About David J Prior
If you’ve reached this web-page I imagine you’ll be wanting to know who is behind the lens.
I’m David, a natural wedding photographer based in Weybridge, Surrey.
I’ve recently got engaged to my fiancée Stephanie and so I know what you are going through with all the wedding choices out there. Do you want a barn wedding or should it be in town? Do you want a “cheese” cake? Band or DJ – (both are great but a top tip – the smaller the dance floor, the bigger the party atmosphere!).
My approach to wedding planning is to keep the big picture in mind as to how you want your friends and family to feel on the wedding day – ideally, relaxed and having fun with you.
My natural wedding photography style matches this relaxed and fun approach – as for me, your wedding day isn’t a photo shoot but instead a wonderful celebration of your love for one another!
Like most wedding photographers, I had a former career. Was I in the Arts? No (I can’t sing for toffee!). In the theatre? No. Dog Walker? No… Actually, I used to be a solicitor in the City resolving business issues but I wanted to apply my creative skills to a more personal and emotional side of life. Now, I’m fortunate enough to photograph weddings full time and all over Surrey, the UK through to France and Spain.
I was also lucky enough to train under Gisela Torres, Vogue Photographer and visiting lecturer at the National Portrait Gallery to understand light and movement. This opportunity offered a natural platform on which to start my career. Since then I have had the honour of photographing Sir David Attenborough as well as being a finalist at the Event Photography Awards 2017 and 2018 in the Weddings Category.
Oh and the “J” in my name is for James so people don’t get confused as to whether I’m the former MP for North Norfolk… and to make matters worse I grew up in Norfolk so it can be doubly confusing!
A nugget of advice for your wedding planning:
I say to all my brides and grooms, your wedding photographer is one of the only wedding suppliers that you will spend plenty of time with on your wedding day. If you get a good feeling about them and that you think they’ll get on with your Gran, then you’ve found a good one.
Highly Commended Finalist at the Event Photography Awards 2018
Winner of the Creative Portraits Award
Finalist at the Event Photography Awards 2017
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Kind words from my Brides & Grooms and Publications…
We wanted to let you know that we finally got to look through the photos last night and they are just incredible! We are both so thrilled. You have done a fantastic job and we are hugely grateful to you. They are brilliant and they are exactly what we wanted. You even managed to elicit what I think is a smile from my Dad. Thank you very much!
Just to let you know the album has arrived safely and we think it is incredible! We looked at it last night and we cannot get over how good the pictures look and how beautifully the album has been put together. Thank you so so much for all of your help with this and for capturing our wedding day so perfectly. We are both extremely grateful.
So thank you very much for sending them through as promised and for capturing such amazing moments of our day! Both of us absolutely LOVE all the photos and are so impressed by your work.
I have to also say that a number of people came up to me on the day and after to say how lovely you were, just in the way you got people to feel relaxed but at the same time ensuring good photos! Also as you can see from reactions to the few you posted on Facebook last month everyone loved them!
Firstly, sorry for the delay in coming back to you – we really wanted to show the photos to our immediate family before sending our thanks to you.
Secondly, and more importantly, the thanks. Thank you so much for your time and effort on the wedding day. Everyone who has now seen the pictures has said how much they love the candid photos and how wonderfully they captured the feeling of the day. We cannot praise you enough for the wonderful story your pictures tell and the beautiful moments of our friends and family your captured that we ourselves missed being caught up in the day.
Your professionalism was second to none and we cannot thank you enough. We already have several of our favourite pictures printed and around the house – although this was a hard choice as they are all such amazing pictures.
Once again, thank you SO much!
Can’t thank you enough, David. It was a pleasure to meet you – I wish we’d had longer to talk. Maybe I can buy you a beer some time. And the photos… oh boy, you nailed it. You really know how to catch people at their best! We will make sure your name is mentioned at every possible opportunity. Thank you again.
Thank you very much for the wonderful photos from our big day and your time and efforts on the day. It was all very much appreciated and we now have wonderful pictures to go with the memories, all of which you have captured.
Thank you once again. It has been entirely our pleasure.
Wow!! These are AMAZING! Thank you so much! We loved having you to take our photos and we feel you really captured us as a couple. Thanks again for these amazing pictures! Maybe some for your next competition
Thank you so much for photographing our wedding.
We’ve both been saying that you really put us at ease and took away a lot of the stress we thought we’d have as we don’t usually like to be photographed!
You did a fantastic job, thank you so much, your pictures are amazing!
Looking at them is a bit like living our wedding day again, you certainly know how to tell a story with a picture!
You were definitely right to give up your career as a lawyer!
David you were very discreet and unobtrusive unlike most photographers.
Highly Commended and Finalist in the Event Photography Awards 2018 ‘Weddings’ Category
Some of the prestigious venues I have photographed…
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If you like what you see and would like natural creative wedding photographs that bring back memories of your wedding day, please do get in touch to find out more how I can help you!
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