My approach

A quiet observer

Shut your eyes and imagine your wedding photographs. If you see pastels, chair covers, table settings, I am possibly not the right photographer for you. If, on the other hand, you imagine timeless, artistic and emotive images, we are sharing a common vision, one of storytelling.

I don’t have an obsessively curated Instagram feed of static pretty imagery. Sure, these things are important and I will photograph all these details for you but also so much more.

If you think photography is important and my imagery resonates with you we will probably be a great fit and would work well together.

Friends will have said how fast your wedding day will flash past, in a blur, with a time frame all of its own. You’ll recall snatches of narrative, fragmented moments snagged in your memory but not necessarily in the order they happened, all wonderful but hard to pin down and remember in detail.

“Suzy, Thank goodness that we had you there to record the day as so many special moments came and went so fast, one after another, that the whole day became a bit overwhelming. But you captured it perfectly and how wonderful it has been to enjoy the album and reminisce.”

By your wedding day, we will know one another, even better if we have enjoyed an engagement session together, [link to pre wedding], and you will be sufficiently relaxed for me to be unobtrusively documenting your wedding, working in the background as the action rolls. Great documentary wedding photography stems from the photographer’s ability to anticipate accurately what is likely to happen next. By anticipating, I am moving into the right position, into the best light, and composing the shots before my finger hits the shutter (button), enabling me to capture those very special and unique moments, which can never be repeated.

Weddings are a natural fit for my skills as a documentary photographer but I am wary of applying this phrase as the only description. Sure, I’ll shoot your day without intervention, naturally capturing candid moments, caught unawares – this is why couples book, they simply don’t enjoy posing. But having all “fly on the wall” documentary photography doesn’t allow for the taking of some beautiful, more artistic images of you both so I like to shoot you for a little time, away momentarily from your guests and the maelstrom of your celebrations and in the heady moments immediately after you have got married. During these few minutes it will be just the three of us creating some dynamic but romantic imagery which will reflect the love you share and your personalities, especially your personality as a couple.

These images will be a million miles from posed; there will merely be a little light direction, some collaboration on the background, often a stunning landscape in the place you have chosen to marry together my input on the light. After all, the word “photography” means “drawing with light.”

Let me tell your story


Your wedding photographs will be irreplaceable and invaluable, in other words “so precious that a price cannot be placed on them” and this is really the starting point for a discussion about your investment. Put simply, it’s not just a monetary investment, you’ll also be investing your trust and time and I am very conscious of this.

I have various collections from which to choose so, depending whether you are planning an intimate wedding or a massive celebration with more of a party vibe, I will have a collection, which fits and if you have any special requests, I can work out a bespoke collection with you.

Full-day collections start at £1595. To receive my wedding collections PDF please contact me.


Here are a few images from my parents’ wedding album. It’s not the smartest or most stylish but it’s firmly of its era, and, as I turn the pages, the slightly musty smell envelops me in the past, the simplicity of all black and white imagery and even the white plastic cover all serve to give it a sense of place and time, completing the experience of viewing the photographs.

Yet many couples today don’t bother to have a wedding album, convinced that it’s simply enough to have their wedding images presented as a digital download or on a memory stick.

Personally, I feel they are missing out, as will their children and grandchildren. It’s true, today people print less; in the days of film, printing really was the ONLY way to see your images and perhaps now there is a temptation in just settling for the digital version. In the immediate aftermath of the wedding I am sure the images are looked at often and some even printed but life moves on and they remain on the computer,

So, the couple who had the MOST amazing wedding day and who received a breathtakingly beautiful set of images produced by a professional is happy to settle for, at best, low grade prints or a photo book put together online in software designed for the mass market. This rather begs the question why employ a professional photographer in the first place?

A beautiful handmade album doesn’t date. Holding it, feeling its weight, turning the fine art pages is a more complex experience. Looking at my Mum and Dad’s album, I’m transported back to a different era. There are probably only about 30 images in the whole album (this was long before the concept of “story telling” in an album.) There is just one image per page but I have the album and, by turning its pages, I am transported to a time now passed but one of which I can almost be a part if only for a few minutes. I am tantalizingly nearer to the events all those years ago for having the album in my hands and actually being able to touch the images of my mum as she was then, with a tiny waist encased in her nylon lace gown.

Very few possessions are more of an heirloom than a wedding album handed down through the generations. Surely it’s a “given” that your children and their children will have a physical representation of not just your wedding but also be able to see the people who made up your lives and who were sufficiently important to you that you asked them to share with you one of the most significant days of your lives.

On a practical level your wedding album will probably stand the test of time better than the memory stick, which may soon become redundant as methods of storing your digital wedding files become obsolete as technology progresses. Sure, some will keep up and remember to upgrade their storage, but most won’t. An album will always be there, reassuringly solid, waiting to be opened, perhaps even in the next century.

Albums are expensive; they cost a lot to produce, especially at the higher end. Fine art papers, leather covers, stitching, endpapers, embossing etc aren’t cheap, nor is your photographer’s time in designing the album to showcase your favourite images. There are ways thought to have an album, even if you are being careful; plan ahead and factor in the cost of an album early, don’t leave it as an afterthought, post wedding when the budget has been spent. Cut back on other “stuff”, after all you’ll probably wonder, after the wedding, why you spent so much on consumables, things for which you’ll have little to show. On the other hand, your wedding album will be around for far longer, continuing to give you joy, evoking a sense of time past, provoking conversations between the generations and securing a link with future generations. Surely it’s worth it.

I have chosen to work with Folio albums ( who share my passion for photography and the printed image. Their beautiful printing showcases my work and they share my desire to give my clients the best possible experience and products. When they say their albums are “handmade”, they truly mean this as in “hand stitched” and their leathers are hand cut, papers come from sustainable sources and they employ local craftsmen and women. Folio are a natural fit for my work.

Small, intimate weddings

A little advice from a bride about how she approached her numerically small but emotionally very big wedding day, “plan together and enjoy the whole process. Don’t get so caught up in the little details that you miss out on the enjoyment of it all… It’s about the marriage, not the wedding.” How right she was and this is the reason that, for me, intimate weddings are a joy.

Their closeness and immediacy somehow allows access to the very essence of the day. It’s a more concentrated burst of intense photography focusing on you, the couple, and those closest to you.

Just because your wedding is small doesn’t mean I’ll approach it in a different way. I’ll be shooting your story, capturing all the interaction and emotion in my relaxed documentary style whilst all the while shooting and creating imagery from the heart.

I’m delighted to be a recommended photographer for The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel at Bolton Abbey, the perfect venue for small, intimate weddings.