Ray Sawyer

Photographer and Creative Designer

Hey. Thank you for taking the time to visit my site and learn about me and my work. My name is Ray and I’m an Award winning wedding and lifestyle photographer.

I’m originally from Newcastle Upon Tyne, however, I have lived in County Durham since 1998 and love it. When I’m not photographing beautiful couples and families you can usually find me designing marketing materials for schools whilst drinking coffee of course, as I also run my own successful design business.

I understand how important it is to use a wedding photographer who is happy to take the time to get to know both of you. Someone who is then able to use that knowledge to capture those special moments others might miss. When its time to choose a wedding photographer, the best choice will be someone who you trust and makes you feel relaxed – a photographer you “click” with.

My relaxed style of wedding photography combined with a true passion for your day helps me capture not only those special moments but those precious and spontaneous ones, too – those moments of true emotion and those fleeting moments that will bring back happy memories for years to come. I provide a very flexible wedding photography service throughout the UK and can be booked anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 years, in advance. I offer a high quality service at affordable prices. I would describe my style of wedding photography as Lifestyle/Photojournalistic with a hint of Dramatic/Editorial.

My approach on a wedding day is relaxed and informal as I want you to feel comfortable with my presence, as if I was just another guest. I’m a likeable character and not afraid to laugh along with you and your guests whilst doing my job. Its an important day, you need a photographer you actually like. I would describe my style of wedding photography as Lifestyle/Photojournalistic with a hint of Dramatic/Editorial.

One of my most favourite styles. Lifestyle Photography has a re-defined photojournalistic approach. It’s candid, however, has some small direction and styling from myself to give a more approachable feel and a natural approach. This style of photography is popular for following the couple and the guests throughout the day while recording the events of the wedding as they happen in an unobtrusive manner.

I love to capture a few dramatic shots either with off-camera flash, whip pans, slow shutter speeds or even creating huge pano-stich artworks with super shallow depth of field which can span your entire living room wall. I know that didn’t make any sense let’s just say I create some awesome imagery you will love. A great time of day for off-camera flash photos would be 30 minutes either side of sunset, so if your wedding/reception is later in the afternoon then we can have some fun.

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“We are completely thrilled with our wedding photos that were taken on 25/08/17 by Sawyer and Sawyer photography. We sincerely can’t thank Ray enough for the effort and creativity that had been put into our photos that we can’t stop looking at! From start to finish – Ray put everyone at ease and nothing was too much trouble. These are truly beautiful shots that are loved by all our family and friends. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”

Garry Elliott - 25th August 2017

“We would like to say a massive thank you to this photography genius. Ray has truly shown our magical day step by step in wonderful photos. Ray has a great eye for all the little details and aspects most photographers would miss, for this we are forever grateful and honoured to have spent our special day with him. He is an award winning photographer and you can see why. This is clearly not just a job for Ray but a passion, of which he expressed throughout the day with all of our guests. Thank you so much for all your hard work and time to make our wedding experience complete.”

Simone Avery - 9th September 2017

“What can I say! Ray was great from start to finish, we didn’t see him as a photographer we saw him as part of the family! He did everything above what we expected and would highly recommended! We had the best day with Ray and had a laugh from start to finish! Thank you Ray! X”

Amy & Paul - 23rd August 2017

“We would highly recommend Ray he did our wedding photos he’s very professional, he made us feel very comfortable and nothing was a bother for him, our photos speak for themselves, a lot of hard work went into them on Rays part and he took it all in his stride, thank you so much Ray xx”

Dayle & Martin - 24th July 2017

“We had a family photo shoot at hardwick. Ray’s photos are amazing he completely put all 7 of us at ease and even captured the moody teenagers smiling. Thanks so much Ray would highly recommend for any work very professional and gives his all to every client.”

Claire Smith - 23rd July 2017

Would highly recommend Ray Sawyer for family photographs. We had a session at Hardwick park this morning and received the (very easy to download) photographs this afternoon and got to say we are very happy with the results given that our 3 year old was his most UN co-operative subject ever lol. Thanks again Ray x

Manda Walton - 25th June 2017

“Ray did our wedding photos and I can’t recommend him highly enough. He was well prepared, had imagination, dealt well with our guests of all ages and the resulting pictures are outstanding.”

Janet & David - 30th May 2017

“I would highly recommend Ray Sawyer for family photo shoots. He made us all feel at ease in front of the camera and we didn’t once feel rushed. He guided the photo session well even managing to capture fantastic photos of a (on the day) very grumpy two year old, and the finished product is fantastic. We are very happy with our photos from the shoot at hamsterley forest. Would certainly use him again. Big Thanks Ray. Xxx”

Vicky Young - 21st April 2017

Great photographer who was great with our child and managed to catch some great shots!! Very reasonably priced too

Gabbie Stockill - 14th April 2017

Ray had endless patience with our 4 grandchildren and our labrador Chester he never clock watched which ment he went over time he sent us our photographs within 24 hrs and they are amazing well worth the money which is very affordable 5* service

Ann Cummings - 12th December 2016

We had photos taken of the children at Hardwick Hall and they’re are amazing! The weather was terrible yet he still managed to take amazing photos and keep the kids cheery! Thank you so much, highly recommend!!!

Laura Tennick - 12th December 2016

We absolutely love the pictures you took, even though it was a grey, wet day the pictures are vibrant and just fab and you were great with the kids! The Family have commented how brilliant the pictures are. Thanks so much!

Claire Corrigan - 28th November 2016

Had a fantastic shoot for some family photos with ray, would recomend as we felt comfortable and the photos where fantastic !!

Liam Wilkinson - 18th November 2016

Ray is a lovely person made us feel relaxed realy friendly with kids and our mad Labrador and the pictures are amazing have recommended a few times already

Ann-Marie Roy - 4th October 2016

Have to say ray saved our wedding day as our other photographer was a complete joke. Excellent photos, excellent service and a complete gentleman.
Thanks again Raymond.

Lee Cummings - 13th July 2016

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