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Ian Bursill - Weddings Captured Emotively is a Lancashire-based photography business.

My business stands as a beacon of excellence in the world of wedding photography, distinguished by a blend of expertise, experience, and a unique approach that sets me apart from the rest of the industry. As an award-winning WPJA (Wedding Photojournalist Association) wedding photojournalist, my accolades speak volumes about the quality and authenticity of my work. Ranking 4th in the UK, 16th in Europe, and 20th globally is a testament to my skill and dedication in capturing the essence of love stories with unparalleled finesse.

With 18 years of experience under my belt and over 450 weddings documented, I possess a wealth of expertise that few can rival. Each wedding I photograph adds to my depth of understanding, allowing me to anticipate moments before they unfold and immortalize them in timeless imagery. My journey through countless ceremonies, receptions, and intimate moments has honed my craft to perfection, making me a master storyteller through the lens.

What truly sets my business apart, however, is not just my technical prowess, but my philosophy towards wedding photography. My commitment to authenticity shines through in every image I capture. Eschewing posed shots and artificial setups, I opt instead for candid, unscripted moments that reflect the genuine emotions and interactions of the day. This approach not only sets my work apart aesthetically but also ensures that each photograph resonates with the true spirit of the occasion.

My style is characterised by its soulfulness, capturing not just the events of the day but the emotions that underpin them. From the nervous excitement of the bride getting ready to the heartfelt speeches and spontaneous laughter, my images are imbued with a depth and sincerity that transport viewers back to the moment itself. By allowing the wedding day to belong to the couple and their guests rather than imposing myself as the focal point, I create a narrative that is uniquely theirs. Moreover, my dedication to preserving the authenticity of each wedding extends beyond the photographs themselves.

My approach is one of collaboration and respect, working closely with couples to understand their vision and preferences while offering guidance and expertise where needed. By building a rapport based on trust and understanding, I create an environment where couples feel comfortable being themselves, resulting in photographs that are not just beautiful but deeply personal. In a saturated market where wedding photographers abound, it is the integrity and excellence of my services that truly distinguish my business.

My commitment to authenticity, coupled with my unparalleled expertise and experience, ensures that each couple who entrusts their special day to me receives not just photographs, but cherished memories that will last a lifetime. As I continue to innovate and inspire, my legacy as one of the world's foremost wedding photojournalists is sure to endure for years to come."

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Frequently asked questions

What services do you offer?

Pre wedding
Post wedding
Mini albums
High resolution photos

What does the wedding package include?

Photographic coverage, one photographer, your own responsive website, editing, post-processing, retouching, files via digital download, HD slideshow, permanent web gallery, pre-wedding meeting

How far in advance should I contact you?

Any time from 2 years out to guarantee to secure my services. I shoot a maximum of 30 weddings annually and close the books after taking that 30th booking

Do you cover more than one wedding a day?


Can you travel?

Yes, the whole of the UK

What is the charge for travelling?

Travel & accommodation costs are included in my packages. For any wedding over 100 miles from my base in Blackburn, I may reserve the right to charge extra for an extra night's accommodation

What style of photos do you take?

Photo journalism

What kind of technology do you use?


Do you use a specific technique or innovative approach?

My pure photojournalistic style means that you know that photos will not be contrived or directed so that you get wonderful unposed photographs of your beautiful wedding

What kind of equipment do you use?

3 x Fujifilm professional cameras on the day with a range of lenses and flash/LED lighting. I have two backup cameras also available at all times

Do you offer any tool to display the photos online?

Yes, we offer a permanent online web gallery on the back-end of our website where you can view, download and print your images

What's the delivery time for a photographic report?

2 months

Do you send all the photos taken?


Do you work alone or do you have a team of professionals?


In case of unforeseen circumstances, do you have a replacement photographer?


Do you have the rights to publish the wedding photos?


Do you charge per hour or per event?

Per event

If needed, would you be able to work extra hours?


How do you charge extra time?

Extra hours can be invoiced after the wedding

What are the forms of payment?

Cash, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Credit Card, Debit Card and Bank Transfer

How do you work?

I work unobtrusively without getting in anyone鈥檚 way, taking unposed photographs with a creative and observant eye that document the wedding day from preparations until an hour after the first dance
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Reviews for Ian Bursill - Weddings Captured Emotively

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Jemma R. Sent on 26/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fabulous photography with Ian & Caroline

We loved working with Ian and Caroline for our wedding day. We knew from our first zoom meeting these were the photographers for us.

We were looking for an unposed and relaxed photographer and it's exactly what we received. Throughout the day, I did lose sight of them both and did not notice their cameras, which just shows how they blended in well with our wedding party.

They made us feel so comfortable and so special before, during and after the wedding. Ian is super responsive to emails and he'll answer any question that you have.

It's a shame you only get married once as we would happily work with Ian and Caroline again!
Penny B. Sent on 19/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible - The Best !

