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John Cairns Photography

Oxford, Oxfordshire

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John Cairns Photography

Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Kelly Curtis

21 September 2019

I hired John to take some photos for my website and for the back of my book. I am an author. I was looking for something more creative than just a regular head shot and his photos were amazing. He was also very polite, easy to work with and came with a lot of good ideas. I would highly recommend him as a portrait photographer. More...

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Helen MacEwan

22 August 2019

John was the photographer at a college reunion I attended recently. He took lovely group photos and also some portrait photographs. I very much like like the one he took of me and intend to use it for various purposes. I can recommend him very highly, and he has a pleasant personality. More...

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Henry West

29 July 2019

John happened to be around the Rad Cam one evening during Oxford Ball season and took some impromptu photos of our group, he sent them to us the following day. Generous and professional.

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Social Secretary Trinity MCR

29 July 2019

I'd had the pleasure of seeing John's work on a number of occasions, so when he kindly offered to take some snaps en route to my ball in Oxford I couldn't refuse. John is an outstanding photographer, professional and very generous with his time - he emailed us our snaps the next day! Highly recommend More...

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Philippe Holzhey

29 July 2019

Can definitely recommend John as a competent and great photographer!

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29 July 2019

I came across John when he shot the interior of a project that I worked on (having worked with tonnes of photographers over the years on interior projects I appreciate perfectionist at work. It was only when looking at the website I saw all the stunning portrait shots, he seems to really capture the moment. More...

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Ruth Lockley

30 April 2019

The photos John took for our annual report were really lovely. He put people at ease brought out the best in them for the photos.

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Al Bell

30 April 2019

Fantastic photos for our Annual report. John quickly put a wide range of staff and volunteers at ease to deliver us some great shots that really capture not just the images but the ethos of what we do - highly recommended

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Philip Baldwin

1 March 2019

John's photography is incredibly beautiful. He is a real artist. I thoroughly recommend him. I met him at the opening of an art exhibition and he was very polite, helpful and found a way of capturing the unique atmosphere of the event.

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Kim Willis

30 January 2019

Excellent portrait photographer - captures interesting shots of people in their best light.

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OrionIndigo .

1 December 2018

John is a fantastic photographer and did a brilliant job photographing our wedding this past July in Oxford. We met up a few days before to ensure timings worked and we explained some shots we hoped to get. John was attentive and sensible, writing down where we'd go and how much time it would take so it could fit into the evenings' plans without an issue. On the day, John was on the ball in so many ways. He moved around the church effortlessly during the service, and the organised photos after were done quickly and efficiently. When we went off for our photos, John knew where we would go and didn't waste any time along the way, ensuring we got great shots and that we stuck to the schedule. We mentioned we wanted to try and get some photos while punting, and he happily agreed. A photographer who can punt and take brilliant photos is talented! Timings were perfect, and even later in the evening when we went out for some more photos, it took 20 minutes and was very effortless. Our guests later mentioned that he was so subtle and quiet with taking photos during the day, most didn't even notice the shots being taken. We've received the photos and we couldn't be happy with how it went on the day and the photos we now have. Very professional and a good sense of humour, we'd definitely recommend John as a photographer for a wedding or any other special occasion. More...

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Jonathan Self

1 December 2018

John took a portrait of me a few years ago and it's still one of my favourite photographs and used regularly. His use of lighting and natural tones to capture someone's essence is sublime and I highly recommend him for all portraiture work.

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Vassilis Ragoussis

29 November 2018

Great photographer and fantastic guy- highly recommend!

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Ben Edens

1 November 2018

John took a portrait of me for my business website - I was really happy with his professionalism and the quality of his images. I highly recommend his services!

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Victoria King

1 November 2018

John is a truly talented photographer. It is very difficult to capture people on the move and in the moment of things but he does it so well. He was the official photographer for an Oxford conference I attended and the photo he took of the delegates were the best I've seen in any conference. I thought his photo of me was so flattering that I asked for a copy afterwards! I would whole-heartedly recommend him to anyone. More...

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Stefani Ruper

1 November 2018

I have absolutely nothing but amazing things to say about John. He's professional, extremely talented, friendly, kind, a great communicator, and a real pleasure to work with. We did one shoot early in the summer and another shoot recently in the fall, the latter eagerly assented to on his part because we both thought more shooting in sunset lighting would really take the set of photos he was creating for me over the top. And it really, absolutely did; he helped me create exactly the feel I needed--scholarly, approachable, optimistic, authoritative, warm, and the like. I do a lot of publicity and the like for my career but I can honestly say working with John is at the top of my list of experiences, and I really look forward to being able to call him on future projects. More...

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Lan Chen

29 August 2018

Thank you John so much for the fabulous photos. My husband and I think they are all wonderful, we can't stop looking at them, and we feel that you have done an amazing job in catching the joyfulness of the day, with such a good eye for detail!Thank you for personally deliver the custom-made USB drive with all the lovely high-resolution photos. We cant praise your work enough, please accept our gratitude for making the day last forever! If you are considering using John Cain's services for your wedding, don't think twice!Highly recommended!! More...

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Christina Rogers

3 August 2018

The photos John took of our son’s wedding far surpassed our expectations. John captured not just the moments but the essence of the atmosphere of the day in beautifully taken shots. The more conventional group photos we’d requested were perfectly constructed. The unobtrusive, discreet way John took photos through the day and his friendly manner and skill resulted in his catching many magical, natural moments. He has a great eye that puts him in a different league. Highly recommend him both in terms of his outstanding professionalism but also his pleasant presence which added to the day. We are very grateful. More...

