Since we revealed the Wedding Ideas Awards 2013 finalists, we’ve been taking a closer look at the top five in each category. In this installment, we’re focusing on the nominees for Best Wedding Photographer…

wedding-ideas-awards-2013-voting-logo-150x150To ensure you get a wedding album full of beautiful photos you’ll treasure and cherish for years to come, you need to be sure you’ve picked the perfect photographer for you. In this hotly contested category we share with you this years most celebrated snappers.

Here are the top five finalists for the Best Wedding Photographer category…

Katherine Ashdown Photography

katherine-ashdownKatherine is a marvelous photographer based in Norfolk, whose style is both contemporary, relaxed, and most importantly fun! Her images are emotive, timeless and exciting, and she can often be seen gracing the pages of Wedding Ideas’ real wedding section.

Katherine focuses on capturing your wedding day in a natural, romantic and reportage style, to ensure the intimacy and atmosphere of your big day is captured in a beautiful yet unobtrusive way.

Also, her cat Mally is a total cutie, follow Katherine on Twitter and you’ll definitely get to see him!

Sam Gibson Photography

sam-gibsonWith a background in documentary film making for the BBC, Sam certainly knows how to capture and record all the emotion and romance of your big day.

Based in Bristol, he covers the South West and beyond. Sam’s philosophy is that couples should be free to enjoy the day, to soak up the atmosphere and to spend time with their friends and family, without worrying about posing for shots. By working in a documentary style he quietly captures natural and unobtrusive images that will instantly take you back to that second in time.

Chris Barber Photography

chris-barberFun, fresh and unique, Chris Barber doesn’t do stylized, or stuffy photography. He captures you, being in love, and having fun, being at ease in each other’s company.

If you’re not overly confident in front of a camera, fear not, most of Chris’ work isn’t posed, it’s all about him as the photographer interacting with you the couple, and then capturing on camera everything that happens in between. His work isn’t just for super confident, crazy, extroverts with amazingly quirky weddings – it’s for everyone.

Plus, he loves Freddos – as do the Wedding Ideas team, which makes him a winner in our eyes!

Martin Hill Photography

martin-hillMartin Hill is a documentary and fine art wedding photographer based in his studio in Taunton, Somerset. Martin carefully takes the time to get to know all his couples, so that when it comes to your wedding day, it’ll feel just like he’s a good friend taking your photo, rather than an intimidating professional.

With over 280 weddings under their belts since they began, you can put your trust in Martin Hill, they know exactly how to capture a natural, stylish lasting memories of your big day.

The Bridal Photographer

the-bridal-photographerThe Bridal Photographer – David Bostock has a relaxed and informal style focusing on subtlety. He has won numerous awards from both the Royal Photographic society (LRPS) and the British Press Photographers Association (BPPA).

He is also well known to some of the most exclusive wedding venues in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, often working with them for their own photography.

Not only that, but he’s married to none other than Ellie Sanderson of Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique.

Do you agree with these top 5 Wedding Ideas Awards 2013 finalists for Best Wedding Photographer? Who do you think should win?


  1. You should really do your research before you give out awards. A little digging and you would have discovered that “Elly Mac” aka Camille Waring (Elly Mac, incidentally, is Camille spelled backward) aka Kitty L’Wren, aka anyone else she is choosing to go by is a “wedding photographer” with a long history of taking the happy couple’s money and running, often without even bothering to show up to the wedding. If you need “proof” of these allegations then please visit: — you will see from this one site there are 13 complaints and they are just from people who have been brave enough to come forward and voice their outrage.

    To further prove that Elly/Camille/Kitty are one in the same person, please refer to this link (which has her picture AND her name – I also have a screen capture of this should Elly/Kitty/Camille read this and try to delete her account – she has tried very hard to delete her previous alias’, but nothing can be entirely deleted from the internet):

    For years she has been ripping off couples. She either does not show up to the wedding, or does, but then creates a whole list of excuses as to why she cannot produce the photos she has already been paid for. The police, both in the UK and Australia, are well aware of her activities – they would be very interested in hearing about her latest business endeavours.

    To see her name on this list is a slap in the face – That is because she has ripped off thousands of pounds from her customers and has left them without mementos of what should have been the happiest day of their new life together.


    • Hello Anita, thanks very much for your comments, we appreciate you taking the time to write to us, however, these finalists are for last year’s Awards, not the 2014 one’s that people have been voting for over the past 4 weeks.

      We’re unable to comment on the content for legal reasons, but note that Elly Mac no longer advertise with us.


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