A few of my wonderful clients have been kind enough to write to me following receipt of their wedding photographs. Here are a few of the lovely testimonials I have received over the years....

"Dear John, Ed and I wished to thank you for the stunning photos that you took of our wedding day. What a talented Photographer you are! We hope that this message finds you well and that you will keep snapping for many years to come for your art touches many hearts. With Love..." Ed and Audrey

"John, We can't thank you enough capturing such magical moments of our truly wonderful wedding day. Just looked through the photos that you have sent us and we are delighted, they are more than we had hoped they would be and can't begin to imagine how we will ever select our favourites to display on the wall! Genuine, professional and kind, you were a true gent. Thank you for everything! Real memories to treasure forever." Heather and Adam

"Hi John. This is just a quick e-mail to say a very big thank you for the photos of our wedding, which we (finally) managed to collect from the Royal Mail sorting office yesterday morning! We spent most of yesterday afternoon looking at them again and again and we are absolutely delighted with them. Some truly amazing photos of our special day, which we shall forever cherish. The biggest problem that we have with them is choosing which ones to put on the wall or into a photobook, because there are so many great ones to choose from. Thank you also for your kind words regarding working with us. We really enjoyed having you as our photographer and we felt extremely comfortable with you whilst we were doing our portrait photos, with some truly amazing results! Apologies that the formal photos took so long, you were right, we had too many! Having said that, we are really delighted with the formal photos which you somehow managed to capture amongst all the chaos and the 'everyone' photo is great!  Thank you also for your blog, which we also love and which gives us a great way to instantly share some photos with our friends and family who have understandably also been very keen to see them! If we are ever asked to recommend a wedding photographer, we wouldn't hesitate to give your name! Kindest regards" David and Melissa

"Dear John, Hope you are well. Firstly, sincere apologies for not sending this email sooner!  We just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for the beautiful photos you took of our wedding.  You are obviously very talented and there are so many really exquisite shots. It has been really difficult to choose our favourites!  Hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did. Thank you so much again." Amy and Stu

"Oh John.... They are absolutely sublime!!! You really are a true artist with a camera!  Thank you so so much, they are absolutely beautiful!  We've just sat and looked through them all on the big screen and truly relived our perfect day through your works of art! We've cried, laughed, awww'ed and reached to hold each others hands throughout and we feel very lucky to have such living momentos! The light and natural raw emotions sealed tight within each frame is something we will treasure forever! The photos are so real and alive that they will tell our story for generations to come!  We can never explain how much they mean to us, and for that reason we cannot explain how much of a pleasure it has been to meet and work with you!" Ben and Leah

"Dear John,  Apologies for the incredible time it's taken us to send this thank you - apparently we've not been very organised! We just wanted to say a big thank you for the incredible photos you took of our wedding. You made the experience really stress free, and so many people have mentioned how nice you were and how easy the group photos seemed to be. Most importantly there were so many wonderful photos of our friends and family together and enjoying themselves - exactly what we wanted. Chris really liked the sequence of photos with little Owen stealing his mums drink, and the shots of the best men, and I really loved the pictures you took of the flowers and the confetti shots. Thank you again - we really hope you enjoyed it too!" Kiri and Chris

"Dear John, Just wanted to say a massive thank you for our wonderful wedding photos. So many people complimented the way you worked on the wedding day - the fact that we didn't realize you were taking most of the photos helped make the day go so smoothly, and we are so pleased with the final product! We have since been told that you were unwell on the day of the wedding and we really appreciate you battling through to provide us with such amazing photos. We hope you are fully recovered and we'll happily recommend you to anyone else. Huge thanks, Laura & Rich" Laura and Richard

"First of all, thank you John, the photo's are AMAZING! We hired John based on his documentary style photography, with both of us being a tad camera shy we knew he'd fit our wedding day perfectly! We've just spent the weekend looking through the photo's and are blown away by what you have captured! I have to say I cried (not much of a surprise if the wedding day is anything to go by) and Chris was over the moon by the quality of the photo's! We just can't thank you enough for capturing our special day with such emotion. I would recommend John in a heart beat to any bride-to-be's out there. These photo's are something we will treasure for a lifetime, and they even have my Mum's seal of approval! Thank you John for everything, the new Mr & Mrs Frain." Sarah and Chris

"The pictures are amazing John. I love that you have captured us, our family and our friends so well -  I have so many favourites! We both felt very lucky to have such talented and lovely people with us on our big day - it was more like having friends there." Rachel and Cameron

"John, Thank you for bringing the photo's around today, Catherine and myself absolutely loved them. We can't thank you enough for helping to make our day so special. We both agreed, we couldn't of found anyone else more suited to our personality who just understood what we were looking for when it came to our wedding photos. They truly are outstanding. I hope this is not the last we see or hear of you, all the best" Catherine and Sarah

"Hi John, We are just messaging to say a huge, huge thank you for the stunning images of our wedding. What a beautiful box the USB arrived in too! Simply lovely!  You have captured some amazing moments and it was really quite emotional going through them all.  We had a quick scan when we arrived back yesterday (very tired) and we are now away for the weekend for my dad's 60th birthday but are bringing them with us to bore everyone.  We can't wait to read your blog and see what you have chosen as the best images. There are so many it might help us narrow it down actually!  I'll keep an eye on your Twitter for the blog post too.  If you want us to write something a little more formal as a review for your website please say and we will compose something.  Once again - it was a pleasure having you there on our big day. Thanks for being such a ninja and a lovely bloke too. Stay in touch!" Adele and Chris

"Dear John, A big thank you from James and I for the amazing pictures. They really are beautiful and have captured the feelings and warmth of the day. We had an amazing time even in the rain, and want to do it again! We have started to do some prints and are very pleased. Have included a few that we have sent family. Love from Caroline and James" Caroline and James

