Letters from Happy Couples
Authentic & timeless documentary wedding photography
“When it comes to wedding photography, there’s a whole lot of average, and it’s easy to make the wrong choice. With Paul we very quickly realised that his work was head and shoulders above anything we’d seen before. We drooled over his portfolio and hoped that we’d get something even half as good as the other weddings! We weren’t disappointed at all – the shots we got back were insanely good!!
Paul himself felt like we’d met up with an old friend, he has a great sense of humour and made us feel like we were stars, directing enough to get the perfect photo whilst not saying too much! He exudes a rare passion for his work, getting excited about different photo opportunities and running around looking for spots of light and new moments!
He directed our families around perfectly and blended into the background, managing to capture every single special moment! I’m actually convinced Paul may have 5 or 6 identical brothers, as I don’t know how one person managed to take pictures of every little detail and moment of our day! If you’re thinking of using Paul for any photography, I would 100% urge you to book him! Other photographers are nowhere near the same standard. Thank you Paul!!”
Fran & Luke
“From the moment we first had contact with Paul we knew he would be perfect photographer for our big day. We had researched his work online and after seeing his Instagram and website pictures, we completely fell in love with his natural style of photography and ability to capture the beauty in a moment.
On the day of our wedding, he even showed up earlier than planned so that he could snap some getting ready photos which turned out to be some of our favourite pictures from the day! Its hard to put in to words how blown away we were by his work on our big day. There were so many incredible and special moments that he managed to capture so perfectly, and so naturally, which is just what we were looking for.
We lost count of all the guests who commented on how amazing he was. He was able to direct the group photos without being intrusive or overbearing and throughout the day he blended in to the scene perfectly. He used every lighting opportunity he could find to capture a range of photos, and was constantly on the look out to use the scenery and grounds of the venue to the fullest. His passion and enthusiasm to capture every moment shone all throughout, and he absolutely blew us away with his talent We couldn’t have wished for anything more and we would recommend Paul 100 times over! Thank you Paul!”
Andy & Sarah
“Don’t hesitate – choose Paul as your photographer!
We had the honour of Paul at our wedding and he is incredible. From the beautiful engagement shoot at the beach to the 200 person church and tent wedding, Paul had a challenge with all the venues and people but he did it with complete chilledness and style.
The photos tell the story and bring back every feeling from our wedding day and we look at them feeling laughter and tears. Paul is truly talented and captured everything and we will treasure these forever. Thank you so much!!”
James & Fleur
“If you are looking for a wedding photographer then look no further than Paul!
He was absolutely brilliant from start to finish. Professional, efficient, friendly and, most importantly, took the most fabulous photographs of our wedding, in challenging weather conditions (!) getting soaking wet in the process.
Our pre-shoot was hilarious and fun and for our wedding day he was almost invisible but captured the most precious moments. We could not have wished for a better photographer. Thank you, Paul.”
Sam & Ben
“First things first. If you’re looking for a professional, experienced photographer with an eye for detail and the ability to capture the emotion and spontaneity of an event, I will 100% recommend Paul From the outset, Paul was the epitome of professionalism.
Before our wedding we met Paul for a pre-wedding shoot which allowed us to get to know one another and build rapport. It also introduced us to the style of Paul’s gentle yet experienced direction. It can be awkward if you’re not used to being in front of a camera but we were soon in the spirit of things and had some excellent shots from our trial shoot. On the day, Paul was there to capture all the little moments that neither of us had really thought about. Shoes. Cuff links. Hair. Flower arrangements. Table settings. Pre-ceremony nerves. After our ceremony Paul was a guiding light, leading us through the storm of people and giving us a few much-needed moments of calm in the chaos of a hundred excited guests.
Throughout the rest of the day I barely noticed Paul. His style is that of a sniper; working from afar, documenting moments of natural laughter and emotion. Not once was anyone posed, no fake smiles, no uncomfortable moments. As an amateur photographer, I would have loved to have spent more time chatting with him, because it really opened my eyes as to just what it takes to be a pro. Upon quizzing our guests afterwards the sentiment was the same; no one felt awkward, pressured or uncomfortable. Everyone had fun and Paul was a fly on the wall capturing those special moments we didn’t get to see. Thank you Paul!
