London Wedding Photographer Philip White
Philip White is an internationally sought after London wedding photographer & videographer who has shot over 500 weddings and events across the world. A former global ambassador for Sony, his clients include the Royal family, Oscar winners and some of the world’s most prestigious families. Philip’s work has been featured in countless publications across the world.
Bridging the gap between documentary and fine art wedding photography
“My style of wedding photography is somewhat different to the mainstream. My influence is strangely torn between raw gritty street photography from yesteryear, the back stage fashion photography of Larry Fink and Peter Lindberg and more fashion based editorial images. As a London wedding photographer I spent many years battling with both sets of influence, moving from one style to another, trying to please everyone, before finally, some years ago realising that I just needed to shoot with my own personal approach. I developed a style that was darker but still beautiful and full of life. One that still used colour but preferred black and white, and one that took real, natural moments and made them almost editorial.”
Authentic moments with a touch of editorial by London Wedding Photographer Philip White
So 13 years later, that’s where I am now. Confident with not pleasing everyone, but knowing that my couples believe in my approach and the work I produce. My work as a London wedding photographer probably breaks many of the traditional rules. I shoot minimalistic with small Leica cameras and prefer to give minimal guidance rather than full on direction. Much like my filmmaking style, I want to remain invisible as a wedding photographer but still be a huge presence to you on your day. Support, advice and reassurance goes a long way when you’re not used to getting married every day. Sure, I want to present you with hundreds of timeless photographs but I also want you to benefit from my experience.
It’s only been a few hours and we have literally studied our photographs hundreds of times already. Seriously, just wow! What you have created has gone way beyond our expectations. Thank you not only for being our wedding photographer in London but for being such a calming influence on the day! (We needed it)
James – London
Combined video and wedding photography in London and across the world
One question that I get asked a lot is whether we offer a combined wedding photography and video package. Quite simply, yes, we do. It’s something we’ve been passionate about for years and have enjoyed providing both core services for couples who wish to use the same team for both video and wedding photography. Whether you’re looking for both a videographer and wedding photographer in London or anywhere else across the world, we’re happy to travel and capture your wedding as one package. We’ve previously worked in over 30 different countries across the globe.
There are a number of advantages to combining your video and wedding photography together as a single package. Firstly, obviously you have less suppliers to deal with. It’s a small thing but none the less, it’s one less element to worry about when planning your wedding day. Depending on timings and location it can also prove more cost effective to book a joint package. Finally as a London wedding photographer and video team, we’re always in sync with each other. We always work together as one. There’s never any conflict or competition over who’s getting the best angles or anything else that may disrupt the day. My team have been working together for years creating combined video and wedding photography in London and across the world. We understand each other completely.
Booking everything together as one package, you’ll receive exactly the same as if you had booked both wedding photography and video separately. As standard, myself (Philip) and one of my team will always be present on the day. Complete coverage of the event is always included from preparations through until the evening party, ensuring nothing is missed.
We searched for a long time for a wedding photographer in London that fit with who we are as a couple and the type of images we wanted. Philip ticked every box and we could not have been happier with the results. Not only did he deliver an incredible collection of photographs but he was a super influence on our day and a great guy to be around.
Su – London
How many years have you worked as a wedding photographer in London?
I’ve been a professional wedding photographer in London for well over a decade now. At the last count I’d shot over 500 weddings and events.
How far do you travel as a wedding photographer?
I’m based in the UK but only 50% of my work is actually working as a wedding photographer in London. The remaining weddings are spread across the entire world. Last year I photographed weddings in Hong King, Bali and Los Angeles.
What type of weddings have you photographed?
With over a decade of covering wedding ceremonies across the world I’ve witnessed so many different cultures and variations on traditions. To list just a few I’ve covered dozens od Jewish, Indian. Greek, Persian, Lebanese and Chinese weddings as well as fusion ceremonies that combine key symbolic elements from each.
How many wedding photographs will we receive?
Typically I’ll present you with between 500 – 700 edited photographs. These will be a mixture of colour and black and white.
Do you need to visit the venue beforehand?
No, my work is always people and story focused. The venue, as beautiful as I know it will be simply provides me with a back drop for my wedding photography.
I don’t like being photographed. How does this work?
I totally get this and can also think of nothing worse than being on the other side of the camera. I’ve built my entire ethos and approach to working as a London wedding photographer around this question. So firstly, whatever ideas you may have of what a wedding photographer looks like, that’s probably not how I’ll look. I don’t use big cameras or lights or anything else that will slow me down or cause a distraction. As I mentioned above, I’ll probably be seen as just another guest. When we chat beforehand I take my lead completely from my couples. If you want zero direction and want me to work 100% photojournalistically, then that’s fine with me. Likewise, if you want a little help with direction then I’m happy to oblige.
How many weddings do you photograph each year?
We limit ourselves to just 12 weddings every year. This way we can give the proper care and attention that every one of our weddings deserves.
Do you offer albums?
Yes certainly. We have a wide selection of luxury wedding books and parent books available. Drop me an email and we can talk some more.
What cameras do you use?
I currently photograph weddings with Leica M cameras.
What time do you stay until?
As a London wedding photographer I want to capture a true story of your entire day from start to finish. This includes those crazy dance floor shots. We never give a set finish time but I’ll always be there to capture your party.
Are you insured?
Yes of course.
When will we receive our wedding photographs?
I’ll always try to deliver your full set of images within 2 weeks. However depending on the time of year this can vary. If I have a clear schedule then it’s quite often that you’ll receive your wedding photographs within a few days.
Do you work alone?
Yes, most of the time when I’m working as a wedding photographer in London I prefer to shoot single handed. This is purely based on my ethos of simplicity and discretion. “It’s a wedding day not a photo shoot” is usually my mantra. That being said, if you feel your day could benefit from a second wedding photographer then I’m more than happy to arrange this for you.
Are there travel costs involved?
Not usually in the UK depending on how far I’m travelling. However we’ll always discuss this beforehand if it’s relevant. For overseas weddings I’ll simply need a room for the duration, preferably close to the action. I also ask that flights and transfer costs are covered. I never charge an additional fee for travelling time.
Do we need to meet beforehand? We’re quite busy.
Not at all. Many of my couples are based overseas so it can be tricky to arrange a meeting. I always find that Skype / Zoom / FaceTime is enough for you to check out my personality and put a face to the name. That being said, if you do want to meet, it’s no problem. Let me know and we can grab a coffee. To gain a really good understanding of your wedding and to create the best photographs I can, I’ll always send you a number of detailed questionnaires to complete beforehand. These allow me to understand the precise timings and details of the wedding. We’ll always follow this up with a final call in the weeks leading up to the big day.
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