Chances are if you’ve made it this far, you guys kinda like each other…
Enough to think about getting all suited and booted, throwing down those savings (how much!?) and standing in front of your friends and families, spilling your hearts out and getting all gooey-eyed (yes, your MUA hates you now)
That’s where I come in. It doesn’t matter whether you’re eloping on the side of a mountain in Iceland or a registry office in London, my jam is creating honest and authentic images of you and your love. Yes you’ll have all the beautiful detail shots + family photos, but I set out to document your story, just the way it is. No contrived images or series of posed shots. Just the true record and all the raw emotions of your day in all of its perfect imperfections through natural, honest and creative imagery. 90% of the day you’ll find me creeping around (figuratively speaking, don’t worry) doing the documentary thing and getting those incriminating shots of your bridesmaids and that Uncle while the other 10% is devoted to us working together on some creative portraiture.
I work with people who are as passionate as I am about creating honest and creative imagery and you can rest assured I’ll do everything I can to capture all those little quirks and in between moments that make you, you. But why believe a stranger who rocks a bad 1980’s porn tache, listen to these fine folks instead. Being given the creative freedom to capture that bond, while you are surrounded by the people that mean the most to you in the world, that’s something I do not take lightly. Here’s a quote from someone else that I’ll shamelessly use to make my point.
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” – Aaron Siskind
I love nothing more than to share in the stories of like minded couples from around the world. Based in Belfast, I split my time between Ireland and wherever else I’m invited. You can check out our travel schedule below, so if you’re not ginger-phobic and want to know more get in touch!
Where are you based?
We’re based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Technically, just outside of Belfast but we travel all over Ireland, Europe and internationally shooting weddings.
Oh, so you travel for weddings?
Absolutely! We love to travel and are always on the road. Check in with our travel schedule or get in touch for specific dates. Travel within a 100 mile radius of Belfast is included and outside of this there is a minimum mileage rate and any accommodation/flights if required. We always do our best to keep these costs to a minimum.
How long do you stay at our wedding?
Depending on which level of coverage you’ve chosen, I’m with you all day from the morning prep through to the evening speeches and dance floor mayhem. I couldn’t miss your favourite in-law pulling some serious shapes!
Have you shot at our venue before?
There’s nothing more that I love to do than explore new places and that goes for venues too. Shooting internationally, I’m always coming across exciting new locations and with that comes a chance to create something different. I find that it helps kick my creativity into overdrive. Rather than relying on the same spots or locations of a venue I’m looking at everything, the light, the location, the surroundings with a fresh pair of eyes and I’ve found this to be invaluable when it comes to capturing the intricacies of your day.
Are you insured?
Yes, I have both Public Liability & Public Indemnity Insurance and all my equipment is insured.
Do you work alone?
I am the solo shooter of Chris Copeland Photography (genius name I know) but Colleen is the brains and the braun behind the scenes! All the images you see on the website are my own.
Do you need a shot list?
Hell no! (Joking / not joking) They simply are not necessary if you trust me. As important as family formals are to some of our couples we’ve found that if they are kept to a minimum on the day this allows me more time to spend looking for those unscripted moments. The thing about a shot list is, in the end they actually can prevent us from capturing the authentic emotions of the day plus your cheeks end of hurting, like a lot.
How many photos will we receive?
While there is no limit to the amount of photos I take during the course of your day on average I’ll edit them down to around 500+ images that tell the story of your day from start to finish.
How and when will we receive our photos?
Typically 4-6 weeks after your wedding. When wedding season is in full swing this may be a little longer. But I’ll always give you a rough idea when we’re hugging it out at the end of the night! You’ll receive an online slideshow a few weeks after the wedding to whet you appetite and then your full gallery on an awesome little USB + private online gallery. Don’t worry, there’s no naff watermarks!
Can we print our photos?
Of course, you can print away until your hearts content! Or if you prefer to switch off after all the wedding planning we offer albums and some pretty snazzy prints too!
What is your pricing and how do we get started?
If you’re planning a wedding, elopement or destination wedding get in touch via our contact form here and we can send over all the deets and get the ball rolling. If you’re based locally, we can grab a coffee or if you’re based further afield we can arrange a skype session!
Kind words fellow humans have said about me..
a.k.a client testimonials yet not a testi or a moan in sight
Emma + Johnny
We honestly can’t describe how hard we found it to begin writing this review. It is pretty much impossible to capture Chris’ talent in words. Chris is possibly the most passionate and talented person we know, this man is an expert in his trade! We had Chris at our wedding in Italy this year and it was probably the best decision we made in the whole planning process. Not being a camera loving couple, we were honestly dreading the portrait session but Chris is so chilled and genuinely cool that it ended up being one of our favourite parts of the whole day! He is so unobtrusive in his approach that you barely even notice he is there half of the time but the incredible details he manages to pick out are phenomenal and he is so genuine and fun-loving that you are bound to have a good time while creating them! We recently got our full suite of photos back and were quite frankly blown away. The images Chris manages to create are incredible and we have lost count of the amount of comments people have made about how they are the best wedding photos they have ever seen! Chris really captures the spirit of the day in a way which is difficult to put into words. In addition, Chris has a unique energy which he brings to the whole process; the excitement he creates in the build up to your samples will have you reliving your wedding day all over again…in fact the only issue we have experienced is the fact that we don’t have enough wall space in our house to display his fantastic work!
