before the day…

There are a few things to sort out before the big day, first and foremost is a date for your free pre-wedding shoot as that is included as part of the booking fee you pay.  It’s good for both of us as the ice is broken and we can discuss the events of the day and exactly what you want from me as your photographer. We could even do the shoot at your wedding location if you wish, or we could find somewhere that means something special to you. We will be able to chat and I will be able to establish a basic timetable for your wedding so that I can build a plan. It’s good to know where I need to be at any given time! I’ll also bring along a few samples and price lists with me, so you can get an idea of the products that I offer and how much they cost. There’s absolutely no pressure to commit to buying anything at all, it’s purely to give you some ideas and to physically see the different items you could have.

Before you pay the booking fee I’ll send you a copy of the contract which will need to be signed before I can confirm the booking with you. All of this can be done electronically, it’s my preferred method, and you can sign the document electronically too. All I’ll need from you is an e-mail address so communications can be sent. After the contract has been signed I’ll invoice you electronically. Half of the booking fee should be paid on issue of the invoice with the remainder paid no later than 30 days before the date of the wedding. Your booking will be secured as soon as the booking fee has been paid in full. Please be aware that the booking fee is non-refundable.

In the period before the wedding I will send you a copy of my timings and location plan for your approval. Let me know should you have any requests, such as specific group photos, and I’ll make a note in the plan so I can make sure your request is met.

Before the day of the wedding I will send you links and passwords to your own private galleries that all of your images will be placed in after the wedding.   You can send those links and passwords out to your family and friends if you wish.

on the day…

I’ll be available for the whole day, and will work for as long as you want me to.

A normal day usually starts with the bridal party preparation, perhaps followed by some shots with the groom’s party, then off to the church or registry office.  From there the next stop is often the reception venue for the wedding breakfast, followed by the arrival of the evening guests.  The cake cutting and first dance are also included in the booking, as are dance floor shots of guests enjoying themselves after the first dance if you want them. The plan will tell me where the location is and when the specific timings are so I can make sure I’m where you need me to be.

Group photographs can be taken immediately after the ceremony, or at the reception venue. Perhaps you would like a few informal shots of you both together away from the crowd? That can be arranged. I am very flexible, so if you need to change something on the day that won’t be a problem. My job is to make sure that you get the photographs you want.

I will check with you that you’re happy for me to leave before I depart to return home. If you want that final shot with one of your family or friends I’ll be pleased to get it for you no matter what the time. You have me for the whole day if necessary.

after the day…

I will back up your images in two locations, one on-site and one off-site in the cloud, as soon as I return to my office after your wedding, so you can rest assured that no images will be lost.  After that job has been done I’ll start work to get your previews ready, and I’ll populate the gallery with those images so you and the family and friends that you’ve passed links and password to can view the pictures.

The rest is up to you and your friends and family. You can browse your preview gallery and choose images for printing, and you can select some for your album or book.   I’ll be on hand to give advice about the sizes and number of pages, I’ll take orders for you and arrange to have the items delivered straight to your door. I’m just a phone call or e-mail away if you need any help.


“Highly recommend Mel Pettit Photography. Mel not only does wedding photography but also does a variety of other types of photography. Anything you would like and cant see on his website, please ask. Mel is more than happy to help and offer his services. I have been to several weddings and events where Mel has been the photographer and cannot fault his work, I have also had a pregnancy photo shoot with Mel and can say his work is impeccable.”


Wedding Portrait & Event Photographer
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57 Lode Way, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, GB

Tel 01354 696896 or 07990 573372