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The UK’s Top 50 Wedding Photographers 2016

May 12, 2016
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It’s the most important day of your lives, the last thing you want is blurred faces, shaky action shots or photos of the photographer’s feet. The wedding photos will be your abiding memory of the big day so finding the right photographer to not just take good shots but really capture the essence of your personalities and the day is vital.

A good photographer will get to know you ahead of the day but be a rarely glimpsed presence amongst your guests as they somehow manage to capture every magic moment.

So GoHen would like to bring the best of the best into focus as we present the UK’s Top 50 Wedding Photographers.

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Jaye & Matt Cole

Style: Contemporary, reportage
Where: UK and abroad

jaye and matt coleTux & Tales, the snappy love child of husband and wife team Jaye & Matt Cole have a unique flair, contemporary style and a fabulous attention to detail capturing the happy couple while making them and their guests feel totally at ease. A natural choice for the UK’s top 50!

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jaye and matt cole

© Image from Jayne and Matt Cole

Jonny Draper

Style: Contemporary
Where: Manchester, UK & Destination

johnny draperNow this is what romance looks like. The best thing about Jonny Draper is he blends seamlessly into the background of your special day but when you take a look at the photos, it seems like he was front and centre the whole time capturing unmissable moments in his amazing and unique way… Where else have you seen smoke-bomb wielding brides?

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jonny draper

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Mick Shah

Style: Contemporary, reportage
Where: UK & Europe

mick shahIf you’re a fan of highly creative shots that bring out the best of your venue and, of course, the starring couple then Mick Shah’s the man for you. His portfolio shows he knows how to pick up on the tender touches but when it’s time to ‘strike a pose’ then you really will be treated to wedding photos that would make Hello Magazine jealous.

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mick shah

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Alex Beckett

Style: Contemporary
Where: UK

alex beckettGreat wedding photographers somehow see the world differently. Alex Beckett has had a zombie escape plan for every house he’s lived in, once sat in a 10-seater minibus with 20 people, 2 chickens and a goat and stayed up until 4am to decorate his own wedding day. He is just brilliantly different and his work reflects that genius as he collects those little moments most of us would never even see and carefully holds them in his camera so you can enjoy them again and again.

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alex beckett

© Image from Alex Beckett

Luis Holden

Style: Contemporary
Where: East Anglia & beyond

luis holdenHaving swapped ‘dodging bullets for bouquets’ after retiring from the Royal Navy, Luis Holden’s contemporary photography is sharp, perfectly composed and packed with more emotion than an episode of Don’t Tell the Bride although there’s no way you’re keeping these uh-mazing shots under wraps!

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Chris & Verity Sansom

Style: Reportage & contemporary
Where: UK & abroad

samson photographyAs a husband and wife team, Chris and Verity Sansom must have a rather large trophy shelf! Both halves of Sansom Photography have won awards and working together they bring a keen eye for detail, a huge amount of enthusiasm and they’ll put themselves into some truly precarious positions to capture the ‘perfect shot’… What else would you expect from a Ninja Warrior finalist?!?

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chris and verity sansom

© Image from Chris and Verity Sansom

Alan Law

Style: Contemporary
Where: Cornwall

alan lawAlan Law’s first rule of wedding photography? No poses and no clichés. His contemporary style creates some wonderful, flowing, naturalistic snaps of your special day and he even sticks around after the first dance to catch those priceless moments like when your Great Aunt drags the Best Man onto the dancefloor.

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alan law

© Image from Alan Law

Chris Giles

Style: Reportage
Where: UK & destination

chris gilesChris was one of our top picks for this list two years ago and the ‘Swiss army knife of wedding photography’ has only sharpened his game. His more traditional shots are gorgeous but it’s the moments where he goes unseen, capturing the hand on the shoulder and the beaming smile of the bride that shows you why he’s been called one of the world’s best.

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chris giles

© Image from Chris Giles

Umbrella Studio

Style: Contemporary & reportage
Where: London & UK

umbrella studiosWe’d love to see behind the doors of the Umbrella Studio. Their amazing photography has often featured on our Pinterest boards and wedding scrapbooks while Umbrella’s unique style often blurs the lines between contemporary and reportage to tell the story of your day with a timeless, stylised finish.

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umbrella studio

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Simon Biffen

Style: Documentary
Where: Bath, UK & Europe

simon biffonIn the buzz of the build-up, this is a relaxed, calm head who’ll capture the real emotions of your wedding. Having worked both internationally and in GoHen’s beautiful hometown of Bath, Simon really knows how to bring the best out of any destination no matter how big/bijou the celebrations!

