north east award finalist

Honestly, where the hell do you start when you are writing a post like this?

Back in August we received an email from The Wedding Industry Awards saying that one of our couples had nominated us to be entered into their awards  for best UK wedding photographer!! We were overwhelmed, excited and proud that one of our couples thought enough of us and their wedding photographs to do this.  We entered and then  emailed all our couples from the past year and nearly every one of them took the time to vote for us whilst also giving anonymous feedback on us and the service we give and wowzers… some amazing things we said.

This post is just to say a huge THANKYOU to our couples from this year…No…wait….to all 86 couples who have trusted us to document one of the most important days of their lives.

It is an absolute honour to be a Yorkshire Wedding Photographer.  We often chat together and say how lucky we are to be in such an amazing job.  It is the best.  Seriously it really is.

In the next few weeks we will be revealing our best of 2014 wedding images blog post.  It’s going to be one heck of a task picking the images from the 41 we have shot this year and that is all down to our couples, their families and friends getting together and having a great time!

When we sat together and went through what you said about us we smiled, laughed and are not ashamed to say that we both shed a few tears.

We became North East Regional finalists for The Wedding Industry awards but unfortunately we didn’t make the National finals, it is a shame but we have to say that it doesn’t matter as the lovely words from you guys were our award.

This post is to just say THANK-YOU.  We have the best couples EVER!!!!!!!

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Firstly, we absolutely LOVED our final photos and the bonus/unexpected slideshow is an amazing keepsake to cherish! Such variety and every fabulous, genuine moment captured. So many expressions! Many guests said they were the best wedding pics they had ever seen. On the day Paul & Kelly mingled so well with all the guests – I think they saw more of the wedding than we did! They were aware of what style photos we liked, fitting in surprise additions from our Pinterest ideas where time allowed.


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“We loved our wedding photos and everyone who has seen them thinks that we must have paid the earth, as they look so great. We had a great time getting to know Paul and Kelly and they really added to our Wedding experience. If we ever know of some one in need of a photographer in the future we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.”

“Paul & Kelly of Paul Joseph Photography are simply amazing. We had pre wedding discussions and it was clear from the outset that they just got what we wanted from our wedding photos. It was a first for Paul and Kelly to capture two brides getting ready together and it was nice to see their excitement. They were accommodating with our plans and happy to work around us to get the best shots. We are over the moon with our photos and everyone raves about them and also how ace Paul & Kelly were.”

“Paul and Kelly are the best couple and photographers. You get to know them so well even though you only meet a few times. Really help to keep the day relaxed and chilled plus some awesome photography skills.”

“After choosing the groom, the most important decision that I made on my wedding was choosing Paul + Kel. All of my family and guests loved them… they made us laugh… took care of us making sure we ate and drank water… can’t wait to see them again!”

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“We were gobsmacked when we saw our photos! I never expected to love them so much. I found myself just constantly looking at them. After a “love shoot” with Paul and Kelly we knew we had made the right decision. We had a laugh with them which resulted in great photos! Paul and Kelly work very well as a team. Paul was so helpful on the morning of the wedding and Kelly noticed all the little things – bouquets needing to be in water etc. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to other couples.”

“It is your wedding day, do it your way. Paul and Kelly (aka Paul Joseph Photography) inspired us to think outside the box when it came to wedding photographs. The result was truly breathtaking. We loved working with them and the quality, variety and joy of the photographs is absolutely fantastic. We have no doubt that they deserve their nomination for, and hopefully their win of, this award!”

“Fantastic, great quality photographers who give your wedding day even more of a special touch. They are amazing at what they do and you hardly notice they are there which is fantastic. The quality of the photographs and the photos they took were amazing and I was so happy with the work they had done and they were even better than I expected.”

“Paul Joseph Photography were absolute superstars from word go. They completely understood what we wanted for our wedding images, and they totally understood our style. We could not have been happier with their service. They got an amazing set of photos, and some videos from the day that we are so proud and thrilled by. If any photographer deserves recognition, it is these guys.”

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“Everything about Paul Joseph was amazing from the moment we met them through to now! They knew exactly what we wanted and gave us the most amazing photographs. Their website is amazing, and so personal and from the start they want to know about you as a couple!”

“Paul and Kelly were amazing photographers they listened to everything we wanted from our day and managed to portray it in the photographs they produced. They captured every moment of our day perfectly and we got all different styles of photos from them from the ones that parents want on the mantle piece to the fun ones and the different style ones. Everyone at our wedding has since commented how good they were and have taken their details to pass on or use themselves. Would recommend them 100%”

“These guys are amazing! From our first meeting, to the Love Shoot, the wedding day itself and the big reveal they’ve always been so friendly and always so passionate. We were both very nervous before our LOVE shoot but Paul and Kelly put us totally at ease. Kelly helped a very stressed groom on the wedding morning and they both got some amazing shots without us even knowing they’d been taken! We are thrilled with the every single photo; they are everything we were looking for and much more.”

“We are really not fans of having our photo taken + are very awkward in front of a camera, but obviously wanted photos to remember our wedding day. Paul immediately made us feel so relaxed + calm. We felt as though he was an invited guest rather than our photographer, which is exactly what we wanted. His photos show the real essence of our wedding. We loved this informal style + Paul’s quirks and characteristics really show in his photographic style. Absolutely fab photographer!”

