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The most important thing about me: I like people. I know you might have been expecting me to use words like portrait, documentary and art, but honestly, the thing that makes me: is that.
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£570
Details

Products and Services

Bridal Prep Shots
Back-Up Equipment
Flexible Hours on the Day
Stay Through Speeches
Stay Through Dancing
Pre-Wedding Venue Visit
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Images on USB
Large Group Shots
Personal Online Gallery

Photography Style

Reportage / Documentary
Modern
Artistic
Dramatic
Traditional / Classic
Full Description
I believe that recent feedback is the best way to illustrate the type of photographer (and person) I am (and means more to me than the awards I've received): "We both just wanted to say a massive thank you for such an incredible day at our wedding from the moment you arrived at my Mums house you became part of the family everybody loved you, you were so calm professional and you put everyone at ease the photos that we have received are out of this world we love them so much they literally tell our love story, it was fun to even have a dance with you. I would definitely highly recommend simon as you can tell he cares and is passionate about his job thank you once again from the new Mr and Mrs Passmore aka vicky and Kevin xxxx" "Thank you SOOOOOOO much for our amazing wedding photos honestly they are just stunning I can’t wait to get them in frames the whole flat will be covered in them! I definitely have my favourites but they are all just gorgeous and totally capture the whole day we laughed and cried our way through all of them. We honestly can’t thank you enough for just being part of our day and being there for both of us thank you so much Lots of love us xxx" "All my guests were singing praises of you..." "you were utterly incredible! We couldn't have wished for a more fun, genuine and fantastic photographer for our day. It felt like you were a guest! You made us all feel at ease, you laughed, and it felt like we became friends instantly. Those photos have left me and Darren bursting with excitement to see the rest! I can't wait. You are an absolute gem, thank you just doesn't seem enough." "Can’t explain how much we LOVE our wedding photos and it was a pleasure having Simon join us for our special day." "Oh WOW Simon our wedding photos are just amazing they are so beautiful we can’t thank you enough. I’ve picked two of my favs to go in the flat already they are just so gorgeous thank you thank you thank you "😘

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Simon Whatley
Simon is a professional photographer in North Devon specialising in wedding photography; with a background not just in photography but in theatre, visual arts and writing: telling a story is the most important thing to him. He sometimes talks about himself in the third person too.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2010
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 30 and 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
1
Reviews
(8)
(8)
Erica Bushby
Married in November 2021
February 2022
100% recommend him to others!
Simon was absolutely fantastic on our wedding day! Completely blended in and took some amazing natural photos by doing so! I wouldn't hesitate to use Simon again and would 100% recommend him to others! He really put his all into our photos and we had them back so quickly! Again, thank you so much Simon
Kelly Jarman
Married in August 2021
February 2022
I had to have him capture photos for my wedding
I first met Simon when he took photos at my sisters wedding and I was so impressed that I had to have him capture photos for my wedding day. He is fantastic at what he does and provides you with amazing photographic memories to treasure for a lifetime. Highly recommended
Lesley Wooldridge
Wedding: August 2020
February 2022
Highly recommended
Beautiful wedding photos done for my daughters wedding on Westwood Ho beach. Highly recommended (sic)
Adrian Stephen Richards
Married in January 2020
February 2022
Just booked
Just booked simon for our wedding on the 24th oct this year.. he was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful and made us feel comfortable and at ease instantly.. hes got a brilliant down to earth personality with a fun sense of humour and a cheeky side which is something we personally wanted in our photographer to match us and our guests.. really looking forward to our special day with you. Thanks simon
Vicky and Kevin
Married in October 2019
February 2022
everybody loved you
We both just wanted to say a massive thank you for such an incredible day at our wedding from the moment you arrived at my Mums house you became part of the family everybody loved you, you were so calm professional and you put everyone at ease the photos that we have received are out of this world we love them so much they literally tell our love story, it was fun to even have a dance with you. I would definitely highly recommend simon as you can tell he cares and is passionate about his job thank you once again from the new Mr and Mrs Passmore aka vicky and kevin xxxx
Ashley Rabicano
Wedding: September 2019
February 2022
we really apprciated your calmness and experience
We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you so much for your lovely photographs of our children. On the day, we really apprciated your calmness and experience, especially with working with a toddler! You made the children feel completely relaxed and the photographs taken were such a fun aspect of such an amazing day. You have captured so many fantastic shots and truly helped to provide some vey special memories of the day. Thanks again so much, we will treasure them forever. We will be definitely recommending you to our friends!
Location & Contact Details

Address

Bideford, Devon, England

Travel Notes

I'm sure we'll work this out between us nearer the time. x

Nearest Town

Bideford

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M5, J27

Nearest Train Station

Barnstaple

Nearest Airport

Exeter

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Simon Whatley
FAQ
(10)

What is your most memorable wedding?

Either: Polly and Darren at Tunnels Beach, it was the first time I'd seen an argument between a £5000 dress and a sparkler (luckily her husband is a member of The London Fire Brigade and there were several other members there). Or when Sarah and Simon sent me about 5 WhatsApp photos of their house decorated in dozens of photographs I'd made for them at their wedding.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Friendly, knowledgeable, empathetic, tenacious and thoughtful.

What about your business are you most proud of?

I love the fact that I immerse myself into families and friendships to be able to record the event from the inside not as a snipper wandering around the perimeter.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Buy or make table and venue decorations that you can use in your home afterwards, they'll bring lasting memories.

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

Dogs. I love it when a couple bring their dogs to a wedding.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

We have a chat via email, plan a phone-call or a Zoom chat (eeeek), have an initial meeting involving coffee where I learn all about your wedding, you the couple, your friends and family.

What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?

Give YOUR phone/camera to a friend, let them take photos of you (not selfies); have photos of yourself from another's perspective.

What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?

I was shooting a wedding at Tapeley Park and many of the young men dressed in Peaky Blinders suits, which inspired me, so I grabbed three of the guys, we went onto the croquet lawn and they held the croquet mallets over their shoulders in iconic threatening poses (not very "wedding", but it has to be the most original shot I've taken at one).

What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?

Smiles and transparent umbrellas. I bring both.

Describe how you got into photography.

I've always owned a camera, I have boxes and boxes of photos of family and friends from when we grew up. I trained in black and white photography a family-friend's darkroom and shot my first few weddings on black and white film only. I specialised in non-digital image projection whilst studying at university. Nowadays I shoot digital cameras and I love them; I'm able to deliver to you hundreds and hundreds of photographs in both colour and black and white (so you can choose which you prefer) that tell the whole story of your day. I love my job.