'capture the moment, the occasion, the day'

Beds, Bucks and Herts wedding photographer of choice

Over 30 years photographing over 1,000 weddings in the UK and abroad. Registry office or five star hotel, it makes no difference. Every wedding is special and unique and so your photos will reflect that. Make Nigel Crump Photography YOUR choice for YOUR wedding day! Not just for now but for generations to come. Contact me now shoot@nigelcrump.co.uk. Dont leave it to chance or even a friend!

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2017 Theres still time!!

2017 is again a busy year for weddings. I have not attended the usual number of wedding fairs this year. I have taken stock and it seems that numbers are still going up.

I want to do some unusual weddings this year. Do you have something unusual for your theme or venue. Lets make a story of it and shout it out. I have worked at some wonderful venues. Luton Hoo, Bucks Railway Centre Quainton, Dorton House Brill. This year and 2018 I want to work at somewhere I have not been before. Maybe Tower Bridge, A hot-air balloon flight, just something really quirky.

If you thinking of something like this I will offer my services at greatly reduced prices and you will get some amazing coverage. I have been covering weddings for so many years and I just want something different. Let do this.

Luton hoo wedding location Luton, Beds

Luton hoo is a primary location for weddings in Bedfordshire. Working there is a pleasurable experience. For both formal and photo reportage style.

Nigel Crump Photography

What a fabulous wedding venue Luton Hoo is. As wedding venues in Bedfordshire goes it has got to be one of the best. I love it. As a wedding photographer in Bedfordshire I excel there. The couple will be so pleased when they see the results. Evening light lends inself to a wonderful picture

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Tips on wedding photographers

What to ask for when booking your wedding photographer :-

Does he or she have Public Liability Insurance?

Many venues are asking for a minimum of £5 million, one I work with asks for £10million public liability insurance.

Terms and conditions or T&Cs’

You must ask to see a photographers T&Cs’ It may mention refunds or what the photographer will do if they are ill, car broken down, or some other situation. As a professional for more years than I could mention I have built up a network of people I can call on at short notice. I have many favours to call in.

Does your photographer have a back up camera?

Occasionally the unthinkable happens. A camera malfunction or worse, a camera gets dropped. All good professionals will test their equipment the night before a wedding, always carry spares and keep every part of their equipment regularly serviced and the sensor cleaned .

Have you asked to see a complete wedding, rather than just the best pictures of several weddings?

Always we show our best work, but neglect to show a complete wedding from start to finish. I show potential clients a complete wedding as I produce an A4 proof book of EVERY picture. This is delivered 2 weeks after the wedding, just in time for your return from your honeymoon.

Does your photographer retouch every image, or just the odd few?

I will work the files for you in terms of presenting the best set for the proof book, but when you choose your photos to go in the album, these files are worked on to create something fantastic! Black and white, selective colour ( where just one part of the photo is in colour the rest black and white).I shoot two of every group shot, just so that I can transpose heads, eyes, expressions. I always make sure that each person ends up with the correct head!!

After sales service

This is so important, keeping clients informed. The T&Cs’ give an indication of time scale, how long each part of the process takes. I am often chasing people for their orders. I had one couple who waited four years to order their pictures after several emails and FB messages. Obviously this is something to avoid as I cannot guarantee that prices will remain the same.

How much deposit?

Just £100.00 to book Nigel Crump Photography. You don’t pay the balance until two weeks before the wedding. If enough notice is given the money is returnable less deposit.

Customer satisfaction

Important part of running a business, a lot of my work comes by word and mouth. I am more than happy to give a list of emails to any couple and they can contact the client direct. It is easy to post lots of testimonials, but are they legitimate?

Finally there are no guarantees in life, you have to go with your gut feeling. The first meeting/conversation will give you a good idea if you are going to get on with your wedding photographer. We as professionals have to be patient, well-mannered, reliable and have a smile on his/her face, even in adversity.

At the end of the day it is your choice, but be absolutely certain, dont prioritise on price. Even though budget is important, it is should not be the first priority.

 

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2017 Theres still time!!

Nigel Crump Photography

2017 is again a busy year for weddings. I have not attended the usual number of wedding fairs this year. I have taken stock and it seems that numbers are still going up.

I want to do some unusual weddings this year. Do you have something unusual for your theme or venue. Lets make a story of it and shout it out. I have worked at some wonderful venues. Luton Hoo, Bucks Railway Centre Quainton, Dorton House Brill. This year and 2018 I want to work at somewhere I have not been before. Maybe Tower Bridge, A hot-air balloon flight, just something really quirky.

If you thinking of something like this I will offer my services at greatly reduced prices and you will get some amazing coverage. I have been covering weddings for so many years and I just want something different. Let do this.

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Weddings at Luton Hoo

I’m back at Luton Hoo this Saturday to see Gill and Matt tie the knot. I’m really excited about their wedding as it has been planned for many months. Luton Hoo holds something special for me and I love working there. I hope the weather is just fine, but even if it’s not there are so many places where one can work. The guests will love the drive up to the Mansion House. The Pillared hall and along to the sitting room where the celebration takes place. It is a sombre moment whilst the legal part is carried out, but it is done in such a relaxed way, everyone feels at ease.

There is so much history and heritage surrounding Luton Hoo and it is there for everyone to experience. When Elite bought the building and the gardens back in 2007 it once again became a building of splendour and extravagance. You certainly will feel spoilt if you attend an event at Luton Hoo. You also must take a walk around the estate to enjoy the many aspects of the location. Capability Brown designed the gardens to enjoy and if you have time wander down to the secret gardens and look back towards the house.

