Reviews

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Davy & Faye

“Picking the right photographer is a hard task and thankfully we found the best! I tried to get involved in most of the wedding planning and one thing I was responsible for was to find was the photographer. I work as a designer with a lot of background and interest in photography. I went to numerous wedding fairs but couldn’t find the right one, there are so many out there but in my opinion so many bad ones. When I met Phil we immediately hit it off. His work speaks for itself but his friendly and fun personality was great. We booked Phil immediately and I think it was probably the easiest and best decision of the wedding.

The whole day was fantastic, the greatest of our lives and we are so pleased that Phil was there to capture it for us. It was a pleasure to get to know Phil and see a master at work. Capturing the day is so important so we can remember the best day ever. We have only had 1 teaser photo at the moment which was breath-taking and now we are excited to see the rest.
I can’t recommend Phil enough. If you want your perfect wedding day then you need to book this perfect photographer.”

 

Sam & Chris

“A massive thank you to the fabulous Phil Smith!! We got married on Friday in the pouring rain and Phil could not have worked any harder…he was absolutely drenched by the end of it! I can’t wait to see the pics in a few weeks time! I highly recommend everybody to get booking this photographer, an absolute joy to have on our wedding day! Thank you so much, love Mr & Mrs Coley xxx”

 

Kelly and Spencer 

“I met Phil at the wedding show at St. James Park and knew straight away that I wanted him as the photographer at our wedding! Apart from the amazing images that he showed me i was also encouraged by Phil’s laid back attitude! I was put off other photographers by their pushy ‘selling’ spiel, Phil was different in that he allowed his images to speak for themselves, no spiel needed! On our wedding day Phil worked with us to make sure we got all the shots we wanted and used his own artistic license to capture some truly fabulous memories! We received our wedding album yesterday and are over the moon with the quality of the album and also really pleased with a little surprise that we weren’t expecting! I would highly recommend Phil to anyone wanting a photographer who has some great ideas but is also open to doing some crazy stuff to get the best pictures!”

 

Siobhan & Jamie

“Jamie and I would like to say a HUGE Thank you to Phil. Not only is Phil a fantastic photographer, he is a genuinely nice guy. For someone like me, who isn’t the biggest fan of having my photo taken, Phil made me feel really comfortable and I actually loved every minute of it.
When we received our photos we were blown away, they were a million times better then we had ever imagined. Phil captured every moment perfectly, we seriously could not be happier with our photos.
If you are looking for a photographer, Phil is 100% the best man for the job. I would highly recommended him, not only for his unbelievable photography skills, eye for detail and professionalism, but for his genuine friendly personality. Phil really gets to know you and your guests and this shines through in his work.”

 

Lloyd & Dewi

“We have been waiting with anticipation to see the shots from our day & Phil has definitely NOT failed to deliver! Just looked through our album design and have been WOWed! It’s so difficult to choose between the hundreds if fabulous photographs he took; glad he had that job and not us!
On the day, Phil was fantastic & everyone enjoyed having him around. Really easy going guy and he’s so friggin cool. By the end of the day he was ‘our Phil’. We can’t recommend him enough!”

 

Rad & Sat

“An Indian wedding is the most amazing, beautiful and chaotic event you can imagine. Hundreds of guests all looking stunning and a colourful ceremony. Our day was perfect in every way, beyond our expectations.

Phil’s photography captured moments that we weren’t even aware of. Technically, Phil’s photography is exceptional. The lighting and composition, of each photo is faultless. However, your wedding photographer needs to be a little more special than that. Phil can coax smiles out of sisters and grins out of grannies. He’ll work tirelessly throughout the day blending seamlessly into the background. Our families felt completely relaxed with Phil and he always listened to what we wanted. Something which we found invaluable was Phil’s advice. This help was totally unexpected but wholly welcome. His advice on timings was superb, who needs a wedding planner!

This was Phil’s first Indian wedding. The photographs speak for themselves. It’s testament to the man that he could control the masses when required without being obtrusive and capture those special magical shots with ease.”

