Award-Winning Wedding Photographer London
Hello! I'm Harry
Thanks for finding me and I hope you enjoy looking over my lifestyle and wedding photography.
If you're celebrating your own life event or you're newly engaged, many congratulations to you both!
2023 marks the beginning of my third decade as a professional wedding photographer. It's been a creative responsibility and rare privilege to be part of so many special occasions with my camera.
I love living in London, a city the world calls home. Here's to all the fun and adventures in the years to come!
"Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken."
Whether your church wedding bells chime alongside Big Ben or you're gathered in the hushed corridors of Marylebone registry office, your wedding is part of long tradition of happy celebrations in one of the great cities of the world. A discrete documentary record of your marriage vows while you focus on the most important part of the day.
Taking pictures guerrilla style on the bustling streets of London is a once in a lifetime experience as people stop their busy lives to wish you well. The square mile also has a multitude of small parks and peaceful sanctuaries to enjoy couple time reportage portraits with your new spouse.
I never photograph 'style shoots'. All the wedding images on my site are real couples on their wedding day.
It’s my job to photograph them for you!
We all have a default 'photo face' which ideally slips when we're having a rollicking good time! I want to focus on you as you focus on each other. My wish is that you experience your Big Day, present in the moment with your nearest and dearest.
I'm a calm presence, exploring your day through my silent camera and flying below the radar. Wedding guests often mistake me as another Usher so that really helps! Apart from stepping up to quickly arrange the groups and shoot a few relaxed portraits, I thrive on an open brief.
We look our best when we're simply being ourselves.
Stories Well Told
The Wedding Photojournalist Association has awarded Harry over 30 winning pictures and a Top 10 global title. He ranked #1 London Wedding Photographer in 2017. He’s a Fearless award winner and has a further 5 This Is Reportage awards.
In 2020, Harry won the People's Choice wedding category at the Event Photography Awards in London and was a runner up in a further 3 categories in 2022.
Awards are nice but nothing is more important than Happy Couples.
Check out Harry's Testimonials below...
Available on your Photohub
Queensberry books & albums designed for you and imported to London from New Zealand. Artisan prints & Kaleidoscope frames made in the UK.
Every wedding includes a cloud based Photohub with integrated store. Couples can choose to share download access with friends and family as they wish.
What to expect before...
I publish my transparent London wedding photography prices in full so there are no surprises. All my services include high resolution edited images, delivered digitally with no watermarks once downloaded. I include travel expenses in London as standard.
A typical wedding doesn't exist but 8-10 hours coverage is my average coverage.
If you’re marrying outside London or overseas and you'd like me to provide a competitive photography quote including travel, please get in touch. There may also be sundry expenses for weddings photographed outside Greater London. I'll discuss up front and provide a fixed price for your peace of mind. For overseas destination weddings, I offer a fixed price option to include 2 travel days and expenses. Flights are additional.
I'm keen to meet you for a coffee or a drink before you book me as your photographer. It's so important that you feel confident we're on the same page about your wedding photography from the get go. I'm based in Islington near Kings Cross on the Piccadilly line but happy to meet you anywhere in Central London. If you're marrying in the Big City, it might be just as easy to meet at your church or London venue instead of a quiet Soho pub or Teahouse.
If you're ready to proceed, I'll send you a booking form and request a £350 deposit to hold the date. Once received, we’re all set!
Around a month before I'll be in touch with a list of questions so you know I'll be in the right place at the right time. Having your group photo list in advance will help me order things efficiently and you can also clue me in about anything important. It may be useful to have another chat over the phone at this point. In any case, I'll check in during the week before.
I'm an optimist but I always hope for the best and plan for the worst. Does your celebrant at St. Paul's restrict photography during the ceremony? What if it rains in July? Unlikely but this is England! Better to figure it out ahead of time rather than face it unprepared on the day.
I've attended every wedding I've been booked for but I'm connected with a great network of other London wedding photographers. Just in case.
I carry professional indemnity insurance and £10m public liability cover.
Whether they're professional wedding suppliers or lifelong friends, surround yourself with a reliable wedding team so you're comfortable delegating on the day.
What to expect on the day...
