Highly Commended Award winning wedding photographer

Well, what a great way to end 2023 and start 2024! After documenting over 35 weddings last year, it was phenomenal news to be recognised as one of the Best Wedding Photographers across the Yorkshire & North East region. I entered The Wedding Photographer Of The Year category in The Wedding Industry Awards 2024. I was humbled to reach the Regional Finals for Yorkshire & The North East region. Having never entered the awards before, I wasn’t sure what to expect, especially against a competent set of peers in the area, with 21 of us making it as regional finalists.

I am so lucky to be able to do this job as a Wedding Photographer, and although I didn’t get into it to win awards, they are, of course, a great accolade to have. Awards, in all honesty, don’t mean a great deal to me compared to actually hearing the feedback from my clients, and that is one of the significant parts of TWIA getting that anonymous feedback. I always ask couples for feedback after every wedding, but having it anonymously and reading what people think about me has been incredibly humbling.

For those who don’t know The Wedding Industry Awards are all about recognising and rewarding excellence in the Wedding Industry. Established in 2011, TWIA is the only Regional and National client-voted, expert-judged Awards in the UK wedding industry.

As part of that process each one of my past clients throughout that year can vote for me and answer a series of questions as well as giving me a score out of 10 providing they meet the voting criteria. This table shows my average voting scores and those for the category of Yorkshire & North East Wedding Photographer Of The Year in The Wedding Industry Awards 2024.

To see my total score at near enough 70 out of 70 feels amazing as well as being listed as one of the top 3 wedding photographers in the region! The Wedding Industry Awards are unique because the client’s feedback plays a big part in deciding the winners, so unlike so many other photography competitions photographers are rated on the entire experience the couple has experienced when working with you. Rather than being based purely on the images and the creative levels of the photographer according to the judges.

I’d love to share the wonderful feedback I received from my couples which you can see below along with a selection of images.

Vote Question My Avg Score Regional Category Avg Score
Ability of your photographer to understand, interpret and realise your vision and ideas. 10 9.97
Quality of expertise, advice and guidance received from your photographer. 10 9.97
Quality of customer service and communication received from your photographer. 9 9.96
Your photographer’s personal presentation and their ability to understand and fit into your wedding, your friends and your family. 10 9.99
Quality of your photographer’s web presence (web site, facebook etc). 10 9.98
Breadth of photographic coverage, delivery and quality of the finished photographs etc (including online and ‘real’ albums etc). 10 9.96
How easy/enjoyable you found working with this supplier. 10 9.99
Total out of 70 69.97 69.82

What was the honest feedback from my couples?

Toms approach is amazing. As some one who is normally quite camera shy, Tom went out of his way to make me feel at ease. He made the entire process fun, engaging and really captured the day. The pressure a photographer is under must be immense and Tom truly delivered, our photos are exceptional and Tom must be the best in the country!

Becci + Tom | Birtsmorton Court

Birtsmorton Court wedding photo
Bakewell wedding photo

Tom was fantastic to work with from start (finding him and his previous work) to finish (delivering our wedding photos and guidance on printing options) and everything in between. Tom was incredibly helpful on our wedding day: going way beyond (even helping us with our music tech troubles!) and fitted in perfectly, like having a (helpful) guest. He worked without disturbing the flow of the day or our guests. This is evidenced by the pictures: beautiful, natural shots, exactly as we requested.

Tony + Lindy | Bakewell Town Hall

We found Tom through his excellent reviews & from the moment we met we knew we wanted him to be involved in our special day. Extremely professional with a great sense of humour, Tom understood our needs perfectly. His surprise pre wedding xmas gift was an extremely thoughtful touch. On the day his calming nature & knowledgable professionalism generated beautiful memories which he captured perfectly in our photos. The final product delivered in a beautiful oak box was the icing on the cake.

Nicky + Ryan | Peak Edge Hotel

Peak Edge Hotel wedding photo

From our first contact Tom was so easy to talk to but he also is a good listener which makes for a great experience all round. He advised us where needed but also interpreted exactly what we wanted from our whole wedding experience in photos. We were very impressed with how well he communicated with our guests from their arrival and this made for a very relaxed atmosphere for us all resulting in fantastic natural photos of the day. He remained professional throughout and positive comments.

Yvonne + David | Cavendish Golf Club

Tom was absolutely outstanding. Often, we didn’t notice he was there and he captured bits of the wedding we hadn’t seen ourselves! He eased our nerves and we felt so natural with him, the moments with Tom were the bits that felt like it was just us. We loved the relaxed, natural style and the gallery of pictures are just stunning. Just before we came out for the confetti shot he said “you set the tone of your wedding, if you are full of energy then your guests will be too.” Best advice ever!

