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Guy Milnes:

Professional Photographer in London & Cardiff

Hello, my name's Guy - thanks for dropping by!

 

That's me there with my lovely little boy, George (he's grown now! - and my hair's been cut...). It kind of sums up perfectly who I am and I think that's what photography should do. That photo could help us to get to know each other which is important as I could be playing a part in the most special day of your life!

 

Family is important to me so whatever you want me to photograph (wedding day, birthday party, engagement, cat, dog, parrot!), I can fully empathise and will try to see things through your eyes. I realise that everyone is different and most people haven't hired a professional photographer before, so I'm here to guide you through the process... From the planning to that wonderful moment when you see your images for the first time!

 

I will always be on hand to answer your questions and try to help with any issues that may arise. It's important for us to gain trust - this forms the basis of my work ethic.

 

I enjoy most forms of photography, particularly if it is family orientated. Children's Birthday Party Photography is particularly popular these days.

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A Relaxed Approach

Groom spinning bride around and bride laughing

If you read through my reviews page, you'll find that a recurring comment is how relaxed I am in my approach. Here are a few of my favourite quotes from wedding couples that I have photographed:

 

"He is polite, professional and nothing is too much trouble..."

 

"We loved the way in which he managed to capture so much "life" in each and every one of the photos."

 

"...offered advice and made us feel so comfortable..."

 

"...so many comments from guests afterwards about how professional, efficient and friendly he was "

 

"...gently steered us and everybody else in the right direction when it was necessary."

 

"...we wanted relaxed and fun pictures and we certainly got them!"

 

"He played a major part of calming my nerves before the wedding."

 

"It didn't feel like he was just the photographer, but he was as equally invested in the day as we were!"

 

"...extraordinarily easy to work with..."

 

"...felt assured from my first email with Guy that we'd made the right choice."

 

"...we love our photos, they are totally "us". "

 

I am proud of each and every one of my reviews and they perfectly reflect how I approach the wedding day before, during and after the wedding day celebrations.

 

Bride Kissing Groom in Rossetti Room
Bride Looking Embarrassed During Wedding Speeches in Cardiff
Couple laughing outside Parish church of St Luke in Chelsea

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On booking a couple for their wedding, I send them a questionnaire about their day. So now I'm turning the tables on myself and have set some questions for me...

Job Title?

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Photographer. Wedding Photographer.

Engagement photographer. Lifestyle Photographer.

Daddy!!! I do other things as well...

What other Things?

The Muppets 2 - Girl Extra Portrait in Director's Chair

I have some quiet times especially during winter. So to fill that time I chaperone children on film and TV sets. One of the first films I worked on was 'Les Misersables'. It was an amazing experience. It's very interesting to watch how it's all filmed and put together. I get to hang out with the cool kids too!

What did You do in Your Previous Life?

Guy Milnes Sitting on Back of Minibus with Teenager

I worked as manager in 'Woolworth's' (remember them?) through the 90's. Then in 2001 I moved from Lancashire to Surrey to work with children with epilepsy and other special needs where I was for 7 years. I loved it!

So Why Photography?

Guy Milnes with Baby Son Looking Surprised

7 years working in care was great but long enough for me. Whilst there I bought a decent camera and took pictures of the children for their parents. They used to say that I should charge for them. I didn't then, but when I left thought, "Why not?" So I moved to London and did it!!

What do You Enjoy About Wedding Photography?

Bride and father entering church for wedding

Everything! The days can be long but are very good fun. I love the atmosphere and visiting new places. It's a real privilege to spend the day with a couple who are committing to each other and embarking on a new stage of their lives. I never lose sight of that...

But What do You Most Enjoy?

Bride celebrating with groom outside register office in London

That's a tough one... But after much thought, I think the moment I hear back from a couple who tell me how much they love and will cherish their photos. Hearing words like, "We will treasure our photos for the rest of our lives!" really brings home the importance of what I'm documenting.

What's the Thing You Like Least?

Bride signing wedding register at venue in London

Not being able to get a shot for the couple due to venue restrictions. Things like a ban on photographing the signing of the register or no use of artificial light. I can get round these things but the important thing is to document the day naturally and with minimal intervention and restrictions.

So are you Married?

Guy Milnes with Girlfriend Smiling

No, ironically I have never got round to it. I live with my long time partner, Nicole and our 5 year old, George in a lovely cottage in South Wales but also still have a base in London.

Why Wales?

Little Boy Carrying Sheet of Ice Near Puddle in Field

We lived in London for many years and it's where I built up my photography business. But when George came along we saw the value in living somewhere more peaceful with less pollution. I'm very active in London and about 50% of my work is still there.

What do you Enjoy Doing When not Working?

