I want you to remember how you felt on your wedding day!
Creative, documentary wedding photography by Wes Simpson.
Through the joy of wedding photography I capture the magic and wonder of human interaction. Starting with the bridal preparations I document the story of the day as it unfolds, all the excitement, happiness and raw emotions; from the first look of the designer wedding dress, expressions of love with family and friends, to tender moments as the couple take their first steps as man and wife. I invest my time seeking out images that feel real, soulful and timeless, producing authentic images, that trigger memories and have true emotional value for the Bride and Groom.
I come to your wedding as a trained Visual Storyteller, drawing upon more than 10 years creative media experience working in the Television and Music industry, a related Photography Degree, coupled with ten years as a Professional Wedding Photographer enhances my professionalism and influences the strong cinematic qualities of my work. Soulful story-driven images are blended with artistic natural looking portraits, beautifully mixing colour, fun and personality with contemporary black and whites for detailed storytelling. I am an available light photographer, which means I’m far more interested in capturing the perfect moment than the perfect picture. On a wedding day I’m unobtrusive, I work fast and without big distracting lights in order to produce natural, timeless images without gimmicks.
The education and experience of having photographed a wide variety of UK & Destination Weddings has helped fine-tune my style and approach as a creative documentary wedding photographer. I have the skills and techniques available to direct and subtlety pose to get those must have shots for the album. As amazing as my couples are, I love nothing more than getting creative with them, helping them to shine a little brighter and to look their best for some wow factor, personality led portraits. These are the types of photographs my Brides and Grooms call ‘works of art’ and they proudly hang on their walls.
After the wedding my couples receive a personal online gallery so they can share all the excitement with family and friends. Every wedding I photograph is presented in a beautiful Storybook Wedding Album that takes the viewer on a visual journey of photographic artistry, love and celebration. Skilfully designed pages showcase a logical narrative that combines love, humour and emotion. When turning the pages of my albums the viewer will hear the music and laughter, feel the love, joy and celebration the day brought. The emotional value can be felt as each page is turned in a wedding album to be proud of, for now and future generations.
Below is a small collection of wedding photographs that showcase my creative standard ethics and how I approach a wedding day.
A proud Father tightly holding his daughters hand, the joy on the brides face as she looks at her groom, we don’t see the grooms face (we don’t need to) because we ‘feel’ his emotion from the tender hand placed upon his solders from his best mate.
Pushing through the crack of the door on the morning of a wedding day, I find the father of the bride minding his wife’s handbag whilst rehearsing his speech. The atmosphere of the shot is brought together with the visible price tag on the sole of the new wedding day shoes.
There is tremendous power and value in a well told story. This is from my first Greek Orthodox wedding, taken outside the church of Sait Lazaros in Larnaca. In Greek Orthodox weddings the Groom waits outside the Church and presents the Bride with her bouquet on the morning of the wedding. Upon seeing this picture Yiota, the bride said “Wow, Wes, you shot from the heart, you really captured the tenderness of our relationship and why I love my husband.
Another of my all time favourite pictures, taken at the West Tower wedding venue in Ormskirk, Lancashire. It perfectly sums up the special relationship between the three ladies in the background and the bride. You just know, Dad is fighting back the tears too!
“Wes is really great at getting those classic shots that are so perfect, yet upstaged and natural, They’re the photos you actually want to frame and put on the wall to look at every day” – Amy and Rickie Lambert, bride and groom, Liverpool.
“Love is, sitting in the middle of a bench when there is plenty of room either side”
Thank for taking the time to look through the pictures. On this page, I have selected images that represent what I love about weddings, each image here made ‘feel’ something. If my work makes you feel something, there is a very good chance we’d be a fantastic fit and I’d love to hear from you.
Capturing the heartbeat of the day
Two of my favourite wedding stories...
1. How a child helped me look beyond the obvious- Marley, the heartbeat of a Cyprus wedding. HERE
2. My first ever wedding: A small insight in to how and why I become a wedding photographer. HERE