Dover Design Photography - Reviews

Sam Lloyd - The Wedding Owl

Having worked with Alan on a number of photographic projects, I have always found him enthusiastic, passionate, creative and artistic. He is honest, trustworthy, hardworking, thoughtful, a confidence builder, and professional at all times, which, in my opinion, are the best traits a photographer can possess. He is naturally great at making you feel at ease, works with love, care, and dedication. I look forward to working with him again soon.

Sarah and Ian - East Quay Whitstable

We chose Alan to be our wedding photographer because his work really stood out from the crowd. It was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding day. Couples only need to look at the portfolio of photographs on his website to truly understand how stunningly he can capture your day. Alan’s appreciation of lighting, of moods, of meaningful moments, of how to make people look amazing resulted in photos which were everything we hoped for. Importantly for us he was never over-bearing and he blended into the day so our guests hardly knew he was there. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he really listened to our ideas and worked with us to get the photos we wanted. All of our guests have commented on how fantastic our wedding album is – and we thoroughly agree.

Lee and Ally - Dover Marina Hotel

Firstly, let me say that the photos were excellent.... Both in their nature and in their clarity, Everything was captured. The arrival of the guests, the happiness of the top table, the humour and sincerity during the speeches and the relaxed nature of the everyone at the Wedding Breakfast. Combine all of this with the setting and fact we were bloody lucky with the weather for the time of the year and I think it's fair to say that me and Ally more than got our monies worth.

Laura and Simon - Canterbury Cathedral Lodge

Just received our wedding photos in the post and they are amazing. We are delighted with the final photos, with so many natural pics that we didn't even realise were being taken. We're so happy that we chose Alan to photograph our wedding. He is a lovely, personable photographer to work with, he's very attentive and didn't miss any key moments. He's very relaxed but able to control the masses when needed. Thanks again Alan!

Katie and Darren - Pines Calyx

Just wanted to say thank you so much for agreeing to be our photographer. You made everyone feel relaxed and at ease in front of the camera, even Darren who is notoriously camera shy! Many of our guests commented on your approach and how laid back you were. The images are fantastic and the quality speaks for itself. I really can't express how grateful we are apart from saying another big - Thank you so much!!!

Christine and Scott - The Bell Hotel, Sandwich

"We could not be happier that we chose Alan from Dover Design as our wedding photographer. He has a pure, natural talent for capturing beautiful images, which is clear from his work on his website. What isn't clear from his website is how much of a genuinely lovely man he is. He made us and our guests feel comfortable on the day and was an absolute pleasure to have around. So much so that we actually missed him when the time came for him to leave! If anyone is in need of a photographer, we highly recommend Alan. You will not be disappointed."

Rachel and Mike - Solton Manor

Our wedding photos are stunning, Alan did an amazing job despite the terrible weather!! We have so many natural photos that we never knew were being taken & everyone felt so comfortable. So happy we choose Alan to photograph our special day. Thank you so much again!!!

Alison and Stuart - Farthingloe Barn

Alan and Tom were fantastic throughout the whole wedding experience.  We chose Alan as our photgrapher not just for the wonderful photo's but because he is such a nice chap.  Both Alan and Tom felt a part of our day, they made the experience relaxed and fun and we are very grateful to them both.

Alan was an absolute pleasure to deal with and our photo's are everything we hoped for.  I would not hesitate to recommend Alan to others. Many thanks again.

Ally and Stu.xx

Annaliese and Lee - Solton Manor

Dear Alan I was pleased to meet you both on the occasion of Annaliese and Lee's wedding in September.  Anna has sent me the composite of photos and music you created and I wanted to write to say how delighted I am with the work you produced - the photos are absolutely delightful!  Anna tells me that she will try and arrange for a DVD of the photos she and Lee have selected and I look forward to receiving that! From a very proud Father of the Bride - thank you! Regards Roger Mortlock

Laura and Shane - Cooling Castle Barn

Shane and I can’t thank you enough for capturing the most special day of our lives. You have helped to create some wonderful memories . We and our family and friends felt at ease throughout and you both blended in and were unobtrusive. For anybody reading this post we would highly recommend you.

Thank you once again

Laura & Shane

Emma and Daniel - Leeds Castle

Thanks for sending through all of our photos so quickly.  It was fantastic to see a taster before we went on honeymoon. 

