WHAT MAKES ME TICK

My style +
approach.

Throughout my website and marketing materials you will see my motto
FUN + NATURAL + CREATIVE = AWESOME.

This Is how I approach each and every wedding. Constantly looking for these elements during the day and where possible adding all three elements Into one photograph to produce something truly awesome! I love to let weddings unfold naturally, allowing you and your guests to be yourselves with zero awkwardness, zero shot lists and definitely no cheesy posing!

My style +
approach.

Throughout my website and marketing materials you will see my motto
FUN + NATURAL + CREATIVE = AWESOME.

This Is how I approach each and every wedding. Constantly looking for these elements during the day and where possible adding all three elements Into one photograph to produce something truly awesome! I love to let weddings unfold naturally, allowing you and your guests to be yourselves with zero awkwardness, zero shot lists and definitely no cheesy posing!

South Causey Inn Wedding Photographer 040 1

Your story.

My driving force on your wedding journey Is to document your story, your friends and your family In a fun, natural and creative way. Creating photographs that are modern and unique

From the time you book with me to the final delivery of your Images I am there for you and your story. Soaking In the atmosphere of the wedding and enjoying It. Throughout the wedding day I document awesome moments In a very natural and unposed manner whilst adding creativity to deliver Images that are unique to you and your story.

Every wedding Is different and that’s why I love what I do! I love the feeling of leaving a wedding and feeling part of the family – There’s nothing better and Is truly my aim with every wedding I photograph.

It’s been said numerous times “It was like having a friend capture our day” – That’s the way It should be.

You will find me right In the action, at close quarters, you won’t see me skirting the wall with a long lens. I believe In documenting the story closely and with energy. I can usually be found laughing with your guests, often I’m the one making people laugh. Being close really helps your friends and family feel comfortable with me and allows me to document moments that I wouldn’t otherwise capture if they were uneasy.

This Is why laughing loads throughout your day and chatting with friends + family Is so Important to how I work, meaning I can capture your wedding from within, just like a friend at the wedding!

Modern, Fun
Natural + Creative.

Modern, Fun
Natural + Creative.

Fun Creative Wedding Photographer 001

I class myself as a Modern wedding photographer. Which Is just a fancy way of saying I like to create photographs that look like they were captured this century. Wedding photography can sometimes look dated and very posed with little to no fun. Its the 21st century not the 19th; right?

I always get the ‘Mantlepiece’ shot – facing camera – you know the one. The must have portrait for mum and gran, BUT, after that It’s fair game with creativity and fun.

Quick Note: If you take yourselves too serious – Im probably not the guy for you.

Jumping through the air, howling like a wolf, whispering dirty words In your partners ear, whatever It takes to create awesome Images of you both laughing your backs off and generally having an awesome time – Now that’s exciting and fun! After the wedding, you should be telling your friends how bad your cheeks hurt from laughing during your portraits, not depressed becuase you were bored and sick of the photographer.

The more open to creative Ideas you are the better as It really helps to drive unique and Innovative photographs.

I hate nothing more than someone saying – “Most photographers will do (Insert photograph) over by (Insert location)” – They get a polite ‘Thanks’ and Ill take you somewhere completely different (unless you really want that shot of course). Why would taking the same photograph as hundreds of other photographers appeal to me or even to you as a couple. Your photographs should reflect you and your story not be replicas of the same shot done countless times. 

If my modern, fun, natural and creative way of working sounds right up your street and you can see the value In having me document your day – Please get in touch as soon as possible. I recieve over 300 enquires every year and book up around 18 months to two years In advance!

Look forward to hearing from you and creating some awesome Images!

Fun Creative Wedding Photographer 001

I class myself as a Modern wedding photographer. Which Is just a fancy way of saying I like to create photographs that look like they were captured this century. Wedding photography can sometimes look dated and very posed with little to no fun. Its the 21st century not the 19th; right?

I always get the ‘Mantlepiece’ shot – facing camera – you know the one. The must have portrait for mum and gran, BUT, after that It’s fair game with creativity and fun.

Quick Note: If you take yourselves too serious – Im probably not the guy for you.

Jumping through the air, howling like a wolf, whispering dirty words In your partners ear, whatever It takes to create awesome Images of you both laughing your backs off and generally having an awesome time – Now that’s exciting and fun! After the wedding, you should be telling your friends how bad your cheeks hurt from laughing during your portraits, not depressed becuase you were bored and sick of the photographer. The more open to creative Ideas you are the better as It really helps to drive unique and Innovative photographs.

I hate nothing more than someone saying – “Most photographers will do (Insert photograph) over by (Insert location)” – They get a polite ‘Thanks’ and Ill take you somewhere completely different (unless you really want that shot of course). Why would taking the same photograph as hundreds of other photographers appeal to me or even to you as a couple. Your photographs should reflect you and your story not be replicas of the same shot done countless times. 

