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SaywellHQ

Shelford and Newton, Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire

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11 hires on Bark
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SaywellHQ

Shelford and Newton, Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire

(24)
11 hires on Bark

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Hello! I’m Andy, a wedding photographer based in a little village called Newton in Nottingham.

I pride myself on not being a ‘traditional wedding photographer’, you won’t catch me climbing up a ladder bossing your guests around, I won’t make everybody stand in a ‘love heart’ shape group photo, I won’t make you do a piggyback.

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M
24 November 2019

I cannot recommend Saywell HQ highly enough, Andy was just brilliant, he captured each and every moment with the most stunning photographs. He exceeded all expectations. From first point of contact Andy is incredibly friendly & so easy to get along with, he put us straight at ease, talked us through the entire wedding day beginning to end, answered any and every question we had, helping us with any worries we had. On the day Andy was fantastic, he just fit in so well with everyone it was like he was part of the family. I would urge anyone who is looking for a wedding photographer to have a look through Andy's work. We knew from the beginning of our wedding planning we didn't want to have any of the awkward posing for photo's & 'say cheese' that we've experienced at previous weddings, we personally couldn't think of anything worse, and Andy's style dealt with that perfectly, by not having the forced posed kind of photos & Andy's eye for that 'perfect' shot, we have got some absolutely beautiful photos that we will treasure for the rest of our lives. The few posed formals we had were also absolutely brilliant, the pre-planning of these meant they were organised, exactly what we wanted with who we wanted & took the least amount of time from the day as possible. My personal favourite part of the day was the informal mini photo shoot of me & my husband later in the day, it was honestly so much fun I haven't laughed so much in a long time, and the photos that have come from it are simply stunning. I am so incredibly happy with each and every photo, the entire experience & before and after care I would urge anyone looking for a photographer to get in contact with Saywell HQ. I can guarantee you Andy will provide you with the most perfect wedding photos, nothing but completely professional, friendly & patient, Thank you so very much Andy :) More...

A
12 April 2019

Bestwood Lodge 21 October 2018 Alison & Mark Haynes Andy is so talented and such a gentleman, before you book any Photographer, do explore his service. He is not your typical Photographer with a 'stiff' approach and he really does seem to 'feel' his work. Sounds cliche but Andy really is a nice guy too! He just seems to blend into your day and gets on with all who he engages with. We also liked his open and honest approach. Andy sets himself such high standards, a bit of a perfectionist you may say. He offers so much value, not just in terms of competitiveness, but all aspects. We chose all of our Wedding Suppliers based on chemistry, Andy didn't let us down with our thinking. Thank you Andy x More...

M
27 February 2019

Andy is a fantastic photographer and a lovely guy! From the first time we spoke on the phone, I knew he would capture our day perfectly! He understood what I wanted more than I did and nothing was too much for him.
My favourite photos of the day are ones I didn’t know were being taken!
A number of our guests have since commented about how discreet he was, they had no idea he took as many photos of them as he did.
I would highly recommend Andy to anyone looking for a photographer! I’m already trying to plan another event just to ask Andy to take more photos.
(Thank you Andy for capturing the day and giving us beautiful photos to look back on!)
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J
19 November 2018

Andy was photographer at our Wedding at Swancar Farm. We cannot recommend him enough. From the moment we booked him everything was so easy. We simply left him to it knowing that whatever he did would be brilliant. At times we didn’t even realise he was there. We can’t thank you enough for making our day so special. More...

T
23 October 2018

I really can't thank Andy enough, he was a pleasure to work with from the very first time I contacted him about possibly photographing our wedding. He answered all of our questions no matter how small as if they were the most important issue. The photos we’ve got back have blown us away! He captured moments of the day that escaped us, as well as all the important bits which is be memories for years to come. He also took an audio recording of the ceremony and set this to a photo slideshow that is simply magical. I’m so glad we chose Andy and cannot recommend him highly enough. More...

K
13 May 2018

Andy is without a doubt an incredibly kind, thoughtful, detailed, intuitive, methodical, knowledgeable and excellent photographer. We found Andy through his website and from the moment we contacted him, Andy was helpful and honest. He captured so many special moments throughout our wedding day - moments we didn't even realise we were in, until we saw the photos. Andy is very light-footed (you really won't know he's there!) and true to his candid, documentary style, he really followed our entire wedding journey. Andy spent a fair amount of time speaking with us before the wedding and the photos show that he got to know us and what mattered to us. We are so grateful for our wedding photos and we are very thankful we chose to work with Andy. He even makes a good cup of tea! So many of our wedding guests have commented on Andy's professionalism and talent. Thank you Andy, we are very happy you were part of our day and that we chose you to tell our story. Kiran and James x More...