I would give Ian & Caroline 100 stars if I could. I can't speak highly enough of them as people and their work and I would recommend them without hesitation to any couple looking for their wedding photographers. From initial consultation to final delivery of albums, their professionalism was outstanding. On the day - they were lovely to be with and discreet at all times through our ceremony. When we first saw our photos, we could not believe it! Ian is a miracle worker making me look that good haha !!! But Seriously, the whole sequence of photos telling the story of our day was beyond anything we hoped for. Memories for a life time, which Ian captured to perfection.
Alexandra Sent on 28/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Miss Alexandra Page

An outstanding service from start to finish and the photos are OUT OF THIS WORLD. Ian guided us through many date changes in the covid times with so much flexibility, on the day he was discreet but social. The photos - UNreal which coming from a family of photographers says a lot! Our photos even won awards which is no surprise. Ian caught the most tender moments, the most influential photos for our memories and parts that we had forgotten about. He managed to catch the look of happiness on my doggos face and the look of embarrassment on my grooms during speeches - I can鈥檛 recommend Ian enough. You will be lucky to have him capture your day.
Will A. Sent on 28/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

"I want to capture the emotional narrative of your day"- We were sold

We've been at 2 weddings with Ian taking photos. We were part of the wedding party of a friends wedding where Ian was there. From the first parts of the day Ian was present but not obtrusive. He helped with advice on pocket squares for example and contributed to the day. His photos were also fabulous and emotive. This really impressed us and we approached Ian to photograph our own wedding
By the time our wedding had come around, Ian and Caroline were working together. Our experience on the day plus the photos after the event were excellent.
On the day, Ian and Caroline captured the moments fabulously being present but not intrusive. They managed to take some fabulous photos of us despite our unease at being photographed. They engaged with our nephews, letting them take pictures and capturing a few lovely moments.
Afterwards, It was a little wait to receive them but we were able to check online for updates. The photos are absolutely stunning. They capture so many unseen moments from the day, both from very personal moments to large scale time having fun. Ian compiled them into a video montage with music that we watch regularly.
Overall I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them if you want emotively captured and personal wedding photographs
Max J. Sent on 03/06/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Ian is exceptional - he went above and beyond!

Ian was everything we were looking for in a wedding photographer and more! He was super responsive, really flexible and incredibly friendly. On the day he slotted in like a guest, capturing some incredible moments which we never even realised he was there for! The photos we got were stunning, and he really captured the essence of the day and so many of our guests. He was incredibly professional and patient, especially when we were trying to organise people for portrait photos!

In the run up to the day he made us feel super comfortable, was extremely organised with pre-meets and went above and beyond to make sure he knew the venue and to understand where we might want to get certain showpiece photos. Yet nothing ever felt staged with Ian. And even when it rained and we had to change some of our plans, he was completely unphased and totally relaxed - which was exactly what we needed. We can't thank Ian enough for being part of our special day and for capturing such incredible moments for us. He's a top top rated award winning photojournalist for a reason! Thank you Ian!
Billy Sent on 27/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Personal and Perfect

From start top finish the experience was superb. From our first (of a few) virtual meeting to recieving our photos and photobooks, Ian and Caroline were a joy to work with. Nothing was ever too much trouble, they even reccommended some other suppliers who were also excellent. The qulaity of the stills was better than we could have hoped for.
The way they approach the day made everything just so easy. They felt more like guests that suppliers come the end of the day. We wouldn't hesitate to reccomend them to anyone.
Alan B. Sent on 11/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely fantastic!

We were so delighted to have Ian and Caroline document our wedding day for us. They made all the preparations a joy (whilst being completely flexible as everything was thrown up in the air by the pandemic!), and - on the day - they were professional, supportive and discreet. Most importantly, the photos are absolutely fantastic, with the documentary style providing the most natural chronology of the day. We have returned to them on so many occasions since, and love them even more with every viewing. We would highly, highly recommend them!
Jake S. Sent on 30/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Jake & Tors

Ian and Caroline was fantastic, they were so professional and we didn鈥檛 even notice that they were there yet they still managed to capture every moment.
Tonika B. Sent on 29/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely perfect!

Ian and Caroline were such a joy to work with. They were so lovely the entire time and made sure they understood our wishes entirely. We had multiple calls with them and felt totally at ease around them both. The pictures are absolutely beautiful and capture our day perfectly. I could not fault a single thing to do with them or the service and quality of their work. Highly recommend.
Sarah W. Sent on 29/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful Photography

We chose Ian because we wanted someone who would take natural photos and he really did deliver on that! We have beautiful photos of us and all our guest, including lots of reactions and emotions from throughout our day. Friends and family still comment on how beautiful our photos are and how friendly and professional Ian was. The pandemic meant we had to rearrange our wedding threes times; each time he was incredibly flexible, helpful and compassionate. Getting ready for your wedding is such a personal, special moment and Ian blended in like a family friend; making our Mums, Dads, bridesmaids and groomsmen laugh - helping to ease any last minute nerves! We highly recommend him!
Lauren Q. Sent on 28/03/2023
4.6 out of 5 rating

Suited our style

Weddings Captured Emotively. I couldn't put it in any better words of how Ian goes about his work.

From our initial discussions on zoom we knew Ian was the man to document our wedding. He pays attention to detail in all aspects of his work. From learning and getting a feel for the personalities of his clients to documenting and telling the story of the entire day he is really fantastic to work with. He made us feel comfortable from the very start and with his local knowledge of the area of Leicester was able to get some tremendous shots of us and even led us to discover some new hidden gems which we didn't know were there.

His style suited us perfectly and captured the day without it feeling intrusive for any of our guests. Him and his partner Caroline blended into the background, it was like they weren't even there at times.

They also got some wonderful shots of us in our local park and made us feel a million dollars throughout the day. Thanks very much to Ian and Caroline!! We can't wait to receive our album!!
Dolly P. Sent on 28/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing! Thank you so much!

Ian & Caroline are they best! They made us and all of our guests so comfortable. We are so pleased with our photos and everyone has commented on how they really captured the day but were not in your face.
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