A wedding photographer in Sheffield: an introduction

Sheffield wedding photographer John Mottershaw.


This is me, tie off, during the meal break at a wedding at Kirtlington Park in Oxfordshire. 

I have photography running through my veins – been in photography all my working life, as was my dad, and his dad and, yes, his dad before him!

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’m on the parish council, vice chair of the youth club, did a while as a school governor, even sing / squark in the local choir.

Situated just a few minutes south of Sheffield, I’m ideally placed for some great wedding venues. These include beautiful Losehill House, East Lodge, Hargate Hall, The Maynard and so many others. 

My photographic experience..

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 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.

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 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 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 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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