Private Hire

Douglas Fry


I photograph weddings in an elegant, documentary style, drawn from the experience of photographing 500 weddings, from the intimate to the grand spectacle.

I prefer to record the day’s events without flash using only the fastest lenses available from Leica, a brand that is synonymous with quality. Of course, I often use flash when it comes to photographing the set family group images, to achieve a soft even. For the rest of the day the beautiful setting of Syon Park is best preserved using the ambient light of the venue. My photographs have strong composition and perfect exposure no matter what time of year.

A typical day begins with the bridal preparation at the fabulous Hilton Syon Park to capture the finishing touches to the bride. Afterwards I move on to the bar area for the Ushers lunch, and to photograph the nervous groom and friends who are discussing the order of service and seating plan for the 10th time.

The service is held in the Great Hall, offering everyone a comfortable view of the ceremony, with room for a string quartet to play from the back. I stand on the steps to one side at the front only observed by statues of Roman nobles, this affords an easy view of the couple as they exchange their vows and a kiss.

The guests then enjoy a pleasant journey around the house, including the famous long gallery before entering the inner courtyard for refreshments and music.

The Great Conservatory is breath-taking on any day of the week is ready for the wedding breakfast, and again I’m ready to photograph the animated chatter, speeches, and dancing

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