Wedding Photography

Stories engage you, embrace you, make you feel joyous and tearful. They are not told in one line but instead through a series of well written chapters. Likewise, your wedding album is a classic book, capturing many details and unique moments that come together to tell your unique wedding day through pictures.

Like great writers, great photographers love what they do and I am passionate about my role. My focus is always to take bright and colourful photos filled with natural emotions of happiness and fun, while letting you and your guests enjoy the day as much as possible.

2020 will be my twelfth year of photographing weddings and I am always honoured when a couple chooses me to photograph their day. I enjoy helping each one to have the best day possible, both in the planning stages where I can advise based on my experiences, and on the day by helping to ensure it run smoothly, while always wishing to go above and beyond.

I am proud to be a qualified Licentiate Member of the Society of Wedding Photographers and to have reached the Regional Finals of the Wedding Industry Awards in the last four years! Equally, it is heart warming to have received so many kind words from now married couples and a selection of these can be found on the ‘Reviews’ section of my Facebook page, which is also shown beneath my Portfolios.

My Photographs

Here are a selection of galleries for you to look through! To begin with there is my Portfolio showing my best work from the last eleven years, followed by my ‘Best of’ collections featuring my best work from the last three years.

Beneath these are four Real Weddings so you can see how I have documented each couples’s day from the morning preparations into the evening!

Venues

I enjoy working at many venues throughout the South East and here are some of these that I regularly visit:

Facebook Reviews

Here are the Reviews that have kindly been left on Facebook by couples who have hired me to photograph their weddings! Please do give them a read to get an unbiased view from genuine couples who booked me.

