Kind Words

My clients are very kind with what they say about my work and it is a pleasure to be able to share some of the comments that they have made with you. Below are some kind words and reviews from my past clients and what they have thought about working with me and the photography I have produced. If after reading through these lovely testimonials you would like to check on my availability, request a full brochure or book in a private consultation please get in touch with your wedding date and venue via my contact page. It would be a pleasure to hear what you have planned for your wedding day and to show you my work in person.

Steph & Dean – Rhinefield House – 20th February 2020

New Forest Alternative wedding photography by award winning Hampshire wedding photographer Martin Bell

“An absolute pleasure to deal with from the first point of contact through to the wedding. His pictures speak for themselves which is why we decided it was a must to go with him as our choice. I hate having my photo taken and I hate most overly formal things in general. I didn’t expect to enjoy the experience of wedding photography even if I expected the outcome to be worth going through the motions with it. I cannot tell you how wrong I was in this case! I actually had a great time having my photo taken with Dean. It was fun and natural and Martin was great with everyone all day – such a talented photographer. Our first mini selection were above and beyond our expectations and we’re excited to see them all. Do not hesitate to book in with Martin because you will not find someone better. What an absolute pleasure that has been! Thank you for being a part of our day and capturing it perfectly. Could not recommend enough!”

Emily & Charlie – Rhinefield House – 14th December 2019

Rhinefield House Christmas wedding photography by award winning Hampshire wedding photographer Martin Bell

“Thank you so much for the STUNNING photographs. Thank you again for doing such an amazing job and for also helping Mike with running around and getting us where we needed to be. We were completely stress-free from start to finish and were able to enjoy every minute. Something I didn’t think would happen for me. The ones with my parents is something so special and beautiful, thank you. Thank you again, you really have done an amazing job! Beyond thrilled!!!!”

Marianna & Jamie – Upwaltham Barns – 23rd November 2019

Award winning Hampshire wedding photographer - Upwaltham Barns by Martin Bell Photography

“I am obsessed with our wedding photos and can’t stop looking at them – it’s like reliving the highlights of the day every time! I’ve shown a few of them to my colleagues at work and one of them commented that the sneak peak photos you sent were far better than any of the photos their photographer got at their wedding, so we feel very lucky indeed :)”

Abi & Tom – Barford Park Barn – 26th October 2019

A beautiful Barford Park Barn autumn wedding by award winning hampshire wedding photographer Martin Bell

“Thank you so much!! We absolutely love them! You made us feel so at ease!”

Melissa & Ashley – Rhinefield House – 25th October 2019

An elegant wedding at Rhinefield House by award winning hampshire wedding photographer Martin Bell

“Thank you so much, it was the most perfect day & you have captured so many amazing moments! I’m so glad we got you for our day!! YOU ARE AMAZING!!! We mostly got away with the rain in the day and was slightly happy it rained like crazy in the evening we did really want this picture!!!!!!”

Chelsea & Sam – Rhinefield House – 19th October 2019

Award winning Hampshire wedding photographer - Bride and Groom portraits by Martin Bell Photography

“THANK YOU!! Thank you for taking such wonderful photos and thank you for capturing every single moment of happiness from our day. I have looked through these photos so many times now, and I cannot settle on a favourite – it’s too hard. Each time we look through them with our family, we are reminded of the pure happiness that the day held and represented, and of the laughter and joy shown on each persons face! You have portrayed it so perfectly and those feelings are brought back with each photo. We cannot thank you enough for doing such a wonderful job and for being a part of a day we won’t ever forget. I am glad that we still have more work to do with you on the photo album because it is such a pleasure to work with you!!”

Laura & Alan – Rhinefield House – 6th October 2019

New Forest Autumn wedding photography by award winning Hampshire wedding photographer Martin Bell

“There is not one thing we would change about our experience with Martin. In fact, it’s hard to imagine what our wedding day would have been like without him! Such a professional yet personal service. Our photos are a true representation of our day, so many beautiful moments captured. We also ordered an album through Martin in which we would highly recommend – Martin also made this process really easy for us. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Martin.”

Celia & Graham – Rhinefield House – 20th September 2019

Rhinefield House wedding photography by multi award winning wedding photographer Martin Bell.

