Congratulations on your engagement! With the big day coming up, we’re sure your wedding planning engines will be firing on all cylinders. But, if there’s one thing to slow down and take your time on, it’s the photographer. After all, your wedding photos are the main physical memento from your day and you’ll have them to reminisce over for years to come.
Strangely, choosing a wedding photographer is almost like choosing a spouse. It’s about finding a perfect match for the things that make you unique (it’s also good if they suit your venue). There is a huge range of styles, from the traditional and formal to the quirky and silly.
Some offer film photos, some digital. Some are also videographers who can turn your big day into an Oscar-worthy short film. Some will direct and steer the proceedings to get studio style shots, while others will sneak ninja-like through the crowd snapping candid shots. Many photographers have a team, while some still work solo. One thing they all have in common however is that they'll pride themselves on their unique flavour so it’s worth weighing up the options to find the right one for you.
It’s never too soon to start looking as the average wedding photographer gets 110 enquiries a year. Industry veteran Steve Walker recommends booking at least nine months before your wedding, and further in advance if you have a popular date. Many photographers offer a free consultation, during which you can ask them all your burning questions and get a better sense of if they’re a good match.
We’ve gathered the top wedding photographers in London for you to choose from. Most of them have won awards, some have over ten years’ experience but they all have stellar reviews from happy couples and hundreds of photos for you to browse.
Image: Paul Dale Photography
Paul’s particular brand of wedding photography is unpretentious. He lets the photos do the talking, focusing on unstaged, candid shots that capture the organic feel of your special day. Choosing to take fewer commissions to ensure each album is unique, this photographer will meet you for a consultation and visit the venue ahead of the big day. Not that these two would overlap but he also specialises in underwater photography...
Quote: “Quite stunning and an incredible artistic gift”
How much: Prices start at £695 for five hours of shooting time
Book now: Paul Dale Photography
Image: Voyteck Photography
Voyteck and Victoria are the dynamic duo that makes up this award-winning wedding photography powerhouse. Their self-described style is “creative reportage”; capturing precise moments as they happen, even if it means shooting over someone’s shoulder or through a doorway. If you ask us, those shots are some of their best. Although the team are based in London, they love to travel and will go up to 100 miles from South London for free, and further afield with accommodation.
Quote: “We can’t thank and recommend Voyteck enough - I have already done so to family and will continue to do so in the future”
How much: £1995 for up to 10 hours, 500+ edited photographs, slideshow and private online gallery
Book now: Voyteck Photography
Image: Rahul Khona
Rahul is a London-based UK and destination photographer who clearly loves his job. In his opinion, there is no work/life balance, only life, and weddings are a big part of life. Looking at photos from his own wedding always brings a joyful lump to his throat and he loves taking pictures that will do the same for happy couples for years to come.
Quote: “We love every single photo of us and our guests – memories which will last a lifetime.”
How much: Enquiry only
Book now: Rahul Khona
Image: Natalie J Weddings
Natalie isn’t just an award-winning wedding photographer who’s been featured in Elle, Cosmo and Vogue, she’s also an educator and mentor who has written guides to the business side of photography and teaches courses to budding photographers. Natalie also offers pre-wedding and proposal shoots, as well as elopements.
Quote: “Natalie was the best person we hired for our wedding. From the start it immediately felt like I had known her for years - she is so warm and personable, like a trusted friend.”
How much: Prices start at £2500 for five hours and 300 photos.
Book now: Natalie J Weddings
Image: Soven Amatya
A wedding photographer with a truly unique career path, Soven started out as a systems analyst before his wanderlust and love of photography took over. Originally from Nepal, Soven is a proud dad, film enthusiast and momo-lover. His photography takes him all over the world and has won multiple awards.
Quote: “We have just sat and gone through them exclaiming about every photo!”
How much: Enquiry only
Book now: Soven Amatya
Image: Damion Mower Photography
Damien prides himself on capturing natural images of relaxed couples and guests. For those who are a little camera-shy, he recommends a pre-wedding shoot to ease the nerves. His goal is to create an album of photos that whisk you right back to the moment you said “I do”, but he also loves capturing each of you getting ready in your respective ways.
