Ian Weldon

I’ve tried, I really have, but there's no easy way to tell you that I’m not a Wedding Photographer.

As much as I’d love to stand around for hours lining people up, ordering them around and taking photographs of every combination of family member & guest, I’ve more important things to be doing.

And quite frankly, so have you.

I understand that people may be travelling from far off places to be with you on your wedding day so I'm not completely opposed to the odd group shot, it just shouldn't take up hours of your day. You've meticulously planned everything, why shouldn't you be part of it.

Things happen at a Wedding, things that make your wedding yours, unique to you, and if I’m busy ordering people around I’m going to miss those things. 

Your feet will be tired from standing and your face will hurt so much from smiling, and you’ll have missed those things too. 

It’d be like those things never happened and all you’ve really got to look back at are groups of people, grumpy tired people with forced smiles. 

Uniqueness doesn't have a template, it doesn't have a formula and it certainly can’t be pigeon holed. 

If I came to your wedding with any idea about how it should look or photograph it using some sort of plan or template, then that’s not your wedding, it'll just look like everyone else's. 

 

I’m completely unbiased in the photographs I make. A sort of photographic democracy where one photograph is no more important than any other. Where all things are equal, people the same as objects. 

Emotion and gesture and dancing and wine and door knobs and flowers and funny faces and shoes will all be treated the same. 

Those things are yours on your day, and it all means something to you. I'm not only photographing what it looks like, I'm photographing what it feels like.

I can’t tell you exactly how many photographs you’ll get, but I can tell you that you’ll get them all. They're yours, I make them for you.

I've been included in the, Best 100 Wedding Photographers in the World, 2015 & 2016, SLR Lounge's Best 150 International Wedding Photographers 2016, I've been featured on, SHOTKIT, Fuji UKFuji X Passion and MBW to name but a few, and  have been interviewed on numerous occasions about my unique style and approach.

I've also been referred to as the Elliot Erwitt of wedding photography - high praise indeed.

I’m a Documentary Photographer.

I didn't choose an underbelly of society and I didn’t choose social injustice. I chose Weddings, full of people and character and laughter and happiness and sadness and dancing and drinking, and Love.

I am Ian Weldon, and I’m not a Wedding Photographer

If you're thinking differently about your Wedding Photography, get in touch and tell me about it.

I'm based in Northern England but document weddings worldwide