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I am a very experienced documentary wedding photographer from South Wales with 7 years of experience that I can bring to your wedding and put into capturing your day – down to the smallest and most precious moments. Customers often comment that I see what others don't.

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Serenity Goodwyn

30 May 2017

Brilliant! I'm the least photogenic person I know, even my husband agrees a always look awful in photographs. I would have been happy had Mark managed to get a couple of nice shots of me. Quite frankly he's a miracle worker. There wasn't one bad picture, I loved them all and there was nearly 400 to love. He was wonderfully professional at every stage. He listened to what we wanted and accommodated both mine and my partner wishes which were different. He was very friendly and easy to work with. He was never intrusive but still managed to coral or families as needed for photos. I honestly couldn't have asked for more in a photographer. I would recommend Xpect Photography to anyone who wants a photographer who will make wedding day photos a breeze and a variety of wonderful photos to look at for years to come. More...

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Laura Gilbert

30 May 2017

Mark was our photographer for our wedding on 24/09/16.Apart from the dress and venue, the wedding photographer is one of the most important parts of the day and we are so pleased Mark was our photographer! On the day, Mark helped organise everything!! He went above and beyond and ensured we had a flawless day which was the best day of our lives. He is so professional and put everyone at ease. Our photos are absolutely stunning and look like they belong in a magazine!!The effort Mark put into everything is so appreciated!! We will cherish these photos forever! (Super quick turn around on the photos as well!)If you are looking for a first class photographer, look no further than Mark (accompanied by the lovely Sandra). We cannot recommend Mark enough. He captured every single special moment of the entire day/night and it is so nice to look at these photos and be reminded of those moments. A big, massive, HUGE thank you Mark and Sandra!!!! Love Laura & James x More...

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Izzy Driscoll

30 May 2017

Mark and Sandra at Xpect Photography are just brilliant. We were so pleased to have them there on our wedding day on the 11th March at De Courceys Manor - Cardiff to capture the detail. The documentary style of photography was exactly what we wanted to capture the detail of our special day. Working with Mark was a pleasure - he listened to what was important to us in regards to our photos and did not fail to deliver - we absolutely love our wedding photos and were really impressed that they were ready within two weeks of our wedding. Mark and Sandra put everyone at ease on the wedding day, and were great directing the group shots that we had requested. We hardly noticed that they were there on the day, which was great as there are some lovely natural photos of us and the guests which we will treasure forever. We also had some parts of our wedding videoed by Mark, which was a last minute thing we decided to have - there was no trouble adding this, and the video we have is beautiful - it is really special to be able to have this in addition to our photos. We would highly recommend Xpect Photography to anyone and our guests were impressed with your professionalism also. Thank you again, Izzy and Craig Driscoll More...

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Laura Dawson

12 October 2016

Mark was our photographer for our wedding on 24/09/16.

Apart from the dress and venue, the wedding photographer is one of the most important parts of the day and we are so pleased Mark was our photographer!

On the day, Mark helped organise everything!! He went above and beyond and ensured we had a flawless day which was the best day of our lives.
He is so professional and put everyone at ease.

Our photos are absolutely stunning and look like they belong in a magazine!!
The effort Mark put into everything is so appreciated!! We will cherish these photos forever! (Super quick turn around on the photos as well!)

If you are looking for a first class photographer, look no further than Mark (accompanied by the lovely Sandra). We cannot recommend Mark enough. He captured every single special moment of the entire day/night and it is so nice to look at these photos and be reminded of those moments.

A big, massive, HUGE thank you Mark and Sandra!!!!

Love Laura & James x
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Jack B

30 May 2016

Mark photographed our wedding in the summer of 2015. He was incredibly professional and a joy to have at the wedding. The photos (which we received within two weeks!!!) are absolutely fantastic. We have hundreds of high quality, gorgeous photos! We would really recommend Mark (Xpect Photography) to anyone! Jack & Bethan More...

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Elf Wright

31 May 2015

We love the images from our wedding, and would heartily recommend Xpect Photography for their excellent photography skills and professional & friendly approach to wedding photography.Our wedding was a challenging combination of a large number of guests (160+), a not very photogenic venue (SWALEC Cricket Stadium) and a lack of daylight (afternoon wedding in January). Mark was extremely reassuring during the planning stages, helping us to work through a plan of action which ensured the day went off without a hitch. On the day, Mark and Sandra were so helpful and friendly to us and our guests, helping to organise our large families & making sure we got all the shots we wanted. We are delighted with the selection of fabulous photographs we have to remember the day!We did a LOT of research and met with many photographers in the south Wales area, and these guys were easily the best. Book them, you won't regret it! More...

