Wedding Photography Prices - changed to make selecting your options easier

Choosing a wedding photographer is now harder than ever. Ask your friend, find a recommendation, search the web, go with a preferred supplier, ask a keen amateur or start up?

I have been photographing people and weddings since 1996 and I can honestly say I have heard it all. The truth is, photography is NOT easy. Yes it’s dead easy to take a photo, and is dead easy to take a correctly exposed sharp picture. But how good is it, really? Is it just a snap?

If you can’t tell the difference between a professional image and a snap - you most definitely will after you have seen your wedding photos. Photography skills represent just 20% of the skill required to photograph a wedding, the rest is experience, working with and judging all types of light, dealing with people, and knowing when those most important moments are going to happen. Yes emotional and important moments happen at every wedding - and an experienced eye will know when these will happen.

So whats all this about? Well, as the leading photographer in this area I believe that you do get what you pay for and that photography is not expensive if you just take the time to look at what you really get for your money. Thats why we have simplified the way we price for our service. Choose the time you need us there for, and then decide how we present the photographs to you. Of course I would love you have the most beautiful individually designed album, but you don’t have to. Whats more, is that you can chose to have this at a later date... perfect for your first anniversary for example!

So take a look at our new pricing structure and see for yourself - the best does not have to break the bank!!

As seen on TV! Story on Anglia News about the release of the Royal baby family photograph

Tuesday 20 August was an exciting day for us at Ashworth Photography. I had an unexpected call at about 10am from Claire at ITV Anglia news who was covering the story about the release of the family photograph of the new Royal baby taken by the Duchess of Cambridge’s father in their garden on a sunny summers day. Claire wanted to touch on the importance of capturing a baby at newborn stage, particularly professionally, and the fact that the Royals chose to release a more informal family snap taken by the baby's grandfather instead of a formal photograph that is more common with the Royal Family.  

So after making a few calls I was able to ask Catherine and Sophia who had been to the studio just the week before for some of our early baby shots, as she was just 14 days old.  We were both interviewed and filmed during a short photo session for the piece.  Catherine and Sophia were very natural on film and being about photography I found the questions very easy to answer!

Anyway we made a short video with the help of Hayley my assistant of the filming and we plan to edit the whole interview for anyone that's interested. The link to the news story is at the bottom of the post too...  Enjoy!



News story as soon on Anglia News - 20th August 2013

Portrait Photographer of the Year - Click 2013

Quite frankly I am amazed! Second time in a row, I have won Click portrait photographer of the Year. I was thrilled to win last year, and this time I am just as pleased…

Mark Ashworth wins Click award for photographer of the Year

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Mark wins Photographer of the Year award in national competition

I am delighted to have won the prestigious title of Click Photographer of the Year 2011, by the Click and Fresh group at a very special awards ceremony in North London on Sunday evening. I am so excited to have been selected from so many entries from plenty of other superb images.

I have been a member of this photographic group for around 5 years now who specialise in promoting and marketing professional photographers who specialise in
studio photography covering family portraits, baby photography, makeovers and more. The group is made up of over 100 studios nationwide and is dedicated to raising the quality of professional photography ensuring its members deliver nothing but the best to its customers. I entered 10 images, 4 of which were shortlisted to win. With only two categories, one for makeover and boudoir photography and one for portraits, the competition was very tough with over 500 entries to choose from. The SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Phototgraphers) judged the competition, who I have done many talks and seminars for over the years at their amazing annual photographic convention in London.

I hope to have a few quotes from Charlie and the judges to pass on soon - so watch this space!

Mark Ashworth wins Click award for photographer of the Year

Face of Cambridge Competition Winner 2011 announced

I am delighted to officially announce the 2011 winner of our very popular competition - The Face of Cambridge. Rosa Dama from Milton in Cambridgeshire was selected to win this very exciting and exclusive competition. I visited Louise Cummings, Editor of Cambridge Style magazine earlier in January for her to select her favourite image, and choose the Face of Cambridge. “Each year I I really look forward to January when we judge the Face of Cambridge” said Louise “Marks photography just gets better each year and the range of entrants makes choosing the winner a real challenge. With her delicate features, porcelain skin, slick bobbed hair and svelte frame she is definitely model material and her classic look instantly stood out.”

