This article includes the following sections.

1. Planning & shooting style.

I don’t like posed shots. Can you work with that?
So what way do you shoot?
Do you do a wedding party shoot with bridesmaids etc.?
Will you take family group shots?
Do you have an assistant / second shooter?
What about working with other vendors such as videographers?

2. Payments

How do we secure you for the day?
When do we pay?

3. Production & delivery

Can you fix things in photos?
How quickly do you deliver our photos?
How are the photos delivered?
What about books or albums?
Can books be delivered?

4. Other info

Do you share our photos?
Do you charge for travel?
Do you have a studio?

1. Planning and shooting style

I don’t like posed shots. Can you work with that?

Every wedding is unique. There is no one size fits all but this will give you an idea of where my priorities lie. My main aim is to capture the authentic realism and connections that you have with each other and with all the important people in your life. I do this discretely and get the most natural shots possible without expecting you to become a model. For location portraits and setup shots I like to do what I call posed candids so there is some direction while still keeping things light and fun.
All of the images on my site are from actual wedding days.
There are no styled shoots and there are no professional models.

So what way do you shoot?

3/4ish Authentic and energetic documentary shots.

It is up to you to plan your day but it’s good to keep me in the loop. I will ask you for a rough schedule closer to the wedding date. It’s important to leave some time in your schedule to mingle with your guests. I aim to document real moments as they happen and interrupt proceedings as little as possible. I will switch from being an invisible observer on the sidelines to immersing myself in the mayhem depending on the moment.
As I am mostly shooting the day as it unfolds, no single shot is guaranteed. You can of course tell me if there is a particular shot that you want (especially where formal or posed shots are concerned).

1/4ish Awesome creative portraits.

These can happen at any time of the day but location portraits are generally built into the timeline shortly after the ceremony.
In addition to these location portraits the top collection will include the option of an after dark session for some more intimate images, (I’ve written a blog post about this). These will often be staged in a scenic location and may be specially lit but again, the emphasis is on getting natural looks as opposed to rigid poses. It can be a nice little time out after a hectic day. A sunset session may be possible depending on the time of year and your schedule.

Anything goes here but I love doing these later in the day when the light gets interesting. Think big and factor in travel time.

Do you do a Wedding Party shoot with the Bridesmaids etc.?

Some clients prefer to focus purely on the Bride & Groom for these sessions if going on an adventure. Wedding parties are certainly welcome but you should allow some extra time (+30mins)

If you plan on doing an outdoor session then everyone involved should be prepared. Flat shoes and umbrellas for the girls are a common enough sight even in summer but if you get lucky with the weather you might need your sunglasses and SPF. Bridal party portraits will be a bit more staged than the rest of the day as groups need a little more guidance but as with the other portraits I will set the stage and then just some fun with it.

Champagne, confetti and picnic hampers
are welcome but please leave the ugly shopping bags behind as I will be shooting from the moment you step out of the cars.

You should allocate 30-60 mins for an outdoor bridal party shoot and don’t forget to allow additional time for travel.

Will you take family and group shots?

If you want family formals then you should allow at least 30 minutes for these. I normally setup two main family group shots and one with the bridal party. Additional shots will depend on the time available.

The best time for these will be immediately after the ceremony as everyone will be in the same place but they can happen later with a bit of planning. You will need to let your family members know in advance that they will be needed for photos and assign one family member from each side to gather people together.

Please note that if you are having formal shots somewhere other than the ceremony or reception location then you must allow extra time for travel. There is unlikely to be time for a redo in the event of someone being missing.

Whole wedding group shots can be tricky for parties of 50 or more guests and may be organised at the expense of such things as your greeting line or mingling and chatting with your guests.

Do you have an assistant / second shooter? 

A second shooter is included in my top package (Collection A) but you can of course add one to all collections where it is not already included.

I mostly work alone but I recommend adding a second shooter on larger weddings with 150 or more guests.
A second shooter is also needed for morning coverage with the Groom.
There are other circumstances where I would add a second shooter such as for very early start times.

What about working with video / film makers and other wedding vendors?

