A newly wed same sex couple walk through a shower of confetti at The Beacon House in Whitstable, Kent photographed by Simon Hawkins Documentary Photography

Amazing Words about my Documentary Wedding Photography, Engagement Shoots and Bridal Portraits


You don’t need to take it from me, you can take it direct from the horse’s mouth so to speak. My lovely clients who make my photography everything that it is. Word of mouth is a powerful thing, and most of my bookings come from this very route. If you are suitably impressed by these testimonials then please GET IN TOUCH so we can talk about all your photography needs.

Lucy and James

“We had a wonderful morning at our engagement shoot. The combination of choosing our favourite location and Simon’s friendly, relaxed approach made us feel really comfortable – especially as we were both quite nervous! After a week of gorgeous sunshine I was gutted to wake up to a foggy and overcast morning on the day of the shoot, however, Simon used the weather to create some stunning atmospheric shots which I could never have imagined. With a grand total of around 3 photos of us together leading up to our engagement I am so glad we went ahead as we now have a fabulous collection of images, ranging from fun and colourful, to intimate and romantic. 10/10 would recommend!!”

Jenny and Mario

“We were so lucky to find Simon, only choosing him because we had the same name and thought it might be a lucky omen, how right we were .
He was so in obtrusive, enjoying our day with us and a great and modern eye for a good shot. We our eternally grateful for his work, he captured things that we were too busy to see and memories that will last forever, many thanks simon x”

To stay up to date with all my work visit MY BLOG where you can see the most recent weddings and some of my favourite images taken over the last year.

Hannah and Matt

“We were engaged and it was time to choose our photographer. Where do you start! We got in contact with Simon and we had a chat and went through exactly what we wanted. We didn’t want the “Classic” posing pictures, pictures of my shoes, a picture of my perfume and everyone forced to stand together and smile. Thankfully Simon didn’t like this either! He turned up early on the day, and introduced himself to our family and friends. You wouldn’t even know he was around. He managed to capture our wedding perfectly. He has a great eye for noticing silly little things that make you smile. Something that a bride or groom cant see on the day as they are too busy enjoying themselves. Looking through our pictures we both felt emotional and I think Simon did too secretly! You can tell he loves what he does. If you want posed, ordinary wedding pictures then Simon isn’t for you. If you want someone to capture your day honestly and with emotion he’s your guy. We loved his work so much we have already booked him for a party. Thank you for being great! :-)”

If you would like to see more from Hannah and Matt’s wedding just CLICK HERE TO SEE THEIR WEDDING GALLERY.

Gina and Paul

“Simon Hawkins was our wedding photographer on 13th July 2015 Simon is such a friendly, down to earth guy with so many great ideas and is certainly amazing at what he does. Myself and my husband Paul both wanted him to capture true moments rather than too many formal pictures. We are so happy with his professional yet warm character, and are so pleased he photographed our wedding. We have ended up with so many amazing photos and it has been difficult to choose from them to make our wedding album which I though was great as we love every shot they all tell the story and portray the day in the way we wanted it to. Simon was so kind and friendly towards myself, family friends and guests on our wedding day. So if anyone is after a trustworthy, warm friendly face and experienced professional photographer please don’t hesitate he was the best decision we made. Thank you so much Simon love the BROWNS xxxx”

To check out Gina and Paul’s full WEDDING GALLERY simply click on the blue link 🙂

Beccy and Saul

“Simon photographed our wedding in August this year on what was the hottest day. I’m sure he would agree!
Simon was not intrusive at all and I felt totally at ease with him.
Very friendly, reliable and most of all professional.
Our wedding photos were everything I had dreamt of and more!
He captured our day perfectly and great to see the real emotions on our guests faces. Would definitely recommend to anybody looking for their big day. Thanks again Simon!”

Rachel and Adam

My fiancee and I both normally hate photos- Simon’s work appealed to us because of his relaxed, fun approach and desire to create true to life photos that capture the special moments between two people. The photos were artistic, but avoided being cheesy and staged and we absolutely love them. I can’t recommend him enough!
All I can say is if your looking for a natural photographer who is relaxed and willing to meet all your needs then this is your man!
We can’t thank you enough Simon and we can’t wait to purchase and receive our photo album 🙂

Roisin and Brad

“My fiancé and I had the amazing experience of an engagement shoot with Simon. It was very relaxed, friendly and professional. As a first photoshoot for the both of us we didn’t really know what to expect, but Simon made us feel very relaxed and the photos he took show this. His personality helped us to just enjoy the shoot as he is really down to earth, easy to get along with, as well as being professional.

We had a two section shoot, with the first part being more intimate which ended up being some of our favourite ever photos! And an absolutely brilliant and hilarious second part, with a holi powder fight! The pictures came out amazing and it was great to see the colour fight in action!”

If you like the sound of Roisin and Brad’s engagement shoot in the Kent countryside you can see the whole thing over ON MY BLOG…oh and by the way, they were so pleased with the photo’s they booked me for their wedding at the Old Kent Barn this year.

Lorna and Rob

“Hi Simon, we just wanted to say a massive ‘Thank You’ for everything wedding photoy (is that even a word!?) that you did for us. You captured every monet perfectly telling the story of our day and love beautifully. We wish you and your girls all the luck in the world and that your photography career continues. If we ever get married again – you’ll be the 1st person we call! Ha”

THE MULBERRY TREE near Boughton Monchelsea in Kent is a beautiful venue and one that I shoot at regularly so keep click on that blue link to check out “A Day in their life” to see all the hard work that goes into creating some awesome food!

Molly and Jordan

So our wedding was August this year! Best day of our lives! We had a photographer and he decided to go travelling and we lost our deposit….long story!
We searched looking for a photographer with just a few months to go! But we didn’t want any photographer, (we hate photos) we were looking for a natural photographer that took natural shots with a few of the typical posed shots (for our parents).
Someone recommended Simon and we went to meet him. Well what can I say, he was approachable, relaxing and showed us his amazing shots and video of photos. We told him what we wanted and how we hated photos and he catered for our needs haha! Couldn’t believe we found this amazing photographer with a few months to go that was happy to deal with 2 people that hate photos!
The wedding day, well he kept my talkative dad entertained and blended in. Made us all feel comfortable. The guests loved that he blended in and caught the best moments that would never be captured in “posed” photographs!
After the wedding we went to Simon’s amazing home, where he showed us the video of photos and gave us a USB with all our 600+ shots! I couldn’t quite believe it. There was not one or two but loads of shots where my husband and I actually looked good haha!
When I got home I watched the video of photos again and it made me cry, actually following the wedding blues I watched it every day for at least a week and every day it made me cry with happiness (and I never cry). The photos and video enabled us to relive our special day and that’s all thanks to Simon!
We were going to get a videographer but I must say if your thinking of getting one, well don’t! Simon’s creation of the photos through a video is the best ever!
All I can say is if your looking for a natural photographer who is relaxed and willing to meet all your needs then this is your man!
We can’t thank you enough Simon and we can’t wait to purchase and receive our photo album 🙂


I’m not a natural when it comes to having a photo taken and was really nervous. However, that’s now a thing of the past thanks to Simon and Katie (pretty please by Katie- you must search her) I ended up having great fun and love what I’ve seen of the shoot already. I would recommend Simon for all types of photography. Huge thanks Simon!

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