Hi, I'm Matt, I don't really like to go on about myself, I prefer to hear from you and have a chat but here's a little about me anyway.
I am not only a wedding photographer, I mostly shoot weddings but I bring my lifestyle and fashion experience to my weddings. I'm told I am super chilled which helps keep things calm when things get hectic on the wedding day.
Although I am dedicated to photography, I have a lot of interests. Mountain Biking and Snowboarding used to be my life, now that I am a photographer the adrenaline levels have been turned down. Although recording moments in time and creating something beautiful does give me a buzz, one of the reasons why I am a photographer.
I think there’s a reason why the tradition of a photographer at a wedding has remained, it’s simply the most beautiful way to do it. A wedding is an elegant occasion so I like to treat it as such. I won’t be seen giving orders or hauling around the sort of equipment that would make Spielberg envious. If you do this you will miss the stories. The stories are unfolding in front of me, they don’t need my intrusion, the events will happen, and that’s what I do, simply capture the story as it unfolds.
Frequently Asked Questions:
DO YOU TRAVEL ANYWHERE?
I am based in Surrey so anywhere in England is pretty easy for me to get to. I love to travel, so anywhere your wedding may be I will get there, if it''s up a mountain in then that''s fine.
How can we talk to you about our wedding day?
You can email me, give me a call on the phone or we can meet up in person for a chat about your day. If you are not available to meet in person prior to booking then that's fine because we will always meet before the wedding day at the Pre-wedding shoot.
We really hate having our pictures taken, that person with their eyes closed in every picture, well that's me!!
Nearly every single one of my couples says this, I don't often hear "yes I love having a camera pointed at me!''. It''s really not a problem when I use the methods of shooting I use, there's none of this awkward posing you might think. It''s more us having fun and interacting. You'll discover this in the Pre Wedding Shoot.
IS A PRE-WEDDING SHOOT INCLUDED? INFACT WHAT IS A PRE WEDDING SHOOT?
A Pre-wedding shoot is included. I love the Pre-wedding shoot, and they are a great way for us to get comfortable with each other. They are always without fail a lot of fun. Basically we will meet up for a chat and then go grab some pictures. Within minutes most of the ''awkwardness'' of having your picture taken will be gone. As well as the benefits from having a Pre-wedding shoot you can use the pictures to create something for the wedding day, like a signing frame or signing book. Or you may just like to create a small intimate album just for yourselves. It''d be nice to have some pictures of each other that aren''t blurred selfies of you across the pub!
WILL YOU BE THE PHOTOGRAPHER ON THE WEDDING DAY?
Absolutely. The relationship we will have built up is important, you have requested my personal vision and interpretation of the day.
ARE OUR IMAGES EDITED?
Without getting too geeky about it I photograph using a format called RAW, this basically means that every picture must be ''developed''. Every picture will be attended to for colour, sharpness etc and some images will be enhanced to achieve a creative vision. I generally keep editing to a minimum for realism and consistency however if there is something which concerns you please let me know and I can work wonders in post production.
Can I buy extra albums and wall art?
Of course, lots of couples opt for a pair of mini albums to give to the family. Or you can have an additional album for yourselves, anything is possible just speak to me about your ideas. I love creating items for the wall, many of my couples opt for a particular image with an artistic edge to set off the interior of their home. To have some art in your home where you are the subject is great.
How do we book you?
Easy, Just let me know and I do the rest.
Are you insured?
YES. The last time I managed to set fire to that country manor the insurance paid for a complete restoration. Only kidding! But yes I''m totally and utterly insured.
What is the price of your service?
Prices depend on the location of your wedding and time of year. Where ever, and when ever your day is please do just send me a quick message and tell me about your plans, and I will send a brochure of this years pricing. I would like to do my best to tailor something for your day and nothing is impossible, so please do just say hi at first.
What services do you offer?
I am a photographer, so, I take photographs :) . Some of the things I often do are photograph amazing weddings, usually for the entire day so I can produce a documentation of the whole story from start to finish. Pre wedding shoots, portrait shoots, Rock The Frock sessions, I do them all.
What does the wedding package include?
I mostly to cover the entire day from start to finish, from this I create an amazing story as it unfolds.A Pre Wedding shoot, high resolution files, private on-line area, all the advice I can offer from my experience at hundreds of weddings and photo shoots are included. Please do message and tell me about your plans, we can work on how to create the best cover for your day.
How far in advance should I contact you?
Please do message as soon as you begin to plan your day, I am booked up to 2 years in advance. It's important to take your time finding your photographer so it's important start as soon as possible. If you are looking at short notice please do message anyway, you never know!
Do you cover more than one wedding a day?
I have never covered more than one wedding in a day. I dedicate myself to one story at a time.
Are you able to travel?
Yes. I travel anywhere, literally anywhere.
What is the charge for travelling?
Anywhere within the UK mainland is usually no extra cost. Outside the UK please do message for a quote, I just check flight prices and costs and come straight back to you with costings.
What style of photos do you take?
