We first realised that Sam was a talented photographer when he was a guest at my sons wedding and took some photographs. In fact the photographs he took were more creative than those taken by the official photographer and still remain a treasured memory of the day. He was therefore our first choice when we wanted to bring together our family to capture images of our children and our first precious grandchild. Sam could not have been more patient in persuading a reluctant toddler to give his best smile for the camera, even subjecting himself to blows to the head from a musical plastic hammer! We are really grateful for his professionalism and skills as he has provided us with some great photographs.
We just wanted to say a massive thank you to Sam for capturing our wedding so perfectly back in August. From the moment we met we knew we’d made the right choice and he put us at ease straight away. Our photos are just what we had hoped they would be and our album is stunning! He will go above and beyond to get the best shots even if it means standing in the middle of the road because a certain couple wanted a Beatles, Abbey Road picture!! Do not hesitate in booking Sam I promise you will not be disappointed!
Family and friends are still talking about him. If we got married 100 times again, we'd choose Sam every time. He instantly puts one at ease, from the pre-shoot, the pre-wedding phone calls, to the big day itself and thereafter. Sam is so incredibly professional, likeable, calming and personable, he takes things in his own stride, knows how to get you to stand/pose ... "sausage fingers/ sausages!" I can still hear him say, if one of our fingers were randomly creeping over a shoulder or the other's waist. He has a great sense of humour and an incredibly warm personality.
Sam felt like he was part of the family - what more could anyone want on their big day. We are not one for having our photos taken, however Sam truly makes one feel at ease.
As for his wedding 'preview' highlights video ... what can I say, he made us cry all over again and several friends and family as well. We really felt like we were reliving our day all over again. He captured the most amazing moments, memories, emotions all with a story photographs.
We recently received our chosen USB with all of our pics on them - just stunning. I can't thank him enough, nor can I recommend him enough.
I had been searching for ages to find the right photographer and just couldn't seem to find what I wanted nothing seemed to make me go wow! Then we were recommended to have a look at Sam's website by a friend so I had a look and knew straight away I wanted Sam to be my photographer for our wedding. I even changed the date of my wedding so I could have him and I'm glad I did because the photos are fantastic. When we first met Sam he was so easy to get along with friendly, kind, funny and we knew we would have fun and a good laugh with him. I wanted to make sure I was choosing the right person as I was very nervous about having photographs taken so I wanted to make sure they made me feel relaxed and comfortable and that's exactly what Sam did. We had such a great time with Sam at the pre wedding shoot and at the wedding it was nothing to serious it was just so much fun and that's what I loved. So many people at the wedding said how friendly, funny and kind he was and how he did such a great job. I was so excited to see the photographs and Sam always gives little tasters just after the wedding which is so lovely to see I was so pleased when I saw this that I was so excited to see everything on the disc. Sam got our photographs back to us in under 2 weeks, so extremely fast as I can imagine this takes a lot of organising. When we looked back at all of them including the slide show I was holding in the tears! They were amazing I loved every single one of them Sam is clearly very talented and fantastic at what he does. He has captured so many perfect memories for us which we will treasure forever. I can't thank Sam enough for everything he has done. I will never stop recommending Sam to friends and family and we hope to use Sam again at some point in the near future. I must also say Thank you to his daughter for helping out on the day she was a great help sorting out my dress for many photos.
We used Sam for our wedding after having seen his work at a previous wedding. The pictures he produces are absolutely amazing - he even made me look good! I would (and do) highly recommend him to anyone I know who are planning a wedding. Would give 6 stars if I could.
Sam's attention to detail and mild mannered approach made use both feel relaxed on an already nervous day. Sam and his wife Claire not only clearly have an excellent working relationship, they also have a very good ability of making themselves known, but fade in the distance when necessary to take those precious shots.
Shortly after our amazing day we were teased with some ‘sneaky’ pictures from our day which was a nice touch and we just could not contain our excitement to see the full album. A word…Wow! We were certainly not disappointed with our Wedding Album. They exceeded our expectations a million times over. The attention to detail on our photos sets them apart from any other wedding photography we have seen.
