Weddings | Smiling Tiger Studios

Dorset Wedding Photographers & Videographers

We look for the uniqueness within every day

We anticipate, recognise, attune and respond, to all of the subtle and not so obvious wedding day energies.  It’s what keeps us alive creatively, pushing forward within our work as creative Dorset Wedding Photographers & Film makers.

We are a small professional team who work exclusively within the wedding photography market.  Through immersing ourselves within wedding photography, we strive to elevate our work consistently evolving artistically.

Working with depth and soul, every wedding day is a potential portfolio award winning opportunity. Our aim is for every client to be our biggest champion.

Rhian James Avington Park
Bride and her father before ceremony
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Subtle, Emotive & Raw Wedding Photography – Capturing The Soul Of Your Wedding.

Our tag line came from a comment from a fellow high level wedding professional. They somehow summed up our style within these three adjectives ‘Subtle, Emotive & Raw’! We embrace all levels of emotion, whether it be tender, silly, absurd or brash – but we all look for the underlying subtleties that occur. A gentle reassuring hand placed just when needed, during a speech or when about to walk down the aisle. These qualities and virtues lead to our imagery, transporting you back to that emotive time & place!

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Whether you are looking for Wedding Photography, Videography or both, we have got you covered

We are a team of professional photographers and videographers who can easily capture all your wedding day memories, from the small and intimate elopements & ceremonies, to the grand scale country house banquets. We can even capture cinematic drone footage showing off the grandeur of your venue with our in house CAA licensed UAV pilots.


Photo + FILMS


Our Approach

Wedding Photography – what’s in a style?

Everything and then some! It is a question and a page that is constantly evolving. Updated through professional experience, with my own reflections, feelings and intuitions all playing their part in and around wedding celebrations.

Every creators work comes from a place shaped by the people they have spoken to, the books they have read, the art they have consumed and the company they keep!

It’s been an epic journey of self discovery as a person, along with my organically growing in creative direction.
Eight years maturing has led to new levels of understanding and attunement to others behaviours.  Being more considered and mindful in my approach, seamlessly blending the right place and right time with finger on the shutter button!

All the personal experiences that have come my way, have all shaped the unique way I see the world. My unique perspective on how I chose to capture individuals, showing their humanity within fleeting moments – these very moments are things that others simply won’t get!
This is the value that I bring to others and it’s what I hold as being my creative direction.

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Muslim Wedding Photographer

Our Style

Documentdding Photography

Often referred to as Documentary wedding photography, reportage wedding photography or wedding photojournalism, the subtle differences do not need elaborating here.  More important is to exploit their combined virtues of being natural, observational story telling.
Documenting a wedding through a strong observational approach is the only real way of telling the story of your wedding day, the way you planned it, the way you visualised it and the way it really was.  Any other way would simply the photographers interpretation of what they thought your day should be.

Documentary wedding photographers approach a wedding with the intent of capturing the connection, the energy and the passion of the day.  Through experience comes intuition, being able to see and anticipate moments as photographic opportunities to create images of timeless beauty.
Natural storytelling is something we have always done as a professional photographers.  Years of working on Fleet Street titles honed our skills producing both features, – a process of telling a story through a series of photographs to single, stand alone images.  Each image capable of telling the story, providing context and clearly projecting the story behind the moment.

These real, unscripted moments can be carefully woven in between the small number of ‘portraits’ we capture at selective moments throughout your day.

On the blog

2019 wedding thumbnails


2019….Where did that go? It’s always a tough one, finding the appropriate opening lines within which to recall a complete year!  Where do I start?  To unravel the year chronologically would be far from creative.  So let’s come at it…

Ready to book?

Book your wedding with us. Check our availability and get our full pricing for wedding photography & videography.

Wedding dates can be booked up to 2 years in advance so please get in touch as soon as you have a confirmed date to avoid disappointment.

Resources For Wedding Couples

As an experienced professional wedding photographer, I’ve benefited from seeing hundreds of weddings.  I’m in a unique position to assist couples with planning advice, being able to answer questions that maybe on your mind.  Everything from timeline advice, allowing enough time for essential portraits through to advice on wedding suppliers.

Burley Manor Wedding Venue


This week we are speaking to Gina Sanchez, wedding and events manager at Burley Manor in the New Forest.   This stunning venue attracts people from all over the world to celebrate their wedding at this unique New Forest Hotel and…


Top 10 Dorset Wedding Venues for wedding photography

Couples planning to marry at one of the stunning Dorset Wedding Venues, may have already realised that you are spoilt for choice. From glamorous Castles and stately homes to rustic woodlands – the list is extensive. I’ve compiled my very…

Bespoke Wedding Dressmaker


  Top Tips for Booking your Bespoke Wedding Dressmaker from ChantelleSophia   Welcome to the new wedding supplier Q & A series where we will be speaking to some of the best Wedding Suppliers in the Industry.  We hope to…

Kind Words From Happily Married People

We feel so lucky to have had Linus as our wedding photographer. He captured the subtle, personal moments that made the day so special – all while being seemingly everywhere and nowhere at once. We had many friends and family members comment to us about how wonderful he was on the day. We even had vendors tell us his work is the best they’ve seen. We couldn’t recommend him enough.


On the day, Linus was everywhere (but nowhere – it was proper fly on the wall stuff)! We were able to just celebrate the day without worrying. He worked so hard to get the pictures we wanted to document our celebration. We have ended up with a collection of photos that really tell the story of our day and will help us to remember it for years to come.

Thank you, Linus!


We chose Linus to capture our Indian Wedding in Cornwall. We could see from his website that he had done Indian weddings before and so had experience in the different ceremonies and nuances of an Indian Wedding. Once we spoke to him on the phone we knew he was the right person for our wedding! He was calm, and clear about his style and that was exactly what we wanted! His documentary style photography really captures how your wedding looked and felt. We could not have been happier with the photos he took of our wedding! Nothing was too big an ask and we’re so happy we chose Linus.


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