About my wedding photography

I’ve been a full-time professional wedding photographer for 20 years, photographing over 1,500 weddings.

I’m renowned for my professionalism and organisational skills on the day, colourful ‘wow’ factor images, crystal clear results, dramatically lit poses and my striking floodlit night-time images.

My friendly nature and easy-going manner combined with excellent coordination skills have earned me recommendations by many leading venues, some for over fifteen years.

It’s a dream come true to see photos that I’ve created bringing tears and happiness to peoples faces, and at each and every wedding I give 100% to achieve the vibrant and striking results I’m known for.

I love what do with a passion – I hope that comes through as you look through my website galleries!

Black and white self-portrait - Mark Sisley Photographer

bride and bridesmaid - wedding at Monkton Barn - Mark Sisley Photography

My aim

My objective is to capture forever your unique love story.  I get to know you and your personalities in our pre-wedding venue meeting, then on the day I document your beautiful wedding in a true storybook style, together with a few artistic classic poses and family group pictures.

I always look for the most flattering lighting for you, and the most spectacular angles to showcase your chosen wedding venue.

I love to create unique wedding imagery that jumps from the page, full of life and happiness and overflowing with wow factor cherished moments.  My artistic approach allows you to enjoy your day with minimal direction; once I’ve completed any group poses, I discreetly capture the raw emotions, energy and fun that happens naturally throughout the day at your wedding.

Ultimately, I wish to present you with a stunningly beautiful time capsule of photographs, so you can proudly relive the day thousands more times in the years ahead.

Dramatic lighting

I’m never afraid to push the limits of professional wedding photography; creative imagery has been my full time vocation for the past 20 years, so capturing magical, inventive and unique pictures is my goal on every assignment.

I can floodlight your venue at dusk to create the most stunning artistic images, which make a beautiful finale to your wedding album.

I believe I was the first UK wedding photographer to carry floodlighting on assignments, and after 20 years of capturing these dramatic shots there are still only a few other UK photographers that have attempted to copy my signature pictures – they are very difficult to get right. You’ll see these spectacular results throughout my portfolio.

Should you wish to visit my studio I will show you before and after examples of how I manipulate and soften lighting conditions for the most flattering effect.

bride and groom at twilight - wedding at Chenies Manor House - Mark Sisley Photography

winter wedding at twilight - Mark Sisley Photography

Winter weddings

Having a winter wedding opens up a whole new world of striking opportunities for your photographs. I love working with low light and relish the challenges it brings – with a little love and care the results can be truly spectacular.

Many winter wedding pictures I see are pretty uninspiring, taken with regular harsh flash on camera lighting, this results in shiny faces and dark backgrounds, and the winter ambience is lost.

I prefer to use a much softer flash lighting method which is kinder on the skin tones, and doesn’t lose all the background detail or the cosy atmosphere and dramatic light of winter.

I also use my signature lighting methods both indoors and out for a series of wow shots during the day.

Winter is one of my busiest times of year for weddings, due to the popularity of my unique lighting techniques.

Album choices

I keep a wide range of albums to suit different tastes and budgets.  The principal wedding album can vary in price from £250 to £1,500, depending on size, style and finish.

Probably the most popular right now is the glossy coffee table album; these are hand-made in Italy to exacting standards, and designed by my graphic designer, Jo. You have the chance to approve all artworks before we go to print.

To view and handle the range of albums, you’re welcome to visit my studio before you place your order.

Below you will see a brief description and pictures of each album style.

wedding photo albums - Mark Sisley Photography

wedding photobook - Mark Sisley Photography

Photobook

The slim-line album has a hardback printed card cover and thin paper pages.

You choose whether you prefer a modern or classic-style presentation; also select your chosen cover image and background colours, then leave the rest to us.

This style is often chosen as the main wedding album.

It is also popular as a parents’ or grandparents’ album, and the pocket-sized mini-photobooks make lovely thank-you presents for bridesmaids and ushers.

These books can be made from the same artworks used for the glossy coffee table albums.  They are available in mini, medium or larger sizes.

