I am passionate about wedding photography. I consider it one of the most challenging & rewarding careers a photographer can have. Every wedding is unique and the aim is to capture the spirit and emotion of the day faithfully to leave you with wonderful pictures to treasure for the rest of your lives.
I have been working as a professional photographer since 2001. In that time I have shot well over 300 weddings.
I am based in Brighton but cover all areas of Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Kent & London. I'm also happy to go further afield. As well as venues in the south I have photographed weddings as far away as Devon, Somerset, Hertfordshire and even Scotland!
Most of my work involves weddings and events where I concentrate on a photo-journalistic or 'reportage' approach. Working as discreetly as possible I am able to capture truly natural moments without the fuss of posing people. Family group shots are also taken but these are done as quickly as possible so I can concentrate on taking the kind of pictures couples really want.
I can offer exquisite traditional albums as well as striking digital books. Each album contains a fantastic selection of rich, beautiful images. I can also provide parent's albums and framed prints, canvas or stunning, modern acrylics. Unlike most photographers, I'm also able to let the client retain full control over the album design. You can decide which photos you want in the album, as well as how large you want them...& you can make as many changes to the design as you want before production. Black and white, selective colouring and other post-processing techniques are available at no extra cost.
All packages come with a high resolution disk of all your images (copyright free) plus an online gallery that your guests can log into and order prints if they wish. I do not watermark images & I don't charge you any extra for high resolution disks.
Also included is a stunning HD dynamic slideshow
of the highlights form the wedding. It can be extended to a full length dvd version set to your choice of music as a fabulous reminder of the day.
Remember, your photographs are one of the few things that remain once your wedding day is over. It's so important that you pick the wedding photographer that's right for you. I have built my reputation on 2 main things:
Firstly my relaxed nature. I often here about bossy wedding photographers who are uptight & shout at people! That is NOT me! I'm there to capture the day as it unfolds, not to direct proceedings & tell everyone what to do. Though of course, I'm always on hand for advice if you find the day is running away with you!
Secondly, my ability to capture real, natural moments without people even noticing I'm there. Nobody likes a big camera shoved in their face! The best compliment I receive is when guests always say; "where was your photographer? I didn't see him all day!!"
So, if you like the sound of how I work then please contact me to arrange a meeting to discuss your requirements. You can send me an email or feel free to call me for a chat.
I am a member of The Society of Professional Wedding Photographers and the British Professional Photographer's Association. And of course, it goes without saying that I am fully insured for both Public Liability and Professional Indemnity.
Below are a few of the testimonials that have been left; Thank you to everyone for your kind comments, it is very much appreciated.
"My wife and I would like to send a big thank you to John who was great on our big day! He was very professional and organised and the photos were superb with some very thoughtful touches. We can both recommend him without hesitation and were totally delighted!"
Paul & Irene
"John took the photographs for our wedding day and not only did he capture some great images but he also captured the spirit of the day. He was very discreet and accommodating to us and all of our guests and we would recommend him without hesitation for any special event."
Lynne & Sebs
"John was the photographer we used at our wedding. We are exceptionally pleased with his professionalism and the quality of the wedding photos. The uniqueness of his albums puts him in a different class to other photographers. We were happy to see that his services were exceptional value for money as well. John was extremely flexible and very accomodating to our requests. We would certainly recommend him to any friends and family."
Gitesh & Michelle
"John did the photography for our wedding in January, i am by no means the most photogenic bride but the pictures came out so beautifully! we dont even look cold in most of them despite the arctic conditions.
he was very helpful in telling us how to stand/pose for pictures as you obviously cant tell how you look yourself.
the photos didnt take long but there were loads of really lovely ones.
the album we had made looks like it will last a lifetime and is something we are very proud to show off to family and friends. Definitely worth the investment!"
Zoe & Sam
"We hired john for our wedding in Dec 11. After the first meeting we knew he was right for us, very professional and most of the time we didn't realise he was snapping away taking photos, and these are the best pictures, he captures the moments perfectly. Our album he designed is the best we've seen and we have had so many comments on it, we would recommend him in a heart beat. Thanks John for capturing our wedding day just the way we remember it."
