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Wedding Photography by Karl Drage – How I Work

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY by Karl Drage – How I Work

The information below and on the following links will give you an insight into the way I work with my wedding photography clients.  Allow me to walk you through some of those processes and introduce the new packages that are being introduced in September 2017.

The very picturesque Brampton Heath Golf Centre, near Northampton.
The very picturesque Brampton Heath Golf Centre, near Northampton.

Wedding Photography Consultation

I am always more than happy to visit you in your home – or at a venue of your choosing – to meet you, have a chat about what you’ve got planned for your special day and to give me the opportunity to show you some typical photobooks of my work, which explain far better than I can put into words how I like to try to tell the story of your special day.

This is a free, no-obligation service and is the first stage towards capturing some magical images on your wedding day.

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Venue Meeting, Walk-around and (potential) Pre-wedding Shoot

Whichever package you choose, we’ll arrange to get together four to eight weeks ahead of your wedding day at both your ceremony and reception venues.  It’s a great chance for us to get reacquainted, for you to make me aware of anything that’s changed since the initial consultation, and it’s also incredibly useful for me if it’s a venue I’ve never photographed before.  Knowing the best locations for pictures is really important.

I get to:

  1. See where the guests will arrive and enter;
  2. See where the bridal car will pull up;
  3. See where the registers will be signed;
  4. (Hopefully) talk to the person who will be conducting your ceremony to find out what restrictions they impose. This can vary tremendously, and it’s vital that all parties are aware of expectations ahead of the day itself. Some things that you took for granted may simply not be possible;
  5. Work out the most suitable locations for group shots;
  6. Identify a bad weather back-up plan(s);
  7. Look for nice, quiet, tranquil areas where I can whisk you away for a few minutes;

It really is one of the most important parts in the success or otherwise of your wedding photography.

If you’re feeling less than confident about being in front of the camera on your wedding day, this is also the perfect opportunity to address that – just let me know and I’ll gladly bring the camera along!

A beautiful autumn wedding at Abbey Hill Golf Centre.
A beautiful autumn wedding at Abbey Hill Golf Centre near Milton Keynes.

The Packages

All of my wedding photography packages are framed around the length of time for which you require my services.  While I would love to capture the bridal preparations right through to after the first dance, I am aware that not every couple wants such a comprehensive level of coverage.  And equally, if you are getting married late in the day, you might not need me for more than eight hours from start to finish.

Full details of the wedding photography packages I offer can be found at: WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGES – Karl Drage, Northampton Wedding Photographer.  I’ve tried to keep everything simple, but, if you do have any special requests, I will happily put together a tailored quote that meets your needs.  Just drop me a line or give me a call.

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Image Editing

All images you receive from me will have been professionally edited.  This, however, does not automatically extend to body-reshaping or blemish-retouching.  If you do have any specific issues you would like to discuss, please let me know ahead of the day itself.  My natural style will be to deliver images that truly reflect your day.

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Colour AND Black and White Digital Images

You will receive every image I edit in both colour AND black and white.  While it is true to say that some images very definitely work better in one or the other, there will be some that look fantastic in both, and the feel can be so different that I really think it’s worth including each.

As a rough guide, a typical 10-hour booking usually yields around 500 edited images (which then doubles because you are getting them edited two ways).  Factors that can affect the number of images you receive include the weather, the number of guests in attendance and just how much stuff you have going on!

My wedding photography clients receive all of their edited images in both colour and black & white.
My wedding photography clients receive all of their edited images in both colour and black & white.

Image Delivery

First and foremost, you will receive a password-protected link to view your images on a beautiful web gallery.  My aim will always be for this to happen within seven days of your wedding, however, there may be occasions where this is not possible.  Rest assured, though, that weddings will be edited in the order they take place.  If there are any images that you would like removing for any reason, please let me know and I will make sure that happens.  Once you are happy, you can freely share the link and password with your family and friends.  From there they will be able to directly order prints and photo gifts and download high-resolution digital files, should they wish.

I will also put together a high-definition slideshow (usually 60-80 images) of highlights from your wedding.  The images will be accompanied by a licensed piece of backing music.  This will be uploaded to my Vimeo channel and can, again, be password-protected, should you wish.

You will be free to choose the images you would like printed as part of your package.  All wedding photography packages come with 5x up to A3 and 30x up to A4 prints included as standard.  I include the words “up to” as A3 can sound quite intimidating, but once you put it on a wall, it’s really not that big (honest!).  The prints are a great way to decorate your house or to give away as birthday and Christmas presents to your guests.

All of the edited images (in both high-resolution for printing and low-resolution for sharing via email and on social media) and the HD slideshow will be copied on to a branded wooden USB stick, which you will also receive in a branded wooden presentation box, along with a selection of 50 6”x4” ‘highlight’ prints from your day.

New from September 2017, all wedding photography clients will receive their edited images on a branded USB stick, together with 50x 6"x4" prints in a beautiful presentation box.
New from September 2017, all wedding photography clients will receive their edited images on a branded USB stick, together with 50x 6″x4″ prints in a beautiful presentation box.

Once everything is ready, I will try to co-ordinate a time to get together to hand deliver your goodies.  However, if this is not possible in a timely manner, I’ll ensure everything is delivered to you by courier.


I have chosen a rather different style of photobook for my premium packages to those most wedding photographers supply.  The simple reason for that is that the photobooks that I use start at 90 pages and go up to 120 pages.  I just feel that they fit much better with my style and aim of telling as much of the story of your day as possible.  From feedback I’ve received, people seem to really love the montages of candid images of people having a great time that I have the space to fit in!

