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Real memories × Captured with Love

 
 
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Wedding industry Award Finalist, 2017
 
 
Photo credit - Lottie Elizabeth

Photo credit - Lottie Elizabeth

A Little Bit About Me

Hi! I'm Claire a Cheshire based wedding and portrait  photographer. My love for photography stems from my fathers passion for it, growing up my sister and I were fortunate to have a dad who loved capturing those candid moments and memories to look back on fondly. We have so many photographs capturing Christmas', holidays and just general day to day family life, this has helped me understand the importance of photography.

I continued my passion and studied photography at university, receiving a Bachelor of Arts with honours degree. After graduating I began work as a freelance photographer, working for a variety of diverse clients from musical artists to models and magazine. However my true love is capturing those candid, natural, special moments; from wedding days to newborn shoots, everyday family life and portraits.

“EXIST IN PHOTOS, LONG AFTER THE DANCEFLOOR IS EMPTIED, AFTER THE FLOWERS HAVE DRIED. LONG AFTER THE CAKE HAS BEEN EATEN AND THE DRINKS HAVE BEEN DRUNK, YOUR PHOTOS REMIND YOU OF THE MEMORIES FROM THE DAY. TO LOOK BACK WITH FONDNESS AND REMINISCE IN OLD AGE. FOR CHILDREN TO KEEP FONDLY AND ANCESTORS TO THEN STORE TO SHOW HOW YOU CELEBRATED, WHAT YOU WORE AND THE DECOR.”
CLAIRE BASIUK PHOTOGRAPHY ETHOS

Photo credit - Sally Eaves

Photo credit - Sally Eaves

HOW I WORK

My approach to your day isn't to simply capture as it passes like a fly on the wall; I want to get to know you and your guests. Be a part of your day in doing so I believe I will capture your friends and family as they are and not how they want to necessarily be photographed. The fun and laughter, the banter and the mischief, whatever your friends and family are up to; however they are enjoying your day I want them to be relaxed and  involve me in those moments so you have them to look back on.

 

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RECOGNITION

Last year you may have seen this photograph of Natalie and Steven in the storefront of Beaverbrooks The Jewellers as their main spring/summer national campaign. Such a stunning Leeds wedding, starting at the town hall and celebrating in their local countryside pub.

Since graduating I have had the pleasure of being featured in a number of nationwide magazines including Company Magazine, Bride Magazine and Digital Photographer focusing on my portrait and wedding photography.

My weddings photography regularly appear in inspirational wedding blogs including, Brides Up North, Boho Brides, Marry me Ink and The Wedding Community, 

I have been a Finalist in 2016 & 2017 for Best Wedding Photographer in the North West and was nominated as female wedding photographer of the year in the Great Northern Wedding Awards 2016

 
 
 

Wedding Packages

Wedding Packages Shouldn't Be a minefield so i offer two Packages
Standard and ALL INCLUSIVE

In both packages I am yours for the entire day, from morning preparations until around 30minutes after first dance.

You get a USB filled with your edited pictures. As a guide, this is at least 350 images which will be also available to view/download in a private online gallery.

The all inclusive package includes the same full day coverage as the standard packaged but includes three keepsakes of your day. Perfect to throw onto the coffee table and allow friends and family to flick through at any time.

Read more about my keepsakes below.

STANDARD PACKAGE

  • Pre wedding meeting Face-to-Face or Skype/Facetime call
  • Coverage from bridal preparations to 9pm
  • USB of all edited images and printing rights
  • Online password protected gallery

ALL  INCLUSIVE PACKAGE

  • Meeting - Pre Wedding Face-to-Face or Skype/Facetime call
  • Coverage from bridal preparations to 9pm
  • USB of all edited images and printing rights
  • Online password protected gallery
  • 3 x Keepsakes

Wedding Keepsakes offered by Claire Basiuk
Keepsakes provided by Claire Basiuk, alternative Wedding Album.

My Keepsakes

I produce  a soft cover wedding magazine showcasing your wedding in a candid and unique product. Featuring 80 pages and an interview completed by yourselves after your wedding, it tells the story of your journey upto your special day as well as highlights and memories for you to look back on and remember fondly. Each keepsake is uniquely designed and created by myself and printed on a high quality 80gsm glossy paper stock.

 

Testimonials

 

"Claire is an incredible photographer, I can't recommend her highly enough. During my big day she was on hand to capture all the little moments as well as the big ones and chatted with family, friends and guests as if she'd known them for years putting everyone at ease. She has remained in contact with me and my husband throughout this process and has listened to all of our ideas and suggestions. For me there was never anyone else I would have chosen to do the job, it was always Claire."  
STEPH & GAZ

"We got all our images from our wedding day, all 500-600 of them!!!! They are totally amazing, more than I could ever imagined. Claire you are truly amazing at what you do and we both want to thank you so much for capturing our amazing day. You and Michelle were incredible on the day, not only shooting, fluffing my dress and chatting to all our guests!! We will recommend you to everyone!! Thank you so, so much. We have gained a wonderful friend!! Xxxx"
NICKI & DARREN

