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Alternative Wedding Photographer

We’re Simon + Heather. We’re relaxed, Alternative wedding photographers and videographers.

Weddings are about being yourselves, your mates having an amazing time and your family embarrassing themselves.

They’re about celebrating your uniqueness and capturing all that’s special about your story.

That’s exactly what we capture.

So if you’re looking for something different? An alternative to the boring, traditional wedding photographer?

You can have us for wedding photography, wedding videography or both

“…“These are bloody gorgeous. How did you make us look so great?! It was effortless having you around, it felt like having a friend hanging out with us!”…”

LAURA + GAVIN

Want to see how much magic we can fit in 87 seconds? You’re going to love this.

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We’re alternative wedding photographers based in Brighton, Sussex and providing photography and videography throughout the UK and internationally.

We’re not ones to toot our own horns, but we’re chuffed to say we’ve been named amongst the best wedding photographers and videographers in England.

*toot toot*

(both by The Wedding Industry Awards, and our mums).

Want something different?

We get it, it’s all gone a bit Instagram. All that soft, boho style. Brides skipping through meadows looking whimsical.

Hipsters in forests. Braces and bunting everywhere. More jam jars than Tescos.

Ok, there’s a place for that and some folks that works for.

We get it. We crave authentic moments too, it’s about capturing the real joy that makes our hearts happy.

We want to capture something uniquely you. Something that will transport you straight back to the day you married your best friend.

Whatever you’re planning

Whether your plans are laid back and chilled, or more adventurous – we’ll be there.

We’ll capture everything as it happens. Whether you have us for photography, videography or both – We’ll make it look awesome. We’re laid-back and throughout the day, we’ll just be your mates with the cameras.

You want to go for a 10-mile hike to the top of a big hill after your ceremony and shout? We’ll be there capturing the epicness.

You want to hang out with your clan in the garden – that’s cool, we’ll make it look as chilled as it is.

Just hanging out in the city sharing your wedding day with your family? Go for it. We’ll blend in and capture your aunt sneaking some prosecco, but we can’t promise not to enjoy the sweet table.

Alternative Wedding Photographers

What’s the deal with the term Alternative wedding photographer? We’ve been in this game for 14 years. We’ve seen trends come and go and recently the ‘alternative’ is actual the ‘norm’.

Everyone is relaxed, everyone is a storyteller and everyone is super fun and chilled.

So maybe the traditional is the new alternative?

Either way, you’re here – hey! SEO win. So…

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Relaxed, Documentary

Ok, so we’re sort of alternative, in a sort of traditional way, but with fun and relaxed storytelling stuff.

We have a relaxed documentary approach. What that means is we’ll stay out of your way and capture all the joy as its happening. We’ll make it all look incredible.

It’ll also be real and authentic. No standing next to fir trees pouting. Unless you really want that.

We’ll also laugh at your mates jokes, sneak a slice of cake if there’s enough (there always is) and take too much enjoyment from seeing your aunt letting loose on the dancefloor.

Staying local?

We’re based in Brighton so a lot of our weddings are around this area – Brighton has a great pub and club scene, so breeds some lively weddings. It also has some pretty quirky venues, some grand places and some chilled places. Travelling a bit further out around Sussex changes the tone a bit and we’re regularly shooting epic parties in teepees, barnstormers in actual real-life barns and random ‘let’s get married in a pub’s’.  All awesome. Although a cracking wedding is never about the venue – it’s always about the people.

Brighton is the undeniable capital for anything goes. Whatever you want to do and however you want to celebrate your wedding you can do it here.

We’re the Gay capital of the world ( I think we are right? Sod off San Francisco.) and have the most incredible pride celebrations every year. Now’s probably a good time to mention that we do loads of same-sex, gay and lesbian weddings.

Other stuff around Brighton – There’s the sea, that’s nice. Chilled afternoon weddings at the beach are totally a thing.

We’re also proud owners of the naked bike ride – a bit too alternative & chaffy for me. But horses for courses.

Off somewhere epic?

We will totally get on planes for you. Or drive somewhere – road trip! – it’s all good.

We travel wherever the magic is happening.

You want to go to the tip of South America – we’ll hold your Cerveza while you jump in the ocean. Well, we won’t because we’ll be too busy photographing and film it – but that’ll be nice. Unless your mum doesn’t like you drinking and swimming. In which case we’ll blur that out – Crimewatch style.

Do you want to adventure your wedding somewhere in Asia? We’re up for that. In fact, we’d be so up for that. Asian food is the best. **Orders Chinese food delivered to my desk.**

Maybe you’re not alternative at all and are planning something chic and sophisticated in the swiss alps, we’d be up for that.

Wherever your plans are taking you, if you want us along for the ride – we’ll be there.

But the chances are, based on our SEO skills – you’re getting married locally. Also very cool. Better, in fact, because we don’t have to leave our little girl with the grandparents for weeks – they’ll love you for that.

FAQs

We only take one wedding per weekend & popular dates get booked up to 2 years in advance, so if you like what you see and want us to be a part of your day you can get in touch with us here.

