J.P.R.Shah Photography

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Axe-wielding, shisha-smoking, bandanna-wearing, bushy-bearded wedding photographer based in Northumberland, creating epic images for fun-loving couples!
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Products and Services

Bridal Prep Shots
Back-Up Equipment
Online Proofing
Stay Through Speeches
Stay Through Dancing
Large Group Shots
Online Shop
Second Shooter Available
Wedding Albums
Personal Online Gallery
Pre-Wedding Venue Visit
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Images on USB

Photography Style

Reportage / Documentary
Traditional / Classic
Full Description
My name is John Patrick Reid Shahabeddin and I'm a wedding photographer. I live in rural Northumberland with my wife, Christina; my son, Arthur-Felix; my black lab, Treacle Toffee; and my adopted cat, Figgy Pud. I have a second base in Lancashire, too, and shoot weddings all over the UK, and abroad. I'm a bit rubbish at writing these things, so here's seven reasons to consider having me join you for your nuptials: 1. I have a camera, three in fact, which is kind of essential, I know. 📸 I also have three axes. These are not really essential. But cool. ⚔️ 2. I'm tremendously easy going, so defo won't be a goon with you or your guests. I may even flirt with your mum a bit. Sorry. 😘 3. I wear a kilt to your big day, so regularly flash my balls by complete accident. Most people find this funny, which makes for good natural pics. 🍒 4. I wear a bandanna, and sometimes braids in my hair. Depending on their age, I often get called "Fat Captain Jack" or "Fat Axle Rose" by guests. I dig this. 🧣 5. I've been doing this for quite a while now, so I know how stuff goes down at a wedding. Nothing really surprises me, like the weather. Except that one time when a nightwatchman thought the bride and groom and I were dogging in an abbey during a nighttime shoot. That did surprise me. ☀️⛈️☔ 6. I have a beard, my favourite animal is the brown bear, and I like prosecco a little more than my other bearded friends would like. Screw them. Prosecco tastes good. 🧔🐻🥂 7. I like to inject a little bit of me into the way I do things, but a lot of you in your pictures. When you look through your pics, I want you to experience your wedding day again, not just see it. I want a vial of the tears of unfathomable joy from you in the post. They are the best oil for my beard, and taste sublime. 🧐🤩 If these points are tickling your pickle, you like the sound of me and love my work, I'd really like to hear from you and find out about your big day. Hit that message button so we can chat!

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: John Shahabeddin
Hey There! Thank you for taking the time to view my profile! If you're looking for a fun and quirky photographer to capture some epic images of your big day, then you've come to the right place. I'm a firm believer that clicking with people is just as important as clicking the shutter and take great care to make sure that my images not only reflect good photography, but also your personalities and love for each other. Take a look around and get in touch!


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
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Location & Contact Details


2 Reservoir Cottages, Catcleugh, Northumberland, NE19 1TX, England

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Press & Awards

Accreditations / Associations (1)

The Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers - Member

Industry Awards (5)

The 2018 Wedding Industry Awards - Regional Finalist - North East & Yorkshire
The 2020 Wedding Industry Awards - Regional Finalist - North East & Yorkshire

What is your most memorable wedding?

I've had lots! I have shot in a lighthouse twice! Climbing to the top for some pictures was epic! The one wedding that stands out for me is quite a funny story. The couple and I headed out at about 11pm one cold December night to capture some nighttime shots in a ruined Abbey. The Nightwatchman at first was very reluctant to let us in as he thought we were doggers! After some silky-smooth talking, I got him to unlock the gates and let us in. It was pitch-black dark, and totally freezing, and we had to navigate the abbey with a mobile phone torch. After finding a magnificent ruined arch and setting up, I shot a few images that were just totally stunning. I could see them on the back of my camera, and with each shot, I started to exclaim and moan - I just couldn't help myself! The couple thought it was hilarious! Then, from out of the darkness over my shoulder came the Nightwatchman's voice: "I knew you were doggers!" He exclaimed! It was one of the most surreal, awesome and wonderfully funny wedding moment ever.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Fun, Relaxed, Candid, Dramatic, Epic

What about your business are you most proud of?

I should be saying the images I create, but I'm most proud of the comments I get from couples and guests. I make lots of friends at weddings and absolutely love meeting, chatting, and having fun and laughter with everyone on the day. I'm also immensely proud that the work I produce stays with a couple for life, and is cherished. There's no greater feeling than that.

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

Don't stress the small stuff! Things like the weather, favours and place names, seem to stress a lot of brides and grooms out. Try to remember the real reason why you're going through all this trouble - it's to marry the one you love surrounded by friends and family. You don't need everything to be perfect - the perfection comes when you look into your partner's eyes and say "I do". Nothing else really matters.

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

That's a tough one! I've seen lots of personal touches over the years. My favourites always revolve around lost loved ones or people that are missing, and include photograph memorials, a chair reserved at the ceremony or top table, and including mums and dads in family photographs after the big day. A wedding is an extremely important day and one of our biggest regrets is that some of the people we love cannot be there with us. These types of touches remind us of the frailty of life and the importance of keeping our loved ones close - very apt for a wedding, I think.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

This is easier as a list! 1. Initial contact by email, messenger or a phone call. 2. Arrange to meet, usually at their venue. 3. Actually meet! have coffee and cake and talk about all things wedding. Walk around the venue together getting ideas flowing. 4. Send out electronic quote, contract, payment schedules and wedding questionnaires. 5. Take deposit, book-in the date in the diary! 6. Meet at venue again, if possible, nearer the big day to finalise plans. 7. Turn up with my second shooter and capture the big day! 8. Produce a wedding story highlight album on FB (usually within 2 weeks). 9. Upload all beautifully edited pictures to an online album (usually within 4-6 weeks). 10. Send out USB. 11. Make albums (if ordered!)

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

Ah that's tough! There's loads of must haves! The things that most photographers never miss are the biggies like the aisle walk, ring exchange and first kiss. One of my all-time favourites, that I recommend all of my couple's try, is the nighttime confetti shot. It's tough to capture, as you need some special flash equipment and a bit of creativity, but nothing beats the drama of a back-lit couple in the darkness with the confetti all around them. Epic!

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

For me, it's all about nighttime work! I just love shooting in the dark using creative off-camera flash. It adds dynamism, beauty and drama to any wedding collection, so I do it an awful lot (nearly every wedding!). A lot of my couples as me to "Do something cool in the dark!", so I'm always looking for an interesting tree, statue, fountain, gate or doorway to use creatively at night. Nighttime confetti shots are very original, as confetti shots tend to be done during daylight hours, so we don't see too many of them!

What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?

Easy! 3 things: 1. Don't worry! 2. Make sure your photographer knows how to deal with it! 3. Just go for it! Living in Northumberland, I see a fair few rainy weddings. The real trick is to just embrace it - go and have a romantic snog with your partner in the rain! Some of the best shots I have ever captured are in the rain, especially at night. I always show these to prospective clients and some are secretly hoping for rain so they can have something similar!

Describe how you got into photography.

I got into photography by quitting smoking! I really needed something to keep my hands occupied, so I bought a camera and a photography book to keep my mind (and fingers!) away from the smokes. I really got hooked and started taking my camera everywhere to shoot landscapes. Then, as is the case for many photographers, a friend asked me to shoot her wedding. After first refusing, I reluctantly agreed and although a little stressful, it was the best day ever. I was from that point on completely hooked, and haven't looked back since!

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