Hello, I’m Simon. I create honest and artistic wedding photographs – inspired by music, movies and street photography.
With a wedding, it’s not just the moments that have been months in the making that we remember. It’s also everything in between. The anticipation in the morning. The page boys and bridesmaids playing. The arrival of family and friends. The laughter. The ceremony nerves. The joy.
It’s this that I try and capture. The natural, candid moments that speak volumes about how you felt on your big day. From the preparations through to the reception celebrations.
My approach is quite simple – to stay in the background. You won’t find yourself standing for hours on parade as I assemble different combinations of family and friends while everyone else is bored silly. I want you to relax and enjoy your time while I move around capturing the magic of your special day. No fancy lighting setups or assistants. In fact, if I’m doing my job right, you and your guests won’t even notice me! Of course I am happy to take some formal photos – but if you are after a lot of group shots you’re better off looking elsewhere.
My style of wedding photography is often referred to as documentary or reportage. It captures events as they really happen. It’s observational, undirected and records the true emotions of the day. Its a celebration of life. Because how you felt on your wedding day is the one thing you should never forget.
I live in Derby with my wife, three children and two cats. Derbyshire is such a great place to live – right on the edge of the Peak District and National Forest with easy access to both Derby and Nottingham – although I travel nationwide for my couples.
I’ve worked at many venues these past few years. You may plan to get married in a registry office, church, hotel, hall, or even a random field. Venues include;
Blackbrook House.The Whitworth Centre. Swancar Farm Country Hotel. Norwood Park. Hargate Hall. Thrumpton Hall. Morley Hayes. Birtsmorton Court. The Carriage Hall. Colwick Hall. Woodborough Hall. Calke Abbey. Meynall Langley Hall. Derby Cathedral. Masa Restaurant. The Stuart Hotel. Grange Banqueting Suite and St Mary’s Church.
I didn’t discover photography until my 30’s. My wife and I received a nice camera as a wedding present, and I was hooked. I haven’t looked back since.
I’ve now been photographing weddings for over four years. From the start, I always wanted the same thing – to cover these unique and deeply personal occasions in a more honest, documentary style. One that captured the emotions and connections between people.
Fast forward to today and I’m now a member of the Guild of Photographers and have been shortlisted for their ‘Wedding Photographer of the Year’ title. My wedding work has featured in Rock’n’Roll Bride, Wedding Ideas, Save the Date, Boho, Whimsical Wonderland Weddings, Aspirational Bride, The Derbyshire Magazine, Derby Telegraph, and Conde Nast “Brides Magazine”
Which is another way of saying that your special day is in very safe hands.
Folio Fine Art Album
Folio Fine Art Albums have a more contemporary feel to them. They are printed on archival inks and papers to ensure that your wedding album lasts through generations. They are made in Britain using sustainable materials and really have to be held to be appreciated. Available in a range of leathers and cottons. Visit the Folio Website
Queensberry Matted Album
Queensberry albums are the best in the world. No question. This album has a more Traditional and Elegant feel. From Queensberry’s website;
The Classic Matted Album is the quintessential photographic album packed with timeless sophistication. Images are mounted pagemount or overlay style. The pages are edged and have protective corners.