Wedding Photographer London, UK for Stylish, Classy and Picky Brides
Easy and fast is not your style. You’re here now, looking for the best wedding photographer in London for your Big Day because you know the importance of this day for you and your partner. Because you need a storyteller and creator to trust and rely on.
The connection you’ve made with your partner defines you and you want to commemorate it for years to come. Your style is elegant, fashion, luxury, stylish, kind and humble. If this sounds like you, welcome to Peter Lane Photography as you reached the right place. Welcome to the best wedding photography & storytelling videography company in London and the rest of the UK.
If you plan a Greek wedding, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, or other types multi-cultural or different format weddings please follow the link.
Please take a look at our portfolio and let us know which style fits best with your personality. We’ll tell the full story of your day – arriving early for the preps and staying well into the evening when the party is in full glory.
You will have our special care and attention to every aspect of your wedding photography.
We’re committed to telling the story of your big day through natural moments and beautiful candid portraits, plus any details, scenery of the venue to give the story a sense of place.
Let’s meet and discuss all your wishes. Our collections are customizable to fit your needs and budget.
Where are you located?
Our main office is based in London but we are willing to travel to different destinations as per the client's requirements.
Who are your clients?
Our clients are people who love each other and people who praise the magic of photography. Most of our weddings are destination.
Can you hold the date for me?
We can not hold a date for you without a signed agreement and deposit. A signed agreement and a deposit of 30% are required to reserve the date for you. Dates are filled on a first come-first served basis. So don't wait, as some prime dates are already booked 2 years in advance.
Do you have insurance?
Yes. If your venue requires insurance, please let us know within two weeks of the wedding so our insurance company has sufficient time to process and provide that document.
Why do you call your price list - investments?
Because when people decide to get married they are in an euphoric state and don't think very rationally. They should understand that their wedding photography is one of the most essential investments they make for their wedding day. On the day after everything is just a memory. The good wedding photographer keeps the memories forever and closes the circle of your investments. A very expensive wedding dress can be a bad investment if you have no memories about it or if you have mediocre quality photos.
When do you arrive on the wedding day?
Typically, we will arrive after the bride's hair has been done, and she is just starting to put on make up. I will begin photographing the wedding preparations at this time, as the bride has some make up foundation and a little colour on her face. Photos look much more flattering at that time, and it's a great way to begin the story of your day.
What is your approach?
We live for photography and invest our hearts and souls into our work. At the end of the day, our goal is to provide you with not only unique photos, but photos that capture true emotion, true love. These are the most important and most cherished moments of your life, and we're honored to share them with you. Each wedding is a unique event for us. We provide a customized, individualized service for each couple to ensure that the photos reflect the people, atmosphere and events of the day as you would like to remember them. When photographing a wedding,our goal is to create a beautiful record of your wedding day and to give you a lifetime of happy memories. Our approach is to tell your story from beginning to end, photographing the entire event so when you will see the photos it will make the wedding come alive. We work in an unobtrusive way, taking informal, natural portraits of you and your guests in order to capture the emotion and beauty of your wedding day.
What style do you shoot?
My personal style tends towards fashion, artistic and artistic photojournalism all mixed together, capturing those unique and inspiring moments that create the true impression of a wedding or event. I photograph the day as it happens, and your wedding is a direct reflection of your personality and love for one another. I capture the interaction between you, your family and your friends. Allowing my images to tell the story of your wedding day. All of my images capture the connection between my couples. When I shoot in a fashion and fine-art style, I try to direct only and avoid any posing. My associate in house photographers are mostly photojournalistic but they do really well in traditional style and portraits too.
How many photos do you take?
The right question is - "how many different photos will we have" as we don't chaise the numbers but the story telling quality. It depends on a number of factors and these include: the style of shooting (photo-reportage, traditional, fashion), the number of photographers, whether the wedding is big or small. Since we photograph digitally, we do not limit the number of photos we take during your wedding day. As each wedding is unique, we will photograph as much as we feel necessary to capture the great moments of your day. On average I give 1000-2000 photos minimum.
