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My approach and style

A wedding photographer in Hampshire

If you search for a wedding photographer in Hampshire you'll get hundreds of results. What makes my approach and style stand-out from the rest you may ask? This is a task difficult to distill into a few choice words. For me it starts with the clear understanding this is your big day. It’s your story. A day full of poignant moments that are unique to you. Moments that are fleeting. An interaction, a gaze, spontaneous laughter, rounds of applause or simply silent reflection. They’re all moments, begging to be captured.

My work captures and tells that story, beautifully and authentically. I combine intuition (what might happen next) with creative flair (how will I frame it) with technical skill (how will I capture it), and finally, presentation (how will I curate, process and present your day).

And this is my mode. I’m fast but quiet. Aware but calm. In the theatre of action but not in the way. An approach perfect for couples who don't like to pose (or certainly the idea of it).

A candid approach

Most of us aren't comfortable in-front of the camera and so naturally photograph better when we're unaware it's there. And this is when I capture people at their best – remaining unobtrusive and discreet in the background or helping the couple to feel relaxed enough in front of the camera to take something that looks natural; something that looks like them. I don't think I've ever had a couple approach me and say "we love having our picture taken!" Most couples I meet have never had a professional picture taken of them both together. If that sounds like you, then you're probably in the right place.

With my candid approach, some of what I capture is inevitably reactive but I endeavour to anticipate meaningful moments. I'm not trigger happy! As the photographer, I need to be in the right place at the right time, and when I am it gives me the opportunity to slow down, time to think, and get that killer composition. It's incredibly rewarding when you capture genuine moments-in-time and do so without having to direct what's unfolding in-front of you, and without having to take thousands of pictures to get that one shot.

Group photos

I sometimes get asked about group photos, if interested you can read more about my approach.

Creativity

As much as I can, I'll work with natural light throughout the day. I love the look it returns and it helps me to remain unobtrusive as I work away in the background.

I also love to use a wide-open shallow depth of field. Having objects out of focus frame the image helps make a picture, which is inherently a flat 2D object, feel three dimensional. It gives the image a sense of depth and context, helping you (the viewer) to feel connected to what was captured, and like you're there in the scene. This is sometimes called layering. Also, contrast is key. Not just in light, but in subject, framing, scale etc. That's a winning trio for my approach that I aspire to – observation, contrast and layering. Below are three examples:


Working with the bride and groom

When working with the bride and groom for their portraits I'll step up the direction a little, if needed. However, my aim is still to capture something that looks natural. The end of the drinks reception is often the best time to sneak away and capture these, or a summers' evening. Being disciplined with time here is paramount. I won’t remove the bride and groom from celebrating with their guests for too long. Fifteen minutes is usually plenty!

Romance and authenticity — yes, pose and cheese — no. You won't see any dip kisses here! These are special, unrepeatable moments. They’re personal. They’re timeless. They’re precious memories; for keeping and sharing.

Ninja skills

For me, the biggest compliment when delivering the final photographs is to exceed your expectations, and to hear expressions such as: “we barely noticed you on the day” or, if you did: "you were like one of our guests." My testimonials and reviews are full of similar comments.

