You can’t throw a stick in the air without it landing on someone who’s a ‘photographer’
Trying to find the right photographer that actually understand what you need is a tough one. There are literally billions of photographers, and pretty much everyone on the planet owns a camera of some description!
So how do you find a wedding photographer that really ‘gets’ you?
My whole mindset is focused on connecting with you and building and trust. I will go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable and ensure that you have an authentic experience. I want you to remember how you enjoyed working with me, just as much as receiving and seeing the results.
Are you looking for a dependable, focused, friendly and trustworthy photographer; who takes care to listen to your needs and works with you to create intentionally stunning photographs?
Let’s see what others thought…
Who's behind the camera?
A few random quickfire loves, likes and thoughts (of my own and others) that make up the ingredients of me…
- Family and friends always come first.
- I don’t watch the news, listen to news on the radio or read newspapers; yet I still know what’s going on in the world!
- Strong Belgium beers and Chocolate are a good way to bribe me. 😉
- Clearing my head by cycling and walking the dog.
- Favourite books - So many! But 'The Flashman Papers' and 'The Quiet Soldier' are right up near the top
- Setting intentionally high standards for myself.
- There's no such thing as reality TV. It's not real!
- Humility, loyalty and honesty are what I most respect in a person.
- Heroes - Everyone in the military and Emergency Services.
- Always looking to grow and improve my personal and professional development.
- Favorite movie - Too many to mention, however more recently I thought 'The Martian' was such a brilliant story! I secretly enjoy watching 'Love Actually' with my other half too 😉
- I strive to be thoughtful; and take time to understand what's important to you.
- Watchful of the details; organised, dependable and adaptable.
- Favorite TV series - 'Band of Brothers'
- If I’m going to do something then I do it 100%
“Life moves pretty fast if you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it” Ferris Bueller
It started with loss and love.
In December 2009, my second child and daughter Scarlett was born, but she never drew a single breath in this world. There is never a day where I don’t think about how life should have been with her still in it.
But while there are many layers to loss and bereavement, my love of photography was a significant and positive outlet that helped me through the healing process; and as such, it will always be a driving force in my life.
Don’t feel bad though, as the capturing and sharing of beautiful memories; the joy it brings me, my family and everyone that knows me, meets me or works with me… it gives me the greatest comfort that it all really started with her… And that positive feeling is all carried forward in my photography and the spirit of her brother and sister…
These organisations qualify my photography and work ethics, as being that of a professional standard; and demonstrates my ability to create images of excellence. Qualifications are awarded to photographers who have submitted a panel of work, which is then judged by highly qualified, respected and experienced photographers from the photographic industry. The Societies and Guild stipulate working to high professional standards and codes of conduct, that are put into place for the promotion of good working practice in all matters concerning the photography industry.
I also hold full Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance.
During a wedding my focus is on getting the photographs of your day. It’s not always practicable to leave the venue in order to get some food, or be able to keep food fresh throughout a full day. so, I will normally ask for some food refreshments to be made available. I do appreciate that a wedding can be a big investment, so I’m not asking for a 3-course dinner, but at least something substantial that will keep me (and assistant photographer) going for a long day.
A lot of venues will have a ‘vendor’ meal option as part of your booking; and I’ll never say no to a slice of wedding cake and a coffee!
The majority of my work is in London, Kent and the South East, however we can and have traveled throughout the UK and I can provide packages for destination weddings aboard if necessary. Please keep in mind that there may be additional charges for travel and transport depending on the destination. However, nothing is hidden and everything is agreed prior to the booking.
I have been taking photographs ever since I can remember for personal use and travel, starting out with 35mm film cameras; I switched to digital cameras as technology improved and prices came down; and I have been providing professional photography services to clients as a business since 2009.
There is an argument among photographers and clients alike, about being a specialist to just wedding photography. However, first and foremost I consider myself a photographer/artist and image maker; and I employ skills from all genres of photography no matter what the subject, be that a wedding, commercial commission or family portrait session.
I believe that shooting varied commissions compliments one to the other. For example, understanding the skills needed to photograph jewellery for a commercial job are the same for when taking the ‘details’ during the bride getting ready.
