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As a professional Surrey wedding photographer and portrait photographer for more than 17 years, I bring a wealth of expertise and experience to your wedding or family photo shoot. My aim is always to make you feel relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. Wedding clients often comment on my unobtrusive style, and portrait clients appreciate my unfussy and friendly approach.

When photographing a wedding, most of the time I am not setting up photos but simply capturing what's happening, looking for those special moments that tell the story of the day. I am based just south of Guildford in Surrey. I photograph not only Surrey weddings but also events in Hampshire, Sussex, Berkshire, London and throughout the UK. In the past 17 years I have photographed all kinds of weddings - civil ceremonies, Christian church weddings, humanist, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh weddings to name but a few!

I am also happy to travel if you are getting married overseas. Since 2003 I have photographed many destination weddings in the Caribbean, USA, Mexico, Europe and the Middle East.
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read more › Deciding on who to hire for wedding photography for your special day is not the easiest task in the world - there are lots of different factors to take into account. In my opinion, the most important thing about wedding photography is not how many pictures you get, what shape the album is, or even what style of images the photographer shoots - the key thing is that you should feel comfortable with having your photographer around. You want to be able to relax and trust them to do their job while also making everyone feel at ease.

read more › The key thing when choosing between wedding photo packages is to have the right amount of coverage on the day. If I'm not there to photograph it, there's not much we can do about it afterwards! If you're not sure how much time you'll need, give me a call on 01483 600412 and we can chat about the way most weddings run. Then I can figure out the best coverage for you. Having photographed several hundred weddings in the last seventeen years I have a fairly good idea of how things go. That said, I'm happy to provide coverage tailored to your needs, so please get in touch for a personalised quote.

read more › Whether your wedding is a grand affair at a deluxe hotel or country house or just the two of you on a distant beach, keep those memories by having an expert eye there to capture the important moments. Wedding photographs grow more important as the years go by - as family and friends age and some are no longer with us. As a professional and experienced wedding photographer, my sole job is to document your special day, and catch those moments that you will inevitably miss in the excitement of it all.

read more › As you will have seen elsewhere on my website, most of the time at a wedding I am just documenting what's going on, but at some point during the wedding day, I like to take the couple off for a short portrait session. It's usually about 20 minutes or so, and generally we find a quiet corner of the venue away from the guests. This is generally the first few moments they have had to "breathe" and relax since the ceremony, so as they start to chill out I am able to gently direct them to get some relaxed and flattering posed images.

read more › The middle part of the day, from when guests gather for drinks through to the speeches, is usually the most relaxed and slow-paced part of the wedding. That doesn't mean I'm not busy - I usually have to organise some group photos, and also find time to get some pictures of the couple on their own, but unless the schedule is very tight I have time to wander around and get some candid photos of guests, which is a process I always enjoy. It's a bit like being a big-game hunter sneaking up on your prey - but rather less lethal!

read more › The wedding ceremony's done, the guests have been greeted and wined and dined, and speeches made. Traditionally kicked off by the cutting of the cake and the couple's first dance, this of course is the time of day when everybody lets their hair down. Usually I wills et up some flashguns on tall stands in the corners of the room to add some light to the dance floor - you can see the effectiveness of that in the photos below. The guests don't notice my flash going off in amongst the DJ or band's lighting, and it creates clean light when needed on people's faces, as well as helping them to stand out from the dark background.

read more › Even in this digital age, a printed album is still the best way to preserve and display your wedding photographs. It will last for many years, requires no technology to use, and will never become obsolete! I offer several different styles of album. For weddings the most popular choice is a hand-crafted album using traditional bookbinding methods. For portrait shoots, events or smaller weddings, there is also the option of a "coffee-table book" - similar to the kind of book that you would buy in a bookstore - which has lighter-weight pages and a machine-made binding.

read more › I'm based between Guildford and Cranleigh, and have been living in Surrey for the past seven years. In that time I have photographed weddings at most of the major Surrey wedding venues. I have also photographed weddings at register offices throughout the county. Surrey has a wealth of amazing venues, from Ramster Hall near Chiddingfold in the west to Langshott Manor and Coltsford Mill in the east. I haven't worked at every single one but I know many of them very well. Among my favourites are Loseley Park, Botley's Mansion, Gate Street Barn, Farnham Castle, Hartsfield Manor, Ghyll Manor, Cain Manor, Gildings Barns, Nonsuch Mansion, Wotton House, and Tyrrells Wood, but there are so many more!

read more › When the British winter closes in, I'm sure quite a few couples are thinking "why don't we skip the traditional UK wedding and jet off and get married somewhere warm?" A destination wedding can actually be a cheaper option. Usually you won't have anything like as many guests, simply because of the expense and distance to get there. So if you prefer a more intimate event (and are confident that the key people will be willing to travel) then getting married overseas can work very well. You will be right on the spot and won't have to stir from your deckchair to go on honeymoon!

read more › Since most people getting married haven't had to plan the event before, it can be a daunting process trying to work out what you need, especially when it comes to possibly the most important aspect - recording the day for posterity. When I meet couples who are trying to decide who to have photograph their wedding, the first thing I do is listen and find out what your plans for the day are. Where the ceremony and reception will be, how many guests you expect to have, whether it's a religious or civil ceremony, and so on.

read more › Our portrait sessions are fun - a relaxed session at your home or a mutually agreed location, for up to 6 people. Usually the shoot lasts about forty minutes to an hour, and we'll use a variety of settings. Do let me know if you have any specific image (such as a family group, or Grandma with the kids) that you especially want to get. You can wear whatever clothes you feel comfortable in, but bear in mind that strong patterns or big logos draw the eye away from the people in a picture. You don't need to all dress in matching outfits either - just keep it simple and classic.

read more › I've been a professional photographer for more than 17 years - and taking pictures of people is still what I like to do best. I lived and worked in the Caribbean for several years and have also shot weddings, portraits and commercial projects in the USA, Middle East and Europe - nowadays I'm based near Guildford in Surrey UK. I'm happy to travel, so if you're planning a destination wedding do get in touch. My approach to photography is to put clients at their ease and make the whole experience as relaxed and unstressful as possible.

read more › What I love in particular is how many "real" moments you managed to capture. You did it all so quickly and effortlessly and half the time we didn't even realise we were being photographed! You have such skill and I'm so delighted that you snapped our day for us! You did a more than amazing job! I genuinely cannot put into words how much we love the photos! I was also very pleased to see you managed to capture the moments between myself and my godfather. The two of us are always up to some kind of mischief.

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