How does the online gallery work?
How do we view our wedding images? All of your photos are posted on a private online gallery. This gallery can be shared with friends and family across the globe. This unique service allows you the freedom to view your files in the comfort of your own home when ever you choose. The gallery has multi purposes, it is very handy not for sharing only but as a speedy proofer when we start designing the album. Having checkout function your guests can easily find themselves and order their downloads and prints, which can be on paper, canvas, frames, T-shirts, puzzles, etc.
How does the album design process work?
After the wedding we send you a layout preview in a very intuitive album gallery where you can click and comment on every photo or section on the spread. You can request adding and removing of photos, pages, spreads at this stage. After approval we proceed with retouching, skin smoothening, body shaping and all that magazine retouching techniques. After your final approval we optimise the layouts and send for print. In maximum two months the album will be delivered in our office in London.
Why do you shoot weddings?
Weddings make me feel challenged as a professional wedding photographer, highly motivated and inspired which triggers my wish to work and be creative. The wedding photography must be a passion for the professional photographer because it includes all styles of photography - portraiture, fashion, reportage, candid, commercial and fashion ... and requires the ability to change them quickly and be creative. People are also motivated to look good and they give their best. On weddings I don't shoot just bride and groom but princesses, celebrities etc. they turned to.
How much do you charge?
The short answer This is a very important question but we find it disrespectful if people ask for prices not knowing us and our photography. We have a short answer for that kind of cold call questions: not less than your wedding florist and in most of the cases not less than your wedding dress. When you wake up on the day after your wedding, the first dance will be a memory, the cake will be eaten and forgotten, the flowers are drying and soon they'll be disposed... Photos are the only thing that will live forever and keep the memories for your perfect wedding. If you love your partner and plan to get married once and forever in your life don't search for cheap wedding photographers!
Who can afford your services?
I work with a number of trained in house associates so, don't worry. If you can't afford my services we'll find you the best photographer for you.
Why your wedding photography prices are not online?
How much is always the first question for majority of deal seeker brides with Groupon attitude, and we haven't displayed our prices online on purpose because 90% of the people don't know what they need and compare apples to oranges. We don't blame you because this is your first wedding and God bless to be the only one. It's normal to having a lack of experience in choosing wedding photographer, that's why we prefer to meet with you, to give you more information, to educate you and you'll be ready to pick the right photographer for your wedding. If we can't meet, we can always arrange a Skype, Facebook or Google+ video conversation. Why this is so important? - Because you don't buy a tangible product yet. You invest in a future product that you haven't seen and don't know what it will look like. What you buy is photographers time, trust, skills, experience and reputation. You'll make a big mistake if you compare price lists and skip those things. We hear that every week: "I wish you have been our wedding photographer ... why we haven't known you earlier ..." we calculated about 90% dissatisfaction feedback from wedding photographers, but the statistic is even worst, it shows that the professional wedding photographers out there (including internet) are only 4% and the couples satisfaction is about 10% only. Isn't it strange that on every website you see "the best wedding photographer", how can everyone be "the best wedding photographer" and the outcome to be 10% satisfaction? Now you think, if everybody is "the best" I'll chose the cheapest one, let's go shopping for prices. WRONG!!! The best you can do is get in touch and let's organize a free meeting with you. You'll understand all the prices and options, you'll know where your money go and much more, you'll be an educated bride and groom. And of course you're not forced to book us if you don't like what you're offered.
Do you offer pre wedding or post wedding photo shoots?
We love shooting pre wedding engagement shoots, they are a great way to get comfortable in front of the camera and a perfect opportunity to get to know each other. Most couples also use their images for invitations, signing albums and more. We can discuss this when we speak. Keep in mind all our pre wedding or post wedding shoots are Monday to Friday as we shoot weddings at the weekends.
How do we book you?
Easy. After agreeing your collection, we need your postal address for the paperwork, plus a transferred deposit.
Do you shoot destination weddings?
Approximately 60% of our work is destination weddings. We have shoot weddings throughout the UK, Barcelona, Moscow, St Petersburg, Athens, etc.
