I love my job for so many reasons, one of which is that I am a part of the most important day of some people's lives! Knowing that the photographs that I take will mean something to them forever leaves a bloody big fuzzy feeling in my tummy - here are some of the sweetest things that some couples have said!
"Helen was brilliant on our big day! Not just on the day but the build up and planning before hand! She took the stress out of the whole thing and really listened to what we wanted!
She made some great suggestions on what photos to take at our beautiful venue and the quality of them was excellent!
Having such a friendly, professional and helpful photographer at a competitive price was a real highlight of our wedding experience!
The icing on the cake was the high quality of the photos that captured our special day and the speed at which we could view them and select the ones we wanted for print!
Well done and thanks HJS Photography!
Steve, Louise, Amelie and now Samuel Moult xxx"
"From the second my Husband proposed I knew I wanted to have Helen as my wedding photographer after seeing all her previous beautiful wedding pictures however I did not think this would be possible with us getting married in Telford - not Cheshire.
This was not an issue for Helen as she was more than happy to accommodate us and travel the distance. From the moment Helen arrived at our hotel she was just like any other guest. She was extremely friendly yet professional throughout the whole day. Many of our guests commented on how relaxed Helen made them feel, including entertaining the younger children that wanted to watch her take pictures.
Needless to say I am absolutely in love with our wedding photographs. Some of my favourite pictures are of me and my husband giggling our heads off. Not because of each other but because of Helen.
Claire and Jason Cooper
"Helen was a fantastic photographer and captured some lovely moments of our day. She made everybody laugh and feel relaxed and we couldn't have wished for a better photographer.
Katie & Paul xxx"
"Hiring Helen to take our photographs was easily one of the best decisions of our wedding.
As well as her portfolio, Helen’s personality and enthusiasm for her work instantly impressed us in our initial meetings, and this was followed up by her fun yet professional attitude on the wedding day itself putting us instantly at ease in front of the camera.
We had no specific ideas in terms of the photos we wanted, and allowed Helen to take creative control. This allowed her natural talent to show through resulting in some amazing shots that we would never had imagined achieving, and completely surpassing our expectations.
Since our wedding, Helen has also carried out further shoots for us including my wife Nicola’s pregnancy with our son Jude, and then again when Jude turned 10 months.
Helen has proved to not only be a fantastic, professional photographer, but we now consider her a close family friend and we hope that she will be on hand to capture many more of our precious moments in the future.
Matt & Nicola Bishop."
"Picking a photographer for a big day like your wedding is be a big decision! We were recommended Helen through a friend of ours and had seen some of the fab pics she had taken. We decided to get in touch and from then on everything was very easy.
Helen was easily contacted and quick to respond. She was professional and made sure everything was thought of - asking us questions we hadn't thought to consider to make our day extra special!
Helen was fantastic on the day, putting us both at ease and making us laugh. She was unobtrusive which made our guests feel comfortable and getting those natural shots that are sometimes the best ones.
Following our big day she continued to have regular contact with us and was very quick to let us have a sneak peek at some of her favourites. The pictures are absolutely fantastic and exactly what we wanted and more. She even managed to capture a surprise my other half had planned without me knowing anything about itThe pictures were given to us with some of them printed off as presents and the rest on a USB in a present box - not forgetting the sweets for us to enjoy.
We couldn't recommend her highly enough!"
Hannah and Ashley Butcher
"After booking Helen very last minute (two days before our wedding) we didn't know what to expect. We had asked a family friend to do our photography, as we wanted natural pictures captured by someone we felt completely comfortable with, but unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, they were unable to commit. Luckily, we got all this and more with Helen.
From the moment we met Helen, we both felt utterly at ease, as if we had known her for years. Her bubbly, calming personality is exactly what you need on one of the most important days of your life.
The pictures are simply stunning and exactly what we wanted. Helen managed to capture every moment beautifully; and still 10 months on I can't stop looking at them.
Thanks again Helen for our perfect wedding pictures and being a huge part of our perfect day."
Amy and Craig
"Helen is a great photographer! Fantastic before, during and after our wedding day! She was great at viewing the venue and suggesting shots, managing crowds to make sure everyone got their own pictures and of course capturing fantastic memories and creating a wonderful album! Couldn't recommend her more! We even got a beautiful blog full of lovely memories on our 1st anniversary!
Lauren and Dante Ogboru xxx"
"I love looking at our pics, you are an amazing photographer and the way you capture every little moment is incredible. It makes me relive the memory's.
Thank you so much for being part of our magical day - you truly captured our love.
