Jeff Ascough Lens & Light Honor

The Lens & Light Honor is awarded to twelve photographers each year who are true leaders in the world of wedding photography. We look for photographers who produce stunning, modern, artistic imagery at the frontier of the field and for photographers who have achieved a rare level of success and recognition among brides, fellow photographers, and others in the wedding industry. We are proud to recognize Jeff Ascough with the Lens & Light Honor.


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“One of the world’s greatest wedding photographers”

~ Canon Professional

“One of the ten best wedding photographers in the world”

~ American Photo

“A master at shooting by available light”

~ The Washington Post


Known the world over for his stunning documentary-style wedding photography and his work as a Canon Ambassador, Jeff Ascough works to elevate wedding photography to an art form. Inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson and the work of James Nachtwey. Jeff’s unobtrusive approach yields honest, truthful and timeless images that serve as treasured memories for his brides.

For Jeff, a wedding is a sacred occasion – and the photographer’s role is to capture the unfolding events quietly, simply, without attracting attention. He challenges himself to create his award-winning wedding images by using available light almost exclusively. He shoots deliberately and carefully, crafting each image with incredible care. For Jeff, every picture should stand out. Every single photograph should be both aesthetically appealing and emotionally evocative.

With more than 20 years of wedding photography experience, Jeff has used this documentary storytelling approach to cover more than 1000 wedding assignments. His client roster boasts countless girls-next-door and plenty of celebrities including Kevin Pieterson and Jessica Taylor, Jill Halfpenny and Craig Conway and Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien.


© Jeff Ascough

© Jeff Ascough

© Jeff Ascough

© Jeff Ascough


How did you get into wedding photography?

I was invited to join my parents fledgling photography business back in 1989. I was actually thinking about doing a degree in Psychology prior to that, but I found that photography was really what I wanted to do in life.

How would you describe your style?

In short I shoot documentary/street style images on a wedding day. My style is unobtrusive but faithful and true to the people and the events that surround the wedding day.

© Jeff Ascough

© Jeff Ascough

© Jeff Ascough

What cameras do you shoot with, what’s your favorite lens, and what’s your favorite accessory other than your cameras/lenses?

I currently shoot with two Canon EOS 1DMKIV cameras. My favourite lens will always be the 50mm f1.2L but I find myself shooting mainly with the 16-35 f2.8LII these days.

How important is post processing in your final images?

It is paramount to my style. With good post processing I can create the image that was in my mind’s eye when I pressed the shutter. For me, capturing the actual image is only the start of making a great picture.

Who or what inspires you to create great imagery?

I have always been inspired by the great documentary/street photographers of the 21st Century, and I guess I always will be. Cartier-Bresson is the biggest influence on my style, his love of composition and the ‘decisive moment’ are ingrained in my photographic soul.

Sebastiao Salgado and his use of light, and the way he has his images printed to bring drama to his pictures are important to me. I also like the way he sees a collection of pictures as being important in telling the story.

I enjoy the work of Gary Winogrand, Eugene Richards and James Nachtwey for their use of space and wide-angle lenses—something which I have noticed in my work over the past couple of years. Then there are legends like Don McCullin who continues to inspire and challenge me when it comes to taking pictures, not just at a wedding. I rarely look at other wedding photography—it just doesn’t interest me at all.

What is the most challenging thing about photographing weddings?

For me it is all about trying to improve my work, season on season. I find actually shooting a wedding really easy and comfortable, as I’ve been doing it for so long now, but I always push and challenge myself to get better images. I still practice different shooting techniques away from the wedding, and I continue to train myself to become a better photographer.

What do you think are the most important trends in wedding photography today?

Honestly. I have no idea. I don’t tend to follow wedding photography.

If not a photographer, what would you want to be?

A criminal psychologist. Psychology is my other passion.




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Adrian Wood Photography - June 18, 2010 - 11:04 am

Jeffs work is an enormous inspiration to so many and I am huge fan. His eye for catching the perfect ,moment means he must be switched on all the time and no head in camera always up and at it. Great talent all round…. Thanks for posting these images…


Adrian Wood Photography - June 18, 2010 - 11:06 am

Great post all round …. Love Jeffs work and its a great inspiration to us all in the documentary wedding photography field.



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damien - June 23, 2010 - 8:10 am

I love Mr. Ascough’s work, and have for a long time now. Truly inspiring.

