Timeless story telling wedding photography
I’m Simon Atkins, a Northamptonshire wedding photographer working throughout the UK as well as internationally. I photograph weddings in a documentary style called wedding photojournalism. I was one of the first UK photographers to develop the reportage wedding photography style in the 1990′s when wedding photography was just starting to emerge from a very formal style into something more creative and less constrained. Since then I have photographed over 600 weddings in every county, as well as in Scotland, Wales, Venice, Menorca, Ireland and France. My wedding clients have included TV presenters, actors and household name comedians.
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As a wedding photojournalist I create a story for you in photographs, a story of love and one you will treasure for the rest of your life. There is nothing like sharing an album of beautiful photographs with future generations, it is a snap shot of history, one day of your life, a lasting token of your love together. Real moments you will want to treasure. The UK’s leading wedding Photojournalist – The Independent on Sunday magazine.
Timeless story telling
My background is as a newspaper photojournalist which makes my work distinctly different. My photographs tell the story of your day and capture the real moments with a strong emotional connection which will bring your memories flooding back. Very few photographers work in a true documentary style and this is what sets me apart, other than for a handful of family photographs and relaxed portraits of the couple, I do not set up or control any part of the day.
Beautiful documentary wedding photography
You only get one chance to get your photographs right so choosing a photographer whose style you love is vitally important. On my website you can view thousands of photographs from many beautiful venues. View my portfolio here, my most recent work here and get a feel for how I work here. I’m based in Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, I’m available for wedding photography all over the UK as well as internationally.
One of the best things about my job is the many thank you letters and emails I receive. Here is what some of my clients have said.
“From the moment I saw your work, I knew that you were the person I wanted to capture one of the biggest days of my life. We treasure our photographs, you captured our day perfectly. For me each picture is a memory on a page and I unwrap my album with joy. Thank you Simon, your work is second to none” - Mererid.
“Hi Simon, hope you are well. I wanted you to know we’ve been swamped with rave reviews of your beautiful reportage wedding photography. I am so happy we found you – you’re the best & very lovely too” - Lizzie.
“All weddings should be special, but as we, you and all our guests know, our’s was very, very special. It was a perfect day in every respect and your consummate skill, unstinting patience and thoughtfulness has provided us with the perfect record. The pictures and the album are truly wonderful and we cannot thank you enough. As Tracy said this afternoon.”You’re the best!” I shall treasure your work for the rest of my days, thank you so much”- Steve. (Tracy had terminal cancer and sadly passed away a short time afterwards).
I have photographed around 600 weddings all over the UK and abroad over the last fifteen years, previous to which my photography was seen on the pages of various newspapers and magazines during my time as a press photographer. My time spent on newspapers saw me photographing everyone who was anyone, ranging from spending the day on Tony Blair’s election battle bus before he won the general election to photographing HM The Queen or pop stars including Belinda Carlisle and Meatloaf. No stranger to having my work published, my weddings have appeared in numerous magazines and blogs. The Independent on Sunday magazine ran a double page article on how I had switched from press photography to weddings, very kindly referring to me as the UK’s leading wedding photojournalist.
I was one of the first UK photographers to work in the reportage wedding photography style. Since then my clients have included household name comedians, actors from the stage and screen and TV presenters. I was delighted to find my name on a list of the top UK wedding photographers. I am a member of PRIME , 13 of the very best documentary wedding photographers in the UK. I’m the recommended photographer at Temple Island and Wadhurst Castle.
What is documentary / reportage wedding photography?
It’s the art of story telling, each individual photograph working as part of the overall story. My photographs come together in the finished album to tell a story of the day from getting ready to the dancing. Looking through an album is like reliving all of the emotions of the day. Speaking of albums, I strongly believe they are the best way to present your photographs. Actions and reactions together on a page along with opening and closing images work in a way that a disc of images can not. I offer a beautiful selection of albums from the worlds premier album companies. I offer both matted (where photographs sit in a cut aperture on the page) and coffee table (where photographs are printed directly to the page) albums.
I photograph 35 weddings a year and am often booked up over a year in advance, you are very welcome to come and visit my office in Higham Ferrers or we can chat about your plans on the telephone or Skype. You will find I have an infectious enthusiasm for photography. I have several compete albums you can look through while we have an informal chat about your plans. A booking retainer of £350 secures your date.
Simon Atkins Telephone 01933 316717
My prices for full day coverage start from £1395 including UK travel, Northamptonshire wedding photography midweek (Tuesday to Thursday) short day coverage from £1000. Luxury album packages £1495 to £6000. I have a few dates left for 2015 and am currently taking bookings for 2016/17. Please get in contact to check availability for your date and for full details on my albums and prices.
Northamptonshire wedding photographer Simon Atkins, Fitzwilliam Leys, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire NN10 8LY.