The photojournalistic / editorial style of Paul’s photos is exactly the reason we chose him to document our wedding and the results were spectacular. The composition of every image is thought out. Lighting is used as a feature. Post processing is delicate yet adds significant impact. Paul has made it exceptionally easy to download the full photo set, and provides versions suitable for printing and sharing on social media; a big plus when all your guests are asking “when can we see the photos?!” All in all a fantastic day, captured by a talented photographer and we now have memories we’ll cherish forever. I’d gladly have paid double. Once more, thank you Paul”
Denham & Clare
“My Husband and I were looking for a photographer who was able to celebrate the beauty of place, particularly those from the natural world, but also able to have a great eye for capturing a candid moment, with a bit of humor thrown in. When we stumbled upon Paul’s work, we knew we had found just that. We also were assured by his slick operation, confirming he was not only an Artist, but one who has a head for organisation too – jackpot.
We met Paul for a quick recce on Studland Beach. Instantly Paul put us both at ease quickly knowing we were feeling quite out of our comfort zone… the decision to dress up more than our normal beach attire did not help this! (think Londoners lost in the country – d’oh). We soon relaxed in and within 15 minutes of meeting Paul, we had a big smile and lots of beautiful shots; taking any concern about the wedding day photos away immediately.
The wedding day arrives; it’s fast and the last thing you need is someone who is uncomfortable with “just going with it” or a stickler for time and formalities. This is why Paul is perfect for a wedding where the couple wants a journalistic approach to their photos, which isn’t too rigid or posed. Paul really captures a day with all its nuances, rather than a static tick list approach – so although we got some lovely formal shots, we also have a full documentary of the day, capturing so many candid shots both charming and comical, which after the whole event is over – really feel like we have kept some part of the magic of it all alive and we will continue to enjoy them forever.
Finally, Paul has been more than accommodating with our slightly delayed responses and worked very well with the, for want of a better word, “ other suppliers” on the wedding day – which is an important point, as you do “vibe” off your immediate “tribe” on the day. Paul, we are forever grateful and jealous of all you newlyweds about to enjoy this process. Go for it, Paul’s great!.”
April & James
“After searching tirelessly for a wedding photographer we finally found what we were looking for in Paul Underhill. His work stood out by a mile and I knew instantly that we had to hire him! All our memories from the wedding day have been captured perfectly from start to finish. Pauls unique use of light and gorgeous tones make our wedding look like a beautifully shot movie in which all our guests feature as glamorous Hollywood stars.
We felt that Paul really made the effort to get to know us and ensured that the photos of our wedding reflected our personalities which offered a really nice personal touch.
Paul is a great guy to have as part of your special day and is clearly so passionate about what he does. His friendly disposition, seemingly infinite supply of energy and undeniable sense of fun allowed us to completely relax in his company and be our true selves in front of the lens.
Everything was perfect, from the communication, quick turnaround and near 800 shots of pure gold that will treasure forever. We can’t thank / recommend Paul enough.”
Danielle & Iain
“Firstly, leading up to our wedding communication was efficient and prompt. It might seem like an insignificant thing but when you’re working with multiple suppliers having quick sensible answers to questions is very helpful.
During the wedding, well what can I say. Paul was energetic, confident and a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of the day itself. He had no issue pulling us to one side to get shots when he could see light conditions were at their best. We both really enjoyed his company and it was a pleasure to have him around. We know many of our guests felt the same way.
We’ve just received our photos and firstly we’ve got a huge amount which is brilliant, but also the quality of them is stunning. Paul is an excellent photographer and artist and we are lucky to have the memories that he has captured.
We probably had around 7 or 8 suppliers for our wedding and without question Paul is the one which stands out as providing the best service and giving us the best experience.
Thank you again Paul!”
Chris & Nele
“We finally got a moments peace to look at our wedding photos last night and they are absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much. There are some really wonderful set shots which I am so excited to print and frame and the more candid photos really captured the day in the most magical way. As we looked through them last night It was like we were re-living the whole day all over again.
I also wanted to say a huge thank you for all your time, patience and help on the day. I have had so many friends and family comment on how fantastic you were at the wedding, and that’s even before seeing the photos. We all felt completely relaxed and at ease and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”
Claudia & James
“We had a great time with Paul. He let us be ourselves, laughing and not having to pose for endless framed pictures. We didn’t want a formal collection and Paul recognised that we just like to laugh and be ourselves. He instantly helped us to relax, making us both laugh.