Craig Payne Photography
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Harley Mays
Harley Mays
2019-12-23T08:33:31+0000
We got married in October at Brookfield Barn and we cannot express how amazing Craig was and the photos he took are... amazing! We couldn’t stop laughing with Craig and felt so comfortable. All our guests commented saying how lovely he was. I love the photos and the video and cannot stop looking at them. I’d 100% recommend he’s truly a star ⭐️read more
Emily Brooker
Emily Brooker
2019-12-10T21:58:14+0000
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Craig photographed our wedding at Brookfield Barn in September.Thank you so much Craig,... we absolutely love all our wedding pictures and the video you made and cannot stop looking at them!Craig was amazing from the beginning and we and our guests felt completely comfortable having him there on the day- everyone still comments on how brilliant he was! He is such a lovely guy and his attention to detail was second to none, which is reflected in the pictures we received.We would 100% recommend Craig!Jamie & Emilyread more
Linda Sharp
Linda Sharp
2019-11-23T22:36:39+0000
He was so friendly, just like someone we have known for a long time. He worked so hard and produced wonderful... Photographs. A real professional.read more
Lewis Emms
Lewis Emms
2019-11-18T14:51:44+0000
Craig absolutely made our wedding - we can offer him no higher praise. He was incredibly relaxed and helped the bride... to keep calm, even through some last minute changes to her preparations, with which he was beyond helpful and flexible with his schedule. He kept us running on time in concert with the venue and was a constant source of good humour, with not a cross word or raised voice the entire day. To top it all off, he stayed well beyond the first dance and ended up leaving at around 11pm, having started before 9am.Craig is a stellar photographer and we can wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking to book someone for a wedding or any other function. You get far more than a man behind a camera and we will be forever grateful to him for making our wedding not just a great day, but truly special.read more
Sophie Goddard
Sophie Goddard
2019-11-08T20:59:37+0000
Craig was amazing on our wedding day. He worked so hard all day to capture the moments. Craig was an obvious choice... having extensively photographed my horse Bobby and I at local riding events. I was already well aware of his talent and professionalism. He has always captured the most lovely moments. Craig was so friendly and our friends and family were very impressed. We have seen our sneak peek gallery (within 2 days of the wedding) and we are blown away. We cannot wait to see the final pictures, I know that Craig will have worked his magic and I will be writing another review to reflect this! We highly recommend Craig without hesitation, he really did go above and beyond and felt like a true friend on the day. He helped the day run smoothly, Craig originally drafted the timeline for the day and helped with buttonholes amongst other things. A true professional yet put us at ease, if you are considering Craig then book NOW.Sophie and Jamieread more
Ashleigh Goacher
Ashleigh Goacher
2019-10-25T13:07:55+0000
Craig was amazing on our wedding day! Going above and beyond all day to capture our day without us even knowing he was... there half the time. We wanted natural genuine photos of us and our family and friends and he has achieved that! From meeting Craig to the finished photographs he has always stayed in close contact with us and the whole process was seamless. He captured moments on the day that we as a couple missed so it was great to sit and see these through his photography. He adapted to changes on the day so well and worked fantastically with our videographer. Our guests loved him too which was an added bonus. We can’t thank Craig enough for our fabulous photos that hold so many great memories that will last us a life time!read more
Carly Louise Davies
Carly Louise Davies
2019-09-18T22:14:41+0000
Craig is simply a wonderful and talented photographer. His perfect ability to capture our special day from start to... finish with his attention to detail and all the little things we wouldn’t of even thought of has given us the most memorable photos. Craig was everything we wanted from a wedding photographer and exceeded all our expectations undoubtedly. Thank you so much!read more
Milly Ayling
Milly Ayling
2019-08-15T08:18:11+0000
Craig simply goes above and beyond to ensure he gets the best photos possible. We were swiftly sent the preview photos... the day after the wedding and they were simply perfect, can’t wait to see the rest of them! I would highly recommend!read more
Alex Kate Laramy
Alex Kate Laramy
2019-05-07T13:47:19+0000
Myself and my husband used Craig for wedding photographer our wedding on the 18th April from the start Craig was... amazing. Craig was highly recommended by our wedding venue Brookfield Barn and once we saw the work he had done he knew we wanted him to capture our day! Craig was nothing but professional and his service was outstanding we can't thank him enough. We would both highly recommend Craig to anyone thank you so so much again 😀 !!!read more
Robert Fish