"Dear John, Thank you so much for our incredible photos - we absolutely love them!  You captured our day perfectly and you put us both at ease so we never felt like we were in front of the camera. Thank you for everything!" Kate and Alex

"Dear John, Thank you so much for the beautiful photos. They are the best set of wedding photos I've seen. Your style was totally unobtrusive yet effective, and we feel very lucky to have found you. Thanks for all your hard work. Perhaps we shall meet again one day, for another photo worthy occasion! With our warmest wishes." Helen and Jon

"Tears of joy tonight as we got to sit down together and go through the photos! Thank you so much John they are just beautiful I'm so so happy with them!
You have captured some beautiful (and some rather amusing!) images that we will treasure forever. It has been a pleasure to get to know you and our guests continue to speak so highly of you, I don't think I could of wished for any one better to have been there photographing our day,  not to mention going above and beyond fetching me straws! :) I'm such a fan of your photography and feel so happy to have such beautifully captured images of our special day. Thank you again and best wishes" Amy and Nick

"Hi John, Just wanted to send you a quick email to say thank you so much for our beautiful wedding photos, Matt and I were blown away by how well you captured our special day and are absolutely thrilled we have such amazing photos to remember our day by. Thank you for being so professional and also personal at the same time during the day and thank you also for travelling all the way up to the Lakes for us. We couldn't have asked for a better photographer. Thank you so, so much" Kerry and Matt

"We met up with John a few months before our wedding and he showed us some of his other work, we immediately knew his style was exactly what we wanted!  On the day John was brilliant, he put up with a number of demands from our families and even clambered up to the top floor of our venue to get the perfect shot! When we received our photos we could not have been happier, we spent hours going through them and just loved the natural documentary style, it was like reliving the day through snap shots. Our favourite photos are during the speeches, moments of pure joy and laughter fully documented. We cannot speak more highly of John and his incredible work and would strongly recommend him to anyone planning their wedding!" Ali and Armon

"Hi John, Thank you so much for our wedding photos. They are so unbelievably beautiful, you exceeded our already high expectations of your amazing work. I have lost count of the amount of times we have looked through them. You have perfectly captured the love, fun and happiness of our special day. Your calm and gentle nature made us feel instantly at ease both on our engagement shoot and our wedding day. Our friends and family have all commented on how beautifully you have captured our day. I can safely say these photos will be cherished and serve as the perfect memory of the best day of our lives. Thank you so much for being part of our wedding experience. We could not recommend you more highly to anyone looking for a wedding photographer. All the best." Lucie and Luke

"Hi John, Hope you’re doing well. Just a quick email between lessons to say we’re absolutely in love with the photos. They’re amazing, as we knew they would be. In fact, I’m just sneaking another peak right now….every time you look at them there’s something new to spot. Thanks so much for your creative flair, your professionalism and for caring so much about what you do. You’ve given us a very special memento that will last us for the rest of our lives. Thank you!!! Laura and Gaz x" Laura and Gaz

"Hi John, Just a quick message to say we have received our photos :-) What can we say…. They could not be more perfect! You captured everything we ever could have hoped for and couldn't be happier with the way they turned out. We feel like we have just relived our whole wedding day and all the emotions that came with it! You are so amazing at what you do and we are so lucky to have had you photograph our wedding. From start to finish you have been nothing but wonderful, professional and reassuring. We can't wait to show them off to all our family and friends, we've had tears already from the couple we have sent! Thank you again so much we are so grateful for everything." Hayley and Dominic

"Hi John, Sorry for the delay, time seems to run away! Thank you so much for dropping the photos over, they are really beautiful! We are very happy with them and are looking forward to printing them out and framing them, my absolute favourite being the final confetti shot!  When looking at lots of the photos, we hadn't even realised that you were standing anywhere near us so thanks again for being so discreet and respectful of what was happening in Church. It was lovely to meet and work with you and we wish you the best for the future." Liz and Ben

“Morning John, Got them yesterday! Wow, some really great shots, we love them :-) … went through them twice yesterday and again this morning. The ones of the speeches….all fantastic.  My personal favourites are close up one of the tea cups, putting on my shoes in the morning, Naomi in the church porch, the reflection photo's in the puddles outside the church, at the front of the church, the look on Mandi's face coming out of the church lol, OMG the horse picture (that is amazing in colour and black and white), little Oscar mid flight on the lawn is fab :-) not to mention the beautiful shots of Harlaxton and close up of guests that really capture personalities. You've even managed to get some great romantic shots of two people who are the least romantic couple I know! You've got Marks lions :-) Love, love, love the row of 3, Mark outside pointing, putting his hands up and hugging our old school pal Vanessa. Biggest surprise, you actually got one of my son smiling ;-) oh and the one of our other school friend Michael, in black and white looking out of the window with the light hitting his face and I adore the one of me in black and white next to the sweet table with my son in the distance. I have to say the only ones I'm not keen on are the posed ones for signing of the register and taken with the older family relatives outside late afternoon....Ha ha so I rest my case on posed pictures! The natural one of us laughing with Diane as she signs the register is by far better and the two you have with Uncle Eric and I holding hands capture him perfectly (will treasure those two!) to the one posed and taken on the steps :-) Well that's enough waffling off for another look lol, every time you go through them you notice something else you've missed on previous look throughs. Once again thank you for capturing our special day so perfectly x" Caroline & Mark

"Hi John, Firstly, let me apologise for us not getting in touch to let you know our photos had arrived! Secondly, what can I say, thank you! Although that doesn't seem enough! Now we have had chance to digest them they still blow me away no matter how many times we go through them we spot something or someone we missed the time before. You captured our day perfectly and just as we had asked. Thank you so much for bringing our day to life again! These images are just so special to us I don't even have the words to do it justice. Unfortunately, Simon one of James best men lost his dad suddenly last week. We are fortunate that you have captured some of Paul (Simons dad) at the evening reception with Simon and his sister Claire and their mum Sue. Moments in time captured to keep. Thank you. If you want a proper review/recommendation please don't hesitate to ask. Thanks again!" Torey and James

