Essex Wedding. Photographer
Calm, compassionate wedding photography that
celebrates fabulous couples like you
An Essex Wedding Photographer who genuinely cares about how you feel
Hi, I’m Ross; a naturally low-key and proudly gay Essex wedding photographer who gets it. Like you, appearing in front of the camera has never really been in my comfort zone. I know that being photographed can feel uncomfortable when we aren’t someone who craves being the centre of attention.
Being a confident but caring wedding photographer, I understand that the last thing you want on your wedding day are feelings of stress and anxiety about how you will feel being photographed and how you will look in the resulting images.
I’m here to tell you right now that you will look AMAZING on your wedding day and you do not need to change one single thing about yourself in order to do so. You simply need an Essex wedding photographer who listens to your concerns, takes on board your insecurities and knows how to capture your beautifully unqiue qualities.
So whether you’re planning to say ‘I do’ at Hylands House , exchange rings at Leez Priory or celebrate with champagne and canapés at Apton Hall, you can relax with me as your wedding photographer, safe in the knowledge that your comfort and peace of mind is my absolute priority.
I FEEL SORRY FOR ANYONE WHO CAN’T HAVE ROSS AT THEIR WEDDING
Ross was absolutely incredible. My husband wasn’t entirely sure he liked the idea of a pre-wedding shoot, but after spending 5 minutes with Ross, he was loving it. Put as both at ease straight away and captured the most gorgeous shots.
Ross is super friendly, calm, collected and takes the most incredible photos. On the wedding day itself, he was super professional and had the best ideas for beautiful photos.
Once we received the final images, everyone was blown away at how amazing they were. We’ve had so many compliments and there are so many! He also turned them around so quickly! I feel sorry for anyone who can’t have Ross at their wedding. Thanks again for being so great.
READY TO TELL ME ABOUT YOUR ESSEX WEDDING PLANS?
To make sure that couples like you get the best possible wedding photography experience, I only take on 25 weddings a year. If you love what you see, and want to see if we are a photography match made in heaven, simply complete the form below.
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AUTHENTIC WEDDING CAPTURES IN ESSEX
All the couples you see in my Essex wedding photography portfolio had genuine concerns about being photographed. That may be hard to believe when you see some of the huge grins and elaborate dance moves, but these grins were only possible once my wonderful couples realised they didn’t have to step outside of their comfort zone to be captured beautifully in photographs they’ll treasure forever.
It makes sense, that as someone who may be a little shy or self-conscious, there are moments you’re concerned about when it come to your wedding photograpy. You might want ‘getting ready’ photos but feel apprehensive about a photographer commenting on or judging your body. You’re worried about looking silly when being showered with confetti, or having two left feet during your first dance.
As your hopeless romantic of a wedding photographer, I see love not labels, capture unique features not self-perceived flaws, and focus on moments of wonder not measurements of waistlines. I’ve been described as the ‘Gok Wan of the wedding industry’ and I kinda like that! It means I’m here to uplift you, hold your hand through any wedding wobbles and remind you that you’re awesome just the way you are.
Your Essex wedding will be captured authentically, and you will be photographed sensitively without the need for special effects and heavy photoshopping.
THE BEST WEDDING VENUES IN ESSEX
Having photographed weddings all across Essex and the UK, I have put together my guide to ten of the most photogenic wedding venues in Essex and the South East. From castles to barns, countryside retreats to converted sheds, this guide will inspire you to find the wedding venue that’s perfect for your special day.
Essex Wedding Venues
YOUR ESSEX WEDDING CAPTURED YOUR WAY
Are you currently struggling to choose between either stylish, posed wedding images or candid and natural ones? You know there are certain ‘staged’ images you want included, but deep down you’d love to forget about the camera altogether and just enjoy the day?
This is where I come in.
WITH ME YOU HAVE CHOICE OVER HOW YOUR ESSEX WEDDING DAY IS PHOTOGRAPHED
Imagine quickly organised and pain-free group shots that are over in a flash, an effortlessly romantic couple shoot, and hundreds of unscripted captures that you weren’t even aware had been caught on camera.
In a nutshell, I craft wedding photographs that centre on what resonates and feels most comfortable for you.
All whilst providing a safe space for you to be 100% yourselves.
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY THAT CAPTURES THE REAL YOU
However you identify, you are celebrated here. My pronouns are He/Him – what are yours?
My Essex wedding photography experience will leave you feeling twice as confident in your own skin and loving how you appear on camera.
So, cast away your self-doubts, stop hiding behind faddy filters, and embrace all of the wonderful qualities that make you who you are.
Because, when my creativity combines with your individuality, that’s when the magic happens.
That’s when the wedding photographs you truly deserve are created.
TOGETHER, LET’S CREATE THE WEDDNG PHOTOGRAPHS YOU REALLY WANT CAPTURED
PORTFOLIO: ESSEX WEDDING FUN
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: FEATURES & ACCREDITATIONS
JOY-INFUSED WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: ESSEX & UK
Being a wedding photographer who works with couples across the UK but predominantly in Essex, I believe that there’s no better place in the world to get married.
