Stephen McGowan Photography: Manchester Wedding Photographer

Manchester Wedding Photographer

Stephen McGowan Wedding Photography is a Manchester based Wedding Photographer Team covering the most elite wedding venues , Manchester and the North West has to offer.


Creative Wedding Photography

A fusion of reportage, documentary, creative, fine art and alternative photography means I'm always looking to push the boundaries with my wedding photography. I enjoy being creative with portraits giving modern twists on timeless styles of wedding photography.


Documenting your day is my number one love. The day will fly by and will be over before you know it. We feel that it is important to document your story - those laughs, smiles, kisses, holding hands, chatting guests, a little tipple, speeches (always amusing!) - with reportage photography all of this is captured throughout your day giving you timeless memories of those forgettable moments



 Liz and David's Delamere Marquee Wedding

Liz and David's Delamere Marquee Wedding


Wedding Photography Packages

All packages Include

  • A pre-wedding meet up or Skype meeting 
  • An award winning wedding photographer (Stephen)
  • A pre-wedding/engagement shoot at a location of your choice within 25 miles of M20.
  • Full coverage from the morning preparation through to the first dance
  • All high resolution images for sharing and printing
  • Slideshow set to music
  • Every photograph individually edited to ensure high quality and consistency
  • Guarantee that you will receive top quality photographs

Double Photographer packagE ADDITIONS

  • Bride and Groom preparation photography at different locations
  • Double ceremony coverage (front & back)
  • Photography of guests while you have your natural portraits together
 Laura and Liam at The Castlefield Rooms, Deansgate

Laura and Liam at The Castlefield Rooms, Deansgate


 Pre-Wedding Shoot FUN! - Lizzie and Kyle at Lyme Park before their Gorton Monastery Wedding

Pre-Wedding Shoot FUN! - Lizzie and Kyle at Lyme Park before their Gorton Monastery Wedding

Pre-Wedding Shoot

All of my wedding packages include a complimentary pre-wedding shoot, which gives us a great chance to meet up before your wedding day, get to know each other a little more and for you both to get comfortable in front of the camera. Being further acquainted before your big day allows you to be more natural in front of the camera, which in turn allows for more natural photographs taken on the day.

I love fun shoots and have shot at various locations from rural gardens and parks to funky urban shoots in the city centre, feel free to take a look at some previous pre-wedding shoots:



Bespoke Packages and Destination Weddings

I understand that every wedding is different, I've seen weddings in all shapes and sizes! Therefore I understand that not every wedding will fit into my full day structure. Whether you are having a half-day wedding, a small service or even an elopement, I can work with you to provide a bespoke service for your day.

If you are getting married abroad it's actually easier than you'd think for me to join you for your wedding. I've been lucky enough to have photographed weddings in Croatia, Spain and Portugal.  The only additional expense you would incur is to cover return flights, any transfers, and secure accommodation for a couple of nights. 


I have been shortlisted as a Regional Finalist for the top UK wedding photographers for both 2017 and 2018. This award is run by The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA), a highly prestigious competition which is based solely on the votes and feedback from my brides and grooms. The testimonials left by my couples along with the TWIA official scores can be found here.

Stephen was fantastic from the first time we met up to discuss the wedding, nothing was too much trouble and he was willing to bend over backwards to accommodate our needs and made great suggestions on how we could enhance different shots before the big day, on our wedding day he was very calming which made us and the wedding party very relaxed, this approach got some great natural photos of people and were some of our favourites. Stephen is a great photographer and a great professional.
— Charlotte and Daryl - The Belle Epoque
 Charlotte's younger brother runs over and embraces her moments after their wedding ceremony

Charlotte's younger brother runs over and embraces her moments after their wedding ceremony


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Manchester Wedding Photographer Stephen McGowan


Hi! I'm Stephen McGowan, a professional Manchester wedding photographer.

Photography has changed a lot since the days of awkward poses, cheesy grins into the camera and unimaginative photography. I'd rather be considered as a guest at your wedding with a camera who has the ability to capture special moments throughout the day.

I like to make my images joyful, fun and creative whilst I also live for documenting the emotion and real moments that are true to the two of you.

I would count myself as being very lucky being in such a job as telling the story of a wonderful couple having the best day of their lives surrounded by all of their close friends and family.

So a little about me:

I'm early-mid thirties (still clinging on to the 'early side of mid thirties!') and live in the lovely suburb of Didsbury, South Manchester with my partner Emma (we're not married just yet, but watch this space!)

Emma keeps me grounded and is the 'business head' of the relationship while I spend my time 'playing with my camera'. She's also a keen photographer too and has helped assist me with several of my 'double photographer package' weddings.

My wedding philosophy has always been about capturing the real, natural moments during the day. Creative portraits are great and look amazing on the wall, but 95% of my day is spent documenting as much of the day for you to be able to re-live as a photography storybook.


you're in good hands

I have been a Regional Finalist at the 2017 & 2018 Wedding Industry awards for Best UK Wedding Photographer and I've picked up a handful of other awards and publications along the way. I've been featured in some of the biggest wedding blogs in the UK such as Brides Up North, Bride Magazine (two magazine wedding features) as well as being shortlisted in 'Your Perfect Wedding Photographers' Top 100 Worldwide. I am also a proud member of Fearless Photographers and MyWed Weddings who showcase some of the best wedding photography talent in the world.

I absolutely love what I do and hope it shows in the images I produce.


Recommended Suppliers

Recommended wedding suppliers I have worked with in the past and would recommend are listed here

Frequently asked questions

If you have any further questions you may find the answers in my FAQ section.


Published Features


Awards & Publications


Kind Words

Stephen was an excellent photographer. He made himself invisible on the day and took lots of lovely natural pictures as we’d requested. The photographs are beautiful and capture the mood of the day perfectly. I would definitely recommend him to others.
— Sandra & Steve
Absolutely fantastic photographer, highly recommended and captured the whole experience from start to finish. Even things we had forgotten we were able to relive again through his photographs. Just amazing!
— Dean & Siobhan
Amazingly talented photographer who goes above and beyond to capture the most important day of your life. Friendly, professional and his work is outstanding. Can’t recommend Stephen enough to future brides and grooms
— Michelle & Chris
Stephen was so friendly and responded really quickly. I knew that I would like him to be our photographer from the first e-mail as he completely understood what we were looking for and came across really excited and passionate about what he did. When we met Stephen he was so enthusiastic and when we saw more of his work we booked him straight away! Stephen was fantastic in the day of our wedding and were really friendly and dedicated to getting the perfect shots. I can’t express how much they helped make our day so special. The photographs we have from Stephen and the cd and presentation box are amazing and we will cherish them forever.
— Louisa & Naveen
We were looking for a photographer to make our day look beautiful, but with a mix of posed and natural photographs. All of the photographs are stunning, but my favourites are those where the emotion of the moment are captured. My dad walking me down the aisle, me lifting back my veil, the laughter and tears in the speeches. They embody the day we wished for and the day we had
— Debra and Andrew
Stephen was excellent from the first time we met him. He took time to understand us and what we wanted, and was professional, personable and genuinely enthusiastic from start to finish. He was great with our guests and us on the day and worked tirelessly to get the right shots. We can’t recommend him and his work highly enough
— Sam and Rick
Very professional. Probably the best supplier decision made throughout the wedding process. Stephens attitude and friendly manor made us at ease through the day which is reflected in our lovely photographs
— Amy & Stephen

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