I’m Rob Tarren, a documentary wedding photographer based in Gloucestershire in the heart of the Cotswolds.

As a documentary wedding photographer, I’m there to tell the story of your wedding day, the whole day, not just a couple of hours of it. I don’t do hourly packages as it’s impossible to capture the true spirit of your day within a two or three hour time slot.

I want to record the tears of joy, tears of sadness, the stories being exchanged, the laughter and the happiness of your wedding day.

From the bride giggling with her bridesmaids whilst they’re being pampered in the morning, right through to the inevitable crazy wedding dancer busting some moves on the floor in front of the band…I’m there to capture it all.

I do not interfere with your day, I do not boss people into unnatural poses. I’m there to document you and your guests enjoying the most important day of your life in a candid and natural way.

I use natural lighting wherever possible. You’ll rarely see a flashgun perched on top of my camera unless light conditions dictate that I absolutely have to.

All of the processed shots are supplied for you to download in glorious high definition via a secure online gallery. There’s no limit to the amount of photographs you will receive; if an image forms an integral part of your wedding celebration then it appears within the story of your day.

Photography Package


Pre-wedding consultation to chat about the details of your big day (in person, phone or Skype if easier).

Full coverage of your wedding day (prep to dancing).

Secure online gallery with access to download your processed photographs with the option to purchase prints, canvases and frames of the day.

Pre-Wedding Shoot


Prepare yourself for the wedding with a pre-wedding / engagement shoot.

A great way to have some fun, get used to the camera and capture some wonderful informal photos to treasure forever.

This price applies to couples who book my photography package.

Fine Art Albums


Present a selection of your favourite images in a beautiful 12″ x 12″ contemporary leather album containing 15 spreads (30 sides).


Duplicate 6″ x 6″ canvas wrapped parent albums of the larger version. These albums must be purchased in addition to the 12″ x 12″ version.

Stanway House Wedding Large

Frequently Asked Questions

How are you dealing with postponed COVID weddings?

I’m sure this FAQ is the one you’re most interested in at the moment!  The situation relating to the coronavirus has been utterly horrendous to the dreams of couples around globe, it’s also had a catastrophic impact on the wedding & events industry.

My stance is all about working as a team should you need to pause your wedding plans and seek to postpone your celebrations until a time when it’s safe to do so. I’ve been working closely with my couples to help find dates that keep your list of A Team suppliers together.  So if you are contemplating a postponement then drop me a line and I will provide details of my booking calendar; do the same with your other suppliers and we’ll all get to celebrate your day together as intended (just a bit later than originally planned!).

One thing to note, I DO NOT charge a postponement fee.

How long will you be with us on the day?

I don’t place any strict timescales on the day. I’m there for as long as it takes to tell the story of your wedding. I want to capture as much of the celebration as possible…without being a pest! As a rough guide, a couple of hours before the ceremony is usually plenty of time to get lots of key preparation shots. I certainly won’t disappear whilst the last few notes of the first dance are being played. I do like to stay a little while longer to photograph guests letting their hair down and capturing lots of dance floor action!

What is a pre-wedding shoot?

A pre-wedding (or engagement) shoot is an opportunity to get together before your big day to have some fun, take some shots and get you used to the camera. It’s completely optional but it gives you the chance to see how your images will look with my style of photography. The only restriction I make is that the pre-wedding shoot must take place in Gloucestershire. Read about pre-wedding shoots in my blog by clicking here.

How many photos will I receive?

There’s no definitive value as it’s difficult to provide an exact number of shots as this varies depending on a number of factors. For example, the length of bridal prep, the number of locations (the more time I’m in a car the less time I’m shooting), weather/seasonal conditions, etc. I will always aim to deliver in excess of 400 fully processed photos of your day.

It’s great that you give us the digital images; but can you also provide prints?

All of your processed images are placed into an online password protected gallery where you can order prints, canvases and framed images at the click of a mouse button. All orders are fulfilled by one of the UK’s leading processing labs and delivered directly to your door. Share your gallery with friends and family and they can order photos too. Click here to view the available products.

I would like an album, what will I have to do?

