Introvert friendly - York Wedding Photographer

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Happy Otter Photography

celebrates and embraces the power of introverts of York (and Yorkshire!)

We are not shy,
or boring,
or too quiet.

We are intelligent and fun, and confident.

…but we don’t really like to “smile for the camera”

Otters are sometimes introverts.

Otters are fun and playful.

And otters like the outdoors.

They don’t want to spend their wedding day posing.

They don’t want their guests waiting for photos when they could be having fun.

And they don’t want to be dragged away from people they haven’t seen in ages, to fail at being models.

What otters do want is a flipping good party for them and their loved ones!

York wedding photographer

York Wedding Photographer... A bit of an intro

I’m Emma.

A professional wedding photographer from York.

I have been photographing weddings throughout Yorkshire and the North East for ten years!

 I’m easy to get on with, down-to-earth, nature-loving Yorkshire lass.

I’m an otter. And if you don’t like having your photo taken – you might be an otter too.

Learn more about me and my style of wedding photography

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What are the otters all about?

Well, otters are introverts.

Don’t google it… it’s not exactly a fact.

I bought my first camera when I was 18, to photograph otters living behind my home on the river Ouse near York.

Otters are shy and elusive, but naturally playful creatures, and it took years of patience before I was lucky enough to observe one. 

I watched as it caught a fish and happily played on the opposite bank of the river. It had no idea I was there.

Almost ten years later, I started photographing weddings. 

I noticed people aren’t dissimilar to shy and elusive otters.
When they feel relaxed and unwatched… they reveal their natural behaviour and have such fun!

Otters can have beautiful wedding photos too.

Choosing the Best wedding photographer for you

Are you a bride or groom to be, searching through lists of the best wedding photographers in York, wondering how to choose the photographer most suited to capturing your big day when every photographer and their dog is telling you they are relaxed and unobtrusive?

Maybe you’re planning an elopement or destination wedding in York, a reception on the beach, or a traditional church ceremony.

Is candid photography best, or fine art? Natural light or flash photography? Wedding photojournalist, or storyteller?

Well worry not! I have a couple of simple questions to help you choose the best photographer for a wedding exactly like yours!

Question one: Do you enjoy posing for photos?

Question two: Is the most important thing about your wedding photographs how beautiful you look in your wedding dress?

If the answer to both those questions is “no” – consider me. 

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wedding photographer in York | Reviews

Redworth Hall Wedding
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From the very start Emma put us at ease, was extremly professional and always friendly. On the day we wanted to make the most of spending time with our loved ones and didn’t like the idea of standing and posing for hours and this is exactly what we got to do by picking Happy Otter Photography. The final photos were exactly as we hoped and more, they captured all the fun and touching moments of our day in a really natural way.
Newcastle wedding
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Emma is an amazing and truly talented photographer. She captured every moment of our wedding day&night just perfectly, getting the shots that we’d not even thought about and captured those moments that we were just too busy to see ourselves. She done this in the most perfect, natural and friendly way, not by pushing her camera into our face or the faces of our guests, which I’ve experienced at other weddings, but by keeping it so friendly and relaxed, the children just loved her
Kirkley Hall wedding
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Both myself and David hate having our picture taking but Emma took all of the stress out of it and made them enjoyable. All our guests agreed and commented on how lovely it was to have a photographer who captured special moments rather than having staged pictures. We were so excited to get our pictures back and they were better than we could have imagined! The way we received them was so thoughtful and the pictures were amazing. All the important moments were perfectly captured and we got to see parts of the day we missed.

What else do you need to know?

I certainly will (especially if it means I need to spend a night in a hotel room away from my kids)!
 For example, I’ll travel down to Nottingham, over to Hull, Whitby, up to Newcastle, Carlisle, across to Manchester and in between to see you tie the knot. I’ll travel anywhere in Northern England (and sometimes the Scottish borders) to photograph weddings.
County Durham was my home for 8 years, so a I did a lot of my wedding photography in Durham. The county is so photogenic and has such stunning venues – including many castles. I love County Durham and regularly work as a Durham wedding photographer. 

For wedding photography package pricing, please see my pricing page.

Everlasting love and happiness – bawk! I always include the digital files with my wedding photography packages, and I have options for wedding album and engagement photos – you can find out on my pricing page.

I’m already fully booked for May and August 2021, so please check my availability page to find out if I am available to capture your journey down the aisle.

Quite possibly! I have recently updated my website, and haven’t yet transferred over all my past wedding blogs, for the moment I have some posts of perfect weddings at York Registry Office, the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, St Olave’s Church, and The Principal Hotel in York (and a few more further afield).

I always try to meet up with my wedding couples at their venue to take a walk around and familiaralise myself with the space and light, so even if I’ve never photographed a marriage there before, there will be no issues!

A few wedding planning resources for you

With over ten years of experience photographing weddings I have picked up a fair few ideas, tips, insider info etc! So, as I’m a caring, sharing, pragmatic sort of person – I have put together a few wedding planning blogs. Although I’m mainly a York wedding photographer, most blogs are focussed on weddings in York and Yorkshire, there are also some useful blogs for anyone getting married further afield. There are real weddings, lists of venues, planning tips etc.

The Happy Otter wedding planning guide

York Wedding Photographer | Happy Otter Photography | Real weddings in York

September wedding in York

Ear to ear smiles, and an intimate guest list, for this York Registry Office September wedding in York. After a fairy-tail proposal in Disneyland, getting married in York was a dream come true for this happy couple.

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Middlethorpe Hall group wedding photo

Middlethorpe Hall wedding photos

Katie and David chose a perfect wedding venue just 2 miles south of York – Middlethorpe Hall – a wonderfully restored and beautifully maintained national trust property with stunning grounds. Here is a selection of their wedding photos from their post lock-down September wedding.

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You’ve made it to the bottom of the page.
I’m not really sure what to do with you, most people have moved on to another page by now.
I’m not going to dance for you. Maybe a little joke?

What’s the difference between a pizza and an otter?
A pizza doesn’t scream when you put it in the oven

Now take a hint, go and look at some wedding pictures in my portfolio!

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