Black & white wedding photograph of bride and groom in vintage car in Buxton. They are on their way to the Old Hall Hotel, both looking at each other and laughing. Wedding photographer John Mottershaw.

Wedding Photographer in Sheffield, Derbyshire & Throughout the UK.


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I hope everything’s going really well for you both.

This is what I look like!  Tie off, during the meal break at a wedding at beautiful Kirtlington Park in Oxfordshire.

I have photography running through my veins, having been in photography all my working life, as did my dad, and his dad and, yes, his dad before him. It all goes way back to 1870 with The Sheffield Photo Company. I started independently some years back, originally also doing commercial and travel photography, but soon realised just how much I loved wedding photography and the people side of things.

With commissions ranging from houses in the hills of Tuscany to landscapes in Maine and Vermont, from English stately homes to industry in Sheffield, I’ve been in photography and photographic processing all my working life, and even when I was at school!

However for quite a few years now I have been specialising as a wedding photographer. It’s such a 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 with film processing and colour and black & white hand printing. That’s why I’m as passionate about the processing side as I am about the photography itself. Image quality is particularly important to me.

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

Do drop me a line or just leave your name(s) at the bottom – it would be great to hear from you!


Wedding photographer at a wedding in a stately home in the south of England.

For an idea of one type of photography that I get up to in my spare time, please have a look at some of my:
Street photography in Paris and London.



But what about the person?

As an outdoorsy kind of person, I happily live here in Grindleford, just south of Sheffield in the Derbyshire Peak District, with my family and labradoodle Alfie. Alfie and I always enjoy walking in the hills around us and as a people-person I get involved in the village: I’ve just finished twelve years on the parish council, am vice chair of the youth club and also served a while as a school governor at the village school. 

My other interest involves playing Irish whistles: the usual “tin whistle” plus my much larger and less-well-known low Irish whistle. You can usually catch me playing these on the second Wednesday of each month at the village pub, The Sir William Hotel.

Situated in the beautiful Hope Valley, just a few minutes south of Sheffield, I’m ideally placed as a photographer for weddings in Derbyshire, Sheffield and beyond. There are some wonderful wedding venues around, include gorgeous  Losehill House, Thornbridge Hall, Woodthorpe Hall and so many others.

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 150 years, since 1870. I’m now the fourth generation so I think you can safely say it’s in the genes!

Just for fun here’s a short and amusing example of 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.

But I’m sure that’s more than enough about me! Let’s talk about you and your wonderful day. 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.




If you would like a friendly chat about your wedding photography, then I would be absolutely delighted to hear from you.

Please get in touch using leave your names below, phone or e-mail me, and I’ll get straight back to you.  Many thanks – I look forward to hearing about your wedding plans!



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reportage wedding photograph of bridesmaids looking at bride's wedding ring.