Sophie Oldhamstead Photography
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Fun natural and honest wedding photography - beautifully timeless wedding photography - no cheesy smiles here just real love & laughter please!
Pricing & Costs
Prices start at
Products and Services
Bridal Prep Shots
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Flexible Hours on the Day
Images on USB
Personal Online Gallery
Second Shooter Available
Stay Through Dancing
Stay Through Speeches
Thank You Cards / Photo Stationery
Reportage / Documentary
Hello! I’m Sophie & I’m a wedding photographer in Essex, also covering neighbouring areas in Kent, Herts & Suffolk. I take on up to 30 weddings per year so I recommend booking around 18 months – 2 years in advance for the most popular dates. I am available weekday evenings & some weekends to meet up for a coffee (and a cake!) to discuss your wedding and what you’d like from your photography before you decide to book me so you can be sure I’m the best photographer for you. Please do have a look around my website to get a feel for my work, I have sample galleries from real weddings to view, a page for all those questions you may want to ask as well as my blog where I update my latest sessions and weddings. Pop over to facebook and instagram too where you’ll find some behind the scenes updates and the latest sneak peeks!
Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Natalie & Anthony
Married in January 2017
It felt like meeting up with a friend
Sophie was our wedding photographer in Sept 2016. She was amazing leading up to the wedding helping with all sorts of queries and very quick at replying. We had a lovely ...
Alex - Maidens Barn
Wedding: May 2017
a pleasure to do business with
I thought Sophie was very professional, a pleasure to do business with! See you next time! Alex
Sam & Adriano
Married in July 2017
We loved having Sophie be our photographer
We loved having Sophie be our photographer at our wedding. The meetings that we had before the wedding were informative and helpful and made us feel at ease that Sophie i...
Charlotte & James
Wedding: July 2017
Amazing, professional and a god send
Sophie was the photographer at my daughter's wedding on 13th July, she was amazing, professional and a god send. I highly recommend this wonderful young lady who has a fl...
Chloe & Callum
Married in August 2017
We could not recommend her more!
Sophie photographed our wedding and we could not have been happier! From how she was on the day to the photos themselves and the wonderful thank you package we recieved w...
Press & Awards
Press & Awards (3)
Rock n Roll Bride
Essex Wedding Magazine
The English Wedding Blog
Accreditations / Associations (1)
SWPP (Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers member)
Industry Awards (1)
Regional Finalist The Wedding Industry Awards 2018
Preferred Supplier List
What is your most memorable wedding?
I have lots of memorable ones, the ones that really stick out for me are some of the couples that turned into friends not only clients, from meeting them before booking, to venue visits, random meets for coffee cake and wedding chatter plus engagement sessions its not unusual for me to be friends with couples long after their wedding is over. Its one of the best bits about my job, I love seeing what happens next for them!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Real. Natural. Beautiful. Fun. Relaxed.
What about your business are you most proud of?
Everything, I absolutely love what I do and I think I do it well, I get good reviews from my couples and most of my bookings are via recommendation which is something I'm incredibly proud of. I was nominated for The Wedding Industry Awards this year which is nominated and voted for by real couples - one of my proudest achievements to just be nominated was so lovely.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Chat to your suppliers and choose the people not on price, offers, sales etc but on who you get on with, trust your instincts!
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
I once had a wedding where the bride's brother was in a band and had recorded a whole album of love song covers and they were played throughout the day, that was really lovely.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
From the first enquiry I send over some more information about me, ideally meet up over coffee & cake to chat some more. When a couple books I send them a little welcome package, keep in touch with them and meet up again around 6 weeks before the day to go over their timeline and plans for the day. After the wedding I post a sneak peek within 48 hours and I aim to return their full gallery within 4 weeks.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
One of the two of you exactly how you are, not posed, not set up just a sneaky shot where you don't know its been taken, whether its playing about, cuddled up together, just walking hand in hand. You have to trust your photographer to give you the space to do that and that they will take that shot at the right moment. Its an art in itself just to capture people in their true honest form.
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
Wellies, a brolly and an open mind ;)
Describe how you got into photography.
I've always loved photography, my mum should have been a photographer and we always had tons of family albums and were in front of the camera a lot. I never thought it was something I could do as a job as surely a job is something you don't love but you have to do right? Well turns out I was wrong, you can absolutely love your job!