About our wedding photography team
Well, it’s two of us – my wife and I. I shoot weddings – she does the retouching. I know photography – she knows women. You see – wedding photography is a very complicated thing. There are so many things that have to work right in order to make it work at all, and for this, you need the right people. We’re pros at this. It’s this week (11th November 2019) that we celebrated our 15th anniversary as professional photographers. It’s been 15 years since we started our journey together and it has opened our eyes wide open. Now that I think of it – back then we knew nothing, we understood nothing, but for all I knew then – we were on the right path. This path has taken us around the world, sometimes even two or three times per year. We’ve visited 36 countries. We’ve been close to people at one of the most emotional days of their lives. We’ve been witnesses of about 600 couples getting married and still when I’m standing next to the couple at the altar on the day, or, at least close by, sometimes I still shed a tear or two, sometimes it’s visible, more often it’s not. But still, I get emotional. It’s two people, getting married. I’ve been married for 10 years now and I enjoy every bit of that.
Here’s what our clients say.
Destination wedding in Lake Como, Italy – Catherine and Chris
Janis Ratnieks is the KING of wedding photography.
We are extremely pleased with the pictures he took at our wedding, they exceeded all our hopes and expectations. Janis has a rare gift of capturing the right moment and bringing out everything that is beautiful and moving around him. Through his pictures, you can almost feel the emotions of the people he captures.
Janis is also very friendly, full of energy and professional. It was a true pleasure having him by our side during the wedding.
Well done, Janis!
Catherine & Christophe
Chateau wedding in France – Tiffany and Rune
Oh my goodness this makes me so happy!
Thank you so much for our beautiful photos. I’m so happy we were able to have you for our day! These are lovely…absolutely lovely (they’re making us cry again?? oh boy)
Thank you so much Janis!
We fly back to LA tomorrow morning, and land on Saturday. I look forward to seeing the full set in 8 weeks! Xoxoxo
Tiffany and Rune
San Giorgio church wedding, Portofino, Italy
Oooh – I was so excited to see these! And they didn’t disappoint. So many masterpieces!! Glad you got the one of the little girls waiting for the cake – so many people told me they had seen them lined up waiting for a slice. I loved especially the one of my mother from above (it looks like you took it by balancing on a chandelier), the windy approach to the church, the one of me as it began to rain, the shots as Dan and I stepped outside the church, the flower-girls shoes, the waves in Zoagli…. too many to mention!
Really looking forward to going through them, slowly and one-by-one with Dan (I couldn’t resist looking before he gets home!) and then getting the full set in a few weeks time.
I do hope you enjoyed yourself. You were a real pleasure to work with.
Wotton House wedding , Dorking, Surrey, UK
It was such a fantastic day for us, and we can’t thank you enough for being a part of it. Many of our guests have been explaining to us how professional you were on the day. Thanks for sending the preview shots. We have been blown away, as have everyone who has seen them so far! Please pass our thanks to your wife. We can’t wait to see the rest.
Amanda and Fieldmann
Ibiza wedding, Spain
Just to let you know we’ve received the DVDs – they are absolutely superb. Thank you again for helping to make our day so special – we now have the best reminders that we could have asked for.
Thanks again and all the best.
Russ and Hannah.
Christmas wedding in Groucho Club, Soho, London
A winter wedding indoors in London would seem like it would make for pretty tough conditions for a photographer, and it did. But Janis made it work beautifully both inside the Groucho Club and with a wonderful walk around Soho. Stunning photos and a real artistic talent made for some brilliant photos, and he even made it from France through the UK snow airport chaos. What more could we ask for? All of our family and friends – even those recently married with their own photos for comparison – have said that they’re the best wedding photos they’ve ever seen, and we couldn’t agree more. Janis is not just a wedding photographer – he’s THE wedding photographer.