Robert Fish
2019-04-22T09:56:01+0000
My wife Emma has already put a review on here from 14-04-19, I just had to echo everything she said. A top top bloke... with a real passion for photography. We couldn’t have asked for more from Craig and kept us laughing throughout the day, including the dance floor selfie! The snapshot photos we have already seen less than 48 hours after the big day are everything we wanted and more. Word of advice, book him now before he gets too booked up!read more
Emma Catherine
Emma Catherine
2019-04-21T13:09:31+0000
Craig is a very talented photographer capturing natural and creative shots. Craig photographed our wedding on 14.4.19... at Brookfield Barn and we are so pleased with the photos. A genuinely nice guy and works really hard to get the best shots possible. Thank you Craig. Emma and Jamesread more
Kathleen Keatley
Kathleen Keatley
2019-03-04T22:24:35+0000
We booked Craig to photograph our wedding on the 10th of November 2018 after meeting him whilst he was photographing... our friends wedding the previous year. At this time we thought Craig must have been their friend or family member as he made everyone so comfortable and was such a friendly face at their wedding. Once we found out he was actually their photographer and that he came with glowing reviews we had to book him! Craig went above and beyond both before and on our big day, giving us loads of advice and ideas including recommending a bubble walk when confetti wasn't an option. This gave us the most amazing and unusual photos that we have got so many complements on! He helped make sure the day ran smoothly and we are really grateful he was able to stay into the evening to capture some photographic evidence of the hilarious dance moves! We couldn't be happier with our decision to book Craig and the photos he took of our day are absolutely stunning! Craig is the nicest guy- Me and my husband aren't natural photography subjects but Craig's friendly demeanour really put us at ease and allow us to get some great photos to remember the best day ever!Thank you again Craig!read more
Sarah Scott
Sarah Scott
2019-01-24T18:43:53+0000
Craig went above and beyond to capture our wedding day. He gave us so many gorgeous photos to cherish and to share. I... would highly recommend Craig!read more
Harry Brown
Harry Brown
2018-06-02T19:28:09+0000
Craig has not even done our wedding yet and he has already gone above and beyond! He has met us at home, the ceremony... venue and the reception venue. He has been influential in the order of the day thanks to his vast experience, we have gone through all the photos we would like taken, seen various vantage points and discussed what would and wouldn’t work. It’s preparation like this which not only puts us as ease but also makes the running of the day so much smoother. Knowing Craig will be there to help us on the big day and no doubt go above and beyond the call of duty again will make the build up a lot less stressful and the day more memorable for all the right reasons. Thank you!read more
Mike Herriott
Mike Herriott
2018-05-11T09:27:58+0000
Lindsay Willis-Wood
Lindsay Willis-Wood
2018-01-27T00:48:16+0000
We can 100% recommend Craig. From the booking process to the follow up meetings/emails to the day itself Craig never... faltered. We have over 1200 amazing photographs, all cherished memories of our special day. Thank you to the moon and back! Linz, Pete & The Girls �read more
Darren William Clark
Darren William Clark
2018-01-14T19:52:51+0000
Andy Colwell
Andy Colwell
2017-09-18T09:51:49+0000
I would like to say a big thank you to Craig for being our Wedding Photographer. We are so pleased that we chose Craig.... Not only is he a brilliant photographer but a really nice bloke. The photos we have seen so far are absolutely fantastic. We can't wait to see them all. I would 100% recommend Craig as a wedding photographer.read more
Leanne Cooper
Leanne Cooper
2017-09-12T07:25:27+0000
Craig provided the photography services for our wedding at Hendall Manor Barns this weekend (9/9/17). Craig came... highly recommended to us by the venue as well as a couple of friends who had seen his work before and we quickly realised why! Not only is Craig one of the nicest guys we have met, he is also highly professional and has an eye for capturing shots that ALL just seem to work beautifully! An example of this was when he came bounding up to me and my partner on the dance floor to take us off to a spot in the grounds of the venue where he captured a beautiful red skyline that provided the most spectacular back drop - it was in our 'sneak peek pictures' provided by Craig just two days after the wedding and is now our favourite photo of the day. All of our guests commented on how at ease they felt with Craig during the formal photos and how they barely noticed he was there capturing the more candid shots. Many also said what an experienced and professional photographer he is. He got more compliments than the groom did! If you are considering booking Craig - do it. We would not recommend anyone else! Thank you Craig, you made our day very special and we can't wait to see the full end result!read more
Chelsey Huntly
Chelsey Huntly
2017-08-23T21:05:35+0000
