Behind the camera

Hello I’m Simon Atkins, a wedding photojournalist. I was one of the early pioneers of the wedding photojournalism style in the UK back in the 1990’s.

I have been involved in professional photography for my entire working life since starting my career working as a press photographer after qualifiying at journalism college as a photojournalist. I later moved on to working for a press agency supplying national newspapers with news and features. During this time I covered stories as diverse as Tony Blair on his election campaign before becoming PM to Flying in a Chinnook helicopter photographing the British Army training. I also photographed a lot of bands and musicians, most of the Royal Family, Fashion in Paris as well as more mundane assignments like photographing CEO's for the money pages. 

I started photographing weddings in a documentary style in the late 1990's and was an early pioneer of this style. Since then I've gone on to photograph well over 1000 weddings all over the UK as well as in France, Venice, Menorca and Ireland. My wedding clients have included household name comedians, actors from the stage and screen, captains of industry and hundreds of couples who appreciate this style of wedding photography. 

My wedding work has been featured in countless wedding magazines, photography magazines, blogs and in The Independent on Sunday magazine who featured me in a double page article. 

I draw my photographic inspiration from photographers such as Alex Webb, Elliott Erwitt, Gary Winogrand and Don McCullin, all masters at documentary or street photography. 

Away from wedding photography I enjoy street photography, coffee, walking my dog, playing vinyl records, watching the clouds and time out on the river in my boat. 

“When people ask me what equipment I use – I tell them my eyes.” — Anonymous