Loughborough based documentary wedding photographer Ian Bursill is currently one of 82 english members of the International organisation called the WPJA (The Wedding Photojournalist Association). He shoots wedding images in a documentary style with no intervention (apart from a few formals if requested) enabling his clients and their guests to get on enjoy their day without worrying about the photography taking over.

With a quick eye and a natural and creative flair for anticipating, capturing freezing fleeting moments in time, Ian has succesfully carried this approach over into weddings and his low-key documentary style of photography delivers natural, emotive timeless images from an observers point of view.

The majority of his images are captured without his subjects even being aware of him and this captures the true essence of the wedding - the laughter, the tears, the joy and all of the other emotions of the day.

To remain as unobtrusive as possible, Ian chooses to work completely alone and will not take any posed shots other than 5-6 small group formals of immediate family and 10 minutes of very lightly directed portraits with the bride and groom.

Around half of the shots Ian takes are converted to black & white. Ian strongly believes that by removing colour, the viewer can concentrate on light, form, shape and composition, without having to contend with colours & tones that clash and distract the eye from what should be the centre of attention in an image.

Ian shoots digitally, working with a pair of Nikon D3 cameras and a range of Nikon professional prime zoom lenses. The use of a flashgun is as a very last resort on the day, as he prefers to utilise the beauty of natural light and in-turn enables him to remain totally unobtrusive.

Highlights, Specialties & Features

  • Documentary Wedding Photographer

Professional Associations & Certifications

  • WPJA - Wedding Photojournalist Association

Serviced Areas

  • UK

Payment Options

  • Cash, Cheque, Bank Transfer

Contact Details

  Website
  City Loughborough
  Postcode LE11 3JA
  Address 20 Holt Drive
  Phone Number 078 8143 8911

From Our Website

Surely all wedding photographers are the same right? That's not the case. There's a buzzword doing the rounds. It's called ‘documentary' and most wedding photographers seem to have hijacked the phrase. I don't particularly like to label my style, but if I have to, then my style is wedding photojournalism. Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event. A truly special moment in time, and one that you'll want to return to again and again over the course of your life. In addition, you'll want your children and grandchildren to be able to relive it with you in the years to come.


Since my teenage years, I'd always dreamed of becoming a feature photojournalist. The kind of photographer that covers protests, confrontations, social injustices or wars for international news agencies. Then head-hunted by a Leicestershire advertising agency as Head of Creative Services, and promoted to the board as Production Director. I kept up with my passion by shooting the ad agency's packshot studio work for print use and websites. Covering location PR shoots for clients was fun, but I didn't like having to contrive those kinds of pictures.


The completion date (ETA) may change due to deadlines with my commercial work, but I update this page on a regular basis to keep my couples updated and in the loop. You'll know that I've started on your wedding when the status bar text has changed from ‘queued' to ‘editing'.