Quote: “We are thrilled with Damion and his photos and couldn’t recommend him highly enough!”
How much: Prices start at £2,500 for a full day with “all the trimmings”
Book now: Damion Mower Photography
Image: Chris Giles Photography
The only thing Chris loves more than Westies is capturing beautiful wedding photos. Over the last ten years, he’s shot over 500 weddings and isn’t afraid to step in to help with non-photographer duties like fixing buttonholes. A fan of colour, he avoids any hazy filters as these can’t be reversed. In the run-up to the big day, Chris says he turns into a family historian, gathering information to tailor the album about to be made.
Quote: “One of the Top 10 Wedding Photographers in London” (Evening Standard)
How much: £1,600-2,500
Book now: Chris Giles Photography
Image: Tali Wedding Photography
A rare find, Tali is just as much a videographer as she is a photographer. Her videos are cinematic while her photography style is “fine art”, and both are famous for capturing love in its most natural form. Tali and her team have been featured on Rock My Wedding, Hitched, The Little Book and Bridebook. They have offices in London, Brighton and Barcelona.
Quote: “She was an incredible find for us and I couldn't recommend her highly enough, so much so that my sister is also planning to use her for both wedding videography and photography!”
How much: Enquiry only
Book now: Tali Wedding Photography
Image: Blue Lily Weddings
A Polish photographer, Marek spent most of his younger years travelling before settling in the UK twenty years ago. He got married in the woods in Sweden and gained some perspective being on the other side of the camera, and is also a loving father (the name Blue Lily comes from his son’s favourite colour and his daughter’s favourite flower). He is a relaxed, unobtrusive photographer who provides shots that stand the test of time.
Quote: “If you’re looking for a photographer that you don’t have to worry about, can completely trust to capture all the moments of your special day, and move around your venue like a ninja, then this is your guy!”
How much: Full day packages are £1,650-2,450
Book now: Blue Lily Weddings
York Place Studios
Image: York Place Studios
York Place was founded in 2006 by a brother and sister team. Since then, it has grown to become one of the most respected wedding photography agencies in the UK. The team prides itself on its “street-inspired” reportage style that bucks the trend of classic traditional photographers. York Place also offers training and even have a fine art print shop.
Quote: “If you are looking for lively, candid, cool and artistic wedding photos, we would highly recommend York Place Studios.”
How much: Enquiry only
Book now: York Place Studios
Image: Milda Vasile
Milda’s work has been published in Sublime Magazine, Material Girl and Random Magazine and has gained her numerous awards. She loves to follow the whole day from start to finish, including the preparations, dressing, journey, ceremony, portraits, reception, speeches and of course the crazy dancing. Her style is relaxed with a touch of vintage and loves to discuss the day over tea.
Quote: “Milda is a fantastic photographer. I honestly could not recommend her enough. She did my wedding photos and the quality of them is amazing.”
How much: Prices start at £785 for six hours
Book now: Milda Vasile
Image: Charlotte Hellinger
Every wedding photographer loves their job and Charlotte is no exception. For her, getting married and having children have further enhanced her love of photography, and it shows. Light, natural and relaxed is her style, focusing on making the guests feel at ease while cataloguing every unique moment.
Quote: “We are completely in love with and were blown away by the photos Charlotte took for our wedding in July – so stunning!”
How much: Prices start at £1,800 for nine hours
Book now: Charlotte Hellinger
Image: Tash Busta Photography
Quirkier than most, Tash is “totally and utterly obsessed with love”, and her photos really do tell a story. Punchy, vibrant and colourful, Tash’s work focuses on not just people and stories, but the little backstories that might get forgotten a few years on. If you want playful, fun and heartfelt, Tash is your girl.
Quote: “Thank you for being the most wonderful photographer throughout this whole journey. I am so happy I found you. We will be recommending you to anyone who asks!"
How much: £200 per hour or £1,750 for a full day
Book now: Tash Busta Photography
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