Behind the Scenes

Google Reviews

Melissa Cavill
21/06/2022
Amazing photos and such a lovely guy. We didn’t want to pose for a lot of photos and wanted candid photos capturing the day. He absolutely achieved this. When looking at the photos it seemed he was everywhere as there were so many amazing shots, yet we didn’t realise they were being taken.
Zac
05/06/2022
Ben is really professional and enthusiastic with his work, we really enjoyed having him on our special day, his pictures made it even more special. We would recommend to anyone who wants pics with more of a creative touch alongside the usual family pictures.
James
26/05/2022
The quality of his work speaks for itself, he has a gift. But beyond that talent, Ben contributes so much more than great photography of the big day. His calming influence and knowledge of who needed to be where and when, helped steady nerves, and ensure the day went smoothly. Ben was professional and composed at all times, and somehow, always in the right place at the right time, yet, without ever being intrusive. I cannot recommend him highly enough. He has managed to capture the essence of the day beautifully. Thank you.
Louise Seheult
04/04/2022
What can we say – Ben nailed our Wedding photos! He was a complete professional. He was always there when we needed to catch up with him and on the day he listened to us and never seemed to get in the way at all. He also complimented our Videographer, both working well together. He delivered us beautiful formal photos but for the most part, Ben worked organically on the day around the Bridal party and our guests. The end results we are thrilled with. I cannot recommend highly enough and please contact us if you want more information
Alice Budge
26/01/2022
Ben was so fantastic on our wedding day. I would highly recommend him for any event . He got some amazing shots despite the constantly changing British weather we had 🙂
Kylie
13/11/2021
From the first moment we met Ben we instantly liked him and knew we wanted him to be our photographer for our big day. Quick to respond to emails throughout the whole time. On the day he made sure we had some time between photographs to enjoy our canapés and mingle with our guests. We absolutely love the photos and can’t stop looking at them and showing them to our guests. Photos came less than two weeks after the wedding which was so nice to see it all so close to the wedding. Would highly recommend Ben, he made the day feel so relaxed (even went to source a bottle of fizz for the morning) Even our guests commented on how nice and friendly he was. Thank you so much Kylie and Andy
Sean Hayes
20/09/2021
Ben was an absolute pleasure to work with and was so accommodating to all our needs. He photographed our Wedding Last Year during COVID when another photographer let us down and did our Renewing of Vows and Wedding Breakfast this year which we couldn’t do last year. He was great at finding the best spots around the area, taking the best photos and it felt like a friend was there joining us at the wedding. He captured everything we asked for and more. Very good communication, went above and beyond to help and would highly recommend! Thank you Ben!
Andrew Jackson
04/09/2021
Thank you so much Ben for photographing our wedding at Larmer Tree Gardens in August. You and your assistant Ant were so much fun to work with and had such great senses of humour – even when we (or our guests) threw curve balls at you. The photographs are amazing and capture the spirit of the day with creativity and warmth. We recommend you whole heartily and we will enjoy the photographs for decades to come. Gemma and Andrew
Zoie Bryan
30/08/2021
WOW!!! We can never thank Ben enough for his amazing photography skills on our wedding day. The photos were amazing and everything we hoped for them to be. What we loved most was the fact that Ben focused on the natural and in the moment shots that really captured the story/emotion at the time. Throughout the day, Ben was everywhere yet you wouldn’t know it; he wasn’t intrusive at all. My husband’s words, “Ben had this uncanny ability to capture the fleeting moments we remembered from the day, that could have easily been missed, yet he was there taking the photos without anyone even realising. Just amazing!” Communication was always quick and friendly from Ben and on the day he was on hand to offer advice, give helpful tips as well as happy to chat too – he felt like another guest and part of our day which we really loved as it made us feel relaxed and comfortable around him. Ben is clearly passionate about his work and this is noticeable in the way he conducts himself but also the lengths he’ll go to in order to capture the perfect photo where he nearly ended up in the pond at one point at our wedding haha :). Our guests are still commenting on how great Ben was on the day but also the quality of the photos from the day too. We would 100% recommend Ben to anyone who wants mostly natural photos but he will still take the group photos of family and friends etc though. Thank you sooo much Ben! You were amazing and we still keep flicking through our photos noticing little details that you’ve captured which makes us smile and remember our day so fondly. Thank you!
Sophie Parsons
26/08/2021
Ben was extremely professional and friendly. He gave us great direction for our couples photos and throughout the day was hard to spot as he was able to move around discretely and snap candid shots. He returned our photos to us in a timely manner and overall it was fantastic value for money as Ben offers a discount for mid week weddings. Would definitely recommend.

Ben Goode

I've been a full-time wedding photographer for over 10 years, but that's only part of the story, here's a little bit about me – the guy behind the lens. I didn't study photography; I'm self-taught. I’ve been a web and graphic designer and photography studio owner.