Rosa win’s a beautiful piece of wall art of her favourite image worth £500, as well has gracing the front cover of the February issue of Style magazine and a feature article inside. Style magazine is Cambridge’s leading high quality fashion orientated monthly publication is available FREE in many outlets across Cambridge.

We are now looking for the Face of Cambridge 2012. For just £30 you will have a professional make up session and hair-styling, followed by a fashion shoot. £15 of this fee is donated to Breast Cancer.

Please register your interest or call to book NOW - 01638 601571

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Front cover of Style Magazine - Face of Cambridge winner

SWPP convention 2012 - teaching Adobe InDesign

I have been giving talks and training seminars for many years often talking about running my own business and sharing information of wedding and portrait photography. I wanted to give back something a little different this year, and being a bit if a "techy" I wanted to share my knowledge of a very powerful piece of industry standard design software that has been a part of my workflow for many years.

professional training by Cambridge photographer Mark Ashworth

I love talking to fellow photographers and this annual convention is packed full of people wanting to learn from trainers and teachers with all genres in photography, especially wedding and portrait photography. I gave two talks on designing wedding album pages using Adobe Indesign - both of which were well attended. Covering the basics from creating a new document, to working with your images, creating designs and templates and exporting for print.

professional training by Cambridge photographer Mark Ashworth

Further courses are likely to be run in the form of webinars, basically training on line giving you the opportunity of learning right from your own desk at work or from your own home. If you would like to be kept informed of future courses please email me at mark(at)ashworthphotography.co.uk. Forgive me not posting a proper link - I get so much spam!

professional training by Cambridge photographer Mark Ashworth
professional training by Cambridge photographer Mark Ashworth


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Mark Ashworth wins First for photography award with Velvet Magazine

Velvet Magazine awards 2011
I am thrilled - for the third year running I have won the Velvet Magazine "First for Photography" award. This year Velvet magazine really pulled out all the stops for these very prestigious awards and held a fantastic event at Parsonage Barns in Wooddittion near Newmarket. The venue looked fantastic, beautifully decorated and the perfect size for this occasion. There was champagne and canapes on arrival and some fantastic entertainment. It was great to mingle with lots of local businesses, all very excited to be nominated for their categories. Velvet has a great reputation for supporting local businesses and tonight certainly showed their ongoing commitment to the business community.

mark ashworth velvet awards photography winner

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There was a raffle with some great prizes, all the money being donated to the East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity. The awards were given to 18 local businesses from in and around Cambridge and Newmarket, which were voted for by Velvet Magazine readers. To top all this on leaving everyone was presented a goody bag with lots of treats from some of the nominated companies. It was a great evening and I am very proud of this award....



Evelyn Ashworth - Born 17th June 2011

Sorry it has been a while since blogging, and even more sorry that I have not posted any images of my beautiful daughter! Kirsty gave birth to Evelyn Ashworth at 7.12am on Friday 17th June 2011 at Addenbrookes hospital Cambridge. Obviously we have been very busy over the last couple of weeks with a real shock to our system, and everyone is absolutely right - nothing prepares you for bringing another life into the world. We thought we had everything sorted......!!! Anyway Evelyn is a joy and she was born a very healthy and happy baby even though very large at 10 lbs. Here are a few images taken in the first week of her life. Much credit goes to my very talented friend Maria Murray for the last image on this post - a truly wonderful baby photographer. Thanks so much Maria!

Cambridge newborn baby photographer
Cambridge newborn baby photographer
Cambridge newborn baby photographer
Newborn photography by Maria Murray
This last image, taken by the very talented Maria Murray - thanks so much for a great set of photographs we will both treasure forever!

Winner of Style magazine Face of Cambridge 2010 announced

I am so very pleased to officially announce the 2010 winner of our very popular competition - The Face of Cambridge. Claudia Perkins from Girton in Cambridgeshire was selected to win this very exciting and exclusive competition. I visited Louise Cummings, Editor of Cambridge Style magazine earlier in January for her to select her favourite image, and choose the Face of Cambridge. “Mark has done it again! So many amazing images and different faces to choose from.” said Louise “The standard of photography and beauty within all the entrants made this years winner a tough choice. Claudia had a very natural but striking look in her entry photograph”

Claudia win’s a beautiful piece of wall art of her favourite image worth £500, as well has gracing the front cover of the February issue of Style magazine and a feature article inside. Style magazine is Cambridge’s leading high quality fashion orientated monthly publication is available FREE in many outlets across Cambridge.