“Martin made our day so easy and his photos are beautiful. He is very patient, will spend the time working through timetables and is flexible when it comes to the day. He even stayed on past the normal time to capture a special moment for us. If you are looking for a wedding photographer I couldn’t recommend him more.”

Annie & George – Rhinefield House – 7th September 2019

New Forest summer wedding photography at Rhinefield House by multi award winning wedding photographer Martin Bell.

“If you’ve got to the stage where you’re looking at reviews, you’ve found your photographer. His work speaks for itself. Martin is spectacular, his talent is only overshadowed by how much of a genuine person he is; he made us feel so comfortable behind the camera we didn’t want it to stop, which is a big thing for us as we generally dive out the way for photos. The way he captures your day is brilliant, catching moments we hadn’t realised happened or went by too quickly to take in. He’s honest with what works and was always scouting the area for the perfect moment to whisk us off for a couple of shots; giving us a perfect structure for the day. From the moment we met Martin we knew he was the one for us, but it was only on the wedding day and when we received our photos that we realised how important the right photographer is. He’s left us with some great memories of our day which we can cherish for the rest of our lives, best decision of the wedding by far. Thank you, Martin”

Jen & Chris – Moorhill House Hotel – 10th August 2019

Moorhill House wedding photography by multi award winning wedding photographer Martin Bell.

“We were truly stunned by Martin’s professionalism, friendliness and his ability to capture the moments that truly matter. He was accommodating with last minute requests and adapted with moving timelines. Our favourite moments were when we were off with Martin, and we do not normally like having our picture taken at all! The pictures that we have received are beyond incredible and transported me back to the day. If I had to do my wedding a thousand times over, I’d pick Martin every single time!!”

Julia & Aaron – Rhinefield House – 13th July 2019

Rhinefield House Summer wedding photography by multi award winning wedding photographer Martin Bell.

“Martin was extremely professional and has one of the best eyes for photography I’ve seen! He was outstanding throughout the whole day making sure we were always comfortable and consistently made us not worry about the day. When receiving our photo album I was shocked at how amazing these turned out, through his deep understanding of camera lighting and angles it really shows why he has won so many awards. Thank you Martin.”

Craig & Molly – Leeds Castle – 22nd June 2019

Leeds Castle wedding photography by multi award winning wedding photographer Martin Bell.

“My wife and I were incredibly happy with the service provided by Martin. He captured the day incredibly well and think the pictures he took are some of the best we’ve ever seen. Not only did he do an incredible job on the day he went above and beyond as he was at the venue the day before to ensure the pictures he took captured what my wife and I explained to him in the brief. We highly recommend Martin for anyone looking for a photographer in the future.”

Emily & James – Coombe Lodge – 13th June 2019

Coombe Lodge at Blagdon wedding photography by multi award winning wedding photographer Martin Bell.

“Martin is a true professional and a joy to work with from start to finish, he put us at ease during our engagement shoot and made our wedding day stress free. Our guests commented on his professionalism and passion throughout the day, qualities which really shine through in the stunning photos. Without a doubt Martin exceeded our expectations, his care and attention to detail was exceptional, and helped make our wedding day extra special as well. Our wedding photos are the envy of our friends.”

Charlotte & Rob – Manor at Sway – 7th June 2019

The Manor at Sway wedding photography by multi award winning wedding photographer Martin Bell.

“Martin has a talent of instinctively knowing when a special moment is about to happen and capturing it without being at all intrusive. Neither myself or my husband like having our photo taken, but the time we spent alone with Martin after the ceremony was so special to us. We experienced heavy rain in the evening and I wouldn’t have wished for any other weather. The pictures taken in the rain are spectacular and we had so much fun with Martin.”

Kelly & Stephen – Careys Manor – 27th May 2019

Careys Manor wedding photography by award winning Hampshire wedding photographer Martin Bell.

“Martin is truly an amazing photographer. Everything we asked for he was able to capture and present in such a beautiful way. His communication is excellent and nothing is ever too much. Our wedding photography dreams came true and our family and friends also commented on his photography style and passion for what he does. There really is nothing we can fault. Just outstanding from the initial chat to album collection.”

Lai & James – Rhinefield House – 26th May 2019

Oriental Rhinefield House weddings by award winning Hampshire wedding photographer Martin Bell.

