my goal is to make everyone feel celebrated

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Who am i?

Oh, hello there! I'm Stephen. A 30-something who's living the absolute dream. I get to do what I love for a living and work with some of the most incredible people the world has to offer.

A former teacher and self confessed tea addict with a famously low tolerance to spicy food.

I like to keep things simple and always work by my mantra of 'honest, natural and creative'; the absolute backbone of how I run SWJ Photography.

If you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?

Honest...

I think everyone is at their most awesome when they're just being themselves and this is what I aim to capture, the best version of everyone. Helping people feel comfortable in front of my camera, for me, is all about trust and this helps make the photographs feel natural and not forced or fake.

This is how I run everything at SWJ Photography. If you've got a question; I answer it, you want to know a price it's right there. Nothing is hidden or secretive just honest and upfront.

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Natural...

I love to capture people for who they are and what they do naturally, sure during a shoot we might play a few games (thank you previous drama teaching experience!) but they're just to elicit the most natural reactions from whoever I am working with.

It's taken a while to accept myself for who I am, tiny handed & chubby cheeked, but I know that I am best when I'm being myself. This usually means making an idiot of myself, dancing around and laughing hysterically (at myself).

this above all: to thine own self be true

Creative...

I am always on the look out for a new angle, a new perspective or a new way of shooting whether it's a wedding or a family shoot. It's amazing what you can find at a location with just a pair of battered old Converse or boots and a cheeky smile.

I've always been creative with a history in performing arts and a love of theatre, music and travel I get inspired by pretty much everything I see. I'm always drawn to the rustic and can usually see the potential in anywhere.

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Why?

So many people can say they love doing photography, wedding photography especially, and it's understandable why - they're bloody awesome!

However, for me it all comes back to being little and sitting on my mom and dad's bed on a Saturday morning looking through family photographs of parties or weddings. 

I just love the idea that in 20, 30 or 50 years time people will be showing their children or grandchildren the photographs that I've taken. That feeling makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

If you are looking for a totally personalised services, chats over tea & a good slice of cake and exceptional customer service get in touch and let's start the journey!

All images of my mush are taken by Stephanie Butt Photography.

Quotes by great literary legends William Shakespeare and RuPaul.