 

Natalie & Craig

“Meeting with Phil for a chat quickly progressed to constant emails, a fun and adorable pre-wedding shoot, perfect sunny wedding day to collecting our stunning wedding album however I can’t help but be a bit sad that our journey with Phil has come to an end! His addition to the build up of the best day of our lives and invisibility on the day (no offence Phil) was simply perfect for us!

I literally can’t put into words just how happy we have been with his very personal yet professional service. Both myself and Craig knew that once we met the photographer we wanted we would know, a bit like meeting “the one”, and considering the only photographer we met was Phil that just about sums it up. We wanted fresh images that captured the moment and stressed nothing posed, however ended up falling in love with all the posed shots too. Phil’s photography speaks a million words and I remember everything at each moment on our wedding day down to Phil’s skill to capture that millisecond you never ever want to forget. I always read testimonials and feedback however never leave any until now as it’s extremely well deserved! We simply can’t thank Phil enough, memories are something you can’t recreate but thankfully ours are neatly designed, wrapped in leather and sealed in a box to relive forever and ever.”

 

Jemma & Paul

“We met Phil at a wedding fair and instantly knew we wanted him as our photographer. His work is so unique and speaks for its self. What we didn’t want was hours of posing for shots and waiting for group shots, taking up so much time on our big day.

Phil was unobtrusive and got the best out of everyone, even the most reluctant guest. The run up to the wedding we were in constant contact with Phil who was better than our wedding planner and sorted a timeline of the day making everything run so smoothly. We had meet Phil at Lumley Castle and decided on shots around the grounds.

But to our dismay waking up on our wedding morning and seeing it was one of the wettest days of the year was heart breaking! But Phil turned this to our advantage and we have some amazing dancing in the rain shots that are so unique to us. Looking back at our beautiful album the rain was one of the best things to happen on the day! It was Phil who made it possible. He made us laugh and put us at ease creating some of the best memories of our wedding day (how many brides can say they danced in the rain on their wedding day!).

We cannot thank Phil enough for our beautiful photographs; our most treasured shots are those perfect moments, when you think no one’s watching. Phil captured these beautifully. Thank you Phil we will cherish our photographs forever.”

 

Laura and Daniel

“Finding the perfect photographer for our wedding was probably one of hardest things we had to do. We had seen and spoken to hundreds before we found Phil packing up at a wedding fayre, and even after speaking to him for just a few minutes we knew he was the one. He was so easy to talk to, knew exactly what we wanted and his candid, non-invasive style suited us perfectly.

Meeting up with Phil just before the day we discussed all the shots we wanted, leaving us stress free on the day.

On the big day Phil was perfect, he made everyone feel so comfortable and relaxed getting their picture taken and didn’t stop all day trying to get the perfect shots. The photos we got together were always done in a matter of minutes meaning we didn’t miss out on any part of our day. Even before seeing the pictures all of our guests commented on how amazing our photographer was.

The pictures themselves are absolutely fantastic and we couldn’t be more pleased with them. He captured all the truly special moments of the day, the majority of which we were completely unaware had been taken. The album itself tells the story of our wedding perfectly allowing us to relive it over again.

We also had Phil for the Pop-Up Studio at the evening reception, which again was effortlessly done and the photos have had everyone in stitches.

Overall we couldn’t recommend Phil enough and he played a huge part in making our wedding day the most enjoyable day of our lives.”

 

David & Sara

“From start to finish Phil exceeded our expectations; producing an exemplary set of shots and album which perfectly portrayed the story of our day and our own individual and shared personalities. Phil utilised his great experience and expertise in the imaginative and creative way he shot the wedding at The South Causey Inn; a venue which he has been the photographer at many times.

We are over the moon with the final wedding album, which has both excellent quality and style throughout; we would not hesitate in recommending Phil to our friends and family.

Thank you very much Phil for capturing our extra special day together!”

 

Simone & Doug

“Phil is one of a kind – personable, unobtrusive, committed and with an incredible eye for taking unusual shots. A great guy all round. We looked at lots of run-of-the-mill photographers but decided to go for Phil after looking at his gallery of natural-looking, different and unique photos.

