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San Shawe is one of the Top Wedding Photographers in the UK and Worldwide, based in London and frequently travelling to photograph beautiful weddings, proposals and engagements.
Products and Services
Bridal Prep Shots
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Flexible Hours on the Day
Images on USB
Large Group Shots
Personal Online Gallery
Physical Shop / Studio
Pre-Wedding Venue Visit
Second Shooter Available
Shoot with Film
Stay Through Dancing
Stay Through Speeches
First Look Photographer
Reportage / Documentary
San's photography style is often described as 'natural light artistry' as she likes to predominantly use natural and ambient light to enhance the beauty of the world and people in the images. Her approach to wedding and engagement photography is very emotion-centric as she believes that there is no picture more beautiful than one of someone in love.
Personal Message from the Manager
Name of Wedding Contact: San Shawe
Hi there! My name is San, but a lot of people call me Sanshine because of my love for creating images that shine from within.
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No. of People In Team
Tina & Hassan
Married in April 2017
By far the most talented photographer ever!!!
San, the photos are mind blowing!! They are absolutely beautiful!! I can't even explain how happy we are! Thank you so so much!! You are by far the most talented photogra...
Rhys & Brooke
Married in October 2014
The most passionate photographer I have ever met.
San is the most passionate photographer I have ever met. She is a perfectionist when it comes to getting ‘the’ shot. Her and her husband make a great team. I really feel ...
Nova Reid of Nu Bride
Wedding: September 2016
Master of natural light photography
I first met San a couple of years ago at an event and it might sound cliché, given the name of her business, but she truly was a ray of sunshine! Passionate about doing ...
Will & Erin
Married in August 2015
San and her team were fantastic!
San and her team were fantastic! She was dedicated from the start, you couldn’t ask for a more hands-on and involved photographer. The pictures she took are amazing!
Steve & Anna
Married in September 2016
So glad we found you!
Thank you so much for the photos! They are beautiful and we are so happy with them! In fact, my sister is ready to book you for her own wedding... as are some friends! :)...
Gareth & Bryan
Wedding: August 2015
The two grooms are delighted!
We knew that San would take some gorgeous pictures of our son’s wedding because we had seen the photographs she had taken at other events. What we didn’t expect was the w...
Press & Awards
Press & Awards (24)
You & Your Wedding Magazine
Your London Wedding Magazine
Your Herts & Beds Wedding Magazine
Style Me Pretty
Rock My Wedding
Want That Wedding
Way Out Wedding
Juno & Joy
Dotty Vintage Weddings
Love Our Wedding Magazine
5 Star Wedding Directory
Perfect Wedding Magazine
Ultimate Wedding Magazine
Industry Awards (3)
BEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY 2017 WEDISSON AWARD (International)
TOP LONDON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER 2016 by Zankyou
TOP UK PHOTOGRAPHER by Love Our Wedding Magazine
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Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Beautiful, emotive fine art reportage.
What about your business are you most proud of?
I photograph weddings with my wonderful other half, Michael, and we make a great team – having been through the process of planning a wedding ourselves, we both know how much of your heart and soul you will have invested into the big day, so we can proudly say that we will create and treat your precious memories with extra care and attention and make sure the images reflect how infinitely beautiful and filled with love your day is going to be…
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Plan ahead to give yourselves at least a week before the wedding when you are not doing any running around - you need to go into your big day relaxed and happy, not stressed and enhausted!
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
I love it when couples write their own vows or pick an unusual song for their first dance... It makes a world of difference when the worlds people say to one another are not standard, but carefully written with love and care for one person and one person only.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
I always offer a complimentary consultation to all couples who are considering asking me to photograph their wedding - choosing who is going to capture those priceless memories for you is a hugely important and personal decision to make, so I like to provide an opportunity for the couples to meet me and ask me any questions they have. Sometimes my consultations last for hours! But it's worth it as to me it is of paramount importance that my clients are happy with their choice and know that they are in safe hands.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
There are no rules when it comes to wedding photos as your photos will always be secondary to your happiness and your marriage. So there certainly isn't a #1 most important photo, just a most important feeling. Focus on each other, take the day in and, trust me, when you get your photos back, that special image will be there, for you to cherish and keep for years to come.
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
I was asked by a bride to create a photo capturing the relationship between herself, her mother and her grandmother, but without showing their faces, as the Mother of the Bride was extremely camera-shy. This is when I created my 'Three Generations' photo of the hands of three women with their wedding bands on, capturing the gentle support between the three of them and the symbols of their happy marriages without making the Mother of the Bride nervous or uncomfortable. This photo is very dear to my heart and has resonated with many people around the World as it tells an important story without being obvious or intrusive.
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
Two things. 1) Clear umbrellas! and 2) Don't worry. There is always a Plan B in case it rains, both for your ceremony and for your photos, so don't let it dampen your spirits and remember that rain on your wedding day is considered good luck!