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I’m Simon, a professional wedding photographer based in Bideford, North Devon; focused on The South West but happy to travel.
I believe that I do a better job by getting to know you and your guests, by being absorbed into your day- not simply hovering around the edges with my camera- I will capture beautiful, natural portraits plus all the little stories that surround your day.
Photography is an experience. Wedding photography particularly so.
Your day is unique and individual, and this is the way I will treat it. I don’t have any fixed way of doing things. I’ll fit in with the way you want things done; I am happy to be invited along the journey of the planning so that I can offer guidance and support but only when it is asked for.
You will look stunning on your wedding day, and my goal is to capture that forever. I think the telling of a story is vital: so I’d like to be there for you all day, from getting ready through to the speeches and into the evening.
I will create beautiful images for your wall, crafted on the day with lighting and scenery. I will also produce a reportage style story of your day, plus, of course, a vast selection of photos on your USB Stick, the relevance of which will only become apparent years later when you flick back through them; forgotten faces and lost friends will return. Please get in contact, I’d love to hear more about your wedding.
Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards.
I love photography and being a wedding photographer in Devon in the South West of England has taken me to some of the most beautiful venues. Church weddings are perfect for traditional weddings and are particularly apt if the wedding venue is your own village. North Devon has some beautiful venues and locations for beach weddings. You can get married at the stunning Tunnels beaches with its beach front location or Sandy Cove Hotel with its recently developed function room. We are equally spoilt for hotel weddings with the excellent Brend Hotels group of hotels offering beautiful wedding venues in Devon and Cornwall (Saunton Sands will always be a favourite of mine as this is where my wife and I got married). Multicultural weddings offer a fantastic chance for couples to show the heritage and cultural differences as well as similarities to create a wedding that is unique and personal. Themed weddings are always fun, where couples can truly show their personalities and interests. Indian weddings with traditions like Mehndi / Mehendi offer multi-day intricate ceremonies that are an honour to be asked to photograph. At the other end of the scale it’s a joy to be involved in small personal elopement weddings with just a handful of guests in a small, interesting, intimate setting. I am familiar with the expectations of registrars and vicars and the order of civil weddings and religious weddings so that I can document the key moments like the exchanging of vows and rings plus of course The Kiss !
I’d love to tell the story of your marriage using a mixture of candid wedding photography and formal wedding photos. I believe the perfect way to record your wedding is by having a large series of documentary style wedding pics coupled with a collection of artistic posed photographs for printing in a wedding album or having as a print / large canvas or wall art.
Although the majority of the wedding venues I visit are based in North Devon, I am often invited to Somerset, Wiltshire, Cornwall, Dorset and other areas in the South West. As I am confident in the beautiful and varied weddings on offer I look forward to hearing from you no matter where you live.
If you are also looking for wedding videography I can confidently recommend the work of Luc at https://www.lucamadenfilms.co.uk, there's a link on the menu.
As your wedding photographer I’ve chosen not to include wedding albums or large canvas prints into my prices. Although it is common practice for wedding photographers to include printing costs within their packages this often incurs an additional “middle-man” cost to you. Perhaps those photographers may feel incentivised to choose a printer based on cost rather than quality. I believe you are better served by ordering the prints or wedding albums directly from award winning companies like Whitewall. I believe the money saved, allows you to avoid cheap wedding photography or cheap wedding photographers and instead collaborate with those who see wedding photography as an art as well as a business.