I’m Based South East London borough of Bexley and close to the Kent Border
While I’m confident that you’ll find everything that you need at a competitive price, I absolutely encourage you to research other photographers! I’m a strong believer in the right photographer for the right client. After all you need to feel comfortable that you can work with us not only on the day but in the build-up to the wedding and afterwards.
Feel free to use these FAQ’s as your guide to researching other photographers.
I work with Professional Canon Digital DSLR Cameras and equipment (5D MKIII (with L Series pro lenses) and professional lighting equipment; I always bring a range of spare/backup equipment and memory cards to cover any risk of failures and I use the latest industry standard Adobe software for my post processing work.
I’ve had my work assessed and judged by highly respected and qualified photographers in the photographic industry, confirming my work as being of professional standard. I’ve been awarded qualifications from both the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (LSWPP) and The Guild of Photographers (QGPP – Professional Photographer) / QGWP – Wedding Photographer). Being a member of a professional body ensures that I work to a professional code of conduct to ensure high quality and good service delivery to my clients.
I continue to practice and hone my skills through these organisations, attending seminars and professional workshops to stay updated with the latest techniques as well as sharing knowledge with fellow professionals. I believe that continued development is fundamental to providing the best service I can to all my clients.
“Graham thank you sooooo much for the weekend, we couldn’t have asked for more; you were fantastic! Everyone’s saying how creative and fun you were and that you’re the best photographer they’ve seen; and they said they are recommending you to everyone!…”
“We chose Graham to be our wedding photographer as we were so impressed with his professionalism from day one. We’d seen other photographers but were really taken with Graham’s enthusiasm and proven experience, not to mention his deep knowledge of the venue itself, the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. Graham was also really on top of timings on what was a very busy day, organising everyone while putting a smile on their faces! He was a pleasure to work with and I thoroughly recommend his services.”
“I just want to thank you for capturing our special day so well. You kept me so calm throughout a day which could have been even more hectic!! You organised our guests very efficiently and got all the photos I wanted plus a lot more. The after care has also been brilliant and I could not be happier with the photos you have given us. I have already recommended you to a friend for their wedding next year!”
“Graham is reliable, friendly and went out of his way to capture wonderful photographs of our wedding day. We would thoroughly recommend Graham for any special occasion as he knows how to capture any perfect moment”
“We have no hesitation in recommending Graham,who took our wedding photos, and can only echo the comments of other clients.He is very professional, a great photographer with a keen eye for a ‘good shot’. He clearly really knows his stuff, is well organised and prepared, taking (his own) time to visit venue beforehand. He pays great attention to detail and takes the trouble to find out exactly what you want as well as making invaluable suggestions using his own expertise.He is very personable, approachable and adaptable, creating a very easy going, friendly and relaxed atmosphere for all involved, which helped to make everyone feel very comfortable in front the camera. He provides excellent service and quality as well as great photos and value for money.He really helped make our special day, Special”
“We just can’t recommend Graham Baker photography enough. Graham is so down-to-earth, easy-going and friendly yet incredibly professional and passionate about his work. From meeting Graham for the first time we knew we were going to be in good hands and he completely understood the approach we wanted for our small, intimate wedding. The “test shoot” was incredibly fun and Graham made us feel extremely relaxed in front of the camera. On the big day Graham couldn’t do enough for us, staying long after he needed to to ensure we got the photo’s we wanted and it felt like he was one of the guests. Most importantly Graham has an incredible eye for shots and the photographs are simply amazing, we are absolutely delighted! Thank you so much Graham and we wish you all the best for the future”
“Graham came on recommendation from a friend who used him at his own wedding, and from the moment we met him ourselves we could tell that he had a huge passion for what he does – from having the best equipment for the job to his excitement over capturing the perfect photo, and wow we were not disappointed. The photos we have are absolutely phenomenal and capture not only every aspect but also every emotion. Our portraits are so relaxed, yet breath-taking at the same time, and the shots of our guests are so natural because he blended in perfectly with the day – so much so our guests remarked that they didn’t even realise he was there at times. For us, Graham was more than just a photographer – he was a coach for the day. As soon as we booked him he helped us with timings and even on the day he would help us wherever we needed (from not knowing whose hand went on top when we cut the cake to the sudden nerves over wedding dress trains during the first dance!). We even had two guests asking us for his details for their own weddings because they were so impressed. If anyone were to ask us to recommend a photographer, we would point them to Graham in a heartbeat.”
