About Me

My Story

I understand the importance of a moment.

Hello, I'm Alan Harding.  

I started photography in my Grandpa's kitchen when I was 14. I was shown the basics of a proper camera and it's grown from there. It was all film cameras back then (I'm showing my age) so it was slow going and I had to wait weeks to get any photos back. However, that moment is such a tender memory of childhood and family and the excitement that a new exploration can bring.

It is these qualities that I set out to capture in every photo I take. Even a product shoot should tell a story, family shoots should be wonderful occasions with fun and laughter, and a special picture memory to remember it by. At weddings there are stories everywhere, stories of the past and stories of the future, all wrapped up in a day. I love shooting photos, fortunately I don't have to wait so long for the results but it still gets me excited when I know I've captured something spectacular.

Alan Harding with guests

At a wedding with some guests

Alan Harding with other half

It's a special day when the other half attends a wedding I'm working at

There is always something to learn

Since the early days of learning the basics, I have spent many years as a student of photography, building my skills, growing my kit and always trying out new things... and not a lot has changed. There is always a different angle, a better understanding of light, the realisation that a special moment is coming. It is the wonderful blend of science and art that I love. A landscape that changes from moment to moment, a product shot that can be drastically altered by turning a light off or a wedding day that can be encapsulated by a special moment that evolved in front of my eyes. It is the harmony of Camera Skills, People Skills and Creativity that I love.

When I'm not a photographer

When I'm not a photographer, I'm trying to be the best dad I can be. My 5 year old daughter keeps me on my toes. I try and do the school runs when I can and plan days out to build as many memories as possible.

I also play, Coach and Referee Basketball as well as help organise the West of England Basketball Association by doing their fixtures and attending committee meetings.

I love travel and if I can blend work and pleasure then I'm double happy. I try and do a photography focussed break every year to try out other skills, I went to Iceland last year and got some amazing landscapes and I'm going to Skomer later this year to try my hand at wildlife photography.

Alan Harding with bride

Behind the scenes at a wedding

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Bride hugging a cow
Petra Grabnar
"I just wanted to say that all these photos are so nice and every time I look at them brings tears of joy in my eyes! You were absolutely amazing and great fun at the wedding plus the final result - photos are way more than we could ask for. We are really glad you were our photographer and also guests were impressed by you!

We will be shortly ordering some in frames as well just need to pick some - hard to decide as so many are nice!  Thank you so much again and we will stay in touch if we need any more for another special occasion and we will definitely recommend you to other people!"
Bride and groom flowing veil at the pear tree purton
Sophie Lowe
“Alan captured our day perfectly!  We are absolutely besotted with our wedding photos and will cherish them forever. He made us feel so at ease, comfortable and confident in front of the camera. He was incredibly helpful throughout the whole planning process, during the day and after . We cannot thank Alan enough and would not hesitant to recommend him! Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
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Questions and Answers

What Types of Photography do you specialise in?

I offer fantastic wedding, family and business services but I am always testing my skill and improving my craft. I try to get out and shoot landscapes as often as I can. I find it quite challenging because it not as obvious what the subject is.

How many years have you been in the business?

I've been a photographer of over 20 years, I spent a bit of time focusing on video and other creative industries but I always did photography as well and it just kept growing.

How would you describe your photographic style?

I like to make my photos "Pop", I want my pictures to entice viewers so I like to use interesting angles. When I shoot weddings I document the day, I don't treat it like a fashion shoot, I want people to enjoy their day but I also want the best pictures to remember the day.

What is offered in your packages and do they allow for customisation?

I only offer customisation. When I take on a photography job I want to ensure that I am providing what is required. I take time to listen to the client and build a package that fits the job.

What equipment do you use and do you have back up gear?

I shoot with 2 identical cameras, both mirrorless, Canon R6's. I have a different lens on each so I am prepared for the variety  of the shoot. Each camera has 2 memory cards so if there is a malfunction on one I have a back up. If one camera were to break I have a Canon 80D which I can use.
I also use a DJI Mini 3 drone and an Insta360X3 which I use for some funky shots and some behind the scenes video.

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Alan Harding Photography
West Parade
BA12 8LZ