John Nelson Weddings
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Documentary wedding photography

I’m not your standard wedding photographer, I’m not going to take you away from the party for 2 hours, pose you on the edge of a cliff waiting for the perfect light. I’m not going to be taking your dress away to hang it in a tree in the middle of a field, I’m not going to be standing you in a line trying to force smiles on your face.

I will get real memories, I will record your day as it happens, we will have a laugh and get some bloody awesome photos!!

No doubt family members will be telling you what photos you should get, BULLSHIT! Get the photos you want, f#ck the rules, get the photos that are going to let you relive the day in 10, 20, 30 years time.


Well you have ruined my Wednesday morning ...... I am in tears how bloody amazing the pictures are, totally in love thank you so so much !!!
— Joanne Wilson

John Nelson


Hey I’m John, I’m an award winning documentary wedding photographer based in Yorkshire not too far from Leeds and Manchester. I’ve been shooting weddings for about 5 years and fashion for 3. In the past I have been in the forces where I rode horses, drove tanks and had James Blunt as my troop leader, I’ve also been a chef for the past 12 years, I even worked as a second hand car salesman for 2 days….not my cup of tea! I have an amazing wife Sarah and my three stunning children, Poppy, Jude and Lottie. I suppose I an average type of guy who enjoys taking photos.

I’ve always tried to steer clear from the “crowd” I think that’s why my wedding photography is a bit different to the “normal” wedding photography you see. I get bored easily, and I get bored with seeing the same sort of photos taken at weddings, I try not to put too much thought into an image, it either captivates me or it doesn’t. I love old film photography, all the graininess off the black and white films. My favourite parts of the wedding day has to be the evening, that’s when I come into my element, I love to capture all the random stuff that happens, the games, the drunken dancing, the slips and falls, those things are what brings the memories back.



I keep things as simple as possible, I charge for the amount of coverage you would like for the day, so.

6 Hours coverage - with online downloadable GALLERY - £1000

6 hours will usually cover from morning bridal prep till the speeches.

10 hours coverage with online DOWNLOADABLE gallery - £1300

10 hours is usually from 10 am through till 8 pm - this usually covers bridal prep through till the first dance.

15 hours coverage with online downloadable gallery - £1700

15 hours coverage will cover from 9 am through till 12 am this gets EVERYTHING!

I deliver all my wedding photos by digital download only. This makes it so much easier for you to share with all your family and friends.

The gallery also has the option to purchase prints and photobooks.

My timings and prices aren’t written in stone, if you want to have a chat about a bespoke package just drop me a message.

Photo cred - Gingerbeard Weddings

Where do I get my inspiration?

I get most of my inspiration from the moment, the venue, and the most of all the, the people!. I don’t set out to emulate any other photographers, I try to create my own style. That’s not to say I don’t look at other photographer’s work, I’m really loving Saul Leiter at the minute, he’s a New York street photographer who’s work is stunning!

Before I shot weddings.

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a soldier, a chef and a photographer. At 17 I left home and joined the Army where I had the pleasure of having James Blunt as my troop leader for a short time. After 7 years in 2004 I left the Army and trained to become a chef. After 15 years of hard graft in hot and sweaty kitchens, I’m 5 years in to shooting weddings and I’m ready to permanently hang up my chef knives in next year.

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Things I lIKe...

. 80’s retro/nostalgia






. RUNNING/cycling


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How I do it!..

It’s easy!! I’m not fake, if I’m 100% natural with my couples they realise I’m just a normal guy, someone who could be just another guest at a wedding. There’s no awkwardness, you have to get along with your wedding photographer, it’s the only wedding supplier that will be with you from the start right through to the end and if you don’t feel comfortable with them then that’s going to show in your photos.

Love, love, love our wedding photos. They tell the story of the day as it unfolded, exactly what we wanted!! Cannot not recommend John enough
— Charlotte

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You like?

If you think my ethos and the way I go about weddings would suit your day then get in touch and we can meet for a beer and a chat.




Since you've come this far they why not send me a quick email to see if we are available.

I would love to hear your plans for your big day, you can get in touch via the contact form below or give me a call on


I only shoot a limited number of weddings each year and I usually get booked 12-18 months in advance, so please be fast!

I try to reply to all my messages within 24 hours, if you haven't heard back from me in that time, check your junk email folder.

I look forward to hearing from you,