Take time to enjoy your time at Luton Hoo and maybe I may see you there for tea or coffee. I would be delighted to show you around.

Bucks Steam Centre Quainton

So it just days away from the next Wedding Fair, this time at Quainton Steam railway. It is a most amazing location for a wedding. You will understand if you come and see. If you want something really quirky and off-the-wall, this is the place to hold your wedding.

Nigel Crump Photography will be attending this event on Sunday 6th between 11am and 3pm. I will be taking bookings for 2018 despite my announcement to finish in 2017. I know many couples are planning well in advance so I will keep my prices static for another 12 months.

You can get married on a proper railway platform completely covered from the elements, surrounded with steam memorabilia and features from a proud past.

Enjoy a trip on the train and wow your guests right into the evening. It is well serviced for accomodation within 5 miles at Waddesdon and Aylesbury.

Your wedding can be themed in a way that expresses the mood and peroid of a bygone age, but your photos can look modern and unique. Leave it to Nigel Crump Photography and you will want to keep looking at them for years to come.

 

 

Luton Hoo Wedding Showcase

Thursday 20th October 2016 5-8pm will be the last but one wedding show for Nigel Crump Photography. I have enjoyed working at Luton Hoo emensely and look forward to 2017 to attend a number of weddings already booked. There is something quite special about working at Luton Hoo in Bedfordshire, it is after all the grandest venue in a 25 mile radius. It offers the complete package and ticks so many boxes for both young couples and the more senior ones too. I love to see people’s reaction when they first walk into the grand Hall or wonder around the beautiful Capability Brown gardens. It is history at your finger tips.

To have a wedding in the Mansion house is quite stunning. The group shots on the steps showing the back of the house bathed in afternoon sunshine. The bride as she descends the great staircase where once royalty and celebrity have trod. The red carpets carry you through the historical building along the first floor past many beautiful chandeliers and tapestries. You will often hear the chink of china cups in the sitting room as guests enjoy high tea and savour the views out towards Harpenden.

I look forward to seeing some couples at the Wedding showcase and hope the enjoy the unrivaled spectacle of the Romanov Suite. Capability Brown designed gardenrain confetti

Looking ahead

Its been a long time since I last wrote a blog, terrible I know… BUT times have changed. We moved DWP Imaging Ltd out of Luton, a company that was started by David Whiting in 1969. He had the forethought to realise that Luton consisted of a number of large manufacturing companies which fed engineering businesses and as times moved on more and more companies set up in Luton. Whitbread, SKF, Electrolux, Vauxhall Motors, Bedford Trucks, Chrysler to name but a few. All of which had a massive need for photography. Construction drew in the like of Barratts, Wimpey, Laing all large companies in the building sector and all needing good quality photography. Times were good over that period and DWP Imaging Ltd, or David Whiting Photography as they were originally known serviced all these companies and more.

So over the 46 and a bit years things have changed dramatically, with the disappearance of film and processing went several key jobs and so our employee numbers dropped from twelve to its present state of three. John and myself doing the bulk of the photography and Lynne doing the accounts. We have moved our studio to premises in Wingrave and continue to offer studio and location work to key clients in all parts of the country.

There is often not the need for the client to be present, enabling us to recieve the products and shoot them same day and send the images digitally. We are now part of The Commercial Photographers Network which enables us to be part of a team offering National clients the ability to cover large contracts anywhere in the country.

Whislt all this has been going on I have continued to offer my services under my own banner of Nigel Crump Photography, mainly in weddings and the odd corporate event. But I have made a concious decision that 2017 will be my last year as a wedding photographer.

I have enjoyed the ride but now feel that I would like to step away from that market. I may still do the odd friend and family event though. Nigel Crump Photography will still exist in some form.

End of the season…..nearly

2015 wedding season is almost at a close. I have had the pleasure of meeting some lovely families and had the joy of experiencing couples tying the knot right in front of my lens.  It always makes me feel humble as in most cases I have only known the couple for a short period, anything between weeks and sometimes a year or so. But in that time we will often have conversations about all manner of things, from dress to location. The weather does come up alot, but truthfully it is the ONLY thing we have no control over. But saying that we can have every contingency for bad weather. That is why it is so, so important that we consider where to take the photos, it will test a photographer’s mettle when working in adverse conditions but it is always the sign of a good professional.

My life has been spent in photography, not just on the odd Saturday sometimes seven days a week both in commercial photography as well as wedding photography. It has taken me to some wonderful places both in the UK and abroad. It is challenging but very rewarding. i see a number of new photographers on the block who undersell their services mainly because they are not very good. They will pick up work because they are cheap and unfortunately not experienced in some of the areas I have mentioned and it can all go very wrong.

So it is always good to find a venue that is workable both indoors and out. Also work with professionals who have the experience and knowledge to carry out the work and perform on the day. With all of those things in place your wedding will be everything you imagined, maybe more.

I will be at Luton Hoo wedding Showcase today from 5-8pm 22nd October in the mansion house. Come along and have a chat.

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What finer place to have your wedding?

What finer place to have your wedding?

View over gardens Happy couple The secret garden

Horwood House Wedding Fair

This Sunday 11am until 3pm I will be at Horwood House Wedding showcase for the Scannappeal Cancer Fighting Fund for Stoke Mandeville Hospital. It will be another opportunity to come and see how Nigel works. You could be saving money and help raise money for such a worth cause. A donation has already been made to the appeal. If you come and book Nigel as your photographer an additional donation will be made. Horwood house is wonderful venue in winter and summer. Horwood houseS&DW_025