“Martin did a fantastic job of putting us completely at ease at the planning stage and really went above and beyond on the day, quietly going about helping with non-photographic things that would have been forgotten otherwise! It was a real pleasure having our photos taken and we are really pleased with the results, we would have no hesitation on recommending Martin.”

Hayley & Dan – Rhinefield House – 24th May 2019

The best wedding photography of 2019 by award winning Hampshire wedding photographer Martin Bell

“Martin was a saving grace on the wedding day. He is one of a kind and more than just a photographer. We couldn’t have asked for a more professional and attentive photographer, his attention to detail is second to none. We could not reccomend Martin more to capture special moments on your wedding day.”

Emma & Andy – New Place – 18th May 2019

New Place wedding photography by award winning Hampshire wedding photographer Martin Bell.

“Martin was warm and welcoming from the moment we met him. We felt valued and despite the number of weddings he does, makes each couple feel special. He was unobtrusive on the day and we have a fabulous selection of photos. He took some stunning shots even for those who don’t like their photo taken. His nighttime shots have been described by friends and family as “fairytale” and the “father of the bride reveal” captures phenomenal raw emotion in a beautiful way.”

Laura & Michael – Lainston House – 11th May 2019

Lainston House wedding photography by award winning Hampshire wedding photographer Martin Bell.

“We knew from the first point we met Martin that he was to be our wedding photographer. He was so chilled and down to earth and not over the top which is what we wanted! On the day martin was amazing, we had him from bridal prep right through to the evening. He kept me very relaxed in the morning and when we did the private bride and groom photos everything was so natural. He just blended into the background and captured our day perfectly!”

Zoe & Hadley – The Elvetham – 27th April 2019

The Elvetham wedding photography by award winning Hampshire wedding photographer Martin Bell.

“Martin’s photography speaks for itself; it’s breathtakingly beautiful, and when speaking with him you can sense a real care for his customers and a true passion for his craft. He did everything he could for us and more. Our wedding photographs are out of this world, we have not stopped looking through them and I don’t think we ever will. We can’t thank Martin enough for everything he did on the day itself and for our photographs. Martin has given us memories to cherish forever. PRICELESS.”

Sammy & James – Lainston House – 24th November 2018

Lainston House wedding photography by award winning Hampshire wedding photographer - Martin Bell Photography

“We came across Martin via the internet and his previous work at Lainston House (especially his nighttime work) stood out for us both! He listened intently to how we wished for the day to unfold, and Martin organised our friends/family confidently when needed, but importantly allowed us to enjoy our day to the full whilst still taking fantastic pictures throughout!! I couldn’t recommend him more, and we are both thrilled about the lifetime memories you have been able to capture. Thank you :)”

Debbie & Matt – New Place – 3rd November 2018

New Place wedding photography by award winning Hampshire wedding photographer - Martin Bell Photography

“I cannot praise Martin highly enough! He is the definition of professionalism and enthusiasm. Incredibly skilled at his work, he not only provided us with outstanding photos but he did so in an unobtrusive way and endeared himself to our family and friends too. We’ve had so many people comment on how lovely he was throughout the day. Not afraid to give direction to our guests, but in a polite way. Also gave us tips on how to do a good first dance! He put us at ease the whole time. 10/10!”

Charly & Ben – Rhinefield House – 27th October 2018

Rhinefield House autumn wedding by award winning Hampshire wedding photographer - Martin Bell Photography

“Martin was fantastic from the very first contact we had. His photography is stunning but he is also a brilliant guy and we felt so relaxed with him on our special day. All of our guests commented on how wonderful he was and he got the pictures we wanted and captured our day beautifully without noticing he was even there with his camera the majority of the time. We would highly recommend Martin for anyone needing a photographer.”

Nicole & Miles – Rhinefield House 13th October 2018

Rhinefield House Military Wedding by award winning Hampshire wedding photographer - Martin Bell Photography

“Neither of us are particularly comfortable in front of the camera , Martin is such a genuine, kind and interesting person he made us feel at ease, was fast and conscious we didn’t want to spend all day taking photos. His attention to detail was faultless. At times he used techniques that made us think he was mad, shooting through leaves & glasses & into light sources, he quickly showed us the results on his camera and we were blown away by the beautiful & unique effects he was able to create.”

