Documentary event photography in London

Birthdays, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, anniversaries & more



My favourite photos in our own family albums are always the candid shots of us laughing and chatting and forgetting the camera was even there, so those are the sorts of photos I’ll make for you. It’s perfect for people like me who don’t want to spend their party lining up to say “cheese!” – just forget I’m there and enjoy yourselves!

I’ve got a friendly, unobtrusive approach, and I’m totally focussed on catching those candid pictures that capture all the atmosphere and remind you exactly how it felt to be there on the day. I want them to be more than just a bunch of digitals you stick on your hard drive and forget about, so I’ll help you make the very best quality prints possible, and I’ll even design your very own hardback book so you can relive the day in comfort for years to come.

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“Without exception, the best photos of our friends and family that we have ever seen. Every photo is so natural, unselfconscious and relaxed, such a wonderful reminder of the way it felt to be in the room at the time. We are over the moon with the beautiful photos and will treasure them forever.”The Waring Family | Elopement Reception in Wimbledon
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“My fiancé and I hired Owen to photograph our engagement party after reading boat loads of amazing reviews … they’re all true! An extreme professional, a positive attitude and beautiful candid photos. Both us and our guests love the pics!”Julie Kizemchuk | Engagement Party in Maida Vale
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How it works

Reserve the date

To book me as your photographer I’ll send you a link to my online booking page. It’s really easy: simply sign the booking agreement, pay the reservation fee (deducted from the total price) and that’s it, all booked in. One more thing ticked off your To Do List!

Enjoy your party!

I’ll arrive early to say hello, and then you can pretty much leave me to it. No need to keep posing for the camera, just enjoy being with all your guests and I’ll fit in around you without any fuss. I’m not quite the invisible man but people tell me they forgot I was even there!

Your gallery & photofilm

I’ll edit and process all the photos back at my studio computer, and when they’re all ready for you I’ll send a link to your online Photofilm of the highlights, and your online Gallery of finished photographs. The gallery is password-protected and you’re welcome to share it with all your guests.

Your album & archive

You can download your full gallery as a digital archive in two sizes: full size for safekeeping, and a smaller size perfect for email or Facebook. And if you’re like me and prefer to hold real photographs I’ll design your very own hardback photobook to curl up on the sofa with.

Albums of your favourites

We all have cameras on our phones, but hardly any of our digital photos really see the light of day after a brief flurry of interest on Facebook or Instagram. I think if your special occasion deserves professional photography (and it definitely does!) it would be a real shame to leave those beautiful photos gathering digital dust on a hard drive! I offer custom-designed books full of your favourites so you’ll always have something special to enjoy years later, rather than having to fire up your computer and scroll through a screen.

Once your gallery is online you’ll be able to pick out all your favourites and then I’ll design a custom layout just for you. Every book is made with thick sheets of lustre photo paper that opens out flat for stunning double page spreads, so your photos don’t disappear into the central binding. Then they’re bound in glossy hardback, making the perfect coffee-table book you’ll love to pick up and flip through whenever you like. They’re available in 12×12 (the size of a vinyl album) and 8×8, and you can also order discounted duplicates for family.

My album design service includes:

Hardback Photobook

A luxury open-flat book with up to 240 of your favourite photos.

Custom Design

Professionally designed layouts to show off your photos at their best.

Packaging & Delivery

GIft-wrapped by me, and delivered by courier direct to your door.

Event Packages

My event package includes everything that goes into making your photos before, during and after the event, plus your choice of the best ways to enjoy them for years to come, whether that’s in a custom-designed book, as premium prints, or simply on a screen. When you get in touch we’ll have a wee chat about your plans and then I’ll be able to email over some custom price options to choose from, starting at £325.

My event photography service includes:

Photography

Documentary photography at your event for as long as you need.

Processing

All the time it takes to edit and process your photos till they’re ready to print.

Sneak-peek photofilm

A film of my favourites, to share online with all your guests.

Online gallery

A password-protected gallery where you & your guests can view the finished photos & order prints.

Digital archive

Images can be downloaded direct from the gallery, or upgraded to a bespoke boxed USB

£25 gift voucher

£25 credit towards premium prints or a custom-designed photobook – treat yourself or give it as a gift!

“Owen did an exceptional job photographing my 50th, blending in and capturing guests as themselves. He’s adaptable, unobtrusive, good-spirited, and I recommend him completely.”Scott Brubacher | 50th Birthday Dinner at London Savoy

Am I available for your event?

If you think I’m the photographer for you, great! Just drop me a line using the form below and I’ll get back to you soon with my availability and more details.

Can’t see the form? Email me direct: hello@owenbillcliffe.co.uk
Or send me a text: +44 (0)7712675347
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