Wedding Photojournalist – Reportage wedding photography by Simon Atkins photographer


I’m Simon Atkins, a wedding photojournalist, I photograph weddings in a documentary style.  

I was one of the first UK wedding photographers to develop the documentary/ reportage wedding photography style in the 1990′s when wedding photography was just starting to emerge from being simply 30 group photographs in a white wedding album. Today the documentary style of wedding photography is more popular than ever as many couples realise they can have a wedding photojournalist capture the real essence of their day.

I have a background as a newspaper photojournalist which makes my work distinctly different. My documentary wedding photography captures the moments from your day as they happen without any intervention. This leaves you free to enjoy your day without the constant interruption for photographs. 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. I’m based in Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, near the border with Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, I’m available for wedding photography all over the UK as well as internationally.

I photograph your wedding story.

Beautiful reportage 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 hundreds of weddings at many beautiful venues. View my wedding portfolio here , my most recent weddings here and get a feel for how I work here.

What my clients say about me.

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 wedding photographs, you captured our day perfectly. For me each picture is a memory on a page and I unwrap my wedding 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 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 wedding 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 at the time of the wedding and sadly passed away a short time afterwards).

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I have photographed around 600 weddings all over the UK and abroad over the last fourteen 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 wedding and photography magazines. The Independent on Sunday magazine ran a double page article on how I had switched from press photography to wedding photography, very kindly referring to me as the UK’s leading wedding photojournalist.

I have been photographing weddings in my unique wedding photojournalism style since 1999, I was one of the first UK wedding photographers to work in this documentary 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 documentary wedding photographers, 13 of the very best documentary wedding photographers in the UK. I’m the recommended wedding photographer at Temple Island and Wadhurst Castle.

I’m based in Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, and am available to travel to your wedding anywhere in the UK or overseas.

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What is documentary wedding photography?

Unfortunately this phrase along with wedding photojournalism and reportage wedding photography has been overused and lost much of its meaning. Documentary wedding photography is 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 a wedding album is like reliving all of the emotions of the day. Speaking of wedding albums, I strongly believe they are the best way to present your wedding 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 wedding 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 wedding 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 wedding photojournalist. Telephone 01933 316717.

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My prices for full day coverage and including a sixty page wedding album (with 150 to 200 photographs in the album) are from just £1495. Short day coverage and options without an album are also available. I have a few dates left for 2015 and am currently booking weddings for 2016. Please get in contact to check availability for your wedding date and for full details on my albums and prices.

Simon Atkins wedding photography, Fitzwilliam Leys, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire NN10 8LY.

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