“Graham was the most fantastic wedding photographer. We were so pleased with the whole service from him- from meeting us beforehand and visiting the venue, to the long days graft that he put in on our wedding day. He is a truly lovely bloke and put us and all our guests at ease. His photographers are stunning, really natural and he’s captured personalities perfectly. We can’t recommend him highly enough.”
“We got married back in September and the day goes so quickly that you forget a lot of it! Graham’s photos helped us remember everything as well helping us see how happy our guests were! We couldn’t be happier with the way the photos have turned out. We wanted natural looking photos that showed us as a couple and Graham really delivered what we asked for and more! He also helped us create a really memorable guest book by allowing us to have a Disney engagement shoot and he went out if his way to assist in arranging this so it was perfect! If your looking for a photographer who delivers amazing photos and listens to what you want and personalise it to you then Graham is your man! “
“We are so grateful for all your hard work on our special day. We asked you to try and keep things relaxed and you did just that and kept things flowing really well. The photos are amazing and you have captured the day really well. We would have no hesitation in recommending you. Thanks once again”
“We are sitting in the British airways first class lounge with our tongues hanging out! The shots are amazing. You were truly brilliant on the day and we feel very lucky that you have captured our special day. Really really chuffed thank you!”
“It is the best picture wedding I had ever seen. Thank you Graham Baker photography for doing such fantastic job on my wedding day! When I saw my wedding picture first time I was so breath taking all of my pictures are so stunning! Every pictures can tell the story of my wedding by itself so WELL it’s a combination of ART EMOTIONAL and CULTURE which I can keep this moment with me forever !”
“We were recommended to see Graham as we had heard he was ‘the best photographer’ in the area, and there is no doubt about that! We picked Graham after meeting with him as we saw his style of photography being relaxed and natural, exactly what we were looking for. Graham made us feel extremely comfortable and there was no doubt we would have picked anyone over him. Graham listened to what we wanted, he knew the venue well so had some great suggestions of some of the best spots to capture the perfect moments of our special day. I really couldn’t recommend Graham enough, if you want someone that is outstanding, natural and creative Graham is the photographer for you! Thanks so much Graham for giving us the best memories from the most perfect day.”
“We were very pleased with service provided by Graham at our wedding. A few days before Graham took photos to get us ready and he made sure that we were in the best positions. On our wedding day Graham took lots of natural shots (we hardly knew he was doing this). After the service Graham managed the group photos really well. Throughout the time Graham was always friendly and helpful. We really recommend him.”
“Graham, thank you so much for capturing the memories of our wedding day so beautifully…the photos are a joy to look through. You were an absolute rock to us on the day – going above and beyond to keep the day running smoothly and getting the best results for us. You were an absolute professional, but also made everyone feel at ease on the day – so many of our guests have commented on how amazing and dedicated you were! They also LOVE the photos! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts; you were the fifth bridesmaid!!”
“Graham is very friendly and took the time beforehand to get to know us and a feel for what we were looking for from our wedding photographs. On the day he was extremely professional and seamlessly blended in to the background so that you never knew he was there. He was great at making people feel at ease, which was evident from the beautiful pictures that he took on the day.”
“When we were looking for our wedding photographer we looked for one that could work with the weather as the weather in the UK is so unpredictable. We saw this amazing photograph that Graham took and decided he was right for us. What can I say Graham is a true professional from beginning to end he made us feel at ease including our wedding guest. Graham just knew what pictures to take when. So if your looking for a great, reliable, professional photographer Graham is the photographer for you. We can not recommend him enough. I think you will agree this picture says it all.”
We can’t recommend Graham enough. We booked a wedding at short notice and wanted something outside of the standard packages. Graham met with us, discussed our requirements and agreed a price. On the day of the wedding he made us feel very relaxed and easy to work with. He remained flexible throughout the day as guests made additional requests. The problem we have now is choosing which of the wonderful photographs to print.