"Hi John, This is terribly late in coming to you, but Tom and I wanted to say a huge thank you for our wedding photos. They are stunning, and every time we look at them it brings back the absolute joy of the day. Your "photo ninja" skills earned many a comment from our friends and family, who were impressed at your sensitivity and professionalism. Thank you for taking time to meet us, to make sure you understood what we wanted, and for giving us a fun trial run to relax the nerves. We had no doubt that you would do a wonderful job, and now we have the photos to prove it! Hope you are doing well & are having a little more time to relax after your summer of weddings. Best wishes" Kat and Tom

"Hello John! Wesley and I received our photographs from you this week and have spent the last couple of days looking over them (repeatedly!) - they are amazing! We love them so much, and can't thank you enough for agreeing to being our wedding photographer, providing a faultless service and making us feel so completely at ease and calm on our wedding day! You've done a wonderful job of capturing the day and we keep finding so many details in the photographs which make us smile and remember it all! I've already ordered a large print for our home together and have a family lined up waiting to see them too! You've made us a very happy couple :) We can't thank or recommend you enough!! All the very best." Alice and Wes

"Hi John, Just a quick note to say thank you so much for our wedding photos, they arrived yesterday and we spent the evening poring over them, we absolutely love them, you captured every special moment of the day beautifully. Thank you, will be in touch for the album!" Charlotte and Ben

"John was our wedding photographer and I have to say that I cannot praise him or the quality of his photos enough.  I was originally, perhaps being a typical man, bemused why my wife spent so long looking for a photographer and speaking to them.  I was of the view that any photographer, as long as they were technically competent, would do; after all, they only had to point and shoot! I have to admit that I was wrong and that the day would not have gone nearly as well, or been as memorable with any other photographer.  His pictures are simply stunning, as everyone who has seen them agrees.  That is no mean achievement with such a clash of styles and cultures!  But more that that, he has the priceless ability to identify and capture a moment and a mood perfectly.  As well as the big picturesque set pieces of the day, some of his most beautiful shots are the ones that encapsulate all the wonderful memories and the emotions of the day that you think go unseen.  Thankfully not with John as your photographer! What truly sets him part though is how he is unobtrusive, but engages with everyone, and is superb with people, making everyone feel important and part of the event, tailoring his style according to the person he is photographing.  He was very popular with all the guests, and was very patient and good humoured which was no mean feat  given the chaos and high emotion all around!  He also has a knack of finding stillness amidst the noise, and reminding you the bride and groom, to relax and enjoy your day. The last point is important.  He takes a lot of time getting to know the couple, and what kind of people they are at the pre-wedding shoot so the pictures are truly the ones that capture the essence of your relationship.  We can’t thank him enough and will undoubtedly use him at our ‘English’ style ceremony later this year. " Pranita and John

'I just wanted to send you an email to say thank you so much for our wedding photos, they are absolutely brilliant we are so pleased with them they really reflect the feel of the whole day, now we just can't decide which ones to put in photo frames there are so many lovely ones! We are so pleased we used you for our special day the photos are so natural and are just what we were looking for. Thank you again.' Alice and Matt

'What a fantastic time we had on our wedding day. John's natural ability to capture the emotions in his photos allow us to relive it all over again. His discreet creativity and understanding approach to our requirements made him the perfect photographer for our perfect day. Thank you John' Carys and Will

'When booking our wedding the photos were one aspect that I wasn't particularly looking forward to, more a necessity rather than a want.  I don't feel comfortable in front of the camera neither does my other half, and wedding photographs in the past all look the same plus having to have them taken is a long tedious task.  Then while looking for a photographer came across John's website,  I didn't realise that you could have the reportage style pictures taken.  I love John's style of photography and there were so many beautiful pictures on his website we had to contact him.  I'm so glad that we asked John and we went with this style and didn't go with 'tradition'.  He is a really nice guy, he put everyone at ease and was very courteous and patient, everyone commented on how nice he was.  I'm also glad that John swayed me to agreeing to having the wedding preparation shots, I was unsure as to whether I would be comfortable with this but some lovely shots came from it and you hardly know he is there!  Having the reportage style shots is a definite plus for us, we will have so many wonderful memories of our wedding day, things that John caught that we didn't see on the day.  So happy with our wedding photos - thank you John ' Helen and Darren

 'We looked at a number of photographers who all used the reportage style we wanted for our wedding pictures. However, John had that something extra, that something special….the X factor if you like! John came to our home to meet us and we had regular contact with john throughout the process. John is an absolute professional and a very unassuming, lovely guy. He melted into the background and as a result captured the atmosphere of the wedding perfectly with 100s of beautiful, natural pictures. He has an fabulous artistic eye and produced some amazingly creative shots. Johns unobtrusive, quiet nature put us at ease completely, we never felt self conscious at any point even in our portrait shots. All the guests commented on how impressed they were with our photographer, no bellowing, bossiness at any point! John was really accommodating in listening to any particular shots we wanted and to guests grabbing us for photos too. It was such a long day for him as he was with us from prep to after first dance which was late! He even emailed me some first look photos the next morning despite being with us til late the night before. And then he delivered our pics to our home only 2 weeks after our wedding! I am so pleased we chose john, he captured the day perfectly and we love everyone of the 500 plus pictures he took! If you’re looking for an unobtrusive, creative and professional photographer then book this man! We recommend him unreservedly. Thank you so so much John x' Kelly and Carl

'Dear John, We wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you did for us on our wedding day. Everyone said how fab you were, how friendly and how stealth like! We are so pleased with our photos to, we love them … thank you. It was great having you there as part of our day.' Sonny and Gail

