About John
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Wedding photographer John Thompson


I am a professional wedding photographer based in Essex. I am 37 years old and I have been been running my own business ‘Pure Image Photography’ for over 10 years. I love taking pictures and I love being able to capture the happiest moments of people’s lives. I live with my partner Jane, our daughter Ruby and our Labradoodle Ted. You can see us all in the picture below (I like the way Ted is posing in this picture, he looks very regal).

When I’m not photographing weddings, I enjoy dog walking with Ted, he’s 8 years old now, but still acts like a puppy. I am also kept busy with our daughter Ruby, who is 2 years old. I don’t seem to get much spare time nowadays, but when I do, I also enjoy playing the guitar and biking. My latest hobby is gardening, which I realise makes me sound old, but it’s strangely addictive!

I studied photography at university over 15 years ago now (back in the days before digital photography!), where I achieved a photography degree. I then went on to work at some of the most successful photography studios in the UK, before deciding to start my own business in 2007. Since then my business has gone from strength to strength and I continually push myself to create pictures that people will love, in my own style of wedding photography. I love meeting new people and being able to capture unique wedding stories every week.

I hope you enjoy having a look around my website, please feel free to contact me with any questions or to see if I’m available for your wedding.

Happy memories

I always photograph weddings with a smile on my face, because I genuinely enjoy it, but also because I believe that if you want the people in the pictures to look happy and relaxed they have to feel happy and relaxed around the photographer. This is an important aspect of my philosophy and my business.

Every wedding is different because every couple is unique and for me that is what makes my job so interesting and fun.


Things I Love – in no particular order (honestly Jane!)

  • Comedies – my favourites include: Alan Partridge, The Office, Murder in Successville, Angry Boys and many, many others.
  • Netflix shows – Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad.
  • Live bands and acoustic guitarists.
  • 80’s films – my favourite being Back to the Future. Whilst at college I had a job in a video shop and we watched this on every shift, I have literally seen it hundreds of times (it never gets boring).
  • Gadgets, especially Apple stuff!
  • Film photography – developing film and making prints in the darkroom (the magic and the smell of it) – although I’ll be honest I haven’t done enough of this in recent years.
  • Things made out of pallet’s – we have many things in our home and garden made from recycled pallets, including our bed, and the list is growing!
  • Ruby – my beautiful daughter
  • Ted – my Labradoodle who’s always by my side (except on wedding days, don’t worry he won’t be turning up with me!).
  • Jane – my beautiful partner/fiancée/significant other.