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“The minute that we met P&K, we knew that they were the people who we wanted to photograph our wedding. They instantly made us feel at ease; they were themselves and made us laugh! The initial love shoot helped us prepare for the wedding and got us used to posing in front of a camera. In terms of the wedding, P & K were everything that we could have asked for – they blended in seemlessly and our guests love them. Our final wedding photos are amazing, we’re were so happy with them. Great Job

“These guys are simply amazing. We were living in Dubai when we contacted them and moved to the US just before our wedding. Their help, support and advice was precious to us. They both made themselves available via social media and Skype and by the day of our wedding, we felt like we had our best friends taking our photos. Paul and Kel capture the most amazing moments that nobody else notices. They care about their clients and are the most humble and grounded people.”

“Paul and Kelly, are amazing! The quality of their work is outstanding, totally complemented by their brilliant personalities. It was an absolute pleasure to have them at our wedding, they seemed to enjoy it as much as the guests. Cant wait to meet up with them in November on a night out 🙂 New friends have been made!”

“We were looking for wedding photographers and we were recommend Paul Joseph, when we went to meet them to have a look at their work we fell in love with their style of photography, it’s not just boring pics of posed people,  it’s all very natural photos with twists of background colours and blurs etc. Also when we met them,they made us feel like friends and not customers,they are really friendly and professional.

“Paul and Kelly were an amazing team who not only did a fantastic job with the wedding photos but also were an absolute pleasure to have with us on the day. There were times when I looked to them both separately for guidance or advice and they were right there with reassuring words of encouragement. The final photos were more outstanding than we had hoped for and watching a film of their chosen favourites together with them (and a bottle of beer) in their studio was a memorable experience.”

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“PJP are two brilliant people who make you feel totally relaxed and like a valued customer. They make such an effort to get to know you before the big day so it’s like having two more friends at your wedding. Their shots are beautiful, they really capture the emotion of the day and they are great at spotting the little moments that you might not have seen yourself on the day. We’re so glad we used them!”

“Professionalism, empathy and passion describe the job Paul and Kelly from Paul Joseph Photography. We were asking them to come to Panama to an unknown setting to a wedding different from those in the UK and they very diligently asked us very specific questions that allowed them to set the right plan for the weddding. We had the opportuntiy to talk to them three or four times before our wedding day to plan. They were instrumental in helping us craft and clarify the vision of our wedding.”

“Paul & Kelly are an amazing couple but even more so… amazing photographers. We loved the idea of having two photographers capturing our wedding day so we could get two different perspectives, they did this perfectly. When we look back at our pictures we can relive the exact emotions felt at that moment in time, that takes a special eye to capture this! I personally don’t think there’s any competition for these guys…. They rock!”

“We were searching for a wedding photographer who created natural, relaxed shots that really captured the mood – when we saw Paul Joseph’s pics we knew they were it. When we met them (over a pint in a pub) they confirmed it. They are so lovely, down to earth and friendly that you just relax with them – clever technique by them because it enables them to get amazing shots. Paul and Kelly are so creative and had loads of ideas on our love shoot and on the wedding day – they’re the best.


“Their style. They had a fantastic website with a brilliant brand, and the effort they put into that showed me they were on our wavelength. They are also just lovely people who happen to also be incredibly professional and super skilled behind a camera. It’s lovely that they’re a married couple too as you feel like you’re just out with friends. They’re both brilliant and each bring something different to the experience.”

“We arranged a meeting with Paul and Kelly because a friend was also getting married and had come across their website, when we took a look we were really impressed and so arranged a breakfast meeting close to us! From within about 30 seconds of meeting Paul and Kelly, we knew we wanted to book them. They were friendly, relaxed and so passionate about the work they do. The photos they post on the website speak for themselves and was exactly what we were looking for – something different and personal. They also offered a photo booth, which we were keen on for the evening. Best decision we made for our wedding!”

“The people. Paul and Kelly provided a wonderful vision from the first day we spoke with them. Their infectious personalities and enthusiasm for their job shone through at all times. Once we spoke with them there really wasn’t any other option for our wedding photographer.”

“We loved their style of photography as they managed to tell a story with every wedding they shoot.”

“We weren’t looking for the usual formal posed photos often seen at weddings. But actually wanted to capture the day as it unfolded naturally. Paul completely understood our vision for the day and we just seemed to click. We knew that Paul was the perfect photographer for our wedding.”

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“After searching through many portfolios theirs stuck out drastically! Great shots with a lovely finish to them. Various lovely enthusiastic emails back and forth followed by a couple of Skype meetings and we knew they were exactly what we wanted. Awesome people and great work, what else could you ask for!”

“We fell in love with their unique documentary style of photography as displayed in wedding blogs and their website & social media. There was a great mix in their portfolio to show how a wedding progressed and changed throughout the day from pre-ceremony, to ceremony, daytime entertainment, and then the nightlife. Communication with Paul & Kelly was always relaxed, which made us believe these were genuine people who were going to take genuine photos. Unlike some of our suppliers, the fact that we lived far away did not phase them at all, as they were always keen to Skype and stay in touch through our Pinterest boards and via email. We’re just so incredibly glad we did book them!”

“We booked Paul and Kelly for our wedding due to the following reasons: – Their amazing eye for the unseen special moments of the day – The non-pushy/non-shouting relaxed approach to the formal family shots – The friendly and down-to-earth nature of their relationship with us as a client – They were both willing to always go the extra mile for the shot, or helping to make us feel comfortable, and even fixing a silent disco audio transmitter that I had given up all hope for! – We booked them because we knew that we could trust them to take the most important photos of our life and do it right.”

The 2015 Wedding Industry Awards REGIONAL FINALISTNorth East Certificate

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  1. Sam Hollings says:

    Congratulations to the greatest wedding photographers in the world! (that is what the awards for right? In all seriousness if its not it should be) I look at my pictures on the living room wall every day and they make me smile.

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