I live in a small town called Chilton in Durham with my awesome wife Bee and two cute gremlins; Elodie and Tobias.
In a past life I worked In education; IT Support specifically and also In Graphic Design and Web. So alot of technical and creative skills smashed together and wham you get a wedding photographer, or something like that. In all seriousness having lots of skills from previous careers really helps alot with being a photographer!
It all started when I was creating/designing school prospectuses for, you guessed it; schools, all the way back In 2015. Many had rubbish photographs or none at all. So… I did what anyone would do, bought a camera on ebay and binged watched tutorials for a week and I was off and clicking. I literally had no clue what I was doing, haha.
In 2017 I dabbled with a couple of weddings to dip my toe and liked it enough to make the decission to close down my graphics, web, taekwondo and fitness businesses and risk it all on Wedding Photography. Needless to say the gamble paid off as I booked 38 weddings for 2018 – My first full year as a Professional Wedding Photographer.
I held on tight and flew by the seat of my pants. Its been a hell of a ride and love It every day. Since 2018 I have now won 150+ awards and garnered a great reputation In the wedding Industry!
I started out with a five year goal to be one of the best wedding photographers In the UK, a tall order BUT I got there… Being named In the Top 100 UK Wedding Photographers by SLR Lounge, nominated for the Range Finder 30 Rising Stars of wedding photography and other accolades I wont bore you with.
Anyway on to some random stuff: Sucker for coffee, camping, red wine and adventure, not necessarily in that order. Guilty pleasure for musicals; Les Misérables, Phantom of the opera, wicked to name but a few. Some of my favourite films Include The Matrix, Star Wars + anything superhero related, come on who doesn’t love Marvel, right? – Yes, I’m a bit of a geek at heart.
Casillero Del Diablo; Cabernet Sauvignon is my favourite red of choice for the wino’s out there.
So I’ve been on Britain’s Got Talent; actually reached the top 150 In 2008, Guinness World Records: Smashed and a boat load of other appearances In the past as part of my Taekwondo career; I’m a 3rd Dan Black Belt, which a-lot of people don’t know. I left the world of Taekwondo when I started Wedding Photography, knowing I just wouldnt have time for It, I was also ready to step back after almost 17 Years of learning and coaching.
Its crazy to me that I have now photographed over 200 weddings In a very short space of time and best of all, they were all over the UK. I love to travel around our beautiful country for weddings, coffee on the dash, podcasts and open road, love it. I regularly work all over Newcastle, Northumberland, The Lake District as well as shooting weddings In Manchester, York, Edinburgh, Midlands, London and more. I really do get about! I even have a wedding on New Years Eve 2023 near London. That’s gonna get messy.
Now… For the keen eyed eagles out there, you will notice I am Ginger. But a bit of factor 5 million and I’m fine in the sun so if you’re planning a destination wedding, I take on only 3 destination weddings per year, please do get In touch. Some of my bucket list locations are New Zealand, Canada, France, Spain and my number one location; Iceland. Get me to the Blue Lagoon with the Northern Lights and I’ll be like a kid in a sweet shop. Happy Days!
Well surely you’re bored to tears now so… If you think I would be a great fit for you and your wedding and you can see the value In having me capture your day to a very high standard with lots of authentic moments and relaxed portraits. Please do get in touch. To read more about my style and approach you can check that out also and hopefully chat to you very soon!
a few awards
if that’s important.
- Wedding photographer of the quarter – Masters
Jan – Apr 2022
- Wedding photographer of the quarter – Masters
Apr – Jun 2022
- Range Finder 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography Nominee 2021
- Winner of 27 Masters of Wedding Photography UK & IE awards
- 2021 + 2020 Worldwide Number One International Wedding Photographer of the year – Wedisson awards
- Winner of 95 Wedisson awards
- Winner of multiple This Is Reportage, fearless, NineDots awards
- 2020 Top 10 Wedding Photographer of the Year –
Masters of Wedding Photography UK & IE
- Previous Round Judge for Masters of Wedding Photography
- 2021 + 2020 UK Number One Photographer – Wedisson.com – Highest award wins in the UK
- 2021 British Photography Awards – Winner – Wedding Category
- 2021 Top 10 Wedding Photographer of the Year – Photographers Keeping It Real – 7th Place
- 2020 Top 100 Wedding Photographers in the UK + 9 Image Awards – SLR Lounge
- 2020 British Photography Awards – Runner Up – Second Place.
- 2019 Newcomer of the year – Wedding Industry Awards – Regional winner; Yorkshire & North East
- 2019 Top 5 International Wedding Photographer of the Year – Wedisson awards
- The Best 100 Wedding Photos of the Decade – 2 Images selected – Worlds Best Wedding Photos
would very highly recommend ray! the photos are absolutely incredible (i can’t stop looking at them!) he has a fantastic talent and is so easy to get along with, he kept me calm on the morning of our wedding and guests loved him too! thank you so much ray! we hope to see you again soon.
– alex + john
ray sawyer –
I only accept a maximum of 25-30 select weddings per year + only 1 wedding per week, so if you love my work and value what I bring. Get In touch asap.
Included In my collection – I’ll be with you every step of the way from early morning until 10pm – I wont have the engine running Immediately after the first dance. Im there for you guys all day. A wedding doesn’t end after the first dance so why should your photography. Some of the best photos are the night time shenanigans!
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