Best Reportage Wedding Photographer, South West Wedding Awards Finalist- kind words from last years couples…
I was thrilled to make it through to the finals of the South West Wedding Awards for Best Reportage Wedding Photographer this year. It’s always an honour to be considered for such awards.
As part of the awards process my brides and grooms were asked to leave comments and give feedback about me, my photography and the service that I provide. I have been sent these comments now.
I am truly overwhelmed and so appreciative of these extremely kind words that each couple have left. These comments have brought a tear to my eye and it’s always immensely rewarding to hear that couples are so happy with the photography that I provide and the overall service that I supply.
Although I didn’t win the award, I am very happy to have been a finalist and was just pipped to the post for best reportage wedding photographer. Next year then, fingers crossed…
A huge thank you again to all my wonderful couples who took the time to vote for me, I truly appreciate it and your kind words mean so much to me.
Below are the comments that my brides and grooms made-
“Will is an absolutely amazing photographer and we firmly believe he should win this award. Right from the start he was exceptional – putting us at ease, really listening to what we wanted and joining in wholeheartedly in our wedding – by the end of the weekend he actually felt like family! The photos are incredible – they perfectly capture our wedding, the excitement, smiles and tears. Every time we look at them they take us right back to that weekend”
“We had the best day of our lives on our wedding day, this amazing experience was captured so perfectly by Will Dolphin. His photos tell the story of our day so brilliantly, and he has a way of catching those nervous glances and eye catching moments between my husband and I. We loved Will’s own unique style of photography, the crispness of the photos and the gorgeous colours of the natural light. Not only does Will take beautiful photos but he is such a nice person, making us feel so relaxed throughout the whole process and always keeping in touch since booking a year in advance. Thank you to Will for surpassing our expectations and giving us timeless photo’s of our big day which we will treasure forever.”
“We chose Will because of his flair for catching natural moments throughout the day, and that’s exactly what he did for us. He captured the emotion at each stage of our wedding, which is what means the most to us – for what use is a photo unless it moves you and stirs feeling? If there’s ever a way to summarise exactly how you felt on your big day, Will’s photography is it. Put it this way, it’s been over a year since we married, and mum can’t even look at one photograph he took without bursting into (happy) tears. The same goes for both of us – every time we open our album, it all comes flooding back. We recommend him unreservedly!”
“From the moment of first phone call to first meeting to discuss our wishes, we knew we had made the right choice for us: Professional, warm, friendly, calm, organised and a delight to work with. Having Will at our wedding was just as good as him doing the photos! All the guests commented on his unobtrusiveness and how he put everyone at our ease. His photos are fabulous and each one has captured something which evokes the exact memory of the day. Would definitely use him again – and would invite him to our wedding over and over!”
“From the moment I met Will I thought he would be perfect for the day I got married. I love his style, his attitude and approach to being a wedding photographer. From the start of planning to following our wedding he was super, always on hand with any questions we had. On the day he was totally unobtrusive we even forgot he was busy snapping away! Absolutely perfect! I would definitely recommend.”
“Will was exceptional from the moment we met him right up until after he sent us our images. He made our day special and everyone was very relaxed. The photos were amazing and more than we could have asked for. I would recommend Will to anyone getting married. His communication was great throughout also.”
“I was very impressed with Will throughout the day. He made us all feel very relaxed and he joined in the fun of the occasion-it was almost like having a long standing friend recording the day for us. Will never got in the way, was very subtle in his positioning of his subjects, and captured the tone, tears and excitement of the day superbly. All our guests commented on Will’s professional yet friendly approach and thought the photographic outcomes were fabulous with a mixture of traditional and abstract shots. As a slightly older couple (50+) the abstract approach was one we actively encouraged! I would highly recommend Will for the award.”
“Fantastic photographs, better than we could have hoped for, and Will was an absolute star. Will captured the mood and took some stunning, original shots. He delivered exactly what we were after – taking into the account the spectacular scenery and early autumnal colours while being relaxed and good company throughout. We had great fun – thanks Will!”