Mel and Ian Cuffin xxx"
"When you are planning the most important day of your life, I think it is much better to have recommendations made to you, which is why I was delighted when a family member recommended Helen to me as a wedding photographer. From our first conversation to discuss different packages, I knew I was going to get on with Helen! The great thing about her is that she allowed us to have as little or as much input as I wanted into the photographs, I chose to supply a list of photographs that I wanted to have, but I could of gone into as much detail as to how I wanted each photograph to be set up. Communication between us was fantastic throughout and before I knew it, the Big Day had arrived! I knew I wanted photographs of me and my bridal party getting ready but I was concerned about the amount of people in my house that morning as have a large family but I had nothing to worry about! Helen took the most beautiful pre-wedding shots and I didn't even know she was there!
As much as you try to plan everything to the finest detail on your Big Day, some things just happen: which for me was my Dad bringing a blind date to the wedding and having no space in the Wedding cars!! This is when Helen, my Wedding Photographer, also became my wedding transport, giving my Dad's blind date a lift to the wedding! What a life saver she is; talk about going above and beyond!!
Helen is a real people person and had no problem with getting people in the right place at the right time for the photographs, which is exactly what you need, as this is your day to enjoy!
Overall, I would highly recommend Helen to anyone wanting wedding or any of type of photographer, as I could not be more delighted with the service that I received from start to finish, including my beautiful wedding album that I now have to remember our Special Day forever.
Thank you Helen, you are an absolute star!
All our love, Kate & Jonathan xxxx"
"Well where to start.. Helen was professional and so friendly from the start. Always making us feel at ease and enjoy our special day. We both felt so relaxed with her and she made us laugh throughout the day and night. Even when the first dance and cutting the cake was a bit later than planned she still had a smile on her face and kept snapping away. Looking through our photos after the day we absolutely love what Helen did and so do our family and friends. Everyone commenting on how much everyone looked so relaxed and having a fab time and that was thanks to Helen for capturing all of the special moments. Would definitely recommend Helen she was literally brilliant.
Lottie and Matty xx"
"I found Helen on my work 'bulletin board' one quiet late shift...And I am so glad I did! I met with her before the wedding and instantly
knew I'd feel comfortable having her there on the day. When the big day rolled around she made everyone feel at ease, in particular me and my new husband! She took the most beautiful pictures, and really captured the essence of the day and the happiness we were all feeling.
She also captured beautiful moments with people who are no longer with us, and that is something we treasure. There is not one picture from our wedding that we don't love and we could look at them over and over again!
We loved Helen's work and presence so much that I asked her to photograph my mums 60th and we are hoping she'll be free to photograph our new baby when we next visit grandparents! Cannot recommend her enough, hire her now!!!"
"Helen captured every step of our Wedding Day to perfection. Everything went so smoothly thanks to Helen's professional approach. All of our photographs are stunningly beautiful.
Helen asked us what we wanted as well as having her own ideas about different styles and shots, and captured some really special moments of our Special day.
There was no pushy sales and Helen was very respectful of budgets. Without a doubt the best Wedding Photographer and would highly recommend.
Thank you Helen xx"
Liz and Ste Temperley
"We asked Helen to photograph our first born after she came highly recommended by a friend.
Helen immediately made us all feel comfortable in front of the camera getting lots of giggles from our son.
She was so friendly and professional.
The pictures were amazing and seeing as though we could not pick our favourite ones we bought the whole lot!!!
I am now pregnant with our second and wouldn't have anyone else but Helen photograph him/her when they arrive.
Cannot recommend Helen enough, she is just fabulous!"
Ben and Keira Keeley
"100% the best service provider for our wedding. We are over the moon with our photographs, both engagement shoot and wedding. Worth every penny.
Helen captures the love so effortlessly in her photographs, writes beautifully in her blogs and can take the shots she needs and you don't even know she is there.
Helen felt like part of our wedding party on our wedding and was dedicated to giving us amazing photos. She even managed to get our engagement shoot in Brides up North, rightly so she captured us so beautifully.
If you haven't already check out her blog, her photos are just stunning.
Thank you so much Helen, you're incredibly talented, we wish you all of the best and hopefully have a shoot with you again soon.
Love Mr and Mrs Worthington xxxx"
"Helen photographed my daughter for her 1st birthday, with some of myself & my husband too. I contacted Helen after she photographed my brother in laws wedding last year. We are over the moon with the photographs & Helen was really relaxed & was great with Evelyn on the day, even when she was a little cranky. Thank you for the photos, we love them!
Kelsey Dumbell xx"
"Helen was amazing!! Very accommodating with our needs, we needed our photoshoot brought forward and really hoped Helen could be there at short notice. Helen was very down to earth, and made us feel comfortable with her, she was more like a friend than a stranger!! Can't wait to have Helen again for our wedding!! Thanks Helen!!
