Will Hartop:
wedding photographer

Congratulations, guys. You have chosen a beautiful part of the country to tie the knot! Now, are you looking for some awesome photography for your wedding in Gloucestershire?

I have the pleasure of calling Gloucestershire home and love photographing weddings in this idyllic corner of England. The quality of light, the rolling hills and the iconic golden stone make for a mega combo when photographing weddings. Not to mention the venues, we have a few stunners in this neck of the woods.

Don’t hesitate to fill out that Contact Form to see if I’m available for your wedding in Gloucestershire.

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Having shot over 100 weddings in Gloucestershire in my 5 years as a wedding photographer means I’ve been lucky enough to visit a few of these gorgeous venues. Whether that’s effortlessly stylish Gloucestershire wedding venues like Cripps Barn or the amazing Caswell House or Merriscourt. If you’d like to see some of my recent work, you can check out Georgina and Rob’s beautiful wedding at Old Gore Barn.

In 2019, my wife and I chose the wonderful Kingscote Barn for our wedding, it’s a firm favourite of mine and about a mile from my front door!

If you’re planning on getting married in this beautiful part of the world and my style of wedding photography resonates with you, then I’d love to hear about your plans for the big day. Please contact me below to see if I’m available for your wedding in Gloucestershire and Cheltenham.

How I approach your Wedding Day

My aim on your wedding day is simple – create beautiful images that tell the story of your day in a timeless cinematic style. I want you to feel something when you look back at your images, like a time travel portal that immerses you in that moment.

I approach weddings the way I wanted my day photographed—no awkward poses or hours away from your party. My goal is to make you and your guests feel relaxed around the camera. This way, we document the most authentic versions of yourselves and reflect on what happened on the day—whilst looking so good you can’t decide which ones to hang on your wall!

My job is to blend in and go unnoticed, letting the magic unfold in front of the camera. This approach could be boxed up as documentary, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. I promise a visual story of your day that you will cherish forever.

I’m not one to sit on the sidelines waiting for something to happen. I’m always moving, following the action, and being at the moment rather than sitting across the room, zooming in. For me, this approach means I capture those moments often not seen, the raw intimate moments that mean the most.

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A little about me?

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Thank you for making it this far. I promise there are lots of lovely pictures to look at, but first, I just wanted to introduce myself.

I’m Will, a wedding photographer from the Cotswolds. Having been in this game for over 5 years now, it is never lost on me how fortunate I am to witness one of the happiest moments of your lives and it means a huge amount to be the one to keep that memory immortal.

I’m incredibly fortunate to live in the heart of the Cotswolds in a little village called Horsley. This means I’m well connected for weddings all over the South West, but most of the time, I don’t need to travel too far as I have many beautiful venues on the doorstep.

I’m a documentary photographer at heart, and I take a lot of my inspiration from sports and news photographers who, like wedding photographers, need to make a scene tell a story whilst being pleasing to the eye – my house is littered with Neil Leifer prints, I love the energy in his images, check him out if you haven’t seen his images before. I’m also a big environmental portrait fan, people doing their thing in their happy place, and Finn Beales and Tom Bunning are big inspirations.

These influences guide my decisions on a wedding day. I’m always moving, following the action, making sure I’m in the moment when it happens. If my way of capturing weddings resonates with you, then I’d love to hear from you. Head over to my contact form to tell me about your day!

Or if you would like to see more of my Cotswold Weddings from 2023, then please take a look at my best of blog

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