Hi, I’m sam

york wedding photographer

York Wedding Photographer

capture the memories of your wedding day

york wedding photography

Covering York and beyond, including; woolas barn, woodstock weddings, the grand hotel, the hospitum, thicket priory, hornington manor, sandburn hall, lodge farm weddings, the normans, york barn at villa farm, york maze, deighton lodge, escrick park estate, barmbyfield barns, burtonfields hall

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.

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Reorganise the list, and number each item in order of priority. Most couples prioritize the venue as the most important aspect of their wedding. Although I may be biased, I think your wedding photographer comes in second.

Using project management platforms like Trello can help you keep track of what needs to be done and organise your thoughts. Here’s Hitched's Ultimate Guide To Planning A Wedding to help you get started.

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

You should reach out to me for a chat and a cuppa if:

– Wedding photography is one of your top priorities
– You want photographs that tell the story of your wedding day, to keep those memories alive forever.
– You like my style of photography and the way I work, relaxed photographs without having to worry about posing.
– You like puns and the occasional dad joke (optional extra)

I am all about telling stories, capturing moments that are candid and real. Laughter, tears, joy, tenderness. There are little moments you don't notice in the midst of a whirlwind day. Those moments captured your story forever for you to look back upon. Hit the button below if it makes your arms tingle like mine does.

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Sam captured our day perfectly, we could not be happier with all our photos, each time we look at them we notice something different. He managed to snap at all the right moments that show who we are as a couple and the love we have for all our friends and family that were there. There were even moments where we asked ‘where is Sam!?’ But he was always there, often unnoticed, taking magical shots of all of us. He is an expert in understanding you as a couple beforehand and that influences all the shots he takes.

- Caroline & George

There are so many wedding photography styles to choose from that it can be overwhelming. Are you a fan of light and airy images, dark and moody ones, contemporary or vintage images, or candid images? In my work as a York wedding photographer, my style is candid - I keep things relaxed and natural, not posing people, just letting you enjoy your wedding day and capturing those storytelling images along the way.

It is my goal to create pictures that are truly unique and special to you. I want your photos to capture the story of your day. It's a wedding day, not a photoshoot. It shouldn't take hours away from your guests - a quick 10-15 minutes, and then get you back to the party.

From taking pictures to editing them, I'm dedicated to creating the perfect images that capture your special day perfectly. I take the time to look through each photo and correct any mistakes, then choose whether black & white or coloured versions look best for the shots taken.


Wedding photography is not only about capturing perfect images of every detail but also preserving the emotion that makes it such a special day. A professional York wedding photographer has the passion and skill to make sure that your big day is immortalised for years to come, so you can forever relive the most beautiful moments of your union. At its essence, this is why I love being a photographer - crafting timeless memories for others to hold onto forever.



How much does wedding photography in York cost? When it comes to wedding photography, prices can vary greatly. The cost largely depends on the number of hours of coverage needed, the number of photos you would like included in your package, and the type of products you select. Prices can range anywhere from a few hundred pounds to over a thousand.

So, How Much Should You Spend On Your Wedding Photographer?

Wondering how much a wedding photographer from York costs? I wrote a great article that explains how many hours of work typically go into a wedding, as well as the breakdown of my fees and expenses, so you can get an idea of what goes behind each wedding service. – Why Is Wedding Photography So Expensive?

Investing in quality wedding photography is a smart choice for couples planning their big day. It pays to hire someone who has the experience, skill, and artistry to capture your wedding in beautiful images that will be treasured for years to come. Going cheap is not worth the risk.

How much should you expect to spend on York wedding photography? As a general rule of thumb, you should put aside 10-15% of your overall wedding budget for photography. The average UK price for wedding photography is approximately £1,620; however, this could be higher in York due to its high rent prices and cost of living. Investing in a professional photographer for your special day will ensure that your memories are captured forever – it’s worth the expense.


By accident.

Becoming a professional wedding photographer was something I never expected. With my background in acting and performing, I picked up photography as a hobby during one of my summer breaks from drama school. When some friends asked me to be their photographer for their wedding, I saw the joy that came from seeing their memories preserved, and I knew that this was what I wanted to do. From then on, I continue to provide couples with lasting memories through photography.

Professional wedding photography is all about creating memories and telling stories. It requires incredible attention to detail and an ability to capture emotions, expressions, and moments in time. Just like shooting a theatrical production, every image taken should be meaningful and evoke emotion that will live on long after the wedding day has passed.


York is stunning, and it has some gorgeous wedding venues.

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.

Here are a few of my favourites:

Woodstock Weddings & Events

Hornington Manor
Woolas Barn
The Grand Hotel, York


Here are some useful articles

and resources to help you as you begin to plan your dream wedding: How To Plan The Best Micro Wedding In Yorkshire Are Elopements & Micro-Weddings Here To Stay? Why Is Wedding Photography So Expensive? Elopement Wedding Venues in Yorkshire Your Yorkshire Wedding and everything you need to plan your big day Have you found any more useful resources that could help other couples plan their York wedding, or pick their dream York wedding photographer? Drop me an email at info@samchipmanphotography.com

Am I the best York Wedding photographer? I've always been far too humble to make such a claim. But my couples always rave about my work.

Searching for the perfect wedding photographer in the York region can be quite daunting. Take your time to browse through the offerings and evaluate portfolios to pick out a York wedding photographer who will capture all the special moments on your big day. Why not read my article, How To Choose Your Wedding Photographer to give you an idea of what to consider to make your mind up?

At the end of the day, it comes down to three things – for me at least. Price, style, and personality.

Firstly, decide on a budget and allocate around 15% of it towards your wedding photographer. Secondly, get an idea of the type of photos you would like by doing some research into different styles and make a Pinterest board or save images you love. Lastly, make sure to get to know your wedding photographer on a personal level - have a Zoom call and make sure you two get along! Your wedding photographer will be with you throughout the entire day so it's essential to have chemistry with them and feel comfortable in their presence.

If you want to reach out at chat with me, hit the SAY HELLO button at the bottom of this webpage.