Award-Winning Documentary Wedding Photography
And Wedding Films
Heather Butterworth Photography
Natural and Modern, Storytelling
" Wow - What can we say?
From our first contact onwards you've been amazing!
It's so much more than photos and videos - you've given us beautiful precious memories that we'll treasure forever
- we could never thank you enough"
Nic and Chris
Yorkshire Documentary Wedding Photographer
Proud to be a
" Seizing the energy and creating beautiful images you will want to look at forever is Heather's skill and her atmospheric and stunning shots truly speak for themselves "
Brides up North
Multi Award Winning....
Documentary Photos and films with feeling
Elegance and humour
with a dusting of WOW!
Hello to you!
- thanks for coming to my site to find out more about what I do.
Based in Yorkshire, I'm an award-winning documentary wedding photographer living in Leeds and photographing and filming weddings across the north and sometimes further afield. I live with my husband James (who also happens to be a videographer :-) ) and our little family, along with our very grumpy grey cat, Stuart.
Please take some time to look around at my portfolio, my photography prices and packages along with our combined photography and videography packages. If you have any questions at all please contact me and I will get straight back to you.
I'm not big on posing or cheesy moments - I take very relaxed candid documentary photos with a few (optional) romantic couple portraits and fun group shots. If you are looking for photographers and film makers who will let you get on with enjoying your day whilst working away quietly in the background, then you are in the right place.
I will capture not just how your wedding looks but how it feels in gorgeous, honest and atmospheric photographs that tell the story of your day.
My promise to you:
☆ Beautiful documentary wedding photographs and films
☆ 10-15 minutes for optional couple portraits or group shots
☆ A service to match the above with lots of fun along the way
☆ Full consultation of your wedding day
☆ A high resolution online gallery with premium print options
☆ Unlimited downloads with full reproduction rights
" When we stumbled across Heather and her work
we just knew it had to be her "
Katy and Ryan, Yorkshire
Documentary wedding photography in Yorkshire
Congratulations – you are almost certainly here because you are getting married! Choosing a photographer is a big thing, and perhaps one of the most important decisions you’ll make about your wedding day. Long after the party is over you’ll want to be able to carry on remembering all the fabulous details as clearly as if they were yesterday – that is where your photographer comes in!
So why pick me, you may ask? First and foremost, I promise I’ll take beautiful documentary photos for you that capture all the love, laughter, tears, silliness and seriousness, and everything in between. It’ll all be in there. You’ll probably hear me asking your guests to pretend I’m not there and that really is the way I’ll work for most of the day, quietly snapping away getting awesome photos. I may need to do some organising when it comes to group shots, if you want them, and I’ll have some ideas for some really creative stuff if you’re up for it. I’ll be squeezing every last drop out of the sun, but I also love working with off-camera lighting to create some spectacular visual effects. None of this will take you away from the party for long though – I’ll do all the preparation so all you’ll need to do is swoop into shot and out again.
And what else? Well as it happens, I am married to a videographer and qualified drone pilot, and between us we can offer you a complete photography and videography package all together and under one roof. James is also an experienced photographer and knows my style better than anyone, so it really works being able to prepare, shoot and edit together. If the weather and your venue permit, we can even send the drone up for some spectacular shots from above. Not a double chin in sight from up there!
However you both want your wedding to be filmed, we can probably cover it. We get a lot of satisfaction from being able to tell the story of your day and take beautiful footage away without having to boss anyone around or intrude on your celebrations; our job is to record the dance, not choreograph it!
my pricing to make sure I match your budget. To check my availability and ask further questions, and set up an initial chat, fill out my very simple and straightforward contact form and I’ll be back in touch as soon as I can. Don’t be surprised if I reply in the evening or at the weekend – I have a two year old so there is no such thing as a 9-5 working week any more, plus I’d love to shoot your wedding and if you snooze, you lose!
So a little bit about Documentary Photography...
There are many, many, wonderful documentary photographers out there who will take beautiful wedding photos for you. We all love to debate favourite cameras, the optimal settings for ‘that’ shot and whether a certain look is best achieved in camera in the moment or later in post. But what unites us is the joy of following you around for a day, maybe more if you are planning a big one, trying to capture as many memories as we can in the most visually pleasing way. Documentary photography implies that there will be less focus on ‘posed’ scenes, leaving more time to photograph what happens, in the moment, as it happens. This way we can capture emotions and events honestly, telling a story organically and without pretence or perma-smiles.
By offering this type of photography I am differentiating myself from the more traditional forms of wedding photographer, and from contemporary styles where the end product may look and feel a bit more like a magazine shoot. Reportage, what I do, is natural and raw. My style is defined by colours, light, angles and fun, and perhaps some other stuff that it is harder to describe – maybe just the way you feel when you see my photos! Ultimately that is what it comes down to – I shoot and edit the way I think looks best and I hope you think so too!
None of this means I don’t do group shots, or creative moments with my couples. In fact – I love both! It’s your day and I’m taking photos for you, so I’m happy if you are happy.
and a little bit more about me...
I studied photography at art college and I feel very lucky to have been able to turn that into a career I adore. The things I love most in the world, besides weddings and photography, are the outdoors, camping, family, friends, wine, music, puddings and chocolate. You can't go far wrong with any of that :-)
"We are absolutely blown away! The photographs are all beautiful! Heather completely managed to capture our day and gave us so many memories to look back on. She made us feel at ease from the first time we met her on our engagement shoot and on the day she was so professional. The final product is wonderful, she has perfectly captured our day in memories we can keep forever.
Jenny and Craig, Leeds, Yorkshire.
"Brilliant photos that really captured the spirit and atmosphere of the occasion. We love the way you have managed so unobtrusively to record the events in such an original & informal way. Thank you."
Andrew and Mary, Leeds, Yorkshire
Relaxed and fun wedding videography
James is my partner in film and also in life too! We are married and live in north Leeds with our little boy and angsty cat.
His film style reflects my style of photography - natural, relaxed and fun. He finds the perfect light and lovely moments in the same way that I do, to make creative, sweet and funny films
"We just watched the wedding film - it is absolutely incredible! We both had happy tears! It's perfect! Thank you so so much!"
Sophie and Ralph
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