Hello, my name is Richard Skins, and I’m a Dorset wedding photographer covering weddings throughout the UK and Europe. If I turn the clock back ten years, this is something I never thought I would be doing, but I’m glad life has taken me in this direction as I believe it’s the best job in the world, well for me anyway. I feel extremely lucky to have a career which allows me to pursue my love of photography, and use it to capture one of the happiest days two people can share!
I focus on a documentary style of wedding photography; it is not your usual looking straight at the camera formal style, I want to capture the day as it was with all the laughter, love and everything in-between. I’ll photograph all the excitement and even some of the nerves. I want to show precisely how the day was! Not some staged part, which only tells a fraction about who you both are.
I’ve photographed weddings throughout the country, and love to discover new places because of my job. So wherever you’re getting married, then please get in touch. If you’re intrigued to see some of my weddings then check out Becky & Jack’s Wedding at North Cadbury Court, Luisa & Jack’s Furtho Manor Farm Tipi Wedding, Alice & Ben’s fun wedding at Wick’s Bottom Barn in Wiltshire , Caitlin & Stuart’s gorgeous Anran wedding in Devon or even Hannah & Ollie’s stunning Elmore Court Wedding.
Even though I love UK weddings, I also have been a destination wedding photographer for a few years, photographing weddings across Europe. I love travelling, to breath new smells, to eat different food and to have new experiences is very exciting to me, so to combine that with my job felt like a perfect direction to travel. I’ve been lucky enough to photograph weddings in the Alps in Switzerland, gorgeous vineyard weddings in Italy, Rustic chateau weddings in France & even a vibrant destination wedding at Quinta de Sant’Ana in Portugal, hopefully, lots more exciting places to come!
You’re probably in the middle of planning your wedding, or you enjoy photography, either way, I’m happy you have found me on Love My Dress today. Click on my website link to see some of my favourite weddings that I’ve had the pleasure of photographing, and I’m sure there is something you will love.
If you’re getting married and you’re looking for a photographer then please get in touch, as it would be great to hear all about you and what you have planned for the day, you can check my price for wedding photography here and if you’re thinking of choosing a documentary wedding photographer then just get in touch.
"Wow. What a guy. Everybody – and I mean everybody – commented on how hard he worked all day. He was there at 8am and I didn’t see him sit down until 10pm. He must have been exhausted. He wasn’t intrusive at all. A fly on the wall. But so much fun, that you’d want him at your party anyway!
He really put us at ease and we were so impressed with the beautiful candid shots. He caught so many moments. My favourites are the ones of Stu’s brothers and my new sister-in-law setting up the ceremony space. They worked really hard for us, so it’s great that Richard caught that love and kindness on camera. With so many glamorous and staged wedding photos out there, it’s so refreshing to see Richard beautifully captured all the humbling deeds and hard graft happening in the background. The man’s an artist.”
Caitlin & Stuart
“We feel so incredibly lucky that Richard was our photographer. He is beyond talented. We knew the only thing we’d have to look back on were our photos, so it was really quite important to us. When we saw Richards work and he said he was available we snapped him up. Just how special the photos really are once the day is over is quite amazing, they take you back to that day every time you look at them.
To have someone who has captured so well the vibe and happiness of the day in such a natural way is priceless. He is so professional and friendly and knows exactly how to achieve what you ask of him. Neither of us are used to having someone follow us around with a camera, but Richard does it in such a way that you don't realise that’s whats happening. He has this great way of just blending in as if he’s part of your friends and family, and that’s where he finds the magic.”
Luisa & Jack
“Richard – you’re a complete photography superstar, we LOVE our photos! Thank you for being lovely, professional, seemingly everywhere at once, unobtrusive – you have an incredible eye. We have come back to your photos again and again and keep finding new things we love – little glances you’ve captured, or moments we had forgotten. Our guests have also been thrilled with how many awesome pictures you’ve taken of everyone – one of our friends emailed us to say “ils arrivent à nous rendre carrément plus beaux gosses” – basically, the photos make us all look really awesome/handsome! Which is true! Thank you so much for agreeing to join us in France to photograph our day. We will treasure our photos forever.“
Holly & Max
"We couldn’t recommend Richard enough. My husband and I are hardly naturals in front of a camera. Richard made photographing the whole day an absolute pleasure. Our guests loved him and the photos were just unbelievable. He really captured the whole feel of the day. Richard was also a very calming influence on the day and made a special effort in researching locations around the venue to take some breath-taking shots. We don’t get tired of looking through the photos and smiling at just how happy everybody looks.”
Leanne & Theo
"Richard was absolutely fantastic. His photos are beyond incredible, he's super friendly and really easy going. He took so many amazing shots and most of the time I didn't even realize he was there taking pics! We got married a few weeks ago and we already have all the photos. Pretty much all our friends and family have commented on how wonderful the photos are and how Richard really captured the true essence of the day. I honestly cannot recommend him enough, best decision ever.”
Kieran & Gareth
"Richard was a fantastic photographer who made the day fly by with ease, and at no point feeling like photos were a chore. He blended in perfectly to get the most amazing candid shots of the whole party without ever being over bearing. Our whole family loved having him with us in the morning as well as we were getting ready. The final photos are beautiful and we love his use of light and the capturing of some fantastic characters and moments throughout the day.”
Kate & Micheal
"We can’t recommend Richard enough, his beautiful photography is so dynamic and warm, full of energy and really natural. He has an eye for stunning compositions, and stealthily captures every funny and sentimental moment. From when we first got in touch he was relaxed, fun and approachable. He was very happy to start the day on a motorboat on the River Thames photographing Joe and his friends’ rowing race, he gathered all 140 odd family members after the ceremony and all 240 odd guests for a group picture at the reception, and steered his way through a ridiculous dance floor late into the evening.
Amongst all this, Richard scheduled in moments throughout the day for just the two of us – this was something we loved about his approach, its easy to get swept up as the day goes so quickly and those moments were a chance to press pause and focus on each other. Richard has given us an incredible package of photographs, and the easy-to-use online gallery is perfect for us and our family and friends to look through, download or order pictures.”
Emily & Joe
"I cannot recommend Richard enough for documenting a wedding day! As it was a destination wedding we were unsure who we could book in Portugal. I did a lot of research online and as soon as I saw his online portfolio we knew that Richard's relaxed and natural style was what would suit our day! Thankfully he travels!! We didn't want to spend half our day posing while our friends partied and thankfully Richard agrees!
We partied the day away while he documented it all, only taking us away for a few quiet moments here and there!! He seems to know where to be to capture the perfect picture, all the while blending in with the crowd! Richard is so easy going and relaxed to have around, lots of our guests even asked if he was a friend! We absolutely LOVE our photos!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!”
Claire & Damien