BIRMINGHAM WEST MIDLANDS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

FOR THOSE WHO CARE ABOUT CAPTURING CHERISHED CANDID MOMENTS

Wedding photographer Birmingham West Midlands WPJA Top 10 Ranking

If your wedding memories are a blur of endless poses, it’s a shame to miss out on the genuine joy of your celebration and the candid moments.
Imagine recalling those heartfelt conversations, infectious laughter, and the sheer joy of being surrounded by your loved ones.
Now picture having those authentic, story-telling moments beautifully captured to relive those cherished memories forever.
That’s precisely what I strive for as a documentary, story-telling, and candid wedding photographer based in Birmingham, West Midlands.
Let’s focus on creating timeless memories while you soak in the love and laughter with your nearest and dearest!

We shed so many tears, so many lovely moments captured.

During the day he was like a ninja!
You never saw him but he was everywhere!

FEATURED WEDDINGS

As an award-winning Birmingham wedding photographer, I travel all over the West Midlands and beyond, to capture those timeless, special moments that occur throughout each and every wedding.


What Next?


01 Explore my website

You should find all the information you need on my website for you to know if I’m the right photographer for you. You’ll find info on my style of shooting, answers to questions I’m mostly asked, background info about me as your photographer, plus ideas on planning your wedding.
If though you’ve still got a question feel free to drop me a line by filling out my contact form below or give me a call on 07809505242.

02 Secure your date

Once you’re happy I’m the right photographer for you (Yeah!!) get in touch to check I’m still available for your date. We can chat over the phone, via WhatsApp, Zoom, or in person if we’re local to each other.
Most book me after a quick chat on the phone. So, unfortunately I can’t reserve any dates without a completed and signed Booking Form, plus a £250 Retainer Fee.
Your balance is then due 2 weeks before your wedding.

03 Stay in touch

Getting married is viewed as one of the most stressful things in life, so I aim to help lessen your stress by being available in the run up to your wedding to answer any questions you have, offer any recommendations for other wedding suppliers that you may be searching for, and to help you with planning the perfect wedding day.
You can then rest assured that you’re in capable hands, and so can simply relax and enjoy your special day.

Prices


Up to 15 Hours Coverage

£2250

Up to 10 Hours Coverage

£1750

Up to 6 Hours Coverage

£1200

Getting married at Ashton Lodge, Bordesley Park, Gorcott Hall or Ragley Hall?
Ask about my “Venue Recommended Photographer” discount.


OTHER COOL THINGS

Planning a surprise proposal? Nervous about being in front of the camera on your wedding day? Considering an elopement or a smaller, more intimate wedding? I’ll keep it real and allow you to naturally enjoy those special moments with your loved ones without constant interference.

Whether it’s capturing the raw emotion of your proposal, easing your nerves as you face the camera, or preserving the intimacy of your elopement, I specialize in unposed, genuine photography that tells your unique love story.

With my unobtrusive approach, you can relax and be yourselves, knowing that every candid moment will be beautifully captured for you to treasure forever.



wedding planning guide

I Have Just What You Need.

After shooting 100’s of weddings over the many years, I can confidently say I’ve worked at most of the venues in and around Birmingham and the West Midlands area. So I thought I’d share some info for you to help you find your perfect venue and then plan your perfect wedding.

Worried about finding the ideal setting for your special day? Rest assured, I’ve captured countless love stories in diverse locations, from historic manors to scenic gardens and urban chic venues. Let my experience guide you in selecting the perfect backdrop for your unforgettable celebration.

  • Knowledge
  • Creativity
  • Experience

What do you want to remember from your wedding? This letter from a past couple highlights what I want you to look back and remember:

Hi Clive.
Just a little message…… I’ve seen quite a few wedding photographers lately from weddings I’ve been to or have been involved in. It really makes me appreciate you being our photographer back in June 2017. The photos you captured have meant more to me than initially first thought due to losing my Dad back in 2021 to Cancer. Your photo of my Dad has been used in 2 of my siblings weddings. So I’d like to take this time to thank you once again for the sterling job you did.
Your unobtrusive way of photography really makes you stand out in my book! Never ever change your way of ‘caught in the moment’ photography!!! it really captures people for who they are! Those moments you captured have made the process of dealing with grief and happiness a little easier if you catch my drift. These moments are forever frozen in time and I personally can’t thank you enough.