We recently had Craig for our wedding and we can not recommend him enough! He was absolutely brilliant he captured all... the photos we requested and more. We had a big wedding and he was so patient and calm throughout managing to organise everyone in a calm and professional manner! Craig has amazing visions for capturing different unique images and you can defiantly trust him to provide you with the best shots of your special day!read more
Jackie Turley
Jackie Turley
2017-07-20T19:05:45+0000
The best photographer I have ever known he made our daughters wedding the best, he worked so hard from morning till... late at night xxx I recommend him%100read more
Claire Scott
Claire Scott
2017-07-20T18:46:55+0000
Craig is amazing. He made our wedding day fun and detail he puts in to the photography is amazing
Natalie Wiles
Natalie Wiles
2017-07-18T12:08:37+0000
A truly talented photographer!! Our wedding photos were fantastic! A genuinely kind hearted and passionate photographer... who works in such a discreet manner and gives his clients so much confidence. For 2 people who hate their photo being taken Craig had us laughing and relaxed in no time and we are absolutely over the moon with our photos!read more
Lyzette Bels Dunscombe Edmonds
Lyzette Bels Dunscombe Edmonds
2017-06-29T16:20:13+0000
The most perfect photographer for our wedding. Craig really puts in the time and effort to get to know his couple and... therefore understands what you want from the day. He made everyone feel so comfortable and all our guests praised him to the ground! So glad we picked Craig and the photo's we have received already are stunning! Thank you!read more
Alicia Sandeman
Alicia Sandeman
2017-06-11T07:18:57+0000
Alexandria Berry
Alexandria Berry
2017-05-23T17:16:08+0000
Craig, What can we say?? You've been absolutely amazing and we couldn't have asked for a better, more professional... and friendly photographer to have captured our wedding. We can't rate you highly enough! I hope this isn't the last time that we will be seeing you. Gutted we didn't get a chance to get a selfie with you! Thanks an absolute million again 🙂 Alex & Iain xread more
Laurie Searle
Laurie Searle
2017-04-25T21:32:21+0000
Craig, Thanks again for all your hard work on the day of our recent wedding. You truly went above and beyond to... ensure that everything went smoothly and it was great to have you around as part of the day. We really couldn't have asked for more and the amazing photographs that you have produced really do speak for themselves! Several of the guests have since commented on your good manner; it's great to have a photographer who is friendly and gets involved with all the fun aspects of the day whilst retaining keen attention to detail and a high standard of professionalism throughout, and producing excellent results. Thanks again! Laurie & Lucyread more
Peter Rossiter
Peter Rossiter
2016-11-01T21:35:49+0000
Thankyou Craig for taking the photo's at both my Daughters weddings over the last 18 months, both times yourself along... with Jo and Andy (Get well soon) have been outstandingly professional in your preperation and dedication before and the day of each of Gemma and Laura' weddings. You have given us such great memories through the amazing photo's, you can be sure should we have another event requiring your services we will be in touch thanks again .read more
Laura Hills
Laura Hills
2016-10-23T18:47:07+0000
Craig recently photographed our wedding day. The photos we have received so far are beautiful and capture the magic of... the day. Craig and Andy (the second photographer) are both very professional and make you feel at ease the whole time. Craig has a great ability to capture natural looking photographs as well as some more artistic shots.Craig is a very talented photographer and we highly recommend him for all your photography needs! We also recommend the pre wedding engagement shoot if you are a bit nervous in front of the camera, as you will get to know what you need to do on the big day and you can use the photos on invites etc. :-)Thank you so much Xread more
Sean Parkinson
Sean Parkinson
2016-10-03T09:34:32+0000
We hired Craig to photograph our wedding on Saturday 1st October 2016 and we couldn't be happier. He took it upon... himself to visit the church 2 days before the wedding then to meet up with us at the reception venue to run through everything that we wanted. He was professional, friendly, helpful and most importantly has the most amazing photographs of the best day of our lives capturing every single shot we could have wanted. An amazing pro who we would thoroughly recommend- thank you Craigread more
Christine Russell
Christine Russell
2016-09-12T20:06:10+0000
Sarah Bonwick
Sarah Bonwick
2016-09-03T17:12:50+0000
Thanks Craig for the beautiful photos! Can't wait to see them all! You have captured Joey in his true... character.Wonderful to win in your competition!! Your are truly skilled in your profession! It shows!!read more
Kerry Walton
Kerry Walton
2016-07-21T19:05:22+0000
I was recently privileged enough to be part of Frankie and Matt's wedding as a bridesmaid. Craig is without a doubt... one of, if not the most professional creative photographer you will find. He's unique ideas and outgoing personality brought so much fun and laughter to our photoshoots and I am so exited to see the wonderful photos 🙂 I look forward to booking craig you for my weddingread more
