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My name is Russ and I'm a creative, documentary wedding photographer based in Somerset. I've been shooting weddings all over the UK since 2009.

MY APPROACH

I aim to capture real moments without influencing them so I don’t interrupt and I don’t tell anyone what to do. It’s your wedding and there are no rules about which photos you should or shouldn’t have. If you don’t want a staged photo of you signing the register, don’t have one! So much happens at weddings there’s really no need to set anything up.

I do encourage couples to spend a short time away from everyone for a few relaxed portraits but again, you don’t have to if you don’t want to. I'm also more than happy to shoot a handful of group photos, but for most of the day I’ll be looking for the laughter, the tears, the hugs and the love.

I really try to blend in and have fun with everyone whist I work because we find that if people are relaxed around me, they tend not to notice the camera. People often say it was just like having an extra guest and I believe that’s the key to good documentary wedding photography. Not only to be completely immersed in the day but also to be in tune with the energy of it as every wedding is unique.

PACKAGES

I offer coverage of between 6 and 10 hours. You don't need to commit to a package when you book, they are just to give you a general idea of cost. You can decide exactly how much coverage you'd like at any point before the day. Images are delivered digitally on a secure online gallery with unlimited downloads. Albums are also available.

Please do visit my website for more details. Thank you!

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Frequently asked questions

What services do you offer?

Photography
Pre wedding
Albums
High resolution photos

What does the wedding package include?

Coverage by Russ and approx. 500+ individually edited photographs (depending on chosen package) - Private online gallery with unlimited free downloads

How far in advance should I contact you?

At least 12 months if possible, but try me for last minute bookings - you never know!

Do you cover more than one wedding a day?

No

Can you travel?

Yes, south West England

What is the charge for travelling?

No charge for South West UK

What style of photos do you take?

Traditional
Artistic
Photo journalism
Fine art photography

What kind of technology do you use?

Digital

What kind of equipment do you use?

Canon Mirrorless (R6) and 5D MK IVs as backups

Do you offer any tool to display the photos online?

Yes, smugmug online gallery with unlimited free downloads & a user friendly print ordering system

What's the delivery time for a photographic report?

2 months

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 hour

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

Yes

How do you charge extra time?

As a pro rata hourly rate based on the original package fee

What are the forms of payment?

Bank Transfer / PayPal
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Anonymous Sent on 08/03/2018

We could not have asked for more

We would like to bestow heaps of praise and commendation on How Photography. When we say How Photography, we mean the lovely team that are Russell and Laura. It will be the best money you've spent and you will be thrilled and overjoyed with the results. Russell & Laura have outstanding customer service skills and they delight in pleasing their very satisfied customers. We could not have asked for more and they even go the extra mile to give that personalised service that makes you feel very special and we know that we will remain friends after our very positive experience. They were both very relaxed yet remained extremely professional, capturing some amazing shots and future memories. Our friends and families all commented on how good the 'photographers' were and two of our guests who are getting married next year said that they would like How Photography to capture their special day. The website was amazing to review our wonderful photographs and we were delighted that we could browse them at our leisure with our friends and relatives. The CD arrived with all of the shots on and we have been able to peruse and print until our heart's content. Our final words to How Photography is THANK YOU and what a pleasure it's been having you work our amazing day...
Paul & Sarah - Wedmore
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Anonymous Sent on 08/03/2018

I felt totally at ease

My new husband and I cannot express how much we love our wedding photos. Russell How and his team really did a sterling job from start to finish. The pics are exactly what we wanted; really natural and reportage. We can't believe how many pictures were taken too, such good value for money. It was lovely having Russell there on our wedding day- I felt totally at ease in front of him (even when I was getting ready and stressing out majorly!) it was like having a friend taking our pictures. I am Brand Manager of a fashion company and part of my job consists of art directing fashion shoots, so when it comes to photography I am probably harder to please than most, but his images really captured people's personalities and idiosyncrasies which only seems possible for someone whom has known our friends and families for years- Russell obviously has a talent for anthropology and capturing moments in time that really record the beauty of weddings. I will definitely be recommending Russell to all of our friends who are 'next'. If you are reading this trying to find a wedding photographer-snap him up before he gets a 6 year waiting list!
Kara & Tom
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Anonymous Sent on 08/03/2018

Every picture tells it's own little story!