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Chris Huntingford

24 May 2018

Booked in for a set of "mug shots" to be taken, and was really impressed. Very careful use of kit, lighting and background - infinitely better than anything from a passport photo booth, a "selfie" or simply getting a friend to take some pictures. To be recommended.

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Andy Davice

22 May 2018

Highly recommend John's work. He is friendly, helpful, flexible, and great at capturing the atmosphere with groups of people. I have now used him twice, and would happily hire him again. More...

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Dominique Cadiou

21 May 2018

John has given Sobell House a fantastic collection of images that capture the compassion and dedication shown by our nurses as they care for patients and families. He's lovely to work with and puts every at ease. Thank you. More...

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Meagan Le

12 April 2018

John was available on short notice and did a terrific job capturing our event. I'd highly recommend him!

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Peter Goult

29 August 2017

John was undoubtedly the best investment we made for our wedding. He managed to capture the essence of the day, each of our guests, and the 3 venues we held our wedding in around Oxford with a style and creativity beyond any of the other 30 or so photographers we researched. He was very personable, flexible and unobtrusive to the extent that I couldn't believe he caught all of the shots that he did. Looking back now after a few weeks, the memories fade and life continues, but I'm so glad my wife and I decided to up our budget and go for quality as the photos really bring back to life the amazing feeling of the occasion. John really went above and beyond through the whole day and managed to get an extraordinary propertion of winning shots from the 400 odd images he provided us with. I couldn't recommend him strongly enough and will be looking to employ his services again at other family events and for portraits. Pete and Leila, magdalen 27th Aug 2016 More...

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Zeeflyboy

29 August 2017

John is a lovely guy and extremely professional. The photographs from our wedding are exactly what we were hoping for and his eye for detail is brilliant. He made us feel very comfortable and at ease, and we are extremely happy with the results. Definitely recommended. More...

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Thomas Walton

29 August 2017

John is a consummate professional and brings easy charm and charisma to his work. He took fabulous school photographs for us. I couldn't recommend him more highly. More...

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Michelle Stevenson

29 August 2017

John is an exceptional photographer and we were delighted to entrust our wedding photos to him. Our photos are absolutely stunning and we will treasure them for ever. John is brilliant at capturing intimate moments of conversation or humour, setting up relaxed and natural group shots, and recording those small details of the event and setting which capture the atmosphere perfectly. Everyone has commented on how beautiful our pictures are and we cannot recommend John’s work highly enough.Michelle and John February 2017 More...

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Stuart and Joanna Ramsay

29 August 2016

John was the photographer for our wedding in August 2015, and we can scarcely recommend him highly enough - he had seemingly endless energy to capture a huge range of people and moments throughout the day, was great fun to work with on posed shots after the ceremony, and the images we got through look fantastic. Thank you, John!

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Mareli Augustyn

29 August 2016

John did an absolutely sterling job of photographing our wedding. He captured the emotion of the day in stunning photos, despite the fact that for most of the day I had absolutely no idea where he was as he is so discreet! The quality of the photos are fantastic, and he was professional throughout. He produced every photo we asked for and was very flexible on the day and willing to try out shots. Highly recommended - you won't regret hiring John. More...

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Luna

29 August 2016

John is such a wonderful wedding photographer! My husband and I are so grateful to have him keeping our precious memories of our big day. The photos are better than we could ever imagine. He was very hard-working and responsible, and he did such an amazing job at capturing all the very special moments for us. More...

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stephen karl

29 August 2016

John did more than we have expected to make our wedding perfect and truly special. And the photos he took were spectacular! Totally exceeded our already high expectations! Highly recommended! More...

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Renate Krelle

29 August 2016

Making photos of scientists at work and busy labs visually interesting, with a storytelling element is a real art. John works very quickly and the results fit the brief, but in addition he provides variety and creativity and exceeds expectations.

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Naomi Miller

29 August 2016

John was an absolutely outstanding wedding photographer whom I would have no hesitating in recommending to anyone.John photographed our wedding on 25th June 2016. We have just received the full set of photos (within three weeks!) and are totally blown away by the quality of the photographs and the way in which he has captured the emotions of the day - he has crystallised some amazing memories for us. We could not have hoped for a better result! In particular he has managed the seemingly impossible task of making us thrilled that it rained on our wedding day as he has such wonderful pictures of reflections in puddles.Not only are the photos incredible, but John was an absolute pleasure to work with on the day and before the day. He was extremely responsive and put in work before the wedding day visiting the venue and working out what shots to use. On the day itself he managed to be totally discreet - I barely noticed him but according to the photographs he appears to have been everywhere at once! Several of our guests and family members commented on how pleasant he was to have around. The formal shots were extremely smooth, and my husband (who is not a big fan of having his photo taken) actually commented on how surprised he'd been at how much he enjoyed the process of taking pictures of the two of us.John was an absolutely fantastic photographer and we would recommend him to everyone! Thank you so much John More...

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Luna Wang

19 February 2016

John did such a wonderful job and both my husband and I are so grateful to have him as our wedding photographer! He is very professional, responsible and easy to communicate with. He is so good at capturing all the special moments during the day, and the photos are even more amazing than we could ever imagine- everybody looked so happy in them! I highly recommend him to everyone. More...

