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Essex wedding photographers – Sam & Louise photography

Hi, we’re Sam & Louise! We’re husband and wife wedding photographers in Essex. We have been photographing weddings together since 2011 and are now widely renowned as being one of the leading photography teams in the UK. In recent years we’ve even been named as one of the top 5 wedding photographers in the country. That’s not bad is it!?

 Our approach to wedding photography is simple; we want you to have the time of your lives. We want you to laugh until your sides ache and embrace the people you love more than anything else in the world. Weddings are all about celebrating the fact that your happily ever after is only just beginning. The thought of whisking you away from the fun and frivolities makes our souls ache. Get involved! Enjoy every precious minute. No one looks back on their wedding day and wishes they’d spent more time looking blankly into a camera. So dance like no one is watching. Throw that wedding dress around and give it a story all of it’s own. Rigid, structured perfection isn’t what weddings (or marriage!) are about-Making memories beats faking them every single time. 

Our wedding photography style – Relaxed, natural coverage

If we had to describe our style, we are without a doubt photojournalists. We spend the majority of our time capturing all the off the cuff stuff that you didn’t even realise you’d miss. Belly laughs, dance offs and cheeky bum squeezes. At the core of what we do is the desire to capture the not-so-obvious bits. The unseen. The seemingly insignificant. Weddings may be planned around cake cuts and first kisses, but the it’s the moments in between the main events that often speak loudest. We endeavour to give those moments a voice and bring them to life. We strive to capture and tell the story of your day authentically and creatively- allowing you to relive every tear and triumph.

So what does that mean for you? Well, having a documentary style wedding photographer means you’re pretty much off the hook! No awkward posing or forced formality throughout the day. It means that you’re free to enjoy yourselves with minimal interruption. Our style best suits couples who want a photographer who will compliment their day, not take it over.

Our style best suits couples who are looking to bypass the formality that traditional wedding photography offers. That’s just not us. The couples we work with tend to be free thinkers who value photography and the story telling element within our work. If that sounds like you, you can read a bit more about why you might consider us to your right.

Wedding venues

As well as being recommended wedding photographers in Essex at several of the best wedding venues in Essex, we have also worked at the following venues on several occasions.

Gaynes Park | South Farm | Down Hall | Houchins | Kent Life | Crabbs Barn | Channels | Hedingham castle | Leez Priory | Tewin Bury Farm  | Greenwoods hotel and spa | Crondon Park

As well as the above we are experienced shooters at the following wedding venues outside of Essex

Easton Grange | The Asylum |  Helmingham Hall | Hockering House | WoodHall Manor Hintlesham Hall |

Hengrave Hall Kentwell Hall | The Old Hall, Ely | The Boathouse, NorfolkBruisyard Hall |  Copdock Hall | Sugar Loaf Barn

To see if we have worked at your wedding venue, or to ask any questions that you may have about your wedding photography in Essex, or elsewhere, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Why Sam & Louise Photography then?

The truth is that these days, almost anyone can take a decent looking photo or two. Money can buy a fancy camera, but money can’t buy experience. It can’t buy creativity, initiative or skill. If you want something more than a couple of decent photos for the hallway you’ll need experienced story tellers who can anticipate moments building, who know weddings inside out. If you want great photos, photos that tell a story, that capture a moment in time you’ll need someone who’s completely invested in your day. You’ll need someone who wont just sit on the sidelines waiting for things to happen as by then it’s already too late. You need someone who takes initiative and seeks out opportunities. That’s key. That’s us.

The great thing about having an experienced wedding photography team on your side is that no matter where the action is happening, one of us will be there to capture it. Whether you’re planning a big barn wedding, an intimate elopement or your very own tipi music festival we’ve got you covered.

If the prospect of being able to enjoy your day with minimal cringe factor sounds like what you’re looking for, we’d love to hear from you and chat about your plans.  Wedding photographers Essex based Sam & Louise photography are available for wedding commissions all over the UK

Why two photographers?

Why you should consider having two Essex wedding photographers

There are lots of reasons why you may consider booking an experienced wedding photography team to photograph your wedding, Many of which you may not have even considered before. Sometimes people think their wedding is too small to warrant having two photographers and sometimes people are just unsure of the benefits. We have shot weddings with 7 guests and weddings with more than 200. It’s not all about the numbers, let me assure you.

When we mention that there are two of us, most people immediately think of the morning preparations. How wonderful that we can cover both the bride and the groom, or both partners getting ready before the ceremony. This is true of course, we can literally be in two places at once- but the advantages do not end there!

