Everyone’s idea of a perfect day is different … ….So is my photographic approach.

Emma J Smith Beautifullight UK


A bit about me, Emma J Smith.  I live in my thatched roof cottage in West Berkshire with my husband, 3 sons, 2 dogs & too many to count wild squirrels !

When I’m not behind my camera, I can found chiselling gypsum plaster off of the cottage walls or daydreaming about rooms with straight corners 🙂


I’ve loved being creative for as long as I can remember.  I consider myself fortunate to have been able to study Art, Design, Graphic Design & Photography at Ravensbourne.

My very first serious camera was a Zenith SLR & from the moment I captured someone’s expression & learnt how to create bokeh I was hooked!

I have been privileged to shoot alongside some great photographers from Industry including Gabe McClintok & Giacomo Cannata.

And ....

I have a private studio at home where I undertake projects when I’m not at a wedding or out on location.

I’m a hopeless romantic with an empathetic soul. I’m told that my gentle style of direction results in even the most reluctant person opening up in front of my lens, enough to enjoy the experience & even like their images !

A person trusts another when they feel that they can be vulnerable and everything will be alright.

To get the best, natural photographs of you enjoying your day I'll need you to trust me. So from the very beginning I'll work with you to carefully build that trust.

Here's 6 facts about me to get the ball rolling.......


I was born!  So have an inherent addiction to 1970’s disco & becoming a teenager in the 1980’s developed a passion for Wham & the New romantics. Thankfully I no longer wear a shellsuit but I’ve still got my 1980’s Polaroid camera & music collection !

Defence & Dogs.

For 15 years I worked in the Aerospace & Defence Industry supporting engineering development projects on platforms such as Naval vessels, submarines, military aircraft & land vehicles like tanks. I’m also a qualified dog groomer.


I met my best friend, soulmate & now my husband by volunteering as crew for the boat he was competing on in Cowes week regatta. We crashed the boat at the starting line, the following day ! Contrary to marine superstition he still says I’m lucky !

More dogs

We love that Rafiki a heinz 57 rescue dog from Cyprus & Pippa an ex breeding Springer Spaniel rescued by the Blue cross, now call our cottage home. Since they’ve arrived we no longer own a sofa thats ‘unchewed’. We’ve succeeded in fixing their tails though, both of which now wag happily!


I love to eat, I love to cook ! Its another form of creativity in my opinion & I love relaxing by listening to some great music, sipping a glass of red & creating a culinary delight (hopefully!)


I think good music is best heard when played loud & live. Live concerts so far for me include Bruce Springsteen at Cork Stadium, RHCP at the O2, Prince at the O2, Simple Minds at Brighton, Joss Stone at Brighton & Kings of Leon at Hyde Park . I’m proud to say that I’ve danced like no one is watching at those & a few festivals…….

Really, genuinely I love what I do ............

Its important that we click !

Forgive the pun but I do believe the creation of great images comes from collaboration with you. Thats why I’ll take the time to consult with you prior to confirming a booking. That could be over a coffee in a local coffee shop or via a video call. Its really whatever is easiest for you.

This also gives us both a chance to see if we’re happy,  after all we will be spending a lot of time together (albeit some of it from afar) but still …….

If we have time & you are able to get access I’ll also visit the venue with you prior to your wedding to plan & discuss some of the shots & the plan for your day.

We’ll also agree between us a shoot plan detailing your ‘must have’ shots & the timeline for capturing them.

Your turn next.......

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