Read this before you book your wedding photographer…

Imagine a wedding day where everyone has had an amazing morning getting ready and super excited for the day ahead. Guests arriving at the wedding venue itching to see their family & friends celebrating the wedding of the year. The ceremony arrives and it’s what everyone has been building up to for months, it’s here, they’re married and now the party starts.

Everyone gets to the wedding reception, the fizz is flowing, the beer glasses are chinking (that responsible friend has already ordered some shots) and you’ve been welcomed in by everyone. All that pressure you might have been feeling has gone, you’re looking around the room as “the newlyweds” at everyone enjoying your day. Then there’s that tap on the shoulder, it’s the photographer starting roll calls with a long list of line up photos in their hand. They start ordering you guys and your guests around. You’re stood around for what feels like the entire afternoon while people are re-arranged and told to “say cheese”.

I’ve seen it and I don’t think it’s what people want anymore. Fair enough there might be the odd few photos people want with VIP’s like the grandparents, that I completely get.

But if you’re looking for a whole heap of traditional photos then there are lots of photographers out there who do that, and you certainly won’t have to look far at all. But you won’t find that here with me.

If you’re anything like me then I think what you really want is a photographer to capture the moments and emotions. No standing around, no being asked to say cheese just being able to enjoy spending time with your wedding guests (after all it’s why you invited them).

If this sounds like you then read on…

The number of times Tom and I have said ‘Tom just made the day’ we can’t count. It was so wonderful. Cannot wait to see the photos. It was an honor to have you there to join in the fun.

Tom & Philippa

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I won’t keep you standing around for hours

On your wedding day, the last thing you want to be doing is to be stood around for ages. You’ve put all that time and money into planning the day you guys wanted. The day you get to spend time with your family. Laugh (and cry) with your friends. Enjoying the moments and making memories.

You could book someone that photographs more staged stuff but what’s the drama?

Well the drama is that you’ll miss out on both the amazing moments that unfold while you’re photographer is setting everything up and then there will be even fewer of those real moments happening while people wait for instructions. Double whammy!

I wouldn’t want that for my wedding day and if you’re reading this the likelihood is you don’t either.

Still capturing moments no matter the size of your wedding.

Even in a year when people couldn’t have huge numbers of guests at weddings because of Covid19 it still allowed love to shine through for some. One thing it taught me was that no matter whether you have a wedding with 25 or 250 people there moments are still happening. Have a look through Mark & Hattie’s small intimate wedding slideshow below.

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Forget the awkward posing

Much like “you’re on mute” is the phrase of 2020 the phrase of my career meeting people as a wedding photographer is “I don’t like having my photo taken”. Naturally, there are a few that love it but for many, that isn’t the case. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still look amazing on your wedding day in your wedding photos.

I don’t want you to feel awkward having your photo taken because I want you to be able to enjoy your day and remember it that way too. It’s important to me that you feel comfortable and relaxed, that way we can make amazing images for you. That only comes from having a photographer who understands you and captures just that.

My style is to let my couples be themselves with each other to get a true reflection of your bond and personalities. Yes, I might give you some helpful direction. But I won’t be stood there saying “SMILE”!

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What Adam & Laura said about me…

We’ve just received our wedding photos back from Tom and they are amazing! We couldn’t recommend him enough. I first came across Tom on Facebook after admiring his Peak District landscape photos and knew that we wanted him to capture our special day. From the first meeting, we knew we’d made the right choice, Tom is very friendly, welcoming, and professional and was so good at capturing natural, candid shots of our guests which were exactly what we wanted. So many of our guests commented on how friendly and hard-working he was, going above and beyond to blend in with our guests whilst capturing lots of special moments.

Thank you so much.

Adam & Laura

If I sound like the photographer for you I would love for you to get in touch with me…