Michael Calders Photography

A genuine, fun and natural wedding photography service that can fit around everyone's needs.
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at


Photography Style

First Look Photographer
Reportage / Documentary
Traditional / Classic

Products and Services

Bridal Prep Shots
Back-Up Equipment
Online Proofing
Photo Printing
Flexible Hours on the Day
Last-Minute Orders
Stay Through Speeches
Stay Through Dancing
Large Group Shots
Second Shooter Available
Wedding Albums
Personal Online Gallery
Pre-Wedding Venue Visit
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Images on USB
Full Description
Right, a few lines without trying to sound like I am writing a dating profile... My name is Mike. I am ex forces and served in The Rifles from 2012 till 2016. During my down time, I was trying different types and styles of photography until I managed to become a second shooter for a wedding. It was safe to say after that I was HOOKED! I'm a big foodie and have a really bad habit for snacking on all things bad, to the point where my partner hides her sweets and chocolate from me in my own home! If you see me crying at a wedding, 9/10 times its because I have forgotten to bring a bag of Haribo with me! I’m really open on how I approach weddings, how my style works, and what I will and won’t do on your wedding day. Truth be told, my approach won’t fit the bill for all couples - and I totally get that. If you like what you’ve seen so far, get a brew to hand, and lets give you a lowdown on my style. My approach would be best described as “Guided Reportage” coverage – focusing on the story of the day ‘as it happens’, and capturing those little moments that simply cannot be replicated. Thanks to some rather magically silent cameras, you won’t even know your picture is being taken for most of the day. I throw the forced unnatural posing you’d typically expect with wedding photography well and truly out the window, and instead work to spark real emotion. At no point do things feel like a photoshoot, and you’ll never need to pull a fake smile. We make things as enjoyable as wedding photography can be. By taking this fun & relaxed approach, it gives you both the opportunity to properly enjoy your day and be “you” in front of the camera. Real couples, showing real emotion, having an absolute blast of a wedding – it’s surely the best way to document your day.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Fabienne Knight
Married in May 2021
June 2021
Outstanding Photography for a Perfect Wedding
We are overjoyed with our experience with Michael. He truly captured the essence of our wedding day. He was super accommodating dispite the difficult times of the Covid 19 and all the uncertainty that brought. Michael's photography is outstanding, timeless and reasonably priced. His hard work means we have captured the memories of our special day. I will be recommending him to all my friends and family.
Dawn Lancaster
Wedding: July 2019
August 2019
The best wedding
I think that Michael is one of the best photographer I have met he is so nice and makes the day easy for people who are nervous my son and my new lovely daughter in law were amazed by the photos great man
raymond tulley
Wedding: November 2018
November 2018
Daughters wedding day
Fantastic photos of my daughters wedding day.discreetly got on with his job and results first class. Would definitely recommend. A glorious record of the day Many thanks A +++++
Married in November 2018
November 2018
Simply lovely
Had out engagement photos done and all looking forward to our big day now Michael was very calming as we were both nervous . Thank you so much.
Tracey and Brian
Married in September 2018
November 2018
The Perfect Wedding Day
They say it is the best day of your life and that is exactly what it was - everything was just perfect.
Tracey and Brian
Married in September 2018
November 2018
The Perfect Wedding Day
They say it is the best day of your life and it certainly was - just perfect and Michael captured the day perfectly. I would recommend him to anyone - he is very professional and puts everyone at ease as well as being a great guy.
Location & Contact Details


Kettering, Northamptonshire, England

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Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Unique, Natural, Fun, Friendly, Professional.

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

Try not to stress! Stress can cause a lot of friction on you and your partner. Things may get a little hectic no matter how organised you are, but once you take that first step on the aisle and see you partner standing there, all your worries will disappear.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

Before a couple books me I like to meet up with them first, have a good chat to get to know them more as a couple and to get a lot of detail on what they would like to be captured on their day. If they are happy and would like to book me, then we will arrange a free engagement shoot for them so they get a chance to work with me before their day to make them feel a lot more comfortable and familiar with how I work.

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

To introduce my glass ball into my wedding photography. It has given an amazing effect and a great and creative new prospective on my images.

What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?

Wellies and colourful umbrellas! No one will see your wellies under your dress and it will keep your shoes clean for when you go inside. I say colourful umbrellas because no one wants to turn up at a wedding and see dark and dull umbrellas all over the place. Even if it rains, it can still be a colourful and magical experience for you both.

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