looking for a Female Wedding photographer?

Good female wedding photographers are in high demand. It can often be easier for a woman to blend into the background during the reception, whilst the bride and bridesmaids can feel more comfortable with a lady in the room for their wedding bridal prep photographs. Guests can also feel less intimidated when the wedding photographer is female .

As a lady wedding photographer, I am particularly sensitive to the strength of emotions often experienced on a wedding day. My natural wedding photography style allows me to capture these unobtrusively, providing the bride and groom with the opportunity to re-live the myriad of feelings which can sometimes pass by in a whirlwind on the day itself.

Find out more about the documentary photography packages that I offer for weddings.

Steph French female documentary wedding photographer

A good photographer must love life more than he does photography
— Joel Strasser

I have certainly lived and loved a full life until now – a degree in Psychology in a jam-packed three years of fun at Oxford University. Then time in the party-loving culture of Latin America with my own consumer goods trading company. A few years consulting to the food industry on nutrition and sustainability, an interlude for a family, and finally I made the time to devote to what has been a lifelong interest in photography.

I love telling stories and thus working as a documentary wedding photographer really suits me. When I’m not photographing weddings I write fiction for children: stories with emotions at their heart, and all based on an underlying theme of sustainability and care for the world in which we live.

Capturing feelings lies at the heart of all of my work. Take a look at the examples below of wedding emotions I have captured. For more emotive images, go to my documentary wedding portfolio.

Laughter is infectious. We all feel good from its positive energy.

Laughter is infectious. We all feel good from its positive energy.

The palpable love between a newly married couple of a joy to behold.

The palpable love between a newly married couple of a joy to behold.

The speeches are one of my favourite parts of the day: it’s the time when the strength of emotions simply cannot be contained.

The speeches are one of my favourite parts of the day: it’s the time when the strength of emotions simply cannot be contained.


Why I Love being a Documentary wedding photographer

As as woman wedding photographer, I feel that the documentary style perfectly complements my core interests of human interaction and emotion, as well as telling stories. I love to photograph people and human interaction. I love to look beyond the surface to understand the emotion beneath. Such empathy is fundamental not only to my work but to my whole life.

It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter
— Alfred Eisenstaedt

Take a look at how documentary wedding photography works in practise for your wedding day

Read kind words that couples have said about my wedding photography



My values

Mine is always a glass half full. I appreciate the simple pleasures and when I am not taking photographs I love to spend time with my family and our loveable, but slightly dippy, spaniel Alfie at our Somerset home.

I endeavour to hold the principle of non-violence at the heart of all my actions. Respect and compassion for other living beings is fundamental for our own well-being and as well as that of our Planet Earth. You can read more about my values here.

I believe it is important to give back and to this end I carry out pro bono documentary photography for the Sustainable Food Trust. I also work as a volunteer advocate for looked-after children, helping them to communicate their wishes in hearings related to their care. This voluntary work sits very comfortably alongside, and secondary to, my primary work as a female documentary wedding photographer.

 

Some simple pleasures that make me happy:-

  • A pint of properly pulled Guinness

  • Our wood-burning stove

  • 70% dark chocolate

  • Jigsaws and crosswords (but not cross words)

  • Writing silly poems for my boys

  • Having refrigerator rights at friends’ homes