About Me

Not The Kind of Wedding Photographer You Were Expecting…

A Natural Storytelling Kind of Wedding Photographer

I’m not a wedding photographer. Well, not in the traditional sense that is. I don’t indulge in wedding industry cliches or tired old stereotypes. I want to do things differently, capture your wedding imagery in a fresh, unusual and creative ways.

Colour wedding photography of the bride and groom enjoying a tender and loving moment, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northants.

You want the real, natural story of your wedding day capturing.  You don’t want a gazillion carefully set up group shots of every combination of family and guests. You don’t want a photographer taking centre stage and barking instructions.  You want a relaxed, down to earth approach to your wedding day where you get beautiful unposed photos that tell your wedding story.

Surrey wedding reportage photography of the bride and groom cutting the wedding cake at a wedding at Gatton Hall, Surrey. Taken by one of the best documentary wedding photographers in Surrey, Darren Lehane.

 

So it sounds like we’re on the same page. I want to naturally capture the stories from your big day, including all the ones you won’t be aware of, without me interfering or taking day.  When you look back at your wedding photos in months, years, decades to come it’s your unique wedding day I want you to remember and share…not my creation of it.

Award-Winning Wedding Photographer

Colour documentary wedding photography of male wedding guests enjoying cigars, during the evening reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.

My natural, storytelling approach to wedding photography has seen me win a number of wedding photography awards with the prestigious Wedding Photojournalist Association and the Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association.

Darren Lehane Wedding PhotographyBut it’s not a photo shoot, after all. It’s a wedding. It’s your wedding. It’s for you to enjoy with your family and friends. I want you to forget I’m there – I won’t take it personally, honest!

It’s the wedding photography that should be remembered. Never me.  So I’ll blend into the background as best I can. Observing unobtrusively.

A Wedding Storyteller

In many ways I’m a discreet storyteller. A wedding storyteller. Driven by a passion for candid street photography, I dare to do things a little differently. More creatively.  I’m not looking for perfect shots, I want to capture perfect moments.

It’s all about the genuine emotions and the unique unfolding stories of your wedding day.

My passion has never been for photography “in itself,” but for the possibility – through forgetting yourself – of recording in a fraction of a second the emotion of the subject, and the beauty of the form; that is, a geometry awakened by what’s offered.(Henri Cartier-Bresson)

Yes, street photography is important to me – it’s where I honed my natural, candid, storytelling approach over many years and decades – and it remains the creative engine that drives my wedding photography.

Street photography of a couple kissing and a man jumping over them, on the beach in Brighton

My street photography has been widely published online, won a few awards here and there, was exhibited in the prestigious Mall Galleries in central London and, in 2017, was selected by the world renowned photography historian Colin Westerbeck to be featured in a book on contemporary street photographers.

This isn’t me blowing my own trumpet, its just me telling you that you’re in good hands with me as your storytelling unposed wedding photographer.  Photography is a lifelong vocation and experience and talent, recognised by world famous curators, isn’t something you develop in just a few months or years.

Your Wedding Story Is Unique

Candid wedding photography of a wedding caterer carrying a tray of food through the marquee of a Surrey backyard wedding reception. Taken by one the best Surrey wedding photographers, Darren Lehane.

You want something that’s a little different too. You value and appreciate photography. It’s not just another tick box exercise. Each wedding story is unique, it’s like no other. It’s your wedding story, your way. And I’m a photographer who understands that.

Like I say, I’m not the usual kind of wedding photographer. So if you want a more traditional wedding photographer whose going to fuss around taking lots of portraits and staged moments, then I’m most probably not the wedding photographer for you.

Budget Northampton wedding photographer documents the wedding reception at the Northampton Marriott Hotel

If you’d like to find out more about me as a person, then you can read more here.

So let’s chat about your wedding plans.  Call me on 07920 422144 or fill out the contact form below and I’ll get straight back to you.

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