'When we started looking for our wedding photographer neither of us really knew exactly what we wanted from our pictures, we just knew that we didn't enjoy posing for photos for hours on end with a photographer telling us to say cheese! We found John's website and instantly loved the amazing pictures in the gallery and as soon as we met up with John for a chat and a cuppa we knew he was the one for us! On the day we were made to feel so at ease and John fitted in with our wedding party as if we'd known him for years, our friends and family are still remarking on what a great guy he is! We received our images last week and just can't stop looking them, they are amazing and document the day perfectly. John is a truly talented photographer and we'd highly recommend him to anyone.' Chris and Alanna

'Thanks John for all of your help on the day and for giving us pictures that we'll treasure forever'My husband and I were both really nervous about wedding photos, as neither of us are particularly comfortable in front of the camera. We decided that the best thing for us would be to try and find a photographer who had a more natural, observational style, ideally someone that we wouldn't even know was there!  When we came across John's website we were both surprised (and very pleased!) by how natural everyone looked, and we had a sense that this might be the photographer for us. After our initial meeting I was sure that John should be the one to photograph our wedding, the photos he showed us of complete weddings swung it - they were all beautiful with lovely lighting, natural smiles and moments captured unawares.  We are completely delighted with our decision to book John, he was both professional and friendly throughout the lead up to the wedding, the day itself and afterwards and the photos we have (all 700+ of them!) are amazing. We are having huge difficulty selecting just a few for our album which I think speaks for itself, particularly from two photo hating people!' Elizabeth and Ross

'Right from the start of planning our wedding, finding the right photographer was something that was really important to us. I always take loads of photos at other peoples weddings, and I knew that not taking photos at my own wedding was going to be really hard for me! I also dislike the formal ‘line up’ style photos and posed couple shots that have been part of so many of the weddings I have been to over the years, so I was also aware that we needed to find someone who felt the same way and was happy to go with the flow of the day and see what opportunities presented themselves, rather than have an agenda of particular photos that had to be taken.  So, the hunt for the photographer began. It is no exaggeration to say that we spent more time choosing a photographer than on anything else to do with the wedding (except bridesmaid dresses, but that is another story). It wasn’t helped when a friend nodded sagely when I told her about my dilemma, and agreed that a good photographer was vital as ‘all you are left with at the end of the day are the memories and photographs’. Help!  John had photographed a wedding at our main venue, Lemore Manor, before – and hence we found him via their website. Immediately I liked the pictures I saw on his blog, though it is very hard to separate your opinions about the style of the photography from the style of the wedding being photographed sometimes! I liked that there were none of the naff posed photos mentioned above, and not too much of the ‘soft focus’ wispy shots we had seen elsewhere.  But what really set John’s pictures apart from others was the interesting use of light, perspective and focus that he uses. I don’t really like being photographed, so the fact that the photos were interesting pictures in themselves, without the bride and groom necessarily taking up the foreground, was very appealing.  So, after all that – I had high expectations and John’s photography certainly did not disappoint. He came to both days of our wedding and took lots and lots of amazing photographs that we are absolutely delighted with.  The ‘formals’, necessary to keep the relatives happy, were undertaken quickly and with minimal fuss, enabling us to get on with enjoying ourselves. Many of our guests commented on how great the photos are, and how well John ‘blended in’ to the crowd, enabling people to feel relaxed and at ease around him. We really enjoyed having him be part of our wedding and can’t recommend him highly enough. Thank you again for everything!' Sophie and Trevor

'Hi John, I hope that you're well. We have spent the weekend looking at our wedding photo's.  I just want to thank you once more as they are absolutely amazing.  You have managed to capture our day magnificently.  You have fantastic vision and talent.  I hope that you will go far as you are a truly superb photographer.  Now we just have the difficult task of choosing images for an album.  Once again, thank you.' Sharon and Keith

'When looking for our photographer we knew we wanted one which captured natural shots of our family, friends on our wedding day, and from the moment we met John we knew this would be the case! From our first meeting, we knew that John was going to be the perfect choice for us and we are so pleased that he took the photos for our big day! The photos turned out better than we could have ever imagined - despite the amount of rain! Thank you so much for capturing so many special moments and memories, the photographs will be a perfect reminder for years to come!  Everyone commented on your personality and the way you managed to capture your photos without people realising - this is exactly what we wanted so you could capture people's natural emotions. We absolutely loved the blog and so have the guests from the wedding - you were absolutely perfect and we would strongly recommend you to anyone for wedding photography. Thank you so much' Ben and Kate

'We had the absolute pleasure to first meet John at our friends Ting and Arron's wedding in April 2013 as their photographer. Back then we were amazed how easily John interacted with the guests and how "invisible" he was throughout the day taking pictures. It felt like he was one of the wedding guests rather than the photographer. The resulting photographs were stunning and reflected exactly how wonderful the day was.  The shots were beautifully done - John really has a great eye for capturing special moments. Some of our favourite photos are ones we didn't even know John had taken, which demonstrates how non-intrusive and discreet he is.  So when the time came for us to get married, it was definitely clear that John would be our first choice. We did not even look for any other wedding photographers because we knew we wanted John - and luckily he was available.  He took a trip up to Nottingham to see us at our venue several weeks before the wedding to discuss what ideas we had and also what recommendations he had. Already at that point we knew we had made the right choice in going with John. He made us feel so at ease and we knew the photography side of our wedding would not be anything to worry about.  So on our wonderful wedding day, John and his work were exactly like we imagined. He took beautiful shots of Dani getting ready in the morning and interacted wonderfully with the many family members that were there. During the ceremony, the formal pictures, the wedding breakfast and the evening reception John took wonderful photographs that we will truly treasure as memories. He really did capture the essence of our wedding and his photos perfectly reflected the atmosphere and emotions felt on our special day.  We feel blessed to have had John be a part of our wedding and we could not have asked for a more talented photographer. He truly did an absolutely fantastic job and is on top of it all a really great guy as well. It was a pleasure to have him at our wedding.  Again - thank you so much for everything you have done at our wedding!' Dani and Luke