The shots we have are amazing, we love all of them. He captured every moment of our wedding without us feeling imposed upon. We would highly recommend Paul to photograph any event and capture it naturally. Thank you very much for everything Paul, absolutely brilliant.”
Craig & Bhav
“We are over the moon with our wedding photographs, you are a magician! The whole day is documented and captured perfectly, you have given us memories we will treasure forever.
Thank you so much for making our wedding day perfect and stress free, from the moment you arrived you were calm and professional and just went ahead quietly blending into to the background like a friend, snapping away and making us feel relaxed and enabling natural moments to be photographed.
We were both really worried about posing for photos and being awkward, but you made us feel the complete opposite. We absolutely love the photos on the beach especially with Weymouth Bay in the background and the photos look like a magazine shoot for a Weymouth Holiday! We can not thank you enough for capturing our day so perfectly, we could not stop smiling all day and had a perfect wedding and your skills and amazing talent have allowed us to keep on smiling and reliving the day every time we look at the photos.
Thank you and I will recommend you to everyone I know who is due to get married in the future.”
Vanessa & Ben
“We knew when we met Paul at the pre-wedding test shoot that he was going to be just what we wanted on our wedding day. Paul immediately put us at ease. His manner, humour and energy brought out the best in us and into the photos.
Paul truly knows how to capture the moment, incorporating the light and landscape to create a once in a lifetime moment. He blended in with the guests and they all took a shine to him. All our guests commented on how hard he was working on the day.
We were absolutely speechless with what he was able to capture on the day. These photos will forever be cherished by ourselves and our families. If you’re thinking of booking Paul, don’t hesitate, just do it now, we cannot recommend him highly enough!”
Louise & Q
“Paul is the most amazing photographer. Along with his talent he has a fantastic personality. On our Wedding day Paul was brilliant, early and eager. He is so genuine and lovely. We had lots of fun and he took lovely photos of our friends and family and captured every single magical moment. Do not hesitate to hire Paul!”
Eleanor & Charles
“Thank you so much for all your hard work before, during and after our wedding. Our photographs (or rather yours) are absolutely stunning! We couldn’t be happier with them. You are a true professional, keep up the good work! xxx”
Jen & Dan
“We were so pleased with Paul’s work on our wedding photographs. Not only are the pictures beautiful, but they really capture the spirit of the day.
Paul was very personable and helped us to relax in front of the camera. We appreciated that he never took us away from our guests for very long, and that he knew all the good spots for photos around the venue. He did a great job, and we would certainly recommend him to others.”
Isabel & Richard
“Paul photographed our wedding in Sandbanks in July. My wife and I were delighted with how Paul not only perfectly captured our day but also managed to connect with us as a couple.
We didn’t want formal photos, and looked for a photographer who could provide a true representation of our wedding day and Paul did exactly that. We now have the pleasure of looking back on our photos with fantastic memories of the day. Thanks Paul!”
Rob & Hannah
“Paul was one of the best decisions we made with regards to our wedding. His photographs were wonderful and really captured the feel of the wedding. I felt like I was just laughing the entire day, and looking back at the photographs I really was!
Looking at them was like reliving the day. He was perfect on the day. Everyone loved him and he just became one of the guests. We couldn’t recommend him enough. Thank you Paul! xxx”
Lucy & Mark
“Paul was my first choice photographer from the moment I came across his website. I love the way he captured the special moments on our wedding day.
He was so discreet yet made us all feel comfortable on what was a highly emotional day. I am thrilled with the images Paul took and receive so many comments and compliments. Thank you”
Katherine & Jim
“We hired Paul for our wedding and couldn’t have been happier with him!! Both our pre-wedding shoot and wedding day photos came out beautifully! All of our guests commented on how skilled he is. He takes candid, natural photos which is what we wanted, and didn’t try to micromanage things on the day – we fully appreciated his laid back, fun style! Highly recommend Paul for your big day or any special occasion.“
Sarah & Kenny
“Amazing Wedding Photography! Paul is an expert at what he does, but also just a lovely guy. He really helped put us at ease and enjoy our day, whilst getting all the shots we wanted. The end result is AMAZING, and we absolutely love our photos and album. Highly recommend!”
