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  • Unique style – blending traditional & contemporary wedding photography

    I am a professional wedding photographer based in Carlisle in the Lake District. Over the past ten years I've built an enviable reputation for producing truly creative wedding photography for couples getting married in Cumbria for an affordable cost. Regardless of which service option you may choose, all clients receive a Photo Disc containing every hi resolution photo for no additional cost.

    I seamlessly blend traditional and modern forms of wedding photography to produce image portfolios which consistently exceed client expectations. My discreet observational style of photography also ensures the images I produce reflect the natural and spontaneous ambiance of your wedding day whilst the attention remains firmly on you.

Dave Draffan Cumbrian & Lake District Wedding Photographer

Dave Draffan Cumbrian & Lake District Wedding Photographer

Here’s a selection of recent blog portfolios & posts

Cumbrian wedding photographer Dave Draffan

Cumbrian wedding photographer Dave Draffan Andrew and Suzy got married in Crieff a small town in Perthshire in ScotlandView full post »

An amazing proper Cumbrian wedding in Lamplugh

An amazing proper Cumbrian wedding in Lamplugh I spent an absolutely brilliant day with Hannah and Jonny. It was blueView full post »

Beautiful wedding at Belmount Hall in the Lake District

Beautiful wedding at Belmount Hall in the Lake District Ian and Lucy chose a perfect day to tie the knot, blazingView full post »

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Carlisle Wedding Photographer – Dave Draffan

Carlisle Wedding Photographer – Dave Draffan Sometimes I get asked to cover just a short period of time, not fullView full post »

Carlisle wedding photography and video service

Carlisle wedding photography and video service Why take on the hassle of dealing with two service providers when there&#View full post »

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Dave Draffan wedding photographer in Carlisle discount offer

Dave Draffan wedding photographer in Carlisle discount offer This winter package deal was so successful last year, I&#View full post »

Flexible price & service options

My price and service options are easy to understand, include no hidden charges and designed to cater for a range of client budgets from smaller to larger weddings. All options include supplying your photos on a Photo Disc which would include no print, copyright or watermarking restrictions.

Choose from a range of the finest wedding albums available

Yet again I do things a little bit differently. You won’t be pressurized to choose and pay up front for an album before your wedding day. Instead, if you choose to purchase an album, we work together at any time after the wedding day to select the images to place in the album. I then design the album pages and provide you with a proof. Once you approve the page design and overall look of the album, this is when the album artwork is sent for build to Sim Imaging who are one of the UK’s premier wedding album manufacturers. This helps with your budget as you don’t have to pay for your album until after the wedding day, plus there is no time constraint, simply take your time and get back to me when you’re ready to kick start the process.

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Cumbrian & Lake District Wedding Photographer

I love blending more formal, some might say ‘posed’ aspects of wedding photography with a more relaxed observational approach to produce portfolios which capture the best of both worlds. When I speak to clients who are thinking of booking me as their wedding photographer, I often listen to comments like “I’m not comfortable having my photo taken” and “I don’t take a good photo”. What a lot of wedding photographers fail to consider is that many brides, and lets not forget grooms, might be feeling nervous about how they will look on their wedding photos. This is a perfectly natural feeling and it’s my job to make clients feel relaxed and confident that they are ‘nailing it’ on the day, plus it’s equally as important to ensure clients enjoy the experience of having their wedding photos taken. Anyway, that’s enough wedding crack, here’s a selection of my images which I hope you enjoy.

Carlisle & Cumbria Combined Photography & Videography option

Remove the hassle associated with choosing separate service providers to photograph and video your wedding day. I also run Lakeland Wedding Video and can provide a combined service option which is both cost effective and maintains a visual consistency within your photography, optional album and DVD or Blu-ray video.

Check it out – my new PHOTO OF THE MONTH page

It’s always the same, when I return from shooting a wedding I have to get the images on the system as quick as I can because I’ve always got a few images in mind which will be the ‘wow’ images of the day, and I can’t wait to check them out!

So, click on the image below to view a month by month selection of these images, hope you enjoy & find some inspiration and ideas for your own wedding photos.

If you think this shot just happened by chance, think again!

Lake District wedding photographer


As one of the most established Carlisle, Cumbrian and Lake District wedding photographers, I’m fortunate to be able to work at some of the most sought after and lavish wedding venues in Cumbria. For instance I regularly shoot weddings at: Inn on the Lake – UllswaterArmathwaite HallLangdale Chase on WindermereMerewood County HouseSwan – Newby BridgeNetherwood HotelGraythwaite Hotel – Grange over SandsStorrs HallAbbey House – Barrown on FurnessCragwood Country House HotelDalston HallRoundthorn Country House HotelRheged and Lodore Falls to mention but a few.