We don't think 'Thank You' really covers it. It is hard to put into words what an amazing job you've done! You were both so professional, organised and unobtrusive in capturing every moment of our special day. You have given us the best gift of all, a beautiful, chronological account of the day that we will never get bored of looking at. Every picture tells it's own little story! Our guests all commented on how amazing you both were on the day and how incredible the photo's are. From the moment we contacted you shortly after our engagement, throughout the planning stages, the big day itself and the album selection we could never fault you on the high level of service we have received. You're passion and commitment to your work is abundantly clear. We can't wait to see the album and are confident that this will be the icing on the cake! Both you and Laura are incredibly talented and we would highly recommend you both to anyone looking for a photographer. We certainly couldn't have made a better choice and you more than surpassed our expectations. THANK YOU!
Seb & Amy
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Anonymous Sent on 08/03/2018

The emotion captured in the photos was fantastic

We cannot more highly recommend that you book with Russell and Laura. We organise our wedding within 6 weeks and only managed to book Russell and Laura in the last 2 weeks (despite them having another event straight after!). At the time I was living in Kent and getting married at St Audries near Taunton so until the wedding day all communication was over the phone. I felt this may be slightly difficult but was totally happy after speaking with Russ, so booked the next day. It was definitely the right decision as we now have over 600 stunning photographs of our wedding, the difficulty now will be choosing which ones to print. In fact, while looking through the photograph's for the first time after the wedding, I was a little tearful. The emotion captured in the photographs was fantastic, Russ and Laura had managed to incorporated special parts of our wedding such as the ceremony beautifully and exactly as we had previously discussed.
Louise & James
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Anonymous Sent on 08/03/2018

The end results were perfect

Russ and Laura photographed our wedding in May and we were delighted with the whole service that they provided from beginning to end! We felt that they really listened to what we wanted and were very accommodating and enthusiastic about our suggestions. On the day they were friendly and polite to our guests, very organised and professional and managed to melt into the background so did not disrupt the day at all! The end results were absolutely perfect and fitted the description of what we wanted so well, not only being beautiful photographs but really capturing the mood of the day. We both feel that Russ and Laura offered excellent value for money and would highly recommend them!
Helen & Toby - Hestercombe
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Anonymous Sent on 08/03/2018

Better than we ever could have expected

Fantastic wedding photography team! Russ and Laura came along to shoot our wedding day on a Bristol farm in spring. We met up with Russ a few weeks before the wedding and knew immediately that he would do a fab job. He was totally in tune with what we loved about our venue and how best to bring the most of it out in our pics. He was so easy to get along with and they both felt like an extra couple of friends on the day - sharing or big day. They handled our large mob of family and friends with patience, humour and courtesy through the whole day and evening. We researched photographers in the area very thoroughly and feel so lucky to have found Russ and Laura, and at such competitive prices too! The finished product is a set of wedding pics that are better than we ever could have expected. From the bride's make-up session and lads' button-hole struggles, through the ceremony, drinks reception by the pond, right down to the first dance and jiving that followed, they captured the essence of our day beautifully. We couldn't be happier and whole-heatedly recommend them to anyone planning their special day.
Caroline & Jan - Folly Farm
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Anonymous Sent on 08/03/2018

I can't recommending them enough.

Cant say enough good things about these guys. The photos they took for us were spectacular! Russ & Laura perfectly captured the atmosphere and feel of our wedding with some superb photography work. They were also great to work with - they met with us before hand for a lovely (and very reassuring) chat, came and visited both the church & reception site, and then on the day blended into the guests so well everyone thought they must be friends of ours! So warm and professional, and just so talented. Everyone has commented on the photos, they're fabulous and somehow everyone looks gorgeous (rather than the tipsy sweaty dancing bunch we were!) - we're delighted! Russ & Laura are both so incredibly talented and my lovely new husband and I can't recommending them enough.
Kathy & Jon - Wedmore
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Anonymous Sent on 08/03/2018

We have had so many compliments from guests

We decided fairly early on that quality photographers were important to us for our big day and we needed to budget accordingly. And boy oh boy it was worth it. Despite possibly some odd requests of what we wanted to see from Rus and Laura for our Black Tie themed wedding they both grasped the opportunity to do something out of the norm, research and really work with us to achieve exactly what we - the clients - wanted. Nothing was too much of an ask. The end result, the vast collection of photos that How Photography gave us were so perfect that they instantly (and still do) stir such emotion every time I look at them - which is often. Somehow they managed to capture personalities of friends and family that they could not have possibly known about, true talent in seeing a moment and and shooting it that instant, beautifully, because it might just mean something to us...
We have had so many compliments from guests that have seen some of our wedding pictures; how they didn't even notice the photographers, how unobtrusive they were and how incredible the results are. Those photos are so precious to me, they bought tears to my eyes, amazement and laughter when I looked at them. I still haven't created an official 'album' as I cant bear to cut them down to just a small collection, they are all so relevant to the feel of that amazing day. I cannot thank Rus and Laura enough for what they gave to us, if you have any pre-booking doubts of their worth, then think again, you will not regret it.
Tiffany & Chris - The Mount Somerset
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Anonymous Sent on 08/03/2018

We just want to say a massive THANK YOU

Our photos are sooooooo amazing. We're completely blown away with them, you are both so very talented! We just want to say a massive THANKYOU for being fantastic on the day, all of our guests commented on not only how lovely you both were but how hard working and professional you were too. We look forward to booking you again for our 1 years anniversary shoot!
Lucy & Adrian - Wellington College
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Anonymous Sent on 08/03/2018

Thanks again guys! :)

I have nothing but high praise for our photographers - Russ and Laura How. From the first meeting with Laura, we were completely at ease. They were punctual, professional, passionate and generally awesome for the whole day, and ever since through our millions of emails back and forth… The 455 photographs we received are beautiful, we really couldn’t be happier with them! We are recommending them for everything that requires a camera to anyone who asks! Thanks again guys! :)
Jackie & Lee - Brympton House
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Anonymous Sent on 08/03/2018

Both Russ and Laura were fantastic from day one!