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Stephen Karl

19 February 2016

John did more than we have expected to make our wedding perfect and truly special. And the photos he took were spectacular! Totally exceeded our already high expectations! And we are not biased! Everyone who has seen the photos commented that they were the best wedding photos they have seen. Highly recommended wedding photographer! Do not hesitate to have him capture the moments of your special<span id="moreReview625882" class="hide"> day!</span> More...

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K King

29 August 2015

My husband is a keen photographer and so photography at our wedding was one of the most important things to us. My husband particularly loves the reportage style of photography. There are so many wedding photographers around but we were looking for something exceptional. As soon as we saw John's pictures on his website and his facebook page, we knew we wanted him to be our photographer!! He was our no.1 choice. Throughout the booking process, he was happy to answer questions on the phone and was always incredibly friendly. We met John before the day and talked through our wedding day and got on brilliantly with him which really put us at ease. Now, for the most important bit!! John was soooooooooooooooooooo amazing on our wedding day, I couldn't recommend him more, totally unobtrusive but really friendly, smiley and adaptable. He was quite literally more like a guest at our wedding than just our photographer. We have had comments from our friends and family saying how much they liked him! And finally, the PHOTOS.... phenomenal, so many precious moments captured, John has the most creative eye so we have some absolutely beautiful pictures - they look like they came straight out of a magazine. The best thing about John's pictures is they totally captured the spirit and atmosphere of the day and are the best memories we could have of the day. We love them more every time we look at them - now for the challenge to find a wedding album which will allow us to put 400+ pictures in ha ha! If you want the best Oxford wedding photographer available pick John Cairns. More...

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Cordt van Geuns-Rosch

29 August 2015

I had a portrait shoot with John the other day and it was a very pleasant experience. He managed to create a nice atmosphere and to give very clear and easy to follow instructions in order to create the optimal pose and expression for the portrait. The photo turned out to be very good. Thank you, John! More...

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Stony Gargoyle

29 August 2015

John was great to work with, a strong communicator, and prompt to send photos back to us. Appreciated his flexibility. Thanks!

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L Eldon

29 August 2015

Picking the right photographer for your wedding is a big decision and we were so thrilled to have John photograph ours. He came highly recommended and exceeded our already very high expectations. Not only did he produce really fantastic photos that captured the spirt of the day perfectly, but he also took the time to meet with us twice before the big day and to visit the venue in advance to scout out good photo opportunities. On the day itself he was really unobtrusive and blended in so well to capture the emotion of the day. We had all the photos back within a fortnight of the wedding which was also brilliant. We have spent most evenings since looking at them! More...

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Nicholas Bensted

29 August 2015

John took some super photos of us which we posted on our website. Thanks John!

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Maja Meredith

29 August 2015

Stunning photographs! Very impressed. Thanks, John!

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Kunle Campbell

29 August 2015

I booked a portrait photo session with John a few week ago. He came over to my office, set up his equipment and started snapping. What sets John apart from other portrait photographers I have worked with in the past is the speed at which he put me at ease. I was initially a bit nervous and stiff but John put me at ease by having conversations with me that got a varied mix of natural expressions from me. He managed to capture almost every expression I had to offer - I didn't know I could look good smiling! He comes in highly recommended for portraits - go ahead and book him! More...

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Liliane Chamas

29 August 2015

Put me at ease and made my portrait session incredibly comfortable - also was the official photographer for our conference and produced stellar shots, would def work with John again

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David Stacey

29 August 2015

One of the best decisions we took when arranging our daughter's recent wedding - inviting John to be the official wedding photographer! He was superb throughout the whole day. The resulting images were truly fantastic - of the highest quality and very creative. His unobtrusive, quiet presence allowed him to capture a range of wonderful photographs. I am familiar with John's work and never cease to be amazed by his brilliance and professionalism. I recommend him without hesitation. If you seek the best - look no further than John. I shall certainly ask for his photographic support in the future.Thank you so much John. More...

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Kris Tina

3 November 2014

John is a great photographer. He took pictures of my fellow students and me at the postgrad scholarship reception at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford and we are really happy with the results!

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L Eldon

2 November 2014

Picking the right photographer for your wedding is a big decision and we were so thrilled to have John photograph ours. He came highly recommended and exceeded our already very high expectations. Not only did he produce really fantastic photos that captured the spirt of the day perfectly, but he also took the time to meet with us twice before the big day and to visit the venue in advance to<span id="moreReview528925" class="hide"> scout out good photo opportunities. On the day itself he was really unobtrusive and blended in so well to capture the emotion of the day. We had all the photos back within a fortnight of the wedding which was also brilliant. We have spent most evenings since looking at them!</span> More...

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Claire Friedemann Smith

29 October 2014

John did such an amazing job with our wedding! His photographs are beautiful and he has a real talent for capturing little moments that could easily go unnoticed. I would highly recommend him.

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S Perkins

7 October 2014

We are very grateful to John Cairns for his unobtrusive presence, and for taking some beautiful informal pictures of our family.

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Nora Peiris

29 August 2014

John creates shot after shot of timeless quality. He is a pro at capturing the subtlest of emotions, expressions or intimate glances of the bride and groom and of all the guests. What's more, he is great fun to work with and his passion for taking great photography is infectious. He takes care of all the details very professionally and you will barely notice him around on the day. We need to come up with another excuse to work with him again. More...

