About me

Wedding Photographer based in Derbyshire

Nigel Tissington

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My name is Nigel Tissington: I was born in Derby and currently live in beautiful rural Derbyshire, where I am based to photograph weddings in the local area or throughout the UK

My start in Photography

I have had a strong interest in photography since discovering the magic of the darkroom as a child in the 1960s. This was through rummaging around the dusty attic of my grandparents' large Victorian house in the Belper Road area of north Derby, and finding old glass negatives and darkroom dishes. My grandparents had obviously been interested in photography in its earliest stages, so I guess it must be in my DNA! It didn't take long to persuade my parents to supply me with chemicals, and the fascination with image-making has continued!Derbyshire and Derby based wedding photographer Nigel Tissington portrait profile with wedding camera and equipment

Photography Education

I studied Fine Art on the Foundation Course at Derby College of Art, then situated at Kedleston Road in Derby, and in the 1970s, went into Higher Education in art and commercial photography at the School of Photography in Birmingham. At the end of the course I exhibited a one-man show of Fine Art Photography (an area in which I am still active) at the Birmingham Arts Lab

Work in Photography in London

I got my first job in photography straightaway after college in a studio in London near Farringdon and the Blackfriars Bridge. The excitement and energy of London inspired me and I was soon  also freelancing as a wedding photographer in and around Essex and Greater London, as well as becoming a freelance press photographer for local North London newspapers, which at the time still involved black and white film and dripping chemicals in the soft red light of the darkroom!

Teaching photography

My passion for sharing the excitement of image-making drew me into teaching and I have lectured at the University of Derby, teaching studio photography on the BA (Hons) Degree in Visual Communication, as well as establishing and running several courses in photography for Adult Education in Derby and Nottinghamshire, both in traditional photography and digital technology from GCSE to City and Guilds levels. I presently teach privately both camera skills and photo-editing. The teaching environment also helps to keep abreast of the latest trends in photography and its technical development which is a positive attribute which I bring to your wedding photography

Work in Photography in Derby and Derbyshire

Relocating to Derbyshire saw me freelancing for local press, establishing a schools photography service and  launching  and running a family, commercial and fashion photography studio in Darley Abbey, in Derby... as well as beginning to explore the lovely locations available in the area for Wedding Photography. This knowledge of the local area enables me to help with suggestions for your wedding photography, to get the look you are after

Working with people

All of my work has involved photographing people, whether it's fun and raucous teenage party photoshoots in a studio; sensitive press work involving special needs people; politicians looking for PR; musicians or dancers promoting their talents on the internet; glamorous model portfolios or large wedding parties...

Wedding Photography experience

I love the opportunity to be involved with lots of different types of weddings... for example, I've photographed religious weddings at Westminster Cathedral and Derby Cathedral; formal uniformed marriages at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich; beautiful civic ceremonies in Derbyshire locations such as Blackbrook House, Kedleston Hall and Tutbury Castle. I’ve had the privilege of being the official photographer at Chinese and Jewish weddings; huge family festive ceremonies at Greek and Italian marriages; laid back Afro-Caribbean weddings; Pagan weddings… not to mention small but good old-fashioned knees up in local community venues

Your Wedding Photography

I bring this range of experience, excitement of creating images that people love, and enthusiasm and energy to your wedding, to help you attain the style of photography you're looking for and make sure your day goes as you dream, whether it’s with a high energy contemporary swing, an uplifting spiritual religious or meaningful civic experience, or a small tranquil family affair... I’ll help you to celebrate the beginning of your new life together