GRAHAM NIXON PHOTOGRAPHY · HAMPSHIRE · SURREY · LONDON
DOCUMENTARY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY AND ALBUMS TO DIE FOR
WEDDINGS AT MY FAVOURITE VENUES
Hello, I’m Graham, an engagement and wedding photographer based on the Hampshire and Surrey border close to Farnham and Guildford and within easy reach of West London including Twickenham, Richmond-upon-Thames and Kew. To the South I cover Basingstoke, Winchester and the New Forest but above all I am a full time professional photographer with years of experience capturing photos of people and telling their stories through award winning wedding photography.
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY & FOLIO ALBUMS
I specialise in presenting my documentary photography images in fine art wedding albums and prints and also PhotoFilms which bring your day to life with photos and music.
I really do think that I’ve found a better way of photographing weddings and engagements. I work hard to blend in and not stand out. You won’t ever find me on a ladder with a loud-hailer shouting directions. I certainly won’t be making a fuss with complicated lighting setups and I wouldn’t dream of pausing the ceremony so I could get a photo of the rings. With my fly-on-the-wall approach most guests assume that I’m actually a guest myself who just happens to have a nice camera. This way they feel more comfortable and behave more naturally than if they thought they were being photographed by a professional resulting in more flattering, unposed photos that you’ll all love. Just as importantly, I’ll make YOU feel at ease for the all important portrait session and I promise to keep the group photos to just half a dozen or so with close family and friends and then I’ll leave you alone to enjoy the drinks reception. I won’t set up fake moments or photo opportunities just for the camera. Instead, I specialise in capturing all of the beautiful moments of a wedding as they happen, without interfering. It’s much harder than setting everything up but I love the challenge and the results are unbeatable.
My style has at various times been called photojournalist, editorial, contemporary, creative and reportage. Although it’s unlikely any of those labels fit the way I approach a commission or thing about photography it is true to say that the great photographers of the past, from Diane Arbus to Jeanloup Sieff and Sabastiao Salgado definitely influenced me heavily and made me see photography as an art form rather than a mechanical process. I always think the most important thing at a wedding is the people. It’s lovely to have photos of wedding cakes and dresses like you’ve seen in the wedding magazines but in 40 or 50 years time it will be the people in your wedding album that your Grandchildren will be interested in.
I even find that a photojournalistic wedding photography approach is perfect for portrait photography too. It has nothing to do with 500 megapixel cameras and everything to do with connecting with people which is why I always recommend a pre wedding shoot to make sure you’re going to not only love your wedding pictures but will feel confident on your wedding day that I’m capturing everything perfectly and we can use your wedding venue as the backdrop.
I also accept a small number of family photo commissions each year and find that my documentary or photojournalist approach results in photos parents treasure so much more than the results from a high street photography studio.
WHY BOOK ME?
I don’t think that wedding photographers prices should be any different just because the word wedding is included. I charge exactly the same rate whether it’s wedding photography, portrait photography or corporate and editorial photography. A photo of a building shouldn’t cost a Bride more than it would cost an architect.
THE BEST ALBUMS AT REALISTIC PRICES
I exclusively work with Folio Albums which I consider to be the best available anywhere in the world. Of course, quality doesn’t come cheap but I work in an efficient way to make sure that my time designing your album doesn’t make it unaffordable.
FUNKY PHOTOFILMS INCLUDED IN THE FEE
Your photos set to music and ready for your iPhone or iPad. Share online with family and friends that couldn’t make it to the big day.
Free photo downloads for your wedding guests. Nobody else does this!
If you’re still reading then the conventional way of doing things is of little interest to you and you’re determined to make your wedding and your photography an expression of your personalities and your love for each other. You probably found my website while searching for something different to what your parents had at their wedding, or maybe you were a guest at a wedding with stuffy formal photos and realised that when it came to your own big day you wouldn’t want the photography taking over. I’m hoping that of all of the websites you’ve looked at this one feels more like how you are and the way you like to do things.
I hope it makes you feel excited about all of the wonderful photos you’ll have of your own wedding, photos that will mean something and capture the spirit of the day as it happened. My photography has been described as alternative, unconventional, informal, quirky, sincere, stylish, soulful and artistic. I care passionately about creating photos for my clients that they will treasure for years to come. If this sounds like the kind of photography you’ve been dreaming of then I would love to hear from you. I’m available to photograph at wedding venues in Hampshire, Surrey and London but if you’re planning a destination wedding please get in touch as I love to travel.
Graham Nixon is a Wedding Photographer based on the Hampshire, Surrey border but is available for commissions in Sussex, Wiltshire, Berkshire and London. Although I also undertake corporate, editorial and family photography I am primarily known for my work as a hampshire wedding photographer who not only produces photos that capture the connections between people but I also create PhotoFilms which bring it all to life. Now you don’t have to choose between a wedding photographer or a videographer because your wedding budget is getting stretched. This way you can have all of the photography, a film of your day and a beautifully designed album.
Here’s an example of a PhotoFilm from way back in 2007:
New for 2013 is PhotoFilm+ with recorded audio from the wedding vows and speeches added to your photos so you can relive your wedding on your iPhone, iPad or TV.
Throughout my blog you will find photographs from the best wedding venues in Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and London including:
Avington Park, near Winchester in Hampshire, Bury Court Barn Farnham, see more work as a Farnham Wedding Photographer, Chewton Glen in the New Forest, Clandon Park near Guildford Surrey, The Elvetham Hotel, one of my favourite wedding venues in Hampshire and close to my studio, Gate Street Barn in Bramley near Guildford, the rather magnificent Hampton Court House in West London, Highfield Park, Kew Gardens including the Nash Conservatory, Orangery and Cambridge Cottage. Lainston House, Winchester holds the record for the venue I have seen most action as a wedding photographer, Loseley Park, another wedding venue near Guildford has stunning natural light, ideal for wedding photos, Northbrook Park near farnham, probably the best wedding venue in Surrey, the majestic One Whitehall Place London, on the banks of the River Thames is one of the darkest wedding venues in London but also one of the most wonderful. Orleans House Gallery, Richmond Hill Hotel, The Bingham and Pembroke Lodge mean couples from Twickenham and Richmond don’t have to look far for a perfect wedding venue. The Rectory in Crudwell, close to Malmesbury in Wiltshire is probably the most relaxed wedding venue in the UK with Stoke Place closer to London having the same vibe, even though the difference in scale makes this surprising. Wasing Park near Newbury has quickly established itself as a favourite for wedding photographs and of course an honourable mention has to go to Rivervale Barn in Hampshire and the lovely Warbrook House. I do just have to mention the I once photographed a wedding at Westminster Abbey, just so you know : )
I hope you’ve found the right wedding photographer for you and I would love to be able to photograph every wedding in the UK but unfortunately I can only realistically take on 40 wedding photography commissions each year so even though you may want to spend some time looking for another few award winning wedding photographers please do get in touch soon as dates can book quickly at peak times of the year. Not ready to book yet? Let’s meet up and I’ll talk you through my unique approach and why I’m convinced it’s the way all photographers will work in the future.