capture your memories
Dale Stephens Photography is an Oxfordshire wedding photographer perfectly located to cover most of the south of England. I have had the privilege of photographing weddings at some of the most popular and grand venues around the south of England such as North Cadbury Court, Somerset and Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. But I am equally at home shooting weddings at your local village hall too. For me great weddings are made by the guests who attend, and my style wedding photography is about capturing those people in a fashion that will build a narrative and give a real feel of your day.
My style as a wedding photographer is very much documentary, although I prefer to use the term 'candid' as this perfectly describes the way I like to shoot weddings. Being able to capture a wedding in this fashion is not only about observing but also about listening and and pre-empting moments before they are about to happen.
Its also about discretion. I dress and blend in like one of the guests (without the drinking part) so that I can be in close with the action and be part of the actual wedding, allowing me to photograph the wedding from the 'inside out' and get a 'guests eye view' of your wedding day without disruption. The result of this will give you a real feel for your day when you look back at your wedding photographs.
Although 90-95% of your images will be 'actual moments' from your day, I am also happy to set aside a small amount of time for a few traditional family photos (7 or 8) and portraits of the two of you taken around the venue. But I will not sculpt your day into a photo shoot or attempt to take control of your day! A common response which I frequently receive from couples is "they did not even know I was there!". My ultimate aim is to provide you with beautiful photographs of the special moments from your wedding day, and do this unobtrusively allowing you and your guests to feel relaxed and enjoy your wedding without the feeling of intrusion.
Take a look through my wedding gallery, and look through some of my recent shoots on my blog pages where you will also see a bit of an incite into why I take certain photographs. And if you would like to discuss further and ask me any questions, or to simply say hi and and make sure I exist. Then please contact me, and I will be happy to arrange an informal chat with you both.
Thank you, Dale.
"Hi Dale , oh my god I cannot express how amazing the pictures are X Carl and I are so overwhelmed with them , I started crying (nothing new there haha) X they are exactly what we wanted and you have captured are day perfectly X we have showed our folks and they love them xx all our guests loved you so much so someone is going to get in contact to hire you for there wedding X they loved how not intrusive you were and blended in with the guests xxx seriously Dale I can't personally thank you enough X I am glad I seen that picture 2 years ago as you are the most amazing photographer I have ever met it also helps your a really cool guy too xxx you were born to be a photographer xxx.......all our love Carl and sandi xxx"
“Thank you so much for our photographs, they are absolutely beautiful! They were so much more than we were hoping for, you captured the day perfectly and caught so many special moments, we are thrilled with them……both Josh and I had noted how unobtrusive your were on the day, most of the time we had no idea you were even there taking photos, and yet you were always in exactly the right place at the right time which was brilliant!”
Michelle & Josh
I will cover your wedding day from the bridal preparations right through to your first dance (and a little more). I am flexible with my time so if things do not run as planned, I will still be there to cover the important moments of your day - I don't clock watch. A full days wedding photography, means a full days weddings photography! To find more details of what is included within my half-day and full day packages, take a look at my wedding photography packages, or contact me to arrange a free informal consultation from your home. I hope you get in touch to discuss your wedding day with me.
Just for fun, below is a short video of stills - play with sound. Although all images are in black and white, dont worry as approximately 60-70% of the images you will receive will be in colour. I hope you enjoy watching the short video :)
Thank you, Dale.