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Stephen Meek

31 May 2015

The second we met Mark he stood out to us straight away. Apart from an impressive portfolio, as a character he was very passionate about his work and had a subtle confidence that reassured us he was all about a quality final product. Our instincts proved right and our photos were stunning! He captured evey moment of our day, some of which we would never have seen without him, in beautiful clarity. We were lucky enough to have photography in church and Mark took full advantage for us, producing some amazing shots, and we didn't even notice he was there.Finally after the day was over, we had some lovley feedback from our guests on the usual things. One of the surprises was the amount of guests that commented on how nice a guy Mark was! It was certainly an unforgettable day thanks to the memories captured by Mark! Thanks again! More...

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Laura Saunders-Davies

31 May 2014

Mark and Sandra provided an excellent service as our wedding photographers. Mark was great at taking on board our suggestions as well as offering advice for the day. We wanted lots of spontaneous photos and Mark really met this brief. The quality of the photos were excellent and the album and slide show brought tears to my eyes as it truly did capture the day and the amazing time we had. I couldn't have asked for a better service.Unlike some photographers that I have experienced from attending weddings, it was very organised and professional and did not take any more time than was necessary. This was great as it ensured that our guests didn't get bored or too hungry whilst waiting for photos to be taken. Mark and Sandra were also very good at making us and our guests feel relaxed whilst the photos were being taken and think this added to the quality of the images as there were so many photos of people smiling and laughing and looking very natural. Many of my friends and family have used the photos that were taken of them on our wedding day as profile pictures and to frame in their homes as the images captured are so lovely.I really couldn't have asked for a better service and I am so glad I picked Xpect photography for my big day. They definitely deserve five stars and I would recommend them to all bride and grooms to be! More...

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Jason Stallard

31 May 2013

Come across a lovely little offer from Xpect Photography, and thought that this would provide a cracking present for a birthday. So wanted to put this review together, in case you were wondering whether or not to indulge yourself with the out and out professionals that are Xpect Photography…Opted for the £99 portrait offer, which seemed quite exciting and yet somewhat daunting thought of having a personal portrait session. But have to say Mark at Xpect Photography is the essence of the true professional photographer. His enthusiasm put us at ease throughout the process and he reassured us that the “other half” would love the experience none the less. And yes this is truly an experience from start to finish. After chatting to Mark over the phone about what i wanted and finalising my payment, a few days later there was a hand delivered letter posted through the door. This contained a hand crafted “personal” invite to my wife for the portrait session, which i have to say, she was absolutely thrilled with. Looking bewildered when she opened the envelope to be met with a lovely hand crafted invite, inside an ivory envelope with ribbon sealing, which i have to have to say for a birthday present was a very nice touch. Anyway, coming to the day, or should i say lead up to the day. Mark invited me and my wife to his home where we sat and chatted about the photo session, as we did not know what to expect nor had we experienced anything like it in the past. Marks sheer enthusiasm and professionalism shines through and his love of photography is evident in everything he does. After setting the scene of what to expect, we decided on a beach theme that just had to include the dog…So photo day arrives, Mark met us on location on what must have been one of the best days in Feb we have seen for years. Again Mark had been there for over an hour and a half beforehand conducting a reccy of the area to ensure that he provided us with the maximum experience and the best shots possible for our session. In all honesty this was really not expected, but as mentioned above, this goes to show the lengths Mark and Xpect go to, to ensure that customer satisfaction is paramount to the client and throughout the day.Anyway, having gone through the photo session, which was really enjoyable and actually quite exciting, Mark mentioned that he would be in touch for us to view the images.Again Mark did not disappoint, he contacted us to invite us across t his studio for a viewing, which is really not expected. On arrival, the set up is very professional, with a large TV screen to view every shot Mark has taken over the photo session within a very relaxed and funky studio. For the amount of money you have paid for the session and the end to end experience, you would honestly think you have paid hundreds if not thousands for the experience….The professionalism and total enthusiasm is what makes Xpect stand out from every other photographer we have come across.My only regret is that we did not know Mark and Xpect Photography when we got married, as we would have loved to have had Mark shoot our wedding day. If this portrait session was anything to go by then we would have loved to have experienced a full wedding shoot…..Thanks Mark and Xpect Photography, one awesome birthday present !!! More...

