I’m Allister Freeman, an established Somerset wedding photographer with many years’ experience of weddings in Somerset, the UK and Europe. My photography has led me to working with couples across a variety of cultures and faiths and in all kinds of interesting locations – from the traditional to the downright quirky and everything in between.
It’s not surprising that Tolkien took inspiration for Lord of the Rings from Somerset. Home to rolling hills, dark caves and gorges, orchards and vast marshland, the name ‘Somerset’ quite literally comes from ‘Summer Settlers’. If you’ve visited anywhere in the county, it requires little imagination to make the link, it really is a beautiful region to host your wedding in.
Far from being just fields of green, Somerset boasts some of the most beautiful, photogenic beaches in the West Country, ideal for a stunning coastal wedding. You don’t have to travel far on bank holiday weekends and hazy evenings to locate a stunning spot to find peace in to the winter waves, or take the dog for a sunny stretch.
Most people will have heard of Weston Super Mare, with its amusements, festivals and fairs. But you may not know that just a little further along from the resort you’ll find the less brazen Uphill Beach, an expanse of sand that sits in front of a stunning nature reserve.
Few may have visited St. Audries Bay at the foot of the Quantock Hills - a hidden beauty and favourite haunt for photographers looking to capture the stunning waterfalls that cascade down the cliff by the edge of the shore.
Somerset is a real mixing pot of the natural, the historical, the mythical and the eccentric, many of the more rural weddings I've photographed in the region tend to have this quality which really aids my storytelling reportage. There isn’t enough time to just to talk about Glastonbury alone! The city most famously known for its 275,000 capacity festival is also home to the Avalon Marshes – one of the UK’s most characteristic landscapes. Millions of starlings circle the sky above the wetlands every year, a spectacle so popular it encouraged the RSPB to set up a starling hotline.
Then, of course, in the middle of it all, is Glastonbury Tor – the mystical hilltop island, visible for miles, and Somerset’s most iconic landmark. The Celts believed it was a gateway to the underworld, where later legend told it to be the resting place of King Arthur.
If you’re looking for quirky and unusual as a backdrop to your Somerset wedding photos, wander into the centre of Glastonbury. If you haven’t visited the high street, you should. It’s not the kind of grey where you’ll find a Maccy D’s and a Pret a Manger on every corner. Instead, you’ll find an authentic kaleidoscope daydream of rainbow coloured hippie shops, selling crystals, handmade jewellery, lotions and potions (even broomsticks!).
If you’re a fan of all things spooky, spiritual and magical, Glastonbury is your mecca.
As you’ll have gathered by now, Somerset is a popular hotspot for weddings due to the sheer diversity of the county and its scenery. You’re spoilt for choice with some of the most breath-taking historical buildings, and I’ve been fortunate to be hired as a wedding photographer at some of the top choices already.
Whether the tone of your wedding is rustic and rural, coastal class, or in the realms of the weird and wonderful, you’re bound to find something truly unique to suit in Somerset.
The natural beauty of the county demands the same natural style when it comes to wedding photography, and Somerset’s playful personality is a photographer’s dream for bringing the story of your day to life.
My natural wedding pictures is often described as ‘reportage wedding photography’ or ‘documentary wedding photography’.
In a nutshell, what this means is that I discreetly capture your wedding day without dictating, or asking you to pull cheesy 90’s style poses. If you have a look through my portfolio of previously shot weddings, you’ll better understand the honesty and authenticity you can expect from your collection.
A skilled, natural – style wedding photographer should be in the heart of the action and yet go unnoticed. I vow to you let you enjoy every minute of your day without me getting in the way. Till album delivery do us part.