shortlisted
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

Photography Style

Reportage / Documentary
Artistic

Products and Services

Bridal Prep Shots
Back-Up Equipment
Online Proofing
Stay Through Speeches
Stay Through Dancing
Large Group Shots
Online Shop
Thank You Cards / Photo Stationery
Second Shooter Available
Wedding Albums
Personal Online Gallery
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Images on USB
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
true
No. of People In Team
1
Reviews
(11)
(11)
Louise & Adam
Wedding: March 2015
June 2016
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.
Kiri and Rene
Wedding: November 2014
June 2016
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 details. We didn't want your typical posed wedding photos, we wanted photos that captured the moment as it happened and that's what Paul did. He was like a ninja; we forget he was there. Paul's photos were the cherry on top of a perfect day. He really is the best!
Louise & Andrew
Wedding: January 2018
June 2016
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.
Elouise & Josh
Wedding: September 2014
June 2016
Beautiful
Paul is a hugely talented photographer and was an absolute pleasure to work with. He managed to capture the happiness of our day perfectly. His unobtrusive style and ability to spot special moments throughout the day have resulted in an amazing collection of pictures for us to treasure. Our guests have all commented on the excellent quality of our photographs and we really cannot recommend Paul highly enough.
Rachel & Lee
Wedding: August 2014
June 2016
Superb
Paul was unquestionably superb. He captured every single intricacy throughout the day, which collectively, told the day with such clarity and detail. His ability to remain unnoticed assisted his knowledge and vision, to achieve photographs of a composed yet relaxed nature. We cannot speak highly enough of Paul; the quality of photographs is superior, and equivocally so, was his demeanour and good nature, that contributed to every other ingredient on such an epic day.
Toni & Mike
Wedding: April 2014
June 2016
Paul's photographs have a magical quality to them
Paul is without doubt an incredible photographer who we would not hesitate in recommending. His photographs have a magical quality to them and we loved how many natural shots he got without people noticing he was there. He really captured our day from start to finish, we could not have asked for more. We booked Paul after seeing the photographs from our friend's wedding last year, he is the photographer at another friend's in December and also one next year, with no doubt more to follow! Thank you Paul for giving us wonderful memories to look back at for many years to come.
Location & Contact Details

Address

Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Travel Notes

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

Nearest Town

Nearest Motorway & Junction

Nearest Train Station

Nearest Airport

Gatwick

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Press & Awards
(4)

Press & Awards (1)

Huffington Post, Guardian, Evening Standard...

Accreditations / Associations (3)

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

What is your most memorable wedding?

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.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

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 about your business are you most proud of?

Relaxed, real, story, life, family.

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

I love umbrellas!

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.

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

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 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?

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 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!