A bit about us
Ok, so you’ve had a good rummage through our portfolio here, maybe even checked our Facebook page and now you are wondering to yourself WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE, I need to know more about them before I make them an important part of my wedding day!
First, a few random facts
- Met: at a photo festival in Bratislava
- Married: to one another
- Guilty indulgence: bacon sandwiches in the morning
- Weird trivia: Simon worked on a project with the Russian Space Agency launching satellites.
- Name: we sometimes like to abbreviate "Crofts & Kowalczyk" to "Cro + Kow"
We find it awkward writing about ourselves. So here's a solution. Sylwia is going to write a few things about Simon, and Simon a few things about Sylwia, while the other one blushes.
- Simon plays clarinet (but I'm veeeery rusty - Simon). Yes, the chap not only wields his numerous cameras like a pro but if your wedding band unexpectedly needs a clarinet soloist for your first dance song performance, now you know where to find one (absolutely no way - Simon). And I want to take pictures of it!
- He once cycled 2500 miles across Europe to Moscow. I’m happy to report he now rides the same bike to our office in Edinburgh.
- Simon genuinely thought that Led Zeppelin was a man called Led. I forgave him.
- Simon moved in with me two months after we first met. It was not a mean feat – more than 20 boxes arrived from Scotland and I’m pretty sure that at least 18 of them consisted of darkroom and photo equipment. That is how I knew I had to marry this guy!
- Simon builds wonderful bonds with people who he photographs. He also talks to the back of his camera all the time. I think he is a camera-whisperer.
- Sylwia is the creative brain behind Cro + Kow. She is also the visually educated one: studied graphic design, and has an MFA in photography from Edinburgh College of Art, and an MA in graphic design and photography from Krakow Academy of Fine Art.
- She is a sponge for all sorts of documentaries and podcasts.
- Sylwia is also the kindest person I know - you will see that at weddings she is a kind of Jeeves shimmering away in the background, and has a magic rucksack that always seems to contain just whatever it is you happen to need at any particular moment. (So if any of you need blotting papers or a plaster you now know who to ask! - Sylwia)
- Sylwia has developed a technique of serial sneezing guaranteed to stop conversation in any restaurant. The current record is eleven sneezes.(Actually I think it is thirteen but I'm not sure because I almost fainted - Sylwia).
- I feel incredibly lucky to work with her, and this is what I love above all - this cooperation and excitement of doing something creative with the person you care about most.
Weddings are a great subject for a photographer, with so many emotions, funny moments, beautiful locations and details and happy memories packed into one day. One of the best things about photographing weddings is the people and places that we get to know that we otherwise might never have the opportunity to meet or see.
Having two photogaphers has many advantages. There is a freshness and variety to having two visions, while the ability to be in two places at once is every photographer's dream! It also means we have to move around less - for example during a ceremony we have two viewpoints without moving, which means we can be less obtrusive.
Do you only photograph weddings?
Our personal projects are really important to us, and we think it affects the way we shoot weddings.
We often photograph for leading international magazines - this year for example we've been commissioned by the likes of the Telegraph magazine, Der Spiegel, and the FT Weekend magazine amongst others. We have a separate website for our magazine and personal photography called Cro + Kow.
We also work as artists and regularly have exhibitions internationally. Simon has recently had a book of his Ukrainian work published by Kehrer Verlag in Germany, and Sylwia (as at time of writing) has an exhibition coming up in Korea and for example has just been announced a winner in the PDN Annual Photo Awards in America.
How much do you charge?
Please get in touch, we'll send you more information about our packages and options. To give you an idea, a full wedding coverage from preparations until dancing with two photographers and digital copies of images, costs £1950. We do have cheaper options for smaller weddings and elopements, and for shorter coverage.
Do you do portrait (aka engagement, pre-wedding, post-wedding) shoots?
Of course! They're a great opportunity to have some creative portraits of yourselves in a less formal setting than a wedding. We strongly recommend doing one if you would like to have some relaxed and creative portraits in your favourite location, or if you would just like to get used to having your portrait taken before the wedding day - or both! We do charge a bit extra for doing these - please see our brochure.
Do you take family/group photos at the wedding?
We find that nearly every client wants at least a few of these, and of course we see taking them as a normal part of the day. Because our style is really about not slowing the day down, and we want to have time to take the kind of pictures that you see around this site, we recommend keeping the number of group photos within bounds (we find somewhere around six is a good number to aim for) so that this aspect of the photography doesn't take over the day. Before your wedding, we send you a guide to different ways that you might do group photos to make sure you get what you want.
Do you charge travel expenses?
We don't charge travel within a reasonable range of either Edinburgh or Brighton. For further afield, we don't charge travelling time, but only expenses at cost.
The banner image at the top of this page is taken by our talented friend Laurence Winram.