“We used Graham Baker for our wedding photographer this year in September (2017) at Leeds Castle in Kent and found him to be a brilliant, hard working and authentic photographer, perfectly suited to our needs and desires for our wedding day and he listened to everything we wanted and worked with us to achieve exactly that. We chose Graham as our wedding photographer after looking at many portfolios and speaking with other photographers because he was the perfect fit for what we needed, Graham was so reliable and attentive in being our photographer, he worked so hard in the weeks approaching our wedding to ensure everything was in place and ready and knew exactly what he wanted to capture on the day for us… and he definitely did that, Grahams pictures and the album he created for us is beyond beautiful. All our family and friends have said how perfect the pictures are and what a brilliant job Graham has done for us. He captured every moment of our special day and made everything look so natural. All our guests are smiling and enjoying themselves and you wouldn’t have known they were there. Brilliant photographer and worth every penny, we can look back at the pictures and relive every moment, he has captured everything we wanted and displayed it for us in such a beautiful and perfect way. We would definitely recommend his services to anyone looking for a professional reliable and trustworthy photographer, he will more than capture the moments you want, and he goes above and beyond to capture the perfect memories for you. Thank you so much for all your hard work Graham, we will cherish these memories forever.”
“Graham was our wedding photographer in June 2014 and we have to say firstly that the photographs are simply breathtaking! We are absolutely thrilled! We knew from the first time we met Graham that he was exactly the kind of photographer we wanted for our big day. He is so down-to-earth, friendly and easy going yet totally professional, and completely understood what we were after, listening to our suggestions and giving us lots of ideas. The test shoot was great fun and ideal preparation, making us both feel relaxed in front of the camera and getting our creative juices flowing! On the big day Graham went above and beyond, ensuring that we got all the shots we were after, and found the right balance between blending into the background and organising us when needed. Everyone says how much they loved Graham and how he just felt like one of the party! Thank you so much Graham, and we, or our friends/relatives, will definitely be using you in the future!”
“Graham Baker was one of the best choices we made when planning our wedding day. He was reliable, professional and honest – he had the time to listen to our wants and needs and translate these into beautiful photography. Graham was also friendly, responsive and flexible – all of the things that a busy bride to be needs! He was also a brilliant person to have there on the day – we didn’t even know that he was there most of the time and yet he has captured some of the most incredible images of our day. Thank you Graham (and Cate the second shooter!) for documenting our day so well!”
“We couldn’t recommend Graham highly enough! As two people who aren’t keen on photographs being taken of us, Graham made us feel comfortable and at ease from the moment we first met him. His unobtrusive style is exactly what we wanted for our wedding photography. Our engagement photos were brilliant and were bound in a beautiful presented book. We can’t wait to see our wedding photos! Thank you Graham!”
“We had Graham Baker as our photographer for our wedding in August 2014. We would highly recommend him!! When organising our wedding we met a few different photographers and the moment we started talking to Graham we knew we wanted him as our photographer. We personally do not like being in front of a camera and Graham put us at ease. Just from talking to him you will realise he is very down to earth but such a professional. We had a pre-wedding photo shoot which I am so happy we chose to do. With this shoot you spend an hour or two just learning how to stand in front of a camera, it sounds really simple but to anyone nervous of a camera it’s ideal to try this before your wedding day. Graham even gave us tips with our dancing! On the day of the wedding we were so happy we chose him, he was so calming, professional and it is lovely to see someone with such a passion for photography.”
“April 2016 Wedding in Swanley, Kent. Brilliant work. I have loved Graham Baker Photography from the very first day my wife and I decided on a photographer. The work is spectacular and highly professional. GBP is worth its weight in gold. We now have beautiful memories of our day forever! GBP can definitely make the most of any situation of scenery! I can vouch for that!”
“I had the pleasure of working with Graham at a wedding back in March 2013 and can highly recommend him! Fantastic images, great to be work alongside and very enthusiastic about every project he takes on”
“Graham was the photographer at our wedding. His shots are outstanding, he is a fantastic photographer and really knows how to capture the special moments. He has a great personality and made everyone relax”
” We would and have recommended Graham to everyone we know. Due to work commitments I had to meet Graham on my own when trying to choose a wedding photographer, so my then fiancee had not met him prior to deciding that Graham was ‘the one’ however my own first impression was so positive we chose Graham straight away. We have not been disappointed. In fact, the opposite, he is fantastic. We enjoyed the pre-wedding photo shoot so much and it relaxed us for the big day. We did not have a big wedding but the group photos were done seamlessly and full of laughter; onto the photos of just me and my husband, well what can i say I loved every second. On top of taking the most amazing photographs and being ever the professional throughout the day Graham is a great, cheeky, fun man who I would use again without question.”
