COUNTRY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER, PAUL WARING
Luxury photography that is PERSONAL, REAL and WILD AT HEART
From TIPIS & BARNS to CASTLES and COUNTRY HOUSES
Wherever YOUR STORY takes you
I capture REAL people, REAL emotions & UNREAL stories
And, is this you?
You’re planning a wedding that’s a bit of you! A little quirky, breaking a few traditions. Relaxing & partying with your people and not dealing with the usual pretentious nonsense.
Read on… I may be your man!
Established / 2016
Experience / 300+ Weddings photographed. Educator at fstoppers.com. Multiple awards. Multiple brand ambassadorships. Published nationally.
Recommended at venues from Country Houses & Stately Homes, to Tipis and intimate barns.
Style / Natural & relaxed, luxury Documentary photography. Candid photography throughout, with a short and casual portrait session.
Covering/ All of England & Wales, plus the bottom bit of Scotland.
Pricing/ From £1300
About Paul/ Laid-back, bearded nerd. One child, one wife. Outdoors enthusiast, coffee guzzler, teller of bad jokes, cyclist, science geek.
Paul is a candid wedding photographer for free-thinkers & creative souls, Specialising in country weddings throughout the UK.
My images are created to take you right back to the EMOTIONS of the day in 10, 20 or 30 years.
I do this by ultimately becoming a guest, like an old friend. If that friend had a fancy camera and coffee running through his veins.
Let’s dig a little deeper into how I rock and roll at weddings
My wedding photography can be wrapped up in four values. It needs to be Luxury, personal, real and wild-at-heart.
Allow me to elaborate…
Luxury Wedding Photography
I define Luxury by always following one rule. It’s got to be as good as it can be. You would expect me to be talking about the photos but in this case, I mean service, professionalism and respect.
I shoot a set amount of weddings yearly so that I can provide this to my people! I am always available to you.
Personal Wedding Photography
Every couple receives a set of images completely personal to them. I’m always looking for new ways to document a day, alternative angles, special pockets of light, and consistently making the most of what’s in front of me.
Every wedding I deliver will be totally unique.
Real Wedding Photography
At the core of my work, is honesty. Real, raw, storytelling photography.
It means my photography is real, not set-up. Staged photographs of ‘pretend to be shocked at the ring’ groomsmen don’t play a part in this. My focus will always be on the emotions and real moments, through candid photos.
Wild at Heart
What an odd thing to stick on a photography website, eh?
Well, most of my couples are just a little bit wacky, they are free-thinking and modern couples who want to do things their own way. And so my photography doesn’t follow the status quo. It isn’t traditional and I like to think outside the box.
I’m a relaxed guy, but I want my photographs to have some fire in their belly.
“I don’t know how you did it, but you captured every emotion”
Some things you may want to know about wedding photography by me…
I know candid wedding photography is kinda ‘your thing’, but will you still get group photos and portraits?
Yeah, of course. I get it, everyone is looking their most dapper, your mum’s got her hat on. You want some classic wedding shots and that’s fine. I always urge you to adopt a VIP attitude to the group photos and capture the important people. As for portraits, I love to go for a stroll with you at some point in the day to get some really nice photos of the two of you together. We’ll keep it fun, relaxed and efficient, though. I’m not about the cheesy photos next to water fountains!
My wedding is in the middle of nowhere… How far do you travel?
I can already hear the echoes of “Oh you awkward bugger” when Uncle Bob sees the invitation… But, worry not! I travel anywhere with a road from my house to photograph weddings. Scotland, Wales, England, I’m there! I don’t currently shoot destination weddings (that is, anywhere I need to get on a plane or boat) as I have a young family and my baby boy likes Sundays in the zoo with Daddy!
When do we see the photos?
I officially say six weeks, but always aim for your monthiversary.
What does a candid wedding photographer take photos of?
A candid wedding photographer specializes in capturing natural and unposed moments during a wedding. Rather than orchestrating scenes or asking subjects to pose, they focus on documenting genuine emotions, interactions, and reactions. Candid wedding photographers aim to tell the story of the wedding day as it unfolds, capturing the essence and atmosphere of the event in a genuine and authentic way.
How long does a wedding photographer stay for?
Well, this usually depends on the package.
Again, though, I like to think outside of the box. I arrive for preparations, usually about 90 mins before you leave for the ceremony, and then I stay until I have the photographs that encapsulate your wedding day. This doesn’t mean ‘the first dance’ which is how most photographers time their departure. It can be 9pm, 10pm or even later.
Do you have any examples of real weddings?
Of course, I even have some on this site which you can see here. If you’d specifically like to see a full client gallery and how the photographs are delivered, just get in touch and ask.
How far in advance do I need to book?
Well, my couples are often the organised type and I’m often taking bookings two years in advance. I don’t have a limit of how close you can book an available date, but I do only take on a set amount of weddings each year and usually end up fully booked.
What equipment do you use?
I photograph weddings with equipment from FujiFilm. For the nerds reading this, I use two Fujifilm X-T5 camera bodies with 14/18/33/56mm lenses.
How long have you been photographing weddings?
I started shooting professionally at age 19 and shot my very first weddings on board a cruise ship. This was in 2009, so you’re welcome to work out how many years that is. However, I only started concentrating specifically on weddings in 2017, and they have been my full-time job since then.
Can I see some reviews?
Sure, I’ve pulled a few from google here.
Can I give you a shot list?
Ok, This one takes some explaining. The answer is ‘it depends’.
If you’d like to give me a lowdown of the group photos and some unique happenings during the day, then I welcome this!
However, if you come at me with a list saying things like ‘photo of the first kiss, photo of us near the duck pond, photo of people dancing’ then we might need to have a word.
Can I print with you?
I can supply prints through your dedicated photo website. You’re also able to download your photographs from here and get them printed wherever you want to.
What do you try to capture?
I don’t stop on a wedding day, apart from a bite to eat when you do. For the rest of the time, I’ll be floating around and reading the room. I’m always looking for;
Emotional Reactions: The tears, laughter, joy, and surprise expressed by the couple, family members, and guests throughout the day.
Ceremony: I’ll be capturing meaningful moments during the wedding ceremony, without interrupting the flow of the event.
Preparation: As a candid or reportage wedding photographer, I’ll be showcasing the anticipation and excitement leading up to the ceremony.
Details: Shots of wedding rings, bouquets, centrepieces, and other intricate details that contribute to the overall atmosphere and story.
Interactions: Photographs of family members, friends, and guests interacting, hugging, chatting, and sharing moments together.
Candid Portraits: While I concentrate on candid, I also capture portraits of the couple and individual guests when they’re not consciously posing. These portraits focus on natural expressions and emotions. We will take a walk at a quiet time or when the light is lovely to get some casual portraits.
Dances and Celebrations: Photographs of the couple’s first dance, father-daughter dance, and other lively moments on the dance floor.
Speeches and Toasts: I’ll capture the genuine reactions and emotions of both the speakers and the listeners during speeches and toasts.
Unplanned Moments: Spontaneous and unexpected interactions, reactions, and events that occur throughout the day. Most of these, you won’t even know happened.
Documenting the Story: As a documentary photographer, I aim to create a narrative of the day, capturing the progression of events, from getting ready to the end of the reception.
In essence, as a candid wedding photographer, my role is to preserve the natural emotions and experiences of the wedding day, allowing couples to relive the moments as they truly happened. This style of photography contrasts with more traditional posed photography, where subjects are directed to strike specific poses for the camera.