Photography strangely, although not as much as before I started professionally. I enjoy family time and exploring the countryside near where we live. We're also in the process of redecorating the house so that is taking up time too.

Who is the Most Famous Person You have ever Met?

Kenneth Williams Black and White Portrait

I was looking after a little boy on the set of 'Mission Impossible 5' and met Tom Cruise. I also met Dustin Hoffman whilst doing extras work as a chef on the the film 'Quartet'. But the person I met that means the most to me meeting was Kenneth Williams when I was 9. If only I'd known what an icon of British comedy he would become.

Who Would You Most Like to Have Dinner With?

Charlie Chaplin & Buster Keaton Black and White Portraits

Everyone that I most admire are now dead. But theoretically I'd love to have sat down to dinner with Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. I've always loved silent comedy from an early age. They were true artistes and pioneers, paving the way for everything to come. And probably a reason why I love black and white photography now.

What Did You Want to be When You Grew Up?

For years I wanted to be in the police. I even filled out the application form. But that wore off when I realised that it wasn't all chasing baddies. The gory side of it was something I would find impossible to deal with.

I also wanted to be a writer. I loved creative writing and regularly wrote stories. Doing something creative has always been in my blood...

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Who are Your Favourite Authors?

Pen on Sheet Music for Wedding - Poco a Poco Piu Animato

As a boy, I became friends with an author who lived in the village. Aidan Chambers writes contemporary fiction for teenagers. I used to take some of my stories round to show him and he gave me good feedback. Some of his books really meant a lot to me while I was finding myself at that age especially 'The Toll Bridge'.

I also went through a phase of reading everything that Stephen King wrote.

Where Did You Grow Up?

We moved to the Cotswolds when I was 2. I grew up in a village near Stroud called South Woodchester. It was an idyllic childhood full of long summers and adventures in rolling countryside and snowy winter walks. Very much like something from an Enid Blyton story.


Professional Photographer in Cardiff & London

 

Just as I’d like you to get to know me, I’d like to get to know you too. I’ve scattered bits and pieces throughout my site so have a good look around and hopefully you’ll want to pick up the phone or fill in my contact form to get in touch and tell me about you and what you need.

I’m a Wedding Photographer predominantly covering Cardiff and London,  but would love to chat with you wherever your wedding or shoot might be.  So if you like my style, please get in touch wherever you are from.

Away from the fun and excitement of the wedding day or other photographic engagement, being a photographer can be a solitary profession. To counter this I do chaperoning and extra work on films and TV. It helps keep me fresh and gets me out to all-sorts of new and exciting places. I especially value the chaperoning work as working with children helps keep me in touch with my sense of fun.

One assignment I had was to chaperone 8 adults with disabilities for Channel 4 documentaryKitchen Impossible‘ with Michel Roux.  I took my camera along on one of the episodes and as a result, the producers asked me to shoot the behind the scenes photography for the rest of the series. Below is one of my photos used in Channel 4’s social media advertising.  Click here to read my story behind shooting the series


Publicity Photograph for Kitchen Impossible - Michel Roux with Girl Pointing at Camera - by Guy Milnes Photography

Michel Roux set up a pop up stall at Taste of London. Here, he and Beth spot me photographing them and I take this natural fun shot which was used by Channel 4 for publicity.


In 2012 it took me to South-east Asia for a documentary for CBBC where I had the good fortune to have been asked to do some publicity shots. I took the below photograph whilst there and I think it perfectly illustrates the kind of decisive moment that I constantly strive for with my documentary style.


Stacey Dooley with Children Trying Thai Street Food in Show Me What You're Made of Documentary

Presenter Stacey Dooley and the children try some Thai street food (crickets) in Bangkok for the documentary. This reaction from Stacey says it all.


Finally, here I am doing extras work in ‘The King’s Speech’:

Adrian Scarborough with Guy Milnes in The King's Speech Opening SceneColin Firth Being Congratulated After The King's Speech by Supporting Artist Guy Milnes

I’d Love to Hear From You...
Contact Me to Discuss Your Photography Needs!

Email me, fill in the form below or phone 07947 613070 any time
to chat about all of your photography requirements.

To find out more about how we might work together, visit my ‘Wedding Photography FAQ’s‘ page…

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Wedding Photographer in Cardiff & London

Guy Milnes Photography is based between London and Caerphilly covering South Wales, Bristol, London and the home counties.
He has been a professional photographer since 2008 and loves to capture the true atmosphere of the wedding day as it unfolds naturally.

 

Preferred Contact Number:
07947 613070

https://www.guymilnes.com/

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Guy Milnes Photography
79 Van Road
CAERPHILLY
CF83 1LA

 

76 Westow Hill

Crystal Palace

LONDON

SE19 1SB

02920 869973


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