Rik Pennington – London Wedding Photographer bio picture

  • Hi, I'm Rik a wedding photographer based in London. I've been shooting weddings for 7 years after a career in graphic design and walking my dog. The wider world beckoned and it's safe to say the opportunities wedding photography has given me must make it one of the best jobs out there. Read on if you want to find out more about how I go about photographing a wedding and my slightly unhealthy obsession with using light creatively.

    My style of wedding photography is probably best described as creative documentary with contemporary portraiture. There’s lots of buzz words around in wedding photography so I’ll explain exactly what that means.

    When I first started wedding photography I was determined to do it in a way which exemplified everything I love about photography, and just as importantly, to avoid all the things I don’t like! The idea of being a traditional wedding photographer sent shivers down my spine. Herding people around, getting in the way and being the object of disdain wasn’t my idea of a fun Saturday!

    Luckily for me I wasn’t the only photographer who felt like this. Over the last 15 years or so leading wedding photographers started to adopt a more documentary approach to capturing the events of the day. Instead of standing inches in front of the bride as she walks down the aisle on one of the most emotional days of her life, you’re more likely to find a documentary wedding photographer somewhere more interesting that is more discreet that results in a better photograph.

    Good documentary wedding photography is as much an art form as highly constructed fashion photography. Knowing where to be at the right time is crucial and is something that experience teaches you. Being in the right place at the right time is critical, but more important, in my opinion, is seeing the right light.

    Over the years I've developed a bit of an obsession with using light to create a mood which has come to define my style. Weddings are fast paced events so being able to see the light quickly and knowing what I want to achieve is really important. I'm forever studying my surroundings to see how I can achieve what I want. It gives me a bit of a headache by the end of the day, but it's worth it!

    I get lots of comments that my pictures have captured the essence of the day, people look relaxed and unaware of the camera. That’s a great compliment to me as I know I've done my job properly. Documentary wedding photography involves looking for the angles, light and also pressing the shutter at the right time. A fraction of a second can make the difference between a great and a mediocre picture.

    As much as I enjoy the documentary part of wedding photography I am also a big fan of bride and groom portraits – as long as they are shot in a sympathetic way. I engage couples with each other to promote interaction and togetherness. Couples respond so much better to each other and this always creates the right result. I want to create a moment between a couple that looks natural and unforced. Different couples want to create different things from this part of the day and it's always something I want to discuss. Most couples really enjoy this part of the day as it's the first time they get to themselves after several hectic hours. I’m just there to let things flow and capture the moment.


destination wedding photographer

If you’re planning a wedding in a far flung place, I’d love to hear from you. Take a look at my latest trip to Italy with Marissa & Carlos’s wedding at Villa Dievole in Tuscany.

Travelling to photograph a destination wedding is such a buzz for a photographer. You arrive in a new country and see everything with new eyes. It doesn’t get much more exciting for a photographer. My first destination wedding was for Diana and Max in Helsinki. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I hadn’t been to Finland before or shot a wedding abroad. People who travel a lot for work often complain that it’s stressful and they don’t get to enjoy the places they visit. But I can safely say I loved every minute of it. I arrived the day before and spent the time scouting locations for portraits as well as visiting the church and the reception venue. Luckily the sun didn’t set until after 10pm so I had plenty of time to see the city as well.

My second destination wedding took me to the Dordogne for Kelly & Sam’s wedding at Chateau de la Bourlie in Urval. Kelly’s family had spent many holidays in the Dordogne when she was a child and it was a great choice for a wedding. It was a part France that I hadn’t been to and I can’t believe it took me so long to get there. It was a photographer’s dream.

The most challenging destination wedding was at Bethells Beach New Zealand. Not because of the location or the weather, which can be the biggest challenge for a wedding photographer, but because it was my brother’s wedding. It was an emotional day and documenting it for someone so special to me was a huge honour and privilege.

My approach to destination weddings is the same as in the UK. Once the booking is made we’ll go through all the timings and details of the day. If you’re organising your wedding from abroad we can Skype to get to know each other and talk through the plan. I’ll arrive the day before the wedding, scout locations, do venue visits and familiarize myself with the surroundings.

Contact me for more details and availability.

Rik Pennington destination wedding photographer, based in London, shooting weddings in Europe and worldwide.

You can see the weddings in Italy, France , Finland and New Zealand below.


Marissa & Carlos at Villa Dievole – wedding photographer Tuscany

Marissa and Carlos’s Tuscany wedding at the stunning Villa Dievole was an international gathering of friends andView full post »

Dordogne wedding photographer

Mekalie & Nick’s wedding in Sarlat-la-Canéda – Dordogne wedding photographer

Mekalie and Nick fell in love with Sarlat-la-Canéda while travelling through Europe from Australia a couple of yearsView full post »

Toulouse wedding photographer, France

“Our wedding photos are truly wonderful. Marie-Lise and I would like to thank you for an incredible piece of workView full post »

Wedding photographer Dordogne

Kelly & Sam’s Chateau de la Bourlie wedding [Dordogne wedding photographer]

Photographing Kelly & Sam’s wedding at Chateau de la Bourlie in the Dordogne was my second date withView full post »

Destination wedding photographer New Zealand

“My heart exploded when I saw the pictures” It’s the most amazing feeling when you make people happyView full post »

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Diana & Max [Helsinki wedding photographer]

Finland. The land where the sun never sets. Well, not quite. But when Diana and Max contacted me about their wedding inView full post »

Dordogne wedding photographer

Dordogne wedding photographer, France

‘It sounds dramatic but a photo never ends, particularly yours. These are incredible. You are a truly giftedView full post »