Oh Me Oh My, what a wedding! OK, yes, what a terrible pun, too. Anyway. Alex & Mike got married in St Anthony of Padua RC Church in Mossley Hill – one of Liverpool’s most beautiful churches, and not far from where I’m based in Aigburth. The interior had recently been refurbished and is now…
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Liverpool Wedding Photography: Daniel Charles Photography
Welcome to Daniel Charles Photography: Specialist Wedding Photographer for Liverpool, Merseyside, Cheshire, Wirral and beyond
I have wedding photography in my bones! It was my dream to be a professional photographer from quite a young age, so when I finally achieved this goal in 2009, I became one of a very rare breed of Englishmen – the ones who can genuinely say, “I LOVE MY JOB!”
Dan was phenomenal! From the very start he put us both at ease. Maybe this was from his clear expertise or his quick witted humour. He knows what looks good and will shoot the best of your special day. His work speaks for itself. He will also help make sure the day runs smoothly for a small fee of food. He made our special day incredible. Thank you so much!! Cannot put into words how much it meant to us.
Sarah and James.
Here’s my favourite Liverpool and Cheshire weddings for you to drool over!
This was such an enjoyable wedding to photograph! Heather and Ronnie are just delightful people to be with so spending the day with them and their families was a real treat. Highlights were stumbling across a ghost tour group just outside St Nicholas Church, complete with ghoulish costumed tour guide and being told that Heather’s…
Isla Gladstone Conservatory is a wonderful place but sometimes I find, when chatting to folks about my favourite wedding venues in Liverpool, they’ve never heard of it. This is a surprise to me, as I think it’s fantastic! Nestled by the south edge of recently refurbished Stanley Park, it’s a real jewel in what can’t…
Now, I should explain straightaway that (sadly) I didn’t get to travel all the way to Perth for the wedding of Lyn & John, but thankfully, lots of their mates did make that journey for them in reverse. Lyn & John both grew up in the Liverpool area but had independently moved to Australia a number…
Once again, I’ve had to reconsider my pecking order of Liverpool wedding venues. Up until quite recently, I was absolutely convinced that Knowsley Hall was top of the stack, peerless in its ability to provide a perfect wedding day. Then I shot at Thornton Manor, so there are now 2 gold medal winners. Peckforton Castle…
Wedding Photographer Liverpool – a job title that may not inspire much excitement for anyone not living in this incredible city. But for me, these three simple words encapsulate everything that I LOVE about my life in what I consider to be England’s, if not the UK’s, finest city. Every time a couple get in…
What am I like as a wedding photographer?
In a word – friendly! I’m not there to tell every one what to do and boss you about. Whilst I tackle every wedding with buckets of passion and enthusiasm, I also employ a shed-load of super-friendly, professional service. I’m there to help your day be unforgettable for all the right reasons – not only by taking tons of lovely wedding photos but also by applying my extensive wedding experience to help you plan your day. I don’t want you to feel sidelined in any way; on the contrary, I want to make sure that you stay fully in control of the planning of your big day; but I want to ensure that, on the day, you need to make no decisions whatsoever. I work closely with every venue’s wedding team to make sure that your day runs on rails and I strive to ensure that no one comes away feeling that the photographer was a pain in the butt all day! (My reviews will hopefully convince you of what I’m like on a wedding day!)
Where do you photograph weddings?
I’ve photographed hundreds of weddings all over Liverpool, Cheshire, Wirral and further afield. I’ve even photographed a wedding in Clarens in South Africa, so if you’re planning a destination wedding, get in touch! You can use our contact form here or call us on 07775 954389 or 0151 727 3345. Most of my work has been commissioned in the UK’s North West, taking in Liverpool, Cheshire, Manchester, Warrington and Preston. I’m more than happy to travel anywhere in the country, or indeed, the world, if travel expenses are provided. So wherever you are, drop me a line. I look forward to hearing from you to discuss your wedding plans.
What wedding photography style do you use?
