TEL: 01273 383932 / 07771 968944
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 500 weddings and portrait shoots.
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 wedding 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 memory stick 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 photos.
Also included is a dynamic HD slideshow 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!
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.
Will you meet with us before we book?
Yes, I will always meet clients before a booking is made. This will enable you to see sample albums and discuss any specific requirements you may have.
Are prices negotiable?
Yes, wedding packages are flexible and I will do my best to match your requirements to your budget.
We've never had professional photos taken before and we're a bit nervous.
"I always look terrible in photos!"
I currently offer a free engagement photoshoot. This will give you a great way to see how I work and help you to feel at ease in front of the camera. Plus you'll have some great pictures!
(You also have the option of taking the free photoshoot after the wedding instead. It can be just the two of you or you may like to have the whole family there!)
How much coverage do we need?
Apart from 'Option 1' all coverage starts with the bridal preparations approx 60-90 minutes before the ceremony. If bridal prep photos are not wanted, coverage would start approx 45 minutes before the ceremony.
'Option 2' (approx 4 hours) is enough to cover to the to the start of the meal.
'Option 3' (approx 9 hours) will cover right through to the first dance and evening guests.
Can we get our own prints?
Yes, a high resolution memory stick comes with all packages enabling you to get your own prints from high street developers.
Do we get colour and black & white?
Yes, you will receive all images in colour, black & white as well as other tonings. All post processing is included in the cost.
Will everyone be able to view our pictures online?
Yes, all packages come with an online gallery & HD slideshow of your images.
Your guests can order prints directly from the site if they wish.
To see photos from a previous wedding visit the blog .
Do you charge for travel expenses?
You will not have to pay any extra for the majority of venues in Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. If the wedding is further afield, I will charge no more than a reasonable petrol cost.
Can we choose the pictures that go in the album?
Yes, you have complete control over the number and size of the pictures. You may also approve the final album design before printing & make as many changes as you wish.
How long will the album take?
Once you have made your choices and approved the design, album manufacture will usually take no longer than 28 days.
Below are a few of the testimonials that have been left; Thank you to everyone for your kind comments, it is very much appreciated.
"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 too! 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
"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
"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
"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