Amanda & Sam
"We were delighted with our photos and our album is stunning. Everyone comments on it & we can't thank John enough for his professionalism. He was with us all day but we hardly noticed him most of the time & yet we got 600 brilliant photos! He was very relaxed and really helped us to relax to! I was getting really stressed at one point due to unforseen circumstances but John really made things easier. We have already recommended him to two of our friends & we will continue to recommend him."
Nicky & Jo
"John, was the photographer at our wedding in June this year. We found him easy to deal with and felt very comfortable in his presence. The result were very natural photos that don't look contrived and exceeded our expectations. We are very pleased with the service he provided and felt his prices were reasonable. We will be using John in the future and are happy to recommend him"
Andrew & Claire
"John covered our wedding day from the start until just after the first dance.
The photos were exceptional. We were so pleased with the final selection and the albums were fantastic. Communication has been very clear throughout the whole process making it enjoyable. I would highly recommend John to all my friends and family. Top service."
Pip & James
"I was recommended to John Hamilton by a friend, another friend has also booked him for next July. We got married in May this year and John was prompt on arriving at the first venue he stayed with us till our first dance. What I liked about John was that he took on board everything I wanted and delivered a very high spec album for what I believe to be at a very competitive price. When we arrived back from honeymoon like so many others our CD was waiting for us to re-live the day. I would highly recommend him to anyone as we and everyone loved our photos."
Sean & Emily
"John was with us for 10 hours on our wedding day. He went to 3 locations and to be honest we hardly new he was there once it all got underway! We were absolutely thrilled with the results, as were friends and family. We know of people who have paid thousands for their pictures and after seeing our album are puzzled as to why on earth they did! He captured the most amazing and creative pictures including all the ones we requested. John clearly takes pride in his work and is a very likeable person. We are extremely grateful, and couldn't recommend him enough!"
Chloe & Carl
"We are thrilled with our wedding pictures. We were more than happy with John's attention to detail and his professional approach to our wedding day. The DVD Montage of all our pictures set to music from our wedding is just wonderful too! Thank you. "
Rachel & Ross
"We can not recommend John Hamilton highly enough, his unobtrusive reportage style was appreciated by everyone at our special day - so much so that he has been used by several of our friends since. The photos are stunning, original and excellent quality. The service after the event was also superb, both in terms of the products themselves and the flexibility and personal touch that John offered."
Simone & Rob
"John hamilton took our wedding photos on 7th March 2008. The service we received before, during and after the wedding was superb. We feel that the photos are unique in both style and quality and everyone that has seen them has loved them, particularly the presentation which singles them out as different to the normal wedding album."
Rachel & David
"John was the first photographer we met with when planning our wedding. We were very impressed with his sample albums and booked him straight away. He was so flexible with times and going to different houses in the morning for photos. You wouldn't have even known he was there at the wedding as he was so unobtrusive. When returning from our 2 week honeymoon, the cd of photos had already been delivered and John made regular phone calls to us to discuss the album. As soon as we made a decision, the album was delivered within about a week. We were absolutely delighted with the album and I have recommended him to lots of friends who have also booked him. We were so impressed, we invited John back to take photos of our son who is now 1. These were also of superb quality. John's style is so modern and classy."
Nastassja & Dan
"My new husband and I were absolutely over the moon with our wedding photographs from John Hamilton photography, and are extremely proud to show them off. We have recommended John Hamilton to many couples as we feel they would be as happy with the quality and value as we were. It can be extremely stressful looking for a good photographer but John Hamilton took away all of our stress and we would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an excellent photographer."
Joanna & Kev
"The hotel where our reception was recommended John Hamilton Photography to us. From first contact to receiving our album the service was great, we are so pleased with the photos and album. The photos were very natural, which was just what we wanted."
Leigh & Andy
"We found John Hamilton photography online when searching for a wedding photographer.
What struck us from viewing the online photos and the sample albums at our first meeting was the unique style of photography. The pictures were so natural and not at all staged.
We also found John to be one of the better value photographers on the market at the time (our wedding was in November 2008). A lot of the others we researched were much more expensive.
We are delighted with our album- it is absolutely stunning. We have shown it to various friends and family, many of whom have stated that it is one of the best albums that they have ever seen!"
Rita & Damien
"Absolutely amazing photos. We are very very glad we chose John Hamilton and would not hesitate to recommend his to others for photography. Very high standard and all round great!"
Kerry & Danny