I’m a Dad. A qualified PADI Rescue Diver. More creative than practical, but still handy with a wood carving knife and axe around a campfire. I've conquered the National 3 Peaks Challenge in 24 hours. The Great Glen Canoe Trial is next on the adventure list. If I wasn't photographing weddings, I'd like to manage a woodland by the coast from an off-grid treehouse.

In the UK, the Jurassic Coast, Dartmoor National Park and Scottish Highlands are places I love to explore.

Portfolio

Est. 2008

  • Based in Hampshire. Available Worldwide.
  • 2008
    Photographed first wedding
  • 2011
    Went full-time
  • 350+ weddings
    Photographed to date
  • 2021
    10 year anniversary and busiest year yet
  • Destination Weddings
    I've been flown out to: Scotland, France, Spain, Italy and Vietnam.
From humble hobby to dream job

A 'bit' of history

Est. 2008

This journey starts back in 2008 when I photographed my very first wedding (thank you sis for trusting me). I'd only been using a DSLR for two years (my first was the little Canon 350D). Up until that point, for me, photography had been a means of creative escapism and expression. Never would I have believed the dream – to do something you love for a job – could have grown into a small business that would go on to provide for my family.

Three years of graft followed. I was working four days a week as a digital designer and then had a day (or two) to grow what I named at the time, Ben Goode Photography.

Keeping it in the family

I originally started out with the assistance and guidance of my Dad, he had all the gear but a naturally creative eye too. We worked alongside each other until late 2010. His grandfather had been a keen photographer too, and a good one at that. So you could say I'm a fourth generation 'Goode photographer'.

My big break came in 2010 after shooting a stunning wedding at the Larmer Tree Gardens and then getting featured in the wedding blog heavyweight Rock My Wedding.

In 2011, I bit the bullet, handed in my notice, and went full-time as a wedding photographer based in Hampshire. A year later, in 2012, I was joined by my younger brother Josh. Fresh out of college, he brought a young and creative quality to what we were offering. Josh went on to work alongside me for the next eight years. In 2020, due to the uncertainty that the pandemic created, Josh put down his camera to pursue a new venture. I'll forever treasure those years.

I now work as a solo wedding photographer from my humble base in Eastleigh, Hampshire. I travel all across the UK, and sometimes abroad, photographing weddings in my unobtrusive story-telling style.

Well travelled

In the UK, I've travelled for wedding commissions as far west as Lusty Glaze Beach in Newquay, Cornwall and as far north as Edinburgh in Scotland to the majestic Carlowrie Castle. Internationally, for destination weddings, I've been flown out to: the Manoir de Longeveau near the rural village of Pillac in France, the Balcón de Europa in Nerja, Spain, the Agriturismo Villa Baroncino in Tuscany, Italy and all the way to Hạ Long Bay in Vietnam!

The three venues I've worked at the most are: The Larmer Tree Gardens, The Master Builder's Hotel and Trafalgar Park.

People often ask me "do you enjoy it?" I love it!

Throughout this 13 year journey, I’ve been featured in wedding blogs and magazines – local and national. I’m the recommended supplier to a handful of awesome venues across the south/Hampshire. I’ve photographed weddings for a fellow wedding photographer, a wedding videographer, and two wedding coordinators – all people in the know. I’ve been nominated on three separate occasions for ‘Best Wedding Photographer’ in the South. Here's a random fact, I’ve never presented at a wedding fair/showcase; it’s just not me.

A few comedy moments

As you can imagine, photographing weddings for over ten years, I’ve seen my fair share of funny moments. I’ve driven a bride to the ceremony as her car didn’t make it in time! Helped a mother-of-the-bride iron the wedding dress, yes iron the dress! And even played the first dance song through my iPhone as the DJ had forgotten to prep the track. It’s also not uncommon to see me helping the groomsmen pin their button holes before the ceremony – it's easy when you've done a few hundred.

Techy stuff

I use Canon, Apple, Pixieset, DropBox, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop – of which I've been using since version 1.0 all the way back in 1990; I was only five years old!