Stephen Yates of Derwent Photography in Cumbria is widely acknowledged as the premier wedding photographer in Cumbria and the Lake District, and is much in demand, shooting over 50 Lake District weddings a year, as well as regularly covering weddings in the surrounding counties of Northumberland, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Durham, southern Scotland and the Borders.
His style is mainly documentary and observational, laced with a sense of humour, and his distinctive, creative portraits of brides and grooms combine elements of landscape and fashion.
He has won many major awards for his Lake District wedding photography, winning three of the top 10 places in The Kodak Wedding Photographer of the Year awards 2010/2011, an unparalled achievement considering there were over 6,000 entries from all over the UK. It is also the second second year running he has been selected for the top 10!
In the NW England Master Photographer of the year awards, he recently took the Gold, Silver and Bronze in creative weddings, and the Gold and Bronze in reportage weddings, as well as the Silver and Bronze in Wedding Album of the year, and the overall accolade, ‘Master Photographer of The Year’.
Stephen is currently the only UK photographer to hold two associateships of The Master Photographers Association – one in Weddings and one in Portraiture – and the first person ever to have been awarded both simultaneously.