I like to capture things naturally as they happen, this is often referred to as Documentary style. I do like to inject some fashion and lifestyle flair when possible, after all why not you'll look amazing. You will most likely want to keep friends & family happy so this will mean some of those 'family formals', this is not a problem and I will make them as painless as possible.
What kind of technology do you use?
I use top end professional standard equipment, this is usually Nikon and Fuji top of the range cameras and lenses. I use the most reliable and well made memory cards and storage equipment. Post production wise safety and security of your pictures is priority. This means backing up memory cards and using multiple RAID drives (google it...) so that your pictures are safe as houses. To process images I use Photoshop and other Adobe programs. Professional photography equipment is expensive and for a wedding I will make use of about 15k worth of equipment.
Do you use a specific technique or innovative approach?
Without giving a lecture on photographic theory, I approach photographing people as if they are people, funnily enough! Most people aren't models so I do the photography bit and you be yourselves.
What kind of equipment do you use?
Professional level cameras, lenses, and post production equipment. Lenses are the most important part so I invest in the best money can buy.
Do you offer any tool to display the photos online?
Every one of my clients have their own private on-line area. From here you can download, share and all that fun stuff. This is accessible from all types of device.
What''s the delivery time for photographic report?
I aim for you to see your first pictures within 2 weeks.
Do you send all the photos taken?
All images that have passed quality checks and then edited you will receive. No two weddings are the same so the amount of images depends on the weddings. For an average wedding if there is such a thing you can expect around 500 images.
Do you work alone or do you have a team of professionals?
Consistency throughout you photographs is absolutely essential, so I mostly work alone. I do have trusted photographers I work with when logistics require this.
In case of unforeseen circumstances, do you have a replacement photographer?
Us photographers are a helpful bunch and we are do our best to help each other out. I have agreements with fellow professionals and we act as sick cover to each other in case of the worse. Saying that in all the years of shooting weddings I have not once had to make use of this arrangement, but it's good to know it's there.
Do you have the rights to publish the wedding photos?
I do like to show off amazing weddings, so I do occasionally use pictures on-line. If you would like your pictures to remain private just let me know.
Do you charge per hour or per event?
We usually have everything worked out beforehand so the prices are per event as per agreed.
If needed, would you be able to work extra hours?
I usually have no time limits to my entire day coverage so this should not be required.
How do you charge extra time?
We will have a chat and work something out.
What are the forms of payment?
Usually by BACS, or what ever is easier for you.
How do you work?
I work as inconspicuously as possible. A wedding is a wedding, not a staged photo shoot. I naturally want you to enjoy your day as a wedding, this also aids my style because I want you and your guests to be relaxed and natural.
Reviews for Matt Lee Photography
Recommended by 100% of couples
Sarah · Married on 10/02/2017
Matt Lee is a superb photographer. I cannot recommend him enough. He truly captured the day for us and we have some brilliant photos to treasure. Not only is his work, frankly, breathtakingly good, but he is also a totally lovely chap. He has a very easy, chilled manner which really helps when you are not used to having your photo taken at all. He is very calm and professional and extremely skilled at what he does. We have some really lovely photos of our friends and family having a good time, which is really what we were after. Thank-you Matt!Sent on 24/03/2017
Laura · Married on 04/11/2016
Our Stunning Wedding Photos
From our initial contact with Matt he made us feel relaxed and excited about our big day. His communication is great and he answered every question I had (there were many!).Sent on 05/01/2017
We had a pre wedding photo shoot which gave us an opportunity to get used to being photographed and at this point we realised how relaxed Matt is, which instantly put us at ease.
We received our photos within a week, they were absolutely stunning and we were so excited for our big day!
On our big day Matts relaxed approach allowed us to enjoy every minute of our day, we hardly knew he was there but the photos tell the story perfectly, he didn't miss a thing, from signing the register to my veil falling out!
The weather wasn't on our side for our wedding, it rained all day, but Matt did everything to make sure we still got some fantastic shots in the rain (our choice!) and in the freezing cold in the evening (our choice again!). He really did go the extra mile for us!
Our photos are beautiful, natural and timeless, we are so grateful. Thank you Matt!!
Rose · Married on 01/09/2016
An Amazing Find
To cut a long story short, my now husband Josh & I were really confused and struggling to distinguish between photographers claiming to be of a certain standard but actually having work to show to back up the claims. We happened to click on Matts profile because the picture looked beautiful & elegant while not over the top. It wasn't until we went through to his website that we realised Matt was the real deal and FINALLY the sort of thing we had been searching for. After looking though his portfolios we knew had found a gem so contacted him straight away. From that point onwards and to this day Matt feels like a friend. Our families all took him to heart and on the day it really felt like Matt was a friend, not just someone supplying a service. The pictures Matt has made for us genuinely bring tears to our eyes, I starting sobbing the moment I saw the emotion Matt had somehow managed to capture. I think above all that's what for us stands out is that our pictures show our friends & families personalities & emotions, and we have some amazing artistic photos of us for the walls of our new house.Sent on 04/01/2017