Classic albums

Classic style presentation with photographic prints mounted behind overlays. The technique used to create these bespoke timeless albums produces a fabulous finish that will never date.

These albums are durable, and available in many different cover colours and materials.  They are available in both post-bound and book-bound styles.

We can put these together for you, or you can buy the album from us in kit form to assemble yourselves.

The standard classic albums holds 6″x8″ prints throughout, or there is a larger version which holds a combination of 4″x5″ and 8″x10″ prints.

Wedding albums - Mark Sisley Photography

wedding albums - Mark Sisley Photography

Classic albums – mixed sized images

These classic albums can hold a multitude of different size prints.

Typically an album would hold up to 10 different size images throughout, including images to the very edge of the page, or across the entire double-page spread.

This style of presentation is less flexible than the glossy coffee table option as we are restricted by the templates from the manufacturer, but still produces stunning, unique results.

If you like a more traditional style presentation, this luxury album may be perfect for you.

Glossy coffee table albums

The most popular choice is the stunning Italian Graphistudio book-bound coffee table album.

I believe Graphistudio albums are the finest quality of the digital art albums. This is a luxurious bespoke album, with images printed onto thick photographic, gloss, linen, smooth or metallic paper, which can be laminated for durability.  Cover options include Perspex, leather, silk and metal.

My graphic designer creates the bespoke page designs, then you approve or request alterations to the design online before we produce the album.

wedding albums - Mark Sisley Photography

wedding albums - Mark Sisley Photography

Presentation options

Graphistudio produce luxurious presentation boxes, cases and leather sleeves for their albums.

These can be customised with your names embossed on the cover or on the spine, or with your favourite picture from the wedding on the outside of the box.

The manufacturer offers a multitude of options for colour, style and materials.

I keep examples of many of these at my Chesham studio, and you may also wish to visit the Graphistudio website to view their entire range of luxury products.

How it started for me

Borrowing my dad’s retro 35mm SLR film camera as a 14yr old on a student exchange to Algeria was what really kick-started my passion.

I took many hundreds of candid pictures of the local tribespeople as we travelled through the mesmerising landscapes of this gorgeous North African country.

My exchange hosts must have thought I was mad capturing the locals going about their daily lives. I was there to polish up my French language skills; instead I came back with a burning passion for photographing people.

children playing at a wedding - Mark Sisley Photography

wedding photography brochure - Mark Sisley Photography

The story continues

This followed with me studying photography at both school and college, then I assisted some of the country’s leading advertising, architecture, fashion and wedding photographers for four years.

It was my love of photographing people that lead me to pursue a career in wedding photography. I still adore taking candid people pictures as much now as that first time I ever held a camera to my eye when I was a 14yr old student.

My diary has been pretty much booked solid for twenty years doing something that I love with a passion.

My studio

My studio is located in the historic lakeside Bury Manor in Chesham, Buckinghamshire.

This Queen Anne manor house is situated within 8 acres of grounds and woodland, including a one-acre lake.

It provides a wonderful meeting and showroom environment for my customers, and a stimulating creative working environment for my team.

I’ve been based at The Bury for twenty years.

The Bury is easily accessible from the M40, M25 and A41.

Chesham is the last stop on the Metropolitan tube line, if you are travelling by train.

The Bury Chesham - Mark Sisley Photography

Coverage area

My wedding photography coverage area includes the following counties and towns:

Primarily I work in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire, but I’m also happy to attend weddings in London, Bedfordshire, Essex, Middlesex, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

These are the towns I visit the most: Amersham, Ascot, Aylesbury, Chesham, Beaconsfield, Berkhamsted, Bletchley, Dunstable, Egham, Gerrards Cross, Great Missenden, Harrow, Hayes, Hemel Hempstead, Henley-on-Thames, Harpenden, High Wycombe, Leighton Buzzard, Marlow, Maidenhead, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Princes Risborough, Reading, Rickmansworth, Slough, St Albans, Thame, Tring, Uxbridge, Watford, Welwyn Garden City, Windsor and Central London.

I don’t charge travel fees for these areas.