NORTH YORKSHIRE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
COVERING NORTH YORKSHIRE AND BEYOND, INCLUDING; YORK, YORKSHIRE DALES, HARROGATE, SKIPTON, WETHERBY, KNARESBOROUGH, ILKLEY, OTLEY, BOLTON ABBEY, RIPON, THIRSK, RICHMOND, NORTHALLERTON, SCARBOROUGH, WHITBY, AND MORE.
MORE THAN JUST IMAGES.
REAL PEOPLE, REAL WEDDINGS, REAL MEMORIES.
York is one of my absolute favourite places. And it is blessed with a number of excellent wedding venues that make my life as a York wedding photographer a dream. Crowned ‘Britain’s most beautiful city’ it’s no surprise that York is one of the most idyllic places in the UK to get married.
The Romans knew it as Eboracum. To the Saxons it was Eoforwic. The Vikings, who came as invaders, called it Jorvik. York has a wealth of history and things to see.
Weddings in York are something else.
Whether you’re looking for a grand hotel, a historic old building, or a converted barn wedding venue, there’s plenty to choose from. All with pretty good transport links for your wedding guests.
York weddings just hit differently. If you’re getting married in York, and need a York wedding photographer, keep reading and see if I might be the guy for you.
I’m Sam, and you’re very welcome here.
If you’re looking for authentic moments and a photographer who works in an unobtrusive and documentary style, then I might just be your human.
To learn more about my style and approach to a wedding day, hit the button below
PLANNING YOUR NORTH YORKSHIRE WEDDING
Now that you’ve got the ring on your finger, what next? Now for the planning. And if you’ve already started planning your York wedding you’ll know just how long the to-do list is.
The list of things to consider – venue, photographer, entertainment, and music – might seem overwhelming. But breathe, you’ve got this. Here are a few tips to help you get organised.
First, breathe. Then make a list of all the things you want to include in your wedding day
NORTH YORKSHIRE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE
Choosing a wedding photography style can be a minefield, with so many to choose from. Do you go for light & airy, dark and moody, a modern or vintage feel, posed or candid?
My style as a North Yorkshire wedding photographer is mostly candid, leaning towards photo-journalistic. I like to keep things as relaxed and natural as possible, not using the same old poses that you see all the time on Pinterest. My aim is to create images that are special and unique to you. Capturing the story of your day. I know most people are not used to being in front of a camera, and can be apprehensive, so I won’t ask you to carry out pose after pose. Think of me like an extended member of your wedding party.
I take a lot of time and effort editing your images, going through and individually tidying, correcting, and choosing between colour and black & white. I edit in a natural way, with a slight cinematic finish to make your images look timeless – my signature look.
WHY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IS SO IMPORTANT
Because over time, memories fade. Wedding photography captures a moment in time, and helps you relive the most amazing day of your life for years to come. At the end of your wedding day, the flowers will wilt, the cake will get eaten, but your wedding photographs are forever.
That is why, as a professional wedding photographer, I feel so privileged to do what I do. I gift people memories that they will cherish throughout their lives.
HOW MUCH DOES NORTH YORKSHIRE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY COST?
How long is a piece of string? There is no shortage of North Yorkshire wedding photographers out there, and some seem willing to provide wedding photography for little more than a can of pop and a bag of crisps. So, How Much Should You Spend On Your Wedding Photographer? Hiring an experienced professional wedding photographer is not going to be cheap. If a photographer is inexpensive it should to a certain extent act as a red flag – consider the years of training, the business insurance, all the expensive camera equipment, and backups of everything should something go wrong – being a photographer comes with significant overhead expenses.
Want to know more? I wrote an article about my typical wedding process, including how many hours work and what the breakdown of my expenses is so you can see exactly what goes into a wedding – Why Is Wedding Photography So Expensive? Too many times I’ve heard people say that they regret not hiring a professional wedding photographer for their wedding day. Perhaps they thought it was too expensive, or not a priority. Or there are
always the horror stories of those who asked an amateur or their uncle to take the photographs, only for them all to end up blurry. Simply put, it’s not worth the risk.
It is recommended that you spend around 10-15% of your overall budget on your wedding photographer, more for small weddings and elopements. Consider your wedding photographer as one of the best investments you will make in your life, after all these images will last and be passed on down the generations.
ALEXIA & MARC
TITHE BARN, NORTH YORKSHIRE
Sam captured each moment so beautifully. There were some really special moments in the day that Sam photographed and we had no idea until we received the photos and we’re so incredibly grateful for that.
Sam told the story of our wedding so beautifully and we’re so pleased with the results. Thank you so much Sam!
JULIE & JOOLS
On the day, Sam was everything we could have hoped for and more! He was super professional, uber organised but still with that smiley, cheeky chappy persona.
When the photos came back to us there were so many magic moments that we hadn’t seen and were unaware were happening! All in all, the day was perfect and Sam was a MASSIVE part of it, not only being a good friend, lending a shoulder to cry happy tears on, soothing the nerves by cracking a joke
HARRIET & NICO
MIDDLETON LODGE, NORTH YORKSHIRE
From our first meeting to saying goodbye the night of our wedding, Sam was great. His communication throughout, from the actual package for our wedding to our pre-wedding shoot- there was nothing too much trouble. If you are looking for a photographer- this is your man!
We received some special surprises on the day and some sneak peek photos the day after our wedding which we didn’t expect so soon. Everyone has already commented on how beautiful the photographs are.
HOW I BECAME A NORTH YORKSHIRE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
I trained as an actor, and spent a number of years performing throughout the UK and across the globe. I first picked up a camera during my first summer break at drama school, I was bored and looking for a new project to kill some time – little did I know that it would turn into something more serious.
Back in 2019 friends that I had recently worked with asked me if I would be their wedding photographer. After seeing their joy when they first saw their wedding photographs I knew that I wanted to continue doing that – giving the gift of memories.
Much like shooting a theatrical production, being a wedding photographer is about anticipating those storytelling moments – making sure the memories and essence of the day are captured.
THE BEST NORTH YORKSHIRE WEDDING VENUES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY?
North Yorkshire is stunning, and it has some gorgeous wedding venues. Whether you’re thinking of York, Harrogate, Ilkley, Wetherby, or elsewhere, there is plenty to choose from.
For castles, peruse Hazelwood Castle and Allerton Castle. For grand old stately homes, take a look at Thicket Priory or Rudding Park. For rustic barns, The Tithe Barn or Thief Hall. For something more intimate and old-worldly, why not take a look at The Priests House or The Manor House in Ilkley. The Engine Shed in Wetherby and The Coniston Hotel in Skipton are also deserving of a mention.
There are so, so many more brilliant venues that I couldn’t possibly name all of them. If you want advice on how good wedding venues on your shortlist are for photography feel free to reach out and I’ll happily lend my opinion.
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It’s all about you, and your love story. I have the privilege of sharing a day with amazing individuals, capturing moments of pure joy.
“THE BEST THING ABOUT A PICTURE IS THAT IT NEVER CHANGES, EVEN WHEN THE PEOPLE IN IT DO.” – ANDY WARHOL
Your wedding day is a real, unfiltered story. Let’s chat about how I can capture it—no fluff, just real talk. Hit the button below and tell me all about your wedding plans. Ready to keep it real? Let’s talk.