In fact, one of the most common reasons that our couples choose us is for dual coverage of their wedding ceremony. For couples planning to have a traditional bridal entrance, they would often like two angles captured. One of the bride walking down the aisle and one of the grooms reaction when he sees her for the first time. This requires having a photographer at the front and the back of the ceremony room.

Throughout the rest of the day, it is also handy having another pair of eyes. During the drinks reception for example one photographer can be covering natural reportage photographs of the guests whilst the other photographs key details such as the wedding cake and room set up. It also means things like group photos are more efficient as one shoots whilst the other rounds up the next group. During couples photos we can also tag team. Capturing different angles, acting as an assistant, chatting to and distracting the couple to create a more relaxed atmosphere.

Having two photographers is about so much more than just the wedding preparations on the morning of the wedding. If you’d like to read more about what we can offer as a wedding photography team, we have covered this subject on our blog.

Wedding photographers Essex based Sam and Louise Photography are available for wedding commissions all over the UK


“You two are fucking diamonds!”

Excuse the language but our photographs are absolutely incredible! We can’t believe just how well you’ve captured our day! There aren’t enough superlatives in the world to throw your way! To say we are delighted is an understatement.


“I don’t think we could’ve picked any one better”

I cannot speak highly enough of these two. Their natural talent & technical knowledge is unquestionable. As well as being undeniably gifted when it comes to capturing memories, they’re kind, funny and passionate people too. I don’t think we could’ve picked any one better for our couples shoot. I’m forever in debt to them and their ability. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


“Sam & Louise: the best friends we never had”

From the moment I first started e-mailing them I knew i’d found the right people for the job. They made us laugh and feel comfortable at every stage; their vision matched ours. They made us feel like old friends when e-mailing! We didn’t want them to leave our wedding;they didn’t want to leave. Just an amazing couple of people.


“I honestly, genuinely can’t praise Sam & Louise & their outstanding work enough!”

Throughout the whole process their communication was fantastic. When first speaking they were so warm & friendly. When arranging our engagement shoot they couldn’t have been anymore helpful. They made us feel calm & relaxed. We had a great time exploring ideas for our photos so when it came to the wedding we had such fun! Both our engagement & wedding pictures are AMAZING! Lovely couple, amazing talent!!


“Sam & Louise were amazing”

From the moment we first contacted them to after the wedding and receiving our photos, we could not have faulted their service. Their commitment to our wedding made us feel like our wedding was really important to them too. Great communication throughout the whole process. They made us feel so relaxed on the day and really blended in. No one even knew they were there! They then presented us with the most beautiful photos, better than we could have ever hoped for!


“Sam & Louise are a rare pair of gifted memory collectors”

From our first conversation online I was struck by their professionalism and vision. Their obvious photography talents as showcased on their stunning, contemporary website reassured me that we had found our perfect wedding photographers. Dreamy, high quality images and most importantly totally captured every couples story. Ours, was no exception. Even now we still cry happy tears looking at our day through their lenses. Magical! (Feedback for Essex wedding photographers Sam and Louise)


“Sam & Louise are fabulous”

From the beginning of the process they were friendly, supportive and professional. They reply to emails incredibly quickly and are always very reassuring. On our wedding day they were a calm presence and our guests commented on how discreet they were. Sam and Louise listened to everything we asked for and most importantly the photos are absolutely beautiful. They truly captured the day and the photos were returned so fast. We honestly can’t recommend them enough.


“An amazing, unique and personal account of our wedding day”

Sam & Louise were discreet and professional throughout our day and captured shots of every aspect beautifully. They have provided us with photos that tell the story of our day and we received so many compliments. The quality of the images is exceptional!


“It’s not just a job, it’s their passion”

They made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera. They take the time to get to know you as a couple, and capture your relationship through the lens. It’s easy to see that for them it’s not just a job, it’s their passion and this reflects in the amazing photographs we now have of our wedding. Couldn’t of wished to find two lovelier people to make these memories possible for me and my husband.


“We couldn’t have asked for better photographers”

They were amazing from start to finish. From planning the day in the first place, to being happy to answer my millions of questions, to the actual day itself. They were friendly, professional, dedicated and the shots they captured are stunning. We are beyond delighted with the service they provided and can’t recommend them enough. (Feedback for Essex wedding photographers Sam and Louise)


“Sam & Louise are simply amazing”

They are so lovely and literally fitted into our wedding seamlessly. I think great photographers shouldn’t be seen and honestly, I could not remember a moment they were in our faces. The photos are stunning and they love their job so much. With Sam crawling on the ground to get the perfect photo and Louise keeping everything in check when needed. I felt like they were part of our special day and not someone we paid to be there.

Testimonials for Essex wedding photographers Sam & Louise photography