Based on the outskirts of Manchester, Cheshire, I travel around the UK and further afield documenting the most important day of peoples lives. Using my experience in street photography, I have a unique take on wedding photography. Producing images with stories, depth and humour.
A full time photographer, I first started shooting weddings in 2010 and have been lucky enough to shoot hundreds of weddings.
Award Winning Photos
The Wedding Photojournalist Association proudly recognizes the accomplishments and creative excellence of Adam. The following awards have been earned by Adam from the WPJA. These achievements come with great merit considering the high level of competition that a member faces in the contests.
Just plain, good “seeing” by the photographer. It is a funny image.
Great image of this precocious child – nice light is always a bonus!
Strong moment and well executed by the photographer despite the challenging lighting situation.
While, admittedly, image juxtapositions like this are not entirely uncommon, it goes further to set (or tie) a record for all that have come before it. Nonetheless, to speak of the image before us, the mirroring of form rules the day through the similarities found in the rise and fall of the items of the table below and the detailed renderings of a throng of people above. See for yourself - draw an invisible line across the plethora of details on the table alone and then visually (in your mind) move the line you’ve “drawn” upwards to the painting. I see a charming juxtaposition of light and form. Perhaps you’ll see even more.
It is what it is except for what it isn’t and that’s what makes it fun. At first glance the woman applying mascara appears to be so good at her trade she can work on two people at once. Of course, a millisecond later we realize it’s a mirrored image. Nonetheless, no illusion works unless we can communicate effectively with our camera. A picture may speak a thousand words, but it ends with a “punch line.”
Simple and sophisticated; the people around the bride and groom help frame them.
This is such a picturesque setting for a wedding. Yet, it still takes a talented photographer using skillful composition to make this scene work. All else could easily have been a poor snapshot, an image unworthy of the moment.
Deﬁnitely the best of this class, and photograph that the newlyweds and their families will love and look at for years. Not only does it capture the bond between loved ones, but also it shows the faces of many of the guests at the wedding--a good job by the photographer.
I like the way this image is separated, very good exposure and composition making the picture look like a theater set.
This is the kind of moment that wins awards. Photojournalism is essentially the pursuit of truth portrayed through universal narratives - moments. When a single image can present a "story" as strongly as this, then there is no doubt that the photographer has accomplished one of the premiere tenets of photojournalism.
The following letters are from the clients of Adam Riley.
Married: 5 years ago
Katie and Steven
Fresh tears came to my eyes upon first viewing these photos… I still can’t understand how one person (and I mean this in the kindest possible way) can be in the background, at the same time as being everywhere – and at every significant moment. You were as unobtrusive as we could wish for, and practically invisible throughout the whole day, yet you still managed to capture some of the most intimate and revealing moments of our wedding day…moments which, given how quickly the whole all passes by, I had perhaps glossed over at the time. All those little reminders you managed to capture allow us to re-live the day in a way I hadn’t dreamed we would be able to, so thank you