Do we have to cover your expenses for our destination wedding?
In most cases, yes. We have friends in many cities and if possible we'll try to shorten your accommodation expenses. Expenses include flight, transfer and accommodation.
What differs you from other wedding photographers?
The term wedding photographer is wrong and we believe that wedding photographers who've never done studio shoots, portraits, fashion, etc. are just clickers. The internet is full with them. I can be classified more as a fashion photographer (comming from that background) or a photo journalist who shoots weddings in more fashion or photo journalistic way, but this is wrong too because on a wedding day I'm a portraitist and commercial photographer too, etc. The goal of Peter Lane Photography is to offer a boutique style wedding photography products and services. That's why I always use the help of photo assistants and/or second photographer, we retouch all of the photo album photos, we use only the high-end photo album brands and the most modern photo equipment. All that in favour of the client.
Why is important to meet the couple before the wedding?
Speaking with the couple before their special day helps clarifying their specific requirements about the photography aspect of their wedding. Some of our couples receive Engagement or Love Story photo session in their collection. It can be staged or spontaneous. The Engagement photo session is spontaneous and casual, while the Love Story requires a scenario and time for preparation. On that photo sessions we become friends and getting to know each other better and know what we want and the quickest way to achieve it. I'm getting to know how normal is your normal and how crazy is your craziness. It's not good to get to know all that on the Big Day. On that photo walk I'm teaching the couple and mostly the bride how to became a friend with the light and how to pose for good and to make it naturally. You're receiving my Bridal posing workshop for free together with lots of beautiful photos and your trust and confidence for the wedding day.
Do we need a second photographer?
I recommend you to have a second photographer especially if your wedding has more than 150 guests! If you wish to have a second photographer present at your wedding, that can be arranged. The cost range you can see in the price list or if you choose all other collections except the first one, you get it for free. The benefit of having a second photographer is that you will have two sets of eyes (and hands) two different creative minds working together to capture your wedding from every possible angle. This is must have option if you want you wedding album to be a story teller. Just imagine the following moment: You're before the priest full of emotions, first kiss, the rings ... tears in your eyes, laughter ... all that happens for a fraction of a second. My second photographer is not just an extra photographer for more images. He is trained to praise the moment and knows what to shoot and what equipment to use. I crop your faces and shoot your emotions, tears of joy, laughter, etc. and blur everything else making you to pop up. Nice image but doesn't tell the story. My second photographer captures the whole scene together with the sleeping grand father, crying mother in low, everybody watching you, etc. We go very quick behind you and I get a photo of the priest between and behind you and blur all the rest, but my second shooter shoots the whole church, synagogue, etc. with its whole beauty and captures the beauty of the wedding dress too. Later on you see all that 4 images on a spread in the album and that spread tells the complete story of the moment.
Are there any - hidden - costs in your wedding collections?
I hate it when I'm buying something and the deal keeps changing that's why the answer is - Absolutely not! Everything is in the collection list and the agreement. I quote you one price for my services. Travel, lodging and (special work) visa expense are charged additionally as well as some extra services you may want.
When will I receive my photos?
The photos could be ready about 2 days after the wedding in the best case scenario and uploaded in your password secured gallery. Sometimes it might take up to a week in very rare occasions. This depends on the collection you choose, the number of photos and how busy we are.
Are the brides from your After Glow Gallery professional models?
They look awesome! No. None of them. Throughout a shooting, I direct my clients and give them posing tips so that each bride looks glamorous. Recently I started 1 on 1 and group workshops, teaching the brides how to pose and act in order to get stunning images. Feel free to contact me and arrange one.
Do you need to see the venue before the wedding day?
It's good but not necessarily for most of the events as we need to keep our vision and fingers sharp and avoid patterns.
Does the price of the service include albums?
Yes, the 3 main collections does. The exception is the Digital - Standard, any Custom collection, and the "A-La-Carte" one, as if a client chooses this particular collection they can have their album(s) done by a vendor of their own choice and/or order it later.
What is the quality of the photo albums in your base collections?
