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"Simon's technical skill coupled with an ability to put you at ease with humour and a relaxed nature guarantees he captures your wedding not just as an award winning professional but as a friend.”
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£850
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
Which photographer do you choose? There are lots of us aren't there? It might be tempting to say you are going to choose "the best photographer", but what is "the best" ? It's like deciding who the best musician is; there isn't one. We choose to listen to the ones who's lyrics speak to us, who's music best captures our mood or elevates us from it and I believe it should be the same with artists/photographers.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2010
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 30 and 50
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
1
Reviews
(12)
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Nat and Jack
Happy couple Married on July
July 2022
I couldn’t recommend Simon enough
Simon was the photographer for my wedding on the 2nd July and I couldn’t ask for a better photographer. He had so many great ideas for our couples photos which I’m literally obsessed with. He’s so easy to get on with (and by request he wore the most epic doc martens!) he made the photos fun and not a chore. He was also EVERYWHERE we literally got photos that just happened in the moment and they are just beautiful. I couldn’t recommend Simon enough!! He was amazing! And if your wondering how long do you need your photographer I wish I had booked him for longer as I didn’t want the photos to end! 10/10
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Fran
Happy couple Married on July
July 2022
all the love and happiness of our lovely day
Simon was amazing photographer. He was able capture all the love and happiness of our lovely day. In a mixture of style of photos. He also did amazing job with a bride who has a problem with keeping her eyes open ! He was able to make the group photos look natural and not over staged . Thanks you so much Simon
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Rich
Happy couple Married on June
July 2022
character filled photos of touching moments
Simon was awesome and the photos that he took are fantastic! From the get go Simon met with us to get a feel for what we wanted and to explain a few things about how it works. Throughout the day he was always on point, directing people clearly and ensuring the formal shots were done with "no floating hands". Yet the photos that have blown us away were the more natural shots and the more artistic shots which Simon's judgement was so good on. He blended into the background when not doing formal shots and gained some truly wonderful character filled photos of touching moments, which we will treasure for many years. Thank you Simon, you were one of the best decisions we made when we were planning our wedding!😁
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Mr and Mrs Lashbrook
Happy couple Married on May
July 2022
We are so pleased we chose Simon...
We will try to keep this short, but to save you reading the whole review here's the headline - Simon is absolutely awesome and we believe he would be a great addition to your wedding. In the words of the maid of honour when she saw the first collection of our wedding photos "wow Simon is brilliant, he really knows what he is doing!". Simon has been a delight at every single stage, from our first email getting in touch, to our engagement shoot, to the all important wedding day itself. Neither of us would claim to be confident in front of the camera, yet Simon put us and our guests at ease with his relaxed and funny nature. We are extremely grateful for all of the hard work Simon has put in to make sure our wedding day was captured perfectly. Throughout our contact with Simon he has always gone the extra mile and his enthusiasm for getting the perfect shot is certainly catching! His commitment to the cause actually landed him in a river, or two, and we love him for that. Simon clearly has a passion and a talent for what he does, this shines through in all of the pictures he took on our wedding day. We are so pleased we chose Simon and could honestly write an essay on the reasons you should hire Simon to be your photographer. We definitely think you should choose Simon and we are sure you will love him too. Mr & Mrs Lashbrook
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Erica Bushby
Happy couple Married on November
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
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Kelly Jarman
Happy couple Married on August
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
Location & Contact Details

Address

Bideford, Devon, England

Travel Notes

Look out for the speed cameras near Barnstaple.

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 fun.

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 (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.