Richard Skins Photography

“UK and destination photographer Richard, captures bold, modern, fun and natural documentary style photography. We love his work.”

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Hello, my name is Richard Skins and I’m a destination wedding photographer based in Dorset covering weddings throughout the UK and Europe. If I turn the clock back 10 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’ve lived in Bournemouth on the south coast of the UK for around 7 years, it’s a beautiful place of the world and I’m lucky to call it home. I’m an animal lover and if you ever come round my house for a cuppa you will meet my two cats named Milo & Ali, one day I will have a dog as well! But I have said this for a while so I must make it so…

So why do I enjoy photographing weddings I hear you ask? Well I’ve always enjoyed people watching, not in some weird way but just like when you’re sat at a train station wasting time or when you’re at the arrival area of an airport waiting for family and you see all the other people nervously waiting and then showing delight and love as they see the person walk through the gate; weddings are very similar and I’m lucky enough to document the things I see.

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“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 View online

“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 View online

“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 View online

“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 View online

“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 View online

“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 View online

“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 View online

“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 View online

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