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Fiona Morris

29 August 2014

We hired John for our wedding on a recommendation from another couple, and he lived up to everything they promised. He has such an artistic eye and seemed to know whenever anything (planned or unplanned) was about to happen, as he was there ready to capture it. At the same time, we barely noticed him, and when we were doing couples photos in a nearby field we felt completely natural and relaxed, and they're some of the best shots. John made our wedding look even more beautiful than I remember it! Thank you John. More...

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Jo Fuller

29 August 2014

You won’t regret choosing John Cairns as your photographer. I am so glad we did. From our first meeting he really took the time to get to know us to ensure that his photography captured all that we were looking to record of our day. We were married in Hampshire and John took the time to come and visit the church and venue and meet our family prior to the day. This care and building a rapport really showed on the day as family were far more relaxed with him and it didn’t feel like we were being photographed by an ‘outsider’. John’s approach and style on the day was incredibly unobtrusive - a rare quality with wedding photographers. We couldn’t be more pleased with his work and the photographs. Every image is beautiful and captures the day perfectly - even the aspects we didn’t see on the day. I would not hesitate to recommend John. More...

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Tom Skelton

29 August 2014

Worked with brilliant dedication and commitment beyond the call of duty, and captured beautifully the memories of a cracking night. Thank you!

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Beite Liang

29 August 2014

John took photos for me and my friends while we were attending an event in Merton College, Oxford. It was really nice to have such a professional photographer capturing the wonderful moments which we would have forgotten without a photo copy reservation. The photos are of great quality. We all love them=) Thank you John! More...

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Sylvia Bishop

29 August 2014

John photographed a show and the afterparty for my group, both sets were great. Definitely recommend.

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Carolyn Whiting

29 August 2014

John took pictures at my husband's 60th birthday celebration. He was punctual, friendly and discreet. The photographs are fabulous and are a wonderful memory of the event.

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Nancy Hooper

29 August 2014

John is everything a wedding photographer should be- personable, unobtrusive, and efficient, with an uncanny ability to capture wonderful little moments of the day. We were blown away by our photos, and now the only problem is deciding which ones to print! If you've got a wedding in the Oxford area, BOOK HIM. You won't regret it! More...

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Naomi Schionning

29 August 2014

John went above and beyond all we had hoped for our wedding photography. His manner was calm, efficient and professional throughout the day which helped everything to run like clockwork. The images themselves were exquisite; he captured our intimate moments perfectly as well as the atmosphere of celebration. Nothing escaped his attention. I couldn't recommend John more highly as a photographer. More...

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Nikolaj Christensen

29 August 2014

We felt in very safe hands with John as our wedding photographer. We had already seen some of his work, but none the less both we and our families were taken aback by the amazing quality (and quantity) of the photos. His manner around our guests was completely discreet and unobtrusive (but he still managed to take fantastic close-ups), and he was also very efficient with group and couple shots. More...

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Sophie Dodds

29 August 2014

I've seen a lot of wedding photographs and John is the best photographer I've come across. Our wedding photos are fantastic, they really capture the emotions of the day. John is brilliant - very laid back and discreet; he photographed every moment and we barely noticed he was there most of the time. The photos are everything that we wanted and extremely well produced. John went out of his way to make sure that we had fantastic photos, and he made us feel so at ease and comfortable on the day. It rained on the morning of the wedding and John even brought wellies so my shoes didn't get ruined during the photo shoot! A fantastic photographer and a lovely guy - my only advice would be book him before someone else does! More...

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Robert W. Heimburger

29 August 2014

John did an excellent job photographing our wedding in Bristol. He worked incredibly hard, and he was there to document every moment and plenty of special moments that we hadn't noticed. Still, he was unobtrusive, and he took great un-posed pictures of guests in action. The results were beautiful. We strongly recommend John. More...

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Alison Walker

29 August 2014

John produced the most fantastic photos of our wedding day! It was definitely one of our best decisions when planning our wedding to book him. He has produced a great mixture of stunning posed shots of the two of us and then countless brilliant informal photos of our friends and family during the day. I would highly recommend him! More...

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Robert Pethick

29 August 2014

Fantastic wedding photographer. Very discrete and fantastic photos. John captured all the formal shot we'd asked for plus took some very innovative informal shots which we were delighted with.

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Robert Pethick

21 August 2014

Fantastic wedding photographer. Very discrete and fantastic photos. John captured all the formal shot we'd asked for plus took some very innovative informal shots which we were delighted with.

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Alison Walker

15 August 2014

John produced the most fantastic photos of our wedding day! It was definitely one of our best decisions when planning our wedding to book him. He has produced a great mixture of stunning posed shots of the two of us and then countless brilliant informal photos of our friends and family during the day. He is such a nice guy to be around which makes the experience of having your posed shots so<span id="moreReview512133" class="hide"> much more enjoyable. Something which was important to my Dad was that he was wearing a suit (simple, I know!) which meant he blended in with the rest of the wedding party so a lot of the time you didn't even realise he was there. I would highly recommend him!</span> More...

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Nikolaj Christensen

24 June 2014

We felt in very safe hands with John as our wedding photographer. We had already seen some of his work, but none the less both we and our families were taken aback by the amazing quality (and quantity) of the photos. His manner around our guests was completely discreet and unobtrusive (but he still managed to take fantastic close-ups), and he was also very efficient with group and couple shots. More...

