SOME INFO ABOUT ME
I photographed my first wedding in 2000 and have been a full-time specialist ever since.
Around 5 years later, I added a filmed (video) element.
Since that time, I have; captured somewhere between 650-700 weddings (I stopped counting at 500) on 4 different continents, moved to live in France in 2016 and now offer the option of just photography, just filming or my speciality, a seamless integration of both.
2 years of art college, 3 years at uni (the now non-existent Kent Institute of Art & Design, but that isn’t my fault), a brief stint working in commercial photography & design before making the move to creating my own freelance business in 2000 specialising in weddings. I just love (overused cliché word in this industry but true in this case) photography/filmmaking and weddings allow me to explore pretty much all genres including; landscapes, still life, candid/documentary/reportage stories, editorial, fashion, - it’s all there encapsulated in one single event. And I get paid for it which is a welcome bonus.
Probably the same reason you are getting married here and that is a love affair with the country!
For me it began as a boy with annual grandparent slideshows from their trips & travels, followed by a week long school trip to Brittany, various family camping holidays and then as an adult, further trips with my father moving here himself around the same time I set up my business.
My name is Simon Mark Whitten and I photograph & film weddings full-time in France.
That is not me (above) by the way, but one of my fabulous brides. I am below behind the camera.
When not shooting weddings, we like to do family stuff such as playing board games, travel & camping, outdoor pursuits and personally, I do a lot of adult PE. Two dogs, one cat and a Skoda estate.
For further info, read on with THE EXPERIENCE
I actually cover all of France and even beyond, but generally most of the weddings I am booked for are in South West France as per the map below.
(Lifted directly from Google Reviews, ie, from clients keyboards)
These are amazing. We are completely floored!
Just back from our honeymoon in Croatia and can't wait to show them off to our people.
Jenny & James
We hired Simon to photograph our wedding at the Chateau De Lisse in France. We looked at many different photographers before deciding to go with Simon but we thought the style and the way the photos all seemed so natural made his photos stand out above the rest. We found Simon to be very friendly and easy to talk to, he even invited us round to his house to have a thorough discussion about what we wanted from our wedding photos and also as he had shot at the chateau before he was able to give us tips and advice on how sitting inside or outside or lighting in the chapel may effect the results of the photos. We were both very impressed with the level of professionalism right from the start, and we knew we had made the correct decision. Every aspect of the wedding day is discussed and Simon has every angle covered. After hiring Simon to do our photos he also told us that he could also video the wedding day to. He put together a package for us that involved filming and photographing it all on his own. We were a bit sceptical about this at first as how can one person film and photograph a wedding on his own? After much deliberation and after viewing some of his previous videos we decided to give it a go! We had planned our wedding in summer in France and pictured the hot sunny weather and plenty of photos outside on the terrace. Unfortunately we had a thunder storm on the day of the wedding and most of the day had to be spent inside. This is where Simon's experience and professionalism came to the fore. As we were starting to panic thinking all our photos would be ruined, Simon was calm and he managed to keep us both relaxed and carried on as if nothing was wrong. We were very impressed as someone less experienced may have panicked in that situation but still worried about what the results would be and..... .....The results are absolutely amazing. We could not be happier with both the photos and the video. Everyone who has watched our dvd says it is the best wedding dvd they have ever seen and we would agree. The way that the photos capture all the emotions of the day is exceptional. If you are looking for a wedding photographer then look no further than Simon and Firehorse photography. We have amazing memories to look back on forever and we are sincerely grateful! Thanks Simon.
Craig & Victoria
WOW!! WOW!! WOW!! We are speechless!! Words don’t come close right now, thank you, thank you, thank you! You are a true genius with the most amazing talent! We are sitting watching the sun go down in Cape Town and that has just been the ultimate icing on the cake.
Even the DVD music set me off!!! Laughter, tears, happiness…. You have captured every single detail of the day. We would do anything to have the day again…… You just virtually made that happen with your captured moments.
It’s strange how we have been worrying over the last week or so that people may not have enjoyed the day, I don’t see any unhappy faces on your photos and they are all natural and unposed.
Thank you so so so much, you have reassured us!!! Just seeing your work has literally melted our hearts, you deserve a medal.
We love you for this and can never thank you enough!
