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Real memories × Captured with Love

 
 
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Wedding industry Award Finalist, 2017
 
 
Photo credit - Lottie Elizabeth
“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

A Little Bit About Me

Hi! I’m Claire and before we get chatting all things wedding here is a little about me. 

  • I have an adorable Beagle called Sulley; I created him his own instagram profile and he still takes up 90% of my personal instagram feed.
  • My husband and I are addicted to Pixar films, we planned a pixar inspired wedding and named our dog after Sullivan from Monsters Inc.
  • I have an unhealthy addiction to Cadbury chocolate.
  • I’m currently trying to make the move from cider to Ale, but you’ll still find me choosing a nice cold Rekorderlig at the bar. 
  • I buy notebooks and planners on a monthly bases because I love how pretty they are. I’m addicted to Pinterest and anything house related.
  • I Love lush, wild flowers with my favourites being ranunculus, Astilbes and eucalyptus. 
  • I adore evenings in with tasty food and Netflix binging, find Thomas Shelby’s accent in Peaky Blinders strangely attractive. I enjoy having friends round for evenings in and catching up and have a small understanding of the rules and play of American Football. 
  • I love hot chocolate and marshmallows, cheesy christmas movies, the entire soundtrack to guardians of the galaxy and a cheese and ham toastie made by my husband.
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HOW I WORK

I’m a manchester girl, now based in Cheshire but shoot weddings all over the world...  I would never describe my approach as 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. 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 images which when you look back on you’ll be able to relive those moments and memories again and again through your photographic gallery. 

I keep it simple, I just want you to have fun and capture that.

 

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RECOGNITION

Random fact of the day, I have an unhealthy addiction to my job. Since the first wedding I shot I have loved every minute of it, whether it’s a wedding in the city, up in the lake district or in the south of france; I love how every wedding is unique and truly represents you as a couple from your colour scheme to your decor, music choices and attire. No other wedding will ever be like yours. Each wedding I strive to push myself creatively and aim to get you a gallery of images as unique as your day.

Still with me? Fantastic…this is my story in a nutshell.

I studied photography at university, gaining a Bachelor of Arts with honours degree. When I graduated I jumped straight into photography working mainly within the fashion industry at the time. I shot my first wedding in 2012.  Since then I have been regional finalist twice for the Best Photographer award at the UK Wedding Industry Awards and nominated as female wedding photographer of the year in the Great Northern Wedding Awards 2016.

In 2016/2017 Beaverbrooks the jewellers used a selection of my images nationally within their store windows and in house marketing.

 

 
 
 

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; I adore seeing your friends and family strut their stuff alongside you in the evening!

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 an additional photographer for groom prep to first dance and fifty keepsake newspapers with a selection of images from your day. Perfect to send as a Thank you to friends and family.

Read more about my keepsake newspapers 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
  • Second Shooter for full day
  • 50 Newspaper Thank you's

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.

 
 

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?

I love getting extra creative with images and techniques and adore seeing what has caught your eye so if there was a specific shot in my portfolio which you particularly liked, let me know.

 

CAN OUR GUESTS TAKE THEIR OWN PHOTOS?

Hell yes! 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 BOOKING FEE?

I ask for a £400 booking fee 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 6 weeks. You'll also receive your 'Wedding Pack' through the post within 10 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 12 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. You can also download straight from your online gallery too!

 

DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?

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