Chris Barber Photography

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About Chris Barber Photography

You can't post laughter.
 
It has to come from a place of authentic expression. It can't be posed or forced - it has to come naturally. I photograph people in a way that allows them to express themselves honestly. I want to go beyond simply creating images that make people say “oh that's so pretty”. Instead I want to make them instantly recognise a close family or friends defining characteristic, gesture or expression. I want you to see nothing but your friends and families awesome personalities flowing from every frame. My style doesnt hide behind a curtain like a photo ninja. It's present, it's involved and it's part of the day. 
 
For me... it's expression, energy and personality over absolutely everything. 

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  • "Perfect for couples looking for unobtrusive, fun, non-cheesy photos!"
    Ellen on 8 April 2018

    We chose Chris because when we were looking for photographers, his photos were the only ones that made us laugh out loud. That was really important – his photos make everything look fun, but are also beautiful at the same time. He didn’t disappoint – both our engagement shoot and wedding photos communicate perfectly the fun and light-hearted elements we wanted to show. And Chris is such a professional all the way through – he’s happy, upbeat and organized. On the day of the wedding you hardly noticed he was there (in a good way) – we’ve been to some weddings where the photographers are short-tempered and militant in ordering people around, but Chris was cool, calm and relaxed the whole time

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  • "Not posed, relaxed, + fun!"
    Emma on 8 April 2018

    When it came to photography for our wedding, it was probably the first thing I wanted to decide on as it meant so much. Regardless of just wedding photography, the love of this man’s work all round lead me straight to him. Chris Barber. I’ve known Chris for many years, and have continued to be a fan throughout that time. His work is unique to him, recognisable, full of personality (both his and who he’s capturing), creative and very inspiring. So it just had to be Chris to capture our day, truly safe in the knowledge that when we’re old and grey, I’ll still be looking at his images loving the work he produced and honoured that we have him there with us! And mannn did he nail it! Every image captured exactly what we wanted, and more. Having a photographer you trust, for me, is absolutely key. Someone you know that won’t just take some nice looking photos, but will also capture how you felt on the day, the moments as you experienced them. Be able to get across your personality, especially if you’re a tad socially awkward like us pair are! We have cringed a lot looking at posed photos, but Chris just has a knack of making you feel comfortable, even when it’s time for something a little more ‘posed'(strike the pose). Then when it’s time for natural, he captures the real magic. For a geek like me, seeing Chris work, and being part of the end results has been a genuine dream, couldn’t have been happier with that!”

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the price of your service?

£1995

What does the wedding package include?

My wedding packages include a pre-wedding consultation to discuss your plans for the day, all day coverage from preparations till dancing, USB of at least 400 high resolution images suitable for printing yourselves + a free online gallery to share with friends + family. Custom packages available on request.

How far in advance should I contact you?

As soon as possible. Most of my couples tend to book me immediately after securing their wedding venue. It's not unusual for peak season dates to be booked up 2-3 years in advance.

Do you cover more than one wedding a day?

I only accept a limited number of commissions per year so I can focus on working closely with a small group of couples to provide a personal service. This approach creates photos that are unique to you, your wedding + the personalities of your friends and family. Therefore, I would never consider photographing more than one wedding per day.

Are you able to travel?

I love to travel! I love the creative opportunity to photograph in locations I've not visited before + to see my approach through a new perspective. I frequently travel across the UK for weddings + have photographed weddings internationally (most recently Florida, Italy, + France).

What style of photos do you take?

Authentic expression is above everything I do. Unlike other photographers, I don't over think lighting, I don't care for gimmicks or trends + I don't hide behind a curtain like a weirdo all day. I'm present + I'm part of the day (like a guest but with a snazzy camera) but I'm never obtrusive, I avoid directing unless required + I'm basically there to have a good time + make sweet photos.

Do you use a specific technique or innovative approach?

I photograph “love” a lot (like… a lot) so my definition of it is important because it inevitably impacts on the images I produce. I’m not gonna pretend my work is for everyone. It really isn’t. But the people I work with + I share the same ethos. To us… “love” is laughing till you snort at yourselves. It’s vedging out on the sofa together on a Friday night, watching Netflix + not wanting to be anywhere else in the world. Humans are designed to communicate, socialise + engage with other humans so it’s inevitable we feel a connection to portraits of people where we can sense a genuine energy or element of their characteristics. I create images that my couples, families + friends connect with – beyond simply creating a visually ‘pretty’ photograph. To me, choosing to spend your life with another human being isn’t a unicorn, crapping heart shaped confetti glitter, over a perfect double rainbow (although it would be kinda awesome). Instead, I choose to focus on a raw, genuine + less posey side of relationships. I mean… you *might* pose romantically together all the time (you lie) but I rather understand your little ‘in’ jokes + get to know you guys on a real level than just brute force a bunch of cliche poses for the sake of convenience + tradition. My work avoids anything stylized, glazed over, or artificially sweetened. It’s not driven by themes, it doesn’t try to be ”vintage”, quirky or feature the latest fad. It is what it is. You being you. I work with a limited number of couples every year so I can focus on a small group of people in a way that allows me to take the time to get to know you guys better + create genuine portraits, full of life, character + organic expression. You can’t pose laughter.

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