Seeking The Light

Seeking The Light


When I look for images to capture,  I always look for the light first and foremost. Using light in this way enables me to capture images that are both authentic, but also uniquely creative too. This I believe is but one of the many things that tends to separate my work from that of others, especially in my home county of Shropshire. This comes about from my past as an illustrator and artist. I didn’t move over to photography from another field of expertise, it has always been a part of what I do, an extension to my illustrations and drawings. It was only when I finally setup PbArtWorks that my more creative photography came to prominence. Now I love taking my camera, my creative eye, and capturing what I hope are images that will inspire and be loved, for years to come.

Above we have a simple scene, bathed in glorious light, Matthew and Natalie are one of life’s most gorgeous of couples. They booked me an absolute eternity ago…I have only just finished editing their wedding, here are a few more from their stunning wedding at The Wroxeter Hotel.


I truly live my life around my images…drawing, painting…capturing beautiful people on their most special of days. Life is truly blessed. Here is more of that sumptuous light…as Natalie reaches down to collect her bouquet I spied that light…this is just so heavenly.


Light, The Light…It’s All About The Light

This is so true, but it’s also about you…my couples, these images are for you, and create something special I will. Those perfect moments that make up a wedding day are so important to me that I honestly will not rest…this is true come rain, come shine.

A beautiful moment between a bride and groom

Heidi and Dan taking a stroll at their recent wedding. This is so beautiful as the light was perfect, but so too was the setting on Dan’s parents farm over in North Wales.

Another recent image, again over in North Wales, this time for Matthew and Jennifer’s big day. I always ask permission prior to the wedding, explaining to the officiator how I work, how unobtrusive I am. They nearly, though not always, allow me to work my magic. Signing the register can be a bit of an issue. But as you can clearly see, this is a picture of a beautiful bride on her wedding day…no registers were harmed in the making of this image!!

I have often been told my images have a beauty about them, a sense of time and authenticity. This is who I am, I capture natural, unforced, moments of joy.

Sadness too…but also pride:

Genuine and honest wedding photography is the order of the day, zero interference just candid and natural with any eye for light. Here is a tender moment between Father and daughter. Each time I capture this it is with a sense of empathy, empathy with the Father. who’s love knows no bounds, and with the daughter who’s love is, like her Father’s, one that is given unconditionally.

Read more about Natalie’s Story here, with even more beautifully lit images from just one section of her gorgeous wedding day  > NATALIE’S STORY

What! No Light?

What if it rains, what if the light is flat and boring?

Simples, I bring my own light.

Tyn+Dwr+Hall+Wedding with bride and groom

Emily + Chris enjoying a quiet moment at the amazing Tyn Dwr Hall, for more on their wedding please check out their blog here > CHRIS + EMILY

Caeley + Jack at the formidable Mill Barn’s, for more about their beautiful wedding please check this out > CAELEY + JACK

Shropshire + North Wales Wedding Photographer

Sensitive and beautiful, the mists after rain storms….using a passing car’s headlights helped me to create something rather magical. Check out Alastair’s and Sarah’s big day here > ALASTAIR + SARAH

As you can see, I love light, I love using it to create something so special for all my couples. It is something I have used for many years as a tool to create drama, atmosphere and ambience. I hope you have enjoyed this brief look at my more creative work. If you have any questions please do leave them below in the comments and I will get back to you.

Now go find that light!!

Phil Barrett
Phil Barrett

Phil Barrett is a seasoned photographer with a rich background in creativity. Starting his journey as an illustrator and designer, Phil's work graced the greeting cards of some of the world's largest producers. After two decades in the industry, a twist of fate led him back to university, where he founded PbArtWorks, initially envisioned as a design and photography agency. However, it was his unique approach to wedding photography, characterized by its natural, unforced essence, that truly resonated. For over a decade, Phil has captured weddings across Shropshire, Cheshire, North Wales, and beyond. Beyond weddings, Phil's passion for photography is evident in his leisurely strolls around his town, capturing its scenic beauty. Whether through pen, brush, camera, or lens, Phil's ultimate goal remains consistent: to create beautiful imagery that brings joy to people. His mantra? "Good enough is never good enough."

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