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!
AND YOU SHOULD HAVE
FRICKIN SWEET PHOTOS
Wedding Memories On My Blog
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
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.
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.
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.
‘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