Lydia & Andy
“We couldn’t rate Paul higher enough. Not only is he a really friendly guy but also an incredibly talented photographer. We booked Paul for our wedding in Dorset and also had a pre wedding shoot with him.
His perception of events and ability to see things that others would miss is unique. His communication skills are exceptional. His understanding of what we wanted was very intuitive. We would recommend him without hesitation.“
Penelope & Dan
“Paul was our superb wedding photographer. Knew exactly what he was doing the whole day. Especially with a vital pre-wedding warm up about a month before. Really helped us relax and have fun with it all on the day. Just received our stunning photos back. V happy + recommend.”
Ben & Louise
“Paul is an incredible photographer and we could not have chosen a better photographer to document our wedding day. He made us feel at ease so we could just be ourselves through the day. Photos turned out stunning and we are so grateful! Also helps he is so helpful and lovely with every request!
Amanda & James
“Paul was absolutely brilliant! He captured the spirit of our London wedding and the venues so well. He has a wonderful eye for light, and his framing of the shots is fabulous. He produced some particularly impressive night time shots outdoors, which must have required split second reactions. He was also great at capturing the facial expressions of us and our guests; we have had a good laugh looking at some of the reactions during the speeches, which we never would have captured without Paul’s skill. I can highly recommend Paul for any photography project you may be considering.”
Chris & Will
“Paul has such an amazing talent for capturing ‘moments’ which is exactly what you want on your wedding day.
It’s not the formal photos that remind you how great your day was – it’s the natural fun and excitement that is so important to be documented. Paul’s ability not to miss a moment is incredible, and his energy and passion comes across in the photos.
He is able to blend in so well that your guests and literally will not realise they’re being photographed. We could not recommend Paul more”
Georgina & Sean
“Thanks again for providing a first class service. With one of the biggest days of our lives and such a huge action packed event, we feared that we would not be able to stop and take it all in and the day would soon fade from our memories. However you’ve truly captured the essence of our day providing us with so many wonderful images.”
Mike & Louisa
“Paul was an unbelievable photographer. From the moment we met for our gorgeous engagement shoot he made us feel relaxed and natural, it was like walking along the beach with a friend. He was very clear in all his correspondence before the wedding and arrived early on the day and was really careful about giving us all space without missing any important moments.
My mother in law was worried about us being taken away for a long time during our private shoot, but Paul subtly grabbed us at different times throughout the day and no one noticed we were gone & we had the benefit of having lovely couple photographs in different light as it changed.
The party shots are my faves and have been shared a huge amount on Facebook! Such gorgeous light and energy. Thank you Paul! We will treasure the photos for ever!”
Helena & Simon
“Hi Paul, I just wanted to drop you a line to say a huge thank you to you for the beautiful wedding photos. You have created some stunning shots that take us back to the day each time we look at them. You’ve captured all the emotions, laughter and love perfectly. They have also been amazing to show family and friends that couldn’t make our day and all of them have said they feel like they were there after viewing them.
Thank you also for the reassurance you gave me the morning of the wedding! Not only would we recommend you – we would shout it from the rooftops! You got to know us as a couple and all the small intricacies of our wedding and the results are just phenomenal!”
Emma & Rob
“Paul was quite simply a photographic ninja for our wedding and a bloody good chap to boot. The photos he captured were nothing short of world class. It was almost as though he was never there as he was so unobtrusive but captured every single moment we could have hoped for and hundreds we would have missed. We couldn’t have been happier with the photos or with our choice of photographer.”
Ben & Victoria
“If you are looking for a photographer to capture the true essence and feeling of your wedding day, then look no further. We cannot rate Paul any higher; he is extremely professional yet somehow manages to mingle in so well with your guests that he becomes one of them – so discrete!
His photos, absolutely perfect and flawless – we got married on very windy, dark day in December, thank god we had picked Paul to capture the day as the quality and number of special moments captured were outstanding. You will have no regrets if you go with Paul!”
Kirsty & Gareth
“Being within the creative industry ourselves, we knew what style of photography we wanted for our wedding and came across Paul’s portfolio. His reportage photography, fantastic eye for composition along with his modern post-production style and skills were exactly what we were after.
