Mark J. Hillyer Photography (True North Studio)

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Hi, I'm Mark 👋
Natural
Documentary
Photography
"Mark will capture EVERY element of your day, mostly without you seeing him. It's like there's ten of him!"
If your idea of Wedding Photography is: Natural photographs of you and your guest having the time of your lives, A photographer who you hardly know is there, apart from their conspicuous coffee consumption, A gorgeously documented record of your big day, as it happened, not just how it looked, but how it felt too…with maybe a few photographs you can blackmail friends with afterwards, You’re in the right place…Read on…
Pricing & Costs
£750 - £2,000
Prices start at £350 for the midweek (Mon-Thurs) Registry office collection and go through to £2000 for the Full Monty, all day, Fine Art Album collection. For more details and a bespoke quote for your wedding
Full day package
From
£1,500
All day photography from getting ready to about 30 mins after the First Dance. Images supplied by digital download & optional USB Memory Stick
What's included
As many consultations as you need (In person or by Zoom)
Talented & Experienced Wedding Photographer (Me): Whether you choose the Full Day or Half Day package, It’ll be me taking the photographs.
Private Online Gallery for you, your family and friends to view the images online, with a print option too, for that extra special shot.
Your Final Wedding Images, individually edited & supplied in high resolution & web resolution with no watermark (Optional USB Memory stick available too)
Unlimited Licence to print and share your photographs.
Optional add on of a Fine Art Book or Coffee Table Book
Optional add on of a second Photographer (Additional £250)
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Mid Week Registry Office
From
£350
Available for Mid Week (Monday - Thursday) Weddings 3 Hrs Coverage
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Half Day Package
From
£750
Half Day Digital Package: 6 hours photography , times to be determined to get you the maximum coverage. Images supplied by download – £750
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Full day Plus Package
From
£2,000
All day photography, from getting ready to the end of the night. Images supplied by digital download & USB memory Stick. Gorgeous, hand made & individually designed Fine Art book
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Details

