Hi I'm Stuart and I'm a photographer.
I'll get this out of the way first...
I REALLY don't like having my picture taken!!
I know what it's like being asked to stand in front of a camera and feel awkward, posing with a smile on your face, it feels uncomfortable for a lot of people, me included.
...and that's why I always aim to capture natural, un-posed and relaxed shots of you, your family and wedding guests.
I've always loved photography though, ever since my Dad let me have a go of his camera as a child, we were on holiday in Cornwall somewhere and I managed to get a great photograph of a sunset and I was hooked.
I studied Graphic Design at college in the early 90's but rather than go on to university I took a different path and then spent the next 20 years in a job that I was never happy in. Rather than lose another 20 years doing the same thing until retirement came around I made the most of the opportunity and decided to go back to college to study both Photography and Image Editing, coming out of all of my courses with a distinction.
I worked alongside St.Helens Chamber and in June 2014 my business plan was signed off and I officially launched Stuart Morris Photography...
It's been a roller coaster ride and I've loved it, I can't imagine EVER seeing myself going back to the old job because now, and I know it's a cliché but I actually do love what I do, it's a pleasure going to work.
Also, I really do have to give a very special thank you to both my fiancé Donna and also my Daughter Emma for their support, for their belief in me and helping me to believe in myself. Oh yeah and for giving me the odd kick up the backside when I needed it, you made all this happen.
I owe you both so much, thank you! Love you to bits. x
"If I were to describe my wedding photography it would be an unobtrusive, natural and documentary style mixed up with creative yet relaxed couple portraits and some more traditional group shots."
“Stuart photographed our wedding, as well as doing our engagement shoot. He was absolutely brilliant on both occasions and we are so happy with the photos. Neither of us were particularly comfortable having our photos taken, but Stuart put us at such ease. We very much wanted a photographer who could fade into the background and take lots of natural shots and Stuart totally delivered. He was also so flexible on the day, it didn't stop raining until the evening but it didn't phase him at all.”
More kind words...
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! This is probably the most boring bit for your guests, hanging around waiting to be called for their photograph to be taken when they'd rather be off enjoying themselves, that's why I always try to get them finished off quickly, make sure they're all done in about half an hour or so and then they can get back to having fun again, there's always the standard list I work from on the day but if there's any specific shots you'd like, family or friends that have travelled in especially? Just let me know!
How many photos will we get?
There's no limit on the number of photographs I'll take, I'd never say that's it, camera down, you've got your 500 now just as you're about to start your first dance, it really is a case of the more that's happening on the day, the more photos you'll get from the day!
So when will our photographs be ready?
Usually 4-6 weeks as a guide but I'll always try to get them to you sooner if I can, I'd rather take my time and get them right for you, no rushing, it'll be worth the wait. I'll always post one or two sneak peeks on Facebook or Instagram for you to have a look at and share while you're patiently waiting for the rest.
Can we print them ourselves?
No problem, go for it! You'll have permission for your own personal use, so print and share away! In fact you'll even have a second set of the photographs correctly sized for Facebook and other Social Media platforms so they'll look their best to share with family and friends! That's as well as a secure, password protected gallery for viewing online, share the link and password with whoever you choose and they'll be able to view all of the photographs too, not just the few that are on Facebook. Oh and there's an online shop so they can also order photo prints and wall art for themselves!
Can we pick the photographs for the album?
Yes definitely, I'll be designing with with you so you'll see exactly what it'll look like before we put the order in. As a start, on a 20 page album you'd be looking to pick 50 to go in there, I'll always try to fit a few more in if the design works better though. You can always add more pages in anyway if you're struggling to choose just 50 photos! If you want, you can also upgrade your album and there's loads and loads of design choices available to tailor the album to exactly the way you want it, let's create a one off!!
Do you have a back up camera, just in case?
Yes! It's just too important not to in case something stopped working, I always have 2 professional cameras on me, a spare in the car, not to mention back up lenses, flashes, memory cards and batteries too. Once I'm back working in the office, I'll have finished editing your wedding photographs and they'll be winging their way to you, at the same time they'll all be getting backed up across several hard drives and stored securely online in the cloud (for at least a year) Make your own copies too, as many as you like, just in case! You can never be too careful.
What do we do if the weather is rubbbish?
Don't worry it happens sometimes, it's ok honestly, I only use professional cameras and lenses but more importantly, as a professional photographer having the experience to adapt to these situations quickly is vital so as not to disrupt your special day and continuing to capture beautiful photographs so if you don't mind maybe getting a bit wet and going for a stomp around the grounds in the rain then neither do I, it'll be good fun and we'll get some great shotsI!
My friend's got a good camera, I could get them to do it and save a lot of money?
You could but you'd probably end up regretting it, imagine looking back in 20 years time and wishing you'd got all those wow shots like you see all the time on Insta. Missing all those funny, natural, one-off moments because they turned out too dark or blurry. A professional photographer will have photographed lots of weddings and dealt with lots of different situations, they'll have the experience to ensure your day goes as smoothly as it can and they'll have the technical knowledge too. They'll have equipment worth thousands of pounds and know exactly how to use it, they'll have spares and know what to do if something breaks but mainly, WE KNOW HOW TO TAKE GREAT PHOTOS!! Photographs that you'll love and cherish for the rest of your lives, we're dedicated to providing you with stunning images and I really do love what I do!!