Beautiful, exquisite, superb, original, exactly what we asked for!!! We cannot express in words just how thrilled we are that we chose How Photography to capture our wedding at Gants Mill last year. Both Russ and Laura were fantastic from day one! We met prior to the wedding and discussed my fussy tastes. I bored them with inspiration of photos that I liked and even showed them photos of Matt and I that we hated (so vain). My husband really dislikes the fuss of having a photo taken yet with Russ and Laura he couldn’t have felt more at ease. On the day of our Wedding, Laura and Russ were so organised that we barely knew they were around yet the photos show that they were at every corner snapping photos that we weren’t aware of as well as capturing those which we’d requested in advance. We of course asked for the occasional private shoots and I didn’t know that they could be such fun! We made great use of both Laura and Russ’ style and we couldn’t be happier with the results. We continue to recommend How Photography to all of our friends and hope that one day soon we can arrange another shoot together. Thank you both once again x
Sarah & Matt - Gants Mill
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Anonymous Sent on 08/03/2018

I can't thank you enough!

From the moment we first picked How Photography, Russ and Laura answered all of our questions and worries straight away and we felt over the moon with confidence that they would do us proud on our wedding day. Our wedding photos are amazing myself and my Husband can not thank you enough for capturing every moment of our special day. Russ and Laura were there all day at our wedding and stayed to do the photo booth in the evening which gives you a great laughing point to remember the evening. Our guests all commented on how lovely you both were and how they could see your passion shining through. Everyone who we have shown our wedding pictures to have been blown away by the quality of them! I can't thank you enough!
Ruth & Martyn - Charlton House
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Anonymous Sent on 08/03/2018

My husband & I would highly recommend Russ & Laura

When I came across Russ and Laura's website I knew straight away they were the photographers I wanted to use to capture our special day. Russ and Laura were brilliant from the moment my fiancé & I first contacted them right through to getting our photos and afterwards when we got in touch for advice on printing. Friendly, helpful and professional they mingle unobtrusively capturing unique, timeless moments that made us smile, laugh & cry! They are the extra pairs of eyes that record memories that will last a lifetime. My husband & I would highly recommend Russ and Laura.
Lucy & Ryan - Hestercombe Gardens
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Anonymous Sent on 08/03/2018

They're both gentle, humorous and helpful.

Russ and Laura have an unparalleled understanding of both weddings and photography, and have been outstanding throughout the course of our wedding. Recommended by a colleague, we had no doubts about what an amazing service they could offer. Nevertheless, as we sat down with Laura to discuss our special day, we were blown away by the flexibility and professionalism of their portfolio. From bright colourful staged photos to the subtle ‘behind the scene’ moments – They offered it all. On our wedding day they were like squirrels darting around the church and reception venue unnoticed, popping out every so often to snap a few pre-arranged posed photos, before once again disappearing into the background. During the day they did not stop, and as such, they managed to capture some truly magical moments for us. As planned they arrived incredibly early to take photos of both my wife and I getting ready, and stayed after the first dance to get a few last snaps. It was then unfortunately time for them to leave. They played such a large part in our wedding that we were sad to see them go. They managed to capture the entire day perfectly and the finished photos were exquisite. That, together with the vast amount of compliments we received about Russ and Laura on the day, confirmed that we had made the right decision when picking our photographers. They're both gentle, humorous and incredibly helpful. They are a truly fantastic couple and we were so blessed to have them at our wedding. We cannot recommend How Photography highly enough – Thank you :o)
Rose & Toby - Priston Mill
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Anonymous Sent on 08/03/2018

Our guests raved about you both

Thank you sooo much for all of your work on our photos, both on the day and your editing - we love them. We can’t believe how many shots you took and love looking through them - feels like we are reliving the entire day - including the bits we missed! It was great to have you both there as you captured so much of the morning which would have otherwise been missed. Our guests raved about you both and how you were both so friendly and approachable and just fit into the whole day putting everyone at ease - even when I dragged everyone outside for a group shot at the end of December (thanks for taking the heat on that one! :)). Would highly recommend you both - your photography style is beautiful and captured the day perfectly - the lighting you captured is amazing. If any of your future couples are questioning 1 or 2 photographers then I can’t recommend having both of you there enough.
Anne-Lousie & Kevin - North Cadbury Court
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