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.
2018 was my 10th year of photographing weddings and I am always honoured when a couple choose 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 through helping to keep 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.
I also enjoy sharing my latest work through my Instagram (@craigpaynephoto) and Facebook pages so please do check these out. If you like what you see then please do get in touch once you’ve read the Information about what I can offer you below and I look forward to hearing from you,
My Portfolios & Videos
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 and then three galleries highlighting my work over the last three years.
Beneath these are four Real Weddings so you can see how I have documented the couples day from start to finish!
I enjoy working at many venues throughout the South East. Here are some of the venues I regularly visit:
Horses and Dogs
I would say that at least half my couples are either horse or dog lovers, and I enjoy nothing more than when either four legged friends attend the wedding! To me, they’re just as much as your family as your blood relatives and the memorable portraits I take of my couples with them are often their favourite pictures from their wedding!
Me at weddings
My first ever wedding was my Aunty’s wedding! I was 17 years old and was absolutely terrified, but I got the bug for weddings on that day. Being able to provide a couple with photos that allow them to relive the best day of their life is such a privilege. People often ask how I deal with the stress… well when I have such fun and produce unique pictures that are going to be treasure, I really don’t feel it!
As you can probably tell, even with my wedding photos, I love the countryside! Often my couples are also big fans and using the natural surroundings of a venue for couple and group photos, making the most of the sunshine, flowers and foliage is a key part of my style and approach to telling a couples story.
Weddings are fun, you’re marrying the man or girl of your dreams after all! I feel your pictures should be filled with smiles of joy, laughter that hurts and tears of emotion. As such, I enjoy being a fly on the wall for those special, natural moments while also getting stuck into the vibe of the day… such as buying you an ice cream ahead of a five min walk!
On 25th March 2016 I was delighted to be awarded a ‘Licentiateship in Wedding Photography’ with the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers. It is great to know they feel my photography is worthy, although I am keen to continue to grow my creative skills and overall production quality to please my couples while also reaching higher grades within the SWPP.
More about me
Want to know more about me and my photography over the last ten years? Please do take a look around my website to view my Equine and Rural Life work and visit my ‘About Me’ page by following this link…
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.
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
A Print Collection of one mounted 16 by 12 inch print and three mounted 10 by 8 inch prints, of photos of your choice.
My Collection, including everything listed above, is £1700.
I am proud to find myself fully booked most years and have a small number of spaces left for weddings in 2020, while I am accepting enquiries for 2021 weddings!
The Optional Extras
In addition I can offer you a bespoke & personalised wedding album and parent albums, a second photographer (to document the groom getting ready, a second angle during the ceremony and more), a slideshow to music of your best photographs, canvas wraps, mounted prints and more.
Want to know More & Book Me?
Please do get in touch to see if I am available on your wedding day and 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.
Katie & Russell
“On the day we were so impressed in every way, but when we received our pictures in a beautifully prepared box we were just over the moon and totally speechless. Craig’s ability to capture natural portraits and his fantastic use of the available light and surrounds was astounding. We are now the proud owners of a collection of incredible pictures that accurately represent the atmosphere and happiness of our special day, just as we remember it. We cannot thank you enough Craig! Without a doubt we would have no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone!!”
Lucy & Laurie
“You went above and beyond to ensure that the day 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 we have seen 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 a high standard of professionalism throughout and producing excellent results.”
Julie & Ed
“We watched our Highlights Video twice last night and both times it had me in tears! Thank you SO much it is amazing! It is funny how 8 minutes can capture a whole day so perfectly! Jordan’s hacka was amazing and such a surprise, I cry every time I think of it!”
Karen & Chris
“Well, what can I say but a massive thank you to you Craig and WOW for being such a wonderful photographer. Your attention to details and being able to take the pressure off of us and capturing some amazing photos whilst unawares are truly memorable. You never stopped smiling and going the extra mile on the day to stay longer was so thoughtful of you. You feel like a family friend now not just someone at the end of a phone or email. The personal touches to the service you offer makes you stand out from many. The family photos of the 6 of us are commented on daily and will be treasured for a lifetime. Thank you again for everything you have done and making a special day extra special with the memories xx”
Vicki & Pip
“One word… Amazing! Looking through these has made me cry, they’re absolutely stunning!!!”
Kirsty & Chris
“Craig, the photos are so beyond perfect! I can’t thank you enough! They really are beautiful and you got that perfect shot of us walking by the pond which I specially requested!”
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 email@example.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
Wedding & Country Life photographer, self publishing ‘Ashdown Forest: Through the Seasons’ photography book in Autumn ‘21.