If my modern, fun, natural and creative way of working sounds right up your street and you can see the value In having me document your day – Please get in touch as soon as possible. I recieve over 300 enquires every year and book up around 18 months to two years In advance!

Durham Castle Wedding Photographer 552

I love light.

If you have spent any time at all on my portfolio or checked out some of the wedding stories – you will see I love light. This can be harsh sunlight which creates bright whites and dark blacks or artifical light using flashguns. Flashguns or speedlights as they are more commonly known allow me to create awesome Images even In the worst lighting conditions. I wouldnt like to float my own boat and call myself a master but I am pretty darn good with lighting and Is a key part of how I work. 

More and more I try to use flash throughout the day, dont worry they are usually set on low power – you won’t have a blinding light going off In your face. I love to use natural light also If available but adding a pop of light can really elevate a photograph, even with natural light.

My flashes are almost always Off-Camera meaning they are on light-stands In corners hidden out of sight so don’t worry about seeing me with a giant flash on top of my camera.

Off-Camera flash helps me to give a pop of ooh-la-la to an Image and has helped me win countless awards. My skills, knowledge and experience with flash lighting allow me to tackle any situation and create beautiful photographs. Using speedlights I can Isolate couples In a room full of people so it looks like it was just them, add colour to backgrounds for added Interest or even transform a boring corridor Into a work of art. The only limitation is my Imagination – I try my best to create something unique at every wedding!

It’s your
wedding day.

I love the saying ‘Treat people how you wish to be treat’. I think this Is a great statement of fact. So when I think about my wedding I didnt want to be stood for 40 minutes while we played the generation game with my family and guests doing hundreds of group family photos or being dragged away from my family and friends for 2 hours for couple portraits. No doubt you are the same. With that In mind I value how important the family group photos can be especially with the grandparents, you know why, without sounding morbid. So I love to spend 10 minutes to 15 minutes creating group photos of your VIP party; Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Parents, Grandparents etc. If your looking for 60 different group photos that will take 40 minutes; Im not the guy for you. 

Obviously I am there for you and can create as many group photos as you want but going overboard on group photos stops me from documenting awesome moments, so It’s best to keep them to a minimium. For your portraits I will tend to find two 10-15 minute slots In the day when your guests wont miss you. I don’t want to drag you away when your having fun. The summer months are great for this as the sun doesnt set until late so there Is plenty of time to create portraits. Winter months the sun sets early so from experience portraits must be done straight after the group photos as you will then sit down for your wedding breakfast and it will go dark! So after reading all this the main take away Is; It’s your big day, not a photoshoot!

Hardwick Hall Covid Wedding Photographer 1736

I love the saying ‘Treat people how you wish to be treat’. I think this Is a great statement of fact. So when I think about my wedding I didnt want to be stood for 40 minutes while we played the generation game with my family and guests doing hundreds of group family photos or being dragged away from my family and friends for 2 hours for couple portraits. No doubt you are the same. With that In mind I value how important the family group photos can be especially with the grandparents, you know why, without sounding morbid. So I love to spend 10 minutes to 15 minutes creating group photos of your VIP party; Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Parents, Grandparents etc. If your looking for 60 different group photos that will take 40 minutes; Im not the guy for you. Obviously I am there for you and can create as many group photos as you want but going overboard on group photos stops me from documenting awesome moments, so It’s best to keep them to a minimium. For your portraits I will tend to find two 10-15 minute slots In the day when your guests wont miss you. I don’t want to drag you away when your having fun. The summer months are great for this as the sun doesnt set until late so there Is plenty of time to create portraits. Winter months the sun sets early so from experience portraits must be done straight after the group photos as you will then sit down for you wedding breakfast and it will go dark! So after reading all this the main take away Is; It’s your big day, not a photoshoot!

Ray Sawyer Wedding Photographer Best Of 20 78
Lake District Wedding Photographer 017

Let’s do this.

If you love my work and style and will value the creativty, fun and natural approcah I will bring to your wedding, please get In touch ASAP. I recieve over 300 enquiries per year; so dates go quicker than sweet bags at a party! I only take on a limited number of weddings per year so that you get the very best of me, my skills, my creativity and my knowledge. Let’s work together and create amazing photographs.

OVER 150 AWARDS WON SINCE 2018

fearless photographer durham avatar
masters photographer durham avatar
ninedots photographer newcastle avatar
tir photographer newcastle avatar
top 100 wedding photographers uk avatar
wedisson photographer durham avatar

AWARD WINNING WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
FUN + NATURAL + CREATIVE = AWESOME

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! 

ray sawyer photographer stag logo 01

I LOVE A
GOOD COFFEE