Essex Wedding Photographer

Hi, I’m John, I’m a full time Essex wedding photographer. I specialise in creative wedding photography, capturing natural and relaxed images. I started my business ‘Pure Image Photography’ over 10 years ago, and since then I’ve had the privilege of photographing hundreds of events across Essex and beyond. I love my job, being part of a couple’s big day and being able to capture all the special moments – the tears, the laughter, the joy and the celebrations – it’s a real honour.

My natural & relaxed photographic style

My style is to create natural and relaxed pictures that tell the real story of your day, so you can enjoy your big day and just concentrate on having fun. Weddings are filled with emotions and my job is to capture that and to give you dynamic images so you can relive the day for years to come. Have a look at my portfolio and get in touch to check my availability and to request my brochure. I look forward to hearing from you

John x


Best photos – PRESS PLAY

Press play on the icon below, to watch my ‘best of’ video slideshow from the past year. It should give you a good idea of the sort of wedding photography that I produce. Turn up the sound and enjoy.

Click on a wedding to view from this selection below and you can also view other recent weddings by going to my recent work section or portfolio.

Wedding photography in Ravello

Wedding photography in Ravello, Sam & Sam

A DESTINATION WEDDING THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL, INTIMATE, EMOTIONAL AND OVERALL JUST AMAZING FUN. Sammy and Sam got married in the spectacular Soundings of Ravello, which is a beautiful town, on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. They had their ceremony at…

Essex weddings and beyond

I am based in Essex, but I also travel further afield. I have been all over the UK and I’ve even been flown abroad several times to photograph some amazing destination weddings.

As an Essex wedding photographer, I’ve now shot over 500 weddings across the region. I’m lucky enough to have worked at some of the county’s best venues. Every year I produce a ‘best of’ slideshow to showcase some of my favourite images, have a look at the most recent ones here and previous years here and here. These posts should demonstrate my photographic ability and my unobtrusive and creative approach.

Getting married in Essex

Getting married in Essex means you have a lot of choice! Out of all the counties across the uk, Essex has one of the highest number of wedding venues, so you really are spoilt for choice. Having a civil cerermony in a licensed venue is a popular option for a lot of engaged couples, whilst others opt to exchange vows in a more traditional church setting, but whatever way you choose to swap nuptials, you have so many picturesque places in Essex to do so. 

“John, You have captured the day just as we had hoped for. Honestly they are everything we wanted and more! It’s like re living the whole day again. You can see all the emotion looking at those photos. You were a pleasure to have on the day. We can’t thank you enough and we would recommend you to the world.

Becky & Scott



Here I explain ‘my style’ or ‘my approach’ to wedding photography

john thompson essex wedding photographer


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About Me

Find out a bit more about me.

Award winning Essex wedding photographer

I have won numerous awards for my photos, most recently for my night time photography at the Essex Wedding awards.

I have pricing packages for both Essex and UK weddings as well as for destinations abroad. I have partnered with one of the worlds leading photographic labs to offer the most beautiful albums for newlyweds to enjoy and cherish forever. I also have a Photo Booth which provides brilliant  entertainment for your evening reception.

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Your celebration, your way

I think a wedding should be whatever you want it to be! I there is a certain tradition you don’t like then don’t do it! Want to do something unconventional? I say go for it!

There is so much inspiration for couples, such as wedding blogs and social media. You can have fun planning all aspects of the fun and festivities, from the flowers and confetti to the cake and the reception and of course the photographic style.

I aim for a natural and relaxed style of photos, and I love making creative, modern and fun images of you and your guests.

The most important thing is that you enjoy every priceless moment, I will will make sure I capture it all, so your memories can be preserved forever.

Where to get married in Essex

I live in Essex myself and there are some beautiful places in the region for your special day. Whether you choose a rustic style barn wedding or a traditional Manor House, or even an outdoor celebration, the county of Essex can offer them all. I have taken pictures in all of the Home Counties and regularly work across the east of England, including some of the most prestigious wedding venues in the region, including Gosfield HallGaynes Park, Braxted Park, Leez PrioryHouchins and many many more. I am also a recommended supplier at these wonderful places and shoot regularly at High house weddingsCreeksea Place and the Lion Inn near Chelmsford- The venue’s that any Essex wedding photographer would love to shoot at.

Let's create the best day of your life!

Contact me to check my availability for your wedding day, and to receive my special wedding photography brochure. Any queries? I'm here to help. Excitedly waiting to hear from you, let's shape your dream day together!