Hello; and thank you for visiting my website. I am a wedding photographer based in Poole, Dorset. I cover weddings and engagements throughout the south & south west of England but I am also prepared to travel further afield. I enjoy live music & for many years in my spare time was a drummer in a local band. I also love a good curry and the odd slice of cake…or several according to my wife.
I have always been interested in all aspects of photography, it began as a hobby, but I have now transformed it into a business having found a passion in wedding photography. All my clients get the best possible service as I can provide. I am so pleased to be able to run my own business in this day and age, whilst loving what I do, expressing my creativity and having clients that appreciate it. Your wedding photographs are probably the one thing, a part from your memories, that will be a long lasting reminder of your special day. They will be on show, not only in your own home, but in the homes of your families and close friends. So with that in mind you will want to book a photographer who is going to document your day in the way that you desire, so choosing the right one for you is key and about trust; trusting someone who will listen to what you want.
My style has a natural feel, but with an artistic, flattering touch. I try to be as creative as possible within the time constraints on the wedding day. I want your photos be fun, contemporary and timeless. At every wedding, I work tirelessly to capture all the special moments, like the tears of joy; laughter; and the little details that you have been thinking about and planning for months that so often get forgotten. In addition to taking the candid and formal shots of you and your guests I also shoot with an album in mind, should you choose to purchase one. My aim is for you to be happy and enjoy the day.
My relaxed approach and style will put you and your guests at ease throughout the day. However when a little more organisation and direction is needed I will step in and direct you and your guests in a friendly, light hearted way making the day run as smooth as possible.
DO YOU EDIT THE PHOTOS?
Yes I do. I edit them using Lightroom and Photoshop. As I shoot in RAW (a digital negative format) all your photos will under go basic editing such as colour balance, sharpening etc, I will then choose the best of the best photos & each one is individually assessed and if needed it is tastefully enhanced in a subtle way to make it the very best it can be.
CAN I HAVE BLACK & WHITE PHOTOS?
I do include a number of shots in black & white with the selected mix, but if you require a particular image in black & white that can be done easily for you.
WHAT IF IT RAINS ON MY WEDDING DAY?
Unfortunately I can't change that but, I have umbrellas and we will just have to make the most of the situation utilising what & where ever we can …. Aren't those photos of the bride and groom wearing wellies cool though…?
DO YOU TRAVEL FOR WEDDINGS?
Yes I definitely travel, however costs are associated with this. I try to keep the expenses as minimal as possible I only charge at cost for accommodation if applicable & travel is also at cost, not per mile or time related.
WHAT CAMERA DO YOU USE?
The big, black and heavy one! …only joking! I shoot with two Pro Nikon full frame cameras. I also have a variety of Pro Nikon lenses, Prime & Zoom + Nikon speed lights and much more stuff…. all just in case it's needed.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT AFTER MY WEDDING BEFORE I GET MY PHOTOS?
Your digital files will usually be ready around 4 weeks after your wedding. I will in most cases though have a couple sneak previews on my Facebook page for you to view within 24 - 48hrs. For clients who choose to have Prints, Canvases, Books & Albums these will take a longer, as this is a collaborative process.
IF I HAVE A DIGITAL COLLECTION ONLY CAN I PURCHASE AN ALBUM OR OTHER PRODUCTS AT A LATER DATE?
Yes absolutely you can purchase albums and any other products at a later date if you have my Digital Only Collection, however it will work out a little more expensive that way. My collections are designed to be the best possible value for money.
I have known David for some time now and his photographic talent was evident the day I met him. I was only too pleased, as father of the bride, to recommend him to my daughter and son in law as their Wedding Photographer, for their big day in September this year. David, exceeded all my expectations, on my daughters' very special day and was relentless in the pursuit of providing an absolute fantastic range of beautiful, thoughtful and very creative photographs. David worked extremely hard from early morning to late evening to capture some of the most incredible wedding shots, which will be treasured not only by the married couple but our entire family, forever !! David was reliable, punctual, attentive, unobstrusive and determined to achieve an abundance of photographs that my daughter and son in law would cherish...for that I am extremely grateful.
Stephanie & Bruce Clarke
Dave came recommended to us through our family. My husband isn't a big fan of having his photo taken but Dave helped him to relax and we got some amazing and funny photos from our engagement shoot and on our Wedding Day. On our wedding day itself Dave was great, not intrusive and I was very happy to have him and Lisa with me during my getting dolled up phase. Later when I needed a break from photos (cheek ache!) Dave was happy to leave us to it and took loads of photos of our guests enjoying the day. It was great to see these as the day goes by in a bit of a blur! Cannot recommend enough!!!!!!
Julia & Adrian Boswell
Thanks Dave and WOW, what can we say? Dave, you're a genius! We thought that photos wouldn't really matter but how wrong we were! You've captured the colour and fun of our day and we cant thank you enough for the memories. You artistic vision really comes through in some of our quirky pictures and the formal photos are fabulous. Cant recommend you highly enough! We nearly didn't bother with a photographer as we thought it didn't matter to us but thank goodness we did. I cant wait to look through them all again when I've got more time. Thank you again Love from Julia and Ady xxx
MARK & Nickie BLUNDELL
Tonight we received our password to the online gallery of our wedding and Nickie and I eagerly sat down and looked at the photo's. We are extremely pleased with the quality of the photo's capturing the special moments of the day. David works very professionally and you wouldn't know David was there snapping away (group photo's excepted). David comes highly recommended, thankyou very much.
ASHLEY & Tara HATCHARD
David and Lisa were fantastic on our wedding day. David's passion for getting the best photos possible is unrivalled. Everyone was at complete ease and everyone said how brilliant they both were. My sister who has been to many weddings said they were the best she had ever experienced. Thank you for capturing our special day. Many thanks Ashley & Tara
LEANNE & Carn FERGUSON
Well what can we say.. Words can't describe how happy we are with our photos, thanks to Daves skills, hard work and attention to detail we now get to relive our special day over and over again and even get to experience the bits that Dave captured and we might have missed! Being photographed all day sounds daunting to some but we hardly knew Dave was there and felt truly relaxed and comfortable throughout. Thanks a million!
Dave is a very talented photographer. He is very professional and produced unique and beautifully natural photos for our daughter's wedding I would recommend him to anyone. And by the way the photo's look fabulous in their frames.
AMY & BEN
Dave Hammond has an amazing eye for detail. He made me feel very comfortable in front of the camera without being overbearing. He took my requests and developed them into something better than I could imagine. As a photographer, he goes above and beyond the normal standard. His photography tells the perfect story of our wedding day!
Amazing photos!! : )
The photos are AMAZING!! Can't thank you enough they are wonderful. Can’t wait to show everyone now.
Brilliant Dave ......Great images!
Fabulous photos of our King Charles gig from the talented David Hammond.