The photo albums included in all base collections are provided by Graphi Studio books. They come with thick continuous pages and unbeatable quality. Did I say unbeatable? You can understand that after years, but for now you can just trust me. I've seen many brides crying of joy when holding them in their hands for the first time, and I would love to be the one who gives you your family book.
How can we meet to discuss our wedding?
If your wedding is UK based we can either talk on the phone first or have a Skype video call, or Viber, Facebook, WhatsUp video to introduce ourselves, or it would be great to meet in person for a coffee. Whatever works best for you. If you are abroad, we can email, phone call or Skype.
What is the best way of discussing our wedding plans with you?
Most people have their questions answered by email or over a Skype video. Due to a high volume of enquiries and as we travel a lot, we're not always physically available for a face-to-face meeting, but not to worry, we can talk until we can meet.
Can I make my own prints?
Yes, you will own "Home Use Rights" to your images which means that you can do pretty much anything you want with them as long as it doesn't generate any income for yourself or the people you give them to. But I have something better for you. You can order the prints sitting on your chair and they'll be delivered for you. Just log into your web gallery and chose the desired photo, size and quantity. Your relatives and friends can do it as well.
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Why is good photography so expensive?
Well, the part of the wedding photography you actually see is only the tip of the iceberg for the whole job. It may sound like a lot of money you are paying for a relatively small job but you don't see the days of time spent on the computer colour correcting and tuning your images, retouching and designing your album, the education time and expenses, the time spent traveling, the time and expenses spent for marketing and creating websites, blogs and social media so we can be able to reach you, the constant flow of client emails and phone calls to answer, and the hours spent planning and reserving travel arrangements for flights, hotels and cars, time spent for learning new camera techniques or new computer software, etc. The cheap or part time photographers don't devote that much, don't buy expensive equipment, don't upgrade, etc. and they're happy to provide mediocre work. We don't target numbers of brides, we serve about 20 couples a year and we spoil them with awesome imagery.
What is Trash the Stress or After Glow?
This is one of my favorite types of photo sessions similar to the American Trash the Dress. This type of photography is done the day after the wedding but it is the bride's choice whether to have such shooting or not. If the wedding dress is relatively clean (from wine drops, other's shoes or cake for example) the bride can choose a location where to have some glamour and fashion images, either alone or with the groom. There is some articles about it in my blog.
Can we order an album after the wedding?
Absolutely. Only keep in mind that a-la-carte album prices are higher.
Who owns the sources?
The source photo becomes property of the photographer from the moment of its creation if there is no specific agreement that states otherwise.
How much cost your photo sessions?
Different photo sessions require different equipment and incur different expenses. Once you give me the specific details I will be able to give you a quote. There is a base price list on my blog which doesn't cover the wedding collections.
Will you travel to my house for a shoot?
Yes. Many of my photo shoots are at private properties and different non-studio locations.
How long takes a photo session?
This depends on the client's requirements. It can last from 20 minutes to a whole day.
What do I have to bring with myself in a studio photo session?
First obligatory thing - good attitude! And of course anything you might find relevant to the particular photo session. This could be a CD with your favourite music, different clothes for different images, gloves, hats, scarves, jewellery...
How can I be better prepared for a bridal boudoir or a portrait photo session?
Spend some time with fashion, glamour magazines for inspiration (depends of your type of photo session). Take a look at how hands and fingers are positioned, the curves the body forms, the way the models look at, poses of course. Try them at least 5-10 in front of the mirror. Try to memorize them because under stress and the flashing lights the chance to forget them is not small. That will help photographer to pay more attention on lights and creativity then sculpting your body piece by piece.
Can I have a drink before the session in order to get relaxed?
I don't recommend it! An alcoholic drink is not a factor that contributes for a good photo session. The secret is to be yourself.
Do you retouch your photos?
Yes, I do if the client needs those for print and web. There are different retouching methods and you might want to visit the retouching section of this website for more information. I do basic enhancements of all images of the photo session and these include colour correction, white balance, cropping. I also do custom wedding and other design for photo books and photo albums.