Sarah + Toby | Tissington Hall

Tom captured every important moment on camera, from the beginning Tom made everyone feel at ease and made everyone laugh with his brilliant sense of humour. Every photo took us back to each moment. You got shots of things that we didn’t even know happened!

Anonymous

Tom was a dream photographer, he absolutely smashed the whole process from the face time interview at the beginning to delivering our pictures. We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer and would choose him all over again! Thanks Tom

Rebecca + Dan | Allerton Manor Golf Club

Eyam Hall wedding photo

We are so happy that we chose Tom to capture our day. From the very beginning, via video call, we knew he was the perfect photographer for us. He is such a lovely talented chap! He captured our day perfectly. He helped keep us all calm in the morning before the big moment and stayed longer than expected to get shots of everyone dancing the night away. Looking at the pictures genuinely takes us back to the very moments as they happened and they where delivered in such a beautiful box. Not only was Tom an amazing photographer for the day, providing us with amazing memories to look back on, he also made the day extra special by being such a warm-hearted, caring professional. Tom become as much as a guest as the photographer, and shows such passion for his work, but also the time and energy around everything else throughout the day. We feel extremely fortunate that we had Tom for our wedding but we’re also thankful to have met such a wonderful person.

Ashley + Rebecca | Eyam Hall

Tom was incredible from start to finish and captured moments that we will cherish forever. He was fun, friendly and super organised when it came to his role, I always felt at ease when he was photographing. He had a fantastic ability to be invisible and snap beautiful candid moments but also delegated large groups when necessary to get the perfect shots! 10/10 5 stars, would recommend to everyone!

Emma + Sam | Abbeywood Estate

Meols Hall wedding photo

Tom was just amazing! We were truly blown away with how he managed to capture every little detail of our day. The shots were so natural and they are the perfect memories of all of the love and laughter of the day. From the first time we met Tom at our pre-wedding shoot, he made us feel so at ease. Lots of our family and friends commented on how warm and friendly Tom was. We absolutely loved the photos! We received so many more photos than we expected! We could not recommend Tom highly enough!

Anonymous

Top photographer, we met Tom through social media and discovered his passion for phographing in the peak district and knew we wanted to go with him. He made us feel really comfortable on the day and he blended in with the guests that well you almost forgot he was there. The photos turned out great and we really do appreciate the hard work he put in. Thank you Tom!

Matt + Emily | The Maynard Hotel

The Maynard wedding photo
New House Farm wedding photo

Tom was the best photographer I could have asked for. He was lovely. He captured every photo I asked for and even more, especially the ones we didn’t expect to see, it was nice to have the moments we didn’t expect to get in a photo but did.

Anonymous

Tom is a lovely photographer, such a relaxing presence and amazing pictures! He was so friendly before, during and after our wedding and felt more like a friend than a supplier.

Paula + George | New Mills

Tom ticked all boxes for us – he was friendly, approachable, professional, and reliable. The quality of his photos was consistently top-class throughout, and we were delighted with his service. He was also very engaging, and made our wedding day feel very special and not “just another wedding”. His reasonable & justified pricing, as well as good knowledge of the surrounding area, were added bonuses too. We were absolutely thrilled with Tom and would recommend him to anyone.

Emily + Owen | Peak Edge Hotel

Tom was our first and only choice for a photographer on our wedding day. He understood everything we wanted and took some amazing candid shots. We recommend Tom highly and are so glad to have him as part of our day. Thanks so much Tom.

Meg + Josh | Hathersage

Losehill House wedding photo

Tom was a pleasure to work with, from the very first email to the final product. Tom made certain to seek out our own wishes and preferences prior to the big day. He integrated seamlessly into our wedding day and he felt like another guest of ours. Tom was both visible and discrete – a unique quality. At no stage did we feel uncomfortable and Tom proved to be an excellent judge of people’s character on the day. Our photos are so precious and we can’t recommend Tom highly enough!

Hannah + Matt | Losehill House Hotel

Tom was really helpful throughout and was a massive part in making us feel prepared and excited for our wedding. His photos were amazing!

Josh + Lissy | Losehill House Hotel

Losehill House wedding photo

Very knowledgeable and friendly. Actually gave a lot of advice on other aspects of wedding planning too! We have so many beautiful photos. Tom was even really cooperative when i had an issue with my complexion on the first set he sent us. He exited it really quickly and sent me out a fresh set. Would definitely use him again in the future!