'We just wanted to write to you John to say thank you so much for such brilliant photographs of our wedding. We didn’t want a ‘bossy say cheese’ photographer which is what we loved about John, he fitted into our special day with our family and friends and we didn’t notice him at times!  The photographs are absolutely stunning, you are a truly amazing photographer with such an eye for detail. The photos tell a true story of our special day from start to finish. ‘Simple, Elegant and Real photography’ is totally correct. We can’t thank you enough for providing such beautiful wedding photographs we will treasure for life. Diolch am bopeth John. Thanks for everything John, you are truly amazing!' Rachel and Aled

'When we were first looking for a wedding photographer, we found John's website on the internet and instantly thought that his photographs were beautiful. After spending some time reading his blog and looking at the other testimonials on his website, we thought that he sounded like the type of photographer for us. When we met John for the first time, we realised that he wasn't the 'type' of photographer, for us... He was the ONLY photographer for us. John is an absolute professional who is able to put even the most camera-shy people at ease. He is a kind, creative and unimposing person who is generous with his time and efforts. He is hard-working, genuine and warm. His calm and relaxed nature means that you will not only have a set of beautiful photographs to save for the rest of your life, but that you will have some of the loveliest memories to look back on when reminiscing about how the photographs were captured. John's 'stealth-like' style means that every special moment from your wedding will be captured, more than likely without you even realising it! Not only is John a fantastic photographer, we considered him one of our guests too, our family and friends all commenting about what a lovely person he is. If you are looking for a photographer for your special day, look no further. You have found 'the one'. Rest assured your day will be in the best hands imaginable. Your only worry will be getting to the church on time! ' Tanya and Alex

'Dear John, We both really can't thank you enough for our amazing wedding photographs. To us the day itself felt perfect, but to have all of those special moments captured in your beautiful photographs makes us feel exceptionally privileged. We knew that finding the right photographer for our wedding was one of the most important decisions we would take, so finding someone we could trust to capture the day in a style that felt right for us was a top priority. Your work is in a class of its own and we were instantly put at ease within minutes of meeting you.It didn't go unnoticed that your humorous and relaxed manner also put all of our guests at ease and the results are clearly shown in your photographs. Many of our guests would consider themselves camera-shy but so many of them have been delighted by the natural looking photos you have taken of them. You captured far more than we could have imagined possible, all those bits that we missed on the day but got to find out about at our first look through the shots - it was great to relive all the special moments that we can now share, keep and treasure! We are quite simply thrilled with your work and would highly recommend you time and time again.Thank you so much!' Georgina and Dave

'Hi John, we just wanted to express our heartfelt appreciation and immense gratitude to you for all that you did on our wedding day. Not only are the photographs stunning and capture the emotions and joy of the day; but your presence was a huge blessing. We both knew during our initial meeting that we’d found our ‘Mr. Right’ for our photography, but we didn’t realise just how important and perfect that decision had been until the big day unfolded! Your patience and calm was beneficial when my groom was running late and I began to pace; your generous spirit and flexibility was a bonus when we had to stop to buy a belt on the way to the ‘do’ (I’m sure it’s not every photographer that’ll shell out for last minute wedding apparel!!) Your friendly personality meant you charmed the guests and blended in beautifully; and your quiet, stealthy, Ninja-like quality meant you didn’t miss a beat and we never saw you once!!! Thank you personally for making an intimidating, daunting process so easy and enjoyable- Oh and I apologise for offending you by saying “I thought I’d hate having you around, watching me, but it’s actually been really nice” Lol Mr.Colson Sir, we think you are a legend…….with a camera! If we had to do it all again (oh yes please I’d love to) you would be our first choice, our only choice every time. We cannot sing your praises high or loud enough and if anyone reading this testimony is looking for an awesome chap with a gift for beautiful, meaningful photography….your search is over; John Colson’s your man!! Thank you John, God bless.' John and Victoria

'THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!! YOU ARE AMAZING!!  (see I'm so excited I come over all caps lock!) Our pictures came in the post yesterday and I have absolutely no words to describe how thrilled we are. They are just perfect! I don't even know where you must have been to get some of them, you must have been everywhere like a wedding ninja, I do seem to remember fleeting glimpses of you about the place :D. They are all so brilliant and bring back such great memories I want to display every single one of them, which may prove difficult in our little house! I wanted to thank you for the day as well, you were brilliant (I apologise for having to put up with the bridesmaids and I getting ready, we're all a little on the dramatic side and by dramatic I mean loud and excitable :D). The photographer we chose was a big thing for me and I couldn't be more pleased that we found you, not only are the pictures pretty spectacular but you were so lovely to have around on the day, so many of our guests have spoken about how nice you were and how wonderful a job you were doing. Kevin and I were really anxious about having pictures taken with just us two (we both tend to end up gurning weirdly in posed photos) but you made it so wonderfully easy and enjoyable. You captured the whole day so perfectly we will be singing your praises to everyone and anyone for a veeeery long time. (On a very personal note I want to thank you for the pictures of my bouquet which showed my bouquet charm, it wasn't something I mentioned to you when you asked if we had anything like that because I found the fact that my Dad wouldn't be there very hard to think about in the run up to wedding but having those photos come up when we were looking through them made my heart leap a little and for that I owe you a massive massive thank you).  With all our love and deepest thanks Sam and Kevin

'Just a quick note to say that we received your photographs earlier in the week and they are absolutely fantastic. Your images are razor sharp - I really don't know how you do it. I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you so much for being part of our day, we're very glad that you felt welcome with us. Both yourself and Mel were a real pleasure to have around. Your calming influence on the day was greatly received by everyone (not least by myself). So many suppliers we've had have promised so much but only a few really delivered exactly what we asked for. Of everyone that we dealt with, we both agree that you are the only one that consistently over-delivered, whether it was meeting us at short notice, really taking the time to get to know us or standing with us in the rain to capture what was for us a perfect day, despite the weather! I can tell you are living and breathing your passion every day as this reflects in your work. So thanks again.' Michael and Alice