Frankie Penny
Frankie Penny
2016-07-04T09:02:00+0000
A truly professional and fun photographer who won't rest until your happy and most importantly he is satisfied with the... shot...he is so creative and talented and I cannot wait to see our photos...don't hesitate in booking as you won't find anyone better...thank you sooo much Craig Frankie and mattread more
Emma Bartter
Emma Bartter
2016-06-07T11:56:00+0000
Craig is an extremely talented photographer who I highly recommend to everyone looking for fantastic quality images in... such a friendly atmosphere. I am absolutely over the moon with the professional service and images I received. I cannot thank Craig enough, I most certainly will be coming back in the future.read more
Kate Smith
Kate Smith
2016-04-18T12:30:38+0000
I have just spent a great (if cold) morning with Craig having a photography lesson. Informative and fun, tailored to... what I want to take pictures of! Highly recommended, although 3 hours didn't seem long enough! Thanks Craig!read more
Stacey Page
Stacey Page
2015-11-09T19:55:44+0000
WOW!!! Love love LOVE my beautiful pictures of me and my boys! Craig u were amazing with us and thanks for putting up... with the naughty old one!!!! I will highly recommend you, ur fabulous!!!!!read more
Jack Arnold
Jack Arnold
2015-11-06T00:01:51+0000
Good photographer when it comes to bonfires and other things
Hannah Chamberlain
Hannah Chamberlain
2015-07-26T14:19:28+0000
Hayleigh Robbins
Hayleigh Robbins
2015-06-23T21:20:24+0000
Extremely professional and polite. What a nice guy.
Erin Gunn
Erin Gunn
2015-06-09T16:55:11+0000
I've known Craig & Andy for many years now, and had the recent pleasure of recommending them for my best friends... wedding at South Lodge. It's the first time I've seen them at a wedding, and can honestly say that I've never seen 2 people work so hard and passionately in all my life. They were enthusiastic, thorough and extremely creative with their shots, leaving absolutely nothing out. The bride and groom were delighted with their overall attitude and professionalism which of course is all very important when trusting someone to capture the best day of your lives. Andy and Craig are both very talented and I would recommend anyone to book them for their special day... I know when that day comes for me they will be the first people I go to! Thank you for everything.read more
Amanda Haig
Amanda Haig
2015-06-03T21:17:10+0000
I have known Craig for years, very reliable, great at capturing the moment and really good with our animals - horses... and cats!read more
Jessica Matthews
Jessica Matthews
2015-05-16T19:12:19+0000
Mimi Nation-Dixon
Mimi Nation-Dixon
2015-04-02T07:09:53+0000
Sally Duffell
Sally Duffell
2015-03-15T17:26:57+0000
Really enjoyed my one to one with Craig on the beautiful Ashdown Forest. Craig was informative, structured the session... to my interests and the areas where I need most help and was very patient. Looking forward to our next lesson! Thank you Craig!read more
Wendy Alder
Wendy Alder
2014-12-28T17:51:37+0000
Craig and Andy took the most amazing photos of my daughters wedding in June. They were so professional we hardly... realised they were taking pictures and that's the secret of their stunning images.read more
Angela Whitehead
Angela Whitehead
2014-12-28T17:23:25+0000
Craig and Andy you were both amazing at our wedding. Both very organised and professional. You didn't make having... photos a chore like some weddings I've been to in the past. Many of our guests commented about how brilliant you were. We can't wait to see our photos. Highly recommended.read more
Lauren Bonwick-Adams
Lauren Bonwick-Adams
2014-12-21T21:02:39+0000
Rebecca Cook
Rebecca Cook
2014-12-07T23:11:55+0000
Craig's ability to capture animals at the perfect moment is second to none. He has a real connection with and... understanding of the horses and dogs that he photographs and really captures their characters in the most stunning photographs.I've also worked with Craig at weddings and he manages to get the most beautiful shots while remaining unobtrusive and very importantly to me without making the day run late! If you want natural shots that capture the live and joy in your day then call Craig.read more
Georgia Aloof
Georgia Aloof
2014-12-03T13:56:20+0000
Angela Cutler
Angela Cutler
2014-12-02T17:35:53+0000
Lynzi Worsfold
Lynzi Worsfold
2014-11-26T23:02:24+0000
Me & my partner had a photoshoot 2day it was amazing, craig helped us pick where to have it & he made us feel so... comfortable in every picture cant recommend him enough xxread more
Nicole White
Nicole White
2014-09-29T18:45:55+0000
Sarah Northfield
Sarah Northfield
2014-09-22T20:01:32+0000
Jen Ny
Jen Ny
2014-04-23T18:00:15+0000
Chloe Heaver
Chloe Heaver
2014-03-24T12:06:10+0000
Emma Sarah-louise Head
Emma Sarah-louise Head
2014-03-22T17:57:06+0000
Mima Willard
Mima Willard
2014-02-14T19:04:10+0000
Zsani Tóth
Zsani Tóth
2013-12-01T21:08:21+0000
Ellen Katherine
Ellen Katherine
2013-12-01T17:27:59+0000
Nika Germek
Nika Germek
2013-11-29T19:05:20+0000
Rosie Jones
Rosie Jones
2013-11-28T21:46:24+0000
Sharon Gregory
Sharon Gregory
2013-11-27T20:24:29+0000
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About Me

