Happy Otter Photography

Wedding photographer in York covering Yorkshire and the North East, UK

"We are not posy people at all and didn't need to be, we were made to feel at ease and it felt like a friend was there with us."

Happy Otter Photography

York Wedding Photographer, UK

"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory"​ ~ Dr Seuss

I'm Emma - a photographer and people watcher.

Always watching and listening, I spot those little moments and capture them forever. You don't need to spend the day posing to have beautiful wedding photos.

I focus on photography that is all about natural smiles and real moments between you and your loved ones.


I create photos that will still be cherished in 50 years time.

I'm based in a village called Tockwith just outside York and work throughout Yorkshire and Northern England.

WHAT'S with the otters?

It stems from my zoological background combined with a love for people who aren't posers.

I got my first camera to photograph otters behaving naturally on the banks of the river Ouse near York, and now I photograph weddings for clients who don't like too much posing, and prefer natural photos.

Otters are shy and elusive, naturally playful creatures - but even otters can have beautiful wedding photos.

What type of people become happy otters?

Generally my clients are thinkers, often introverts, (not necessarily shy), quite laid back people who are planning a wedding day which doesn't necessarily follow tradition - something that they will enjoy, and that describes them as a couple.

They often say, "We just want someone to capture the moments", or "We really don't like having our photos taken".

A relaxed otter is a happy otter

You'll never capture the true fun-loving nature of an otter by putting them in the spotlight and asking them to pose.

An otter ain't a dog.

A dog will spin and pose for anyone with a biscuit - that's just not an otter's style.

I know otters - I am one... that's why I made a career out of hiding behind my camera!

Some of my recent work in Yorkshire and the North East

Wedding Planning advice and inspiration

Are you looking for some wedding planning advice and inspiration?

I have 10 years of experience attending weddings for a living, so I have put together some (hopefully) useful advice for couples planning a wedding.

I also have plenty of real wedding examples to give you some inspiration and allow you to see some of the finest venues Yorkshire and the North East has to offer!