We would also like to say a huge thank you to you and Tom for your services on our special day, you were great to have around and I shall always highly recommend you to anyone I know.

Emma and Daniel (Bride and Groom)

Hi Alan and Thomas,   Firstly I would like to thank you both very much for doing Emma and Daniels wedding photos, not only are the photos wonderful but you were both great on the day and fun to have around, even guests commented that you were there but not! a very good compliment.

Jane and Peter (Bride's Parents)

Lia and Tom - Rowhill Grange

Alan and Tom, you did a fantastic job at our daughter’s wedding to Tom Shrubshall on Saturday. Not only have you taken some excellent photo’s but you were both great to have around on the day and helped make the day to be as special as it was. You have captured the moments of the day perfectly and we will all have those spedcial memories to treasure.

Many Thanks

Debi & Colin Havard (Bride's Parents)

Kath and Vic - Ramada Dover

Hi Alan

Thank you very much for the album we both thought you did a lovely job with everything and would highly recommend you


Kath and Vic x

Anna and John - Henley on Thames

We would just love to say, what amazing people Alan and his son Thomas are. We had the most magical day and it wouldn’t have been the same without them. They made the experience so relaxing and enjoyable and everyone commented at how great they were. We will have no hesitation in recommending them to any other bride and groom. With the brief selection of photos we received the very next day I a have been on the end of my chair every day waiting for the email to come through saying photos on their way. AMAZING was not the word We even broke a record for them of the most amount of photos delivered. Alan, Thomas thank you again for a fantastic day and everything you both did we will always be soooooo grateful. Anna and John Xxxxxxx

Selena and Nick - The Marquis at Alkham

I have nothing but praise for you and your son. The photos look amazing and we didn't even notice you there all day. We made a fantastic choice picking you and we are over the moon with your work. Many thanks to Thomas, what a lovely chap.

Chris and Jodie - Solton Manor

Hey lads, just been through the photos any i must say they were fantastic, We gave a brief on what we wanted and you more than delivered, thanks once again· !!!

Kate and John - Solton Manor

Hi Alan, I am John's father and would just like to say how impressed I was with your professionalism and efficiency at John and Kates wedding and also the high quality photographs that you have produced. Your relaxed and jovial interaction with the guests was commented on by a number of people,and went a long way in helping the day go so smoothly The excellent pictures will provide a lasting memory of what was a fantastic and memorable day for us all The variety and wide selection of different photo's is stunning Thank you so much Rest assured when I am asked if I know a good wedding photographer I will not hesitate in recommending you !! Thank you once again, Very Kind Regards, Charlie Stokes

Carly and Ed - Old Kent Barn - Wedding Photography

Tell us - would you recommend your photographer to other brides, if so why?

....and the answer

Well surely the pictures say it for themselves he is a genius.  Not only does Alan have a real eye for great photos he is also a lovely person to be around.  He offers so many options, including a pre-wedding shoot which is a fantastic idea and Ed and I had a wonderful time on the beach with Alan and his wife Hazel despite the cold and strong wind.  Alan was so fantastic on the day, he was there all day and into the evening, he knew what we wanted and made sure he got all the shots he could.  He was so unobtrusive in the morning whilst we were getting ready and just popped in and out getting us to pose every now and then but nothing took ages.  He encouraged as many people as possible to get in the photo booth and have their picture taken, whether serious or silly and as a result we have some great pictures of our guests that we would never have captured. He also published a few of our wedding pictures the very next day on his website as a snapshot of the day which was fantastic and so exciting and meant we couldn't wait to get all the others.  He is a naturally gifted photographer but a genuinely lovely person to be around and that combination is just magic for a bride and groom.  

Cheyanne and Karl - Engagearazzi

Alan, these moments were right out of a fairytale. I am so glad you and Thomas were there to capture them! You and Thomas are so talented-we will remember you and these moments for always. Everytime I visit these pictures I am overwhelmed and the emotions come flooding back-we cannot thank you enough! -Cheyanne and Karl Anne Kofmehl.