Rachael & Philip – Lancing College Chapel & Pangdean Old Barn – 23rd August 2018

lancing college chapel wedding photography by Martin Bell Photography

“We couldn’t have wished to work with a better photographer for our wedding in August 2018. We whittled the rather daunting choice of Wedding Photographers down to two; one who had photographed at our venues before and Martin. Our early communication with Martin was hugely reassuring and we are so pleased we went with him in the end. Martin worked with us to create something unique and special, using both of the venues and surroundings with great innovation and subtlety. He brought great ideas and took on board our own vision with warmth and excitement. On the day he was incredibly respectful to us, our guests and our venues whilst also keeping us all on schedule where he could. We have had so many lovely comments from our guests about Martin and how he slotted into our day with such ease and professionalism. We are blown away with the photographs he has produced and couldn’t recommend him highly enough.”

On receiving their wedding album…

“We’re completely blown away by it’s beauty and have noticed a host of extra details and faces we’d missed when viewing the photographs digitally! We’re so delighted with it, and thank you for being a dream to work with last year! You completely took on board our vision for the day and we will treasure these photographs forever. I hope you’re having a great 2019 already and that your success continues! We’re so so pleased we chose you!!”

Kathryn & Jason – Clock Barn – 9th August 2018Clock Barn Wedding Photography | A summer wedding at Clock Barn | Martin Bell Photography

“We used Martin for our wedding in August and he was fantastic from start to finish. Martin was extremely supportive whilst we were planning our wedding and he was excellent on the day. Martin made us feel comfortable throughout our special day and we couldn’t recommend him highly enough!”

Hannah & Mark – Melchet Court – 3rd June 2017

Happy Bride and Groom after their military sword procession

 

“Just a little note to say a huge thank you to you for all your hard work on Saturday. You really didn’t stop all day and did an incredible job of wrangling everyone in a way which was charming and relaxed. I don’t need to have seen the photos to know they will be amazing…. but still cannot wait to see them, obviously! Thank you so much – you were bloody brilliant.”

And after seeing the finished photographs…

“Oh wow!! Amazing! Love them, thank you so much – love the one of you in the mirror ‘making yourself necessary…’ – that phrase has become a bit of a family motto for us so it’s lovely that you got it in there!”

Will & Tracey – Esseborne Manor – 10th June 2017

Esseborne Manor wedding photography by Martin Bell Photography

“Many thanks for the photos which arrived yesterday.  We thought the previews looked good, but when we saw them full screen we were both blown away.

Thank you so much for making it all seem so easy – and putting us (especially Tracey) at ease. As we mentioned on the engagement shoot Tracey has never been particularly comfortable in front of a camera, and I’m normally behind one.  Most of the day we didn’t really see you – yet the pictures you got were stunning.  When you took us away for the portraits the time you gave us together was incredibly welcome.  Your gentle approach meant that it felt like we were just spending some time together rather than posing.

Your suggestions during the organisation worked really well too.  The few minutes after the ceremony we had to ourselves we would never have thought of – but it allowed us to have a few moments together before meeting the guests – and precious time together.  Thank you for all the little (and not so little) ways you’ve helped us make our day so special and perfect.

We’re really looking forward to the album, but for now we can’t help but keep taking another peek at the pictures!”

Sami & James – Rhinefield House – 30th May 2016

Rhinefield House outdoor ceremony in the Spring - Martin Bell Photography

“There aren’t enough positives to describe how well he captured our wedding day. Martin is very professional yet still made us feel totally at ease and we had great fun. The photos look stunning and many, many people have commented to us just how great he is. Martin is simply fantastic.”

Janine & Grahame – Rhinefield House – 14th May 2016

rhinefield house wedding photographer - Martin Bell Photography - preferred wedding photographer in the New Forest

 

“When we were looking for a photographer for our wedding, we wanted somebody who would take natural shots not a whole series of posed photographs.  This can be a very difficult choice as you are essentially entrusting your big day to somebody you have never met and hoping that they get it right.

Choosing Martin was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding.  From the moment we met him there was an instant rapport.  Not only did he totally exceed our expectations in terms of the quality of the photographs, he was also very easy to work with and made us feel totally at ease throughout the initial meeting, the engagement shoot and the actual wedding day.  Both my wife and I are of the opinion that we are not photogenic, but Martin still managed to take some stunning photographs of us and our guests.