We met Paul over a cup of coffee and very quickly realised that his friendly, approachable personality along with his enthusiasm and passion for his work shone out amongst the crowd, and we had every faith that he would be perfect for our day.
Paul was a pleasure to work with, we had lots of fun, he made us feel relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera and he was discreet whilst also being authoritative when he needed to be. We loved his calm nature and on the day he blended amongst our guests effortlessly.
We were absolutely blown away with the results! Paul beautifully captured the essence of our perfect day and his photography will tell our story for ever more! Thank you :)”
Lisa & Laura
“Too many wedding photographers have a cookie cutter approach to capturing a wedding with portfolios where its hard to tell one wedding for the next.
But we didn¹t want to feel like we were on the sort of photoshoot that we have to organise as part of our jobs as PR and advertising managers, and we wanted someone who could roll with the unconventional elements of a gay wedding.
Paul¹s photo journalism style meant that he was able to capture the feel of our wedding on film and avoid the staged pictures that neither of us wanted. Everyone was impressed by the pictures that Paul took for us and they were even used in a four-page photo spread in Attitude Magazine.”
Tony & Mark
“It is so hard to find a photographer that can excel in poor lighting conditions. The drizzling, the winter sky of England was far from optimal, and the lighting in the restaurant was really dim.
We appreciated your journalistic style of photography, it is so hard to get it right when there are 2 guys, you do not want to overcook the cheese. Thank god that did not happen. you have managed to strike a delicate balance.
Thank you so much for capturing those beautiful moments, we will hold those pictures very dear for the rest of our lives.”
Sam & Pat
“Paul is such a passionate photographer who clearly puts a lot into his work. He has such a unique ability to capture people in their natural state. The day went so quickly and it’s magic having Paul’s pictures to look back on. We’ll treasure them forever thank you so much from both of us.”
Lucy & David
“Paul was our wedding photographer last month and hiring him was without a doubt one of the best decisions we made. We met him a couple of weeks before the big day for a test shoot which really helped to relax us on the day itself and get us used to being photographed.
His style was non-intrusive which allowed him to capture some superb photos of both of us and all our guests. We couldn’t fault him, and will recommend him to anyone looking for a photographer in the future.
It came as a real surprise to get the photos and find that he’d provided us with +500 photos of incredible quality. If you’re looking for a photographer for your wedding, stop looking and get in touch with Paul.”
Andrew & Ewa
“Paul was the photographer for our wedding at Highcliffe Castle in August. The photos speak for themselves – they’re absolutely perfect!
Paul has a great eye for shots and managed to catch all the emotion, excitement and joy of the day. We couldn’t be happier to have had him as our photographer for what was the most happy day of our lives.
On top of that he’s great fun and brought real enthusiasm and excitement to the day. Thanks Paul, wish you all the best for the future!”
Louise & Ross
“Paul is a fantastic photographer, but he is even more skilled at making you feel comfortable and in control when in his company. I first met Paul when my (now) wife took an interest in his work on-line, he had come recommend from a friend.
We met at a mutual location and discussed our vision for the wedding. Paul was very understanding, but also drilled down into detail we hadn’t thought of which made sure he had all the information he needed. This was followed by a “pre wedding” shoot. We were apprehensive at first, after the first five minutes this feeling disappeared and was replaced with fun and laughter.
The pre wedding shoot allowed us to get to know Paul, but more importantly, it showed us we needed to practice some poses, and he gave a lot of tuition and tips to help us get the shots we wanted. On the day Paul was everything we had hoped, he was professional yet friendly. He created a fun atmosphere but also captured the emotional moments. He seemed to be everywhere but his presence never felt intrusive. This is clearly a skill he has honed over his career. We couldn’t recommend him more.”
Andrew & Ewa
“We looked through a LOT of wedding photographers before we chose Paul – and are so thankful we made the right choice! We were instantly attracted to the natural look of his photography, and how everyone in his photos looked good. We also loved the non-posed, documentary style, where everyone just looks happy and natural – and also the classic, special feel that he achieves as well.
We absolutely love our photos, and having had 3 weddings in one day our only issue is we have so many amazing shots to choose from for our album! They capture the joy and excitement from our day perfectly.