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Naomi Schionning

18 June 2014

John went above and beyond all we had hoped for our wedding photography. His manner was calm, efficient and professional throughout the day which helped everything to run like clockwork. The images themselves were exquisite; he captured our intimate moments perfectly as well as the atmosphere of celebration. Nothing escaped his attention. I couldn't recommend John more highly as a photographer. More...

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Kathryn McKendrick

30 May 2014

Fantastic photographer. Very subtle and takes natural shots. Really captures the whole day!

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Nancy Hooper

28 April 2014

John is everything a wedding photographer should be- personable, unobtrusive, and efficient, with an uncanny ability to capture wonderful little moments of the day. We were blown away by our photos, and now the only problem is deciding which ones to print! If you've got a wedding in the Oxford area, BOOK HIM. You won't regret it! More...

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Jo Fuller

3 January 2014

You won’t regret choosing John Cairns as your photographer. I am so glad we did. From our first meeting he really took the time to get to know us to ensure that his photography captured all that we were looking to record of our day. We were married in Hampshire and John took the time to come and visit the church and venue and meet our family prior to the day. This care and building a rapport<span id="moreReview470786" class="hide"> really showed on the day as family were far more relaxed with him and it didn’t feel like we were being photographed by an ‘outsider’. John’s approach and style on the day was incredibly unobtrusive - a rare quality with wedding photographers. We couldn’t be more pleased with his work and the photographs. Every image is beautiful and captures the day perfectly - even the aspects we didn’t see on the day. I would not hesitate to recommend John.</span> More...

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Fiona Morris

23 October 2013

We hired John on a recommendation from another couple, and he lived up to everything they promised. He has such an artistic eye and seemed to know whenever anything (planned or unplanned) was about to happen, as he was there ready to capture it. At the same time, we barely noticed him, and when we were doing couples photos in a nearby field we felt completely natural and relaxed, and they're<span id="moreReview458158" class="hide"> some of the best shots. John made our wedding look even more beautiful than I remember it! Thank you John.</span> More...

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Nora Peiris

19 September 2013

John is an outstanding wedding photographer. I must say I agree with the long list of accolades before mine. John really went out of his way to ensure that he captured our day with all of it's emotions, details and moods with true perfection-istic craftsmanship and professionalism. He was very open to all of my whimsical ideas and had a fantastic eye for photo locations. Great fun to work with,<span id="moreReview450864" class="hide"> and the photos are simply timeless and incredibly beautiful.</span> More...

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Anna High

29 August 2013

John was our photographer at our May wedding, and I can't recommend him highly enough. The photos are above and beyond our expectations - it seems as though he managed to be everywhere at once on the day, taking gorgeous shots of candid moments that perhaps no-one else noticed were taking place, capturing the spirit of the day, the joyfulness of gathering with so many friends and family, and using his creativity and technical skills to produce amazing pictures in a huge variety of settings. Our church was a 12th century chapel with very little light, but he faced that challenge with aplomb and produced brilliant pictures even in very dark conditions. John is a true professional - unobtrusive, efficient, well-prepared and putting everyone at ease, including two very tiny and nervous flower girls. A truly great wedding photographer. More...

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Ryan High

29 August 2013

Fantastic wedding photographer - very talented, professional, fun to work with. John was really efficient, and worked extremely hard to capture all aspects of the day, both candid shots and the more traditional posed arrangements. Highly recommended.

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Clare Benka

29 August 2013

John has photographed both my wedding (a few weeks ago) and that of my brother (two years ago). Both times he surpassed all our expectations of what wedding photos could look like. Not only does he take stunning photos but he manages to capture details I would never think to take (but after the event am so glad that they were recorded) and portray the 'feel' and emotion of the event too.He works so discreetly that most of the time you aren't even aware that he is there. Only when the photos come through do you realise that he managed to capture everything, and to be everywhere, all at the same time... yet unnoticed by guests and the bridal party. Brilliant. A truly gifted photographer and a really nice guy with it, so a complete joy to work with from every aspect. More...

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Eleanor North

29 August 2013

John did a portrait shoot for me and my sister just before I relocated to South Africa; we got in touch with him quite last minute but he managed to squeeze us in despite being very busy with the wedding season. He made two quite camera-shy girls feel really relaxed, and we were thrilled at how the photos came out; really natural, and of a brilliant quality - it was exactly what we were looking for, and John managed to capture our relationship perfectly too, which makes the photos so special! More...

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Kate Harrison

29 August 2013

John did a fabulous job for our wedding in at The Bodleian Library in Oxford. He was professional, took amazing photos and did a wonderful job capturing us in a natural way. Highly recommend!

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John Payne

29 August 2013

I really admired the way John's photographs of the throngs of people at the June 'Come Draw With Me' family art event captured the enthusiasm and sense of enjoyment and engagement of the evening. The range of intimate close up and longer range overviews combined to leave a lasting memory of a most successful event. More...

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Robert Morrison

29 August 2013

John captures emotion; everything from the intricate wedding preparations first thing in the morning to the wild dancing last thing at night. John's flair is his ability to manage hundreds of people (over 200 in our case) politely and without fuss which is vital, particularly during the formal photos. He answers emails immediately delivering everything that he promises on his website as a minimum. We will continue to rely on John because he's always a step ahead. More...