B
26 January 2018

I have no words for how absolutely fantastic Andy is as a wedding photographer. We found an advert for him on Facebook, and I'm beyond grateful we did!

Firstly, Andy is ridiculously punctual at getting back to you - I think he's replied to my messages the same day every time. I can't describe how helpful this is when you're planning a wedding! And there is no question too small, no problem he can't conquer to get you the best day possible, and no bit of advice he misses sharing with you to ensure you get the best photos possible!

Andy was extremely thorough before our wedding, but on the day he was absolutely amazing. We hardly noticed he was there, he just mingled and took photos of absolutely everything for us. He went above and beyond for us, even offering to take things to the venue in his car for us! Even our venue were commenting on how he'd stayed later than any photographer they had known before, and how lovely he had been in dealing with the staff there. He moved heaven and earth to make sure he was on our bus from the church to the venue so we could see what happened on the bus, even though it was completely inconvenient for him to do so, and we really appreciated how thoughtful he was in all the details of our day.

Andy was then in contact with us promptly after our wedding, and the photos came extremely quickly. And if we had been impressed so far, that was nothing to the photos we got at the end. They are absolutely stunning, and the story he's been able to tell with the subtle little bits of our day, like catching a relative that rarely smiles smiling, or my Dad having a bit of a cry, and there were some absolutely stunning art like shots that I really wasn't expecting but that really made the photographs for us. We hadn't even known he was there most of the time, but what he'd made in the end was magical. Every shot we'd wanted was there, and any we'd discussed with him before were covered. He even bought lighting equipment so we could have photos at dusk at the venue, and they came out brilliantly.

As I said at the start, I don't think words can sum up how amazing Andy is. He is one of the nicest people that we've ever met, and is so humble with how talented he is. His price is more than reasonable, and his dedication to getting exactly what you want from your wedding photos is second to none. We have had so many of our guests and the staff coming up to tell us how lovely he was too, which is exactly what we'd noticed. You really couldn't find a more perfect wedding photographer anywhere, and Andy we really wanted to say thank you so very much for making our wedding so special, we really appreciate it.
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M
17 January 2018

Andy was everything we wanted from a photographer for our wedding day. Having never done it before we didn't really know where to start but we did know that we wanted something very minimal. Andy was perfect, he took the time to get to know us and talked about the process of the day and how he would fit in. No fuss, no frills, no interfering, I didn't even notice he was there apart from the very few obligatory posed photos! He captured the day so perfectly and we are overwhelmed by not only the quality of the photos but the number of great photos we have to choose from. The whole process was easy and he was quick to turn the photos around. We are so pleased we picked Andy - we cant recommend him enough and promise that you won't be disappointed. More...

J
8 January 2018

Andy's documentary style photography captured our relaxed wedding day and lots special moments between us and our guests. He took the time to get to know us and what we wanted before the big day . He shared valuable knowledge with us to help him get the most for the photos and also just to help us plan the day better. After the wedding, we saw initial shots and the full collection quickly. And all this for a very reasonable price! Highly recommended! More...

S
5 January 2018

Andy was absolutely amazing and we couldn't have asked for a better photographer, he was everything we were after and captured our day beautifully! Every step before the big day was well organised and we knew exactly what to expect. Andy made everyone feel relaxed, especially the morning of the wedding. There was no intrusive or forced photos so every picture showed natural laughs, smiles and tears. We felt our day had been captured perfectly and Andy didn't miss a moment. We went for the full day package and would highly recommend as it captured every part of the day even until the late evening. Photos were quickly and professional returned back to us and we loved that we have our own personal access to them as well as the images on a DVD. Thank you again Andy for capturing our day and making it truly the best day ever! More...

K
31 December 2017

Andy gave us a day to remember in so many ways - he even pitched in and helped with the last minute decorations! We had so many gorgeous pictures to choose from, and the way he captures the special moments in such an informal way made it a joy to keep revisiting the online gallery he set up. Andy is a professional from start to finish and we can't recommend him enough. More...

