Multi-Award Winning Wedding Photographer
— Wakefield’s No.1 Wedding Photographer, Matt Nicholls, brings you a range of affordable and multi-award-winning wedding photography packages. I am not going to bore you with the usual, at 8 year old I was given a camera by my GanGan and from then photography was always my life passion, because put simply, it really wasn’t like that!!
It’s amazing how things work out really – for 14 years as a Prison Officer I really didn’t have the most glamorous job! Having worked at 3 of the toughest prisons in the UK, wedding photography wasn’t on my radar! Shooting a friends wedding which is often the start, was indeed the start for me. 2 years later I was Yorkshire Wedding Photographer of the Year 2016, 6 months later I was a full time wedding photographer which is a rarity these days. Most are photographers alongside other jobs.
I am lucky that people love what I do and how I do it and so I continue to commit all my working energy into wedding photography
It was obvious from early on, that people loved what we did and how we did it! With me as your wedding photographer, our highest priority is amazing wedding photographs and memories, but also as important, we all have fun together! It was around my 10th wedding when a couple described me as ‘Being like having one of your guests having a camera, but knows how to use it’. Within 2 years Matt Nicholls Photography had won wedding photographer of the Year 2016 and the rest is history!
I am based in Wakefield, however, I have been lucky enough to photograph weddings across the UK and into mainland Europe. Winning the I DO wedding photographer of the year 2016 and 2019 are huge achievements for me, as they were voted for by the Brides and Grooms themselves. Voted for by those who have experienced my way of photographing their wedding and have received the finished product.
Being described as a ‘one of a kind’ photographer really does make me feel proud of what we achieve on a wedding day. I very rarely actively advertise my services – as I find the word of mouth and recommendations from previous brides and grooms goes a long way to filling my diary each year. Simply head over to my Facebook reviews and see what people say about me who have experienced the MNP way!
On to the wedding day itself, my approach is that we will absolutely fit into the spirit of your day, and most importantly, making it fun for those being photographed. We will shoot from afar when we need to, but really get involved with the cameras when the fun starts. We will have a laugh with the guys when they’re clowning around (remember I was an ex Prison Officer so can take the banter), but also have the patience and respect when dealing with the older guests. Having two young kids myself, I can totally relate to children and always get amazing feedback of the photos I get of the little ones.
Many Brides and Grooms tell me that they are really anxious about having their photos taken, but after the day they will then tell me that one of their favourite parts of the day was when we went away from the wedding party for pictures. My approach really works, we keep it simple and fun. No unnatural posing or anything over the top. I will not pose you too much at all, I feel if you’re together, and you’re comfortable, the shot will be great. If we start twisting and bending too much it really doesn’t work and looks awkward. For group photos, I like this to be slick and quick. So you can get back to having fun with your guests. And then I can shoot lots of natural photos in and amongst the fun
Take a look for yourselves by checking out my Facebook, Instagram, and BrideBook reviews and also the testimonial section of my website. Your wedding photos last forever, pick a photographer whose work you can see yourself in, and also someone with whom you will feel comfortable with. After all, you are giving them the best seat in the house for your big day!
My ultimate aim is ‘People look at our photos, and not only are they wow’ed with what they see, but those within the images also remember the laugh we had creating them. Not thinking that’s a lovely photo but wasn’t the person behind the camera a pillock’
Most couples text me the day after their big day to say thanks and more often than not to tell me that a lot of the guests spoke about us at breakfast. How cool is that?
“I cant imagine doing any other job, I get the best seat in the house to capture a couples most important moments. I get huge amounts of pride knowing that those moments have been frozen in time forever for them.”
– Matt Nicholls
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