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On since 2022

Last update: April 2024

Hey! I'm Steve, I've been caputuring moments that matter for over 10 years and have built a photojournalistic documentary style that reflects the honest joy and emotion of each client's wedding day. All my packages provide a full-day service, ensuring that none of the magic is missed. I'm happy to travel for weddings around the UK and further afield (please mention this in your enquiry!)

My Style

I blend into the background, photographing moments as they happen, letting your wedding day be everything that you planned it to be. I photograph in a documentary style, capturing natural reactions and I carry two cameras to always be ready for whatever happens.


I deliver all the edited photographs via an online gallery which can be shared with friends and family. Anyone can order a selection of high quality printed products direct to their door and download digital copies with a download code you can share as you wish. You can order a USB box to keep your photos offline for peace of mind.

Frequently asked questions

What services do you offer?

Pre wedding
Mini albums
Digital album
High resolution photos

What does the wedding package include?

Truly full day coverage, an unobtrusive documentary style to tell the real story of your wedding day. An online gallery of all your images you can send to family and friends and high quality albums

How far in advance should I contact you?

As soon as you've booked your venue is a great time as I can help you find other suppliers. Don't worry if it's short notice though I may be still available!

Do you cover more than one wedding a day?


Can you travel?

Yes, uK Nationwide. Overseas can be negotiated as well. Please mention this in your enquiry

What is the charge for travelling?

Free within 20 miles of Lincoln. 45p/mile beyond that

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?

I blend into the background and photograph in a candid way. Looking out for the right opportunities and capturing the best moments. My other photography work helps me bring other skills to the industr

What kind of equipment do you use?

Professional Nikon cameras and lenses and portable flash units for evening photos. I carry spare cameras, memory cards and batteries so if anything fails I have a spare

Do you offer any tool to display the photos online?


What's the delivery time for a photographic report?

1 month

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?

When you book me for a wedding I'm there for the full day. If the wedding is over multiple days there would be a cost for the extra day

What are the forms of payment?

Your booking is managed on my online booking system. You can view how much you owe and due dates for payments on your portal. You can pay by bank transfer or stripe

How do you work?

I have a documentary style, watching what's going on and candidly capturing things as they happen rather than staging everything. Always being ready to capture the perfect moment as it happens

Served in

Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire

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Reviews for Steve Smailes Photography

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Bryony G. Sent on 01/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The warmest, most professional and talented photographer we could have asked for

Steve is one hell of a guy. Without beginning to describing his talents, of which there are many, he is a kind, polite, fun and highly professional man with an exceptionally warm and easy-going manner. As someone who hates having their photo taken and regularly becomes awkward/ridiculous in photos, stating that he put us both at ease really is saying something. He is calm, helps eveyrone feel relaxed and was part of the fun side of our wedding. We loved working with him and he made our day incredibly special.

Steve went along with all our changes and requests, travelling to London after we changed our location, always with a smile and helping me to feel calm. On our wedding morning, he turned up, chilled, very well dressed and blended seamlessly into our day. I’ve never felt more relaxed and happy around a camera. His shots of our little London wedding are amazing, he’s captured everything so beautifully and moments I would have never realised were there are now with us forever. All my friends and family have commented on how gorgeous the photos are - one quote ‘literally like a magazine shoot’.

I feel a bit emotional writing this review because I’m so happy and have kept looking at my pictures since the wedding ended. I can’t wait to see our full gallery.

If you’re looking for a wedding photographer, please book this amazing guy, we could wax lyrical about him all day!

Bea and Charlie
Lottie S. Sent on 25/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Such a nice guy and fantastic photographer

What an incredible job! Steve not only took some amazing photos but also made us feel calm and relaxed throughout the day.
Heather E. Sent on 13/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful photographer

We almost didn’t bother with a professional photographer- small wedding and I’m not a fan of formal pictures or having my photograph taken! however Steve was recommended as someone who would be perfect to come along for a few hours and unobtrusively get some natural, informal photos to capture our day. I’m so so glad we did decide to go with Steve and would highly recommend talking to him if your in any doubt as to whether you want professional photos of your wedding. I honestly don’t know how he did it but he has produced some amazing pictures of us and our guests. He just sort of mingled and clicked away and the end result is brilliant and. testament to his talent and eye for capturing the moment and emotion. He also sent us some pictures the very next day which was lovely so we’ve have something to look at and share with family and friends whilst he works on the rest. Big big thank you Steve!
Poppy L. Sent on 12/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing, everything we wanted and more!

Beautiful natural photos which told the story of our day from start to finish. Steve arrived at the brides house in the morning and stayed until the music was off in the evening, and captured every moment in between. People who couldn’t attend have told us how the photos felt like they were there with us, all of the emotions were captured so beautifully. He made sure to get all the photos that we wanted, and any photos which people requested throughout the day, nothing was to much trouble. We felt so at ease even though we are not people who are used to having our photo taken, we could be ourselves and not worry and now have amazing photos! The hard part is picking our favourites!

When the wedding is over all you have left from the day are photos and memories and we are go lucky and so glad to have had Steve capture ours!
Charlotte C. Sent on 10/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

March wedding

Steve was brilliant, he made everyone feel at ease and took all the pictures we asked for and more. He gave us some of our wedding picture on the day so we had some to show people and they look amazing. Brilliant service, I would recommend him to anyone
Abbie J. Sent on 06/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing photographer

Steve is one of the friendliest people I’ve had the pleasure to meet. He was genuinely happy to do whatever we wanted in terms of photos and on the day was loved by everyone. We got so many comments from our guests about how polite and friendly he is. He was not invasive at any point, was never pushy and gave us an all round great experience. He captured everything perfectly and when we received our pictures it was like reliving the whole day all over again. We highly recommend him!
Stephen B. Sent on 26/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent Wedding Photographer

Our experience with Steve was amazing. He was really easy to work with, and made you feel at ease the whole time. Our package included a pre wedding shoot, which we would recommend. It was great opportunity to meet Steve before the wedding day, understand how he works and some of what to expect on the wedding day. During our wedding day, Steve was very professional and got all the photos we wanted. Everyone was very complimentary of him and the photos from the day were amazing. If you are looking for a wedding photographer, we would higly recommend Steve.
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