I’m an award winning wedding photographer based in the West Midlands, UK but cover the whole of the country. I love to capture the little moments that make your wedding day unique and I do this by shooting in a documentary or reportage style. Basically i’m sneaky and capture things without you knowing.
For most of the day I’m shooting what is happening without trying to pose anything or asking for cheesy smiles. I then bring a little bit of flare to the couples portraits. so we can create some killer images together.
The cool kids are calling it either documentary, candid or reportage but basically I see it as storytelling. I want to tell the whole story of your day. I believe even the smallest of moments need to be captured. I love to get the laughter, the tears and smiles all naturally. We step it up a gear for the portraits and together we can create some epic pictures.
Being part of of the happiest day of a couples life every single weekend is truly amazing and can't be beaten. I love building friendships with my couples too and having fun on the day. Finally, I love delivering the images and knowing they can relive the day over and over again.
Look for a photographer that you get on with and feel comfortable with. As photographers, we spend a lot of time with you on your wedding day so make sure you click with them. I love to meet all my couples before the big day over a coffee and get to know each other and chat about wedding. Im happy to meet before booking if it helps you make up your mind. If we can't do it in personal for some reason, let's get of FaceTime on.
I cover the whole of the UK and beyond
Jonathan, from start to finish, was AMAZING. It helps that he is an all round awesome human being, but the ease and helpfulness of all contact prior to the big day was fab, and the day itself- wow. He arrived for the very start of the day, chatted away, laughed with us, got stuck in, and took so many amazing photos! Half of them I had no idea he was even there for. He stayed until practically the bitter end, unlike most who leave after first dance. 100% quality.
Would recommend in a heart beat.
I have awarded 10 out of 10 for Jonathon as I couldn’t go any higher. communications were brilliant in between booking and wedding. We booked the package for Jonathons Service’s for the day only, but after seeing how wonderful our photos were, we asked Jonathon to put together an album for us. On the day, Jonathon was a superstar. In a way, he made the day for us! Our guests warmed to him and had comments like ‘photos look like a magazine shoot’. Without a doubt, best photographer ever.
Jonathan went over and above in supporting us on our special day. On the day itself it felt like he was part of the family - many guests commented on his brilliant manner. He did not take us away from guests for long periods of time, instead planning photos carefully first before taking us to get the shot. The pictures we have now received are of amazing quality and tell the story of our day perfectly. He has captured our characters and represented all of our guests. We are so delighted.
Jonathan was incredible in that he was everywhere on our special day but wasn't intrusive in any way.He helped make the day even more fun and exciting and his personality's infectious.His creativity for different angled shots and locations was fantastic.Pre-wedding, Jonathan was great at explaining how he works and spent a lot of time finding out about us, what we wanted from our images and our styles.His shots are amazing-wish we could share some with you! J S Coates, wow, just wow!!
Jonathan was incredible. Hi listener to what we were hoping for and created that and more. He fitted into our tiny wedding perfectly and became one of the gang. He was sensitive to our insecurities and worked with us to make us feel happy and comfortable, and managed to get some extra special shots of our
grandparents- something very important to us. We would recommend him in a heartbeat, and many of our guests have already taken a look at his website.
Jonathan is second to none. He is friendly, professional, funny and instantly put everyone at ease including us. It was as if he wasn’t there and when you noticed him it was to laugh. All our guests commented on how amazing he is and everyone has been blown away by our photographs. So glad we found him-his photographs will truly be a proud lifetimes worth! He captured everything perfectly and did everything I asked even as hoc requests! Brilliant!
whatever my expectations were from my wedding photographer, Jonathan exceeded them every step of the way. His professionalism and communication in the lead up to the wedding was very reassuring and helped us to feel at ease. He took the time to skype with us twice before the wedding and, on the day, he was an absolute joy. Jonathan was unobtrusive but captured the day perfectly. He fit right in with our guests and, importantly, his relaxed approach brought out everyone’s best side!
