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Dorset Wedding Photography

Contemporary Wedding photographer in Bournemouth

Well hello there, I’m Nathan, a Dorset Wedding Photographer based in Poole. Libra Photographic is the wedding Photography business I started way back in 1999 giving me experience in over 600 weddings spanning 2 decades. A lot has happened in that time.

Wedding photography has gone from a film-based medium where most of the day was staged to today which is a digital photographic process. This has enabled photographers to be fluid and evolve into storytellers, modern wedding photography is far less staged and it is such a pleasure to be involved in one of the biggest life events most people experience.

Are you planning your wedding? I’d love to hear what you have planned.

Your wedding story is told in perfect photographs of the moments as they naturally happen throughout your wedding day

Photographic Style

“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”

Donald McCullin

There is a lot to take in on your wedding day, you make your plans like writing the script for a film. My job is to capture your day as if it was happening for your favourite movie company.

Capturing moments as they happen throughout the day in a natural style. You’ll see me watching all day long for little stories as they unfold. Experience has taught me where and when they can happen so I can position myself to tell it perfectly.

I want you to relive the day forever through your perfect album of photos.

Cute flowergirl at Abbots Court wedding venue

What is Special about Dorset?

Ten Epic Dorset wedding venues

flower girl in the church
  • Symondsbury Tithe Barn
  • The Crepe Farmhouse
  • St Giles House
  • Larmer Tree Gardens
  • Cheddington Court
  • Abbots Court
Dorset wedding venue - Smedmore House

Why I love a Dorset wedding

I was born in Hampshire and my University days were spent in Devon. I have vivid memories of leaving Hampshire and its urban sprawl from Portsmouth through Southampton on the M27 along the south coast until the motorway gave way to an A road, the A31 where the New Forest starts and Hampshire blends into Dorset. I always felt a sense of calm come over me.

Dorset doesn’t believe in motorways, we are the only English county without one. I loved my time in Devon but Dorset had stolen my heart with its rolling hills on that road. After university, I returned for a short stay back with my parents but Dorset’s allure was too strong I moved to Poole and I’m still here 20 years later.

My time here as a wedding photographer has spoilt me with so many amazing venues to photograph. There really is something for everyone, from the classic hotel overlooking the sea to a true festival wedding surrounded by music lovers.

Here in Bournemouth and Poole, we have many hotels specialising in weddings like the FJB group of hotels along the Sandbanks peninsula with spectacular views of the sea and our own slice of Italy at the Italian Villa with its Japanese water gardens. Christchurch has its own special charm with the spectacular Abbey & ruins alongside the Kings Arms Hotel and the understated Christchurch Harbour Hotel backing onto one of my favourite views of the harbour.

wedding photographer Poole

Travel a little further west and the Lulworth estate looms with the Spectacular Lulworth Castle where you can either have an exclusive castle wedding or once a year join them for Camp Bestival where you can get married at a real music festival, I’m not sure if there is any other festival that can offer that, Larmer tree, however, can offer you your own private festival venue in mid-Dorset. Further west still and the Symondsbury estate with its beautiful barn and Crepe farmhouse fulfils the need for the epic barn wedding. Just a few of the many amazing venues Dorset has to offer.

Over 600 weddings captured

100% full-time photographer

Storytelling photography

Dorset wedding photographer for over 20 years

Documentary wedding photography

Fantastic wedding portraits

Richard Vaughan
Richard Vaughan
We used Nathan as our wedding photographer this summer & we are so pleased we did. He was recommend to us, and I would recommend him to anyone. He was great fun, easy to work with, listened to what we wanted, & came up with some fantastic creative ideas. Great at getting even the most reluctant people to smile. If you are looking for a photographer... he is your man
Brian Collins
Brian Collins
Brilliant photos. Excellent photographer.
jeremy heading
jeremy heading
Look no further If you want to perfectly capture your Wedding Day, we cannot recommend Nathan enough. You have now found the most knowledgeable, enthusiastic, cost effective, helpful, unobtrusive wedding photographer around who delivered in an on-time manner a very wide range of remarkable photographs that amazingly reflected the many and varied events of our Wedding Day. Thank you Nathan – Jemime and Jeremy
Vicki Smith
Vicki Smith
Nathan was incredible from start to finish, we originally met him at a friends wedding and when planning knew exactly who we wanted to contact for our special day! He had such a great presence and made taking photos fun and relaxed. We were keen for some natural photos and he captured these perfectly. He was perfect with our flower girl and making her laugh too! He was also great at knowing lots of little hints and tips throughout the day and really helped with keeping everything organised which was a great help! We couldn’t recommend Nathan more! Getting our photos back made us relive a very special day and we can’t thank him enough!
Ben R
Ben R
Nathan was the photographer for my wedding, he is a great guy and easy to work with. He blends into the background when he's working as he was very popular with our guests. I met Nathan when he did the photo's for my friends wedding and he came across really well and when I saw there photo's I knew I wanted him to do ours as well. Obviously the day photos are amazing, but I really love the night photos when he captured people in very natural scenes, dancing, drinking and laughing. It's these photo's that really make the memories special as we can see all of our friends and family having such a lovely time and plenty of fun. In terms of money I'm sure you can get cheaper, but you can also get a lot more expensive. The old saying of "you get what you pay for" comes to mind and when you look at the quality of reviews he's got you can see he's a class act. We highly recommend Nathan.
Rachel Gray-Sims
Rachel Gray-Sims
If you’re looking for a friendly, experienced and incredibly talented wedding photographer then Nathan is your guy. We’re so thankful for the part he played in our day and for capturing beautiful moments in such a discreet way. Cannot recommend enough!
Adam Alcantara
Adam Alcantara
Nathan is brilliant. We hired him after he did my sisters wedding back in 2021 and did an amazing job. He did a great job for our wedding in every way. The photographs provided were all amazing, and we and our guests loved having him around on the day. He was always in place to get the right shot. He also gave good directions on posing for a photos and was able to make us laugh and relax, which was useful for us as we don't usually pose for photos
David Howells-Cole
David Howells-Cole
This guy was absolutely brilliant, went over and above, photos were incredible and they guy was a pleasure to have at our wedding. I could not strongly recommend enough. There is no way that I can think you won't have the best experience with Nathan. One of life's true, honest and lovely gentlemen.
Kim Elliott
Kim Elliott
Nathan was brilliant from start to finish. He understood exactly what we wanted from our pictures and delivered it. All of our guests have said he was so funny and personable. He felt like one of the guests. He took us for pictures just the two of us, when he could sense we needed a break from the crowd. But we didn’t feel like we were away from the guests for too long. We love the pictures so much, they are beautiful, we couldn’t have asked for better! Thank you so much Nathan!
Seb Vigneron
Seb Vigneron
Thank you so much for capturing our special day. Nathan helped to naturally guide us through the special moments whilst remaining personable, professional and discreet. He also integrated the natural surroundings with ease. We would not hesitate to recommend Nathan to anyone.
Vanity fair style photo of a wedding party at Abbots Court in Dorset
Get in touch

So your wedding venue is booked and the date is secured, time to book your Dorset photographer. I hope you enjoy looking through this website and my style of photography appeals to you. All I can say is follow your heart and it won’t let you down.

Weddings can book up to 2-3 years in advance so get in touch to secure your wedding date and avoid disappointment.