"Well where do I start in trying to thank you enough for our photos!! They are absolutely amazing and we love every single one of them.  We have looked through them so many times already..... You captured the day absolutely perfectly and it's bought back such lovely memories - thank you, thank you, thank you!!" Leanne and Ross

"We’re probably the smuggest newlyweds you’ll find right now. It’s not just the usual post-wedding glee – it’s also that our pictures are so absolutely fantastic, and our friends and family agree.  You plan a wedding aware that yours isn’t the only one in the world, so to some extent you expect to be treated pleasantly but still as one end of a business transaction, and one of many transactions at that. Instead, we were surprised to have a photographer who was as personable as John – one who so evidently loves his work, cares about his clients and their wishes, and is a really lovely and interesting person to boot. John is scarily subtle (we suspect a second career as a ninja). He has to be in order to catch some of the shots he does, and we’ve gasped at so many on looking through our pictures, even on the seven hundredth viewing. Every time we did see John on the day, he was smiling away at something on the cameras, and we had a number of positive comments about him from guests immediately after the wedding, in terms of both what he produces and the way he works.  Our photos show us wonderful moments we’d otherwise have missed, and moments that look even better than we remembered. John has given us exactly what we wanted: beautiful memories of the day as it actually happened, the joy our family and friends showed, and even us two looking like we’ve scrubbed up alright. That’s no mean feat in itself. Hire this man. He’s awesome." Caroline and James

"Thank you for taking such beautiful photos of our wedding! From the word go, you have made us feel relaxed + confident you were the man for the job. The photos really capture the emotions, celebrations and our sheer enjoyment of the day. There are some great character shots of us, our family and our friends which will go down in history. We wish you all the best for the future." Sarah and Rich

"We struggled not to burst with delight as John allowed us to flick through some of the photographs he had taken at our wedding! So very happy with how he managed to capture the little moments that make such a big day. Never intrusive, didn't order us around, missed nothing and captured everything we could have hoped for. What a great guy - we looked for someone who could photograph the moments where people were caught naturally, as neither of us feel comfortable with 'posing'! Even the few that were set up, don't look awkward, it all looks relaxed, natural and very happy. Our guests commented on how great he was, as he was never over bearing and has a gentle, calm manner about him. Lovely guy, and we would not hesitate to recommend John to anyone that wants to enjoy their day and be captured doing just that! Huge thank you John!" Philippa and Ross

"Thank you so much for delivering our Wedding Album this afternoon.  It looks fantastic and we are very pleased with it.  It brings back so many memories of our day.  We wish you all the good luck for the future and to making a lot of memories for other couples to cherish." Claire and Graham

"I am writing to say a huge thank you. We are both thrilled with our Wedding photo's and as someone who never quite knows what to do with myself in front of a camera I am delighted with how many beautiful shots you took. In addition to decorating our wall's with beautiful photo's you really have managed to capture the moments of the day for us to remember forever. When showing my photo's to some already married friends they told me they regretted their wedding photography and the dozens of photos that they have of various family and friends stood in military straight rows, alphabetised and in order of height! Your photo's are natural, beautiful and truly capture the highlights of the day. One of my colleagues told me she even went home and showed all of her family your post online - even though none of them know us - just because she thought the were so good ! My friends and family too have been very complimentary, commenting on how professional you were on the day and how hard you worked, staying late to get the shots with us at sunset. I think that your prices represent excellent value for money but I can't put a price on the photos you took - they really are so very special. We cant thank you enough - were both excited to see our photo album once printed." Lydia and Craig

"I thought finding a photographer for our wedding would be tricky until I was introduced to John by my cousin Shelly..who was also a bride to be. One of the things John said to me was that essentially he is a guest at our wedding. This is something that honestly I had never really thought of it in that way initially, but after meeting with John, viewing some of his fantastic work and discussing 'The Big Day'..we knew John was perfect for us. Prior to the wedding John stressed that he wanted to get to know us. By the time the wedding came we knew John as a friend and not simply the photographer at our wedding and I think this really shines through in his photos. On the Wedding Day John may as well have been the invisible guest...blending into the groups capturing those natural shots of friends and family enjoying the day..avoiding the 'everybody say cheese' style which is something we really didn't want. Having viewed our wedding photographs I don't think my words will ever do his work enough justice.  Unbelievably talented, passionate, professional and an 'eye for detail' are but to name a few words that spring to mind. They have captured the essence of the day from start to finish. So here's to you John, not only the photographer on our wedding day but a welcomed special guest..and deservedly so! Diolch Yn Fawr Iawn!" Laura and Tom

"Just wanted to say a big thank you. We received our album yesterday and the quality is amazing. We are both so pleased with it, as is all the family that we have shown it to so far. Thanks for all your help on and leading up to our wedding day and for capturing the day so perfectly." Michelle and Steve

