international, award winning, luxury wedding photography

marc bates photos

Behind the Lens

                 romantic. Excited   
 Lover of        of               and chocolate biscuits!

Thank you very much for stopping by today, I am so happy you are here and looking at my website.

There will be plenty of opportunity for me to show off my best work and tell you about the most amazing clients I have worked with, but right now, I want you to get to know me a little better.

I honestly believe that your wedding photographer should be someone that you like. In fact I think you should like them so much that you would invite them to your wedding as a guest. That is the level of connection I want with my clients!

The reason I believe that is because it is so important to have a bond of trust with your wedding photographer, the level of which only exists between friends. It is my job to capture and record the most important day of your lives. I will be meeting and interacting with the people you love most in the world. So it’s essential that you feel comfortable with me as a person not just a wedding professional.

I'm marc






Photography had always been a hobby of mine, but it wasn't until 2011 that it became something much more. Two friends of mine were getting married and they decided I was going to be their wedding photographer! Lemme just tell you at this point I had never photographed a wedding by myself. I didn't even have a professional grade camera! I was about to purchase one, which is another hilarious story which i'll tell you another time, but as terrified as I was...I did it! From that first wedding I got another one, from the second one I got another two and that's how it went for a few years. 
I would work full time and the wedding photography was my side hustle and my escapism! 
2016 was the year that completely changed the course of my life. I was working as a manager for an airline at Gatwick and I really didn't enjoy my job. Ultimately I had to leave, but in the aftermath, my mental health really suffered. 
It was a pretty rough year and there were some dark times, but one thing that kept me going was my wedding photography. The fact that I had clients who wanted me at their wedding gave me a reason to get out of bed in the morning. 
When I began to feel better, I decided that I needed to make some big changes. I remember asking myself "what do you want to do with the rest of your life?"
The answer was simple. I wanted to be a full time wedding photographer. 

And so the adventure began.

Within two months, my work was published for the first time (THANK YOU wedding Ideas magazine!) and in 2018 I was named "Best UK wedding photographer" at the UK
wedding awards. To say it has been a rollercoaster adventure would be a massive understatement! 
I sometimes cannot believe the direction my life has taken, just because I made the decision to follow my dreams, but I am so glad that I did! 
It is without a doubt the best thing I have ever done.

the best thing you can share with someone is your story, so here is a part of mine...

I was once told

My Story

live in Melbourne, Australia. It was without a doubt one of the best years of my life. I love it there, one of my favourite places on Earth. I can never wait to get back!

03   I used to... 

are from a tiny island called St Helena, which is in the South Atlantic.
My Mum and Nan came over in 1960. We all went back in 2008 after Nan passed away so we could lay her to rest on the island where she was born. 

02   Half of my family

I was a Flight Attendant for Virgin Atlantic. Other crazy, fun, interesting jobs include working as a chauffeur for a hair salon in London! 

01   Before wedding photography

Did you know...

I have been fortunate enough to travel the world
and visit some amazing places.
There are still so many to see! 
Melbourne will always be where I found myself.
That is my soul. 
I will always love London. That is my heart and
Los Angeles is my spirit! I go as often as I can. 
I've never been to Ibiza...I know I know, but it's on the list! 

02    People

I love people and I have a job that means I am constantly meeting and talking to new people!
Tell me what is better than making a new friend?!
If you asked me to name my favourite people? 
Well that's easy. My Niece and Nephew. They say my favourite two words "Uncle Marc"
(which is the ONLY job in the world I love more than mine!)

I love music. It is such a big part of my life and my work!
Whatever I am doing there is always a song that goes with it! Whenever I shoot a wedding I listen to the same song by "The Vaccines" just before I start. 
There's nothing better than singing and dancing...Usually in my flat! Am I the only one who has a dance party for one?
No preference on genre, I love everything from Country to hip hop. Yes I am a fan of Little Mix...
Of course I went to see them in concert for my birthday! 
Favourite song of all time: "Jolene" by Dolly Parton! 

01    Music 

03    Travelling 

Things I love...

04    My work 

You've heard me say how much I love my work at various points throughout this site, but it's true. Whenever I do it and i'm there with my clients, or when I just know I have captured something special, I feel like I could fly! 
There is honestly no feeling like it. To know you have caught a perfect moment at the right time and right angle, it is like catching lightning in a bottle!

From the beginning of this journey, I have wanted to make sure I was giving back and using my photography to help people less fortunate than myself or supporting worthwhile endeavours.
I am an active supporter of charities and will happily donate my time and skill to charitable causes both at home and overseas. 
From international children's charities to the environment I am doing my best to help make the world a better place.

click below to read more about the charities that I am proud to be working alongside.

I remain incredibly grateful for the opportunities I continue to have in my career. 

To do what I love remains a privilege and I am thankful for that everyday! 

giving someting back 


Join the creative journey to see the latest work and adventures. This is where you will find the most up to date business news and images that I have created. 

You should have a look at my Instagram


...one thing I can guarantee, is I will do just about
anything to get that                  
If you like the sound of this and you think we're a good fit, have a look at the images I have created for couples like you. 

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