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Nadia Vahdati

29 August 2013

John Cairns was our wedding photographer and overal we are extremely pleased with the way he managed the entire process before, during and after the wedding. Before the wedding John took time to explain the value that he is able to bring to the photos he takes. He also spent time visiting the venue, which reassured us that he would know exactly where to get the best shot from on the day. He is really someone you feel you can trust making these decisions. During the day, he was enthusiastic, non-entrusive, very polite with the guests, always open to suggestions and built very good rapport with guests and the ushers. The quality of the photographs and the emotions that were captured were beyond our expectations. We would highly recommend John as a wedding photographer. More...

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Jessica Reid

29 August 2013

We were delighted with John's photos of our wedding. They captured the day perfectly and had a great balance of arty and more traditional shots. We're looking forward to getting some up on the wall! Highly recommended! More...

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Katherine Smith

29 August 2013

We couldn't be happier with the job John did at our wedding! He was really helpful in giving us guidance in what would look great, while remaining hands off. He truly captured the mood and atmosphere of the day. He managed a great mixture of more classic or formal shots, informal ones of guests and also some really artistic shots. John has a fantastic eye for the perfect shot and seems to manage to execute it perfectly! Thanks, John! More...

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Sean Hackett

12 August 2013

John Cairns was the photographer at our wedding. He went to great lengths to take some excellent photographs in spite of the weather. The photographs really captured the best moments of the day. More...

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Clare Benka

26 June 2013

John has photographed both my wedding (a few weeks ago) and that of my brother (two years ago). Both times he surpassed all our expectations of what wedding photos could look like. Not only does he take stunning photos but he manages to capture details I would never think to take (but after the event am so glad that they were recorded) and portray the 'feel' and emotion of the event too. <br />He<span id="moreReview433986" class="hide"> works so discreetly that most of the time you aren't even aware that he is there. Only when the photos come through do you realise that he managed to capture everything, and to be everywhere, all at the same time... Yet unnoticed by guests and the bridal party. Brilliant. <br />A truly gifted photographer and a really nice guy with it, so a complete joy to work with from every aspect.</span> More...

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Claire Louise Mcgarry

18 June 2013

We choose John as are photographer after seeing his work at a friends wedding, along with their photos he has also done a fantastic job are ours. <br />We had a brief appointment before the wedding to view the venue and discuss what we wanted and made some good suggestions. <br />On the wedding day he was very efficient and you hardly new he was there. John has a very clever way of taking natural shots<span id="moreReview432365" class="hide"> mixed with black and white and he captures all the little things that most often get forgotten about and the whole time he was never in your face. <br />Our wedding album is amazing and has really captured the atmosphere of the day, truly brilliant work. <br />Claire and Stefan Mcgarry.<br />25/05/13.</span> More...

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Katherine Marshall

8 January 2013

We couldn't be happier with the job John did at our wedding! He was really helpful in giving us guidance in what would look great, while remaining hands off. He truly captured the mood and atmosphere of the day. He managed a great mixture of more classic or formal shots, informal ones of guests and also some really artistic shots. John has a fantastic eye for the perfect shot and seems to manage<span id="moreReview389519" class="hide"> to execute it perfectly! Thanks, John!</span> More...

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N Frost

15 October 2012

John Cairns was our wedding photographer and overal we are extremely pleased with the way he managed the entire process before, during and after the wedding. <br /><br />Before the wedding John took time to explain the value that he is able to bring to the photos he takes. He also spent time visiting the venue, which reassured us that he would know exactly where to get the best shot from on the day. He<span id="moreReview368620" class="hide"> is really someone you feel you can trust making these decisions. <br />During the day, he was enthusiastic, non-<br />Entrusive, very polite with the guests, always open to suggestions and built very good rapport with guests and the ushers. <br /><br />The quality of the photographs and the emotions that were captured were beyond our expectations. We would highly recommend John as a wedding photographer.</span> More...

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Robert Morrison

3 September 2012

John captures emotion; everything from the intricate wedding preparations first thing in the morning to the wild dancing last thing at night. John's flair is his ability to manage hundreds of people (over 200 in our case) politely and without fuss which is vital, particularly during the formal photos. He answers emails immediately delivering everything that he promises on his website as a<span id="moreReview357205" class="hide"> minimum. We will continue to rely on John because he's always a step ahead.</span> More...

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Mark Watterson

29 August 2012

John is an excellent photographer - really impressed with his work on our wedding. Very professional.

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Lara Hibbs

29 August 2012

John did an AMAZING job of our wedding photos and we love them!! He was so professional on the day and had exactly the manner you would want from your photographer- unobtrusive but at the same time managing to be in the right place at the right time and get a batch of consistently quality photos. He had a meeting with us before the wedding to familiarise himself with the venue and listened carefully to exactly what we wanted and had some very helpful suggestions and ideas. Experience is obviously paying off for him and we're so glad we hired him! If you go for it, you'll definitely have something to look forward to when you get back from honeymoon...! More...

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Gilly Charkham

29 August 2012

John did the official photographs for our daughter's wedding. His price is competitive, he was efficient and clear with the contract he provided, he met with the bride and groom before the big day to discuss what they wanted, he was delightful to deal with throughout, he was polite and helpful with all the guests, he was smartly dressed and unobtrusive, the quality of the photographs he produced was outstanding - they were creative, beautiful and really captured the character of the couple and the mood of the whole day, and he took so many lovely spontaneous shots of them and of all the guests. We are absolutely delighted with his work, and several people have said they are the best wedding photos they've ever seen. I can heartily recommend him. More...

