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Natural & Modern Storytelling

Wedding Photography for relaxed couples


Multi Award-Winning

Wedding Photography and Wedding Films in Clitheroe and The Ribble Valley

Heather Butterworth Photography

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Proud to be a 

Ribble Valley Wedding Photographer

 "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



Elegant, modern and authentic photographs

that tell the unique story of your celebration, big or small.

Explore my portfolio....


Clitheroe and Ribble Valley Wedding Photographer

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"These photos are so beautiful they are making me cry"

Gaia Hudson, Brides Keeping it Real



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I'm Heather!

- thanks for coming to my site to find out more about what I do.

I'm an award-winning documentary wedding photographer and I  photograph and film 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. I grew up in Clitheroe and went to there and I love the beautiful surrounding areas across the Ribble Valley. I am very happy walking long the country lanes with my family and like to do this as often as possible!

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 that capture your personalities with a few (optional) couple portraits and fun group shots that you'd be proud to put on your walls or see in a magazine. 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 for you and your family and friends


" When we stumbled across Heather and her work

we just knew it had to be her " 

Katy and Ryan, Yorkshire


Elegant Storytelling

Documentary wedding photography in Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley

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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!
I really hope that I sound like a good fit for you. If I do, you can see more of my work in my portfolio or check out my blog and, importantly, take a look at
 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 in Lancashire 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

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Relaxed and fun wedding videography
in Clitheroe and The Ribble Valley

James is my partner in film and also in life too! We are married and live in north Leeds with our little family 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

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"Wow we love it - the narration by the best man and all the little details - thank you so much James - you captured it perfectly!"


Emily and Tom

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Clitheroe and Ribble Valley Wedding Photographer

Wedding photography
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