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 1999.

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'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, good coffee (mine is a flat white if you're asking), walking my dogs, messing about on the river in a boat or canoe, cooking (especially Indian vegetarian food), enjoying a G&T in the sunshine, driving in my 30 year old red sports car with the roof down, watching Breaking Bad & The X Files on TV.

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