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I promise not to make you say cheese!

I really don’t like fake smiles. Being told to smile is just ridiculous really when you think about it, isn’t it? A smile is something that comes from within, it should be a natural response to pleasure, happiness or amusement (or all three!). Now, I’m not a betting man but I’m pretty confident that if you presented me with 100 photos of smiling people I’d be able to spot those shots with forced smiles a mile off. It’s all in the eyes you see!

Every photographer has their own style and approach to image making, and mine is to capture the story of your wedding day using a documentary approach (sometimes referred to as “candid” or “reportage”). I refer to myself as a story teller and my philosophy is quite straightforward – I’ll capture the details, the fun and the emotion of your day. I love the excitement and passion on show during a wedding, I take honest photographs with life and energy.

I place great emphasis on photographing you and your guests enjoying the day, because that’s what it’s all about isn’t it? When you look back at your wedding photos I want you to remember the laughter, the joy and the emotion as it happened. The last thing I want to do is present you with a set of images of all your guests standing rigidly in line, that’s not what your wedding day is about…it’s about you having lots of fun with your family and friends. So you just do that, and trust me to capture it for you.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you’ll not get any group photographs, I’ll always discuss the schedule with you in the run up to your day and we’ll set aside some time to capture the more traditional photos including the big group shot of all your guests together.

You can view more of my wedding portfolio here, but in the meantime I’ll leave you with some of my favourite candid moments from the past year…

Cheshire Bridesmaids

Hilltop Country House Wedding

Wedding Mottram Hall Cheshire

Wedding Photobooth

Grosvenor Pulford Wedding

Mottram Hall Wedding

Cheshire Wedding

Cheshire Wedding Photography

Grosvenor Pulford Wedding

Crying Bride Wedding

Hilltop Country House Bridesmaids

Sale Wedding

Wedding Reception Manchester

Bridal Prep

Hilltop Country House

Father and Daughter

Smokies Hotel Wedding

Hilltop Country House Wedding Bridal Prep

Smokies Manchester Wedding

Manchester Wedding Reception

Norton Grange Wedding

Norton Grange Wedding Rochdale

Hilltop Country House Cheshire

Hilltop Country House Wedding Cheshire

Smokies Hotel Manchester Wedding

Mottram Hall Wedding Cheshire

I hope you enjoyed this small sample of my work, if my style of wedding photography suits you then get in touch with me here to book your date. You can also read some of the nice things people have said about me and my work here.

Thanks for taking the time to read my latest blog post; be sure to check the blog section of my website for my historic blogs.

Steve x


  • I much prefer a documentary approach and you have caught some wonderful moments in the photos above. I bet its not easy catching those moments – they are such a split second?

  • Steve Grogan says:

    Thanks very much, Lynne. I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog. I’m always on the lookout for these moments when I’m shooting a wedding, there’s so much going on and the couple can’t take everything in. So I try and capture the things they may not see, so they’ve got them as a reminder of their day. 🙂

  • Jacqueline says:

    I appreciate so much your hard working and that is a great job,i will invite you one day here in Rwanda xx.