Chantelle and Carl - Wedding Photography

So so happy with the photos. Thank you so much Alan, you and Thomas did a fantastic job and made it so easy and comfortable for us. I cant wait to see the rest of them! Thank you x

Lauren and Luke - Wedding Photography

I would definitely recommend Dover Design Photography. They provide a ‘Pre-wedding photoshoot’ at a location of you choice to help get you comfortable in front of the camera and it gives you the chance to get to know your photographers before the big day. These photos are provided on your wedding disk free of charge. I think this is a brilliant idea, I really enjoyed the shoot and made me much more prepared on the wedding day. Alan works with his son Tom, so you have 2 photographers covering your wedding from the moment you are getting ready right through until late in the evening. They are very experimental and really know what makes a great shot. I am extremely pleased with the wedding photos we have had from them. I love them all!

Katie and Malcolm - Wedding Photography

We have just watched the slideshow of our wedding and both of us were in tears! It is so magical and perfectly evokes the emotion of our day. The photos are wonderful: creative and artistic and not just the standard wedding shots, with close attention to detail yet spontaneous and fun. Alan and Thomas were the perfect photographers: very unobtrusive, and they allowed the day to just flow whilst not missing any of it. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR DOING SUCH A PERFECT JOB. We are blown away by the quality and the extent of coverage and all for such a reasonable price. I will be highly recommending Alan to everyone who needs a photographer for any occasion. This guy has talent and clearly loves what he does and takes a real pride in his work!!

Beulah House - Commercial Photography - Promotional shots for CNI Designs

My favourite photo is the one of the dining room looking towards the window with the decanter stoppers in the foreground. I'm really pleased with the lounge photos, especially the one of the corner of the window showing the black silk blinds contrasted against the heavy black and gold chenille of the valance, also the close up of the holdback was great. That was exactly the kind of detail I was looking for. I really liked the drawing room photo showing the window head on and the glass top coffee table in the foreground. I really liked them all very much but those are the ones that stand out for me.

Bearsted Babes - Promotional Shots

I first 'met' Alan on Facebook through another wedding supplier,I had the pleasure of meeting him in person in the summer at a wedding fayre near Dover.

I mentioned that I needed some promotional shots doing. Alan offered his services, advice and experience to assist with promo shots and even managed to get us a make up artist for the morning. On the day the childcarers I took with me were very nervous as to be expected as we were all unsure what Alan had in mind. We arrived 5 childcarers,5 children, 4 onlookers,toys,paint and building blocks. Alan took it all in his stride and made us all feel at ease. He worked with the children and achieved some fantastic shots in such a hectic atmosphere.

I cant thank Alan enough for everything he has done for Bearsted Babes and would have no hesitation in recommending him and his services.

Martha Trust - Headshots and environmental portraits

Alan has recently taken some head shots and working photographs for our organisation and we are really pleased with the results. Alan was extremely professional and very personable, the whole session was seamless and unintrusive, which is particularly important for a care home so our residents are not affected. I would certainly recommend Dover Design Photography and we plan to use them again in the future. Louise Willis Martha Trust

Carly and Ashley - Wedding Howfield Manor

We would like to thank Alan and Thomas for making our day unforgettable with the great photos you have taken and left us with after which a day that goes way too quick.We will have the best memories and you have captured every perfect moment of our day thank you so much.Not only did you capture our day perfectly but you were a pleasure to work with making us all feel at ease and laugh.A lot of the pictures we didn't even realise you were there for :) you were discreet and professional. We would thoroughly recommend you to anyone for any occasion and look forward to working with you again for our family shoot :) Thank you Alan and Thomas love Mr and Mrs Tuite x

Cath and Matt - Wedding Photography - Blazing Donkey

What can I say but WOW! Alan and Thomas attended our Wedding in June this year and created some excellent pictures of our big day. We met with Alan on 3 separate occasions on the run-up to the event, where Alan outlined his business, asked us what type of photography we wanted (which in our case was relaxed, not really staged), and even attended the venue with us to prepare shots for the big day. Alan also suggested a fantastic spot for us to be photographed away from the crowd....brillant pictures, one of which is about to be adorned on our living room wall. If you are looking for a great photographer for any event, please get in touch with Alan, his attention to detail is second to none, works really really hard for you on the day and produces some wonderful pictures afterwards. He comes highly, highly recommended. Catherine and Matt Penny‎

Ola and Peter - Wedding Photography

We thank you for our wonderful Wedding pictures. You and you and your son captured the day perfectly. I would recommend your service to anyone; your family run business is very personal and friendly and you went the extra mile on our special day.