However, regardless of whether you celebrate saying “I do” in a luxury wedding at Gosfield Hall, an extravagant party at Hedingham Castle or an intimate celebration at Houchins, it’s important that you feel relaxed, confident and comfortable in front of the camera.
No amount of beautiful Essex scenery can distract from uncomfortable grimaces and cheesy posing. In fact, this is true regardless of where you are getting married.
So Wherever you are getting married, my feel-good approach to wedding photography will have you feeling super relaxed as I capture images infused with natural smiles and laughter.
For a long time, I hated having my own photograph taken (I still do on bad hair days). So, I totally understand that you might be feeling a bit apprehensive about how you and your fiancé are captured throughout your Essex wedding day.
Let me assure you that, you do not need to be supermodels to love how you look in your wedding photographs. Nor do you need to spend hours trying to perfect elaborate and awkward poses. With me, your wedding is photographed beautifully whilst you remain firmly in your comfort zone.
No stress. No cheese. No cliches.
As a result, your gallery of wedding images will capture all of the unscripted magical moments your special day will undoubtedly feature; from your nervous smiles as you walk down the aisle, and the “We did it!” grins as you are showered in confetti, to the epic dance moves your wedding guests will unleash after those heartfelt and hilarious speeches.
Reasons to Relax
YOU’LL HAVE THE WEDDING PHOTOS THAT MEAN MOST TO YOU
Some of Essex’s best wedding photographers can get bogged down by kit and technical jargon and can end up treating your wedding as a fashion shoot.
They can be more interested in being an award-winning photographer, than taking the time to find out which images will resonate most with you on your wedding day.
Being an Essex wedding photographer for me is not about winning awards. It’s all about winning your trust and creating photography that makes your souls light up and that will make your hearts glow for years to come.
YOU’LL NEVER HAVE TO LEAVE YOUR COMFORT ZONE
I’m not the type of Essex wedding photographer who will force you to step outside of your comfort zone just to get a ‘thrilling’ shot. Neither will I make you try to live up to unrealistic standards, or conventional ideas about how you ‘should’ look or feel on your wedding day.
So whether you’re a couple who love the camera, or a pair for whom the thought of professional photography fills you with dread, please relax.
All you have to do is be 100% yourselves; because, quite frankly, you’re awesome just as you are.
YOU’LL HAVE A HELPING HAND THROUGHOUT YOUR WEDDING JOURNEY
When you choose me as your wedding photographer, I’ll shower you with gifts and advice and I will always be at the end of a phone or email should you have a wedding planning wobble!
You’ll receive a free copy of my wedding planning book which is packed with friendly advice about all aspects of planning your wedding.
You’ll also receive a welcome pack with helpful timelines, checklists and handy tips to take all the stress out of wedding planning. It’s my way of thanking you for putting your trust in me and helps to ensure you have the most stress-free experience possible.
YOU CAN ASK ME FOR WEDDING SUPPLIER RECOMMENDATIONS
In my quest to be the best Essex wedding photographer there is, I present a fortnightly podcast called ‘Your Individual Wedding‘.
Each episode features a range of trusted wedding suppliers sharing their tips to help couples just like you to plan the special day you both dream of.
So if you’re still searching for that perfect videographer, can’t find that awesome celebrant, or need inspiration for your bridal dress or wedding outfit, simply subscribe to the podcast.
Wedding photographers are one of the few suppliers that get to see the whole wedding journey, and therefore I get to know which suppliers will also help to make your day magical. I can guarantee that if they’ve been on the podcast, they’re worth checking out.
Frequently Asked Questions
DO YOU DO VIDEOGRAPHY AS WELL?
DO YOU JUST DO GAY / LGBTQ WEDDINGS?
As a gay man it’s incredible that I can now capture weddings for members of the LGBTQ community and I’m lucky enough to be able to say that I am shooting more LGBTQ weddings every year. I also feel strongly that it is really important that LGBTQ couples find it easy to identify and book inclusive wedding suppliers for their special day as the wedding industry in general is a little bit slow when it comes to embracing and celebrating diversity. I therefore make a conscious effort to ensure that all prospective clients know instantly that I run a business based on inclusion and welcoming all members of society.
Does this mean I don’t shoot or don’t enjoy shooting straight couples? Absolutely not!! Who you love, how old you are, what you look like or what your faith is have no impact on the customer service you receive from me. As I have said elsewhere, all I ask from my couples is to be 100% themselves so I can beautifully capture who you are and not who you think you should be.
Everyone is welcome and will be made to feel so.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU ARE ILL ON THE DAY?
HAVE YOU PHOTOGRAPHED AT OUR VENUE BEFORE?
I have photographed at many venues across London and the UK but if I have yet to shoot at your wedding venue that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Photographing a venue for the first time allows me to see things with fresh eyes and come up with creative ways to work within the grounds and buildings. I always love to visit new venues with my couples beforehand to plan where we can take some stunning images and come up with lots of exciting shot ideas. Do not let lack of venue experience put you off booking a photographer that in all other ways seems perfect for you.