We asked Martin to take natural shots throughout the day and I have to say that the only time I saw him all day was during the formal wedding photo shoot for about an hour.  At one point my son came up to me and said “that camera bloke is hiding in a bush” – not sure how true that is, but it does illustrate that he was completely unobtrusive and took spectacular photos.

The wedding movie we received really told the story of the day with a mixture of colour and black and white shots all set to music.  We couldn’t have asked for more.

Martin is the consummate professional, an extremely talented photographer and one of the nicest men you will ever meet.  We would have no hesitation in recommending Martin to our family and friends.

Thank you so much Martin for capturing the joy, romance and emotion of what was a truly amazing day.”

Vicky & Mark – Rhinefield House – 26th March 2016

“Martin provided an amazing service in the run-up, during and after our wedding. The fact that he knew our wedding venue inside and out was crucial as we were able to get loads of amazing shots even though the weather was mixed. We wanted a record of the day that we could treasure and Martin captured all our friends and family in both posed and ‘real-life’ shots – exactly what we wanted! We could not want any more from Martin and I heartily recommend him to any couples looking for a professional, friendly and fun photographer!”

Hollie & Billy – Rhinefield House – 11th August 2015

Rhine field House wedding - Bride and Groom photographs - Martin Bell Photography

“When first looking for a photographer, we decided we wanted somebody unobtrusive who wouldn’t take over the day, yet somebody who could also get the high quality and personal pictures we asked for. Martin Bell provided both of these on our special day! We have just seen out pictures and chosen our album photos, and he has been able to present our day as a story, from start to finish. We couldn’t be happier!

When we first made arrangements to meet Martin, we visited him at his studio and were made to feel welcome immediately. It can sometimes be awkward, going to meet somebody who needs to advertise their product to you when you still have not decided to choose them, but Martin made it very clear from the start that he didn’t expect an answer from us there and then and just wanted us to see his work. This was very refreshing as many of the wedding suppliers we met when planning seemed to try and force their product on you!

Even though we did not feel obliged to decide at that initial meeting, the incredible pictures we saw made our minds up for us. Over the next few months Martin kept in regular contact, ensuring he knew exactly what we wanted from him on the day. Months before the wedding day itself, we knew the photography was not something we would need to worry about which was a huge relief!

On the day, Martin was exactly what we asked for. He was extremely friendly with all of our guests and very polite, ensuring he got the best possible photographs. In fact, many of our guests later commented on how brilliant he was, and how nice it was to have a photographer that simply catches those many perfect moments at a wedding, instead of making ‘false’ moments. That is what is so special about the service Martin provides. Everything is natural and real. And be assured, if he can, Martin will definitely go that extra mile for you to make you happy!

Our photos are absolutely incredible. Thanks to Martin, we will always have a story book of photos to share with friends and family for the rest of our lives. Definitely one of our best investments to make our wedding day the best it could possibly be!”

Leanne & Mark – Rhinefield House – 29th March 2015

A Rhinefield House wedding by Hampshire wedding photographer - Martin Bell Photography

“From our first meeting with Martin right through the whole process to the day itself and even post event we were both delighted we chose him for our wedding photographs. A consummate professional who clearly knows his game, Martin walked us through the options and explained very clearly the different options available to us without any of the “hard sell” you could find elsewhere.

As a couple who don’t normally enjoy being in front of the camera, he put us both at ease straight away, and we both found the engagement shoot a great chance to get some practice in before the big day itself and would highly recommend doing one. On the day of our wedding Martin was on hand exactly as discussed and rattled off a series of stunning shots of the venue before capturing the proceedings unfolding in a fantastic and relaxed style.

Bringing with him all of his experience we found him to be a great source of reassurance and comfort in easing the nerves and the running of the day, he didn’t just feel like a photographer to us, he felt like a friend taking pictures. The results speak for themselves, we were over the moon to see a sneak peak of them whilst on our honeymoon and upon our return viewing the whole selection was amazing. Many of our guests commented to us afterwards what a lovely guy he was to have around and how much they enjoyed talking with him and having their pictures taken.

We would recommend Martin to anyone in a heartbeat, his images are amazing in their clarity and the way they capture the emotion and feeling of the day is fantastic. Having worked with Martin we can see why Rhinefield have appointed him as their preferred supplier – he really is amazing.”

