Wedding Photographer

Hi! I'm olly,

I live in Canterbury with my wife Kirsty (who I met at university here) and we’ve got two kids who are growing up way too fast- Caleb (11) and Rose (8). They are the three people I love most in life and the three people I photograph most in life (…sorry Kirsty!) When I’m not making music, drinking coffee or going out on a run I work as a documentary wedding photographer across Kent, the UK and overseas. I say “work” but it never feels like work as photography and people are huge passions of mine. I started out in 2011 by offering to photograph a friend’s wedding, I loved doing it so much that since then I’ve been involved in more than 350 amazing weddings. 

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What gets me excited about documenting weddings is that I’m always on the look out for moments. Moments of intimacy, moments of joy, moments where there’s huge hugs, tears and embarrassing dad moves on the dance floor! I never tell anyone to look at the camera or “say cheese”! I won’t be the bossy supplier that your friends and family wish would just go away. I’ll be like one of your guests with a camera blending into the day, laughing at the jokes, singing along to the songs, smiling during the vows and maybe even shedding a tear during the speeches! I leave a wedding day having made new friends and having captured real moments for the bride and groom.

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So if you’re getting married and if you want your wedding day to be more of a celebration with family and friends and less like a photo shoot; if you want real, authentic moments captured; and if you want a photographer who’ll be easy to get along with, who runs his business in a sustainable way, who’s won awards for his work and appreciates a good pun then we could be a good match! I only take on 25 weddings a year and I book up a year or two in advance so whether you’re having an intimate wedding by the beach in Whitstable or you’re planning a huge party in a castle in Tuscany, message me and let’s get excited about your wedding day together.

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I’ve won awards for my photographs including six Fearless Awards, five This is Reportage Awards and I won UK Wedding Photographer of the Year 2024 Highly Commended at The Wedding Industry Awards. I was ranked as the best wedding photographer in SE England, in the top 10 for the UK and top 100 worldwide by Fearless Photographers in 2021. I’ve even had my wedding photos appear on the BBC news too! I’m pleased to be a recommended photographer at several great venues across Kent, the UK, Italy and Portugal. I’m passionate about sustainability so I run my business with renewable energy and drive to nearly all my weddings in an electric car.

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If you’d like to see what people have said about my approach please see the reviews. Have a look at my blog to see my latest work and feel free to call me or email me to talk and I’d be honoured to photograph your day.

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about me + My Family

When I’m not taking photos, I’m making music. I was in a band called “Eben” for a few years and I got to sing with Ed Sheeran at a friend’s wedding once!

When I was out in the Algarve for an Indian wedding I learnt how to play the dhol drum, how to dance to Indian music and how to do my own dental work (ask me over a drink!)

I had many jobs before I found the career I love. I was a driving instructor in my early 20s and a girl I fancied dared me to call my business “Knight Riders School of Motoring.” I did, and she’s now my wife!

I’ve got an electric car so not only is my camera on silent shutter mode but my car is on silent mode for weddings too! No one will ever hear me coming. Stealth.

I love running and you’ll often find me doing my 10k runs up and down the Canterbury Chartham cycle path. My PB came after eating crepes and swallowing a fly.

There was a pool party at a wedding I photographed once so I shot some of the wedding in my swimming shorts in the pool! The camera nearly fell out of my hands.

My 11 year old Son Caleb photographed his first wedding with me on a hike in Chamonix, French Alps (my first wedding was in Folkestone....)


A few interesting facts about myself…

When I'm not in professional wedding mode...

I've been happily married to Kirsty since 2009. This was us last year in Barcelona

My son took this image of us on holiday in France

I write and sing with my trusty Gibson SJ200

We mastered the double swing when the kids were young

Dancing with the Bride & Groom until 3am in the Algarve!

Collecting my award at The Wedding Industry Awards

Nearly falling down steps in Rome

Swimming in the sea in Spain

Photos on this page by Ollie Baines, James Richard, Tom Cawdron and Danny Jack

I play music at my church in Canterbury

In 2023 I turned my paw to wildlife photography

Celebrating a bit of a landmark birthday recently (21...?)

I'm partial to a bit of street photography

I love visiting new places. Dubrovnik was beautiful!

I jumped out of a plane at 12,000ft

My Son  Caleb photographed his first wedding with me on a hike in the Alps in 2024 (age 11)

- Guy & Rachel

"Our wedding photos blew us away – they are insane. He managed to capture the small, tender, intimate moments throughout the day which we will now be able to look back on so fondly, for all the years to come."

- Sam & Lottie

"If you want the best documentary photographer, then look no further! All the pictures Olly took were just incredible and alongside this he really is the most kind, caring and likeable character there is. He honestly felt like one of the guests at the wedding!"

- James & Emily

"It’s hard to find the words for Olly. We are beyond grateful to have found Olly. He is the nicest and kindest person and so incredibly talented. He captured the most beautiful moments, was discreet and felt more like having a friend with us. Our guests have all been raving about how lovely he was and are amazed by our photos."

Kind Words

All of the moments, none of the fuss