Who is John Cole?

I fell in love with photography over 25 years ago and although we’ve sometimes had our ups and downs, photography and I are still truly, madly, deeply in love.

I started out in New York City shooting news, reportage and public relations for a huge variety of clients, ranging from trade union newspapers to Newsweek magazine, the Daily News to Women’s Wear Daily.

When I moved to the UK in 1985, I shot feature stories for the Sunday Times, Observer and Independent magazines, along with corporate annual reports for the likes of Barclays Bank, British Telecom and Glaxo Wellcome.

And then one day someone asked me to photograph their wedding and, much to my surprise, I really enjoyed it! No one was throwing rocks at me; no grumpy Men in Grey in dingy offices were arguing with me; just lots of happy people having a wonderful time celebrating one of life’s most important ceremonies. The couple — as well as all the family and so many guests — said they loved the photos, which made me very happy. I’ve never looked back.

I’m still passionate about photography and I bring this love of the craft to every wedding I do. When I shoot your wedding, I use my photojournalist’s instincts, combined with an unobtrusive, relaxed style, to create an intimate, personal and unique record of your most important day.

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photographed by John Cole

I feel strongly that your wedding day is exactly that, your day, not mine. You tell me the kind of photos you want and then we'll work together to create a unique set of images.

I work in reportage style because that is what I am -- a reportage photographer who does weddings. I've shot dozens of stories for leading British and international publications, and I bring my magazine style of photography to your wedding.

I work unobtrusively and sensitively, concentrating on creating natural, spontaneous photos. I do group shots quickly and painlessly (though never sloppily), so that you are free to spend more time with your family and friends.

Your Wedding, photographed by John Cole