Phil worked tirelessly on our wedding day at Lumley Castle. He knows the site well and was able to guide us to the best locations to produce some stunning photos. They always say not to work with animals or children, but Phil dealt very well with Bilbo the barn owl who delivered our wedding rings, and all the children at the wedding. We had a wonderful day and now have lots and lots of beautiful photos of those memories. The difficulty was in choosing photos for our album because there were just so many great shots! Doug and I think very highly of Phil and would recommend his services to any bride and groom who want something a bit different.”

 

Stu & Lucia

“First of all many, many thanks for Friday.
You are simply superb and a true professional at what you do. To say that everyone I have spoken with say the same is an understatement!
To be honest almost everyone said “where did you find your photographer?”.
Your ideas, the way you dealt with the kids and the way you orchestrated your work was astounding. So calm and your “can-do” attitude meant a lot to us all. I can’t thank you enough.”

 

Vikki & Jason

“Again Thank you Phil the Photos are amazing you really have made our year with them after all this is all we have of the wedding now and they are beautiful, precious memories. Many Thanks Vikki”

 

Caroline & Paul

“Paul and I first met Phil when he was photographer for Paul’s brother’s wedding and we were extremely impressed with the very high standard of his work. So when we began to plan our own wedding, we knew without considering any other photographers, that we wanted Phil for the job. We were not disappointed with our decision!”

Phil put a tremendous amount of work into our special day, meeting with us before hand and working with us to develop a plan of what pictures we wanted and when e.g. groups, getting ready etc. This made us feel that we were in good hands from the beginning! His friendly yet professional manner helped to put our guests at ease and allowed him to get lots of relaxed and natural shots of our family and friends.

He moved around the rooms quietly and discreetly capturing many pictures from many different angles. His attention to detail was exceptional, capturing the personal moments, especially the emotional expressions of ourselves and our guests throughout the day. We love his use of soft focus and black and white pictures, giving our photographs a timeless and classic look. Everyone who has seen them has commented on how amazing they look. Phil was with us from the early morning until our first dance on the evening, providing us with a way to look back on the whole day from beginning to (almost) the end!

We can’t thank Phil enough for our beautiful photographs capturing the many wonderful memories of our special day. We would definitely recommend him to anyone!”

 

Sarah and Dave

“Hey Phil, just wanted to say you blew us away with how hard you worked at the wedding on Friday you were absolutely awesome and we cant wait to see the pics! Thank you so much, we were really impressed with how relaxed you made us feel and how good you were with our guests! We had the best day of our lives! Xx”

 

Sharon And Dan

“We are so happy with the work that Phil has done for us and the amazing images we have to remind us of our very special day. We booked Phil fairly late as we had been let down by our previous photographer. I have to admit we were slightly concerned before meeting Phil that we may not get the type of photographer we really wanted but we could not have been more wrong!! From the first meeting Phil made suggestions, listened to our ideas and discussed in detail with us what kind of shots we really wanted to see. He kept in touch with us in the run up to the wedding, made sure he had the order of service for the day and was there bright and early on the morning of the wedding to scope out the venue and get the all important “getting ready “shots!

The one thing we have to highlight about Phil is that on the day he was the perfect photographer. He got all the shots we asked for yet he was not intrusive or pushy. In all honesty a lot of the time we didn’t even notice he was there! He made all the guests, including us, feel really comfortable and at ease and this made the photos more personable and fun.

Phil is a lovely and genuine guy who really does work extremely hard to make sure he captures the best memories for you. We cannot thank him enough for our fantastic pictures and would recommend him to anyone who is looking for the perfect wedding photographer. It was a pleasure working with Phil and i think our photos speak for themselves is showing everyone what great work he produces. Thank you Phil, you are a star!”

