Joab Smith Photography: Wedding Photographer Bristol, UK & Destinations 2020-03-06T18:04:33+00:00

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Grittleton House Wedding

Bristol Wedding Photographer Joab Smith

Hello! I’m Joab.

Around 12 years ago my photography teacher’s assistant asked me to photograph her wedding and I’ve been hooked ever since. Nearly 300 weddings later there’s a lot to love but people are what really make it. I get to see the some of the happiest moments in people lives and the challenge of capturing those moments in the best possible way is endlessly fulfilling. It’s not just about the romantic kiss during the ceremony, or the epic sunset shot though. It’s grandma’s tear she swiftly wipes away, or the mother of the groom on the back of a ride along lawnmower as her son does donuts on the dancefloor. THOSE are the real moments. Onto my approach.

Stunning, natural wedding photography

I love blending in and shooting in a natural way to provide a beautifully told record of your day; you create the memories and I’ll capture them! Most of all I love real moments of emotion, fun and beauty. I’ll be in the background and unless I’m talking to you feel free to ignore me, enjoy yourselves!

Bristol, UK & Destination Weddings

Whether you’re getting married in your garden in Bristol or a cave in Peru I’d love to hear from you, get in touch and tell me about your day!


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Wedding Memories On My Blog


Emily & Oscar

Emily & Oscar

Grittleton House Wedding

Dino & Jess

Dino & Jess

Villa Eva, Ravello, Amalfi Coast Wedding

Lucy & Alvar

Lucy & Alvar

Brympton House, Somerset Wedding

Me & You

After 10 years as a Bristol wedding photographer I couldn’t love my job more, but most importantly YOU need to have the best day possible. That means just letting you celebrate for the most part! I’ll organise groups when necessary but be out of the way most of the time.

You won’t need to think about a thing.

If you think I’d be a good fit for your day I’d love to hear about you and your plans.
Get in touch below and hopefully we can get excited about your wedding over a coffee sometime soon.


Some of my favourite things

Eating soup using only bread

Listening to loud music on a sunny Sunday morning

Ties on heads by the end of a wedding.


Some of my favourite wedding venues

I regularly photograph at Euridge Manor (which is also called The Lost Orangery), Coombe Lodge, Orchardleigh House and Grittleton House and they’re all absolutely fantastic, I can’t fault them.

Similarly The Square Club in Bristol, Priston Mill near Bath, The Painswick in the Cotswolds are some of the best venues in the Bristol area. I actually have a blog including the best wedding venues in and around Bristol here.

For destination weddings I love Villa Eva in the hills of Ravello, Italy, and The Abbey of San Galgano in Tuscany is just mind blowing.


What I enjoy most on a wedding day

The morning atmosphere of excited apprehension, because the more nervous the better!

The burst of confetti after the ceremony, you’re married!!! The nerves melt away and it’s time to celebrate.

The speeches – because the more tears and face palms the better.

The first dance and party. Starting with a slow dance and ending with
ties on heads/ripped trousers/grandma pulling shapes.


Awards and Accolades

My photograph was chosen as one of the best in the world in 2019 by Junebug Weddings. Junebug are highly respected and the list is shared by MSN, The Huffington Post, Country Living etc. 

I was chosen as one of the ‘Artists of the Year’ by Looks Like Film

Every year since 2016 I’ve been a finalist for ‘Best Wedding Photographer’ In the South West at the Wedding Industry awards. This year I received Highly Commended. 

I’ve been featured in The Times, Rock My Wedding, Love my dress, Brides Magazine, Vow Magazine and many more.

If you’re even a little impressed you can get in touch below and I’ll send over a couple of full galleries to prove it was well placed.

Get in touch!


Joab was an absolute star throughout our wedding photography experience. We picked him because his photos looked so joyful and that’s exactly experience we had with him. He was so enthusiastic, happy and lovely to have around, but also was incredibly organised which meant that we actually had time to spend with our guests, but still got all the shots we could want. Joab really pours his heart and boundless energy into capturing the day and we couldn’t be happier with our photos. He is a very talented photographer and we can’t recommend him highly enough. Thank you!’

– Emily & Oscar



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