Fantastic from start to finish! All our guests have said how lovely Jonathon was on the day. He made us feel relaxed throughout and put us at ease in front of the camera. He has captured every second of our day perfectly and made it impossible to choose favourite photos!
We really couldn’t have chose a better photographer. Jonathan’s work was amazing! We’ve had so many people tell us how much of a good job he did and how friendly and personable he was throughout the day. He was in contact with us lots before the wedding to really understand what we were looking for from our photos. A magician in photography I would 100% recommend Jonathan for any wedding! Amazing amazing amazing!!
Jonathan was our dream photographer. Unfortunately he wasn’t free for our wedding day, so we moved our wedding to a week earlier. Planning is everything in weddings. It all become effortless on the day. He was more then a photographer, he became a wedding planner & problem solver. Jonathen started the day at 8.00am & finished 1.00am the next day when the party ended. That’s crazy! Like a Rolls Royce. He is worth every penny because of the skill, quality & man hours involved.
My husband and I were both so happy with Jonathan and how he captured our wedding day. Jonathan worked so hard from the bridesmaids getting ready in the morning right through to the late night shots with lighting effects. Jonathon put our friends and family at ease and the candid photos reflect our day perfectly. After meeting with Jonathan we were really excited to see his work and he did not disappoint!
Jonathan was fantastic, we met before the wedding and talked through what we wanted. On the day Johnathan exceeded this he was everywhere captioning every moment. He also done the ‘family portrait pictures’ really well and work well around the shining sun! The pictures are absolutely stunning and we couldn’t have wished for anything more perfect to show our special day for years to come.
Jonathan was fantastic from start to finish. He was very personable and arranged skype chats with us to make sure that he knew exactly what we wanted as well as offering advice. On the day he was friendly and really fitted in, didnt feel out of place at all. He made is feel very comfortable. The photos were outstanding and the slideshow was so perfect. Would definitely give jonathan 10/10!
We hired Jonathan as our wedding photographer about a year before the wedding. He was very helpful with any questions we had on the lead upto the wedding and extremely friendly. On the wedding day he arrived at 9am and didn’t leave until 10pm at night. He was everywhere around the rooms getting all the different shots even in bushes. He made us laugh all day and made our wedding day even more enjoyable and we felt very comfortable round him.
We honestly couldn’t of asked for anything more from Jonathon. He went above and beyond in every way to capture our day so amazingly. His customer service throughout the whole process has been second to none and we have highly recommended him to many people since. My husband went so far as to label him ‘legend’
Jonathan is AMAZING! His positivity and excitement are so genuine. Throughout every stage of the lead up we knew we were in the hands of a pro! As for the day itself, it's hard to put in to words. Aside from being a legendary photographer with fantastic vision, he is a JOY to have be a part of your day. Unobtrusively capturing precious moments whilst being fantastic fun and calming at the same time. Its like having one of your best friends be the photographer for your day with AMAZING results!
If there’s one thing we can take away from our day it’s the memories and moments captured by JS Coates! Not only was the service impeccable but the quality was also outstanding! Jonathan was not just our photographer but a real part of our day! He made us feel at ease and was everything we could of asked for. We can look back on our wedding photos with joy! We chose JS Coates after we could clearly see the effort that Jonathan puts into his job he is a real asset to photography!
I had met Jonathan as he photographed my sisters wedding in 2016 and I knew when I got engaged that I couldn’t imagine anyone else being our photographer. He is such a lovely lovely guy who really puts you at ease, makes you laugh and makes you look a lot better than you think you do! I could not recommend him highly enough, not only are the quality of pictures he gets outstanding but it just feels like having a friend with you on your wedding
day as he really take the time to get to know you.
We had a small wedding in November last year, mostly close relations and few friends. We could not be happier with the services Jonathan provided. He was the first to arrive on the wedding day, taking beautiful pictures from the very beginning until the late evening. He made us and the guests feel very comfortable in his presence, and his charisma only added to the special occasion. The photos he provided were fantastic, with a variety of styles, textures and backgrounds.
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