guests snap a selfie together at a Queenwood Golf Course event

I love making candid event photos for people who want to remember their birthday, anniversary, bat- and bar-mitzvah, or whatever else they’re celebrating. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the back room of a pub or taking over a Very Big House In The Country, all that matters is that you’re having fun and making memories.

And here’s the best bit: there’s absolutely no posing required – just forget about me and enjoy the party.

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Recent party venues:

The Ivy • Le Gavroche • Duck & Waffle • Natural History Museum • V&A • The Orangery Holland Park • The Victorian Bath House • Leighton House • Fulham Palace • Strawberry Hill House • Renaissance Hotel St Pancras • Claridges • Waldorf Hilton • Andaz London • Ham Yard Hotel • Hoxton Arches • One Aldwych • One Marylebone • Two Temple Place • 8 Northumberland  • Beach Blanket Babylon • LSO St Lukes • RAC Club • Queenwood Golf Club • The Steel Yard

How it works when you book me for your party photography

For most people it's a new experience booking an event photographer, and that's okay! Let me walk you through the process, and if you have any questions please do ask.

Booking

Tell me all about it

Use my contact form to let me know all the essential stuff like your date, location, what you're celebrating, and what times guests are invited. As much extra info about what you've got planned is nice to know too. If I'm available I'll send a quote and we can take it from there.

If you're not sure how long you need event photography for just let me know and we'll look at the options together before booking.

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Banking Hall Christmas Party photography by Owen Billcliffe
The main event

What happens on the day?

I'll arrive early to say hello and get my bearings, then you can pretty much forget about me and enjoy the party.

My reportage-style approach to event photography means I simply fit in around you looking for moments that tell the story: details, wide shots, and happy people. Very happy to arrange a few family group shots at the start with you, but once the party gets going you don't need to pose at all and I won't ask you to - I think candid moments make the best photos by far!

Delivery

Getting your photos back

After the party I'll start editing, and everything's usually finished a few days later, depending how busy I am. I'll upload them all to your own private online gallery, which you're welcome to share with anyone you want.

From there you'll be able to browse the photos on any device, order museum-quality prints, and choose favourites for an album. And of course you'll get a link to download everything as high resolution JPGs to keep on your computer.

Cherish your memories at their best with a custom-designed album.

Treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind memento so you'll never forget the memories you made.

The photos we print are the ones we enjoy most often. And it doesn’t get any better than a beautifully printed, one-of-a-kind book to pick up and flick through whenever you want.

Printing your photos makes those memories even more real, and you’ll re-visit them far more often for years to come. By contrast, so many photos end up forgotten on our phones and hard drives. And even better, with a book there’s no need for a plug, screen, or wifi connection.

My premium lay-flat photobooks are made with sheets of thick, smooth paper that open completely flat for seamless double-page spreads, wrapped in an engraved leatherette cover. Just choose your favourites and I’ll design it all for you, with two rounds of your adjustments to get it just right.

My 10×10 books start at £240 + VAT and that pays for the design & proofing sessions, printing & binding, and courier delivery in the UK. And if your family would like a copy too there’s an extra discount for duplicates.

Frequently asked questions about private party & event photography

If you have a question I've not answered here, please do ask and I'll be happy to help.

How do we book?

Just get in touch to tell me a bit about your event and if I'm available we'll work out a package, then I'll set up a booking page on my website for you. There's a deposit to pay and a booking agreement we both sign, then the date's reserved and you're all booked in.

How long should we book for?

It really depends what you're planning, and I'm happy to advise if you're not sure. Most people planning a medium to large party book three or four hours, and sometimes longer for big dinner parties with drinks first and dancing later.

When do we get our photos back?

For private party and event photography it usually takes no more than 4-5 working days to finish editing and set up your gallery and digital archive. Albums take around 14-21 days after approval to be produced and delivered.

Do you do portraits during the event?

I specialise in candid photos so I don't tend to interrupt people for posed party shots like you see in HELLO magazine. Of course, if anyone asks for a snap with their friends as I'm passing that's no problem! And if you'd like to do a couple of family group shots let me know before the party and we'll work out the best time to do them (usually at the start).

How many photos will we get?

Every event is different so it depends what you have planned, but usually there's at least 50-60 finished photos per hour. There might be fewer if it's a small party, but often there's a lot more.

Can we get prints?

You'll love your photos even more when they're printed! You can order premium-quality prints, frames, and even Thank You cards from your gallery, or for the very best experience I'll design a bespoke lay-flat album using all your favourites. And of course you're welcome to make your own prints and albums from the digital files.

Can you provide video, or a photo booth?

I specialise in event photography but I can introduce you to some great photo-booth companies, videographers, and other event services including magicians, string quartets, and bands.

What about cancellations and postponements?

These are handled on a case-by-case basis. Generally, for cancellations the reservation fee is non-refundable to cover the costs of reserving the date, and depending on the notice given there may be a further fee payable. For postponements I may be able to transfer some of the fees paid to the new date. Full terms are detailed in the booking agreement.

Party photography package & pricing

Here's the basics - get in touch for an accurate quote and full details.

My London event photography package includes:

Photography

Reportage-style photography for as long as you need at your event or party.

Editing

The final photos edited in my signature style, mostly colour with some B&W.

Online gallery

All your images presented on a private website, with built-in print shop.

London travel

Two hours round trip travel included, enough for all central London venues.

Digital archive

Download the full set of finished images as high resolution JPGs.

Unlimited personal use

Share your favourites on social media, make your own prints, etc.

My fees vary depending on where and when the party is, how long you need me, and how you’d like to enjoy your photos afterwards. My digital-only package including the first two hours starts at £450 (incl. VAT). Bespoke lay-flat albums including design & delivery start at £288 (incl. VAT). For a personal quote just let me know the details and I’ll get back to you usually within 24 hours.

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Get in touch below and I’ll get back to you personally as soon as I can. Include as much info as possible, especially the shoot location and start & finish times for photography (particularly for events). If you’re flexible on timings or don’t know all the details yet your best guess is fine.

Is it urgent? This contact form or an email to owen@owenbphoto.com both go straight to my Inbox, which I check frequently; you can also call on 07712 675347 but a quick text message or email is almost always a better bet for a fast reply. Thank you!


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