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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.
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
Reportage / Documentary
Pricing & Costs
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Prices start at
  • £1595

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 char... 
By Si & Angela on 24th January 2018
A happy couple
Married in April 2015

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 follo... 
By Lo & Des on 24th January 2018
A happy couple
Married in April 2015

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... 
By Louise & Adam on 24th January 2018
A happy couple
Married in March 2015

Amazing photographs
We will be forever grateful to Paul for taking such amazing photographs of our wedding day. Looking through the photographs for the firs... 
By Caroline & Sandy on 24th January 2018
A happy couple
Married in January 2015

Paul really is the best!
Paul is truly an amazing photographer. His photos were absolutely stunning and he managed to capture everyone and even the smallest deta... 
By Kiri and Rene on 24th January 2018
A happy couple
Married in November 2014

Paul is a hugely talented photographer and was an absolute pleasure to work with. He managed to capture the happiness of our day perfect... 
By Elouise & Josh on 24th January 2018
A happy couple
Married in September 2014

Full Description
  • Based in East Sussex, 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
    No. Of Weddings Hosted
    More than 50
    No. Of People In Team
    Public Liability Insurance
Press & Awards
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Press and 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
Location & Contact Details
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    • Address
    • Hastings, East Sussex, 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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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!

Bridebook benefits

  • Bridebook Gift: Free Bottle of Champagne