If you are looking for a wedding photographer…look no further! I had seen some of Sam’s photos on Facebook after colleagues had used him. I was amazed at how good the photos looked! We arranged to meet with Sam and as soon as we did I was sold. Sam is a lovely person who instantly makes you feel at ease. He knows his stuff which is evident when he talks to you. He is not pushy at all and told us to go away and think about it unlike some wedding suppliers. Literally as soon as we got in the car we both agreed we wanted him. We had an engagement photo shoot a few weeks before the wedding and loved the photos from that…it made us so excited to see what the wedding photos would be like! Sam helps you relax, my husband is not a fan of having his photo taken and was worried about having to pose. It did not feel like that at all and we had a good laugh with Sam.
Sam arrived at my mums on the wedding morning along with his daughter who was assisting him to photograph us getting ready and then left to get my husband at the church. Sam took photos during the ceremony, the wedding breakfast and the right up to the first dance. The next day Sam provided us with a sneak preview… I was blown away! If they were the only photos we received that would have been enough! We went off on our two week honeymoon and on our return received the rest. We sat and looked at all 575 photos as soon as we got them… I think for each one we said ‘I like that one’. They are absolutely amazing! They have really caught the emotion of the day, particularly during the bride and father dance. I do not know how we are going to pick which ones to frame as there is not one bad photograph. Sam has an eye for detail and knows what will look good. Anyone who has seen them has commented on how amazing they are and I cannot recommend him enough. My younger sister has said she hopes he is still going when she gets married as she wants him.
Go for Sam Hayward photography you will definitely not be disappointed! Thank you Sam for the photos will be treasured forever. Thank you to Sam’s daughter too for sorting my dress out all day!
We would have no hesitation in recommending Sam Hayward. As soon as we met Sam we knew we had found our wedding photographer. He wasn't pushy at all and instantly put us at ease. Sam showed a real interest in us as a couple and we really appreciated the fact that he took the time to get to know us, to really understand what we wanted and to answer all our questions. We both really enjoyed the engagement shoot, which was great practice for the wedding day, and we couldn't be happier with our photos. The wedding album is gorgeous and so many of our friends and family have said how impressed they are with our photos. Sam has a real eye for detail and knows exactly when to capture that perfect shot. He was an absolute pleasure to deal with and is a fantastic photographer. Sam we cannot thank you enough for helping to make our day so special.
Eleanor & Richard
Bride & Groom
Sam has just been so incredible throughout our photo shoots. Our engagement shoot was a massive help as I'm not keen on being in photos, Sam gave me confidence and great tips for our wedding day. Our wedding photos are perfect, he captured our day beautifully and understood how much our dogs being there meant to us. My final photo shoot was on my horse in my wedding dress and again Sam totally excelled himself. I really can't recommend Sam highly enough, he makes you feel at ease, listens to your needs and wants and has a really quick turnaround time too which is perfect if you're as impatient as me! The photos are the highest quality and really cant be beaten. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Just received our photos from Sam less than 2 weeks after our wedding day! What can I say? Inventive, stunning, beautiful, clever, artistic, absolute perfection!
Tony and I will never stop recommending Sam to all our friends and family! And what makes it easier is the fact that he's such a lovely guy!
Thank you Sam and Claire for all your hard work! We couldn't have asked for anything more than what you've produced! You beaten our expectations!
Sam! What a great job. Lovely pictures that will last a life time. The time and effort that you spent with us before, during and after the wedding has been exceptional. No pressure, friendly and very professional. From both myself and Emily we thank for making our day even more memorable with your fabulous hard work and quality pictures. Highly recommend Sam if your looking for a photographer! Thank you. 🙂
We're so pleased we decided to use Sam to photograph our wedding!! We have been so happy with him from the initial phone call when we talked through what we were looking for and he gave us brilliant ideas and suggestions of how to get the best photos we wanted, through the engagement shoot where we met him and he immediately made us feel happy and at ease and took some wonderful natural photos of us.
