Luke Bell


~ More than anything, I love the look and feel – the ambience – you get from classic movies. The way that great directors and cinematographers tell a visual story by creating different emotions and moods through the use of light and composition. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always found these guys to be an infectious influence. So when it comes to it, I do like my photos, when they can, to look like film stills.  ~

I believe that it’s all about how you use the available light. I’m always looking for it and I’m still learning about it. I love the challenge of following it throughout a wedding day to see if it might create something original, interesting and possibly a bit different too.

It’s about photography with emotion. Where atmosphere, sentiment, and mood are front and centre. I look for the in-between details – like a final deep breath before walking down the aisle or the way the groom plays with his new wedding band.

So when I deliver a gallery to a couple I don’t just want them to “look” at the images, I really want the photos within to take them right back to their those amazing moments.

And while I’m always keen to take a selection of formal photos, I prefer a more hands-off approach, documenting each moment as it happens. I want everything to be as relaxed as possible and I believe it’s important to maximize your time with the people that really matter, rather than monopolising it by taking large numbers of group shots.

I take great pride in the imagery that I deliver to my brides and grooms, and I feel honoured that the portraits I take are treasured by the people I create them for. I would love to share my vision with you, and if you allow me, I'd be honoured to tell your story too. This selection of work from recent weddings, pre-wed shoots, engagements and commissions represents everything that gets me excited about what I do: Precious moments, important details, fun portraits, humour, tears, love, excitement and genuine emotions are what get me out of bed in the morning and hopefully you will see these represented in the images here.

I may be based in York but routinely photograph weddings throughout the UK and abroad, so if you like what you see here and you'd like to learn more then please don't hesitate to get in touch: E:

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