The Collection

I have created a Collection for you that brings together the modern day flexibility of digital images with the tradition of physical outcomes, so you can cherish your photos in both print and on screen! For, as I truly believe, ‘pictures should be printed and admired, not just seen on phones!’

The Collection includes all of the following,

A Meeting prior to your wedding at your venue(s) so we can chat about your plans in detail and have a good look around. I will also give you a copy of my Photography List so you can request any key photos that you would like me to take.

Myself photographing from three hours prior to the ceremony, to capture the bridal preparations, through to either the end of the Breakfast (to include the speeches) half an hour after your first dance (to document some of the partying), or until 11pm (to get the complete day, including special twilight couple portraits)

High Resolution Digital Images of each of your photos, supplied on a USB within a personalised luxury box

A Sneak Peek Online Gallery of 120 edited photos within a few days of your wedding, so you can relive the day while on honeymoon

40 Thank you Cards featuring a photo of your choice on the front, with the option of purchasing additional cards

An Online Gallery & Printing Service, so your guests can view your photos and order their own professionally printed copies from me

Three professionally printed copies of mounted 10 by 8 inch prints, of photos of your choice.

The Price

The Collection is priced as following,

Bridal Prep to the end of the Breakfast – £1300

Bridal Prep to half an hour after the First Dance – £1500

Bridal Prep until late into the Evening – £1800

(Including two additional mounted 10 by 8 inch prints, a mounted 16 by 12 inch print, a Highlights Video slideshow of your best photos and the ability for your guests to download digital copies of your images)

I like to be open and honest with my pricing and do not have any hidden charges or VAT to add onto my prices.

The Optional Extras

An additional experienced wedding photographer, to document the grooms preparations, the arrival of your guests, a second angle during the ceremony, plenty more informal photos during the drinks reception and more!

High Quality Wedding Albums, using photos of your choice with me designing the album, you approving the design and the album being produced by one of the best album manufacturers in the country

Additional thank you cards, to the 40 cards you receive with your Collection

Professionally produced print copies, in a range of print sizes from 6 by 4 inches through to 30 by 20 inches and larger!

Want to know More & Book Me?

Please do get in touch via email or phone call to receive my Information Pack. This is an in-depth guide into all I can offer you, discussing my approach to photographing a wedding, my prices, frequently asked questions and more.

Once you have read through the Pack we can meet up so you can meet me in person and view my sample albums, all before you decide whether or not you’d like to book me!

Please view my Recommended Suppliers via this link.

Get in Touch

Please fill out this contact form, making sure to list your wedding date, venue(s) and any key details and I will be in touch asap!

If you do not hear from me in 48 hours please send a direct email to me at craigtpayne@googlemail.com as sometimes emails go astray, or you are more than welcome to call my office on 01825 791437.

I look forward to hearing from you, Craig!    10/10 Scored for both ‘Ability to Understand and fit into our wedding’ and ‘Value for Money’ by all couples that voted for Craig in the ‘Wedding Photographer of the Year’ Awards

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