“Graham was our photographer for our central London wedding in September and I am so happy we chose him. We met a few photographers and Graham was by far the most enthusiastic and had some great pictures already in his portfolio! We have been to plenty of weddings before where the photographs seem to take forever and the bride and groom go missing for hours and we didn’t want that to be us, we wanted to enjoy our party! For this to happen we knew we needed someone who wouldn’t be afraid to give our guests plenty of instructions so we would get our pictures done quickly! Graham provided us with a ‘time sheet’ which proved invaluable at helping us to plan our day and work out how long we had for photos and where everyone should be and when – it was such a simple idea but it really helped us to organise our day. Having had our photos back now we couldn’t be more pleased with them. They perfectly capture our wedding and all the small details that went into making it a fantastic day. We are getting a coffee table book made and Graham was so patient with me swapping and changing all the photos around! I’m sure it’s going to be perfect now! Thank you Graham.”
“My husband and I got married on 10th April 2015 and had Graham as our photographer. He is an amazing photographer as well as being extremely friendly and fantastic at making everyone feel relaxed. We could not recommend Graham highly enough – our photos are phenomenal and all of our guests were very impressed! Thank you so much Graham for capturing our wedding day perfectly.”
“We had Graham as photographer for our wedding in July this year and we cannot recommend him highly enough. In advance of the big day, we had a practice session with him, which was itself very useful. On the wedding day itself, he was a calming (and humorous) presence. The weather could not have been worse, but he was a very calm and positive presence throughout, and the pictures look fantastic despite the rain. The photos themselves are brilliant, really capturing the feeling of the wedding day. Wedding photographers are inevitably not cheap, but we felt that his rates were very good value given the level of service we received.”
“Graham people are so lucky to meet you. Nobody could ever wish to meet a true gentleman and fantastic photographer. You give all your brides such fantastic memories of their day and truly help to put everyone at ease to the point they don’t even know you’re there. Thank you for being part of our wedding and thank you for such terrific photos we will treasure forever x”
“Graham and his assistant did a fine job at our wedding at Dulwich College, London on 9th April 2016. He was very accommodating to our needs on the day and after the event. I should specifically point out that we needed a sample of high quality photos for a second reception abroad a few days later. Graham was able to deliver on this on a quick turnaround and we were delighted with the output. Graham has excellent customer care skills and is a dedicated photographer. If you are looking for someone who is well qualified, reliable and highly attentive as a photographer, Graham Baker should be your first port of call.”
“We were lucky enough to have Graham and his assistant as our photographers at our wedding. Graham helped make our day extra special by being very professional and enthusiastic. His passion for photography really shows through in his personality. From the pre wedding meeting at our venue through to our wedding day, he was fun and relaxed and above all, made us feel that he really understood our needs. I wouldn’t change thing about it, our photos are absolutely stunning and we are looking forward to receiving our album.”
“We used Graham for our wedding in August 2014 and now we have not only a memory of a wonderful day but lots of beautiful, perfect, wonderful photographs that Graham has professionally completed. Throughout the pre-wedding photo shoot and the wedding day itself Graham’s jovial personality shone through and putting us both at ease meant we could relax and enjoy the days. Graham is a fantastic photographer and knows exactly how to get the best out of those he is photographing. Graham has produced so many brilliant photographs of our wedding day magically getting children to be at ease in front of the lens and getting those shots that catch people off guard in a natural way. I cannot recommend Graham enough and will be using him again no doubt.”