Photography Style

Documentary
Natural

Products and Services

Bridal Prep Shots
Back-Up Equipment
Online Proofing
Flexible Hours on the Day
Stay Through Speeches
Stay Through Dancing
Second Shooter Available
Wedding Albums
Personal Online Gallery
Pre-Wedding Venue Visit
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Images on USB
Videography Available
Full Description
My full day packages start first thing in the morning with you getting ready, I’m shooting all day, right the way through to the reception and the first dance. If you want the full story of the day, I can be there until the end of the evening to capture the 'ties round the head' party shots. I always aim to capture the day naturally, keeping posed group shots to a minimum although I am happy to shoot some family group shots after the service if you like, and I do like to have maybe 30 mins with you both, to take a few portraits. I work in a fairly relaxed, documentary style, even for the portraits, so for the majority of the day, you’ll hardly know I’m there. I prefer this approach as I think you get much more relaxed and natural photographs of yourselves and all the guests. On average, I give you between 600-800 photographs and they are supplied in both Full Resolution and Web Resolution. I also provide a copyright licence for you, so that you can both copy the images or print them as many times as you want. Every wedding also includes a Pre Wedding shoot at the location of your choice. It’s basically a relaxed portrait shoot and is a great opportunity for us to get to know each other better and for you to see how I work, also, for me to get an idea of how you both are in front of the camera. Finally, the price, for the full day is £1500.00. I can provide Albums but I treat them separately as there’s so much choice with them that it would be impossible to put one in a package that made everyone happy. My Albums are personally designed and are bespoke items for each wedding. I’ll be more than happy to show you some examples at a consultation and explain the pricing and options etc.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2000
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
2
Reviews
(35)
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Steph & Russ
Happy couple married in November
December 2022
Such a special day
Our wedding was a very small affair, yet Mark managed to produce tons of different and imaginative formal and action photos of us, which were all amazing and great quality. Mark put us at ease as soon as we met him. Nothing was too much trouble. The photography was a big part of our wedding day that we didn’t have to worry about, and he was so professional and reliable. Mark made us feel we were the most important people in the world, and he not only caught the magic of the day but captured the journey as well. I am really happy with the service I received. Mark is a gifted photographer, and I would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Cherise & Joe
Happy couple married in October
November 2022
Mark is Excellent
Mark has been an excellent photographer for our wedding. He gave us a really great range of photos and communicated extremely well throughout the entire process. Great professional service and fast response times too. Would highly recommend!
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Poppy & David
Happy couple married in June
November 2022
We actually can't recommend Mark enough
Everyone always says this line, but we actually can't recommend Mark enough. From the first meeting at our home, we just felt so at ease with him and this is coming from two awkward turtles who hate having their photo taken! The engagement shoot which was included in the package (which we were both quite nervous about for the awkward turtle reason above!), was fabulous. It was a chance for Mark to get to know what it takes to get us relaxed in front of the camera, and meant we were used to being natural in front of him too. The photos were gorgeous and just got us both super excited for the big day. Mark was an absolute diamond on the day. He was with us first thing in the morning, right through to the last moment at night when the light was too low to see anything at all! For someone so incredibly tall, he managed to slip himself between guests seamlessly and snapped some of the most beautiful, natural pictures at moments no one even knew he was present for. The photos are absolutely stunning and perfectly capture our character and the relaxed vibe of the day. So I'll repeat what I said at the beginning of this (very lengthy) review: we can't recommend him enough. He is a joy to have around and an incredibly talented man to boot. Your wedding photos are what your grandchildren will pour over in years to come - you want them to be perfect and with Mark they will be. Book him and have the most stunning reminder of your beautiful day for the rest of your lives.
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Maxine & Nathan Clayton
Happy couple married in June
November 2022
We'd definitely recommend Mark
Me and my husband searched over the internet for months and went to loads of wedding fairs to try find the perfect photographer for our special day! Then we found mark online, looking at his reviews I thought wow he is highly spoke of, so thought We would take a further look at his work to see if it was the kind of photography we were after, as soon as we saw his portfolio we knew that he was definetley the photographer for us. So we arranged a meeting to discuss our wedding, what we were after and to just get a general feel as to what mark was about and what can I say, he is a lovely guy, so down to earth, funny and put us at ease straight away! . So of course we booked him for our big day, along with a Pre wedding shoot. The pre wedding shoot was fantastic, Mark got some brilliant natural photos of me, my husband and our two children! Everyone has commented on how lovely and natural they look! Which is what we were after. Then Just two weeks ago he shot our wedding, we have not seen any of the pics yet, but we have every confidence in Mark and we’re really excited to see the moments he captured on our big day! I will definetley be recommending Mark to my friends and family, for all there photography needs!
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Ellie and Tom
Happy couple married in June
July 2022
Beautiful pictures and a great addition to the day!
When we first spoke to Mark we knew he was the one! As a very self-conscious and unphotogenic person I was very worried about getting my pictures taken on my wedding day. However, from the minute he arrived Mark put everyone at ease and was very good company as he took our getting ready pictures. During the rest of the day we didn't even notice him, so it's amazing the incredible pictures he managed to take. We wanted to go for a very candid style with minimal posed photos, and he managed to get the balance perfect, while also ensuring we have a shot of every single guest. He also organised for a colleague to be a second photographer, staying with the men as they got ready and then taking pictures from a different perspective in the church. So many guests commented on how brilliant Mark was and I highly recommend him to anyone looking for beautiful, flattering, natural pictures of their wedding day.
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Nicola & Joseph Perry
Happy couple married in May
November 2022
We absolutely love our photos!
Mark was amazing as our wedding photographer - we absolutely love our photos! After our big day so many of our guests told us how lovely Mark was, or that they hadn't noticed him at all! Which was exactly what we wanted, as we've ended up with some fabulous candid photos of our loved ones. Mark really put us at ease when we went to take some more formal photos on our own; we both don't love having photos taken, but he made the process so easy we enjoyed it and have some really special photos to treasure. I can't recommend Mark enough, and if we have another special family occasion we would love to use him again.
Location & Contact Details

Address

Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

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FAQ
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What is your most memorable wedding?

All weddings are memorable for at least one thing, but I can't compare them because a wedding is made by the people there and every single one is unique.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Natural, unobtrusive, distinct, discrete, fun

What about your business are you most proud of?

My photographs are a record of an event, a day & a moment in time & all of the people present. The photographs hang on walls, or are in often looked at albums. Their a record of family, friends & celebration

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

Plan ahead. Plan as thoroughly as you can. But then on the day, let it all go. Go with the flow & enjoy the day, however close to the original plan it is.

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

The speeches. It never used to be. But now that I have a daughter, the Father of the Bride speech always gets to me.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

I work WITH people to create and capture their vision of the day. They create it. I record it.

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

Just the natural ones. The ones of people being themselves. They are the ones that increase their value over time.

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

Harry potter wand fight with added lightning bolts. It's not my usual documentary style, but the Bride really wanted it and it was a lot of fun to do.

What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?

Embrace it. You can't change it.

Describe how you got into photography.

I photographed my grandparents golden wedding anniversary when I was 10 (My dad gave me the camera to keep me quiet). I loved that I'd avoided being in any of the photos. If you don't want to be in the photos, be the photographer :-)