"You captured ours and our guests personalities and you memorialised the emotions of the day, which is indescribably precious!"

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I'm the guy behind the lens, and my story is a patchwork of creativity and adventure.

Believe it or not, I'm a self-taught photographer – I didn't study the craft in the traditional sense. I'm a Dad. Family is a huge part of my life, and it's the fuel for my passion. I'm a certified PADI Rescue Diver, which means I'm just as comfortable underwater as I am on land. I'd describe myself as more of a creative soul than a practical one, yet give me an axe around a crackling campfire or a speargun beneath the waves, and I'll show you I'm not all talk.

When I'm not immersed in wedding photography or channeling my inner lumberjack, you'll find me exploring the stunning landscapes of the United Kingdom. The Jurassic Coast, with its clear waters and vibrant reefs, Dartmoor National Park, a wild and rugged expanse, and the majestic Scottish Highlands are my personal playgrounds. These are the places where I recharge with my son, connect with nature, and draw inspiration for my work.

A small snapshot of me, the man behind the camera, a father, a storyteller, an adventurer, and a lover of life's precious moments.

Portfolio

Est. 2008

  • Based in Hampshire. Available Worldwide.
  • Est. 2008
    First wedding
  • 2011
    Full-time professional
  • 350+ weddings
    Photographed to date
  • 2021
    10 year anniversary
  • Destination Weddings
    France, Vietnam, Spain, Italy, Scotland, Norway.

Google Reviews

Tasha Freeman
13/02/2024
Ben was amazing to work with on our wedding day. From the first meeting when we spoke over Zoom to discuss plans we both knew Ben would be perfect for capturing our day. He blended so well into the day, there are so many photos I hadn't realised were captured which made it even more special looking back over the album! For two people who have never been professionally photographed, Ben made us feel comfortable and at ease which led to photos which were very 'us'. The quality of the photos are also incredible! Everyone at the wedding commented afterwards how lovely Ben was and how unobtrusive he was throughout the day (which is very impressive with only 22 guests!). Thank you Ben!!
Andrea Knoop
12/02/2024
Ben was amazing. We love the photos. He was very friendly throughout the whole process and very relaxed on the day too. The service itself was very discrete and we didn't really notice him there at all.
Hannah Le feuvre
21/01/2024
Ben was amazing to work with! He captured our day in the best way and we are thrilled with our wedding photos! Our whole experience with Ben, from start to finish was stress free- thank you for all your hard work Ben!!
Dan Fells
04/01/2024
Ben was an absolute pleasure to work with on our wedding day, he is so calm and easy to get along with, which is perfect on such a busy and intense day. The quality of his photos are brilliant and he captures so many fantastic moments. Right from the initial contact, the couples shoot to the main day he was faultless and we couldn't of wished for a better photographer. Choose Ben, you won't regret it!!
Jo
18/12/2023
Ben photographed our wedding in April 2023 (sorry for the delay!!) I have to say, he was an absolutely wonderful person to have around on our special day, and an incredible photographer. From our first meeting he was very friendly and the exact vibe of person we were looking for for our wedding, very knowledgeable and experienced. On the day itself Ben ensured everything went smoothly, time and time again going above and beyond expectations. We had a good laugh on the day and on top of this, the photos were so amazing. I look at them every single day. Thank you so much!
Charlie Gordon
19/10/2023
We couldn't be happier with the pictures Ben got of our big day. They are absolutely top drawer. But also how he went about it on the day, getting a great balance of not being too imposing whilst making sure all the key moments were captured including the formal pictures with family and bridesmaids/ushers. We would definitely recommend Ben
emily robbins
18/09/2023
Ben was an absolute joy to work with at our wedding - he was relaxed and easy going and managed to capture all the best moments of the day! The finished photos are all absolutely stunning and we would recommend him to anyone!
Melanie Welch
02/08/2023
I have no hesitation recommending Ben as a wedding photographer. We received our wedding photos a few weeks after the wedding and were thrilled by how well Ben had captured the day. There are candid, informal shots that caught all the happiness of the day along with more formal and sensitive pictures that are just beautiful. It wasn't a big wedding but Ben blended in and we hardly noticed him quietly capturing all the best moments. He was professional and polite, and we were so pleased to have him there.
Phillip Naughton
22/07/2023
Ben is not just a very talented photographer, he is also very professional, making the whole process very easy, and accommodating our wishes perfectly. He respected our requests on the day - our Wedding Day I should say - but also improvised elements that really added something, from hiding the pin of my buttonhole flower to marshalling our guests for the "confetti walk", in the most picturesque part of our venue. And the results speak for themselves, photos of relaxed, smiling and laughing people that really captured the atmosphere of the day. We only wish we had other events in the area we could ask Ben to photograph for us!

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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.

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, the Norwegian fjords, and all the way to Hạ Long Bay in Vietnam! In the UK, the wedding venues I've worked at the most are: The Larmer Tree Gardens, The Master Builder's Hotel (Beaulieu, Hampshire), Clock Barn (Whitchurch, Hampshire), The Tithe Barn (Petersfield, Hampshire), Highcliffe Castle and Trafalgar Park.

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

Accolades

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 two fellow wedding photographers, a wedding videographer, and two wedding coordinators – all people in the know. On three separate occasions, I’ve been nominated for ‘Wedding Photographer of the Year’ in the south central region. In 2022-2023 I pursued a nomination, in The Wedding Industry Awards, for the first time and was awarded the Regional Finalist. Here's a random fact, I’ve never presented at a wedding fair/showcase; it’s just not me.

Logo Badge – The Wedding Industry Awards 2023 – Regional Finalist

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 DSLRs and Canon prime lenses, Apple, Pixieset, DropBox, Signable, Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop (I've been using PS since version 1.0 all the way back in 1990; I was only five years old!), and InDesign (for wedding album designs).