Melissa + Steven | Losehill House Hotel

Tom was absolutely fantastic from start to finish, blended in to the proceedings but also helped capture the most beautiful memories in a natural way and was not in any way contriving scenarios for photos. Even before our wedding day he was very interested in us as people and when we were in his area invited us into his home for a great cup of coffee and a chat about our needs and wants. An experience I don’t think anyone of our friends has had with their wedding photographer.

Anonymous

Tom has been an amazing person to work with, from our first chat on zoom in 2022. He has delivered an outstanding service, with super speedy communication throughout the booking process. Our wedding day would not have been complete without Tom. He guided us through the day, knew everything about our venue and was calming and reassuring when we needed it. Most of the time, we didn’t notice he was there! We have the most stunning photos to treasure forever. Thank you Tom, we really hope you win!

Rebecca + Matt | Losehill House Hotel

Tom was an outstanding photographer who made the day perfect, he took on every aspect of the day and photographed in a way that complemented our day perfectly.

Demi + Baxter | Tideswell Church + The Maynard

Tom was amazing on our wedding day! He fitted in with our guests and everyone commented how lovely he was. Tom made everyone feel at ease and was good humoured whilst still getting everyone organised. The photos we got from Tom are beautiful. He captured our day how we wanted it to be – natural, fun and with everyone. The editing on the photos is amazing and you can tell Tom spent time on each photograph, making sure each looked great.

Lois + Callum | Hollin House Hotel

Tom was incredible from start to finish. He put us so at ease in our initial meeting, and further still at our pre-wedding shoot. On the day he fitted in so well with our guests, laughing and joking with everyone whilst capturing the day so beautifully, before whisking us up the road to where we got engaged for a game of pooh sticks, which resulted in some of our favourite photos!

Jo + Stephen | The Maynard

Tom, our wedding photographer, was a true gem! His talent shone in every click of the camera, capturing the essence of our special day flawlessly. Friendly and non-invasive, he made us feel at ease, ensuring every shot was natural and beautiful. His laid-back demeanor and valuable advice were invaluable, adding an extra special touch. The result? Simply amazing pictures that will forever remind us of the magic of our wedding day. Thank you, Tom!

Anonymous

After our initial Zoom meeting, we knew instantly we wanted Tom as photographer. Tom documented our wedding day absolutely perfectly, we could not have asked for anything more. The photos we have are exactly as he described capturing the natural feel of the atmosphere… even went above and beyond getting the rings from the hotel to the venue after I had forgotten them, saving the day! Honestly could not recommend Tom enough, absolute professional, amazing photographer and all round lovely guy.

Anonymous

Lindeth Howe Hotel wedding photo

Aside from the excellent photos (which speak for themselves) and making you feel at ease all day, he is hugely personable and was great with the guests too. He is clearly a very experience and profession photographer, who is also great fun to work with and we couldn’t recommend Tom enough. He captured the day perfectly. The photos are a beautiful reminder of one of the best days of our lives, thank you again Tom!!

Tom + Anna | Kirkby Malham

Tom was incredibly fun to work with and captured our wedding day perfectly. We have been sure to recommend Tom whenever possible as working with him and the quality of the results was seamless and impeccable. He went above and beyond on the day/night capturing the most perfect photos of some of the happiest moments of our life. Most of the time we didn’t even notice that he was working around us which made for real emotion being caught on camera in the most natural way. Incredible photographer!

Katie + Ben | Preston Court

Wood Lane Countryside Centre wedding photo

Tom was fantastic from the first meeting to the wedding day itself. He kept us informed and asked us the right questions in the build up, to ensure he was able to capture the perfect day. He was so accommodating given the various cancellations and date changes we went through due to Covid. Looking back at the photos now Tom really captured the vibe from the day which allows us to re-live those moments by browsing through the shots. An absolute pleasure to have Tom at our wedding.

Mike + Emily | Wood Lane Countryside Centre

Tom was, from start to finish, everything we could have asked for in a wedding photographer. He not only took photos that were of a high standard but also considered how the photos would reflect the type of people we are and the mood of the wedding in the day. It was also noted by many how skilled he was at going unitised when taking pictures to capture the most intimate of moments. Overall, I couldn’t recommend Tom enough to anyone looking for a photographer.

Alex + Gabi | Peak Edge Hotel

Peak Edge Hotel wedding photo

Tom was so professional and considerate. Nothing was too much trouble we hardly noticed he was there but captured every moment. He went above and beyond on the day making everyone feel so relaxed. We felt like we had made a friend. Tom is very passionate about his work and this comes through in the amazing photos we received.

Claire + John | Casa Hotel

My best of 2023

While you’re here why not have a look at my best of 2023 post where I have picked out my favourite images from last year. I’d love you to have a look.

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