It’s good to know about your other vendors in advance. It is rare, but occasionally I will come across a driver who doesn’t want to take a car off the road or a videographer who will want dedicated time alone with you.

I’ve worked well with this list of suppliers in the past.

2. Payments

How do we secure you for our day? 

A non-refundable booking fee of £200 is required to secure your date. This can be paid by Bank transfer, Credit Card or Paypal. I suggest using Revolut or Card Payment for non-Sterling transactions.

Booking is on a first come, first served basis so even if you’ve enquired about a date it doesn’t mean that it won’t be booked by someone else 5 minutes later.
If you’re keen to lock in a date, then you need to get the booking fee paid.

When do we pay?

In addition to the booking fee which will be paid straight away, the remaining amount will be invoiced approximately 1 month before the wedding.
If you prefer to spread out payments further in advance just let me know.

Please note that you won’t receive any finished products until all payments have been cleared.

3. Production and delivery

Can you fix things in the photos? 

I spend around a week finessing your images so as to get the very best from them during the processing. My top collection includes 500 photos all of which will be processed to maintain a consistent look. I will occasionally remove an unwanted feature from a shot or comp in a person’s eyes in a family formal but such things will be rare.

My aim is to make you look your best in a natural way not to make you look plastic or fake so I steer clear of plastic fashion retouching.
I always shoot with an end look in mind, for example, I might process some of the morning preparations as black and white film stock that is more suited to certain lighting conditions. Each shot is unique and I never deliver the same shot with two different processes applied.

How quickly do you deliver the finished photographs?

This varies depending on the time of year but it’s usually around 8 weeks.

How are the photographs delivered?

You will receive a link to an online gallery from which you can download your images (at no cost to you). You can share this with your family and friends.

Your gallery will remain online for 6 months or 12 months after the delivery date depending on the collection chosen.

What about books or albums?

Books are available as add-ons to any wedding collection and can be purchased up to six months after you receive your gallery.

I will normally choose the shots for your album, otherwise you can set your favs within the gallery. (anywhere between 15 and 80 for a 30 page book). I will then mockup a design and send this through to you for review before it goes to print.

All books are supplied by a third party manufacturer. Production time is approximately two months from the time you sign off the digital design proofs. Production time is longer over the Xmas period.

After the design has been printed by the album company any further changes will be entirely at your expense.

Can books be delivered?

Books can be collected from The Wedding Shop Belfast or can be picked up from me.

Delivery is £12

International shipping costs start at £40.

4. Other info

Do you share our photos?

I showcase some shots on my website, Facebook, Instagram and use them for my own marketing materials.
Your photos will never be used for any other purpose and your galleries are not public.

Do you charge for travel?

I charge a mileage rate of 45p per mile for anything beyond 60 miles from my base in Belfast.
For international destination weddings, flights, transportation and hotels will be added to your invoice.

Do you have a studio / showroom?

I have a shared showroom and meeting space at
The Wedding Shop Belfast.

Wedding Photography Belfast Northern Ireland – Chris Huston

Chris Huston is a professional wedding photographer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

He primarlily shoots documentary / reportage style photos as well as creative location portraits and night time portraits. He regularly shoots weddings in Belfast, Co. Antrim, Derry, Ballycastle, Portrush, Causeway Coast, Co. Down, Newry, Ballymena, Armagh, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Bangor and throughout Northern Ireland. He also travels to the Republic of Ireland; Meath, Louth, Dundalk, Monaghan, Donegal, Mayo, Sligo, Carlow & Dublin.

Recent locations include the Causeway Hotel, Galgorm resort & spa, Ballyduggan mill, Breckenhill, The Rock Farm Slane, Borris House Carlow, Trim Castle Hotel, Belfast Castle, Marine Hotel Ballycastle, Slieve Donnard resort & spa, Lough Shore carrickfergus, Jacksons Hotel, Villa Rose Ballybofey, Beach House Buncrana, The Red Door Fahan, The Redcastle Hotel, Ballyliffin Lodge, Ballyliffin Hotel, The Strand Hotel Ballyliffin, Lough Eske Castle. The White Horse Derry.

There are a range of wedding photography collections to starting from £999 for 2016 weddings.