Ray Sawyer

Award Winning Durham Wedding Photographer

Hey. Thank you for taking the time to visit my site and learn about me and my work. My name is Ray and I’m an Award winning wedding and lifestyle photographer. I’m originally from Newcastle Upon Tyne, however, I have lived in County Durham since 1998 and love it. The name Sawyer and Sawyer was born at the same time as my son; Tobias. I named the business in the hopes one day in the future my son and I could work together. I now have a beautiful daughter too, which hopefully means there will be three Sawyer’s ‘capturing consistently beautiful images which is my mission.

I understand how important it is to use a wedding photographer who is happy to take the time to get to know both of you. Someone who is then able to use that knowledge to capture those special moments others might miss. When its time to choose a wedding photographer, the best choice will be someone who you trust and makes you feel relaxed – a photographer you “click” with.

My relaxed style of wedding photography combined with a true passion for your day helps me capture not only those special moments but those precious and spontaneous ones, too – those moments of true emotion and those fleeting moments that will bring back happy memories for years to come. I provide a very flexible wedding photography service throughout the UK and can be booked anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 years, in advance. I offer a high quality service at affordable prices. I would describe my style of wedding photography as Lifestyle / Photojournalistic with a splash of Creative / Artistic.

I shoot between 40-50 weddings each year. Every wedding is approximately a 40-hour job from consultation to completion.

My approach on a wedding day is relaxed and informal as I want you to feel comfortable with my presence, as if I was just another guest. I’m a likeable character and not afraid to laugh along with you and your guests whilst doing my job. Its an important day, you need a photographer you actually like. I would describe my style of wedding photography as Lifestyle/Photojournalistic with a splash of Creative/Artistic.

One of my most favourite styles. Lifestyle Photography has a re-defined photojournalistic approach. It’s candid, however, has some small direction and styling from myself to give a more approachable feel and a natural approach. This style of photography is popular for following the couple and the guests throughout the day while recording the events of the wedding as they happen in an unobtrusive manner.

I love to capture a few creative shots either with off-camera flash, whip pans, slow shutter speeds or even creating huge pano-stich artworks with super shallow depth of field which can span your entire living room wall. I know that didn’t make any sense let’s just say I create some awesome imagery you will love. A great time of day for off-camera flash photos would be 30 minutes either side of sunset, so if your wedding/reception is later in the afternoon/evening then we can have some fun.

To capture consistently beautiful images.


Apex Awards are the top 1% of images submitted.
Summit Awards 
are the top 2-3% of images submitted.
Ascent Awards
are the top 3-5% of images submitted.


Wedisson Awards is an International Wedding Photography Contest which holds Wedding photography competitions every month. The results of each Collection are published every month on the Website and Instagram page. Less then 10% of all photographs are chosen.

Wedisson Award Wedding Photography July
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Weddison 2018 AVATAR
Weddison 2017 AVATAR
As Seen In Belle Bridal Magazine
Wedisson Award Wedding Photography July
Weddison 2018 AVATAR
As Seen In Belle Bridal Magazine
Wedisson Award Wedding Photography June
Weddison 2017 AVATAR

“How lucky we were to find such a genuine and down to earth bloke that is also an excellent photographer, I honestly cannot recommend him highly enough, if you are looking for a photographer then look no further, thanks Ray!”

Pamela & Cris - 9th August 2018

“Absolutely amazing photographer couldn’t of asked for anyone better. Ray just made us feel at ease, he was there from start to finish on our big day , he went above and beyond to get the best shots even waited untill the sun went down at 9.15 just to catch an amazing shot, Ray just felt part of or big day, he talked to all of the guest, laughed and had a good time himself. My photos are just perfect thank you Ray x”

Jen & Andrew - 2nd August 2018

“Awesome photographer and more so great guy, Really helpful during the day ! Couldn’t Recommend a better person to do your wedding photos ! Thanks Ray !”

Lauren & James - 28th July 2018

“Fabulous! We booked Ray for our wedding on 21st July 2018. He made us feel at ease straight away! He was very efficient which meant that we could maximise the time spent with our guests. I would definitely recommend Ray!”

Jacqueline & Shabin - 21st July 2018

“Amazing! Booked ray for our wedding 12th July in the Lake District and we are so pleased with the pictures! Also it was important to us that the day felt relaxed which ray certainly helped with, mixing brilliantly with ourselves and our guests! Would highly recommend!”

