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I love meeting people and hearing their stories and taking their photographs.  I spent 10 years travelling the world doing it.  Now, home is about half way between Leeds and York in a village called Sherburn in Elmet with my wife and manager, Fiona and our 3 year old daughter. She’s everyone’s manager.

I’m lucky to be doing a job that I love. I shoot weddings in a photojournalistic documentary style.  It’s the only way – natural, authentic and being there all day, to get all the chaos.

Mark Hillyer Yorkshire Wedding Photographer

Then there’s the calm and the control of Portraits. 

I love to work in my studio in Sherburn in Elmet. There’s no better feeling than showing someone something new in their face. Something that they’ve never seen before,  in a face that’s looked back at them from the mirror all their life.

If you’re getting married and you don’t want to spend all day posing for photographs, get in touch.

If you want a beautiful portrait of yourself, your partner, the kids, the dogs or the whole family drop me an email.

Let’s talk about your story…

What else could you possibly want to know ?

  • I’m a photographer in my spare time too. 
  • I name my cameras.
  • I run Ultra Marathons on snowy and windy moorlands.
  • Japanese stationary!!! Who doesn’t love a crisp, new notebook?
  • I have a collection of Bonsai trees.
  • I love classical music:  Floyd, Dylan, Zeppelin, Stones (Rolling & Roses), Nirvana, Foos.

I’m also struggling with being the person who complains about all of the house lights being left on and toys on the floor, rather than being the guilty party…

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You can also follow me on Instagram and Facebook and also, my new website for the Portrait Studio:

Leeds Portrait and Headshot Studio

Instagram for my Personal & Project based work

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Portrait Studio Leeds

Unique Wedding Photography Style


As I’ve mentioned, I love photography that tells a story.

Great photographs that convey a story are so much more than just images. I believe they provide us with our most valued possessions, reminders of the greatest moments in our life and our best and closest friends.

When I look back through my old photographs of travelling, or family & friends, they all prompt a memory or emotion. Hardly any of the best ones were posed. That’s why I prefer to shoot in a natural, spontaneous and unobtrusive way. Photographing events as they happen naturally rather than orchestrating and posing in a set way tells the story. When you look back at your photographs I want you to remember how you felt, the happiness and the emotion, not how long the photographer spent trying to make your arm bend in just the right way.


To me, your wedding day is just that, a whole day. I want to capture the events of the day in the most natural way, I don’t want to shoot fake moments, staged for the camera. I want to be there when they happen for real. For that reason, my price includes me being there past the first dance until the late evening.

Every wedding is different just like every couple is different and I aim to capture what is unique about you, your guests and your day. That’s why I don’t work to a formula or use a set of fixed poses.

I don’t want to repeat someone else’s wedding. It’s my aim you to have a set of photographs that are as unique as you are and tell the full story of your special day in a creative, imaginative & artistic way. I’ll find a good location and then let you interact naturally. I’m happy to give a little guidance here and there with how to stand to look your best, but it’s the interaction between you that’s the key.

Couples who talk to each other and joke while I’m taking their photograph make my job easy. Look how happy this guy is to not be posing … Unposed … Natural.

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I’m often asked if I shoot group photographs.

And of course, when you are surrounded by family and friends, some of whom have journeyed miles to celebrate with you, you’re going to want a few group photographs. That’s absolutely fine.

I do try to keep them to a minimum to allow me to return to capturing the natural and candid events of the day as soon as possible, but I’m happy to do them.

Again, I like to keep my group photographs as natural and relaxed as possible…

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Family Group wedding in Yorkshire

Humour is a big part of my work. There’s nothing else to say; I love to capture the look that no one else saw, such as when you are putting on eyeliner, which I know can take a lot of concentration…

Or the shot on the right of Emma & her mum, making me smile every time I look at it…

Or the laugh at putting the ring on the wrong finger or getting tongue-tied saying the vows.

It happens at every wedding and it’s a great feeling to get the shot.

If you want shots of you waking up at 7am on your wedding day, I will be there with my camera and a mug of coffee. I’ll be there all the way through the day and still be there in the evening, capturing all of the special moments as your guests party the night away.

You will never have to ask me “is there time for just one shot of…?”. There is always time. I regularly spend 14+ hours at a wedding because I don’t want to miss anything. The secret is that it’s more than a job to me: I love it.

You can’t tell the story of a wedding day if you miss the last chapter, the part where everyone really lets their hair down. The speeches are over, the nerves of the first dance in front of everyone are done, all that’s left is to enjoy the rest of the evening in the company of your closest family and friends. Let your hair down & bring on the dancing!

Some of My Clients

Tell Me Your Story

I hope I’ve given you little bit of an idea of how I work and what I do. If you haven’t done it yet, you could have a look through my portfoliocheck out my package prices and what’s included & then get in touch with me. I’d love to hear your story.