I have often heard professional writers say that their favourite part of the writing process is the moment they get to click print, or in the new digital age we now live, the moment they get to press send. My favourite part of producing a collection of photographs is the part where perhaps after a few weeks’ worth of editing, I have a folder full of ‘finished’ images waiting to be organized in to an order that will allow the collection to tell a story. This is the crux of reportage or documentary wedding photography, the ability to tell the story of the day, exactly as it was, through capturing every little detail.

There is no doubt that my documentary style of wedding photography stems from my own experiences of being photographed. Now something of a joke among family and friends, I am the female version of Chandler Bing.  The minute I become aware of a camera in the vicinity, I become so tense and  awkward that I am almost guaranteed to look nothing short of hideous in the resulting photograph! This has undoubtedly played a part in cultivating the natural, reportage style in which I shoot and I actively focus my attention on capturing my subjects off-guard. The result; beautiful and natural-looking shots of you looking your absolute best.

In terms of my editing style, I am a ‘looks like film’ photographer. For those of you who aren’t photography geeks like me, that basically means I favour muted colour tones and use as much natural light as possible as opposed to flash which produces crisp / higher contrast images. It’s definitely worth looking at a few photographers when you’re making your decision as to who to pick to capture the big day so you can see the various different editing styles and decide which you like (mine, definitely mine 🤭).

 

 

My aim is always to create a unique and stunning visual narrative of your day.  I try to remain as unobtrusive as possible and am always conscious of the fact that this is your wedding day and not a photo shoot! Of course, some formal shots will be taken and some time is spent away from your guests creating those fashion and editorial inspired images of the bride and groom but the majority of what I shoot will be around capturing the events  of the day as they unfold.

That said, my wealth of experience photographing people means that I’m able to offer subtle direction to put you and your guests at ease and as a self-confessed perfectionist, rest assured I won’t leave until I am 100% confident that we have achieved the best shots.

To see what my recent clients have to say, click here or click here to go straight to my wedding photography gallery.

To give you an idea of my pricing, USB only weddings start from £1095 for part day coverage and £1695 for full day coverage. Shorter  coverage is available upon request. You can view my current brochure here. Wedding photography quotes are occasionally created on a bespoke basis based on factors such as length of coverage required, size and scale of the wedding, what type of album you require (if at all) and where and when you are getting married.

Discounts may be given for various reasons such as a midweek wedding or your wedding being at a venue I really want to photograph.

Click here to get in touch for your bespoke quote or to book a free wedding photography consultation where we can meet and discuss all your requirements.

Creative Wedding Photographer Of The Year 2018 At WWA

Very very exciting news! South Wales based Documentary Wedding Photographer Francesca Hill (that’s me)  is now an award winning photographer! I am ridiculously excited to have been awarded the prestigious ‘Creative Wedding Photographer’ of the year award at The Welsh Wedding Awards 2018! My acceptance speech was a little ropey (I scarpered pretty quickly off that stage) but the mild embarrassment of having to take centre stage to accept my award was definitely worth it as I now have a beautiful glass trophy proudly displayed on top of the tumble dryer . . .

Welsh Wedding Awards Winner Of Creative Photographer

Global Wedding Awards Winner Of 'Wedding Photographer Of The Year' 2018 & 2019!

To say I was ecstatic when I won ‘Creative Wedding Photographer Of The Year’ at The WWA & The Global Wedding Awards last year is a bit of an understatement. To have won a second time at The Global Wedding Awards, this time for ‘Wedding Photographer Of The Year’ is just absolutely incredible. I absolutely adore what I do but it can be a little isolated without a team of office friends cheering you on / telling you that you’ve done a good job. I guess, winning awards is the office equivalent of a fist pump for a job well done! And whilst I’m fully aware this does not mean that I am intact the best wedding photographer in the world, it is a lovely lovely accolade to have won and I’m very grateful to the judging panel for choosing me again!

Press Release:

Cardiff Based Documentary Wedding Photographer Francesca Hill Has Been Awarded:

Wedding Photographer of the Year 2019 – South Wales

This prestigious award marks the hard work and stellar efforts of those who have helped shape this unique and dynamic industry, and our comprehensive selection and judging process singles out the true market leaders of 2019.

Our nomination, selection and judging process took just over 3 months, during which time our industry experts researched, counted nominations and analysed all supporting evidence to ensure that only the most deserving and top performing individuals, firms and products were recognised.