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simon biffen

© Image from Simon Biffen

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Sam Gibson

Style: Documentary
Where: Bristol, UK & abroad

sam gibsonFrom the most romantic moments to the funniest, Sam Gibson paints a complete picture of the big day for you to look back on. Being Bristol-based, Sam has an equal share of city and countryside backdrops to admire, showing his fantastic range and skill when it comes to capturing the atmosphere and making the most of your unique location.

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© Image from Sam Gibson

Kevin Mullins

Style: Documentary
Where: UK & abroad

kevin mullinsThe thing that really sticks out from Kevin Mullins’ ever-shareable wedding photography is just how real it all feels. There’s no poses, no fake smiles; only genuine, emotional moments that allow the pictures to tell your story without even having to say a word.

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© Image from Kevin Mullins

David Bostock

Style: Contemporary, reportage
Where: Oxfordshire

david bostockOxfordshire has some of the prettiest wedding venues in the UK and David Bostock has been lucky enough to be behind the lens at most of them. But somehow, his timeless snaps manage to upstage them all with beautiful brides and unmissable moments with close friends, family and life-long loves.

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david bostock

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Barrie Downie

Style: Reportage, contemporary
Where: UK & Europe

barrie downieFine art style might be an acquired taste, but Barrie Downie shows us that when it’s done well there’s not a woman alive who wouldn’t swoon at the sight of shots like these. Barrie believes that ‘love can be captured forever’ and after seeing his portfolio we’d have to agree!

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Jon Mold

Style: Contemporary
Where: UK

jon moldFrom the first shot to the last, there’s an amazing sense of creativity here that will capture the best of the big day whether it’s through expertly posed portraits or those seemingly unseen incidents that showcase the wedding’s best moments as they happen. Jon’s love for his contemporary style made him an easy choice for the top 50.

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Steve Gerrard

Style: Contemporary
Where: UK & destination

steve gerrardNow this is wedding photography that rocks. Steve Gerrard’s relaxed style works well when he’s taking shots of metal bands like Lamb of God but when he’s got a bride in his viewfinder his talents really do shine. That’s what we call a varied portfolio!

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steve gerrard

© Image from Steve Gerrard

The Crawleys

Style: Reportage
Where: Manchester, UK & abroad

the crawleys‘Biam’ Crawley (or Bee and Liam as they’re individually known) have a free and fun-loving style that results in some truly unique and chic wedding pictures. Whether they’ve got you in a pose or you’re not even aware they’re around, these supremely talented photographers will capture the romance, the love and most importantly the laughter of your wedding day.

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© Image from The Crawleys

Paul Johnson

Style: Contemporary
Where: London, UK & Europe

paul johnsonThere is something eternally timeless about black and white photography, it’s a medium that can easily be shot wrong but when done right in the hands of a true artist like Paul Johnson it is truly a thing of beauty. That being said, he’s not afraid of colour and in fact some of his shots have some of the prettiest lighting we’ve seen in shots that really bring out the personalities of his subjects and their special day.

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paul johnson

© Image from Paul Johnson

Fiona Kelly

Style: Reportage
Where: UK & destination

fiona kellyMost would say that the art of wedding photography is about capturing the day’s big moments but as Fiona shows it’s the more intimate moments that really tell the story. She’s a passionate photographer that has a talent for turning the day into a storyline of images that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

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Steve Bridgwood

Style: Contemporary
Where: Staffordshire, UK & destination

steve bridgwoodIt’s not every day that you get to describe wedding photography as ‘explosive’ but with Steve Bridgwood that’s exactly what it is. Sharp, colourful, witty and packed with pyrotechnics (who knew a purple smoke bomb would go so well with a wedding dress?), this is perfect for couples looking to go against the grain and create something really dramatic yet fun.

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steve bridgwood

© Image from Steve Bridgwood

Melanie Chitty

Style: Contemporary
Where: South West, UK & Europe

melanie chitty photographyWe’re big fans of Melanie here at GoHen and a quick look at her stunning portfolio will show you why; her stylish shots are elegant, pretty and will make for a fabulous memoir of the special day… What more would you expect from a Goldsmiths (University of London) graduate?

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mel chitty

© Image from Melanie Chitty

Nicola Ferguson

Style: Reportage
Where: UK & international

nicola fergusonIn Nicola’s own words, “your pictures will show all the moments you didn’t notice happening” and that’s exactly what makes her such a fantastic choice. A wedding day is so busy it’s easy to get distracted but with Daffodil Waves detailed reportage style you’ll be able to look back and experience it again and again… and again!

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nicola ferguson

© Image from Nicola Ferguson

The Twins

Style: Reportage, documentary
Where: UK

the twinsTrends are temporary but your wedding photos will last forever; a fact that twin sisters Caroline and Kelly fully understand. The award-winning pair take what’s best and unique about your day and use their style to make it stand out, while portraiting the bride in a contemporary, yet classic, way.

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the twins

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