 

Kate and Martin

“I met Phil at a wedding fayre and even though I hadn’t even chosen a venue I knew I wanted him to be our photographer immediately. His work speaks for itself and his friendly relaxed approached made planning for the day stress free. We decided to get married at As You Like it which is a beautiful venue but has limited outside space so Phil suggested we could visit Jesmond Dene which was a brilliant idea. Not only are the photos amazing but we had so much fun with Phil helping us both relax like it was just an everyday walk in the park! Phil is a true professional; he listens to what you want and Captures special moments throughout your day without ever getting the way. He puts so much effort into designing the perfect album to tell the story of your whole day and we couldn’t be happier with ours. If you are looking for a photographer that will exceed all your expectations, look no further”.

 

Phil and Kate

“After months of scouring the internet and travelling to many wedding fairs up and down the country we happened upon Phil Smith at a wedding event in Newcastle. We were about to leave after speaking to a couple of other photographers and not being inspired, when Phil spoke to us as we were leaving the room, talk about timing! Within minutes Kate and I both knew we had potentially found our man, the way Phil spoke about our day with such enthusiasm and care made us instantly at home with him.

Phil met with us to listen to what it was that we wanted from him, we looked at the venue and he made suggestions based on the guests attending, timings etc, pretty much taking everything into consideration.

On the wedding day itself Phil put everyone at ease with a professional yet relaxed and friendly style. Both Kate and I are not naturally comfortable being photographed however Phil’s unobtrusive and skilful execution meant we were always completely at ease.

Phil has produced some iconic and stunning images of our wedding day, which to us was the best day of our lives and the story has been immortalised in some stunning and creative albums.

Phil Smith has a unique talent for what he does and we would recommend him whole heartedly in fact I christened him ‘The man who is in love, with love’ A thoroughly nice man.”

 

Harry and Sarah

“Phil was a professional but very friendly presence on our big day. After calmly organising the group shots ensuring they were done quickly and effectively he disappeared into the background and took some truly stunning natural shots. Many of our guests commented on his professionalism and the way he stealthily took his photos from the side-lines. The quality of his photography and his talents are on display when you look at his portfolio but to have your own album look as good was magic (especially considering the material he had to work with). The soft focus work and bursts of colour amongst black and white photos is beautiful. The album is something my wife and I will cherish forever.

I would (and have) recommended Phil to others and wish him all the best in the future. He is a lovely man, easy to talk to and quick to understand your requirements and concerns. He’ll guide you through the photography so that you’re not at all worried, and have that ticked off your list, knowing you’re going to get a wonderful album…. If you’re considering using Phil, do so.”

 

Laura and Adam

“Phil really is a super photographer – we knew that we would love his slightly alternative, quirky style when we saw his gallery photos, and he didn’t disappoint. I knew we wouldn’t want lots of staged, posed photographs and when we gave him a brief to look for ‘different’, relaxed, reportage-style shots he was completely on our wave length. He scouted out the venue with us beforehand, made loads of suggestions about possible pictures and was a pleasure to deal with. On the day he was a calming, unobtrusive influence – we hardly knew he was there (in the nicest possible way!) We have a stunning collection of photos to look back on – thanks, Phil.”

 

Angela and Tony

“Hi Phil, just wanted to say thank you for being our wedding photographer. The photos are fabulous and we’re really pleased with them. Also thanks for being so unobtrusive, friendly and relaxed on the day, whilst still capturing those great shots!” Best wishes, Angela and Tony x

 

 

Sam and Phil

“We met Phil at a wedding fayre and were immediately taken by the high quality of his work and his personable nature. The amount of time and effort that Phil put into our wedding, before, during and after is testament of his passion to get things right. Needless to say, we are thrilled with the results and would have no hesitation recommending him.”

 

Joanna and James

“We met Phil at a wedding fair and immediately loved the relaxed style to the photographs and the lack of posed group shots which dominate so many wedding albums! After a couple of meetings prior to the day itself we looked around the venue together to discuss what we wanted from the day and also any particular groups and locations for particular shots. From the amazing shots that Phil captured from the day it was evident that he was indeed everywhere, however I can honestly say that I don’t really remember him being there in an intrusive way, which some photographers seem to be. We are delighted with the quality of the photographs and the thoughtful and creative way that the day was captured. After all the photographs are the way that we will be remembering the day when we are old and grey!”

