Steve is a skilled wedding photographer with ten years’ experience in the industry. After studying documentary photography at university, Steve pursued his passion and developed his skills in the UK and abroad under some of the world’s leading photographers.
Getting to know couples is one of the reasons Steve loves his work so much and he would be honoured to be a part of your big day. He will take the time to listen to your wishes and make a plan together, ensuring that you will be happy with the results. He strives to make the whole experience enjoyable and will put you at ease in front of the camera.
Steve’s approach to photography is to capture real, genuine moments as they happen, sometimes with a little direction. Steve has a great eye for detail and recognises that even the small things can be an important a part of your day. He will document many moments of love and joy between the two of you and your loved ones so you can remember them forever.
There are three packages to choose between, which suit many budgets and can be tailored to reflect your unique needs. He guarantees at least 500 well-edited photos and can offer a luxury handmade Queensbury photo album.
Whilst Steve is based in Oxford he shoots weddings around the UK and enjoys travelling abroad for destination weddings.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the price of your service?
My three Wedding Photography Collections are designed to suit a range of requirements and budgets. I would advise calling me direct to discuss a bespoke package that is perfect just for you. If you prefer, complete the contact form on my website and I will send you my Pricing Brochure. To help with your wedding planning at this stage, Wedding Photography Collections start at £1500 for a Full Day’s Photography of at least 10 hours
What services do you offer?
My services include, but not limited to: *Consultations. *Extensive Photographic Coverage. *Private Password Protected Online Gallery. *Choice of 1 or 2 Photographers. *Digital Images Delivered on USB in Presentation Box. *Album Design and Luxury Queensberry Albums.
What does the wedding package include?
Wedding Photography Collections start at £1500 for a Full Day’s Photography of at least 10 hours by master photographer, Steven Urwin. You will receive 500+ Edited High Resolution Images delivered digitally plus an Online Gallery to share with family and friends, with full personal copyright licence. All prices include VAT and include travel and accommodation expenses in the UK. In addition, I offer a choice from the range of luxurious Queensberry Wedding Albums at highly competitive prices starting from £300
How far in advance should I contact you?
As soon as your date is planned and you have confirmed your wedding venue then you need to book your photographer. Having said that, I would be more than happy, at any stage of your planning, to talk you through what photography services are available. More importantly, I would like to hear from you of any special images you would like me to capture so I am able to record your day as you envisage it.
Do you cover more than one wedding a day?
No. You have us exclusively for your date.
Are you able to travel?
Yes. I have, and continue to, photograph weddings throughout the UK, the Channel Islands and Europe. If you are planning a long-haul destination wedding then please get in touch.
What is the charge for travelling?
Whichever Wedding Photography Collection you choose, there will not be any additional costs unless we have explicitly agreed these beforehand. If I choose to travel to your wedding day location the day before or stay close to the location when your celebrations have finished, any accommodation or meals will be at my cost. If you are planning a wedding overseas then visit the Destination Weddings page on our website for full details.
What style of photos do you take?
Whether it is preparing at home, the wedding ceremony itself, or the reception, my style of wedding photography is best described as authentic and honest. I focus on candid and natural expressions with a hint of direction from me! I love finding amazing opportunities in ordinary settings and scenery, and bringing out the most comfortable side of you. I have been photographing weddings for over 10 years and my experience tells me that all weddings will have opportunities for emotive photojournalism. Throughout the day, I will be seeking out those natural, romantic moments too, when the two of you are alone reflecting on how your day is unfolding. When the time is right, I will be looking for those golden moments to shoot against beautiful natural backdrops or dramatic skies which can only be captured with the sun low in the sky and an in-depth knowledge of photographic technique and professional lighting. The same techniques will be employed to bring out the very best images of your first dance as a married couple and of your friends and family as they celebrate long into the evening. I appreciate clients who appreciate detail. I shoot weddings to include all those little pieces and parts you have woven together to make it YOUR day but I will also be focusing on those candid, unscripted moments that WILL happen – and would probably be forgotten in the fullness of time – unless captured for you and your family to treasure forever.
What kind of equipment do you use?
I use the latest high-end Canon equipment (I always carry 2 bodies) and prime Canon lenses. I have undergone extensive training in photographic lighting techniques and will deploy the use of professional lighting equipment at the appropriate times to ensure we function effectively throughout the event, especially after the sun has gone down.
Do you offer any tool to display the photos online?
The high-resolution images are delivered on a beautifully presented and password protected online gallery. From this gallery you can download hi-res files, print high quality prints and canvasses, send photos to family and friends, share them on Facebook or use them in any other way you can think of!
Do you send all the photos taken?
No. I eliminate duplicate images, test shots, missed focused shots, images I consider are unflattering and other images that may dilute the overall quality you would expect. As I shoot with low apertures, sometimes I take a few extra shots to make sure I have the perfect focus. I don’t expect you to have the expertise, or the time, to zoom into each image to select the one with the sharpest focus, so I spend hours doing that for you. Every image delivered to you is post-produced. This involves colour correction, exposure adjustment, selective black and white processing, clarity adjustments, tone-mapping and other corrections. Some wedding photographers do not edit any images, or will only post-produce selective images from your wedding. This means that you may have pictures that are too dark, have strange skin tones or other common photography flaws. Every single one of the 500+ images you receive will be edited.