"Simple, Elegant and Real Wedding Photography, this is what John Colson promises…….you get so much more! The planning of our Wedding was fairly straight forward and easy, the only stumbling block I knew I was going to encounter would be a Photographer. I have next to no confidence in front of a lens and knew this would be the toughest part of the planning. I knew what sort of photographs I had in my mind set and trawled so many sites for about a week and, amazingly, I found John Colson, after a whole week of looking at blogs, testimonials, photographs and just when I was about to give up, there he was. Immediately I called my now Husband Dave and told him I had found a photographer and I wanted to book him, I knew straight away it was what I wanted and I did not mind how much it was going to cost, as I felt that our Wedding photographs were going to be an investment and priceless…... We met John at our home and what a delightful man we thought, he is unassuming and very relaxed and it was obvious he had a great eye for detail, as we perused his work further. It is then I informed John of my lack of confidence in front of a lens, he calmed me and reassured me and I knew I had put my trust in the right man. As a result, my photographs are amazing, they have truly captured what was such an emotional and fun day and I never stopped smiling, laughing and was absolutely carefree as to where John was, he was not at all intrusive and at one stage I got quite worried as to where he could be, he was about and doing his thing and that has resulted in very natural, simple, elegant and real wedding photographs. We are in awe of John’s work, we will forever recommend him, a true gent and an extremely talented photographer! He is so talented, he was able to convince me I would be perfect for a Boudoir shoot, I asked if he would do me the honour and photograph me as I wanted to present Dave with some pictures of me as a Wedding Gift, as Dave had no photographs of me at all. I really do not have to say too much about that, just check out the Blog on Debra August, 2013 Boudoir shoot, they speak for themselves. Thank you John" Debra and David

"I had such a perfect image of how I wanted to look for my Husband, I had the idea of what I wanted to be wearing and where the shoot was to take place, in our room which we were going to be on our Wedding night. I had all of that but did not imagine I could look so amazing and my image would be created……I do not have to say much, look at the photographs, that is what I imagined and much much more. Davids comments when he opened a very smart box (which he thought were expensive chocolates at first) were : WOW, WOW, WOW, BEAUTIFUL, STUNNING, AMAZING, WOW, WOW, WOW…….I have to agree. Thank you John" Debra

"John and I viewed the official wedding photographs that you had taken for Tom and Laura's wedding at the weekend. We were delighted to relive the moments that we had forgotten. You have managed to capture the essence of their day which they were hoping to achieve. Every one of the photo's is my favourite to be honest, but to see Tom so relaxed in front of a camera has been a bonus. I know Tom and Laura have been delighted with the results and rightly proud to show them off." John and Jacqui (Tom's Mom and Dad)

"Just wanted to say a huge thank you!! I feel that Matt and I were very lucky to have found you. We only had three months to plan our wedding and choosing our photographer was the last, and best decision we made. From the outset it was an absolute pleasure to work with you. Unlike many people involved in our wedding, you listened, cared and got it right! You are extremely talented, enthusiastic and creative in your work. Apart from the beautiful photos that we will always have to remind us of our wedding day, we will remember with fondness, the lovely gentleman who took them! All the best for the future..." Alice and Matt

"I would like to just say “Johns photograph’s do the talking” but this feels somewhat clichéd and doesn’t do John the justice he deserves for his amazing work. The right photographer was very important to Laura and I as we had been to several weddings where a loud shouty photographer had dominated proceedings, this was something we were keen to avoid. Johns relaxed, natural  “capturing the moment” style was something we were immediately drawn towards but Laura was keen that the personality of the photographer was one that she would feel comfortable with on the day, at the same time  John is also keen to feel comfortable with his potential clients. After a meeting at the venue all parties were happy and John was booked, he told us to shop around but there was no need! Johns enthusiasm of our ideas and our chosen venue gave us confidence that we had made the right choice leading up to the day and luckily when the big day arrived the sun shone. To say John goes about his work unnoticed is an understatement , my favourite shots of the day are the reactions of the top table during the speeches that john took on the floor in front of the speakers ! Until we watched the video afterwards no one knew he was there ! After being such a large part of our special day we regard John as a good friend and we wish him good luck in the future and highly recommend his services." Jez and Laura

"Ted and I wanted to write and thank you for taking such a beautiful set of photographs. It can't have been easy as we are all quite difficult subjects! We are thrilled and will certainly look forward to looking back at the images in the years to come. You certainly captured the spirit of the day and some wonderful memories." Jo and Ted

"One point at the wedding we were thinking 'Where's John gone?' and there he was snapping away quietly and not disrupting anyone. Photos are a big part of our life and we are so grateful that we found John and he agreed to be our photographer for one of the most important days of lives. If you want the most fabulous photos on your wedding day, then look no further. John is one of the most humble, generous and sweetest men I have ever met. He will meet your every need on your special day because he knows it's your day and no one else's. The photos we got back were truly amazing and we can't thank him enough for them. Every time we go through the pictures, they bring a tear to our eyes because John has managed to capture the most intimate and natural parts of the day. What I am trying to say is, THANK YOU so much John for making us and our guests feel as comfortable as you did in front of the camera and for being so sneaky in capturing THE most beautiful shots!" Ting and Arron

"Getting the ‘right’ photographer for our wedding day was at the top of our priority list and we had met several that just weren’t quite what we were looking for. Finally, we met John and he completely surpassed our expectations. On the day, he was with us at Morley Hayes for hours and hours snapping away discretely and as a result, the whole day is captured from start to end. He is a great person to work with and we are absolutely delighted with the photographs. We have had no end of compliments about John from our guests and we’d recommend him without any hesitation. If you are looking for a true professional who loves what he does then John is your man!" Alaina and Pete

"Nearly a year after our wedding we still never tire of looking through our photographs. They are all so beautiful we cannot choose the ones we like the best. You captured the essence of the day that at last we were together and today was just the start..... Many people say that the only stranger at a wedding is the photographer but it never felt like that with you. You became a friend and many people at the wedding commented on the fabulous unobtrusive way you went about taking the photographs which resulted in some beautiful images." Carol and Gordon

 "Just to let you know the photos arrived and we love them. You've really captured the day and they're exactly what we were hoping for. We didn't even realize you had taken most of the pictures! Thank you so much."  Gabby and Rob