 

 

Louise and Ross Burke

“We struggled to find a photographer for our wedding and didn’t want traditional, “posed” shots until we saw some of Phil’s work and were really impressed. Our album is fantastic and exactly what we wanted, Phil was great to work with and paid so much attention to detail, we’re really thrilled at the moments he managed to catch on camera and fantastic shots! Will definitely recommend – thank you Phil!”

 

Ailsa and Graeme Bourne

“We found out about phil through my Sister in law and immediately viewed his photos online, we loved the photos he had displayed not only did he capture people’s special moments he caught the mood of the whole day. Our meeting with phil was very friendly and relaxed and exactly what we wanted, he put us at ease instantly. Phil understood our want for very relaxed natural pictures, we didn’t want a lot of fuss we just wanted people to enjoy themselves and for phil to capture this. There was no feeling of intrusion on the day in fact it was as if our friend was taking the pictures, looking back on the photos phil has done us proud. The photos are perfect, exactly what we asked for and you can see how happy and relaxed (after the ceremony!) we were on the day. I also feel phil deserves credit for putting up with a very nervous and flustered bride on the morning before the wedding, there’s not many people who could !! Thanks for everything phil We really appreciate everything you have done, you have left us with a lifetime of memories. Ailsa and Graeme Bourne”

 

Kirsten and Robert

“Phil was just the sort of photographer we were looking for. We wanted someone who would capture all the special moments but without them being too overbearing and officious. Phil struck just the right balance; he was able to get all the shots that we’d asked of him but did so in a friendly and affable manner. We felt it spoke volumes that so many of our guests commented on how unobtrusive and easy going he was.

Phil made the whole experience easy and was extremely professional throughout. He made a point of contacting us several times prior to the day and we met face to face at our reception venue a few weeks before in order for him to talk through exactly what we wanted; any group shots and particular photographs that we wanted captured. He also visited the church before the day to find out the best positions for taking photographs.

Our wedding album is wonderful. It has such a variety of photos, from those we knew were being taken to the unscripted shots of things that would otherwise be long forgotten. The layout of the album just adds to the beauty of it with different arrangements for each page depending on the moment that he is capturing. It really tells the story of our day which is just what we wanted

We can’t thank Phil enough. He has provided us with so many happy memories through the album and our parents are also delighted with their smaller versions. Without a doubt, we would highly recommend Phil as a wedding photographer.”

 

Julia and Kim

“We just wanted to thank you again for the fabulous photographs you took of our wedding. Not just for the quality of the product but also for the professional and relaxed manner that you approached the whole process – from the initial meeting, which by your detailed questioning helped us to work out what we wanted, to the unobtrusive, informal way that you photographed the wedding day”

 

Alistair and Emily

“After all the planning, organizing and nerves the day had finally come. The weather hadn’t been on our side on the run up to the day, but on Saturday 14th Aug the sun finally shone. We had Phil Smith as our photographer, attending previous weddings and seeing photographers who in my opinion were a little ‘pushy’ and over the top, I had my reservations, but this could not be further from the truth regarding Phil. From the initial meetings discussing different ideas of what we each wanted right through to looking at the pictures afterwards, Phil was the perfect photographer for our wedding. We found him adaptive to our ideas and are extremely pleased with the final outcome.

The morning of the wedding he was able to go between both houses and take discreet pictures of both bride (who was feeling especially nervous and Phil did a great job of assuring and making her feel at ease.) and groom/best man getting ready, joining in with jokes and generally being very easy going. The day passed with no hitches and the final pictures exceeded both of our expectations, we both are delighted with the DVD and the wedding albums (family members asked to have copies). We have recommended Phil to numerous people for their weddings and can’t rate him highly enough. Phil’s photographs of our wedding convey the joys and emotions of the day perfectly, and some of our favorites were taken without the need to pose.  We now have a fantastic reminder of fantastic day which we will not forget in a very long time.”

 

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