Jo + Dave
Chris is a beautiful man and a warm, approachable and importantly, talented photographer. We organised our Irish wedding from Melbourne and randomly found him, inspired by his natural and subtle look. He is fantastic to work with, really wanting to meet and get a feel for who you are and what you want in the months leading up. We got along famously with him and are ontinually impressed by his communication, personality and the quality of his care. On the day I, as a no fuss groom, couldn’t have askee for a better (subtle, warm, relaxed but astute) presence. Our family and friebds felt exactly the same. Really impressed with his overall work, communicatoon and nature. We are still in communication with him and are still delighted with the shots he captured on our special day. Couldn’t recommend highly enough. Good bloke, top artist, smooth operator.
Ailbhe + Eoin
It’s hard to put into words how amazingly talented Chris is , We booked Chris for our wedding last September , the moments he captured were incredible. His work is very natural and he makes you feel so comfortable and yet he captures angles you have never seen of yourself . He listens to what you want out of your day and uses his artistic flare to exceed your expectations . I would highly recommend him to any brides / grooms to be out there :)
Sarah + Trevor
From beginning to end, Chris was such a pleasure to work with. Words cannot describe how pleased we are with our photographs. We were looking for someone who “got us” and our style, and Chris was that guy. We got married in Northern Ireland, but planned the wedding from Canada, and every step of the way, Chris made everything so relaxed. On our wedding day, he just knew what we wanted, and has honestly provided us with the most amazing memories. Every couple searching for their wedding photographer should work with Chris. He’s creative, open, flexible and just down right awesome! He delivers, and then some! Thank you Chris!
Chelsea + Joe
Chris was our photographer for our wedding in September at Borris House, Carlow. There isn’t enough words I can use to describe how amazing he is. Not only did he go above and beyond what was expected of him, we have received the most wonderful and breathtaking photos. It felt like we had an old friend with us on the day , who made us feel completely at ease. It’s obvious he has a huge talent and passion for what he does, and I am so glad we chose him to take our wedding photos, something as important and personal as wedding photos is a huge decision , and I promise Chris is the only man for the job. We planned our wedding from Australia which was extremely difficult but Chris made my life so much easier , he was always on the other end helping with anything he could. My partner and I are the most awkward people to have our photograph taken and we look so natural in every single one , he listened to what vibe we were going for and totally understood us. Every person at our wedding commented on how fantastic he was and how amazing the photos are. My only problem now is I can’t decide which ones to get framed , there is too many amazing choices! If you are thinking of of booking Chris , it will be the best wedding planning decision you will make , he’s awesome!
Lorna + Si
Emma + Rahim
Amazing guy and an amazing photographer. Chris was with us for our wedding in Valley of Fire, Nevada. Our pictures capture the day perfectly, all the small moments and memories. We couldn’t have dreamed of better. We will literally treasure our pictures. I wish I could give more than five stars ✨
Stephanie + Anthony
Chris’s photography is absolutely top notch, and he’s a class act through the whole process. He goes above and beyond at every turn to get the photos we want, the photos we didn’t even know we want, and to leave absolutely nothing for us to worry about. We met Chris when I found him to photograph our surprise proposal in Dublin … he was so great, we flew him to the US to photograph our wedding! We can’t recommend Chris enough!
Kirsty + Chris
Jordan + Ben
Loved Chris, Loved our photos. He’s easy to work with, easy to be around, and his final results are everything that you’d hope for: casual, relaxed, natural looking, candid photographs, not stuffy, showy or set up.
Hayley + Ryan
We couldn’t recommend Chris more for capturing your special day. Lovely guy who not only takes amazing photos but makes you feel totally relaxed leading up to and on the day! He takes time to get to know you as a couple and what makes you tick.
Charlene + Stefano
Such a talented, passionate all round amazing person. Stefano and I were so lucky to have Chris capture our special day he put us both at ease and we will cherish the memories forever thanks to his wonderful talents
Other lovely wedding folk
Let’s not kid ourselves, planning a wedding or an elopement is hard work yo. Google can be your best friend or your worst enemy and don’t get me started on the wedding blogs (jokes, you know I love ya’ll) Below you’ll find a heap of crazy talented vendors and generally just good humans. Who loves ya?
Finnebrogue Woods // The Millhouse // Drenagh // St. Luke’s Church // The ASYLUM // Borgo di tragliata
Hair + Make-up
Lynette Murray // Jennifer Ireland // Tippy // Rebecca Bryson // Anna McConnell // Olivia Muldoon
Story of Eve // Forever Social // Hatch // Rabbit + The Fox // Catch // Pigmint Film
Music + DJ’s
The Mixed Tape // Bespoke Music Solutions // Sionán // The Gents // Ruth Corry
Best Buds // The Rosehip and Berry // The Flower Room // The Flower Stables
Stylists + bridalware
Archive 12 // Grace + Saviour // Alice Taggart // The White Gallery // Petticoat Lane
Catering + Cakes
Crumbs Vegan Bakery // Sarah’s World Fare // The Happy Pear // Papa John’s Pizza