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Richard Till

29 August 2012

John is a fantastic photographer and did a marvelous job at our wedding recently. He was there at all the key moments but in such a way that he didn't seem intrusive and he got all the shots we needed without ever being bossy. All round great choice wedding photographer! More...

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Richard Till

25 August 2012

John did a wonderful job at our wedding recently, being around at all the key moments but without being intrusive. Looking throught the album we were not disappointed and he captured some moments which we missed ourselves! A great job on the day and some brilliant results - a safe pair of hands for sure. More...

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Gilly Charkham

7 August 2012

John did the official photographs for our daughter's wedding. His price is competitive, he was efficient and clear with the contract he provided, he met with the bride and groom before the big day to discuss what they wanted, he was delightful to deal with throughout, he was polite and helpful with all the guests, he was smartly dressed and unobtrusive, the quality of the photographs he produced<span id="moreReview349990" class="hide"> was outstanding - they were creative, beautiful and really captured the character of the couple and the mood of the whole day, and he took so many lovely spontaneous shots of them and of all the guests. We are absolutely delighted with his work, and several people have said they are the best wedding photos they've ever seen. I can heartily recommend him.</span> More...

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Kate Wallace

1 August 2012

John is an exceptional wedding photographer. He worked tirelessly throughout the day capturing the most special moments and using the light and surroundings of the venue to great effect. I love his documentary style - it is both creative and natural. I would highly recommend John for any special event. His friendly unobtrusive manner was also much appreciated by all! My aunt recently facebooked<span id="moreReview348236" class="hide"> me to say that his photos looked like they should be in a wedding magazine - high praise indeed!</span> More...

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Rob Heimburger

18 May 2012

John did an excellent job photographing our wedding in Bristol. He worked incredibly hard, and he was there to document every moment and plenty of special moments that we hadn't noticed. Still, he was unobtrusive, and he took great un-posed pictures of guests in action. The results were beautiful. I strongly recommend John. More...

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Lizzie Heimburger

15 May 2012

John Cairns provided a brilliant service - he was unobtrusive yet made sure that all the key moments of the Wedding were captured. He also took lots of wonderful informal pictures of our guests, relaxed and enjoying themselves. Five stars all round! More...

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Rhona Gallacher

26 April 2012

John was our Wedding photographer and did an amzing job, his photographs are beautiful and we have had so many comments about them. He was extremely professional and unintrusive capturing the special moments of our day providing us with an invaluable selection of photographs that we will treasure. More...

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Joanna and Andrew

2 March 2012

John was our wedding photographer and did an amazing job (and at very short notice). We have had so many compliments about the photographs which we loved and captured the day really well. John also took intimate shots without appearing intrusive. John is highly professional and very personable and we would strongly recommend him to anyone looking for a wedding photographer. More...

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Lois Benyon

22 November 2011

John is exceptionally talented. We are very pleased with our engagement and wedding photo shoots. We highly recommend him!

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Maria Lewis

21 November 2011

If you want stunning wedding photos, fantastic service and great value for money you should definitely choose John Cains Photography. John took amazing photos of our wedding in 2011 and we would definitely highly recommend him. Stuart and Maria, Oxfordshire More...

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Tim Steward

17 November 2011

John is an excellent photographer with a natural eye for composition and the capturing of that distinguishing presence in people, whether studio portraits, commissioned shoots outside or his simple observations of life. For special events and photojournalistic work he is first rate. More...

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Rachel Madeiros

17 November 2011

John took lovely photos at our wedding. Got lots of really good natural ones of us and our friends. Having a struggle chosing a few favourites for our book, as like too many! Very professional to deal with. Would definitely recommend him. More...

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Olivia Bucknall

11 November 2011

We can’t rate John enough. His professional manner and incredible artistic skill means every photo is truly beautiful. He’s taken some wonderful engagement photos for us and we can’t wait to see the photo’s he takes at our wedding in May. He made the shoot such fun and captured our personalities. More...

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Louise and Martyn

10 November 2011

We were married in July 2011 and John was our photographer and he was wonderful. He worked solidly for over 7 hours and ensured he took pics of every single guests, even the photo shy ones. All our guests thought he was wonderful and non-intrusive. He captured formal and more importantly informal moments. But above all our finished photos were amazing and really captured our day and our<span id="moreReview267418" class="hide"> feelings. Thank you so very much John we will treasure them for ever x</span> More...

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Neal Mills

5 November 2011

We hired John for our wedding in August and we are both so pleased that we did. He is very well spoken and presented. He has a real passion for photography and you could see that he really enjoys his work which is passed on with ther quality of his photos, we hardly noticed John he seemed to blend in with the background but he really did manage to capture all the special moments. Could not<span id="moreReview265863" class="hide"> recommend John high enough.</span> More...

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Alice Ashton

2 November 2011

<br />John was a pleasure to have at our wedding, we actually hardly noticed him which I think is a real skill. He was always very thoughtful about all he did and I can't recommend him enough. Also we finally got round to letting him know which photo's we wanted in our album and it has turned out so well, really fantastic. I felt like I re-lived the day it was so nicely put together. He was also<span id="moreReview264765" class="hide"> very very good at the more unusual shots and capturing the moment when you weren't looking.</span> More...