Annabelle & Jonathan – Rhinefield House – 28th February 2015

Martin Bell Phortography photographs a Rhinefield House wedding

“We chose Martin Bell as our photographer for our wedding for his natural `captured in the moment’ style and approach. His photographs of our wedding really tell the story of our wonderful day, bringing back all the memories and emotions. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Martin.  He has a calming presence, sense of humour and a real professional. The results are beautiful!”

Liz & Mark – Bonhams Barn – 26th September 2014

Liz and Mark's Bonhams Barn wedding & Winchester Guildhall wedding by Hampshire wedding photographer, Martin Bell Photography

“We can’t thank Martin enough for being part of our day and making it so special and completely putting up with our crazy schedule with complete patience and good humour :). Engagement shoot was so great and can’t wait to see wedding pics! Highly recommend xx”

Emma & Martin – Spitbank Fort – 26th July 2014

Spitbank Fort wedding photographs by Hampshire wedding photographer, Martin Bell Photography

“Working with Martin was an absolute pleasure for us. Right from the off we explained that neither of us enjoyed being in the limelight and he listened, understood, and was the consummate professional at all times. We had a fabulous engagement shoot that confirmed to us that we’d made the right choice. Almost invisible on the wedding day itself, warm, friendly and understanding with all our guests as well. So much thought went into his shots and as soon as we got the 1st set of photos through we were totally gobsmacked. Stunning work. All the way through our wedding process Martin was exceptional, and the album and pictures that we ended up with surpassed anything we could have imagined. I would recommend Martin to anyone in a heartbeat. Thank you Martin.”

Jenni & Lewis – Rhinefield House – 6th June 2014

Documentary wedding photographer Hampshire - Martin Bell Photography

“A fantastic photographer!! He captured our special day at Rhinefield House so beautifully, we can’t thank him enough for such amazing pictures, that Lewis and I will cherish for ever.”

Jo & Andrew – Hopsack Priory – 4th May 2014

wedding photography hodsock priory, nottinghamshire by Hampshire wedding photographer Martin Bell Photography

“Martin was our wedding photographer, professional from start to finish. Relaxed, inconspicuous and dedicated, he has a great sense of how to get the best from you as a couple and doesn’t force anything. Result= natural, beautiful pictures that captured the day SO well. All our guests have complimented our photographs and we are going to struggle to choose 50-60 for our album as there are so many good ones!!! Thank you Martin xx”

Tiggy & Colin – Orchardleigh Estate – 22nd September 2013

Documentary wedding photography at Orchardleigh Estate in Somerset by Hampshire wedding photographer Martin Bell Photography

“Martin was recommended to us by a family member who had worked with him in the past. Having seen various other photographers work, we knew Martin was the right choice for us. His attention to detail and the way he captures a moment is fantastic. Sometimes when you are having formal photos, people tend to feel uncomfortable, however Martin has a really relaxed approach and makes the photos enjoyable and puts you at ease. Martins professionalism and dedication to your photos is second to none, the thought that goes into each photo is strategically planned to allow you to relive your special day through your album. We were overjoyed with our album and if anybody wants to relive their day as often as we do, then Martin is the photographer for you!”

Caz & Paul – Winchester Guildhall – 21st September 2013

wedding photographer for Winchester Guildhall, Hampshire

“Martin was an absolute pleasure to work with, both in the lead up to our wedding day and the day itself. We would have no hesitation in recommending him and have already started to! He put an awful lot of care and time to make sure we got exactly what we needed. Most importantly, we were so pleased with the photographs themselves. Martin was able to capture the emotions and feel of the day perfectly and his photos serve as a wonderful reminder to us of a great day.”

Catherine & Jonathan – Woodall Hotel and Spa – 1st June 2012

Wedding Photographer for Woodhall Hotel and Spa in Yorkshire

“Martin is a really talented photographer. He was incredibly professional and reliable throughout the process and really took on board what we wanted from our wedding photography as well as offering his own creative input. We were thrilled with the final images and with how he managed the day. He captured some great moments.”

 

         award winning wedding photographer for the South Central region of The Wedding Industry Awards, Hampshire wedding photographer Martin Bell Photography       

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