Hannah and Adam
Bordeaux wedding, St Emilion, France
Thanks – these look great The internet connection in Zanzibar is quite patchy so we’ve not seen all the preview photos yet but very pleased with the ones we could see.
Liza and Yannick
Destination wedding in Queenstown, New Zealand
Dan just showed me the Sneak peek from your blog.
You are AMAZING! So incredibly talented. I knew you were good. But did not know just how brilliant your eye is.
Thanks a million, Janis.
Destination wedding in Cork, Ireland
Hope you are well. The sample of the pictures you put up are receiving rave reviews!
Hope you enjoyed shooting the wedding it was really nice to finally have met you.
Thanks again for everything and being truly great on the day.
John & Caroline
Destination wedding in Mexico – Hacienda Petac, Santa Cruz, Merida
I hope you made it back to the UK safe and sound. This is just a quick note to say thank you for coming out to Mexico and being part of our celebrations. I hope you got to meet some nice people, eat some good food, have a few drinks, and see your snakes/reptiles!
We are having fun going through your photos and seeing things that we didn’t realize happened, and just remembering other special parts of the weekend. We truly had a good time, and hope you did too.
It was really great to meet you and we look forward to seeing how the photos turn out, and then catching up again in September at Chris and Mollie’s wedding for some more fun and dancing!
Ps. We love your message in the book with the Polaroid of you and the mustache! Thank you!
St. Mary Axe wedding – top of Gherkin, Brick Lane Music Hall, London
WOW we love them!!! They have come out fantastically!!! You and Inese have done an amazing job!!! We knew you guys were great but these shots have blown us away. We have showed a few people and the everyone says that they wish their photographer had been that good J. I hope some of them make your ‘Greatest Shots’.
We’re really glad you enjoyed the day. We thought it was a great party but it’s hard to tell when it’s your own!
Finally Dave wants to know what camera and lenses you used on the day – think he fancies some new kit J
Jade & Dave
Sheldon Manor, Wiltshire, UK
Meant to send this sooner, but wanted to let you know that we love the photos! Thank you so much for doing such a great job. Hope you’re well and enjoying the weather.
Wedding in Lausanne, Switzerland
Thank you so much for those beautiful pictures. You and your wife have done a fantastic job 🙂
We are looking forward to see the rest of the pictures soon.
Bala & Tamara
The Lakes Golf Club, Sydney, Australia
From the moment we announced our engagement, we were determined to find a photographer who could really capture the essence of our big day. The requirements were this: nothing ‘typical’, no uncomfortable poses, no annoying direction, emotions galore, a real reflection of what everyone was feeling THAT day. Janis did it all. He was recommended to us by an Australian photographer who described him as a ‘genius’. That is as perfect a description as any. People thought we were crazy booking a photographer who was halfway across the world, but the minute we saw his website, we knew we had stumbled across something special. It is hard to remember what Janis was like on the day, as he simply didn’t seem to be there at all. It is only after seeing the magnificent results that we realised he was in the perfect position for every shot. He is a true professional, an accomplished artist who is at the top of his field. We never expected to be pouring over images months and months after the wedding day, yet here we are. Never underestimate how important your wedding photos are: book Janis Ratnieks, if you can.
Amanda and Scott
Eltham Palace wedding, London
Dear Janis & Inese,
Sorry for not getting back to you earlier we have been knee-deep in DIY!
We received the DVD of pictures and they look amazing. Everyone has been very happy with them and commented on both how well you captured the day and how beautiful the images are. We are so pleased we chose you for the photography. You were great to work with and really captured all the light and texture that we hoped for…plus all the retouching has even made us look photogenic! We will be sure to recommend you to friends.
Let us know if you need any testimonials / references for the future.
We look forward to following your progress on the blog and more adventures abroad.
Tom + Jasmin
Hindu wedding in Bhaktivedanta Manor, London
Dear Janis and Inese,
Thank you for sending these so quickly. The photographs have already been circulated to our immediate families and they will soon be making their way to India.
