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Meachen & Shorey Photography

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We offer natural, creative and documentary style wedding photography. We don't do cheese. Winner of best photographer at the 2015 Four Counties Wedding Awards.
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Products and Services

Back-Up Equipment
Bridal Prep Shots
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Flexible Hours on the Day
Images on USB
Large Group Shots
Last-Minute Orders
Personal Online Gallery
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Pre-Wedding Venue Visit
Second Shooter Available
Stay Through Dancing
Stay Through Speeches
Wedding Albums

Photography Style

Reportage / Documentary
Full Description
We appreciate that some people love being the centre of attention, while others are a little more camera shy. This is why we want to get to know what kind of people you are and understand who and what is important to you. All to ensure we capture images that are natural and are truly ‘you’. We pride ourselves on telling the story of your day; a documentary approach with the emphasis on recording those special moments as they happen, rather than ‘cheesy’ posed shots. We don’t carry a lot of equipment as we believe wedding photography should all be candid and natural; the way you’ll remember it. We capture the greetings, the laughter, the embraces and all the intimate details that you’ve worked so hard to get right. We strive for creativity as we believe photography is an art; an intelligent use of light, composition and focus or simply just anticipating being in the right place at the right time. As well as delivering natural images, we focus on providing that personal touch. We understand that it’s your day, not ours. We want you to feel special about your big day, not treated just like ‘another’ couple getting married at ‘another’ venue. We’ll be there to help before, during and after your wedding day.

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Name of Wedding Contact: Paul Meachen
Please have a nose around our website and have a look at the nice things people have said about what we do ( Feel free to drop us a line, even if it’s just to say hello. We’d love to hear from you.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 30 and 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
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Carl & Eleanor
Married in August 2018
November 2018
Consummate Professionals, we were in safe hands!
You just cannot fault Paul and Paul. The photos and the service we received is second to none! In the lead up to our wedding we had a pre wedding shoot, which put us at e...
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James & Sumit
Married in April 2018
June 2018
Your photography has left us in tears of joy and n
Thank you for making our wedding a stuff of dreams. Your photography has left us in tears of joy and nostalgia. Even the package that you sent was a treat to the soul. Ev...
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Lizzie & Chris
Married in November 2017
June 2018
A superb service from start to finish
A superb service from start to finish, we absolutely love our photos and loved how on the ball you were when organising where we needed to be and the group shots yet fade...
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Location & Contact Details


St Albans, Hertfordshire, England

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Press & Awards

Industry Awards (2)

Winner of best photographer at the 2015 Four Counties Awards
Shortlisted - Guide for Brides Customer Service Awards 2014

What is your most memorable wedding?

All of our weddings are memorable mainly because each wedding we do is different. Probably the one that sticks in the mind most, was our first one when we realised we could offer couples something different, something a bit more natural rather than the stereotypical cheesy posed shots.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Natural, creative, personal, attentive, unique.

What about your business are you most proud of?

Our feedback from our previous customers - Likes on Facebook and followers are Twitter are nice, but we truly believe providing customer service is a very close second to providing emotive and powerful wedding images.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

A lot of couples ask us what other people have done for certain aspects of their wedding. We always say it's your wedding, you should do what you want to do not what you think you should be doing because others have done it before. There is no right or wrong way to get married!

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

Recently at an Indian wedding the Groom Party had forgotten the Groom's wedding ring. We didn't even think twice about giving him one of ours to use for the day (It was a good job if fitted!). We really like to go that extra mile.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

We like to take time to get to know you and understand what kind of people you are. We want you to feel special about your big day, not treated just like ‘another’ couple getting married at ‘another’ venue. We’ll be there to help before, during and after your wedding day. We will also take time to meet with you to go through your plans in more detail and also walk round your venue(s) to understand the exciting plans you have for the day. Finally, we'll give you a call a few days before the big day to say hello and to calm any last minute nerves you may have.

What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?

We would never dream of imposing our views on what photograph a couple should take. We will shoot everything they request and also everything that goes on around them, including all the wedding details they've worked so hard to get right.

What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?

We are mostly asked just to take natural photos and couples seem to trust us, our style and our approach. We don't really do posed shots apart from some formal photographs which we understand many couples want. We much more focus on a documentary approach which couples seem to love seeing the results when we present back their story of their big day from start to finish.

What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?

Rain will not stop play. Like you, we keep an eye on the forecast the week up to the wedding as we want it to stay dry too. Even if it does rain, it’s very unlikely to rain continuously all day. We are flexible and prepared to make the most of the dry spells. We have bridal umbrellas and if needs be will go out in the rain and have some fun.

Describe how you got into photography.

We both met on an advanced photography course a few years ago. We hit it off due to our passion for photography. We are both married and adore our families and we all spend a lot of time socialising together (which is mostly spent chasing after our children)!

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