My photographic style is best described as “photo-realist, artistically-managed documentary”. (You’re right – I made that up! I’m not pretentious enough to actually believe my own hype!) This means that during a wedding day, I’m shooting whatever is occurring without intrusion but also that I’m not shy of stepping in to manage groups or pose couples using my extensive creative experience to make you look wonderful together. Stylistically, my photos look how the scene looked on the day (unless they’re black and white wedding photos of course) – I don’t do filters, selective colour or pastel colour palettes. 30 years from now, I don’t want my couples to look at their photos and say, “What were we thinking?!?”. My clients often remark how natural the photos seem – even when I’ve posed them. I will never get a couple to do anything that would make me feel awkward if I had to do it – and certainly nothing cheesy or fake! I want your photos to celebrate your love and commitment to one another – wedding photography allows me to continue experiencing the joy of a couple coming together in love, just as I did on my wedding day. Take some time while you’re here to look at the photos on my site – I hope you’ll be able to see how natural-looking they are.
Liverpool Wedding Photography that won’t spoil your wedding day?
I’ve met many couples who say they don’t photograph well, or that they hate having their pictures taken. Yet on their wedding day, my friendly professional approach allays their fears and I get to do what I do best – taking beautiful wedding photographs. My favourite part of my job is showing wedding photographs to camera-shy couples who thought they’d ruined the shoot – and seeing their faces when they realise that they chose a wedding photographer who overcame all their concerns and produced the timeless wedding photos they’d dreamed of.
Do you photograph family groups as well as portraits of the bride and groom?
Yes, I do. Naturally, I’d rather spend the whole day getting amazing photographs of the bride and groom, but that’s not fair on the guests! Many times I’ve heard how a photographer barked orders at everyone, took far too long with the photos, seemed to think the day was all about them and left a sour taste in the mouths of the couple and guests alike so I strive to ensure that none of my couples or their guests feel that way at the end of a shoot with me. My method removes the interminable delays to the day’s proceedings that can be caused by the photography when it’s not done properly. I do this by combining reportage style candid photography at some parts of the day with a few formal posed group and family shots, along with beautiful shots of the happy couple together. When I’m shooting weddings, my methods mean that the family group photographs generally take no more than about 20 minutes to complete. This allows the guests to relax and be quickly released from what is often seen as the most negative and boring part of a wedding. Quite often, guests have come up to me at the end of the formal group shoot and asked, incredulously, “Is that it? All done?” and I’m delighted to be able to direct them to the bar!
How long do you shoot for?
My assistant and I shoot all day – from bridal preparations to wedding evening party. On average we will be with you for about 8 hours.
How much are your wedding photography services?
My prices start from £1050.00 for a full day of wedding photography with album. (Your wedding date is secured with a 30% down-payment and then the full amount is due no later than 2 weeks before the wedding date.) As the albums increase in gorgeous sumptuousness, the prices go up. You can add lots of extras like parent books, amazing presentation boxes or extra spreads. I sell the amazing Graphistudio range of wedding albums. Their quality has to be seen to be believed and as a long term customer, I can vouch for their customer service being second-to-none. I’d love to show my samples to you so I strongly recommend that all couples arrange a meeting before booking – it’s essential to meet your photographer as they will be with you all day. If you don’t ‘click’ with them, don’t book them.
Do you have any reviews?
I have loads of positive feedback based on this principle; my goal is to be the friendliest supplier on your day. For me, wedding photography is all about the pictures – and everything else! I’ll be the person you can trust all day to help you sort out little problems, keep the day on schedule and generally make sure everything goes according to plan – as well as creating a fantastic photographic record to treasure for generations to come. My customers have often remarked about how their guests thought we were part of the wedding party. Not because we weren’t working of course – but because we are not afraid to interact and help people out. You can read lots of feedback here – it’s all genuine. I hope to hear from you soon!
Who will actually be taking the wedding photos?
Me! (That’s me, standing in the lake whilst shooting Stephanie and Fergus’ wedding at Combermere Abbey) I always bring an assistant with me – they help me with equipment lugging and setup, but also act, on occasion, as second shooters, so that key moments in the ceremony and speeches are covered from more than one angle. Depending on their skill level, I also allow them to shoot at other times in the day too.
How long have you been taking photographs for?
