PAUL READ

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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.
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
Pricing & Costs
Prices start at
  • £1595
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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 vino and chat about your wedding day!
  • Experience
    Year Business Was Established
    2006
    # Of Weddings Hosted
    More than 50
    # Of People In Team
    2
    Public Liability Insurance
    Yes
Press & Awards
(4)
Press and Awards (1)
Huffington Post, Guardian...
Accreditations / Associations (3)
Guardian Award Winning Photography 2006
Black & White Spider Awards 2008 finalist
Ian Parry Awards 2006 finalist
Photos
(28)
Location & Contact Details
  • Directions
    • Address
    • Hastings, East Sussex, England
    • Travel Notes
    • I travel everywhere. All over UK and internationally.
    • Nearest Airport
    • Gatwick
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FAQ
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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 #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 #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