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Rebecca Jack

25 October 2011

John's friendly smile and relaxed manner immediately put us all at ease on our wedding day especially during the frenetic morning hours - we all loved him - the bride, groom, and all the guests. As an extra plus, the children warmed to him straight away and had a lot of fun. Our wedding day has been captured in photographs just as it really truly was - full of sunshine and joy, colour and<span id="moreReview262558" class="hide"> laughter. We cannot fault John at all - many guests commented on his presence being so unobtrusive and his interaction so personable. Have already recommended to many and will continue to do so. 10/10 in every way!</span> More...

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Joanna Sugden

17 October 2011

The photos are just what we hoped for - looking back at them was like reliving our wedding day but almost better because John saw things we didn't. He really captured people and their characters and managed to get round everyone which we are so happy about. More...

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James Taylor

25 May 2011

Photos of a nursing home visiting a farm near Oxford, John caught the joy and discovery of the visit with some really atmospheric photos of visitors interacting with animals. Excellent service and I look forward to working with John again. More...

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Lesley Maudsley

19 May 2011

John has been given the job of taking the group photograph for graduating OT students again this year and has done a fantastic job. He provides a very professional service at a very competitive price, and has a great ability to put everyone at ease and enjoy the photo opportunity! More...

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Judy Bastin

18 May 2011

John Cairns photographed my recent Birthday Party. All my friends and family have been astonished at the standard of his work. He was pleasant, unobtrusive and professional. I whole heartedly recommend his service. I am delighted and will treasure the photos. Great value for money. Judy Bastin More...

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Pauline Denham

13 April 2011

John Cairns took some amazingly wonderful photographs at our daughter's wedding last year. His care, attention to detail and quiet professionalism meant that on the day he was diligently working in the background. We were not only delighted with the 480 photographs that we received after the wedding but we were so pleased that John was able to carry out our daughter's wishes in that not only was<span id="moreReview202210" class="hide"> the day's formality captured but also the fun, the excitement and the interaction amongst the 120 guests, in an idyllic setting was tastefully recorded. His production of a book of 125 photographs chosen by our daughter and son in law was so carefully and thoughtfully arranged. The photographs flowed and recorded such lovely detail that it is a superb momento. The book was produced and finished to the highest quality and we would not hesitate to recommend John Cairns as a first class wedding photographer.</span> More...

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Angela Wenham

12 April 2011

John is an amazing photographer. We hired him for our wedding and were more than happy with the results. He was professional and personable, making us feel at ease. He blended so well in the background that you almost didn't know he was there. This led to natural shots that really captured moments the way I wanted. He is a true artist, and I wouldn't use any other photographer! More...

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Sarah Elizabeth

5 April 2011

My husband and I were so fortunate to have John Cairns as our wedding photographer. Well before the wedding, John met with us to discuss what we were hoping for in our wedding photos, and he delivered exactly what we had discussed. The photos are classy and timeless, with a very effective use of the lighting and scenery. John also managed to capture all the little moments in a completely<span id="moreReview199887" class="hide"> unobtrusive manner, and the pictures truly tell the story of the day. Thank you so much, John, for the absolutely beautiful photos – we couldn’t be more delighted with them!</span> More...

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Claire Mortimer

5 April 2011

John is great at capturing people naturally, and capturing moments in a very unobtrusive way. He has taken some lovely portraits of me and friends - as someone who can feel self-conscious in front of a camera I felt at ease and am really pleased with the results. Highly recommended.

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Eleanor Hayes

4 April 2011

We were thrilled to have had John as the photographer at our wedding. He was careful to find out beforehand what we wanted and took the trouble to look at the church and reception venues in advance. He's organised and efficient but with a very friendly and gentle manner. On the day he was unobtrusive but took fabulous natural photos which really captured the day. We are delighted with the album<span id="moreReview199621" class="hide"> which he designed for us and is a very special reminder of our wedding day. Very highly recommended.</span> More...

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James Forrest

4 April 2011

John recently took some shots of my girlfriend and I on a friend's farm. He then edited them skillfully and they're excellent pictures which we'll always treasure.

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Iyabo Oba

19 January 2011

Experiencing John Cairns photography at a friend’s wedding was incredible! He is clearly a master of his trade. He captured the wonderfully the precious moments between the bride and groom. He also had such rapport with everyone present. Without being obtrusive, he meandered expertly in about out of the family and friends gathered, obtaining stunning shots that had creative flair, and radiated<span id="moreReview177401" class="hide"> the joy and celebration of the day.</span> More...

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Chris Knight

19 January 2011

Choosing the right photographer for your wedding can be potentially stressful, but John Cairns, whom I've seen at first hand at different friends' weddings, made the whole experience pain-free. Photographs were professionally and artistically taken and his presence during the wedding service and reception was unobtrusive. Great photos taken sensitively. More...

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Mary Barker

2 May 2009

John pulled out all the stops to capture brilliant photos from our wedding. We were so delighted with them... from the "official" ones to the "moments" that he caught.

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Victoria Stott

22 April 2009

John is an excellent wedding photographer. He spent lots of time chatting thought what we had in mind and shared his experience giving us the guidance we needed. His attention to detail on the day was perfect. We barely noticed his presence but he captured some truly beautiful moments for us, they really are priceless. Thank you John for your professionalism, hard work and fabulous company.<span id="moreReview45219" class="hide"> You're a star.</span> More...

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