Do you work alone or do you have a team of professionals?
There is a highly skilled team behind S.R.Urwin Wedding Photography. Most couples ask for 2 photographers to cover their day and I am always the lead photographer. I will be your sole point of contact leading up to the wedding and on the day itself.
In case of unforeseen circumstances, do you have a replacement photographer?
All weddings I have undertaken to date have been carried out by myself. Over the years I have built up a network of professional wedding photographers to call upon, if needed.
Do you charge per hour or per event?
The fee is for the entire event - from getting ready in the morning and then all the way through to capture those fun celebrations on the dance floor!
If needed, would you be able to work extra hours?
Of course - and this could include any family events you are planning on the evening before your wedding day.
How do you charge extra time?
We will discuss how you want to use our services over and above our usual event coverage and decide on any additional fee. You will find me more than able to accommodate your requirements.
What are the forms of payment?
Bank transfer please
How do you work?
Firstly, there is no wedding too small or too far away that doesn’t deserve to be beautifully documented. Whether you are planning an intimate wedding with just your closest friends and family, or something on a grander scale, I will ensure your precious memories are preserved to share with loved ones, for ever. Good photography is more than a fancy camera. I’ve spent years perfecting my skills and countless hours photographing weddings. I know how to get the shot predictably, every time. I know what makes a great composition and how to capture feelings and show emotions, in a beautiful way. As a professional wedding photographer, I will know the flow of the day having photographed many weddings before, so know exactly where to be positioned for the perfect angle for your first kiss, or when that close family member sheds a tear. I won’t be fazed by bad lighting conditions. Whether it be a dark church ceremony or dance floor, or an overly bright reception hall, I know within seconds where the best light will be, and the best spot to stand. To unlock the secret of good wedding photography you need to choose a professional photographer who can stay fully focused for what is likely to be 10 hours or more. I truly believe that what makes a wedding are the people you choose to invite. That’s why at your wedding, your VIP’s become my VIP’s. I understand weddings are more than just the union of two individuals – they are to celebrate the coming together of two families. That is why I will ensure we devote proper time and attention to family members, as well as the happy couple. There are times during the day when I need to focus on natural posing. Whether you feel awkward in front of a camera or are a natural, I will make sure I give you as much direction as you need to create natural, comfortable poses. I will always pay attention to unflattering angles and awkward expressions. At the same time I will be creating an environment where your personalities and affection for each other are the focal points, and when the sun starts to go down my focus will turn to you, friends and family members having FUN!! Choosing the right professional wedding photographer will not be easy. My advice to couples is always to make sure you CONNECT with the photographer you decide on. Make time to get to know each other and then it won’t feel like you have invited a stranger to your wedding. You will be surprised at what a difference this can make to your final photographs.
Can I see a full wedding from start to finish?
Of course! I pride myself on consistency and understand wedding photographers are selective when it comes to choosing images for their websites. That is why, when I meet potential clients, I encourage them to view full weddings I have shot.
Do you have Liability Insurance?
As a professional wedding photographer the answer is yes, both Public and Private Liability Insurance. Many venues require the photographer to have Liability Insurance. So if you are thinking of hiring Uncle Billy, make sure he’s covered!
We live some distance from you, so meetings to discuss our wedding photography will be difficult. Are there any other options?
I would love to meet with you before your wedding day but we can handle everything remotely if you prefer. Just let me know what information you need and I should be able to accommodate any request. For example, if you would like to see more of my work, I can gladly show you complete events online. We will need to discuss timelines for the wedding day, as well as getting to know each other better, so telephone calls and webcam appointments can be arranged.
How does the wedding album design process work?
After you have viewed and selected your images, we will design the album layout for you so it accurately reflects the events of your wedding day. This can then be proofed through your password protected online gallery. Once you are happy with the design you can expect to receive your Queensberry album in around four to five weeks. For more information visit our Luxury Album page on our website.
How do I reserve you for my wedding date?
All dates are reserved once we receive your signed contract and deposit.
16 Reviews for S. R. Urwin Wedding Photography
Recommended by 100% of couples
Thanks for playing a vital role and making us feel super comfortable on our special day. Steve; the pictures taken by you are truly amazing. - Hussien and AyeshaSent on 14/04/2020
He made us feel comfortable...
We had our engagement shoot with S.R.Urwin Wedding Photography in the summer. We had a wonderful afternoon walking around Oxford and Steve was great! He made us feel comfortable and we all had a good laugh. We can’t wait to have him photograph our wedding next summer!! - HayleySent on 12/11/2019
We are so proud of ourselves for choosing you.
We want to thank you so much, for making our day so perfect. You really made our day so special! People say, having photographers on your wedding day feels awkward and imposing. We can, hand on heart, say the complete opposite. You both really made our day, and now thinking back, it wouldn’t have been the same without you. It’s hard choosing suppliers; we are so proud of ourselves for choosing you. Thank you so much. - Jane and DaveSent on 12/11/2019