We are now looking for the Face of Cambridge 2011. For just £30 you will have a professional make up session and hair-styling, followed by a fashion shoot. £15 of this fee is donated to Breast Cancer.

Please register your interest or call to book NOW - 01638 601571

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Mark wins the photographer category for Cambridge Velvet Magazine awards

I was delighted to receive the news that I have been awarded “First for Photography” in this years Velvet Magazine awards. I also won the category last year when the Magazine was called NKTBE, which covered Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Velvet magazine was launched about a year ago and was for the Cambridge area, but now the publications have merged and Velvet magazine now covers Cambridge, Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds.

In October’s edition the magazine featured the wedding of a lovely couple whose wedding I photographed at Audley End House. Just click on the image below to download a version you can read....

Thanks to all the readers that voted for us, and to Andy at Velvet Magazine.

Cambridge photographer wins award

Wedding photography article published in Velvet magazine

Baltic Wedding Photographer of the Year awards 2010

Nikon wedding photography competition entrants
Photographers from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia attend

I was invited by Nikon in Estonia to give a talk on professional wedding photography to photographers from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.  I gave a background on my photography business and explained how wedding photography works for me in Cambridge where I am based.  The seminar was sponsored by Nikon as well as some other local businesses.  The talk went down really well and 1 hour wasn't really enough!  Had it have been up to the delegates, I think they would have let me talk all afternoon.... but I was also there to judge their "Wedding Photographer of the Year" award.

wedding and portrait photographer talks in Estonia
Mark talks about wedding and portrait photography

cambridge photographer gives seminar

wedding photographer from Cambridge talks to photographers from the Baltics
Wedding and portrait photographer, Mark, talks to photographers from Baltic countries

This prestigious competition is run by Jana Sarglep and celebrates its 10th year anniversary this year, and attracts professional wedding photographers from all of these three countries.  Even though they have fairly small populations, they do their fair share of wedding photography and I was delighted to have been asked to be one of the UK judges.  I was accompanied by two other UK photographers, Steve Tarling and Denis Orchard, both who specialise in wedding photography, and also three other more local professional photographers with a range of disciplines, from fashion to PR and commercial.

Judges comment and score photographs
An intense day of judging over 300 professional wedding images

International judges
Judges from the UK, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia

With the top prize from Nikon being the amazing Nikon D3S professional digital camera, there were around 300 images to judge, which appeared in various categories.  Reportage Wedding Photography, Bride and Groom Wedding Photography, Bride or Groom only photography, and Detail Wedding Photography.  Whilst we had a great system for judging, unfortunately we were let down by technology and ended up having to turn to a manual voting system.  With 6 independent judges, there were often different views and opinions and the whole process took a lot longer than we anticipated.  We ran through non stop and after much deliberation came to a decision and picked a winner.  More information on the competition, including the winners, can be found here ...

photography judges pick the wedding photographer of the year
Picking a winner

Winner of Face of Cambridge 2009 makeover competition announced

I am so very pleased to officially announce the 2009 winner of our very popular competition - The Face of Cambridge. Arianna Liddle, from St Neots in Cambridgeshire was selected to win this very exciting and exclusive competition. I visited Louise Cummings, Editor of Cambridge Style magazine earlier in January for her to select her favourite image, and choose the Face of Cambridge. “I was blown away with the selection of photographs Mark had to show.” said Louise “There were so many lovely faces, but there was something very special about Arianna’s photograph”

Arianna win’s a beautiful piece of wall art of her favourite image worth £500, as well has gracing the front cover of the Feburary issue of Style magazine and a feature article inside. Style magazine is Cambridge’s leading high quality fashion orientated monthly publication is available FREE in many outlets across Cambridge.

We are now looking for the Face of Cambridge 2010. For just £30 you will have a professional make up session and hair-styling, followed by a fashion shoot. £15 of this fee is donated to Breast Cancer.

Please register you interest or call to book NOW - 01638 601571

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Mario Acerboni 3 from 1 Wedding Award Winner

I am thrilled!

I have just come back from the Master Photographers Association (MPA) National Awards Ceremony in Newcastle, and not only come away with 6 awards of merit, which are given for images considered to be of a superior standard, but also Winner of the Mario Acerboni 3 from 1 wedding category.

