John Sanders

About Me

No sudden career switches for me, I’ve been behind a camera for my entire professional life. I started out in the crazy world of advertising and celebrity portraiture, where my work was featured on billboards, buses and album covers, and in countless magazines.

I started shooting weddings around a decade ago, initially as a favour to my commercial clients – creative types who didn’t want a traditional cheesy wedding snapper to shoot their big day. But it fast became a passion as I discovered the endless creative possibilities – the chance to nail all that rich raw emotion, to tell a story through my images. Truth be told, it became kind of addictive – and so here I am today.

My Approach

There’s lots of buzzwords around wedding photography right now – reportage, documentary, creative, contemporary, fine art, bespoke – all of which could be applied to me, though really I like to think my images speak for themselves.

On the day, I maintain a low-key presence and capture events as they unfold, documenting the major moments and the minor details and providing you with a beautiful set of images that feel true to your character and that of your wedding day.

Some couples also want more formal group shots, which I also do (though experience has taught me they’re best kept to a minimum, no more than 15 mins. Trust me, you’ll be bushed by then). Particularly large or complicated weddings may require a second photographer, and for these occasions I have a couple of trusted second shooters on whom I call.

Lighting, composition, right-place-right-time – these are all vital components of successful wedding photography. But to my mind stamina is the secret weapon of the wedding photographer – the ability to maintain energy, a fresh eye and bonhomie from the very first picture to the very last. Two decades at the sharp end of lengthy, high-pressure photo shoots have trained me well, and also taught me to cope with pretty much any eventuality a wedding throws at me (marquee taking off in high winds, monkeys stealing my equipment – yes really!) and still get the shots.

Abby Orchard
Abby Orchard
10:58 03 Mar 17
John was a consummate professional throughout. His easygoing manner put everyone at ease and he took some amazing pictures, both posed and reportage. We would highly recommend him to anyone.
Harry Twort
Harry Twort
16:02 23 Nov 16
John’s service was nothing short of exceptional. On the day, his professional and more importantly personable nature made him a welcome addition to the wedding party. The quality of his work combined with the speed with which we received the pictures (a matter of days) was outstanding. Without hesitation, I would recommend his services to anyone and everyone. Very impressive work, thank you
Niall McMurray
Niall McMurray
09:19 07 Sep 16
Does the thought of being photographed strike fear into your heart? Do you freeze into an awkward marionette-like pose the second you hear the click of a camera shutter? Then John is the man for you. When we met with John to discuss our wedding, we knew straight away he was the perfect choice - we were at ease instantly. We had an engagement shoot a couple of weeks prior to the big day and the results were spectacularly good. He got to know us better, see how we react with a camera on us and he made us laugh. A lot. On the wedding day, we almost didn't know he was there. John moves with ninja-like stealth and captures all the moments that you miss as a groom. Every person, every group, every Scotch egg. The tears, the laughter, the awesome dance moves (and some of the terrible ones). He charmed absolutely everyone in the room and he made us all look beautiful. Just a completely brilliant experience from start to finish. The pictures are perfect. They are true and they are moving and they are US, in all our happy, emotional, messy and hilarious glory. Thank you John.
Ceri Morris
Ceri Morris
12:08 10 Sep 16
John captured the MOST AMAZING photos of our wedding. He caught some magical moments and I love revisiting them because it takes me right back to that day. Our friends and family were so impressed with the pics. Not only is John super talented and a true pro, he's great to work with..he really put me at ease (I hate having my photo taken!) and we had a real laugh. I can't recommend John highly enough if you're looking for very special photos of your big day. Thanks John!
Michelle Campbell
Michelle Campbell
08:17 11 Aug 16
I couldn't recommend John highly enough. From our first meeting to the end results it was like having a friend with us to guide us through our wedding day. We wanted a fun and relaxed vibe and the photos are fantastic. They have been commented on by all of our guests and we look forward to cherishing them for years.
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