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Sam Gibson Wedding Photography

Bristol, Bristol

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City of Bristol


Sam Gibson is a creative documentary wedding photographer who works with couples all over the UK and abroad to create beautiful, stylish and unobtrusive images of their wedding days. Specialising in documentary wedding photography.

"I let you relax and be yourselves – I don’t stop what you’re doing, I don’t interrupt or get you to pose for the camera. And that means you get honest, natural and emotive photographs which let you remember your day in the years to come – just the way it was."

Sam photographs weddings throughout the UK and beyond frequently working in the Cotswolds, Somerset, Devon and Dorset.


Excellent photographer, really went above and beyond. Due to the quality of his work, Sam's understandably a very busy man, but you didn't get that impression from speaking to him. From the first time we met at a hipster-style coffee hangout in Bristol to the big day at River Cottage, he always came across as cool, calm and collected. For us, this translated as confidence (certainly not in a cocky way!), which helped to massively put our mind at ease. Even during the incredibly stressful build-up, talking on Skype with Sam just made everything feel so much better. Sam was also extremely flexible with timing, which was very important for us as we'd planned everything from Myanmar (our home) and were unable to confirm the order of everything until relatively last minute. In-between taking my wife's make-up photographs at the Dorset House (Lyme Regis), he somehow found the pay a quick visit to the Alexandra Hotel to snap photos of me. This involved Sam running up and down a VERY steep hill, all whilst lugging his heavy camera equipment around. I don't think he even broke a sweat! A master with composition, flash and blending quietly into the background, Sam's the complete package and we would not hesitate to recommend.

If the ‘favourite’ button was a real button on the computer screen, it would have broken after all the pressing we did going through our gallery of wedding photos. The father of the bride creasing up with laughter, the bride wiping away tears of joy, the groom mid-air (don’t ask!), oh-so cute images of the under-10s in their best clothes and of course the touching smoochy shots of us two… Every picture makes us grin. Sam is a truly top photographer and it was a pleasure to have him at our wedding in April. No regrets!

Sam recently photographed our wedding on Osea Island. He was recommended to us by a colleague, who upon hearing of our engagement immediately said that we should check him out. We were attracted by his documentary-style photography; more about capturing moments than posing. Sam - Sam was a complete pleasure to work with from the off; very personable and organised (our most responsive wedding supplier by a mile). We had our wedding at an unusual venue where events were dictated by the tide times. Sam was a total professional and took everything in his stride. He made us and our guests feel very at ease, which was reflected in the photographs he produced. A really nice guy - it was a pleasure to have him at our wedding. The photographs - the proof is in the pudding, as they say. The photos Sam took, both for our engagement shoot and at the wedding, were exactly what we'd hoped for. The quality of his photography is excellent, as is his eye for detail and skill at capturing a moment. They remind us of how we felt on the day, for which we will always be grateful. We would highly recommend Sam.

A friend had recommended Sam for my sisters wedding, and when my (now) husband and I came to planning our own big day we felt strongly enough about wanting Sam as our photographer that we checked his availability before even securing a venue! Sam strikes the perfect balance between being friendly and relaxed and wonderfully professional and dedicated. He is such a wonderful reader of personality and character that he manages to capture all of the special moments and people's individual quirks and interactions without you even having to mention them, and without you ever even realising he is there capturing the moment. Benjamin and I weren't previously fond of having our photos taken, and decided to have an engagement shoot to relax us a little and prepare us for the big day. Not only were the photos amazing (they have become some of our favourites of the two of us) but the experience felt more like hanging out with a friend and felt like a lovely morning together in the midst of the madness that is wedding planning and to-do-lists! On the wedding day itself Sam somehow manages to blend into the background leaving you free as a couple to just enjoy the day, capturing the 'official' shots without it becoming a drawn out or torturous task whilst all the time catching those little unexpected and wonderful moments! But he also becomes an extra member of the wedding party - making sure things run to plan, and offering advice and support when needed and stepping in to save the day if things fall off plan a little! Sam is so dedicated and hardworking (seeming to hardly even stop to grab a bite to eat or drink!), he makes everyone from the bride and groom through to every last wedding guest feel relaxed and comfortable, and we have no idea how he manages to capture so many natural, relaxed and special moments in such stunning images. We just wish we could think of another excuse to work with Sam again!!

After emailing Sam about our wedding in October we met over Skype and immediately felt really excited, he was lovely to work with from the outset. In the months before the wedding he offered lots of great advice, prompting us to think about things we otherwise would have forgotten about! When the day finally came Sam was absolutely fantastic. He was calm and reassuring and got on with everyone easily - the whole family loved him! He was so unobtrusive, we were hardly aware of his presence which meant that we were totally at ease and really comfortable in his company which was a lovely surprise for us because we're not the best in front of a camera! It was genuinely a pleasure to have him with us all day. Having received our wedding photos now I have to say the style and range of Sam's photos is wonderful, with great detail and an ability to capture people at exactly the right moment! We're so thrilled, we can't stop looking at them! We can't recommend Sam highly enough - he is really brilliant at what he does. Thank you Sam!!!