Entries came from all over the country and my images taken of Natalie and Jason’s Wedding at Audley End in Essex were selected as the winning images for the East Anglian region. I am delighted with the win and was presented with my trophy on Sunday night by Steve Walton, International Judge and Fellow of the MPA.

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Cambridge Photographer wins award
Steve Walton (Left) presented me with my award.

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winning wedding photograph of couple

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Mark features in SWPP industry magazine

Industry trade association Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP) feature an article I wrote on wedding and portrait photography this month. The association is the biggest in the country with many members both here in the UK and internationally. I often speak at their huge convention in every January and next year is no exception. This year my talks will be about Family portraiture and Weddings. If you are a photographer and will be at the convention - make sure you come along to my seminars!

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Wedding photograph by Mark, makes cover of An Essex Wedding again!

I am popular in Essex at the moment! This months cover shot was taken of my sister at her wedding back in April, and both she and I was delighted that Lisa, the Editor of the magazine, chose it for the cover. The July issue also features a wedding I shot at Spains Hall last year - Colin and Carla on 13th September.

Below is the cover, and the full real life wedding article can be downloaded from our resources page.



Real life wedding article in An Essex Wedding Magazine

Mark features in Photo Pro magazine

Probably the industry's leading professional photography magazine, Photo Pro, contacted me some weeks back and asked me to write an article on social portrait photography. Having been in the business of wedding and portrait photography for some 15 years, I certainly have the experience to pass on! I really enjoyed writing the article which covered things like how I got started, what gear I use, and how to photograph people of different ages. My work is very diverse, and so I was able to give a real insight into the different aspects of portrait photography, both on location and in the studio.

Below is a snapshot of the article, just click to download the full article.

Photo Pro Magazine Article

Mark wins awards again!

I am delighted! Yesterday I attended a day seminar delivered by multi award winning photographer and chairman of international judging - Kevin Wilson FMPA, FBIPP, FRPS. He gave a great talk about wedding and portrait photography and judged the print competition in the afternoon. The entries came from all over London and Essex and there was lots of strong images. Kevin picked two of my images as winners and awarded another a merit.

MPA.le Portrait Photographer of the Year 2009 - winning imagePortrait Photograph of the Year

MPA.le Travel Photographer of the Year 2009 - winning imageTravel photographer of the Year

Photography Monthly Podcast

Yesterday I spent the afternoon with the team at Photography Monthly Magazine to discuss wedding photography amongst other things on their monthly podcast. Check out the podcast by following this link to itunes, or direct from their website at Photography Monthly.

Enjoy listening!

An Essex Wedding Magazine

I love photographing weddings and I am always thrilled when a magazine editor wants to feature one of my happy couple’s wedding photography in their magazines. This month An Essex Wedding featured Cathy and Daniels wedding from October last year, and even put one of Cathy’s photos on the front cover. She was delighted to be featured and have the chance to tell everyone about their special day.

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Featuring...Ashworth Photography

I have not posted for a while as we have been really busy with a new Face of 2009 competition, taking family and childrens portraits in the studio and testing some new equipment. I have also been busy telling lots more people about our services. We have been featured in lots of publications lately and felt that it would be great to share them with those who may not have seen them yet...

Article written for Professional Photographer - the new Hasselblad H3DII-31 camera


Face of Cambridge promotion - as featured in Cambridge Evening News


Cambridge Agenda magazine - wedding feature


NKTBE magazine for Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds - wedding feature

Family Portrait Week


This week is officially Family Portrait Week, and we are proud to be associated with this brand new initiative that is dedicated to bringing families together and capture a moment you can keep forever.

The scheme launched in London last Friday and amongst many others was supported by HRH Princess Michael of Kent David Cameron MP. Simply by making a minimum donation to the Variety Club, one of the largest charities that supports disadvantaged children, you will be entitled to a family portrait session including a 7” x 5” print of your choice. Your voucher can be purchased at any time and is valid for six months from date of issue
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As one of the leading family portrait photographers in the country, we are delighted to be part of such a fantastic opportunity that encourages you to get your family together for a fabulous photograph and help those less fortunate than us at the same time.

Simply go to the official site, make your donation and redeem you special e-voucher with us!