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY GUARANTEE
It’s so important to me that you not only enjoy being photographed, but love how you look in the resulting images, that I offer all couples the following guarantee.
Full refund and a complimentary annual anniversary or couple shoot for the first three years of marriage, if you don’t love how you look in your wedding photographs.
PHOTOGRAPHING LOVE IN ESSEX
Whilst I’m originally from the Cotswolds, Chelmsford is now the place I call home and I shoot the majority of my weddings in Essex and across London. What is always evident on my shoots across Essex and the South East, is how beautifully diverse our country is and how much freedom couples have to express themselves and their love for one another. This freedom to live and love authentically is exactly what I celebrate in my work as your wedding photographer.
There will never be any pressure to look or act in a way that does not feel natural to you. Want to be photographed in front of Colchester Castle but really aren’t the hand-holding type? Not a problem. Dreaming of a romantic photoshoot in Leigh-on-Sea but aren’t the kissing on camera kind? Absolutely no pressure from me.
Whether you’re planning on exchanging rings in a religious-led ceremony at Boreham House or looking to swap self-written vows at Creeksea Place Manor House, your comfort is as important to me as my creativity. Once I’ve taken the time to really get to know you both, eradicate any worries, and set expectations for your Essex-based wedding shoot, we can then work collaboratively to capture those joy-infused photographs.
Perhaps I’ll slow down my shutter speed so that your photos show you frozen in time, as a blur of people walk past you. Maybe I will photograph you casually strolling across Galleywood common as Essex residents pause to admire your newlywed glow.
Both on your pre-wedding shoot and on your wedding day itself, I guarantee that you’ll have images that encapsulate your true personalities, whilst also showcasing your favourite Essex locations.
The wonderfully diverse county of Essex fully embraces individuality and so do I. Never will I ask you to be anything other than 100% yourselves.
YOUR ESSEX WEDDING BEAUTIFULLY CAPTURED
Essex offers an unrivalled choice of wedding venues. You can exchange rings in the breathtaking surrounds of Leez Priory or choose to share your first kiss surrounded by the stunning natural scenery of Gaynes park.
After something more historic? The Old Rectory at in Brentwood might just be the wedding venue you are looking for. Alternatively, follow in the footsteps of thouands of happily married couples by hosting your Essex ceremony at Newland Hall.
Regardless of your choice of wedding venue, I’ll be there to photograph each moment faithfully and authentically. What does that mean? It means that on the day, I’ll take a predominately reportage / documentary approach; photographing events as they unfold naturally and only intervening when quickly composing the group shots or setting up my off-camera flash for some nighttime portraits.
It also means that when editing your images, I won’t lazily cover them with generic and faddy filters or tacky Photoshop presets. After all, if you’ve spent the last 18 months finding bridesmaids dresses in the perfect shade of blue, why would you then want me to edit your images so heavily that they look a totally different shade in your wedding photographs?
Book me as your Essex wedding photogrpher and I can guarantee that your photos will be sensitively enhanced, fully rendered and optimised for use both online and in print, whilst still accurately depicting all of the vibrant colours, real emotions and diverse personalities your Essex wedding day will be filled with.
FABULOUS ESSEX WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY WHATEVER THE WEATHER
When your Essex wedding day arrives, I’ll turn up equipped not only with my full photography kit (including spare camera bodies, lenses, batteries and memory cards), but also my ‘Peace of Mind’ pack.
It’s filled with useful items to help provide peace of mind on your special day, so you can concentrate on enjoying every second; from the preparations to the first dance.
Have the beautiful bridesmaid bouquets and glorious table centrepieces triggered your hayfever? Not a problem, I’ve got tissues and allergen tablets. Had one too many glasses of champagne at the post-ceremony drinks reception? Relax, I’ve some got painkillers for you.
I make it my mission to ensure you have the most stress-free and fun-filled wedding day possible.
I’ll even supply clear umbrellas and wellies if the good old Essex weather isn’t looking good. If that happens then please don’t worry, it’s a wonderful opportunity to have fun and get really creative! Come rain or shine, I’ve got your back.
Having spent three years at college in London, intensively studying (and being critiqued on my own) photography, wedding-specific challenges such as low light, bad weather or limited time only result in me raising my game and producing something truly magical.
Most Essex wedding venues also have endless locations for shooting in and / or sheltering from less than ideal conditions. How about warming up with a cuddle under a stunning staircase, or getting arty with some portraits in a grand entrance hall?
Good old Essex eh? Even when it is wet it is still wonderful!
So whether you’re based in Essex, or live further afield (destination weddings are also always something I’m happy to be part of), contact me now to get that ball rolling on creating memories of your (guaranteed to be) incredible wedding day.
HOW TO MAKE AN ESSEX WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER DANCE
I do a little happy dance when your message hits my inbox and always get back to enquiries within 24 hours.
The reason for this super speedy response is not just because I pride myself on being an Essex wedding photographer with exceptional customer service, it’s also because I’m genuinely excited about meeting new couples and finding out about their plans (some might call it being nosey)!
You are one click away from making my day (and from me making yours super special too).