Adam van Dorp Photography

Cornwall and Dorset based wedding photography and portrait photographer


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I am a Cornwall & Dorset based Reportage or Documentary Photographer, my services include; weddings, events, civil partnership ceremonies and portrait sessions. 

My approach and my ethos to my photography is to let your day happen naturally. I won't be the wedding photographer who bosses people around and takes charge of your event. I will be there for all your special moments and I will capture them in an unobtrusive way. Candid, photo journalistic, reportage or story telling are some of the names for my style and you will find me where an important and emotional moment comes along on your day. My wedding photography style is that of natural, raw & true emotion rather than cheesy grins and poses. 

I am happy to travel to anywhere in the UK for your wedding with reason, travel expenses maybe necessary but I wouldn't want distance to get in the way of great photos for your wedding. If your unsure then just let me know. I have family near London as well as Dorset so I can available wherever you are. 


My Services

Childrens portraits

Photographing children is where my passion for photography stemmed from so if you have a baby, toddler or child that you would like a photograph of just click.

Weddings & Civil Ceremonies

Cornwall Weddings and civil partnership photography is such a lovely area of photography to be in. To capture all your special memories is such a privilege. More info click.

Being a photojournalistic style photographer I like to keep things simple. I will be there for your moments throughout your day sometimes even without your knowledge. 

My aim is for you to get your photos back and realise that I was there for all your special moments as well as the moments of all of your wedding party and sometimes emotional moments which you missed through all the hussle and bussle of your wedding day. 

I like to draw inspiration from the Cornish coastline and Cornwall is very dear to me in that regards. The great thing is wherever you're getting married in Cornwall you'll never be too far from a beach or sea-view which will add nicely to any photo and give you a sense of place and feeling of the great county you live in. St Ives, Falmouth, Newquay and Penzance all have their amazing sea views and really show off Cornwall for your wedding day or even for a portrait session. 

A couple's moment after their ceremony in Newquay

A couple's moment after their ceremony in Newquay

My style I would say is photo-journalistic or candid and it's that way because I love capturing raw emotion. I also tend to take a good deal of black and white photographs, these can really capture moments for what they are and bring them back to simple emotion and feeling and some of my black and whites I would say are some of my best work. I find when you pose its hard to find true feelings, I always find the best emotions in my photographs when I'm capturing them in a candid unobtrusive manner. You can see throughout my portfolio and my pictures on my site that I have followed that style in all my areas of photography. I am always learning more and believe that you should never stop learning, so my style will always slowly evolve and get better throughout the years but always bringing you images that you will cherish. 

Your photos are to be treasured for a lifetime for that reason I like to offer printing and albums with my wedding collections and the option of prints with my portraits. When you have a physical photograph in your hand its of way more importance than a digital image, one that can get lost on your computer. That being said I still offer your images digitally but I like to make sure you know that you can only get the best of your images when they are printed. I like to have them printed by my quality printers and they provide photos that will stand the test of time and not fade keeping your memories safe as a family heirloom for centuries to come. 

Being Helston, porthleven and Mullion based means I am not far from Falmouth, and Penzance and I will cover both of these areas for photography with no travel costs. I love travelling and relish visiting new places for portrait and wedding photography sessions so please don't hesitate if you're further afar as I will still happily travel. I have even gone to Finland for a wedding before so I am very happy to travel (which was awesome by the way). 


Also if you're looking for a photojournalist photographer for your same sex marriage I approach all my photography with empathy and sensitivity so I have no problems photographing your wedding or civil partnership no matter what your background. Lesbian, gay or straight weddings, I will always offer you a service which I believe is worth more than my prices and your pictures will be a constant reminder of your amazing event and day.

I am also putting together a great resource for brides of cornwall and that's a vendor and supplier list that will help you find vendors for your event. If you're looking for a wedding cake, hair stylist, makeup-artist, stationary, dress shops or even venues I aim to have a good list of all the places in Cornwall you can find these vendors

Helston is an old market town and quiet and quaint but what's important is that its central to Mullion, Penzance, Falmouth, Truro, Newquay, St Ives and Hayle so there is so much scope as to where I can photograph and I intend to photograph in all of these places as much as possible over the coming years.  Porthleven is a lovely little fishing village and with it being local it's also a perfect place to have your pictures done. There is lots of nice places to eat and a beautiful harbour and Porthleven especially lends itself to an idyllic seaside cornish village atmosphere. St Ives and Carbis Bay are similar in that sense and a very popular place to have weddings in Cornwall. 

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Reportage wedding photography is relatively new when it comes to wedding photography, it basically means to capture the event in a candid manner and let the events of the day evolve naturally and without posing and forced smiles. I like to be there for the special moments and emotions that come along on a wedding day and capturing them in a candid way is the way to do it. Being a spectator on your day is what I aim to be, I may be considered part of the party or even one of the guests at times and that's a perfect way of getting the real emotions. I am even thinking of getting a smaller camera so I can slip into the situations that people have without pushing a big lens in their face.