“I had seen Will’s work as he was the photographer for two of my friends weddings and did not hesitate to contact him and ask if he was free for my wedding date. He is an absolutely lovely guy and researched our venue in detail and style of wedding ( An Anglo-Persian wedding) .We had a pre wedding meet up to go through things. On the day he was calm, professional and so likeable for all and felt like one of our guests. He gave us wonderful photos capturing the moment and the Persian ceremony so beautifully and I am so proud and pleased with the result which he obtained in an unobtrusive manner. Everything about his approach was with great care, dedication and love and with a beautiful smile and charm. I think he is a gem and picking the right photographer is so important for a wedding; we were so so right to go with Will. It was also magical that our two close friends had also had him as their photographer and they could meet up so many years later. Good Luck Will- I cant thank you enough !”
“From start to finish we absolutely couldn’t fault Will. He was professional from the moment we met him…and his work very clearly stood out as superior to his competition. In the run up to and on our wedding day Will was organised, relaxed and friendly, but assertive enough to ensure everything went as planned. Will would always respond promptly to emails which as a bride keeping track of lots of suppliers was extremely helpful. But the proof was absolutely in the pudding… our wedding photos were amazing!!! We couldn’t love them any more than we do and are over the moon with them!”
“Will got to know us as a couple really well and had clearly listened to all our requests to capture everything we had planned perfectly plus much much more. His photography style is really natural which is exactly what we wanted and we think excellent value for money considering the quality of service and product. We also ordered an album from Will which was just stunning. Overall we think Will is an amazing photographer who stands out from the rest, we couldn’t be happier with our pictures…and we loved Will’s work so much we’re currently thinking of what we can ask him to photograph next!”
“Will was exceptional. Addressing the scoring points above: Service: We couldn’t have asked for more; we met months in advance to get a feel for us as a couple, he was always prompt in replying to any queries and was never a source of concern in the build-up. On the day, we barely noticed him (in a good way). He managed to capture not only the events but also the flavour and emotion without once seeming obtrusive. He was fully engaged with us afterwards too despite a heavy workload. Quality: We were so happy with the photos we got back, which came as full colour plus full black and white, plus (for additional cost) extremely high-quality albums. In fact, every member of our families to have seen the albums so far has cried. In a good way! Value: Wedding photography is very expensive and of course Will was not cheap, and if there was any score in which I was tempted to put 4 instead of 5 it was this; however, with the unobtrusive manner and the quality of work he produced it really was excellent value for money. Commitment: He was always on hand to handle any query we had, to give advice where it was warranted and, despite a full workload over the summer of our wedding, never gave the impression we were just clients. In fact, the only hold-ups in the long process from post-wedding to album receipt were ours, as it took us so long to choose between the brilliant photos!”
“Will was an exceptional photographer at our wedding. He captured our day so wonderfully! We have the most most magical and incredible memories of the day thanks to him. He captured our personalities, and that of our friends and families. Whether it was photos in the church, on our horse and carriage, at the reception, or during the evening dance, his photos will remain a beautiful reminder of our very special day. Will was a fantastic photographer.. we loved him!”
“Will Dolphin was awesome at our wedding. Friendly, fun, personable and most importantly – amazing photos and service.”
“Will was absolutely fantastic as our wedding photographer. He met us before the big day to discuss everything we wanted. Our wedding didnt follow the standard format and he was brilliant at remembering all the details. On the day Will was super friendly and made all the guests feel relaxed while he was taking photos. He managed to capture some really intimate shots of the ceremony without anyone being aware of his presence. He was also fantastic at checking the weather forecast and keeping an eye on the sky so that he could plan our outside shots for the brightest spell of the afternoon. We are completely thrilled with the photos Will took of our wedding and would recommend him to everyone.”
“From the moment we met Will we knew he would document our special day in an informal way that would tell the story and we weren’t disappointed ! The USB arrived in a little corked bottle inside a miniature wooden crate which set the scene for our viewing but it was so much more than a message in a bottle it was our story ….he’d captured the emotions frame by frame ; excitement , tears of joy & boundless laughter in a slide show that helps us relive that wonderful day & we’ve added our wedding music to it to enhance it further. A unique photographic delight !”
If you want to see more kind words and feedback from my couples please visit my testimonials page here.
Please have a look at my highlights from last year here to see some of the above couples’ photographs.
If you’re looking for a photographer to capture your wedding please get in touch here to see if I’m still available for your wedding.