‘‘If you are looking for a talented photographer with integrity, sensitivity and a great sense of humour, then you have found your man. Our wedding story is a little different from the norm for reasons which we will explain. We had thoroughly researched into photographers and thought we had made our decision, then we met John at a Wedding Fair. With both of us being rather camera shy we were amazed to find how at ease we were around John-we had instant trust in his professionalism and judgement. John came to visit us at home (he doesn’t know this yet but we had a code phrase in case either of us wanted to keep looking!) As neither of us said ‘c’est la vie’, we went ahead and booked him for the following August. And now for the unfortunate twist in the tale, Dad was sadly diagnosed with terminal cancer and we had to bring the wedding forward so that he could share our special day. John did everything he could to accommodate and support us during this difficult time. As we got married, John was wonderful, giving us confidence, making us laugh and becoming a very welcome guest. He was completely mindful of the importance of taking special photos of Dad but at the same time was sensitive to Dad’s condition, respectful of everyone’s emotions and worked in a totally unobtrusive way. Our wedding reception also posed a real challenge to John as we changed our original venue and held our celebration at home instead. Somehow he managed to capture the essence of each of our guests along with magical moments that would otherwise have been missed. So many people commented afterwards on the wonderful job that John had done and how pleasant he was. We are totally over the moon with our wedding photos and cannot praise John highly enough. He is a gifted, thoughtful and sensitive gentleman whose talent has beautifully preserved our amazing day.’’ Emma and Tim

"I didn't really know where to start when looking for a wedding photographer, but I'm so glad I found John. His style is exactly what we were looking for. We really didn't want to spend hours posing for photos, we just wanted some natural pictures that documented the mood of the day and showed everyone enjoying themselves. Most of the time we barely noticed John was there, and yet the resulting photos were perfect - natural, beautiful, elegant, fun, different, he really captured the emotions of the whole day, and has a real talent for capturing natural moments in a creative way. On top of all this John is a professional, friendly, and very likeable person who clearly loves his job. We have had so many compliments on our photos, and I would highly recommend John to anyone looking for a wedding photographer." Elaine and Phil

"We are very grateful to have had the pleasure of working with John on making our wedding day such a brilliant one. He really captured the true feeling of our day and more. John's professionalism, attention to the very last detail and hard work really shows in the pictures and the presentation. John goes the extra mile and we can highly recommend him. Thanks very much again." Kate and Matt

"When we first saw John's website and style of photography we knew he was exactly what we were looking for. We were desperate for someone talented to join us to record our special day, to capture the happiness that we hoped to share with everyone that attended our wedding and to photograph all the personal touches we (well, me...the bride) had spent hours creating. We also knew that we really didn't want anything overly fake or posed...that just wasn't our style. John understood immediately and we have been so thrilled by the photographs that we have received. His style of photography is beautifully elegant yet honest and he managed to capture the essence of our day in a range of colour and black and white images that we absolutely love. We couldn't decide which photo's we loved more, the ones of myself and my husband just enjoying the day, the photo's of our happy guests or the images that creatively framed the flowers and venue. We have spent hours looking through all our photo's and I cannot emphasise enough how they have enabled us to relive a day that already seems a bit of a wonderful memory after returning to work! Every time we look at them we see something new and I cannot imagine many people can say that about their wedding photo's.  Apart from the photo's (which are beautiful), John was such a fantastic guy to work with. He made us feel incredibly at ease and comfortable and it was clear that he loves his job and photography on a whole. He spent the whole day with us....and I mean the whole day but...and I say this as a huge compliment to him, you never really noticed he was there. We had so many comments praising him for his approach and now complimenting him on the stunning photos. I would not hesitate to recommend him and am utterly convinced that he would not let anyone down or disappoint anybody." Catherine and Gavin

"Your photographs are MAG-NIFICENT! We are both absolutely thrilled with the job you did. On many occasions, we found ourselves gasping, sighing or cooing as the photographs came up on screen. Your eye for an opportunist shot and expertise with lighting/framing is really something to behold, and we really can't wait to show them to our friends and family.We also want to take this opportunity to thank you for your fantastic professionalism on the day. You deserve great credit for blending into the background virtually unseen, and yet somehow managing to capture the magic of every aspect of the day. It goes without saying that we will recommend you wholeheartedly to friends and family - but really, the photos they see will speak for themselves.' Paul and Rebecca

"Our wedding photos were of special importance to us as soon after our big day we emigrated away from our friends and family. John did such a brilliant job of capturing the moments and emotion of our wedding day through beautiful images. We can’t stop looking at them and really couldn’t have wished for better. Part of the reason the photos are so good is because John has the ability to blend in with guests, capturing brilliant natural and unseen moments which are a joy to look at after the day. John’s calm, courteous and professional manner was appreciated by us and our guests with his meticulous attention to detail really showing in the shots. John’s style of elegant natural photos is just what we wanted from our day and we can’t believe some of the photos are of us! Thanks so much again for your work, it really does help us to relive our special day when we are away from friends and family. We wish you all the luck in the future and for those looking a wedding photographer we highly recommend Johns work and approach to help you perfectly capture your day." Laura and Alastair

"Many thanks John for your kindness at Laura and Al's wedding, especially when you helped an old lady at the back of the church who was my aunt. Your kindness has spread around the family, so a huge thank you from us all. A true gentleman." Laura's Mom

"We have finally had chance to carefully go through all the photos you took on our wedding. May we take this opportunity to thank you for doing such a great job, there are no photos that we are unhappy with, each one captures the day in its own way. Thank you again for all your hard work." Dave and Becky

"John was an excellent choice of wedding photographer and choosing him was a real blessing. He has a real talent for capturing the emotion and moments of your big day in beautiful pictures that will forever remind us of what a special day it was. He does this in a very candid way, which is probably one of the secrets to his success, as he is able to capture the day without impinging on it. We really couldn't recommend him highly enough and would like to thank him for the wonderful pictures and album he has given us. In short; Brilliant photos, easy to work with, adaptable to your requirements and a thoroughly nice guy to boot." - Harry and Amy

"We all wanted to say a big thank you for helping to make our day so special and for capturing it so beautifully. If you ever need recommendations please let us know as we were so impressed! Thanks again" - Matt and Katie