"What an amazing photographer Claire is!! She helped make the day fun and enjoyable. I am not one to have my picture taken but Claire made me feel so relaxed. She is just simply amazing!!! Thank you. Xx"
NATALIE

"Absolutely fantastic (wedding) day having our photos taken, the majority of the time we didn't realize Claire was snapping away, she just got on with it and got loads of amazing shots!"
CALEB

"Everyone commented on how professional Claire was and we all felt at ease, which can be difficult when someone is taking photos. Claire worked around us and with us, creating the relaxed look we wanted in our photos. Totally recommend!"
HEATHER & GAV

"The quality of Claire's work clearly shows through in every picture and no testimonies are required. However I will say that aside from her abundant skill and eye for great photographs, she is charming, polite, friendly and a great addition to any wedding or party. She is more than a photographer, she is your new friend with a camera that you can trust to capture your event."
MATT

 
 

Contact 

I always love to hear about your exciting plans and how I can help with your occasion. So please feel free to get in touch. Whether to check about my availability for your date, to find out more about my packages or to just organise a nice meeting.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

WHERE ARE YOU BASED?

I'm based in Cheshire but available for weddings all over the UK and Europe. Travel within 100 miles is included. Marrying further a field?  Just cover my travel expenses.

 

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND A PRE-WEDDING SHOOT?

A pre-wedding shoot is perfect for anyone who is nervous about being photographed. It's a really informal and fun, and by the end of it you'll have a gorgeous selection of pre wedding shots to get you excited for what's to come from your wedding. It's totally up to you though to decide whether this is something you'd like to go for!

 

WHAT DO WE DO IF IT RAINS?

The joy of the British weather, sometimes is does rain! However in my experience it is very unlikely that it will rain for the entire day, and so there will be pockets of time where we can go outdoors to capture your bride and groom portraits or your group shots. It is advisable to have a couple of umbrellas on hand though, and possibly a spare pair of shoes that you don't mind getting a little damp or muddy!

However if it does rain continually throughout the day then I do have the tools to ensure we get just as cool and diverse a selection of shots indoors as outdoors.

 

WHAT DO WE DO IF WE'D LIKE ANY SPECIFIC SHOTS?

If you've found some specifics shots on Pinterest or have seen something you'd like to recreate send it over to me and we can arrange he best way to do it on the day. I love getting extra creative with images and techniques and adore seeing what has caught your eye.

 

CAN OUR GUESTS TAKE THEIR OWN PHOTOS?

Of course! All I ask is that for your couple shoot it is just you guys and me, as it makes it all much more relaxed.

 

HOW WILL THE GROUP SHOTS WORK?

I like to work to a pre arranged list so you guys don't have to worry about trying to organise something on the day. This is where your lovely bridesmaids and groomsmen come in handy fetching that uncle at the bar or helping grandma over for her picture. I try and keep formal groups shots as snappy as possible so everyone can get back to enjoying themselves

 

WHAT DO YOU DO ABOUT EATING ON THE DAY?

I'm more than happy to provide my own food ... but of course, I'd never turn down a delicious meal!

HOW MUCH IS THE DEPOSIT?

I ask for a 20% deposit to secure your wedding date, with the remaining balance due 28 days before the big day.

 

WE DON’T LIKE HAVING OUR PICTURE TAKEN, WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT THIS?

Don’t worry! Very few people like having their picture taken! I'm here to put you at ease and capture you both at your best.

 

HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHS WILL WE SEE FROM OUR WEDDING?

In my packages I normally deliver a minimum of 350, however I often exceed this with all the gorgeous moments, and details at the venue and guests I shoot. So if I think it's a lovely image I'll edit it and you guys will have it....there's no maximum limit to what I'll send over! So be prepared for lots of wedding joy!

 

WHEN WILL WE BE ABLE TO SEE OUR PHOTOGRAPHS?

I normally can't contain myself when I get home from a wedding and I always try to show a sneak peak of your day as soon as I am able. The rest of your images will be uploaded to a private gallery so you can share the link and password with all your guests, this is usually within 4 weeks. You'll also receive your 'Wedding Pack' through the post within 8 weeks, containing your USB of images. 

 

WHAT IF WE'VE OPTED FOR A KEEPSAKE?

After you've had time to look over and relive your day I'll create a proof keepsake for you to check over. It's absolutely no problem to make changes to these designs. I want your album to be perfect for you!

 

HOW LONG WILL OUR KEEPSAKE TAKE TO ARRIVE?

The design process can vary as i ensure you check over each proof and changes made until you are happy with the final proof. From the date of approving your design your album will take approximately 8 weeks to be fully completed. You can either collect your album in person or I can post it to you. It is standard to receive your album within 10-18 months of your wedding date, depending on how speedily you complete your interview and approve the proof.

 

CAN WE PRINT FROM OUR USB?

HELL YEAH! All I ask is that you only print images for your own personal use, that you don't use them for any commercial purpose.

 

DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?

Yes. I have public liability and professional indemnity insurances...hopefully it won't be needed though.