Alex & Eliot xxx
"You really did an amazing job and captured the whole feel of the day, not just the images, - you are worth every penny!!"
Danni & Jason
"From the moment we visited Simon's website, we knew that he would be our wedding photographer. Simon's work is so much more than static line-up shots: he captures candid moments with a breathtaking beauty. At our pre-wedding meeting, we were so impressed by his body of work and his professional, direct approach, that our excitement about the whole wedding was increased.
We have joked since that Simon was so knowledgeable about our venue that he was like a wedding planner as well as a photographer!
On the day, Simon was the perfect balance of involved and invisible: he didn't get in the way of anything and we barely noticed his presence, but when we looked at the photos it seemed like he had been everywhere! He was so efficient that we were able to spent the majority of the time on the day with our family and friends, which was important to us.
The shots that came back from the day were beyond our best hopes: absolutely stunning! Simon is an expert in his field and the variety of shots he took were outstanding. He has preserved our memories of a very important day: my father even said that he almost enjoyed the photo moments more than the real ones! We also choose a Photofilm, which is an ingenious idea, allowing us to relive the audio of the speeches and the photos at the same time. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Simon: he is a true artist and we have great respect for his work."
Emma & Ben
"Choosing a wedding photographer is one of the biggest decisions you make when planning a wedding.
We can safely say we made the right decision when we chose you!
Thank you for making us and our guests feel special and for capturing the spirit and emotion of the day perfectly."
Emma & John
"We'd really like to say how amazing the photographs are, we couldn't be happier and we must have looked at them every single day while we were away - we've been showing them off to friends and family too!
A lot of the guests have commented on how discreet and professional you were and they didn't know they were being caught on camera at all and were really impressed!
Having you capture our day was the best decision we've ever made!!"
Sarah & James
"We just wanted to thank you once again for the beautiful photography you created from our wedding day.
We still can't quite believe it's us in those photos!
Also we love how each individual photo manages to capture the mood of our day.
The album is equally as stunning and thank you for making the whole experience so painless.
You were so discreet that it amazes us how you managed to capture such wonderful images!"
Thank you once again and our very best wishes,
Kate & Mark
"We just wanted to thank you for our breathtaking wedding album.
We'd been expecting something amazing, but the end result is in a whole other league!
Our friends and family have been bowled over by the results and have said the best wedding photography they have ever seen."
The best of wishes,
Claire & Garret
"There is a certain sophistication and quality to your work that we haven't come across with other photographers.
Our official album is absolutely beautiful and we shall treasure it forever."
With all our best wishes,
Holly & Nick
"Thank you most sincerely for capturing our special day.
We were amazed and delighted by the photographs and we are very pleased to have such timeless and elegant set of images to remember the occasion."
Sarah & Brian. PS: looking forward to our honeymoon photo-shoot!
"Just a short note to say a HUGE thank you to you for making our day so special.
The photos are amazing and everyone has commented on them and have said they are the nicest they have ever seen (nothing to do with the models I fear!).
You were a pleasure (and a lot of fun) to work with throughout and we thank you so much for your professionalism and sense of humour."
We hope to have a beer with you very soon,
love Fiona & Yorke
"Thank you for taking such fabulous photographs, - we will treasure them for all time.
You delivered everything you said you would and most of our guests did not even realise we had a professional photographer there!"
With very best wishes, Debbie & George
"A quick note to say thank you.
The photographs are truly wonderful and we can't stop looking at them and will continue to do so for the years to come.
You provided an exceptionally professional service both on the day and afterwards and furthermore, we genuinely enjoyed your company!
Most importantly, thank you for understanding us and capturing the mood of our day so beautifully."
Mrs & Mrs Ford-Lloyd! xxx
"A little note to say a HUGE thank you for capturing all our wedding day dreams.
Your service has exceeded our expectations from booking to album design.
Your personality and professional approach are an essential extra to the package, - second to none."
Thank you so much!
Rhidian & Katy
"Thank you so much for capturing our day so perfectly!
The album is gorgeous and my mother is also thrilled!
She has been showing everyone (including the bank manager which is slightly embarrassing!).
It was a pleasure to work with you and you helped to put us at ease throughout the day."
Thank you again.
Anna & Thomas XXX