Philip Dignum Photography

West Midlands
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About Philip Dignum Photography

Let us speak from recent experience: your wedding day will fly by quickly, all as a very happy blur. The ceremony will be a rush of excitement, a tiny bit of nerves, and a lot of emotion. Having a photographer team there on the day ensures that all of those moments that will make your wedding special and unique will be recorded, for you both to enjoy for many years to come, and to share with your friends and family.

It's very important to us to ensure you feel our style and approach are the correct fit for your day. There are lots of different types of wedding photographers out there, with different methodologies and offerings. So we've supplied a lot of information below to help you with your decision. It's definitely worth finding the time to sit down and have a good read through everything, including the frequently asked questions section at the bottom of the page.

Our style
It's all about authentic and genuine moments. We believe the important moments are not staged or created, they naturally unfold. So on a wedding day we're constantly watching everyone, looking for those moments, real and spontaneous.

We're not the type of photographers who will be tapping our watches and bossing you around, as who wants that when you are trying to enjoy a very special day. Our approach is very relaxed rather than overly timetabled. This allows us to go with the flow of the day, and for you to adapt what you'd like, even on the day itself. We make a general plan, but we ensure that there's still room for us to mix that up should circumstances change.

We don't ask people to smile, we're unlikely to ask guests to stand in a certain way, as we capture what's there and what happens. If you're looking for a photographer to take photos based on a list of shots compiled from other peoples' weddings, manufactured posed images seen in glossy magazines and various wedding websites, then our photography might not be for you. But if you're after photographers who will run around trying to capture all the natural fun, moments and genuine smiles, then there's a very strong chance that we're your guys. Our ethos is that your wedding day should be relaxed, encapsulate you as a couple, with ideas based on your unique relationship. With lots of fun mixed in there too; not a carbon copy of someone else's day and wedding photos.


Our coverage
We offer extensive coverage; capturing as much as nine hours of your wedding day, as you can’t put a limit on the fun, emotion, and excitement. Great moments could happen at any point throughout your day. We'll be there with you from both of your morning preparations, right up until the first dance, and sometimes even beyond.*

We've tried to keep our coverage packages as simple as possible. Packages that cater to different couple's requirements but are easy to understand. Photo products and albums can all be ordered separately to each package if you'd like.

We won’t pressure you into choosing particular coverage package, we won't try to force sell prints or albums, and we wont spam you with emails if you don’t book me straight away. That's just not us and we really dislike that kind of thing, so we would never do that to our clients. We feel that if our style and outlook are right for you, then you'll choose to book us of your own accord.

You can take a look at our coverage packages and prices over on our website.

Special Offer

Free pre-wedding shoot!

We currently include a free pre-wedding/engagement shoot and consultation. As well as the opportunity for us to discuss and go through your plans for your wedding day, pre-wedding shoots also give us a good idea of how you both react and feel being in front of the camera.

They give us the chance to get to know each other before your big day, discuss the logistics of your plans, and get a feeling for you both as a couple and how you interact together. Importantly it gives you an opportunity to practice and become more relaxed whilst being photographed.

All this helps us ensure we capture you both in a genuine way, and that your unique personalities and special connection with each other come across in your photos. Not to mention that a pre-shoot also means that you have some great photos which can be used for ‘save the date’ cards and wedding invitations. We even offer a wedding guest book, featuring the photos from your pre-shoot, which can be ordered directly from your online pre-wedding shoot gallery.


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  • "An amazing photographer"
    Gemma & Andrew on 12 July 2017

    Phil did our wedding photography and from the moment we booked he was professional and reassured us at every step. The photos were amazing and I honesty couldn't recommend him enough! Thank you so much. We wanted to say a huge thank you for helping to make our wedding day run so smoothly and be all we’d hoped. From the first email, you have put us at ease and we can’t thank you enough. You really are an amazing photographer and lovely bloke. It has been a pleasure to have you as part of our day.

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  • "Truly stunning wedding pictures"
    Claire & Leon on 12 July 2017

    Wow!! What more can I say about our truly stunning wedding pictures. Everyone who has seen them has commented how fantastic they are ....Phil Dignum you are extremely talented and have captured our special day better than we could have imagined. We have amazing memories to treasure forever. It will be a struggle to decide which ones to put up in our new house!! You put us at ease on our engagement shoot so when it came to the real thing it 'just happened', allowing us to spend time with our guests and soak up the day. Can't recommend high enough!! Thank you

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the price of your service?

Our two photographer coverage packages start from £1150. Take a look on our website for more details.

What services do you offer?

As well as wedding photography we also offer couples and family portrait sessions.

How far in advance should I contact you?

We're typically booked anywhere between twelve to twenty-four months in advance. We do still sometimes still have later availability, so the best thing to do is get in touch and check.

Are you able to travel?

We are based in the Midlands and cover an area within an approximate 30 mile radius of Wolverhampton, which is the majority of the Midlands. We are sometimes able to travel further afield for your wedding, though an additional mileage charge beyond may be required, and possibly the cost of accommodation.

What style of photos do you take?

Our style is predominantly documentary in style. We describe our work as relaxed, authentic, contemporary and fun.

Do you offer any tool to display the photos online?

Each wedding includes a password protected online gallery with the ability for friends and family to download high resolution photos completely free.

How much of our day would you cover?

