Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Neil Ridley

Neil Ridley Photography

You might be asking how I ended up going from a career as a Royal Air Force Policeman to becoming a full-time professional wedding photographer? The answer is quite simple, my passion for photography has been there for as long as I can remember.

I joined the Royal Air Force when I was 19 years old as a Military Policeman. Fortunately for me, this also included some camera work, which I received training for by the British Armed Forces, this being the best training in the world that money simply cannot buy. My camera traveled the world with me.

When my Military career ended, the next chapter in my life was working as a Private Investigator. My camera was the most useful, trusted and used work tool of my trade. Everywhere I went, so did my camera. I learned how to take clear images in low light, how to be discreet (it's amazing how handy this skill is at a wedding!) and most importantly I learned how to get the shot first time.

I started my career as a wedding photographer by offering to shoot for free and asking established photographers if I could assist or second shoot for them. Sometimes this would only involve carrying and setting up their equipment. I would watch from afar and learned so much by doing this.