Candid Wedding Photographer

Camera shy? Me too and I understand why!

Don’t like having your picture taken? I can help you with that!

Like me, do you avoid the camera like the Avon lady knocking on your door haha?

The problem with this is that I know my wife, children and even myself would much rather have a picture of me than live with the regret of not.

Does this ring any bells?

You value the importance of photographs but…

  • You’d much rather shy away in the background.
  • You feel anxious when the camera is about.
  • You hate the awkward feeling when posing for the camera.
  • You’re not a fan of the limelight.

Let me reassure you when I read the above my head dings like a church bell. This lead me to create a style of photography that’s perfect for people like me and you.

Feel at ease from the get-go!

I completely understand, your looking for a photographer that will blend in and put you at ease from the get-go!

My nickname is “the friendly photographer” and over the last two decades, I’ve lovingly helped hundreds of camera-shy people learn to let go and enjoy the experience of having their picture taken.

I’m a pie and chips type of guy, down-to-earth and gifted with an ability to make you feel at ease as soon as you meet me.

My style of photography is known as candid or documentary. I capture your day as it naturally unfolds, photographing your day’s real emotions and beauty without asking you to pose.

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I’m Gav the friendly candid wedding photographer.

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An approach that’s perfect for camera-shy couples. 

Let’s be real, I’m no George Clooney and I dream of the day I can walk into Primark and fit into an XXL t-shirt.

We all have our own insecurities and mine is my weight. I’ve got love handles the size of sandbags haha.

Some people can own their insecurities and smash life and some people get on with it and paper over the cracks.

I’m here to tell you that I love every shape and body size, we all come from different walks of life and I don’t have a judgmental bone in my body!

Now, I know for some people like me, the thought of having my picture taken all day long sounds as fun as eating freezer-burnt ice cream!

But hey, what if I told you that it doesn’t have to be as fearful as you think?

It’s true, everyone loves natural-looking photographs filled with love,  happiness and atmosphere and that’s exactly what you get! The best part is that you’ll never feel anxious and you’ll never be put on the spot to perform for the camera.

We probably have loads in common already and we become friends along the way. The aim is not be seen as your photographer, more like here’s Gav your friend taking pictures at your wedding.

For me, it’s all about trust and building a relationship. I’m a kind-hearted guy that gets a real kick out of helping people out.

I strongly believe that you’ll love the entire experience and love your photographs even more. Like the hundreds I’ve helped before let me help you get over your camera fear.

I totally understand that your insecurities can sometimes rob you of your happiness, I’ve been there myself! Step in get your feet wet and I’ll hold your hand. Take the plunge and get a photographer that you can trust to get the job done without you having to worry about it.

There’s No awkward posing with all eyes on you.

No hour-long photo shoot.

You won’t be told where to stand & how to smile

Just DO YOU and enjoy every second of your wedding day with the people that matter the most.

You’ll find me happily blending in with your guests capturing the heart-tugging moments and all the things you thought you missed.

It’s your day so do it your way!

Sounds good?

A style that’s a million miles away from traditional.

Your day is documented as it naturally unfolds keeping everything as it should be real & authentic.

Packed with emotion and powered by your story.

Just like you, your wedding day is unique and has its own story to tell. 

You won’t see me sticking my beak in, moving things or asking you to pose and say “cheese”.

Just kick back and enjoy the incredible moments and celebrations with the people that matter the most.

Is this a bit of you?

Beautiful photographs without having to pose.


I’m Gav. Friendly photographer with two decades of Experience.

I love being a Dad to my awesome young adults Chloe & Charlie. Husband to my best mate Sarah and number 1 son to my Mam Marie.

Family man, coffee junkie & cake addict! Read More

You will love my natural wedding photography style if you’re like me and don’t like having your photograph taken.

If this sounds like your cup of tea let me know a few dates that you’re free and I’ll flick the kettle on.

Kind Words

“His professionalism and attention to detail throughout the day were impeccable, nothing was too much trouble and all our guests commented on how relaxed he made them feel.

I am not comfortable having my photo taken but Gav’s style really helped me to enjoy the experience in front of the camera and the photographs he took were phenomenal!”

Diane & Chris

“You would be so lucky to have him capture your special day. He makes you feel so at ease not only at your first meeting but throughout your day.

He is that professional you wouldn’t even tell he is a photographer because he blends in so much with your guests and gets the most amazing pictures.”

Adele & David

Let’s have coffee & cake

If all the above sounds like your cup of tea, let me know and I’ll flick the kettle on.

Let’s organise a call and chat about you and your wedding day.

I’m only on the end of the phone or an email away. If you have any questions please let me know as I’m always happy to help.

Love from Gav, the friendly wedding photographer xxx

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What is a candid wedding photographer?

About candid photography

candid photograph is a photograph captured without creating a posed appearance.

There are so many names for this style of photography e.g documentary wedding photography and natural wedding photography.

Essentially to be a candid wedding photographer is to capture the heart & soul of your wedding day without distraction.

The beauty of candid wedding photography is that it creates images that are timeless and always memorable. The memories captured on your wedding day are a lifetime treasure that you will cherish forever. Natural wedding photography allows you to relive your special moments in the future, with images that show the real emotion and beauty of your wedding day.

Natural wedding photography is to photograph authentically, allowing your wedding day to flow.

Frequently asked questions.

What does a candid wedding photographer do?
Does a candid wedding photographer take group photographs?

Some candid wedding photographers will take a number of group photographs.

If you would like them I allocate time throughout your day to organise 4-5 group photographs. Then get back to documenting the natural flow of your wedding day.

Does a candid wedding photographer take couple photographs?

Some candid wedding photographers will allocate time to take photographs of the both of you.

If you guys would like photographs of he both of you. I suggest we take a little ten-fifteen walk around the grounds. This is the best way to have natural looking photographs of the both you as your not stood in an awkward pose.

Does a candid wedding photographer work from a scripted list?

Most if not all candid wedding photographers don’t work from a scripted list as we prefer to document the authenticity of your day.

Working from a list of instructions ruins the flow and gets in the ay of capturing those epic fleeting moments.

Does a candid wedding photographer capture the atmosphere?

Yes, Yes and Yes. Thats exactly what a candid wedding photographer does.

It’s all about documenting the atmosphere and the feels!

Gav the candid wedding photographer


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