Peter and Ola

Becca's Birthday Party - Event Photography

A huge thank you to Alan & family for making Becca's Birthday so special. You offer an extremely professional service and it was a real pleasure to work with you all. The photo's are incredible and will give Becca memories for life! Look forward to seeing the DVD, Best wishes to you all, Jane

Betteshanger Brass Band - Commercial Promotional Photography

Dear Alan and Thomas, On behalf of all of us at Betteshanger Brass Band I would like to say a massive thank-you to you and Thomas for taking our promotional photographs. Getting 30 or so brass musicians, ranging in age from 12 to 86 years old, organised should be a bit of a nightmare but your enthusiasm, understanding and calm professionalism made the whole event an enjoyable experience. This was done on a night when we were very busy with a film crew who were recording us playing for use in the TV commercial for ‘The Music Lives On’ CD. Despite this you were patient and worked around the film crew to produce some outstanding photographs. The interesting thing is that you have somehow managed to capture the spirit and character of the individual band members and I have no idea how you managed to do that. Not everyone likes to have their photograph taken and yet there is no hint of shyness or awkwardness in any of the photos. In fact you cleverly blended into the background so that we were generally unaware of your presence and you were able to get some amazing candid shots which came as a pleasant surprise when we first saw them.

We were also very pleased with the funny shots you took which were something we would never have thought of in a million years. These have turned the ‘players’ page of our website into something a bit different from the norm and we are very pleased with the result. We will certainly use Dover Design again and would recommend you without hesitation to anyone wanting a top quality, value for money, photographic service.

Steve Griffiths. Secretary. Betteshanger Brass Band.

Sharon and Chris - Wedding Photography Surrey

Dear Alan and Thomas

We just wanted to say another massive thank you - are a both truly amazing and captured every single moment of our wedding day perfectly, we wanted someone photographing our wedding who we did not really want our picture taking as we both hate it but strangely enough actually ended up enjoying having them taken - thank you, thank you, thank you - this is a miracle.

You only have to look at the photos to show what talent you both have and how much you enjoy doing it - we really cannot believe we found you and we thank our lucky stars that our original photographer canceled!  You are both lovely people and we are so glad that you were part of our special day, thank you for making it so perfect - so many of the guests commented on how great you both were.

You made us feel at ease from the moment we met you at the wedding rehearsal when we were both getting so nervous and you were great with the children on the day and we did not even notice half of the pictures being taken.  The photobooth in the evening was fantastic and a real talking point afterwards - everyone thought it was great!  I cannot believe the bride and groom could not manage to get there together - 240 photographs and not one of us together - we are useless!

You got the photos to us so quickly and you did the photobook so quickly too - even though I came back to you a thousand times you stayed so patient professional and kind.  The photobook is amazing I can take it everywhere with me and show people rather than carting lots of photos around with me.

The photos arrived on disc which were amazing but the icing on the cake was the slideshow you put together for us with our first dance music in the background - we absolutely love it and such a wonderful surprise - thank you.

I truely hope that you stay busy forever - you really deserve it - I want to go to every wedding fair and tell every bride that they should have Dover Design Photography there as it will make their wedding perfect.  Such value for money - I would honesly have paid double what you charged us for the service we received - that is honestly true.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and you really have gone above and beyond our expectations.

With so many thanks again and lots of best wishes

Sharon and Chris (Mr and Mrs Bright - hooray!)

Jas - Wedding Photography - Alkham

This is just to let everyone know, what a fantastic job you both did, for my daughter Lacey-Jayne and Jason's wedding.

From the very start, you put everyone at ease, so friendly and professional.

You captured the whole day so perfectly,from start to the finish. The photographs were better than we could have ever imagined. you managed to pick out the little things, as well as the main photos .Adding some very special touches, above and beyond what most photographers would have done. and having the cd put to music, was amazing. I certainly would and will recommend you to my friend and family. The next time i need a photographer I shall use you.. which is probably about now as Lacey and Jason have just had a baby girl. and i know the photo's of her will be as just as stunning, as the wedding.. so once again big thanks to you both. You made my daughters wedding very special, not just for her and her husband, but all of us, having the photo's and cd. we never get tired of looking at them.

Best Wishes Jas, and family. Lacey-Jayne and Jason