Andreas Feusi - June 24, 2010 - 8:07 am

Absolut fantastic work. I like the photo the couple’s dancing. Amazing shot.
I also like the toning.
Great blog post.

Mauro - June 25, 2010 - 10:02 pm

Hello Jeff. Iam Mauro from Brasil.
Shots from the hert,worderful your work.

Mariquita - June 27, 2010 - 9:12 pm

I am feeling so inspired. These pictures are so artistic and so very beautiful and it is impressive to me that Mr. Ascough works to shoot almost exclusively by the natural light. I feel inspired to work harder at using natural light sources. Thank you for sharing this wonderful interview.

vito ancona - July 2, 2010 - 2:34 am

hi Jeffs, real amazing works….lovely!

nice to meet you!

vito ancona


Will Pursell - July 6, 2010 - 8:24 pm

amazing images! very smart guy…

Enrico - July 7, 2010 - 3:49 am

Really beautiful work, particularly the black and white pictures. I like the candid style and the spontaneity of the shots.

Nobuyuki - July 11, 2010 - 12:35 am

Hello Jeff, your documentary style work always inspired me.
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Mary Fabian - July 13, 2010 - 6:38 pm

Jeff — I just love your work. I have been following it for years and am so glad to have found you on Best of Wedding Photography. Look forward to seeing more – awesome!

Marilyn Forrest - July 13, 2010 - 7:04 pm

These images are so magnificent … and I agree … you are like a magician with the natural light.

mark kidd - July 15, 2010 - 1:12 pm

Jeff you are not one of the best wedding photographers you are the best!!!! THANK YOU FOR THE INSPIRATION !!!

John Lyons Weddings - July 16, 2010 - 12:35 pm

Congratulations Jeff. I absolutely love your work.

Maria José Ramos - July 19, 2010 - 10:22 am

Hi Jeff,

I would like to say that I love your work. I feel very inspired when I look at your shots. They’re amazing!

best regards from Italy

kowalski photography - July 20, 2010 - 7:41 am

What I like most about Jeff’s work is the impression of quiet and composure. I know how important it is to catch the right moment, and I know how it hurts to loose it. A beginning fotographer must always fight two things: pressure of time and feeling strain – both depending on each other. Jeff’s photos look like he has plenty of time to shoot them, like if it was not Jeff that catches and chases the moment, but the moment itself waiting for Jeff, who went somewhere for a long coffee break until he decides to catch it. I wish one day the time would obey me the same way. Brilliant!

allyson magda - July 20, 2010 - 4:10 pm

so inspiring!!! simply beautiful!

Haring Photography - July 21, 2010 - 9:43 pm

Thanks for sharing you approach to wedding for us!

Priscilla Haring - July 21, 2010 - 10:08 pm

I can’t get enough of the photograph with the gentleman in the church folding his hands in quiet contemplation. You are such an inspiration Jeff! Thanks! Priscilla

Lyndsay Crawford Photography - July 25, 2010 - 11:36 pm

You truly are an amazing photographer … forget the top 500 .. you are in the top five!

Jacqui Jagt - August 8, 2010 - 7:55 pm

Beautiful and amazing, as usual. Love your work!

Annabelle Morris - August 12, 2010 - 4:21 am

Just a few words — magnificent and beautiful. Oh, and two more — spectacular and brilliant!

Michael J Dunham - September 21, 2010 - 3:28 pm

Great stuff, I love the use of natural light!

Samantha - October 2, 2010 - 12:57 am

Utterly inspiring photography, I love it all.

Eva Photo Studio - October 20, 2010 - 5:59 pm

OMG….I love the bride and groom barely visible with the spotlights shining down on them. All of these images are amazing and very inspiring!

Tim Hind - December 30, 2010 - 5:19 am

Jeffs work is truly inspirational, capturing unique and natural images with creative ease

Graham Wynne - July 30, 2011 - 6:34 pm

Inspiring stuff – I see he is just down the road from me too!

Larry Green - January 17, 2012 - 5:15 pm

Really enjoy the black and white!

Rares - January 22, 2012 - 3:32 am

Jeff = inspiration.

sergio - October 6, 2012 - 5:34 am

Voce é realmente um artista,cada click seu é uma obra de arte!
Obrigado !

Lafayette - January 30, 2013 - 3:50 am

Great photographer!

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