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I really love working as an alternative wedding photographer so I thought I’d take some time to talk about what being an alternative wedding photographer means to me and how I can provide a creative, alternative documentary approach to your wedding.

Working as an alternative wedding photographer doesn’t necessarily mean photographing alternative weddings or alternative couples (although it does sometimes!). It means taking an alternative approach to being a wedding photographer and working with couples who are looking for something a little different.

Lots of my couples are a little or a lot alternative. From warehouse weddings to rock venue weddings to humanist weddings to small elopements to self officiated weddings on the side of a cliff, what unites my couples is the desire to have a wedding that’s all about who they are as people.

Alternative wedding photography means focussing on all of the things that make you and your day unique. For me, it also means using a creative documentary wedding photography approach to authentically tell your story.


Quirky weddings
Non-traditional weddings
Alternative weddings
Creative documentary weddings
Tattooed brides

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I call myself a creative documentary wedding photographer rather than an alternative wedding photographer most of the time.  This is because I love to shoot diverse couples and diverse weddings and while I shoot a lot of alternative couples, I also work with couples who wouldn’t describe themselves as alternative.  What’s consistent across my approach though is my storytelling and focussing on each couple and what makes you and your day unique.  Also joy.  Joy is my absolute favourite thing to photograph.

I focus heavily on the story of the day – from the obvious moments you’d expect (first kiss, first dance, emotional vows and belly laughs on the dance floor) to the in between moments like quiet interactions between people and the details of the day.

I love to work with couple who are doing their wedding their way and some of my favourite alternative wedding photography can be found below and here are some links to some alternative weddings I’ve photographed:

Steph and John’s Derry Playhouse weddingSarah and Daniel’s self officiated Westcove House Wedding
Previews from Lucy and Ade’s rock venue weddingPreviews from Jessie and Ed’s humanist back garden wedding

You can also see more of my recent alternative wedding photography on my mid 2017 round up.


Here’s a handful of reviews from weddings I’ve photographed for alternative couples across the UK and beyond.  If you do want to read more reviews pop over to the ‘raves’ section of my site.

It was such a pleasure to work with Babb Photo. Laura and Pete were so lovely it was like having extra guests except you get the best photos ever. afterwards! Every bit of the process was enjoyable and easy. I chose them because I knew the quality of their work from a friend’s wedding and I wanted the same.  Simply put – we had the best experience with Babb Photo for our wedding photography. Just an incredible photographer, great people. The quality of the experience and the product can’t be beat. Seriously though, I’ve deleted about four sentences saying the same thing in different words as above because it was overkill and it was starting to sound like I was fangirling. but really. She’s good. – Steph and John

Laura is a photography ninja! She captured some beautiful moments and we didn’t even notice her doing it. On top of this she was one of the kindest, most calming and lovely people we had the pleasure of meeting during our wedding planning. I can’t recommend her highly enough.  To be honest, we felt like we didn’t talk to Laura at all during the day – we’d discussed everything and she made everything so easy that we’ve decided she should have some higher role than ‘just’ photographer – I think she was probably crucial in keeping the day together!  However, that’s a testament again to Laura, she was unobtrusive whilst also getting all the photos we wanted and has produced something beautiful – we decided originally to book Laura because her photography is incredible, but she also fitted with our personalities and just made us feel so secure about everything we would do together.  Laura is amazing, supportive and so talented. She made us look beautiful and we both agreed she was one of the best decisions we made! – Alex and Gudrun

Working in publishing, I place an awful lot of importance on visuals and photography. I stumbled across Laura’s work while I was browsing a few wedding blogs, and that was it, I knew that she was the photographer for us. I love the fun, personality and sheer joy that she manages to capture in her photos.  We found it very easy to work with Laura and Pete, she indulged in our whimsical ideas, and even had a few of her own, so we had a lot of fun having them both there with us on the day. And we absolutely love the photos. Brian got overexcited and posted them on Facebook, and we’ve had quite a few ‘best wedding photos ever!’ comments from people, plus quite a few self-professed non-wedding people tell us that they’re a little bit obsessed with looking at the pictures from our day! – Laura and Brian


Here they are, my latest alternative wedding work.  I’d love to work with you so do get in touch if you’re looking for an alternative approach to your wedding pictures.  Alternative wedding photographer destination wedding

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