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Sian Hughes

31 May 2013

Choosing a wedding photographer is probably hard for most couples, but for my husband and I it was simple. We chose Mark and Sandra at Xpect Photography after they took family portraits of our little boy. The slideshow of images with backing music moved us to tears; hence on seeing these during a viewing and the effort they’d gone to we booked there and then without a second thought. The level of service we received from start to finish was in our opinion over and above our expectations, we had our pre wedding shots in an outdoor area which was a convenient time for us and Mark included our little boy knowing how important it was to us. Prior to the wedding, Mark took the time to sit down with us and find out our expectations for the wedding, who was important to us, who we’d like images of if possible and I honestly can’t believe the images he and Sandra managed to take. Having two photographers meant we had a bigger variety of images from our wedding day sometimes of the same shot but different angles catching some really special moments, we’ve actually found it so hard to choose our final images as there were so many we could have chosen. They captured some images I’ll treasure so much, especially the moment my father saw me in my wedding dress for the first time. Such a special moment caught on camera for me to keep forever. Not only did we find it easy working with Mark and Sandra, our family and friends also felt at ease throughout the day. Mark and Sandra kept us informed after our wedding at every stage, they contacted us for our viewing and again moved us to tears watching the slideshow of our special day and memories we would have missed had they both not been there. We were treated so well from start to finish and our beautiful wedding album and slideshow are filled with memories of our special day that we will treasure forever. Simon and I have no hesitation in encouraging future brides and grooms to choose Xpect Photography.Sian & Simon Hughes - Wedding July 2012 More...

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Nicola Cross

31 May 2013

Mark took portrait photos of my two sons, and put together a wedding album for me. I found Mark to be extremely knowledgeable, creative and down to earth. He puts you at ease and comes up with great ideas to make the most of the photo shoot. I would highly recommend Marks services to anyone.Thanks Nicola More...

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Peter Brewin

16 March 2013

my partner and I looked for a great photographer at all the wedding fairs and found a few we liked but they where all the same, until we bumped in to Mark and Sandra, there photo albums were so much more our style and the photos were clear and lade out in the albums in such a way they looked fantastic. So we had a quote and !!! wow !!! we could not believe that we had everything we wanted at the<span id="moreReview409402" class="hide"> right price. Mark and Sandra invited us to there studio for a family photo shoot before the wedding and it was great and we had a great laugh. It was fantastic that we got to know and become friends with Mark and Sandra before the wedding, that other photographers or companies do not do. Our wedding day was so fantastic and we could not of asked for anything more. Mark and Sandra at xpect photography where on time and got every picture we wanted and even pictures you never knew they were taking. They were every where that day, getting every little moment. Mark and Sandra were so great and friendly to everyone. After the wedding, Mark and Sandra invited us to there studio and gave a video presentation of the photos taken. This was fantastic. The photos we so perfect and some so funny. We relived our wedding day. Thank you to Mark and Sandra at Xpect photography for a !!! PERFECT !!! job.</span> More...

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Sian Hughes

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Aimee Jervis-Watkins

22 January 2013

“Terrence and I were so pleased with Sandra and Mark of Xpect Photography. They were brilliant at photographing our wedding. They fitted in with our family and everyone commented how pleasant they were even when we were short of time they were always polite but managed to get everything organised. They really made our wedding day photography an absolute pleasure. When we went to see our wedding<span id="moreReview393904" class="hide"> photos for the first time at their studio, all we can say is that we were blown away! The photos were absolutely out of this world and I cried from start to finish. Such an amazing day, surrounded by amazing people, amazing weather! The best day of my life captured absolutely beautifully by Mark and Sandra. We both thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We will always recommend you in the future. ”.</span> More...

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Anthony Paul Warren

22 August 2010

I would give mark 5*'s for everything. From the moment I emailed mark to talk about the possibility of photographing our wedding to the delivery of our pics and album, the service has been fantastic!! The finished album is lovely and the individual pics look so professional. Thanks mark for the chance for us to relive our day, time & time again... More...