Kirsty & James - 12th July 2018

“Myself and Kirsty booked Ray for our engagement shoot. Ray traveled over to Cumbria with us and shot at Aira Force the day before our wedding. The pictures were absolutely incredible and speak for themselves. Ray was very relaxed and coached us both through the shoot. He also went the extra mile to get some incredible shots of not just myself and kirsty but also of our little boy and parents. Couldnt recommend Ray more for any type of shoot.”

Kirsty & James - 11th July 2018

“Ray was our photographer at our wedding on the 8th July 2018 at Newcastle Racecourse and what can I say he is an amazing man and photographer. He made us feel at ease and did a fantastic job the whole day, everyone was saying what a lovely photographer we had! I would recommend him to everyone and the photos are absolutely amazing!!!”

Carly & Ant - 8th July 2018

“Well where do I start!! My Husband and I got married on Saturday at Bowburn Hall! Ray you were amazing from start to finish! Everybody was commenting on how professional you are!! I’m so glad that we choose you to be our photographer!! Highly recommended!!”

Louise & Shaun - 23rd June 2018

“We booked Ray as our wedding photographer on 16th June 2018. What a guy!! He was very relaxed which rubbed off on us during a manic day. Ray was very amenable and not demanding at all, he rolled with whatever we wanted. He is a very friendly chap!! Ray went above and beyond on our special day. He stayed long after the time he should have in order to capture some great shots as the sun was setting. Hundreds of pictures were taken by Ray but he had all of the edited shots to us in a matter of days…..great service. We would definitely recommend Ray.”

Hollie & Aidan - 16th June 2018

“100% reccomend Ray. He went above and beyond for us and couldn’t of done any better!! Even with the little bit of rain he still managed to get some amazing shots!!! Thank you Ray.”

Jodie & Matt - 25th May 2018

“I could not thank Ray enough for everything he did for us on the day. The pictures are stunning! I would recommend Ray to anyone still looking for a photographer. His professionalism, direction and sense of humour are second to none! During the day he kept me calm and knew what to say. Thanks for making our day!”

Anita & Scott - 12th May 2018

“Just want to thank you again for the fantastic pictures we are both over the moon with them! You kept us all clam and smiling all day in that heat haha! Definitely will be highly recommending you Ray! Thanks again!”

Lauren & Terry Tyers - 5th May 2018

“Cannot recommend Ray highly enough, he did our wedding shoot in April, and was brilliant. Made us and our guests feel at ease and got some amazing pictures, Thank You Ray for being part of our day.”

Caroline & Peter - 14th April 2018

“Ray is amazing!! – We had an engagement shoot with him before our wedding (also booked with Ray) and the photos were out of this world. He was willing to meet us at the crack of dawn to capture the sunrise and nothing was too much to ask of him. We got our engagement photos from Ray on the same day so we didn’t have the long anticipated wait to see the finished product and we were blown away by them.”

Hollie & Aidan - 13th March 2018

“Ray shot our wedding on Sunday couldn’t ask for a better person, he made us feel so comfortable and relaxed from the word go made everyone laugh and does anything he can to get the best shot possible even if it means army crawling or laying down in a muddy puddle for us! so clever and inventive the final results are epic! All our guests were full of compliments for him and they are thoroughly deserved. THANK YOU X”

Rachel & Dan - 18th February 2018

“Absolutely amazing, cannot recommend Ray enough. He is a really awesome bloke, non intrusive, he listened and fulfilled all our requests even if that meant him getting soaked in the rain. He was very encouraging and made us both feel completely at ease in front of the camera. He was engaging with all our friends and family and we couldn’t have asked for more.”

Claire & Paul - 3rd February 2018

“We had a lovely shoot on the 29th December with the whole family. Ray was excellent, he made us feel very comfortable and nothing was too much trouble. He got soaked in the snow getting the best shots and capturing the kids attention. Thanks for making it so easy.”

Lynsey McCauley - 29th December 2017

“Today we had an outdoor photoshoot at hardwick Park. Ray captured some really lovely images. We are very happy with our photos. Definitely recommend. Thanks again Ray.”

Nicola Sahin - 12th November 2017

“We had a lovely little session with Ray for a family photo shoot. He went the full mile singing and dancing to catch the little one’s attention and we ended up with a beautiful set of photos, which were incredibly promptly delivered. We would definitely recommend his service and will likely be return costumers. Thanks!”

Karen Vejsbjerg - 11th November 2017

“Had my second family shoot the other week took some hard work with my son to smile nicely but what amazing results we got back all edited the same day ray has a lot patience and is an amazing photographer have recommended a few times and great prices thank you.”

Ann-Marie Roy - 6th November 2017

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