Wedding Photography


I’m a wedding photographer based in Cornwall and capture weddings with a creative and unposed, natural style. I mainly cover Cornwall and Devon but do occasionally work further afield as a destination wedding photographer. If you’d like to find out more about how I capture weddings, please read on…


Style & Approach



Wedding photographers generally tend to define themselves as a particular style such as documentary, reportage or fine art. My photography has a blend of each really, with storytelling at its heart. It’s a relationship that feels more like a guest capturing your day rather than a traditional wedding photographer as you can read in my feedback; I want couples to feel like they’ve booked a friend to photograph their wedding, somebody who can make everyone feel relaxed when there are moments of nerves, and most importantly, someone you can have complete confidence in. I’m a storyteller and from the second I step out of my car of a wedding to the the end of the night, I’m there to naturally and creatively capture everything. Wedding days are a rollercoaster of moments and emotions that happen in the blink of an eye, and I never stop and continually push myself to find the next image that tells the story. I capture the little details as well as the big details as you’ll see in my wedding gallery and I’m always seeking those natural moments, the in-between moments, the interactions between guests, and everything in-between.


natural photos

I never really pose people at all, I strongly believe un-posed images are the best images as it's real moments that mean so much to people. I may suggest where a couple go and stand if there’s some lovely natural light to make the most of, but that’s as far as I go really; I want everyone at the wedding to be themselves and enjoy the day. The only posed photos I tend to do are group photos which I mention below.


group photos

I’m happy to photograph groups as I like to capture weddings in the way I’d like my wedding to be shot, and the family / group photographs are important. However none of us want to be standing in the same spot as a conveyer belt of group photos are taken as that’s not much fun at all. So if you want some quick relaxed pictures with your parents and siblings, nan and grandad, and the bridal party etc that don’t take too long, then that’s great. They can be formal or as informal as you like.


Couple Portraits

The portrait photos are much more fun and relaxed than I think many couples think, it’s about taking a moment away from the party and going for a walk together in the surrounding grounds, woods or on the beach, and have some photos taken. I want couples to be themselves and so my engagement photography session that’s included with my all day wedding photography package really helps with this. Couple portraits usually take place over two windows on the day, usually shortly after the ceremony and in late afternoon/evening, no more than 10-15 minutes long.



I’m definitely not a wedding photographer who has the car engine running minutes after the first dance. I love to photograph the party in full swing when everyone lets their hair down. I have off camera flash setups allowing me to capture the action in very low light and capture fun on the dance floor whilst being unobtrusive. Alongside my passion for photography is music. Live bands and DJ sets is something I love to photograph and in the summer months I’m often leaving weddings gone 10pm so you’ll get some great party photos.


Post Wedding

This is where the hard work starts! One wedding usually involves 10-12 hours of editing time. I edit, colour correct, digitally process and crop images myself. I never outsource as it’s something very personal to me and I pride myself on consistent high quality images. All your edited photographs are presented in a personalised, password protected online gallery. From here you or your friends and family can share across social media, download directly or order high-quality prints. The photos are ready within 6 weeks after your wedding day and I send a handful of edited images within 10 days for you to enjoy and use on social media if you wish.


final word

I love my job as a documentary wedding photographer, I get to follow my passion for photography and spend a day with great people, having the time of their lives, and with complete creative control. I follow the events with my cameras capturing the big and the little details to tell the story discreetly, spiced up with my artistic touch for a fine art feel. And at the end of it all, I get to present my couples with an incredible set of timeless images to remember their day by with my vision, passion and love for what I do.


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Contact Me

Find out about my availability and pricing, ask me any questions or arrange a meet-up or Skype call, please contact me using the form below, I’d love to hear from you and all about your wedding plans.



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