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Naomi

18 February 2010

We had the pleasure of working with Mark for our engagement session last year. Not only did he manage to make us feel completely at ease & keep us laughing throughout the shoot, he produced some beautiful relaxed & fun images for us to keep. We were lucky enough that he agreed also to shoot some pictures of our two puppies, no easy task, but the results were outstanding. The only problem we had<span id="moreReview101177" class="hide"> was having to narrow down our choice! We can not wait to see what he can achieve on our wedding day in August & will be using him for any events in the future. Highly Recommended</span> More...

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Jo-Anne Vickery

22 September 2009

Worked with Mark on 18th Sept, excellent tog, Great personality, very professional and has alot of idea's.Would definetly work with Mark again and would recommend, looking forward to seeing the images.

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Louise Palmer

1 July 2009

Mark was a fantastic photographer at our wedding in May 09. He put us and our guests at ease and we really enjoyed his presence. The photos are amazing and we are so pleased with them. We would not hesitate to recommend Mark to anyone looking for a brilliant wedding photographer. He provided a service above and beyond anything we were expecting. We will treasure our wonderful photos forever<span id="moreReview56533" class="hide"> and were delighted with the extra DVD slideshow provided by Mark. Thank you again Mark - you and your photos are great.</span> More...

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Carly Marie Bird

10 June 2009

Had an excellent shoot today with mark. By far one of the best photographers ive worked with. So professional. I had lots of fun and would definitely like to work with him again in the future. We achieved some great results and im really pleased. 10/10 !!!. More...

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James Radford

9 June 2009

Mark provides amazing levels of service - he <br />really goes the extra mile to make sure that you <br />get the best possible results, both before, <br />during and after the big day. I would highly <br />recommend you choose Xpect Photography for <br />any occasion. More...

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Laura Rees

31 March 2009

Mark is a great photographer with a real passion for his work. The photos were amazing, he really captured the spirit of our 18 month old little girl. Highly recommended as he has a great talent & offers exceptional value for money. More...

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Nathan c Scola

22 March 2009

Easy to work with, very polite and makes sure his clients are comfortable. Hes a very good photographer

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Rachel Veryard

22 December 2008

After having a portrait session with expect photography I found the service fantastic. The photographer was really helpful and put me at ease if I have more pics done I will definately contact this photographer. Brilliant!

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Anthony Burns

16 December 2008

In reference to my portfolio photoshoot with Xpect Photography: prior to the shoot, the photographer carefully considered my look from a previous shoot and based various ideas upon that, all of which I found very helpful in determining a look and performance for the shoot we did together. He provided transport to the location at a time that suited me, booked a location that was eminently suited<span id="moreReview24367" class="hide"> to my look, and acted in a considerate and professional manner throughout. He was courteous, well-prepared, and always attentive to my needs and general well-being. Following the shoot, he provided the photos in very quick time, and edited copies of my favourite shots just as promptly. The shots in question have undoubtedly enhanced my portfolio and attracted many positive comments at my model networking site, and interest in future shoots. I would very gladly shoot with this company again.</span> More...

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Haines Painting & Decorating Limited

19 November 2008

Upgrade to our website with photographic images of completed products<br /><br />We found the company to be very efficient and reliable

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Kelly Smith

10 October 2008

The service carried out by Xpect photography was outstanding. I required pictures for my personal portfolio, not only were the images I recieved of the high quality they were also creative and beautifully tastefull. Mark also took time to understand my needs and how I wanted to be photographed. The whole experience with Xpect Photography was proffessional, friendly and positive. More...

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Rachel Gregory

7 October 2008

Xpect photography carried out a photo session of myself and my children, the reason that I booked the session was due to my husband leaving the country for work purposes and I wanted a DVD of photos made as a gift. I gave Xpect photography very short notice, yet they still went out of their way to fit me in. The photographer sat and interviewed me to find out what I was looking for and then<span id="moreReview19937" class="hide"> arranged the sitting. I have four children so I thought it would be a real chore. I was wrong! Mark Martin was great! he made all my children and myself feel at ease which showed in the photo's. He is a real talent. The photo's were extremely reasonable in price and delivery was very quick. I placed my order through the website which was very easy to use. The DVD was fab, and Mark even incorporated the music that I chose. I would most certainly use this company again and have recommended it to my friends and family.</span> More...

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