Luis Calow Photographer


Derbyshire | 7+ Years Experience | Will Travel | From: £1600

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Hi, I'm Luis

Luis Calow | Intimate, Documentary Wedding Photography

Hi There, I’m Lu and a massive congrats on your engagement!

Planning a wedding isn’t hard – said no one ever! Choosing someone to document this landmark is probably one of the hardest decisions, for sure. From our first email exchange right through to the big day, I’m here to help and support you through the entire process. I only work with a handful of couples each year so they have my entire focus and dedication in making this the easiest most enjoyable experience possible. We’ll work closely to understand the images you want for your day, have as many catch-ups (with or without a bevy in hand) as you need, and build that friendship and trust, so when the day arrives we’re just crushing it.

My discreet approach allows me to capture weddings in all their imperfect perfectness, as well as all those classic moments. I wouldn’t say I’m a wedding photographer – I am a photographer telling stories through photographs.

Me in a nutshell: I’m a dad to a small human, we live with two insane animals and my Mrs and I are MASSIVE foodies (and wine-ies) that watch way too many films. I’m laid back and prefer to go with the flow and roll with the punches whatever happens.

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How would you describe your style?

I've always been obsessed documenting and with finding the greater meaning in the smallest of details; capturing the beautiful AND the imperfect alike. I work discreetly, which helps me to bring a story-telling, cinematic narrative to weddings.

I only work with a handful of couples each year to give them the best experience and support possible, so I'd love to get to know you better and hear your story!

Lu x

What do you love about weddings?

I've always loved a wedding - who doesn't love a wedding!? Friends and family you haven't seen for a million years brought together for one reason: open bar. Just kidding. For me, it's being around the genuine love everyone has for one another, having a laugh and a good knees-up and just forgetting about the world for one awesome day.

Advice for couples planning their wedding?

1: Always have a face to face. If you can go for a pre-wedding session 100% go for it. You'll see how they work and how the chemistry is between you - it's kind of like a date! Bottom line - you have to be totally trusting and comfortable around them because it'll show in your photos :)

2: Don't dismiss a photographer because they've not shot your venue. Fresh eyes will give your images a totally unique viewpoint. Remember, you're after images unique to you and your day, not backdrops that someone's shot loads and has no connection with anymore. And if you trust in your photographer's work, experience and approach, then they should have no problem handling anything the day throws at them.

3: Ask ALL the questions - esspecially personal ones! Really get to know who you're working with to build that friendship and trust. Personally I'm an open book and I like to feel like I'm old friends with a couple even before the wedding. It just makes for a much more relaxed experience all round :) Also ask questions about the services they offer - it's not rude, you're investing a lot into this at the end of the day.

4: Always ask to see a RECENT full wedding gallery. You'll be able to see their current editing and photography style (as this does change and develop slightly over time).

5: Book Luis Calow - I hear he's damn good :)

Your Travel policy?

Travel within 100 miles of SK23 included. Outside that a £50 charge will apply*. I also cover destination weddings and elopements so just drop me a message and we'll tailor a more bespoke package.

*if it's 101 miles for example, then this won't apply.

Priya + Stu 2021

We’ve just received our wedding photos and we are in awe, Luis is amazing!! From the first email exchange right through until the wedding day he has been so helpful and wonderful, and immediately understood what we wanted. He kept in contact with us during the inevitable and stressful Covid postponements and we eventually managed to fit in a pre-wedding shoot which I would absolutely recommend. He put us at ease immediately and it was like hanging out with a friend we’d known for years (who just happened to be taking awesome photos!).

On the day he helped calm my nerves, charmed all of our friends and family and seemingly managed to be in about 100 different places all at once. We’ve loved watching our slideshow, his photos have captured all of the love and the laughter and the joy from our day. We are so unbelievably happy with them and we will definitely book Lu again for any future life events!

Priya Bopari
Married in July 2021
Amazing photos produce by an amazing photographer

Luis is more than a photographer, he is a legend!! From the start of the planning process to the day we got our wedding album he has been a true profesional. The pictures really capture the spirit and excitement of the day.
Despite almost 12 hours on his feet he was always there waiting for the next moment.
The quality of the finished photos was everything we could have hoped for.

The pictures immediately bring back the best emotions and fun of the day. Many of our friends and loved ones could not attend due to Covid restrictions. Luis efforts allowed them to still feel part of our special day. His creativeness allowed us to have great fun staging socially distant photos with all our guests.
We are excited to have booked Luis again for our wedding blessing in 2022 and look forward to seeing him again

Emma & Michael
Married in December 2020
Wedding photos

Luis was fantastic. He stuck with us through the whole planning process right from the beginning. He didn’t give up when I was super busy and didn’t manage to get all the paperwork back on time! He was a superstar.
We love the feel of his photos he captured so much of our day so beautifully.

Do it! You won’t regret it one bit!

Married in November 2017
Wedding photographer

Luis was absolutely brilliant and super talented! We loved his style of photography, it was really relaxed
and artistic, exactly what we wanted. He is also so friendly too that we got along really well and had a lot of fun, we didn’t even notice that we were being photographed most of the time.
Luis seemed to get photos of everything and it was great to be able to look back through our selection of photos- they really captured the feel of the day. We couldn’t recommend him highly enough!
Thanks Lu!
Beck and Andy

Beck Douglas
Married in October 2017
Thank you, Lu!

Luis was an exceptional, professional photographer for our wedding back in December 2014. Both my husband and I didn't want awkward family portraits, so Luis listened and worked hard to get us lovely action shots of all our family and friends that we now treasure. In the posed photographs he did take, he made us feel comfortable and relaxed. Everyone who has seen our photographs always comments on how he managed to capture those special moments beautifully. He went above and beyond to help the day run smoothly...even helping my husband sort out his ironing disaster! Thank you, Luis!

Laura Parnham
Married in October 2017
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