A wedding photographer in Sheffield: an introduction

Sheffield wedding photographer John Mottershaw.


I live in Grindleford in the Derbyshire Peak District with my family and barking mad labradoodle Alfie. I love living here and always get involved with village life. I’m on the parish council, vice chair of the youth club, sing in the local choir, and of course absolutely love my job as a wedding photographer.

Grindleford is ideally placed for some fabulous wedding venues, being situated just a few minutes south of Sheffield. These include beautiful Losehill House, East Lodge, Hargate Hall, The Maynard and so many others. Not only that, but it’s also perfectly placed for my other passion. That’s my love of walking in the hills and being out in the great outdoors.

My photographic experience..

I’ve been in photography and photographic processing all my working life, and even when I was at school! Commissioned work has taken me from houses in the hills of Tuscany to landscapes in Maine and Vermont. From English stately homes to industry in Sheffield. However for quite a few years I have been specialising solely in wedding photography. It’s a real buzz and over 500 weddings later I’m even more enthusiastic about wedding photography than ever.

I’ve also spent time in the professional laboratory environment. I’ve done film processing and colour and black & white hand printing. That’s why I’m so passionate about the processing side as I am about the photography itself. Image quality is extremely important to me.

For your peace of mind I am a qualified member of the British Institute of Professional Photography.

wedding at Bakewell Church in Derbyshire, showing the ceremony in black and white, by wedding photographer John Mottershaw.

Going further back…

There has been a wedding photographer in Sheffield for many years in my family. The family have been in professional photography and film-making for nearly 150 years, since 1870. I’m now the fourth generation so I think you can safely say it’s in my genes!

Just for fun here’s a short and amusing example of the the Sheffield Photo Company’s early film making from 1905. This is held in the Yorkshire Film Archive along with a few others.

Anyway, I can’t take credit for history but I hope you’ll enjoy my passion for wedding photography. If you’d like to arrange to come over some time and have a chat about your wedding, do please get in touch. I’d love to show you some albums and a slideshow of recent work. It would be great to hear from you.

Link to the Yorkshire region of the Royal Photographic SocietyLink to the British Institute of Professional Photography

Please don’t hesitate to drop me a line – I’d love to hear about your wedding!

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