D
30 December 2017

A wedding day starts and finishes in what feels like a blink an eye. Having Andy capture the reality of this short blink was such a blessing. Through his use of discrete cameras and artful awareness he saw all that we missed and more. To be able to blend into the guests and capture their smiles, tears, jokes and movements was nothing short of becoming invisible to everyone. Having used an ordinary public bus service too - not an issue - Andy dashed about through traffic to capture it all. Our photographs are the most beautiful record of a wonderful day. The personal touches, the time spent getting to know us prior to the event and the speed in which photographs were presented to us cannot be faulted. I cannot speak highly enough of Andy, if you're lucky enough to engage his services you truly will have the cherry on top of your wedding cake. Just look through his photos. The reality speaks for itself. No reviews are even needed. To Andy - many, many thanks from Mr and Mrs Cook (m 11/08/17) xx More...

B
27 December 2017

Andy was put simply perfect! Our photos are stunning Andy captured some great moments from our day and the finished product really tells the story. Andy was so great on the day mucked in and everyone felt at ease around him straight away, made the day nice and relaxed which was exactly what we wanted. Massive thank you Andy!! More...

C
22 December 2017

We couldn't have gotten a more perfect photographer for our wedding. We didn't have a big, fancy wedding. We wanted to keep it feeling fairly casual, fun and relaxed, and we both hate huge staged photos. We met Andy in person before the wedding and he seems like a really relaxed guy, very confident with what he's doing! He took absolutely incredible photos which captured everything perfectly. There were loads of little moments throughout the day which we hope to always remember, and Andy did a fantastic job of appearing in the background to capture it in that moment. We didn't even always notice him being there! We honestly couldn't be happier with his work, I would recommend him to anyone and everyone. More...

A
16 October 2017

Andy was exceptional, I cannot fault his service, he truly went above and beyond to provide us with first class wedding photography that we love. Andy is so much more than just a photographer, which you don't even realise until you talk to your guests after or look at you gorgeous images, for us.. a small example was Andy found the time to walk our bunch of crazy dogs at the wedding reception with my bridesmaid and caught some awesome images of the pooches in their element. His style is exactly what I wanted. Andy will capture all of the elements of the day, so those moments you miss in person you can look on with fondness later on. I personally felt he captured our day in such a way I felt like I was reliving it as a guest afterwards, his shots are great you really see the fun and laughter in the day and it reassured me that our guests had as much of a great day as we did. Something else I noticed when we received our album is that Andy really is every where, he has taken some great photos of us where I didn't even know he was there. A stealth photographer. As for speed of service, you simply cant fault his turn around, Andy did his upmost to have our images turned around so quickly, I think they were waiting when we returned home from our honeymoon which was perfect to take away the post holiday blues. If you are looking to book Andy please don't hesitate, you will not regret your decision. We have beautiful images of our day that we will treasure for a life time. I just hope to assure you that as a bride, with Andy on board, you will know it is one less thing you need to worry about. More...

E
20 June 2017

Andy is a talented, professional and thoughtful photographer. The photos from our day feel natural and are real documents of the event. There is something truly special about his style of work, as he does not rely on posed photos, but lets things happen and then captures them. We both have fond memories every time we look at our pictures. From the minute we met Andy, we knew we would be receiving truly special photographs, and we have. More...

C
20 June 2017

We got married in May and chose Andy as our photographer after getting a message from him through Bark and seeing his Facebook page. ...and we were not disappointed. Andy is very friendly guy and spoke to me at length on the phone initially. He was not a salesman at all and put no pressure on me but I decided I wanted to have him from very early on!! When we met him, again he was friendly and professional and very knowledgeable.

On the actual day, Andy blended in with the guests and looking back, I hardly remember seeing him but he has taken some AMAZING photos, which were better than I could have imagined. We had a slightly haphazard wedding with not much structure and Andy stayed well into the evening catching lots of wonderful moments for us. I can't recommend him enough - if you want to really capture how the day goes and get a story of what happened, Andy can do that for you.

Thank you so much for catching our day - you delivered everything we could want and more!

Caroline & Matt Gill
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T
11 October 2016

We came across Andy on a Facebook advert and having reviewed his portfolio online decided to meet up to discuss options and have a pre wedding shoot.

At the pre wedding shoot Andy made great use of the local area, taking some lovely practice pictures. He also paid attention to other things...we were talking about playing Pokemon Go while walking round, and lo and behold, one of the pictures from the pre shoot had a pikachu photoshopped into it, a genuinely funny and nice touch!

On the wedding day itself we couldn't have asked for more. Andy arrived and immediately set to work capturing the morning with my wife and bridesmaids getting ready. The shots were well composed and conveyed the story of the morning.

For the ceremony itself Andy put us at ease before the formal proceedings and also took candid pictures throughout. He knew instinctively who the important people in the party were and managed to get all of them into the album.