I’ve been obsessed with photography ever since receiving a 110 film pocket camera as a birthday gift, over 30 years ago. That simple point and click toy camera got my photographic juices flowing. It was followed by a Pentax Auto 110 (the world’s smallest production Single Lens Reflex camera – I’ve still got it!) a few years later. It was then that I decided that photography was something I wanted to pursue as a career.
When did you start shooting weddings?
About 10 years ago, following many years in graphic design and commercial photography. In this time I’ve shot well over 300 weddings. This level of experience means you can rely on me to capture all the important parts of your wedding, meaning you can relax and enjoy your day. As the years have gone by, I’ve realised what an amazing privilege it is to be with the happy couple in some of the most tender and private moments of their day.
Why do you love shooting weddings so much?
I’ve been married for over 10 years and I love everything about marriage and weddings. I get a real thrill from photographing the moment every couple tie the knot. People at weddings are (almost) always so happy – photographing them is a real joy to me. The human face conveys more emotion than any landscape or animal shot. Put me in a wedding with lovely people having fun and I’m as happy as can be. I hope you enjoy looking at my photography and that you pick up that phone at the end!
What equipment do you use?
My trusty Pentax Auto 110 didn’t cut the mustard when it came to college in 1998, so I upgraded to a Canon AE-1 35mm SLR and haven’t looked back since. The AE-1 was stolen (Lesson 1: Never leave your cameras in the car), the replacement Canon 1000F went for a swim in a river (Lesson 2: Never lend your cameras to a friend) and the subsequent Canon EOS 300 was put out to retirement on eBay when the digital camera age arrived with the Canon 300d. The 300d is now my 9 year old daughter’s play thing, and its replacement, the Canon EOS 5D, is always in my bag, playing emergency back-up to my 5DmkII and 5DmkIII. There’s a Canon 40D rolling around in my office too, but that doesn’t come out to play so often. Anyway, great wedding photographs have very little to do with the cameras they were shot on; it’s really all about the glass in front of the camera and the eyes behind it. I mostly use my Canon 50mm f1.4 and 85mm f1.8 lenses along with my 16-35mm f4.0 L for groups and amazing wedding landscapes and architecture. If those numbers make no sense to you, don’t worry – that’s why you hire professionals to shoot weddings. My bag also contains many other items for shooting weddings – flashguns, battery packs, lights etc. I always carry extra backups of everything – cameras, batteries, memory cards etc.
Are you insured?
Absolutely – this is essential for any professional photographer. When meeting potential photographers for your wedding day, make sure they’re fully covered for both Public Liability and Private Indemnity.
Are all the photos on the site from real weddings?
Every wedding photo shown on this site is from a real live wedding in Liverpool, Cheshire and other parts of the North West. Every wedding image has been taken by Daniel Charles Photography – that is, either by me or one of my talented assistants (I’m at every single wedding as the primary photographer). I love to do wedding photography in Liverpool because of the compact size of the city – I’m originally from London, where to shoot a wedding in the suburbs and then to wish to travel into the city centre to take advantage of stunning architecture and Royal parks was a logistical impossibility. Here in Liverpool, wedding photography can take place at the church or other venue in the ‘burbs, and then, a mere ten to fifteen minutes later, the bridal party can be in the city centre, with its World Heritage sites and incredibly beautiful period architecture. Wedding Photography in Liverpool is a dream come true for me. I also am happy to travel – wedding photography in Manchester, Cheshire and the surrounding areas is equally as exciting as wedding photography in Liverpool.
I’m convinced – how do I book Daniel Charles Photography?
Please fill in my contact form to start the process. I’ll get back in touch with you as soon as possible – normally the same day. I’ll arrange a meeting with you to meet me, see more of my work and to discuss your budget and requirements. Should you decide to book me, then there’s a £300.00 downpayment to make. This is neither refundable nor transferable and is stored in my client account until after the wedding when I spend it on your amazing wedding album. The final balance is due two weeks before the wedding day, when I meet with you at your venue to draw up a detailed schedule of the day. Once the shoot is completed, I edit your images and present them to you in a post-wedding meeting, when we’ll also sort out the album cover options. To me, the job isn’t finished until I’ve seen and heard the reaction of the couple when I hand the completed album over to them. The best part of all though, of course, is when the couple see their photos for the first time.