On the ‘big day’ he was sociable and friendly with all of our guests whilst still getting on with the task at hand and taking lots of beautiful photos, he captured all the moments throughout the day, including some amazing pictures during and after the ceremony, capturing everyone involved in the day (being careful not to miss anyone) fun group shots, natural pictures and some brilliant pictures of our first dance!! Through the whole process he has been warm, friendly, nothing has been too much trouble and he has been a true professional!
We honestly can’t recommend him enough and we’re so delighted that we have such beautifully captured moments of our wedding day! Thank You Sam!!
Thank you for taking the photos at my brother and new sister in law's wedding, you were excellent, made everyone feel at ease and made the usually painful wedding photo session pleasurable. And to top it off the photos look great as well, If anyone is looking for a superb true gent photographer than Sam is certainly your man, complete with his lovely assistant
Brother of Groom
Sam came recommended to us (I understand why now)and did the photos for our daughters wedding on Sat 5th Sept. I cannot begin to put into words how impressed we are. He is so professional and made everyone feel at ease. He has the ability to combine tradition with creativity - we have had many photos taken over the years but nothing compares to his work! We have seen the engagement shoot and a sample of what he did on Saturday and just know the best is yet to come! Nothing was too much bother for him and he was so discrete that you actually forgot he was there! Thank you so much Sam, a memorable and emotional day!
Mary Ann & Antony McEvoy
Sam has been our wedding photographer and engagement shoot photographer. But I have also worked with him on several shoots in several different settings. Sam is a true professional and has a real passion for his work. His knowledge is extensive and yet he is always striving to improve and develop within the field. I always have such a wonderful time during shots, whether it be with other friends and family at events or just myself and Sam working through differ ent ideas. I'm always thinking about the next shoot that we can work through!
I have never been disappointed with Sam's photos and we will treasure all of them!
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Sam for all of your photograph needs!
Thank you so much for your fantastic photography at our wedding on 5 July. Sarah Alexander and I are so very pleased with everything you've done. As I said some time ago you 'go the extra mile' with your work. So glad, you did us proud. Every time I watch the slideshow I get a tear in my eye. Thanks again, you (and Claire of course) are absolute stars 🙂
After seeing photographs that Sam had taken at other people's weddings, we knew there was only one person we wanted to capture the most important day of our lives. From the very beginning Sam was amazing. I was very nervous about having professional photos taken of me, but within 5 minutes of meeting Sam I was put completely at ease, and actually loved every minute of it!
I also want to mention that Sam's speed of service was incredible, we came back from our honeymoon just over 2 weeks after our wedding, and he brought the finished product over to us the very next day! We haven't stopped looking at the photo's since, we just can't get over how incredible they are. The attention to detail and post production on some of our photos sets them apart from any other wedding photography we have seen. A huge THANK YOU to both Sam and Claire, we are so glad we had them for our wedding, they couldn't have been better. Jade and Kevin x
I could not recommend Sam enough! When I met him I knew I wanted him to be our photographer! We had an engagement shoot which was great, plus we've just been sent a few previews from our day and honestly, they are perfect!!! So so glad we were able to book Sam. Thank you for capturing the best moment of our lives so amazingly!!!! Mr & Mrs Chapman xxxxx
Jenni & Joe
Bride & Groom
Just watched the slide show of our wedding day and I nearly cried! Can't wait to see the full gallery. Thank you both so much for capturing our perfect day 🙂
Sam did my sister's wedding and there was no question as to who would do ours - he was booked before we planned any other details! The service feels so personal it's like having another friend involved in your day - but one who knows how to make you feel like a model! We were so excited to see the magic he worked, and weren't disappointed. The photos he took made me gasp, smile, laugh and cry all over again. The engagement shoot was so much fun, as was the day itself, and Sam's enthusiasm for getting the best and most stunning shots possible of you and the venue add to what is already such an exciting time. Thank you so so much Sam! x