Boring Legal Stuff
EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 25th May 2018
The Policy. This policy is for this website, Stuart Morris Photography and served by Stuart Morris of Stuart Morris Photography,
86 Taylor Road, Haydock, St.Helens, Merseyside WA11 9YG
Please visit the contact page if you have any further questions.
The DPA and GDPR 25th May 2018
This website complies with the Data Protection Act 1998 and already complies with the General Data Protection Regulation which comes into effect from 25th May 2018 as much as it possibly can. This is a huge new piece of legislation and there are still areas that need full clarification from the Information Commisioner's Office (ICO) and because of this, Stuart Morris Photography will update this policy accordingly as new areas and situations come to light and in addition to this ruling it will be reviewed again after the completion of the UK's exit from the European Union.
I love them, choc chip, double choc chip, probably even triple choc but only if there's not too many white chocolate chips in them. As far as the website goes, we dont bother with them, really don't see the need and that's why you won't find a pop up on this website asking you to accept cookies.
Website Visitor Tracking
This website does not use any software to monitor its' visitors, it won't monitor your engagement or usage of the website and give us any information on the number of visitors, lenght and freqency of visits to the website and most importantly, it will not store, save or collect personal information.
Downloads and Media Files
Any downloadable documents, files or media made available on this website, and in addition via the Pixieset portal for client gallery downloads, Dropbox and Microsoft's OneDrive for storing and file sharing are provided to users at their own risk. While all possible precautions have been undertaken to ensure only genuine downloads are available, users are advised to verify their authenticity using Third Party anti-virus software or similar applications.
Contact and Communication
Users contacting Stuart Morris Photography through this website or one of our Social Media pages do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. If needed to complete a bookiing, your personal information is kept private and stored securely both online via Microsoft's OneDrive Platform and on separate hard drives at the Stuart Morris Photography, they are backed up separately to prevent data loss in the case of equipment failure. Your personal information is kept private and is stored securely until a time it is no longer required or has no use, however I do currently keep personal information as a part of the business records and documenting the progression of Stuart Morris Photography as a business, I envisage keeping your details for no longer than 10 years after the date they were provided. Your information is not shared with any other Third Party.
Email Mailing List and Marketing Messages
Stuart Morris Photography does not operate an email mailing list program and currently has no plans to introduce one, however in future should we begin operating an emailing list program used to inform subscribers about products, services and/or latest news, users can subscribe through an online automated process only where they have given their explicit permission. Subscriber personal details are collected, processed, managed and stored in accordance with the DPA and GDPR regulations named above. Subscribers will be able to unsubscribe at any time through an online automated service, or if not available, other means as detailed in the footer of any sent marketing messages. The type and content of marketing messages subscribers receive and if it may contain third party content, will be clearly outlined at the point of subscription.
External Website Links and Third Parties
Although we only aim to include quality, safe and relevant external links, users are advised to adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external links, including but not exclusively limited to Pixieset, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, YouTube and links to individual supplier's websites and any Social Media pages. All Third Parties are subject to the same DPA and GDPR regulations as Stuart Morris Photography and therefore, their Legal Information should be readily available for you to view on the relevant Third Party websites. Stuart Morris Photography cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website despite our best efforts. Users should therefore note that they click on any external links at their own risk and we cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned. Shortened URLs, URL (Uniform Resource Locators) shortening is a technique used on the web to shorten URLs to something substantially shorter, this technique is especially used in Social Media. Users should take caution before clicking on shortened URL links and verify their authority before proceeding to view the link.
Social Media Policy and Usage
Stuart Morris Photography adopts a Social Media Policy to ensure our business is conducted accordingly online. While we have official profiles on Social Media platforms, users are advised to verify authenticity of such profiles before engaging with, or sharing information with such profiles. We will never ask for user passwords or personal details on Social Media platforms. Users are advised to conduct themselves appropriately when engaging with us on Social Media. There may be instances where our website features social sharing buttons, which help share web content directly from web pages to the respective Social Media platforms. You use social sharing buttons at your own discretion and accept that doing so may publish content to your Social Media profile, feed or page. You can find further information about Social Media privacy & usage policies on the relevant Social Media information pages.
Use of the Identifiable Image
In accordance with GDPR regulations, clients have several options where it comes to image display. While it benefits Stuart Morris Photography as a business to be able to show new, regular and exemplary work via this site or corresponding Social Media channels, and / or to share these images with co-suppliers for example, Wedding Venues or Hair and Make Up Artists, it is recognised that certain clients may benefit from limitations on this sharing. Therefore clients have the right to request any of the following: anonymised accompanying text; accompanying text to use initials of names only; online photograph samples showing unidentifiable images only; online photograph samples showing non-people images (details only); or to fully request no online images to be shared. In addition, clients may request in writing that identifiable and commissioned images be erased from online sources at any future point in time. Any image data will be used appropriately and with your consent (your contract).
For any other questions or concerns, please contact me where I will be more than happy to answer your questions.
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