Wedding photographers can be sustainable too, says Kent-based photographer Emily Brown

Of all the suppliers who can build an sustainable ethos into their business and your wedding, you make not think a wedding photographer can do much to help. On the contrary, local photographer Emily Brown tells us. Member of the Sustainable Wedding Alliance, she's ready to tell us more.

Wedding ceremony amongst the blue bells in the woods
celebrant let ceremony on a pumpkin patch

Emily Brown from Emily Brown Photography (www.emilybrown.photography) says: My brand and its ethos are based on my personal passions for sustainability and an overall respect or the natural world. You may not think there's too much a wedding photographer can do to help you achieve a sustainable wedding, but there's actually quite a bit. In 2022, I was accepted as a member of the Sustainable Wedding Alliance. Here are some of the ways in which I strive to work in an eco-friendly way. It's about making small changes that mount up to make a big difference.

We use a green energy supplier, but all energy used is generated from solar panels. To be certain, all charging and electronic use is traced using smart plugs.

All batteries are rechargeable and any office waste is recycled or repurposed.

We have invested in an electric vehicle, with the intention of retiring my petrol car entirely.

To combat any unavoidable carbon emissions and mileage, I'm partnered with TreeSisters, who plant trees in areas of deforestation. I donate a non-negotiable amount monthly, equating to the planting of 800 trees per year.

All contracts are sent electronically.

All newlyweds are given a plantable card, embedded with wildflower seeds, as a thank you for booking and a donation is made on TreeSisters on their behalf following every marriage I photograph.

I offer a range of sustainable products, enabling my clients to showcase and treasure their memories without harming the environment. Wedding albums and prints are crafted using only sustainability-sourced/recycled materials, and all USBs have been replaced with handcrafted wooden print boxes made in Cheshire.

My website is running on green energy and I track the amount of carbon that is produced when visitors click on the site via websitecarbon.com

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