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Best London Wedding Photographers

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The internet is full of lists. We haven’t seen one for best London wedding photographers, but we are guessing it is probably something couples looking for great imagery for their big day may well type in when they search. That got us thinking, what makes anyone the best wedding photographer in any particular area. Well to cut a long blog post short, and the conclusion we came to, it is very much in the eye and intuition of the beholder!

London Gherkin wedding kiss black and white image

For instance if you value a particular style of photography over another, chances are you will have a natural and understandable bypass towards that image genre. Websites are full of buzz words trying to describe their owners varying approaches: reportage and documentary style, fine art, dramatic, classic, natural and spontaneous, unobtrusive, and so on. What does all this mean, does it make the photographer stand out from the rest? How much of this is just something that reads well on a site. There are definately some brilliant wedding photographers out there in the big wide world, and obviously some are more affordable than others. The general rule of you get what you pay for on the whole seems to us pretty accurate in this industry though.

London_Street_Wedding_Scene

Some are good, some are great, some are way better at marketing than others. Perhaps they live on page one of Google or Bing or whatever search engine is used. The emerging genius may well be on page five and no one ever finds them. Undoubtedly that happens and all the current research shows that people rarely look past the first two pages. Are the best wedding photographers on page one? No, but we suspect the busiest are! So what should a prospective couple look for. Well, firstly something that appeals to your gut feelings, and we are not talking food here! If the images you see move you, excite and inspire you, then you are probably more than half way there. As long as the images were shot at real weddings in realistic time scales with no models involved. Unfortunately that sometimes happens. Not with us though!

Smithfield wedding photographers

Next, are these people within your budget, or if they are not, would you mind finding the extra money to make sure these are the ones for your big day. Are they flexible style wise, or only shoot one way. For instance, if you value a reportage style would the photographer be comfortable capturing more formal or traditional portraits during the day. Would they recreate a photo idea you had found somewhere else for example on a popular site like Pinterest. Would they be amenable to shoot for you in a variety of different genres. Being open minded to these factors could contribute to them being deemed “the best” certainly for your needs. That would be way more relevant than a third party list or a search engine placing, or certainly one of those pay per click ads that appear at the top and side of every page you look at.

Richmond bus stop wedding shot

Other things to think about could be, have you met the person? Some London wedding photographers are much more relaxed with people than others. They really need to not just get on well with yourselves, but also ALL of your guests. Sometimes that “unobtrusive” documentary style advertised could be the carefully chosen words of a socially awkward but well-meaning person who loves playing with cameras! Of course there are folks that tick all the right boxes in all image styles too.

Lords cricket wedding shot

If possible we will always recommend meeting your wedding photographer in person, as this could be the final deciding factor in who is best for you. And that really is the essence of what makes for the title of this piece “Best London wedding photographers.” There is no definitive impartial list, it is about what is ultimately right for you and taking into account some of the areas we have mentioned here.

Love in Hoxton wedding shot

We hope it is us, but as always of course, the choice will be yours and yours alone. To read a little more of our personal approach to the big day take a look at the section here: David and Joanna

London Zoo wedding shot

To get a feel for the variety and style of imagery we can produce you can either search further on the blog. or check out our dedicated image galleries here: Wedding Galleries

Dorchester Hotel wedding Israeli dance

Images shown here are really the tip of a very large ten year iceberg! There’s the Gherkin building at the top, Smithfield market, a bus stop in Richmond, Lord’s Cricket Ground, a bit of rundown Hoxton at night, London Zoo, The Dorchester Hotel and St Pancras Station, to name just a few of the venues we have done recently in and around London.

You can read about some of these London weddings featured here in a group of previous blog posts listed below:

Weddings at the Gherkin: Gherkin wedding photographer

London Zoo celebrations: London Zoo wedding photographers

St Pancras: London St Pancras wedding

Dorchester Hotel weddings: London Dorchester Hotel wedding

Lord’s Cricket Ground: Lords Cricket Ground Wedding

Smithfield Market: Smithfield Wedding Photographer

Central London Weddings

 

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St Pancras station wedding

Andaz Hotel London wedding shot

London Andaz Hotel wedding photographer

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Vicky and James at Liverpool Street’s Andaz

One of the things we love to do when preparing for a wedding is to find out the story and history behind the places we photograph in.

In an earlier blog post: Smithfield Wedding Photographer we featured the first part of the day for Vicky and James’s Smithfield wedding. However, the day actually began and ended at Liverpool Street’s Andaz hotel. We are no strangers to a hotel that started life in 1884 as the Great Eastern Hotel. As London Andaz  Hotel wedding photographers we enjoy the fact that writer Bram Stoker set a part of his classic novel Dracula at the hotel. Vampire slayer Van Helsing stays there when he visits the capital. There are also two incredible Masonic lodges hidden inside the hotel, and depending on the size of your wedding and requirements, at least one of them is available for hire.

Wedding in masonic temple Andaz hotel London

London routemaster wedding bus at Smithfield market

Both Vicky and James began their day at the Andaz, with James and groomsmen grabbing a last minute beer in the bar before boarding their London route master bus to Smithfield market and their church the famous and iconic Great St Barts featured in “Four weddings and a funeral.” Joanna took the bus while I stayed with Vicky through her final preparations and then caught a black cab with the bridesmaids to the church.

London Andaz Hotel wedding photographer

Laughter at Great St Barts wedding

In our time at the Andaz we used plenty of different lighting styles and techniques. For drama we spot lit the couple on many occasions and it just so happens in many of our personal favourites the newly weds were kissing. However that’s a pretty natural occurrence on such a love fuelled day. We had to compromise our vision a little in the masonic temple as it had been set up for a function with a large table in the centre where ideally we wanted to shoot from.

Wedding shadows at London Andaz image

We always make sure we get plenty of shot variety at every wedding, not just with the couple but with guests and all those once only moments. Usually it is in a naturalistic but stylish documentary style, but we do like to direct a little at times to get that something extra special or unusual to share and treasure for the future.

For more images of Smithfield, The Andaz Hotel and iconic London and Home Counties weddings take a look at any of our wedding galleries here: Wedding Galleries or altenatively give us a call or email to set up a face to face relaxed meeting and see first hand for yourselves. We love to hear about couples’ plans for their big day!

By David Green