Beamish Hall Wedding Photography

Ray Sawyer's photography offers a unique, relaxed approach, crafting editorial images for fashion-conscious couples. Grounded in collaboration, trust, and a documentary style. Ray works throughout the UK and Europe wherever his clients and their stories take him!


Firstly, thanks so much for stopping by to check out my work. I’ve been a full-time wedding photographer since 2018 and have now documented over 300+ weddings throughout the UK and Europe including London, The Cotswolds, Cheshire, Warwickshire, Essex, Bristol, Italy and of course the North East of England where I am based. Over the years I’ve also won in excess of 150 industry awards – If that’s important to you, please click here for a rundown.

My photography is driven by human interaction and emotion, observing and documenting the beautiful authentic and honest moments.

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It still blows my mind that I’ve been documenting weddings for over 9 years and at some of the nicest venues the UK has to offer such as Middleton Lodge, Grantley Hall, Ragley Hall, Charlton Hall, Cripps Barn and a host of other beautiful wedding venues. Not to mention being fortunate enough to document amazing destination weddings in Europe at luxury villas such as Villa Di Ulignano in Tuscany; Italy!

My goal on your wedding day is to document your story, your friends, your family – I often use the phrase – ‘It’s a wedding day, not a photoshoot.’ This statement sums up my approach pretty well as I allow you to be you, to enjoy your wedding, to embrace friends and family. Documenting your wedding day as authentically and honestly as I can drives my entire style and approach.

Reading reviews you will quickly see lovely compliments about my photography, but, more importantly they frequently focus on ‘me’ and how I was ‘part of the family’ on the day, which is always my aim. I love to use the phrase ‘It’s like having a friend at the wedding but with expensive gear’.

I’m Ray on your wedding day rather than ‘The Photographer’. You’ll find me right in the action, at close quarters. I can be found laughing with guests, often I’m the one making people laugh. I believe in documenting your story from within which gives the viewer of the final images a sense they were there feeling the atmosphere, light, emotion and interactions of your wedding day.

Being up close and personal allows guests to feel comfortable which in turn allows me to document moments that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to capture. This is why laughing a lot throughout the day and chatting to guests is so important to my photography.

If you have a few minutes I really recommend you read my approach page which covers my entire photographic approach to weddings. If your in love with my work, you think I would be a perfect fit for your wedding, then please do get in touch as soon as possible. I am fortunate to take over 250+ enquiries per year and only book a select 30 couples in order to give 100% to each one.

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