It depends on the coverage package you select as regards to how much of the day you'd like me to photograph. Our coverage can be all the way from preparations in the morning, to a few songs after the first dance. Every wedding is both individual and personal, some wedding celebrations can carry on into the evening with everyone on the dance floor. Some wedding days are more laid back and relaxed. It all depends on your unique day as regards to the exact amount of time I’ll be there with you. Our coverage offers between six to none hours coverage time. My coverage typically includes everything from your bridal or groom preparations (usually starting around 10:30am), the little details, guests arriving, your ceremony, confetti shots, a handful of formal group photos (if requested), and a ‘just married’ couple portrait shoot. Dependant on the coverage you choose it will also cover your reception, speeches, cake cutting, your first dance to the early evening celebrations on the dance floor. On average I stay for two or three songs after the first dance, depending on when the first dance is scheduled in your day. The earlier the first dance, the more photos I can capture of your guests on the dance floor.

How many photos can we expect to receive?

Depending on the coverage package selected you can expect to receive between 400-600 processed images of your wedding day, all individually edited with our unique style.

Do you photograph formal group and family shots?

We're finding that less couples seem to opt for traditional lined up groups shots nowadays, as most prefer me to capture their friends and family in the candid and genuine style I specialise in. If it is something you’d like, we incorporate a selection of these in to your day. Usually just after your ceremony and confetti shots is the best opportunity for us to gather everyone for a few photos. As anyone who has been a guest at a wedding will attest to, formal group shots can sometimes ruin the atmosphere of the day. Nobody wants to be standing around waiting for their name to be called, they want to be having fun and enjoying the day. With that in mind I recommend keeping the number of formal group shots to a minimum. It helps to have a basic idea of the groups you’d like to capture before the day itself to maximise the time you have. I recommend working out five or six groups shots you'd like, and then giving that list to a helpful family member or friend who will be able to get those groups together for us when we're ready. It speeds the whole process along and ensures we get back to the fun stuff quicker. It’s really important to concentrate on enjoying your day and the special time with friends and family, rather than being lined up in front of a camera. Remember I’ll be with you for most of your day, so even if your wedding schedule doesn’t really allow time for groups shots, I should still have plenty of opportunities to capture everyone enjoying themselves.

Will you take photos of all our guests on the day?

As our style is mostly candid, we spend a considerate amount of time capturing your guests unposed, whilst they enjoy and celebrate your wedding day with you. This gives us a good opportunity to capture lots of your guests throughout the day. We're unable to guarantee a photograph of every single guest that attends though. This is less about the number of guests that you invite, and more about how we often find that some guests just don't want to be photographed. Some people can very self conscious, and we wouldn't want any of your friends and family to feel awkward or uncomfortable due to us capturing photos of them. That said, if I can tell that someone isn't keen on having their photo taken, I will do my best to try and get a candid shot of them whilst they aren't paying attention. I want all your guests to be able to relax and enjoy your wedding day, so I do my best to help facilitate that. It's always a good idea to point out those members of your family or specific friends who are particularly special to you, that way I can try to capture more of those individuals for you. I'm also happy for guests to request photos throughout the day, if they'd like me to capture them with particular friends and family. One of the great things about weddings is how it brings lots of people together who may not have seen each other for a while. It's a brilliant opportunity for people to have some photos with others that they many not often get the chance to. If you are having a larger number of guests on your wedding day, it's worth considering adding a second photographer to your coverage. This has the added advantage of increased coverage of your guests and activities throughout your day.

†Do we meet up before our wedding day?/ What happens on a wedding pre-shoot?

Yes, we do. It’s important to have the opportunity to go through your plans for your day, and where possible plan ahead, so that we can help you ensure everything goes as smoothly as it should. We have the pre-wedding ‘consultation’ on the same day as your free engagement/ pre-wedding shoot, as it’s easy to discuss everything as we're together on the shoot. We always try to plan engagement/ pre-wedding shoots at your venue, or a location relatively close to your chosen wedding/ceremony venue, couples tend to find this convenient and easier to fit in to their busy schedules. That way part of the pre-wedding ‘consultation’ involves us visiting the venue to look at logistics, the ceremony room and reception rooms, as well as practice shots on the venue's grounds. It also helps me to ensure I can select the best angles and spots to shoot from on your wedding day. Pre-wedding shoots are booked for weekdays, as our weekends are almost always booked up with wedding shoots. Also venues are a lot less likely to have a wedding booked on a week day, and so are much more likely to able to accommodate our visit, and photography practice on their grounds. We book the pre-wedding shoot well in advance, usually after the deposit is paid, to make sure the venue can accommodate us and you have time to organise a convenient weekday for it to take place on.

How do we receive our images?

As soon as all your photos are edited and processed, which on average takes somewhere between four to eight weeks depending on the date of your wedding and how far in to the main wedding season it's situated. We upload the photos to your password protected online gallery. This means that you are able to view your photos as soon as they are ready. You can then share this gallery with friends and family should you wish to. Friends and family can also download high quality images for free, directly from your gallery. If you've selected a package that includes our special wooden keepsake USB memory stick, all digital images of your final photos are also posted to you, as high-resolution files for printing, and also the same set of images optimised in size and quality for sharing on Facebook and other social media sites.

How do we book your services for our wedding day?

Get in touch via the contact form over on our website to enquire about our availability for your chosen day and venue. Hopefully we'll still be available and able to photograph your special day for you. To secure your date we just require a booking fee to be paid. The remaining balance is then due thirty days prior to your wedding day. Just send yours and your partner’s full names, address, a contact phone number, and the address of your chosen venue/s, including addresses for prep and wedding reception if they are at differing venues to your ceremony. we'll then send you a booking document with the details of your day and how to pay the booking fee and electronically sign for your booking. Unfortunately we am unable to hold dates until we have received your booking fee.


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