I'll plan to arrive in good time to familiarise myself with your layout, regardless of whether I've photographed there previously. In fact, seeing what options the light is providing is generally more important for me than venue layout.
Consider finishing your bridal hair and wedding makeup early. Get into your wedding togs with half an hour to spare. Spend that time with a glass of bubbles instead of wedding dress stress!
People are my main focus but I lean in and step back to capture your day in full. Instead of filling time staging setups from a check list, I snatch fleeting instances of the flowers, cake and wider venue in the context of the action. Whether it’s a short Elopement at The Old Marylebone Town Hall or an Epic Fairytale at Westminster Cathedral in the heart of the City, I want to create a photographic smorgasbord for you to pour over!
For your group photos, it’s advisable to manage the expectations of your family members and other VIPs in advance. Extra requests on the day may take more time than you'd like. You can let me know how long you'd like to ring fence for formal group photos and couple time portraits. We can work backwards from there to make sure your posed pictures don’t eat into your reception or cocktail hour!
With the best will in the world, weddings rarely stick to time. Plan buffer time for the pinch points in your time table so you can relax if delays occur. London is a busy capital and travelling through the square mile can take longer than expected. If there’s a significant overrun, I’ll check in before I finish to see if you’d like to extend your photography coverage pro rata.
Professionally I use state of the art Sony A1 mirrorless cameras with fast prime lenses for reliability and speed. I have two of everything important and usually shoot silently so no shutter noise or unnecessary flashes. Preserving calm during the quiet moments is key.
Film photography lover? I also enjoy shooting London street photography on film using my vintage Leica M4 or Hasselblad 500c. As a pastime, it’s brilliant meditation! With so many brief moments to collect, film is rarely practical at a wedding sadly. Shooting with modern mirrorless gear improves my batting average enormously! Let me know if you’re keen for me to shoot a roll of film and we can discuss when it might be feasible.
Most importantly, do your day your way. Fancy drinking champagne inside a red phone box? Do it! Hitch a ride on a vintage London bus? Hell yes! There's no need to keep up with the Joneses nor suppress your burning desire to play things differently! Have. Fun.
Any tags online are appreciated! @harryrichardsphotography on Instagram or @reportography on Facebook.
What to expect after...
I'll curate a dozen or so previews within a week to keep you going while I edit your final wedding collection.
I aim to deliver within 30 working days and you'll receive an edited image for every minute of coverage. So for 9 hours coverage you can expect 540+ edited images. My editing process involves a great deal of care and time. The cull alone takes several hours and then I do additional manual passes. Firstly for levels, cropping and spot cleans. Secondly for colour, density and masking. I've experimented using third party editors and AI software but prefer DIY!
I shoot all images in colour and toggle black & white during the edit to see if it's an improvement. Most couples allow me discretion here but please feel free to guide me if you have a strong preference one way or the other.
I’ve started including a popular bonus wedding gallery comprised of my highlights. I call these alternate edits ‘Kodak Moments’ where I play around with vintage film simulations, including Kodachrome and Aerochrome. I’m keen to avoid editing gimmicks but there’s a timelessness to the photochemical era that makes me very happy!
Your balancing payment is due once I've delivered your collection. Full download access via your wedding Photohub follows on receipt of your payment. You'll have integrated access to professional printing, framing and Queensberry Album services for 5+ years.
If you'd like your Queensberry wedding album in time for Christmas, consider that it's by far their busiest period of the year. The cutoff to begin the design process is usually mid to late October. The design must be signed off so that production can begin in mid November. Frame orders usually need to be ordered by the start of December and prints by mid December.
I retain copyright of your images which is pretty standard practice for professional wedding photographers. Because I licence your pictures for personal use in perpetuity, this shouldn’t cause any real world restrictions. You’re welcome to share your download PIN with your guests or make prints and albums through any third party of your choice. If you want to use your pictures for commercial purposes then you’d just need to clear that with me first. I’m delighted for you to share your pictures as widely as possible so it’ll almost certainly be an enthusiastic ‘Yes’!
I'm not VAT registered so no tax is applicable on top of my transparent wedding photography prices. Worth checking this on your wedding quotes generally.