THE GUY BEHINd THE GINGER BEARD

A.K.A
Raymondo.

Hey guys! I’m Ray!

A.K.A The Ginger Ninja, The Photographer, Raymondo. Ive had quite a few names at a wedding. Feel free to call me whatever. Quite possibly the funniest was ‘Ginger Romesh.’ 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!

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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 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 and 2021 + 2020 title victories with Wedisson awards.

Anyway on to some random stuff: Sucker for coffee, camping, hiking and adventure. Guilty pleasure for musicals and some of my favourite films Include The Matrix, Star Wars + anything superhero related, come on who doesn’t love Marvel, right?

The name Sawyer and Sawyer was born along with my son; Tobias (see gremlin above). I thought one day it would be nice to be a father and son team so I named the business Sawyer and Sawyer! I also have a double chance as we now have Elodie too.

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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 loads of Fun, Natural and Creative flair. Please do get in touch. To read more about my style and approach you can check that out here and hopefully chat to you very soon!

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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 loads of Fun, Natural and Creative flair. Please do get in touch. To read more about my style and approach you can check that out here and hopefully chat to you very soon!

OVER 150 AWARDS WON SINCE 2018

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Modern, Fun, Natural, Creative and Awesome wedding photography for couples who love life, don’t take themselves too seriously and are willing to have fun and try new Ideas. Two time Photographer of the year 2021 + 2020; Wedisson Awards. Named one of the Top 100 wedding photographers In the UK by SLR Lounge! 

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