400-600 for a full day’s wedding photography. However, there are no strict limits, so if it takes 700+ pictures to tell your story, that’s how many you’ll receive.

40-60 for an engagement shoot.

All the edited photos are provided ‘ready to print’ — and we encourage you to do so, photos are meant to be printed and enjoyed!

Absolutely! Whilst we predominantly work in a documentary style for the majority of the day we know that having a few group photographs is often really important to you and your family. So we’ll work with you to make sure everyone is happy and you get the all the photos you want.

We find that keeping group photos to 8-10 groups allows us to work efficiently without taking too much time away from your day. We usually do these during the drinks reception when everyone is a bit more relaxed and we keep things light and informal.

For more information, there’s a little guide here: Group Photographs.

We’ve had the privilege of providing wedding photography at many venues all across Hampshire and the New Forest & they’re all great for different styles of weddings. We’ve put together a few of our favourite venues from the South of England here: Wedding Venues in the South of England

We travel anywhere for a good a story! We’re based in Brighton, and photograph weddings all across the country, from as far north locations like Yorkshire and Scotland, to Somerset and the gorgeous Isle of Wight and the Isle of Man! So, if you’re planning a wedding in Bath, and looking for a Bath Wedding Photographer or, indeed anywhere in the UK – and like the sound of our work, please get in touch!

Whilst many of our commissions are within Brighton and Sussex, We cover weddings all across the UK and Internationally. We particularly love weddings in Bath and Bristol!

Recent UK wedding destinations have including the Lake District, the Peak District, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Wales, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall – plus all points in between.

International travel and destination weddings are also welcome – please ask for details.

As of 2018, We only take one wedding per weekend & popular dates get booked up to 2 years in advance, so if you like
what you see and want us to be a part of your day, secure your date soon.

Securing the date is easy –

You’ll just need to complete a booking form and pay the £500 booking fee and that’s it, your date will be secure.

The booking fee is applied towards whichever wedding photography package you choose, with the remaining balance due four weeks before your wedding.

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Absolutely! Whilst we predominantly work in a documentary style – group photographs are an important and fun part of the day. If you keep to 8-10 groups it allows us to do them quickly and efficiently, without taking too much time away from your drinks reception.

For more information, there’s a little guide here: Group Photographs.

Yes! Simon is the primary photographer and Heather acts as associate photographer at larger weddings or where dual coverage is required. She also takes the lead on our stunning wedding films. Our styles and working dynamic compliment each other perfectly and for a small additional cost we can offer wedding photography packages including both of us.

Bath has some fabulous wedding venues, venues that really represent the area perfectly – from getting married right in the center of the city surrounded by its incredible architecture, to quirky hotels and to grand country houses, there’s something for every taste.

From a ceremony at the Roman Baths and Pump Room – getting married surrounded by such a wealth of history is truly special! Imagine yourselves exchanging your vows on the 2,000-year-old paving that surrounds the Great Bath. The steam from the hot baths will certainly lend an extra air of intrigue and excitement to the proceedings!  To a reception at the elegant Pump Room – your day will look incredible, and your photographs will too!

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a truly grand city venue – there’s the Assembly Rooms – Winner of the best city wedding award a few years back, you know you’re in good hands there. Within the grand rooms you get a real sense all the amazing parties and functions that would have been held here during the 18th century. Not to mention the many movies that have been filmed here – including The Duchess with Kiera Knightley. Beyond the obvious choices, there are also tons of other wedding venues in Bath and the surrounding area – such as Royal Victoria Park, Bailbrook House Hotel, Wick Farm, Priston Mill, Temple of Minerva, Monkton Combe School, Limpley Stoke Hotel, Hamswell House, Leigh Park, Orchardleigh House and Arnos Vale.

We’ve had the privilege of photographing weddings at many venuesall across the country & they’re all great for different styles of weddings, I’ve put together a few of our favourite venues from the South of England here: Wedding Venues in the South of England

We’ve photographed hundreds of weddings over the past 14 years and have had the pleasure of documenting a variety of Asian Weddings, Jewish weddings, Indian weddings, Greek Weddings, as well as many Catholic & CoE Weddings. We always thoroughly research ceremonies of cultures and religions that we haven’t experienced before, to ensure everything runs smoothly and we know exactly what to expect.

The majority of photos are produced with Canon 5d mkIV, Canon 5d mkIII and lenses such as 24mm f1.4L II, 35mm f1.4L, 45mm f2.8 TS-E, 50mm f1.2L, 85mm f1.2L, 135mm f2.0L, 70-200mm f2.8L IS.

Also Canon 580EXII flashes, flash triggers, a few handheld video lights, prisms, handheld optical lenses & a lot of other things to unleash creativity.

Multiple backup cameras and lenses come to every wedding — so should anything happen to the main gear, your coverage won’t be affected.

Heather creates videos using much of the same equipment, as well as a variety of microphones and lighting solutions.

Sound Good?

If you’ve made it this far, I’m hoping some of that resonates with you. So reach out.

Tell us what’s going down with your wedding plans.

Let’s team up to make something different.

Something fun.

Let’s make something that captures you being you.