Best Regards
William & Katie.

Allow me to bring my 3 core values to your wedding:

1) Knowledge of most wedding venues and traditions to make sure I can get the necessary images for you.

2) Creativity to tell a meaningful story of your wedding celebrations that you’ll look back on in future years and cherish even more with the passing of time.

3) Experience dealing with the toughest circumstances weddings sometimes bring and still come away with a wedding story for you to treasure.

But don’t take my word for it!!
Here’s one of my favourite testimonials…

“You’re the best photographer, ever!”

Albie (aged 7 years)

Got Some Questions?


Yes. I know some photographers for various reasons don’t shoot winter weddings or during certain months of the year. I find the light during winter months has its own attraction that stimulates creativity when shooting a winter wedding in a different way to a summer wedding. So I love the flexibility and the challenge to shoot all year round.

Over the many years I’ve been working there aren’t many venues I’ve not worked at in the Midlands area. But on the off chance your venue is new to me, and you feel it would be advantageous to visit, I find that the pre-wedding session is an ideal time to plan it at your venue so I can have a recce. But also remember that as a documentary photographer, the emphasis will be on telling your story, where ever it happens, rather than knowing the venue like the back of my hand. The only time I’d utilise the venue would be during the time we spend for your photos together away from the crowds. Having shot in so many varied venues over the years, I’ve always been able to adapt quickly to use what is available, never having been there before.

Distance is no object. Although I’m based in the West Midlands, I have covered weddings the length and breadth of the UK, including weddings abroad.
Depending on your package, the only extra to my prices are for weddings beyond the range stated on my pricing page, for overnight accommodation if required, or for weddings abroad. Just ask for further details.

I do like the personal touch, so if you live near by I’d love to pay you a visit to get to know you better and vice-versa. After all we’ll be spending a whole day together, so you’d better know if you like me first of all. 😉
But because of distance, not everyone can meet up face-to-face. In that case Skype/Zoom/WhatsApp etc calls are the next best thing.
Failing that, if we’ve already met, perhaps at at another wedding, or you’ve studied my website carefully and you just trust your gut instinct based on what you’ve read and seen, or through a recommendation, then you can just book me over the phone.

That’s awesome!! I look forward to working with you both.
Just to make sure I’m available for your date, first ring/e-mail to check my availability, then you can either reserve your date over the phone and then later send in your Booking Form, or you can arrange for me to visit you.
£250 is required to secure the exclusive use of my services for your wedding date, as I only ever photograph one wedding per day.
Your final balance will then be due 2 weeks before your wedding. Please note that only a signed booking form along with the retainer fee can fully guarantee your date.

To date I’ve never missed a wedding! It would have to be an extremely severe illness or family problem for me not to turn up for your wedding day, the type of illness/problem that would prevent you from being at your own wedding!
But just in case, I have actively networked with many professional photographers who I know personally, to form a reserve of photographers that I’m able to draw from at short notice to cover for me should the worst scenario happen. This, together with indemnity and liability insurance will guarantee your day is not ruined.

I usually start off with attending the morning preparations, usually for the bride. I’m simply documenting what goes in without too much interference from myself. I always say “Just ignore me. I’m not here really” That way I get people to quickly relax as they won’t feel the need to always be posing for a photo. If the bride and groom are getting ready at the same venue, I like to visit both rooms to get some of the grooms pre-wedding preparation too.