February Style Magazine

Congratulations once again to of Face of Cambridge 2008 winner - Susie Diver. Her fabulous photos featured in February’s Style magazine, and also the FRONT COVER!




SWPP Photography Convention London

Hi Everyone

I have just come back from an amazing four days at the SWPP convention in London - the largest of its kind in Europe. I gave two talks to many photographers across the UK, Europe and the US. I was sharing 15 years of my experience in the industry of wedding and portrait photography. We were packed out with people standing and sitting on the floor - we even had to turn people away!

Our talks were all about how we ensure the best customer service, offer consistent high quality photography, and receive testimonials from most of our clients. Thanks to all those who attended, and thanks to those who have already sent us positive feedback.

I hope to be doing some more talks this year - please let me know if you are interested...

Mark Ashworth giving a talk at photographic convention

Mark Ashworth during his seminar

Mark Ashworth talks to professional photographers

A room full of photographers for Mark Ashworths seminar

Face of Cambridge 2008 - Winner

Our many congratulations go to Susie Diver, our winner of the Face of Cambridge competition 2008. Launched in the Style magazine, the competition has been very popular bringing us many faces to photograph over the last year. I visited Debbie Tweedie, the editor of Style, last week for her to pick a winner for us. “All the pictures were fantastic, so much variety. Our magazine follows fashion carefully and it really shows that our readers are style conscious. Together with Mark’s great fashion photography, I found it very difficult to select a winner.”

With the help of some of the other girls on Debbie’s team, we settled on Susie’s picture. “Her eyes in this image are just amazing, and such a natural expression, we just kept coming back to this photograph”, says Debbie.

Susie has won £500 worth of photography from us and is delighted to win. Check out the Style magazine in February for a full article and story.

In the mean time, we are now looking for the Face of Cambridge 2009. For just £30 you will have a professional make up session and hair-styling, followed by a fashion shoot. £15 of this fee is donated to Breast Cancer.

Please register you interest or call to book NOW - 01638 601571

Susie Diver, winner of Face of Cambridge Competition

Mark talks at SWPP convention

This week I have been really busy preparing a couple of talks to give at one of the biggest photographic conventions in Europe. Set to take place next week, the conference runs for 6 days in the heart of the London. I will be passing on my knowledge and experience to fellow photographers in the industry both new and established. I will talk about what we offer our clients and how we ensure that they are delighted with our photography.

I will post some more info and pictures after the event...watch this space!

Real Life Wedding Feature

I am delighted to have one of my weddings feature in the real life wedding section of leading UK wedding magazine, You and Your Wedding. Rachel and Andrew were married about a year ago, but as it is approaching that time of year it was important for the magazine to feature a fabulous winter wedding. Their reception took place at the beautiful Woburn Abbey after their wedding ceremony in nearby village of Barton le Clay.

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Real life wedding feature in leading Wedding magazine

Watch me at work

Hi everyone - Watch me at a wedding.

This footage was from a wedding at St Johns College Cambridge with a reception at Wimpole Hall. It shows me having fun with the photography on a very hot summers day! Video footage kindly prepared by Headspin - a fantastic video production company. Enjoy watching - and remember to turn up the volume...















You will need a broadband connection and the latest Flash Player for Mac or PC to watch this - download from here. If you are using Internet Explorer 7 on a PC and experience problems - please try this. Go to Tools Menu>Internet Options. Click Advanced Tab, select "Restore Advanced Settings" click OK and restart your browser. Please be patient during busier times - the progress bar at the bottom of the movie will indicate the load speed. If necessary, pause the movie and wait until the download reaches 100%.

You and Your Wedding Front Cover Result!

A few weeks ago I was delighted to win a very prestigious competition. You and Your Wedding magazine (the UK's leading wedding magazine) and the Master Photographers Association ran a competition with all their qualified photographers across the country. Out of the thousands of images submitted the editorial team at You and Your Wedding picked one of mine to feature on this months edition!

front cover of you and your wedding photography supplement

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New Studio

We are proud to announce the official opening of our new studio. It has a spacious and airy feel with a relaxed and contemporary feel with its natural wood flooring and modern furnishings. With the right music to set the mood, we are sure you will enjoy every minute of your portrait shoot with us....
We are offering a complimentary session (worth £50!) for everyone who sees this offer....
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Contemporary portrait studio in Burwell near Cambridge

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