booking suppliers as the photos are all you have left to remind you of the special day. What a relief that I booked Lavenham photography, the photos were fantastic. Ben was very polite and friendly, he wasn't over overpowering, I have been to so many weddings where the photographer is often a little rude or very intrusive. Ben was very nice he made a point of remembering all the names of the important members of the family, which was a task in itself as my husbands parents are both remarried! I have a photo of every stage of the wedding, when you flick through the photos its as if its been filmed. I couldn't have asked for better photos they are stunning.

    Sent on 26/12/2012

    Lavenham Photographic's reply:

    Hi Debbie,
    Thanks so so much for taking the time to leave me a review! Very kind of you, and I'm so glad you are so pleased with the photos! All the very best to the both of you! (And Happy New Year!)

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Lavenham Photographic FAQ

  • How far in advance should I contact you?
    I can get booked up pretty quickly, do get in touch as soon as possible to secure your date
  • Do you cover more than one wedding a day?
    No
  • What is the charge for traveling?
    Weddings within a couple of hours travelling distance will have no extra travel fees added. Furthers distances may have a charge of £50-£100 added
  • What style of photos do you take?
    Traditional
    Artistic
    Photo journalism
    Fine art photography
  • What kind of technology do you use?
    Digital
  • Do you use a specific technique or innovative approach?
    I feel I must capture many types of photography on a wedding day. Many photographs are completely candid, to get the real atmosphere, but also details, overviews of surrounding and arranged shots too
  • What kind of equipment do you use?
    I use nothing but the highest resolution cameras and the finest lenses available. I edit these down to the best and then colour correct every photograph too before delivering the final set
  • Do you offer any tool to display the photos online?
    Yes
  • What's the delivery time for photographic report?
    1 month
  • Do you send all the photos taken?
    No
  • Do you work alone or do you have a team of professionals?
    Alone
  • In case of unforeseen circumstances, do you have a replacement photographer?
    Yes
  • Do you have the rights to publish the wedding photos?
    Yes
  • Do you charge per hour or per event?
    Per event
  • If needed, would you be able to work extra hours?
    Yes
  • How do you charge extra time?
    Until First dance is typically included in the packages, finishing around 8:30. Extra hours are £75ph
  • What are the forms of payment?
    I accept card or bank transfer for payment
  • How do you work?
    I like to think I blend in nicely with a wedding, I dress appropriately, and work discretely when possible, but I'm also able to step up when needed to arrange any photo I know I need