I’m based in the South-East of England, my name is Paul and as you may have guessed my surname is Lismer, making Lismer Photography.
Despite fast running out of my twenties, I still like to think of myself as an adventurous and active individual, which translates into going that extra mile for the more ambitious photos. Whether this making it out into a flowing river for the best angle, or to encourage the sillier side of people for a great moment to capture.
Photography has always been a passionate hobby of mine, I enjoy taking photos and especially of happy people on their special day. But for some reason you drop the “Wedding” word in front of photographer and the price doubles, in ye olde day of film I could understand this: even something as trivial as a dirty lens could potentially ruin a day’s work, but now with digital, it’s very easy to check quality and even make digital backups while shooting.
In case anything goes wrong, I always have two cameras and spares of everything – I always prefer to shoot with an assistant photographer (with yet another camera) wherever possible. Please rest assured than just because I don’t believe a wedding should cost the earth it doesn’t mean I’m anything but professional exceeding your expectations.
While I seem to be having a rant at the industry, copyrighted photos also really tick me off – so all my photos are shared openly with Bride, Groom and anyone else they care to pass the link onto... without being watermarked, making printing easy and affordable.
Photos are art, there is no two ways about it and as art they’re incredibly subjective to opinion: perhaps you adore black and white, maybe you have a preference for sepia, soft focus or colour filtering. Whatever you prefer or even if you aren’t sure, I feel it is very important to consult with you before the wedding day so I have an idea of the style of photos I’m shooting for and that reflect you best as a couple.
From getting ready in the morning to the dancing in the evening, I’d expect to take somewhere in the region of a few thousand photos – from there a selection of one or two hundred is made and EVERY one of these photos will be opened and edited. Photo editing basics include straightening & cropping – but everything else comes down to your personal preference.
From making first contact, I often suggest we meet for an informal chat before making a booking, giving us a chance to get to know each other and for you to ask any questions. Then, once a booking is made, we go on to have a pre-wedding shoot (ideally at the venue) before the big day. By the time it comes to the event, I’ll know what you want, and we should both be relaxed and calm... at least about the photos.
P.S. I regularly update a blog with more goings on, normally of life around the house, friends and travels.