Once you have had an opportunity to review the photos, I will ask you to select around seventy of your favourite images and I will build a bespoke layout and send you a set of proofs showing you how the pages of the album will appear. Once you are happy with the layout I will arrange for the album to be created.

Do you photograph the formal group shots?

I do, but as anybody who attends a wedding will testify, it’s generally the part of the day everyone dreads and has a nasty habit of ruining the atmosphere of a wedding! I recommend keeping the number of formal group shots to an absolute minimum to ensure you spend more time enjoying your day with your guests. In order to speed up the process, I would ask the bride and groom to nominate an usher to gather the required groups together.

Will you ask our guests to pose all day?

The one and only time I will ask your guests to actively ‘smile at the camera’ is during the formal shots! My number one aim is to blend into the background and allow you and your guests to relax and enjoy the celebrations without the photographer interfering. If you head over to my testimonial page you’ll notice a lot of comments relating to guests not noticing me due to my candid approach to the day!

Do you have a drone?

Yes! I hold a PfCO (Permission for Commercial Operation) which in general speak is the ability to legally fly a drone for commercial purposes.  This a very important document supplied by the Civil Aviation Authority to UAV pilots who have completed the relevant training and flight assessments.  Where possible, I will provide drone photography at your wedding if SAFE and LEGAL to do so.

Are there any hidden extras?

No, the price quoted above is the price you will pay for wedding ceremonies in Gloucestershire and the neighbouring counties. Accommodation and travel costs would apply for ceremonies that are outside of these areas.

What happens if you are ill?

In the extremely unlikely event I am unable to attend on the day, I am part of a group of professional photographers providing backup for each other should the need arise.  I haven’t missed any of the 350+ weddings I have been booked to attend.

Do you offer discounts for cash?

As a full time professional photographer I offer a service that has been financially calculated to cover the time and energy dedicated to your special day. Wedding photography is so much more than collecting ‘snaps’ from one day. Many of my weddings are booked a year to eighteen months in advance, so the knowledge that I will still legally be operating at the time of your wedding is vital. I operate as a private limited company bound by the tax and company laws of the UK. Yes you may pay cash, although it will still be accounted for by my company in the manner you would expect as a tax payer yourself.

Do you use a second photographer?

I much prefer to work alone as it allows me to take sole responsibility for the brief you have supplied me with. I will not use your wedding as a training ground for assistant photographers. I work in a discreet manner which allows your guests to relax and enjoy your day; something that would be difficult to achieve if they felt they are being ‘papped’ from all angles by multiple photographers.

How long have you been doing this?

At the time of writing, I’ve been a full time photographer for ten years.  I’ve photographed over 350 weddings in all seasons, in all weather conditions.  For me personally, I believe it’s one of the most rewarding jobs one can imagine!  I’m very fortunate to be someone who simply cannot wait to get to work and enjoy spending the day with a room full of excited people who beam from ear to ear!

Also, in my years as a professional photographer I’ve covered everything from product imagery to sporting events, newborn photos to corporate headshots.

Will you blog our wedding?

Very likely! I’m aware couples love having their images shown off on my site! It’s also the most honest way to display my style of photography and googling one of my weddings is probably the reason you found my website! However, I do appreciate that some couples would prefer to keep their images private; with this in mind I would not blog anything if you expressly ask me not to. No photos will be blogged until I have sent your gallery.

Everything sounds great! How do I book you?

As soon as you are happy to proceed, a non refundable booking fee of £300 will secure my services for the day. The balance will need to be paid no later than 28 days before the wedding day.

When should we book?

It sounds like a cheesy sales tactic, but with anything wedding related it is always best to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. To put it into context, I regularly shoot over 50 weddings each year and sadly have to decline over double that figure as I haven’t figured out how to clone myself yet!

The issue is amplified even more so with the current COVID situation as I have transferred almost all of my 2020 weddings into 2021/2022 resulting in available date becoming extremely sparse!

Do you have more questions?  I have even more FAQ’s on my blog page that can be found here.  No two weddings are the same so if you do have any queries that are not answered on my website then please drop me a line via my contact page, it would be great to hear from you!