I always plan for about 2 hours preparation photography before leaving for the ceremony. Once at the ceremony, after a quick photo of the groom and perhaps best man and ushers, I’ll be moving around to photograph guests arriving, ushers doing their job, the groom looking nervous. Whatever happens, I aim to document it. The same goes for when the bride arrives and during the ceremony. After the ceremony, I prefer the couple to again ignore me and go and say hello to their guests. Here again story telling images are made, as guests greet the newly married couple.

If required, group photos are then covered, followed by a quick informal photo session, or “walk-about” as I like to call it, for the bride and groom. Again the emphasis isn’t on camera-aware photos – looking at the camera and smiling. It’s an opportunity for the couple to walk in a field or nice area near by, and simply talk to each other about how each other is enjoying the day so far, while I discreetly capture those precious moments of them together.

Before everyone has sat down for the wedding breakfast, I’ll take a few detail shots of the room layout. I don’t take photos during the meal, as no one likes to have their photo taken with a mouth full of food. So, it’s at this point that I’ll put down my tools, grab something to eat, and wait for the speeches and the first dance.

Time and weather permitting I may get the bride and groom outside for one last brief photo session before I leave.

I don’t work with an assistant, as I generally work alone. During the day I’ll be blending into the background, and I find being a solo worker makes it easier to work that way. That way I can move here, there and everywhere without being concerned where’s my assistant, or how to avoid them being seen in the background of my images. Plus, you’ll be less aware of my presence if there’s only 1 person instead of 2.

I know how you feel, as I feel the same. I hate posing. I feel awkward and can’t wait till it’s over. So I’m totally on your side.
How I work to minimise that feeling is to concentrate on natural, un-posed photos that better capture your natural smile and personality.
Especially during the couples session, I never concentrate on getting posey-looking-at-the-camera-with-a cheesy-smile type of photos. Instead I look for natural, moment-led photos. It’s more about you two being together while I take camera-un-aware photos to tell a story.

I have more answers to popular questions here.
If you still have more questions, send me a message and we’ll chat.

Ready to CONNECT?

If you have any questions not answered on my site, or you’d like to know if I’m available for your wedding date, reach out to me here.

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Why I Became a Photographer in Birmingham


As I was born and bred in Birmingham, it was only natural to become a candid Birmingham wedding photographer.

Birmingham may be famous for places like The Bull Ring Market, Spaghetti Junction (i.e., Jct6 of the M6 Motorway), The Rotunda, or even The Cadbury Factory. Yes, these are iconic places to visit, but as we’re talking about weddings, there are so many unique and beautiful venues in and around Birmingham, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

There are Stately Homes. Unique and quirky city centre venues. A hotel with a moat. Marquee venues. A cave wedding venue. Castle wedding venues. Venues for outdoor weddings, just to name a few of the great wedding venues in and around Birmingham, West Midlands. So I’d love to be your Birmingham wedding photographer, even if your wedding is further afield, as I travel nationally and abroad.

If you’re still searching for your ideal venue, have you seen my list of the Best Wedding Venues in the West Midlands? You’ll see all the above types of venues, and more, all listed and pin-pointed on a map for easy identification.

My candid documentary approach allows you to avoid feeling pressured to always pose or be on your best behavior for the camera. You can simply ignore me and just be yourself, while I work to candidly document your day as it naturally unfolds. You’ll end up with a wonderful guest’s-eye view of your wedding day.

As for me, over the years, I’ve been honored as a Wedding Photographer of the Year three times, (My most recent being a Great British Wedding Awards 2022 “Outstanding Wedding Photographer of the Year“) and still winning awards today. I’m currently listed Top 3 in West Midlands by WPJA, and rated Top 100 in the UK by Your Perfect Wedding Photographer.

I’ve been featured in bridal magazines such as Your West Midlands Wedding Magazine. Some of my nuptial events are also showcased on wedding blogs, such as Boho Weddings, Love Our Wedding, and The English Wedding Blog.

If you’re planning an unusual, quirky, or simply unique ceremony and reception, I’d love to be involved to give your wedding a wider audience with a blog submission.