“We would highly recommend Graham to anyone who wants fantastic photographs of their wedding or any event. Graham made us feel relaxed and he was great fun to work with. He works well with children and made everyone feel at ease. Graham is genuinely a great guy with a good sense of humour and throughout our whole wedding day did not stop working and we have got some fantastic photos because of this. “
“Dear Graham (Wedding Photographer Extraordinaire), Thank you so much for doing such a great job at our wedding. It was amazing to have you; we appreciated your knowledge and patience during all the last minute pre-wedding prep and hectic arrangements with the venue in addition to the normal wedding stuff. I hope it was not too tiring for you and you enjoyed the day, despite the weather. We absolutely loved the photos and felt like we were reliving the day again. The pictures you captured of the children were stunning and Jemma’s favourites included the photos within the wedding car and of course the first dance! Good luck with your business and I hope you have many more weddings and exciting shots in the future! All the best”
“Got the albums today, they are fantastic. Thank you so much for all your work throughout, we won’t hesitate to recommend your services or use you again if we have the need.”
“Graham was an absolute pleasure to meet and to arrange our wedding photography with. He listened to everything that we requested and delivered exceptionally.. We will be recommending to everybody we know without a doubt and are extremely grateful that we have such amazing photos to look back at the biggest day of our lives. Thanks Again! Top Work!”
“We are really pleased with the photos Graham took for our wedding. He made us and our guests feel relaxed and he was great at making people laugh and capturing some really personal moments. We can’t recommend Graham highly enough, really great pictures.”
“Really listened to what we wanted, very dependable and was worth every penny! Captured all the great moments while we were just enjoying our day. Was exactly what we wanted and would recommend Graham to anyone who wants great photos for their special day.”
“Graham was a great choice for taking photographs of our special day in October this year (2014). He was professional and put everyone at ease, including us! He really puts in the effort to get an amazing variety of shots throughout the day. We would thoroughly recommend him.”
“Graham is a highly professional photographer who not only makes everyone feel at ease in front of the camera, but captures such high quality, natural photographs. Although our wedding was a little different with our 3 month old baby girl, Graham was able to capture our moments in between the baby crying and feeding. I highly recommend Graham. The photos were amazing. Utter perfection. We could not be happier. Thank you ever so much Graham!”
“Our experience of working with Graham was absolutely second to none. He is a superb photographer and has a real eye for identifying great photographs that will serve as a great memory of our wedding day. His passion and enthusiasm for wedding photography really comes across and nothing was too much trouble. On the day he was organised, professional and achieved the right balance of being directive versus letting people have a good time and enjoy themselves. This is something I have seen numerous photographers get wrong in the past. Above all, Graham seems to really care about getting the right shot. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Graham”
Graham was an amazing photographer for our wedding, he understood what we wanted and was very flexible as we wanted a mix of formal and journalistic. He captured the day beautifully and put us all at ease. Lots of guests have commented on how lovely the pictures are.
“Graham photographed our wedding in April 2015 in Greenwich. He did a fantastic job. We wanted someone who would be able to herd the groups together quickly and he handled the crowd with aplomb. He was confident and funny and able to keep everybody smiling. He was available to advise us at every step and came to the church with us beforehand to scope out the best shots. His fees were very reasonable considering they included all the pre-meetings, his assistant and a big leather album. He was also very patient about our edits to the album. I would 100% recommend Graham to anyone getting married!”
“Graham was our wedding photographer in June 2013, he is a brilliant person, great fun to have around and exceptional at what he does. Our photos are truly wonderful and Graham was like a guest at our wedding, albeit a guest that worked his socks off from start to finish, nothing was too much trouble. I honestly cannot recommend Graham highly enough, he loves what he does and that really shows in his personality and his photos, thank you doesn’t even come close to our gratitude 🙂 “
“My wife and I hired Graham for our wedding and were delighted with the results. Throughout the day Graham was a pleasure to be around and was keen to listen to our ideas and requests, and, after applying his own professional and creative input provided us with a great product.”
“Graham took photo’s at my daughters wedding, Donna and Will married at the Ferry House Inn. The pictures are absolutely amazing, I am so impressed and would recommend his work very highly. I have just seen a You Tube clip that he has posted with a slide show, of the day. Made us all cry. Excellent work.!”
“To sum up Graham as a person I would say ‘a fantastic, friendly, professional guy’. To sum up Graham’s work I would say ‘ absolutely fantastic’. Nothing was ever too much trouble for Graham, not only on our big day but also during the weeks prior to the wedding and following our big day. All our friends and family commented on how nice Graham was and we wouldn’t hesitate recommending him to anybody. Thank-you so so much.”