Hi! I’m Dru.
I live on the beautiful Northumberland coast, surrounded by wonderful landscapes and magical wedding venues. I took up photography 10 years ago when I took a year out before undertaking a PhD in the Molecular Genetics of Osteoarthritis at Newcastle University. I taught myself photography and shot my first wedding 7 years ago. Upon finishing my PhD I decided to leave science and academia and turn professional. I love people, I love working with people, getting to know them and creating photographs that mean so much to so many. I love to get out and photograph landscapes and seascapes in my spare time.
My style is a blend of traditional and contemporary. People often discover me via a breathtaking image that looks like a still from a Hollywood movie, but these are a small part of what I capture. I am primarily a candid, documentary style photographer. I turn up to your wedding in a suit, dressed like a guest so that I can blend into the background and capture people relaxed and having fun. I will undertake your formal group photographs after the ceremony in an organised and timely fashion, while these photos are more traditional, they are also the photographs that end up on many a mantelpiece throughout your families so they are important to do.
I shoot whole weddings, I shoot the marriages of two people in love and promising themselves to each other. Therefore, I don’t shoot to clocks or watches. You can’t rush a story, when you book me to shoot your wedding you get me for your wedding, not just part of it. This allows me to offer you a unique service, where your couple portraits are done in small bite-sized chunks throughout the day so that we can maximise the amount of time the you get to spend with your friends and family and at the same time ensuring that your photographs are as diverse as possible as the light changes with the moving and setting sun.
Your first dance is not my last event. As a trained scientist my understanding of light is one of my biggest strengths as a photographer. I can control the lighting in your photographs with a mixture of natural and flattering flash so that we can create really dynamic, contemporary images. I endeavour to create something unique at your wedding, something that no one else has, I’m an artist and I pride myself on my creativity and ideas.
The relationship you have with your wedding photographer is the most important relationship you’ll have with any vendor. Your photographer will be there all day and so with that in mind let’s meet up and have a chat! Tell me about your plans over a coffee, what’s important to you both, how you met, how your day plays out in your mind.
Full Day's coverage - £1400.
For more information contact Weddings@DruDodd.com
"Dru, we can't thank you enough for the beautiful wedding photos you captured for us! Dru was very accommodating and professional and made the whole experience relaxing. He arrived early and stayed late and was so proactive the whole day! We now have some beautiful photos that we will treasure for life :-) and would not hesitate to recommend Dru to our family and friends. Thanks Dru!"
- Laura and Richard Holland, married April 2015
"Dru was absolutely fantastic, he was a real pleasure to have as our photographer. He went out of his way to make us feel at ease and took some fabulous and creative photos that we will cherish forever. He put up with demanding bridesmaids and a groom that couldn't keep his eyes open and he did it all with a smile! Thanks Dru for all your hard work and patience :-)"
- Sanjai and Alayna Bhatia, married June 2013
"We would like to say a huge thank you to Dru and Zander for the beautiful photographs of our wedding. They captured every moment of the day and night superbly! Outstanding prices and outstanding prints! They stayed right until the night time reception capturing all our groovy dance moves!! We would recommend them to everyone. Thank you so much :)"
- Chris and Laura Jackson, married March 2013
"We can not speak highly enough of Dru as a wedding photographer! He arrived early and got some great shots of us getting ready and even stayed until the dancing was well underway! Dru was a relaxing presence and captured some great natural shots of our guests as well as all the group photos we wanted. We love looking back at our wedding photos and Dru was really helpful after the event, sending us the photos really quickly and advising on the best photobooks. We're also big fans of Dru's work in general and have 2 signed prints in pride of place in our house!! Thanks Dru!"
- Vinny and Ros Holden, married May 2012
"We have the most wonderful memories of our Wedding Day thanks to Dru! The photographs are amazing! Dru captured every moment perfectly from the formal group shots to the natural ones and he also caught all the little details too! We hardly knew he was there taking so many fabulous pictures and nothing was too much trouble for him. Friends who have looked at our album said that they were some of the best photos they had seen and it was lovely to remember the whole day through Dru's photos! We Thank you so much Dru."
- Adam and Amanda Lambert, married July 2011