How much do your charge for your retouching services?
If you book some of the basic wedding collections, the album photo retouching comes for free. For individual photos take a look at the Before & After gallery and the text associated with it.
Here on this page you’ll see two types Photography Collections – Premium (all inclusive) and Standard (or Digital). Please take a look the difference and knowing what’s included will be the base of our meeting discussion.
Can’t wait to hear your story!
NOTE: For those of you who need photo and video bundle, yes we can do it all for you. Please browse the videography section.
Premium CollectionsDesigned for picky couples
- Premium Collections apply for brides describing themselves as picky, classy, fussy, stylish, etc. Most of our Premium clients come from high-end Wedding planners.
- As every wedding is different and unique, it would be unprofessional if we leave a price tag here. You can find a rough guide in the link below, though. Premium Collection is customizable to fit your high requirements. The meeting is highly advisable so you can see different album options, paper types and finish, sizes, packaging, etc. You'll be guided through a variety of options and the most important thing - establishing trust and rapport with your photographer. The final price may go up or down, depending on your wishes. Most of our Premium clients are happy to book an average of £3500 package as the best value for money. We'll be happy to guide you through and help you make the right decision.
- Whole day coverage
- Covered personally by Peter Lane together with a trained assistant or a second photographer. Peter's talent and more than 12 years of international experience to creatively blend fashion, fine art, and documentary photography, to expose all aspects of your Big Day.
- The best Italian handmade wedding albums coming with hundreds of options - paper types, covers (materials and colours), sleeves and boxes, etc. to match your theme and preferences. For our Premium clients, the album is the cherry of the cream and it's a huge difference when the photographer shoots with the album in mind, designing the page while shooting.
- Your unique album will be designed by professional magazine designers and retouchers.
- Beautiful private online gallery to share photos with your friends and print the media you want - canvas, frames, T-shirt, iPhone covers, mugs, etc.
- Fastest in UK delivery of all your thousands of images - only 2 days after the wedding while your guests are still on the wedding wave, so you can show off in the social media with magnificent photos.
- Fastest in UK album delivery - up to 2 months.
- Home Use rights of all photos in hi-res, edited, print-ready. You'll get thousands of nice photos not hundreds, and you can print them wherever you want, they are yours!
- Unique and amazing online album proofing experience, you don't have to describe your layout wishes because we'll see the same what you see as if we share one computer screen.
- Your album retouching is the same quality as the fashion magazines and even better.
- You won't be posed but directed instead because we teach our brides how to pose for great results months before the wedding day.
- You'll be spoiled and surprised because we like happy clients and wow referrals.
- £100 Off on your videography if you book both
- You'll get more than you can imagine.
- If all above is you, please click the link below and let us know your choice. We're excited to hear your story!
- Premium Collections - options
Royal Collection"Your wish is my command"
- Put your wish into words and we'll translate it into an extraordinary story of images. If you're a Royal member, celebrity, professional sports player, then this Collection is for you.
- Your agent is very welcome to get in touch.
Digital CollectionIf the budget is tide or you don't need an album
- Time-based for 8h. The price may go up or down depending on the time booked (limited availability).
- 1 Professional photographer, documentary style of shooting
- Digital files edited and delivered in hi-res
- Delivery time - about one week
- Beautiful multifunctional online private gallery to share photos with family and guests, download and purchase prints
- All extras like albums, extra photographers, retouching, etc. are available A-La-Carte. Ask.
- £100 Off on your videography if you book both - photo and video
- Time-based for up to 2 hours. Covers the ceremony plus some documentary photos before and after. Available for Greater London.
- 1 Professional photographer
- Digital files edited in hi-res
- Beautiful online private gallery
- Add assistant for artistic look photos - £400
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Peter Lane – London Wedding photographer and videographer
My personal message to you:
Dear bride & groom,
let me start with something from the hearth.
“…and there was evening, and there was morning” — the first day of your family. The first dance is over, the cake has been eaten, the flowers have dried, and the wedding dress has been safely put away, your “endless memories” are the only piece of your perfect day that can be kept and shared with your friends and family throughout the years to come.