Christina Felkin xxxx"
"From our first meeting Helen was relaxed and informal which put us at ease and made us feel comfortable asking any questions (however stupid) in the run up to our wedding!
We could see her talent from her previous work and were confident we had made the right choice for our wedding photographer.
On the day Helen was professional, well presented and not intrusive, understood the type of shots we wanted (nothing too cheesy) and took some beautiful photographs.
As a result we have many stunning photographs of our special day to look back on and they didn’t cost the earth.
There are some photos that we would have liked but we didn’t think of at the time so we shall have to renew our vows and Helen can come back and take some more photos for us!"
Helen and Andy Kenney
"We have used Helen on several occasions for some family photos and have never been disappointed. She is professional, friendly and always delivers. When we booked our wedding there was no decision on who our wedding photographer would be we made sure Helen was free before we confirmed the date.
We met with her several times before the big day and she understood we wanted natural photos and people by to be stood around waiting for endless family shots. When the day came Helen was on top form she made everyone feel at ease and the photos we received were just perfect. They completely captured our wedding day and we couldn't be happier. We would recommend Helen to anyone and will continue to use her for family pictures!'
Catherine and Shaun Daley
"We were over the moon when Helen agreed she would do our wedding photos. Helen is so talented when it comes to her craft. From word go we were blown away by the professionalism and how special we were made to feel in the run up to our wedding, when we met to discuss the packages Helen offered and what our needs and wants were for our pics everything was explained to us fully.
On the day of our wedding Helen totally came into her own as she and her colleague snapped away making us feel totally at ease in front of the camera. We have the most beautiful photographs to cherish and remind us of our special day - our living room is like an art gallery of your work haha!
Thank you so much Helen!
Kelly and Robbie xx"
"Helen photographed our wedding last October and me and my husband were over the moon with our pictures.
You were great with us and our guests. Thank you!
Sarah Cavanagh xx"
"Helen was recommended to us through a close friend and after meeting with Helen (within days of contacting her), we instantly knew that we wanted Helen to be our photographer for our wedding.
Right from our initial meeting, we quickly realised how perfect she was going to be and her relaxed, yet hugely professional attitude, was exactly what we wanted.. Helen was amazing throughout, going through all the fine details in the lead up to the event and then on the day itself, she was incredible.. Helen directed us in terms of what photos to have and we couldn't have been more happier when we got the photos through after the wedding. Helen captured the most amazing photos (some of our little 2 year old boy were phenomenal) and the memories she has provided through her amazing photos will allow us to relive the day in years to come....
We cannot thank Helen enough and would highly recommend her to anybody as a first class wedding photographer....
A very happy Mr and Mrs Roberts x"
"I have had the pleasure of meeting Helen on numerous occasions, she has photographed the weddings of both friends and family and also did an amazing shoot for my little boy's first birthday!!
Helen has always been completely professional whilst being friendly at the same time. She really put us at ease in front of the camera and made the whole shoot fun. Helen captured the most incredible pictures of our son, she kept him engaged throughout which anyone with a 1 year old will know is no easy feat, and provided us with photographic memories that we absolutely love. I would recommend HJS photography for any of your photography needs!"
"Somehow 5* just doesn't seem high enough....the lovely Helen photographed our wedding emulating professionalism and perfection throughout the day. Helen managed to take such beautiful photographs, both posed and natural, whilst ensuring everyone was at ease.
Our requests were met without hesitation, for example my husband wanted photos taking of himself and his groomsmen wedding preparation's in addition to the standard bridal party; Helen ensured this wasn't an issue by arranging a second photographer to provide assistance throughout the day. The final result were photographs surpassing our expectations, timeless memories we can hold on to forever and gorgeous wall art we proudly display within our home.
We honestly couldn't recommend her more highly, and we can't wait for Helen to photograph our sons first birthday safe in the knowledge that the photos will be pure perfection."
Mia and Nige Cooke
"Helen did an absolutely amazing job photographing our little boy, she was professional, friendly and very relaxed. She took some beautiful photos (we ended up picking an extra 15!). I would definitely recommend Helen, she is a fabulous photographer!"
When we started to plan our wedding there was no doubt who I wanted our photographer to be! Helen is an old friend so I knew that she would be the best person to put me at ease, but she also put everyone around me at ease making the photos the least stressful part of our day. She organised everything so I didn't even know it was happening!
She took beautiful natural photographs that captured our day perfectly! She made myself and my husband feel completely comfortable and the pictures totally reflect that! It chucked it down with rain all day but Helen came prepared with umbrellas and didn't care about getting soaked and freezing to take the most beautiful photographs outside!
I would recommend her to everybody our photographs are perfect and we couldn't ask for anything more. Thank you Helen!
Kirsty and Jon Hall xxxx