Sussex Wedding Photographer,
Ebourne Images: Wedding photographer of the year 2020 and 2021
I'm an award-winning wedding photographer in sunny Eastbourne. I feel blessed not only to have the gift of art but the sensitivity to capture life's emotions and memories.
With a first class Fine Art university degree and an Associate qualification from the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP), you can be assured your wedding memories are in safe hands. The qualification means I am among the elite 5-10 per cent of wedding photographers not only in East Sussex but in the whole country too.
The natural look is my preferred style. My wedding photography captures the story of your big day and brings smiles to the faces of the happy couples. I have been able to use my skills at many of the finest wedding venues in the UK and Europe, including St Paul's Cathedral, Hoar Cross Hall, Ashdown Park Hotel, the historic Stonehenge and the Ikos resorts in Greece. I will be bring out the best in you and your carefully chosen surroundings. I feel my background in fine art and paintings will also benefit you as it gives depth to my photography.
Being an artist requires dedication and imagination. I have twisted myself into some weird and wonderful positions to create that perfect wedding image. The years of yoga has proved very handy! I have dangled out of a two-seater plane at 2,000 feet to capture a Pilot wedding. At the wonderfully bonkers venue of Fawley Hill, I had my ear licked by a curious alpaca as I lined up a shot. Anything can happen on the day :-).
I was told that I was born a photographer :-). I have always been imaginative, be it with a camera or a paintbrush. I started drawing from the early age. My life-long love affair with the camera started when I was only ten years old. Photography is in my blood. As a little one, my dearest toys were a film camera that belonged to my Dad and a self-built camera obscura. My playground was the photographic darkroom within my loving family house.
Natural and candid wedding images will provide the majority of your shots from your wedding day. I compliment these with some lightly directed pictures. Simply, I don’t strictly pose your couple shots. However I do set up images to create better composition, to use available light and always with the aim of frame settings that look natural and not overly-posed. Most importantly, I put my couples at ease in the right situation.
The feedback from happy bride and grooms confirms that my approach to wedding photography allows you and your guests to relax and enjoy your day: “Maria’s level of service from start to finish exceeded our expectations. We were blown away by the wedding images produced. We didn’t want posed photographs so Maria had the challenge of capturing the day ’in action’ which she did amazingly. She was unobstrusive. We couldn’t believe it when we received the photos and saw how many special moments and artistic shots she’d captured. Our album is the perfect momento! Harriet x"
I present your wedding photography in the best possible way. We live in a digital world but wedding pictures are not meant to be hidden on hard drives. Therefore, all of my wedding photography packages include a luxury, lay-flat, wedding album. The books are hand finished by skilled bookbinders in the United Kingdom. I aim to create a true piece of art to cherish forever. Art, after all can only come from the artist :-).
I take many wedding images on your big day. I carefully curate these and provide you with about 300 images. I then work my magic to produce beautifully edited professional photographs. I use three editing softwares making sure each and every image is album ready and flawless. After the wedding, the editing stage is the longest part of the process, about 3 to 4 days.
To put you at ease: I constantly study the art of wedding photography to ensure I'm modern and relevant. For each wedding I use a combination of lenses, two top of the range camera bodies with two memory cards in each. This enables me to produce range of images: intimate close ups capturing the wonderful range of emotions and wider shots depicting momentous occasions and theatrical backgrounds forever. I am also fully insured.
- In 2017 I was delighted to be a Regional (London and and the South East) Finalist at the Wedding Industry Awards.
- In 2018 I achieved my Associate qualification from the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP).
- In 2019 out of thousands of participants, I won a Platinum Bridebook Wedding Awards of Excellence.
- In 2020 I won Artistic Photographer of the year by Luxury Travel Guide and Wedding Photographer of the year – East Sussex, South England by Prestige Award.
- Gildredge Manor weddings are always, fun, colourful and luxurious. Couples do have plenty of options when getting married on the sunshine coast but Gildredge manor is one of “Eastbourne’s best kept secret”. Further more, this historic heritage building is nested in the beautiful Gildredge park.
- All Saints Chapel is one of the great treasures of Eastbourne, East Sussex. Weddings at All Saints Chapel makes for some wonderful pictures for bride and grooms who choose this venue for their wedding day.
- Gilpin Lake Housel weddings at the heart of the Lake Districts never disappoints. This Michelin starred hotel and spa is set on a beautiful four-acre with stunning views over the lake and with plenty of scenic backdrops for bride and groom shots.
- Hoar Cross Hall, the award winning resort with an AA Rosette certainly delivers as one of the best wedding venues in the very heart of Staffordshire. Little wonder in the past “people come from miles around to set eyes on its grandeur.”
- Sani Resort in Greece is a world class luxury wedding destination. Not only this five-star intimate getaway sanctuary in a peaceful ecological reserve but it’s also surrounded by fragrant pine forests, crystal blue waters and endless sandy beaches.
- The Ravenswood is set within the rolling hills of West Sussex. The 18 acres of land, four lakes with a secret garden and a stunning rose garden gives endless photo opportunities for your Ravenswood weddings.
- Photographing weddings at Highley Manor is just like poetry. No wonder Shelly moved here in the early 19th century.
- Bannatyne Hotel and Spa Hastings. Such a versatile venue in East Sussex which offers so much scope for creativity: every corner is a beautiful backdrop for your perfect wedding picture.
- The Pilgrims Rest, which is a stunning Sussex Wealden Hall house. Nearly 600 years old, this romantically rustic wedding venue with its vaulted ceilings, open fires and candlelight is available for exclusive weddings use all year.
- Robert Denholm House. This elegant Victorian mansion In Surrey, with its 25 acres of beautiful grounds, provides an excellent setting for a wedding amongst the Surrey hills.
- East Sussex National. Set in 1100 acres of English countryside, this fantastic resort offers a perfect setting for any stylish wedding at the East Sussex National. Its two Championship golf courses can be used for romantic couple shots.
- For destination weddings I am a preferred supplier at the sun-kissed Ikos Resorts in Greece.
- Broyle Place. This historic, Grade II listed Elizabethan manor house in East Sussex is a superb wedding venue in Lewes. Perfect for any weddings!
As one of the Sussex wedding photographers I have been fortunate to capture weddings at some of the finest wedding locations in Britain and Europe. From Eastbourne, I mainly cover Sussex, Surrey, Kent and London. However I love to travel and love destination weddings, so do not hesitate to get in touch if you are getting married elsewhere in the UK or abroad. To get a real feel for my award-winning photography, please have a look at some of my most recent wedding photography blog posts.