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Guardian Award Winning photographer - I specialise in making people feel relaxed, bringing out the best in my subjects. Totally calm on the outside; professional, creative & observant from the inside.
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£1395
Details

Products and Services

Back-Up Equipment
Bridal Prep Shots
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Images on USB
Large Group Shots
Online Proofing
Online Shop
Personal Online Gallery
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Second Shooter Available
Stay Through Dancing
Stay Through Speeches
Thank You Cards / Photo Stationery
Wedding Albums

Photography Style

Artistic
Reportage / Documentary
Full Description
Paul Read photographs weddings all over the UK, Europe and beyond. Armed with cameras, lenses, an approachable smile and a relaxed persona, Paul Read sets out to tell the story of your wedding day. Expect close to a thousand beautiful photographs as Paul works [mostly] unobtrusively and [nearly] consistently to piece together your wedding day story. Guardian award winning photography, passionate, chilled, but also a 'ninja' (quote) at work ;)

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Paul Read
Let's meet for coffee (or wine!) and chat about your wedding day!

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2006
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
1
Reviews
(11)
(11)
Louise & Andrew
Married in January 2018
January 2018
Paul's photographs are stunning
Paul's photographs are - without a doubt - stunning. We are so happy with the results; they have captured perfectly the emotion and feeling of the most magical day of our lives. We loved Paul's relaxed, friendly and professional approach from start to finish, which was commented on by our guests. It's great to have pictures that capture the essence of the day in a modern, artistic and incredibly beautiful style. When we first saw the pictures on Paul's website it brought a tear to my eye. It was great to have the pictures available online so soon after the wedding and our guests really enjoyed being able to view all of them, too. Thank you so much.
Tom & Rosie
Married in November 2017
January 2018
The photos were simply perfect
The recommendation we received to contact you, was on reflection one of the single, best wedding presents we were given. The truth is, to our embarrassment, that in our preparation we had not given photography anything like the consideration we should have done given the enormity of the task on the day. Thankfully you made sure that we simply didn’t have to. Your photographs captured exactly the kind of shots we were looking for, a testament to both your attentiveness to our brief (which I don’t remember being especially lucid or consistent – so well done!), and much more so to your terrific talent. Our guests have made no end of comments both as to the effort you made on the day (which was unobtrusive, relaxed and always good humoured, despite working like a Trojan all day) and also the quality of the end result – the photos were simply perfect. I have had no hesitation in highly recommending you.
Jo & Niall
Married in July 2017
January 2018
Such a professional photographer
Paul was an absolute delight to deal with from start to finish. Paul's photos captured our wedding day absolutely perfectly, we couldn't have hoped for better memories of such a fabulous day. He managed to get close to everyone and shoot some of the most poignant moments without you even realising he was there. Paul's expertise and eye for detail could not be underestimated; he creates photos that have a magical yet natural quality to them. We felt very lucky to have such a professional photographer and now such beautiful wedding photos.
Si & Angela
Married in April 2015
January 2018
Captured the essence of the day beautifully :)
Thank you so much for the photos - they're everything we hoped for - amazing! You've captured the essence of the day and our family characters in a way that's going to keep the memories alive for years to come. Everyone loves your work so much - our son Harry is going to have to up his game!
Lo & Des
Married in April 2015
January 2018
Like we were working alongside an old friend!
Oh my gosh these photos are absolutely amazing, I'm so happy that I decided at the last minute to go to that wedding show, and you followed upon my enquiry otherwise Des and I would never of had such beautiful memories of our special day. How you have managed to capture all of our guests is so impressive. The shots of the children are beautiful. We have soooo many favourites but the shots in the field with the sunset are out of this world, can't believe it's actually Des and I! Taking photos isn't something that Des and I enjoy but you made the whole experience relaxing and enjoyable. It was like we were working alongside an old friend! If we ever do some family photos in the future we'll definitely be in touch with you. And of course we'll recommend you for weddings!!!
Louise & Adam
Married in March 2015
January 2018
Our photographs are fantastic
Paul was a wonderful part of our wedding. He was calm and considerate, but also down-to-earth, approachable, and flexible (all qualities which really help when planning such a big and important occasion). He never put any pressure on us: on the day itself, he was very discreet, and seemed to fade into the background. The resulting photographs were fantastic, capturing both momentous points, as well as smaller and more intimate details. Every time we look back at the shots of our wedding we're so glad we asked him to photograph the day and that he was available.
Location & Contact Details

Address

Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England

Travel Notes

I travel everywhere. All over the UK. I am frequently in Europe and beyond. I love my job :)

Nearest Airport

Gatwick

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Press & Awards
(4)

Press & Awards (1)

Huffington Post, Guardian, Evening Standard...

Accreditations / Associations (3)

Guardian Award Winning Photography 2006
Black & White Spider Awards 2008 finalist
Ian Parry Awards 2006 finalist
FAQ
(10)

What is your most memorable wedding?

In Carantec, France, with some 24 people. It was the calmest, most tranquil couple of days and a pleasure to photograph. Or, maybe photographing the street procession at an amazing Indian wedding in Varanasi, Rajasthan.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Relaxed, real, story, life, family.

What about your business are you most proud of?

Consistently getting wonderful feedback from brides & grooms as they look back through their wedding photographs. A single event? Being announced the winner of the Guardian Award at the awards ceremony.

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

Prioritise! Venue, then photographer ;) So many people get in touch to book and they have left it too late. Some people do book way in advance.

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

The bride, groom and celebrant doing a shot of tequila together straight after "you may kiss the bride!"

Describe your typical process with a couple.

Firstly, let's meet up for a coffee or wine! Then, nearer your wedding, let's meet again (if you like!). This is all personal, it's important for us both to know each other. This way, you will get the best photographs. After your wedding, you can expect to receive your photographs within 1-2 weeks.

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

There is no number 1 photo. Every wedding is different - we don't know yet what will happen that will make yours significant, but I will capture it.

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

I was asked to take a shot of an apple core left by the groom on the back of the toilet. Apparently, he always eats apples.

What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?

I love umbrellas!

Describe how you got into photography.

Always into photography....but how I got into wedding photography? I got in touch with a high-flying wedding photographer after reading an article about him in the Guardian, looking for some experience. He replied, saying that in 2 days he had received 77 enquiries from people like me, asking if they could shadow him at a wedding. He later got back to me, saying I stood out from the bunch and invited me along on a couple of weddings. We are now very good friends and I owe him a lot!