I never dreamed I would be so happy with my wedding photographs. Both Ravi and I are absolutely thrilled to bits with them. We can’t wait to see the rest.
Despite being a photographer myself, I will still be recommending you to others!
Thank you for everything so far. You have made or day truly memorable.
Kajal & Ravi
Voewood wedding in Norfolk, UK
thanks so much for the link and all your hard work, alot of those shots are fantastic! a very colourful and dramatic collection of images of a fabulous day! thank you so much
all the best and thanks again for a fantastic job!
tess and jody
Hotel Bristol, Le Pre Catelan wedding, Paris, France
Thanks so much they are wonderful.
I cant believe it was nearly a week ago already!
We had a lot of fun looking through them.
Burgh House wedding, Hampstead, London
St. Clement Danes, Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London
Emma and I have just returned from our honeymoon in Cambodia which is an amazing place.
We both just wanted to thank-you so so much for the beautiful photography. The pictures are absolutely amazing and we couldn’t be more happy.
Many thanks again,
Chateau Bourlingster, Luxembourg
We are still on honeymoon but have manged to have a quick look through the photo gallery but we have limited internet access here in Kenya. They are fantastic and really capture our memories of such a wonderful day.
I am really looking forward at looking through them properly when we get home.
Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK
Quick email to say thank you so much for the book, it looks incredible, the quality and style is brilliant, and thank you for being part of our wedding!
Eli & Erik
Cotignac, Southern France wedding
WAOW!!! just… WAOW!!!
it’s not a surprise, but your pictures look AMAZING!!
thank you so much for giving us such beautiful memories of this day! 🙂
and thank you so much to Inese for being so quick to prepare the photos!!
TWO DAYS LATER:
I just can’t stop looking at your pictures… there are all so beautiful!!! Janis, you’re the best photographer ever!
Fulham Palace wedding, London
We got back from our honeymoon yesterday and finally were able to have a good look at the photos and just to say that they look absolutely fantastic. There are so many beautiful shots.
Charlie and Tobi
Windsor Great Park wedding, UK
Sorry I haven’t had chance to get back to you sooner but just wanted to say thank you soooooo much for the wedding photos, I absolutely love them and I’ve had sooooo many complements – 2 friends getting married next year have already asked for your details!
Laura and Luvic :o)
Wanstead, Essex wedding, UK
Truly amazing Janis 🙂
Thanks again Janis and Inese, I could not recommend you any higher.
I am sure when we get to show the images to our friends and family that any upcoming weddings will be coming your way!!!
Lee and Karly
Trinity College wedding, Cambridge, UK
Thank you so much for all your help and for shooting such incredible photographs. We have come back from honeymoon and are thrilled with the preview photographs and are so excited to see the rest!
We can’t thank you enough for your patience and talent!
Saira and Andrew
Prestwold Hall wedding, Nottingham, UK
Janis has a raw talent which is rarely found. He captured the heart and soul of our wedding, with photos that not only tell the story of the day, but also the emotions. He was able to see what was important to us and photograph it intuitively. Indeed he was so good that my sister wants him for her wedding. He is a very special photographer and we thank him for our amazing wedding album.
Zohya and Jiri
Hotel Royal Riviera wedding, Jean Cap Ferrat, Monaco, France
Glad you got back safely!
So Greg and I just saw the sneak peeks and we are blown away by them to say the least. You really did an awesome job and I am so glad I went with my instincts and contacted you to make this all happen. We are very happy. Can’t wait to see the rest!
Barn wedding in Essex, UK
Oh wow, Janis they are beautiful. Thank you so much. Cant wait to see the rest of them.
Denbies Wine Estate wedding, Dorking, Surrey, UK
The pictures are gorgeous! Lee and I love them. We can’t wait to see the album and the final CD.
Thank you very much once again, you have made the day all the more special.
Thank you and Best regards
Sherryn and Lee