I call the professional portraits, candid and reportage moments, compositional fashion, and glamour photos taken at your wedding – timeless memories. My team and I will not only “shoot” your wedding but create a fine art object which will never get obsolete and even your children and grandchildren will keep and watch it again and again.
I want to be more than just another vendor rendering a service. I would like to be a part of your love story. So when I go to a wedding, I go there as a friend, emotionally connected to you lovely couple. I do my best to ensure that each couple has the most personalized and memorable experience.
Every wedding I see is special and beautiful in its own way, so and yours.
Thank you for choosing me to capture your day! Thank you for sharing your joy with me!
Peter Lane – Your London based Destination Wedding Photographer
Looking for Artistic Destination Wedding Photographer in London, Essex, Surrey, Kent, Hertfordshire, Oxford Somerset, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire
Being inspired for 15 years already as a London wedding photographer and videography thanks to you dear bride & groom. My team of photographers and myself are committed to providing you with wedding photography that truly represents your special day as a complete story – focusing on real emotions and relationships. A client of mine described my wedding photography as a unique bouquet of fashion, fine art, and photojournalism. I really liked that, so I pinched it. We’re London based photography & video production company but half of our clients are based in the surrounding counties: Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, Essex, Oxford, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire. We’re happy to shoot a lot of destination weddings in Europe and around the world.
Now, about your wedding. You will have your artistic wedding photographed as it unfolds and we will capture it beautifully and naturally. We do not believe in staging but if you’re a traditionalistic couple yes we’ll do it for you with pleasure. Even then we rather direct than stage or pose. Our full-day coverage ensures that the most important parts of your day are not missed. In capturing your wedding day, our approach is non-intrusive, we like to have fun & laugh and we love working with couples that love to laugh too. We will do whatever we can to make sure we’re all having fun and capturing something spectacular at the same time.
When it comes to your portraits, we have a pretty relaxed, simple, and fuss-free approach and guarantee not to make you do any awkward or cheesy poses. And don’t worry we think posing is a naughty word too. Your wedding day is about spending time with your loved ones, so we’re not about to drag you around making you strike a pose for hours on end.
Our Wedding Photography style
People always ask me “what is your wedding photography style?”. Are you a documentary wedding photographer? Do you have experience with traditional wedding portraits, can you group people together? Can you add more drama and fashion to our photos? The answer is very simple, neither of these and all of them. We won’t pull you for photos and ask you to “say cheese” when you have emotional moments with friends and family, so at that moment we’re documentary wedding photographers. We’re traditional contemporary wedding photographers after the ceremony when we have to group different sets of people for the group portraits. For fashion and fine-art photos, I have to be very clear – WE NEED TIME. You grant us enough time and we’ll grant you cutting-edge quality photos.
Our approach allows you to spend as much time with your loved ones as possible as they are the most important part of your day and it’s those moments that we will photograph. For the rest of you who like fashion look wedding photos, more drama or fine-art looking photos, yeah, a little bit of direction and time will be needed but we’re quick enough to make that amazing photos in a short time and let you enjoy your guests.
Wedding Photography with a personal touch and Individual approach
Personally, I love getting to know my clients and for sure my photographers too, cause after all we are spending a whole day together. By getting to know you, we become immersed in your story and your relationships with those you love. We’re not there to just snap away on your big day. We’re creating something that you will keep forever which means we take our job very seriously and we’re very honoured and grateful to those that choose us to be a part of their day.
We believe that whatever way you choose to marry is the perfect way to marry, we believe in marriage equality and we believe the true beauty behind a wedding is in the love and strength two people can give one another. We don’t believe a wedding is a fashion shoot for a wedding magazine, even shooting in a fashion style for a little part of the day, we believe a wedding should be shot for the two of you. We want your photos to remember why you fell in love in the first place and our approach will allow you to tell the ones you love how much they matter to you.
Wedding photographer in
- Hammersmith and Fulham
- Kensington and Chelsea
- Kingston upon Thames
- Richmond upon Thames