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Martin Ellard Wedding Photography, based in Swansea, South Wales, specialises in capturing natural and candid moments that tell stories of your day. For those couples that don't want to be posed, or have moments staged, my documentary approach gives you authentic images that will mean so much to you for decades to come.

My approach is simple, I arrive at morning preparations when some of the most touching and unique moments can happen. I'll chat with people and try to get them to relax around me and my camera, then for the rest of the day I'm more likely to blend into the background. When you have your first dance (if you're having one) it will be the start of an amazing night, and I'll be there capturing the epic Dad dancing and you both having the best night surrounded by your family and friends.

Named in the Top 30 Wedding Photographers in the World 2022 - This Is Reportage -

Named in the Top 20 Story Tellers in the World 2022 - This Is Reportage -

Named in the Top 10 in the World 2022 - Photographers Keeping It Real -

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Frequently asked questions

What services do you offer?

Pre wedding
Digital album
High resolution photos

What does the wedding package include?

I have two very simple packages. 1: All day from preparations through to late-night dancing. All your edited images on an online gallery and also on a USB. 2:As above with an added 10x10 album

How far in advance should I contact you?

Most bookings are made at least 12 months in advance

Do you cover more than one wedding a day?


Can you travel?

Yes, i cover South and West Wales, but can also travel further

What is the charge for travelling?

Travel costs for long-distance weddings are discussed at the time of planning and booking

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 work is documentary, often referred to as candid, natural and editorial. I aim to tell the story of your day

What kind of equipment do you use?

I have a large variety of equipment. I have backups of everything I use and I am fully insured

Do you offer any tool to display the photos online?

Yes, images are delivered initially on a password protected online gallery

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?

This can be discussed in advance of your wedding

What are the forms of payment?

Online banking payment. A booking fee is required, followed by the balance of your chosen package up to a week before the wedding day

How do you work?

I'm a storyteller, as well as the important traditional moments through a wedding day I am always looking for wonderful little moments that tell the story of your day
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Reviews for Martin Ellard Wedding Photography

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Richard C. Sent on 14/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Simply the best

Having Martin at our wedding was an absolute pleasure! He was so kind, friendly and professional - all of our guests found him to be a delight. He made us feel comfortable and helped move the plan for the day tick along perfectly.
And the final product, the photos from him are outstanding - he listened to what we wanted and delivered something even better than what we could have ever hoped for.

We cannot recommend him highly enough - book him!
Fiona S. Sent on 06/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic wedding photographer

Martin was our wedding photographer and we our in love with our wedding photos. The photos stand out from other photographers as he has a way of capturing those real life action moments of the day. Thank you Martin, Aled & Fiona.
Cheryl T. Sent on 11/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing wedding photographer

Can’t recommend Martin enough. Friendly, professional and so so good at his job! Martin goes that extra mile to ensure that everything goes smoothly on the big day. We are so happy with the photos and our wedding album is going to be a special keepsake of amazing memories.
Olivia P. Sent on 06/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

An amazing photographer

Martin provided us with an amazing service, he met with us before our wedding & ensured he knew exactly what we wanted from our photos and he definitely got it right! We cannot recommend him enough, the photos were amazing. Martin stays late into the night to get all dancing photos which I just love, most photographers will leave after the first dance which I didn’t like but Martin definitely went out of his way to make sure we had the best day and photos to remember the day by. We wanted photos on the beach at sunset, so Martin made sure that he knew the exact moment the sun set would set over the beach and he definitely got that moment right.
The photos added speak for themselves!
Andrew M. Sent on 12/07/2023
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Rachael & Andrew | Nerja | 25.09.23

From day one we looked at picking Martin as our photographer wether that was to be at home wedding or a destination wedding.

It ended up being a destination wedding and Martin was amazing from pre wedding planning, rearranging dates due to covid, to working with our planner on the day. Nothing was too much trouble for him. If you are looking for someone who’s more than just a photographer and takes the time and shows care and friendship Martin is your man!

Due to our wedding being aboard and starting later our finish time was obviously later and Martin stuck around for most of the night, Martin would say I’m going to make a move next minute he would be back on the dance floor capturing more fantastic moments, in the end I think he knew he had to call it quits otherwise he would of been leaving at the same time as us!

One of the best things about Martin and his style is that you tend to forget that he is there and almost blends in as one of your guests and that’s shows by the number of moments captures that your not aware of but when you are aware of him he makes it very easy for you to be comfortable in front of the camera.

We spent our full day laughing and Martin captured the day perfectly for us and we can’t recommend him enough.

Martin you were incredible and the photos speak for themselves.
Fiona L. Sent on 20/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful photographer

Martin was a wonderful photographer for our engagement shoot and wedding day. Martin was very understanding and accommodating when we had problems with our first venue, and worked hard to help us change the venue and date. He also recommended trusted suppliers and gave lots of hints and tips to make the most of our day. Our guests commented on how lovely and professional he was throughout the day, and all the photos are gorgeous. So hard to choose our favourites.
Evelyn C. Sent on 06/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic photographer

Martin was fantastic, we had no hesitation in hiring him for our wedding and we weren’t disappointed! He was brilliant, he stayed all day and into the night. He captured some truly wonderful moments that we have to treasure forever. He was discreet and affable, he got on with all of our guests and didn’t impose. We got all the traditional wedding photos and so much more.
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