At the reception Andy really came into his own. The essence of the day was that it should be relaxed and informal with a good party at the end. Again, the candid shots were the best, and when we reviewed the photos we were very happy with the quality and the feeling that we were back there again. Towards the end of the reception Andy arranged to print off a few small keepsake photos which we weren't expecting and was a nice touch.

After the day Andy put all the pictures on his website but still the good service didn't stop! He went round to my Father in Laws house to drop off a framed print and also came round to deliver our own DVD which came in a lovely presentation box.

We can't recommend Andy highly enough, he was professional yet relaxed enough to put as at ease, always there yet never imposing and provided great service from start to finish. If you are looking for a photographer stop your search now and get in contact with him, you won't regret it!
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S
10 October 2016

Andy was professional, dedicated and discrete - and took great photos of our wedding for a very reasonable price!

E
28 September 2016

Andy was a superb photographer, very friendly but very discret where he captures the most beautiful images, making you feel very relaxed on a busy day!
Very quick getting the images back to us, we are absolutely thrilled with them!!
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V
11 September 2016

Andy was recommended to us for our wedding in August and so glad he was - been an absolute pleasure working with him (if you can call it that). Helpful with any query but most of all his photos are beautiful - not intrusive or forced, capturing those wonderful moments that evoke so many memories. Would gladly recommend and request his services again as needed. Thank you Andy! More...

D
7 September 2016

Andy is by far the best photographer I have come across! He blended in with the wedding guests, so you wouldn't even know he was there let alone taking really awesome pictures.

Really happy with our wedding photos and the group shots we had done previously with our small people.

Would definitely recommend :)
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S
24 August 2016

Had a great feeling about Andy from the start! He was easy going and relaxed and understood perfectly what we wanted. He went above and beyond by visiting the venue first and getting a feel for it. On the day he really fitted in beautifully - he could have been one of the guests! He captured the vibe and the atmosphere perfectly - what stands out from his photos is how happy everyone was. Over the moon with the end pictures! Thank you. More...

S
24 August 2016

Had a great feeling about Andy from the start! He was easy going and relaxed and understood perfectly what we wanted. He went above and beyond by visiting the venue first and getting a feel for it. On the day he really fitted in beautifully - he could have been one of the guests! He captured the vibe and the atmosphere perfectly - what stands out from his photos is how happy everyone was. Over the moon with the end pictures! Thank you. More...

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People being people - real life.

Moments that happen naturally and not staged - you will look back on these moments and you will remember the moment, not the pose or position you were put in. I believe in shooting the wedding from the inside out, to shoot as a friend and a guest; this helps me capture the story of your special day, show you the fun, emotion and great times you, your family and friends had. I don't believe in hiding and shooting from distance,

I started as most photographers do - shooting a friends wedding - I did loads! I soon realised that people connected with my emotional and fun work and that I might be on to something!

I look at other people's styles and I looked at how flat, boring and one dimensional 90% of wedding photography has become.

I knew that I didn't want to be a traditional wedding photographer - all the posing, all the shouting, all the interfering! I wanted to shoot images that I enjoy looking at - I wanted to shoot in my own relaxed, candid and unobtrusive style.

They should choose me based on my work - it shouldn't be price, it shouldn't be because of offers; if you like my work - drop me an email and we can have a chat about how I work and if that fits in with your wedding.

If you want beautiful, non intrusive, relaxed and emotional wedding photography - take a look at my work, if you want your wedding to be stop start, long pauses throughout the day whilst waiting for the next photo, guests constantly being asked to pose for photos - I'm not the photographer for you; there are plenty of other photographers out there who will do a better job at that then me!

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My wedding style has been described by some as documentary, but most wedding photographers fall into this one way or the other. I've been described as someone who really captures moments that last, and who doesn't intrude on peoples special day - I like this one. For me the way I take pictures at wedding's is by blending in with family and friends and capturing the moments from the view of one of your guests. What I have learned from photographing weddings is people want you there, but not to close as to impact on the day and making the guests aware that you are taking pictures. People also don't want you to far away, as guest will feel they are being spied on; which can mean natural happy moments don't happen. A wedding should flow, it should be a day enjoyed by everyone, my natural style is to follow the day as it happens, to capture those special moments whether it be friends being reunited or surprise family guests. I don't take many pictures where I pose people, its should be natural as the day happens. I include group pictures as part of all my wedding packages, and I will always take these pictures, but I do encourage people too not have too many group shots as it really can slow the day down and the wedding flow of your day can be lost.