The books measure 30cms x 30cms and are supplied in a clam-shell box.  The cover is a padded hard-cover and has a silk feel.

My preferred photo books are quite different to those supplied by most wedding photographers. Mine range from 90-120 pages.
My preferred photobooks are quite different to those supplied by most wedding photographers. My ones range from 90-120 pages.

I firmly believe that this extra space enables me to truly capture the real essence of your wedding day.
I truly believe that this extra space enables me to capture the real essence of your wedding day.

If you choose a premium package, I will put together a first draft based on any feedback received from you regarding preferences after viewing your gallery.  Once I’ve done that, you will then be able to request any specific changes before it gets ordered.

I accept that these books are not cheap, however, and as such, I am now introducing a smaller book which might be more suitable to those on a budget.

The smaller books contain 30 pages and are available in two sizes, 22x22 cms and 30x30 cms.
The smaller books contain 30 pages and are available in two sizes, 22×22 cms and 30×30 cms.

The pages are 380gsm and are designed to lay flat.
The pages are 380gsm and are designed to lay flat.

Furthermore, if you do want to book me as your wedding photographer but would rather have a more traditional photo album, I am always open to suggestions.

A wedding at the stunning art gallery at Compton Verney in Warwickshire.
A wedding at the stunning art gallery at Compton Verney in Warwickshire.

Things to Remember

My aim is not to embarrass you or catch you out!  Ultimately you have complete control over precisely which pictures appear in the public domain from your day. I want you to want to share them, since that is from where my next round of bookings is likely to come!

The more comfortable you feel with me, the greater the likelihood of producing lovely images.  I will do my best to relax and reassure you, taking away your stresses rather than adding to them.

It is YOUR day and I will be as active or passive in engineering photographic opportunities as YOU wish.  Even if you prefer a more passive approach, I will still be working hard to deliver candid shots of as many of your guests as I can.

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Further Information

You will find further information about my wedding photography services on the following pages:

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGES – Karl Drage, Northampton Wedding Photographer

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY by Karl Drage – A Typical Wedding Day

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY by Karl Drage – Wedding Portfolio

Get in Contact

To enquire about my availability, to discuss other options or if you have any queries, please use one of the methods on the Contact Us page to get in touch.

I am based in Northamptonshire, but am willing to travel out of area, though please be aware this may bring with it an additional cost.

What my clients say:

A loving embrace between Bride and Groom on their wedding day.
Chelsea Smith
Mr & Mrs Smith

Karl did an absolutely amazing job at capturing our wedding day, with a perfect mix of formal and informal photos, managing to capture almost every single guest! I would highly recommend Karl, he is a very talented and professional photographer who did exactly what we asked and is so easy going which made us and our guests feel very comfortable. We were even more impressed at the prompt delivery of our photos already waiting for us when we got back from honeymoon! The photos are great! Thanks so much Karl.

Newly-weds embrace after the sun has set on their Halloween wedding day.
Angela Kennedy-Butlin
Mr & Mrs Kennedy-Butlin

Karl took on the challenge of our halloween wedding with very little notice, he did an amazing job and everyone commented on what a pleasant man he was, as well as how well he made his way around the room and how comfortable they felt being photographed by him. The photos he presented us with far exceeded our expectations and we are truly grateful. We were so impressed we are hoping to book Karl for family shoots as the children grow up 🙂 .
Could not recommend him highly enough .
Lovely man. Beautiful work. Thank you.

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Lucy Woodnutt
Mr & Mrs Woodnutt

Karl did an amazing job capturing our wedding last weekend. He managed to get the perfect combination of formal and informal photos including many shots we didn’t even know he was taking. He started sending us the first images only a few days after the wedding which I can’t stop looking at! Karl was a great easy going guy whom I felt was part of our wedding rather than a photographer. Would recommend him to everyone without a doubt. Thank you again Karl. Mr & Mrs Woodnutt x

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Karen Morris
Mr & Mrs Morris

Karl was our wedding photographer, on 24th September 2016.He was friendly, polite, courteous and professional. He fitted in with us and our guests really well, and provided us with some wonderful photos from our amazing day. x

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Nadia Norman
Mr & Mrs Williams

Absolutely stunning photography. Karl did a brilliant job of keeping everyone relaxed and smiling throughout the day, even with the nervous giggly bride! Beautiful photos that the bride and groom will treasure.

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Emma Riches
Mr & Mrs Riches

Karl was so amazing at our wedding. He was so chilled out and that made everyone relaxed when having there pics taken. I love the photos and would happily recommend him for any occasion. Already want to book him for my renewal of vows in about 10 years!!!

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Gail Horn
Mr & Mrs Griffin

Karl did a super job at capturing all those special moments at our daughter’s wedding on September 11th 2016 a fun and pleasant guy would recommend without a doubt . Thank you Karl x

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Craig MacMillan
Mr & Mrs MacMillan

Such a nice guy and the photos he produces of your special day are unreal. Top marks and a top man! Would highly recommend.

Karl Drage is a professional Northamptonshire-based wedding photographer who also covers surrounding counties such as Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Rutland, Oxfordshire & Warwickshire.  If you are looking for a commercial photographer in the towns of Northampton, Kettering, Wellingborough, Oundle, Corby, Peterborough, Leicester, Huntingdon, Towcester, Rugby, Daventry, Oakham or nearby, please use one of the methods on the Contact Us page to get in touch.  He will be only too happy to go through your needs with you and will endeavour to put together a competitive solution that meets them.

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