With a Hindu wedding in the morning, civil ceremony in the afternoon and Jewish wedding after that, our day was somewhat of a logistical challenge and Paul was a constant source of reassurance all through the run up, answering and helping with any questions we had – and possessed of incredible shooting stamina on the day! We’ll always be grateful and would recommend Paul to anyone.!”
Asmita & Steve
“Paul was absolutely fantastic! We are so glad we found him and were so lucky he was available for our wedding day. His style is exactly what we were looking for – beautifully crafted, artistically awesome photos. He captured every special moment from the day and was so incredibly unobtrusive you barely knew he was there. We love the photos so much, and would 100% recommend him.”
Louisa & Rich
“Paul is an extremely talented Photographer, particularly when it comes to capturing the subtleties & natural moments. We were really impressed with the coverage of the day, and the beautiful finish to the shots. Thank you!”
Nicola & Harry
“When we found Paul online we knew we’d found “the one”. He not only takes gorgeous photos, but he has a unique way of catching special moments between people and our wedding photos were no exception.
We loved how he captured the beauty of the wedding location and appreciated all of the little moments captured between us and our guests that are now in photo form. His friendly demeanour made him feel like he was one of our guests and it put us both at ease in front of the camera.
Paul was also very professional and efficient from the initial inquiry through to the big day and right up to the post wedding correspondence. We will forever recommend him to friends and family. Book him now- you won’t regret it!”
Jana & Matt
“Paul was our wedding photographer and produced an ace set of photos to capture our day. Thank you Paul!
We have had many comments from friends, family and even strangers (!) complimenting the photos and Paul’s style. He was discreet and blended in well during the day to capture every moment, but when needed was on hand to help herd guests for the group shots.
He also gave us a pre-wedding shoot at our venue to help us get to know good spots for photos and to get used to being papped 🙂 He has been professional and easy to work with, and we felt he really captured our personalities and style well in his images. He has given us a great record of our special day!”
Craig & Romily
“At our first meeting with Paul we knew we wanted him to be our photographer for our wedding day. He made us feel at ease and was a good giggle.
The pre wedding shoot was great fun and gave us time to get to know Paul before he turned up on the big day. All our friends and family were very impressed with the blog of these and couldn’t wait to be photographed themselves on the big day!
On the day Paul was fantastic. He chatted and mingled with everyone and recorded our day beautifully. His pictures truly captured the mood, atmosphere and emotion of the day.
So pleased with all the photos he took and had lots of positive comments from our guests wishing they had documentary photographed their wedding rather than having set poses. The blog is a great extra too and could wait to see a tease of our pictures online. A great guy. Would thoroughly recommend.”
Laura & Jon
“Paul is an extremely talented and committed photographer, he was the perfect choice for our wedding late last year. His passion for photography is abundant and he took a genuine interest in our history as a couple, taking the time to get to know us and explore our personalities, so that he could capture the best possible images.
He was attentive and enthusiastic on both our pre-wedding shoot and on the wedding day, resulting in our stunning photos that incorporated his detailed and modern style, which we couldn’t be more thrilled with. His gift captured the raw emotions of the day from tears through to roaring laughter.
We would recommend him without hesitation and he was without a doubt one of our favourite suppliers. Thank you, Paul.”
Joanne & Ben
“We really umm’d and aaah’d about whether to pay for a professional photographer, because we were on a pretty tight budget, and we have friends with good cameras. After chatting to Paul, and hearing more about his approach, we decided to take the plunge, and we’re definitely glad we did.
It’s so pleasurable to look back at the pictures and remember the day, and also get to see lovely little moments that we missed, that Paul captured. He fitted in perfectly, not forcing any poses or getting in the way at all, but taking *FANTASTIC PICTURES*, mostly candid shots and documenting the day as it unfolded.”
Bella & Matt
“Paul is a fantastic photographer! He captured the energy and fun and laughter of our wedding day, seeing the photos we re-lived the day and saw so much that we had missed, it was amazing.
Right from our first meeting Paul made us feel completely comfortable and showed genuine interest in our ideas and plans for the big day. The pre-wedding photo shoot was the perfect way for us to get comfortable with the camera, laugh a lot and work out what worked best for us.
Most importantly of all we absolutely LOVE our wedding photos, they capture so many special memories. We will treasure them forever. Thank you Paul, we cannot recommend you highly enough. A truly innovative and inspirational photographer.”
Alice & Tom