Many thanks for dropping by, I hope you enjoy having a look around my site. I've deliberately tried to keep the site clean looking and my pricing simple. The aim is to give you, my visitors, information quickly to show my personality and photographic style.

I’m Paul Mc Dowall, an Essex Wedding photographer and ContreJour photography. Firstly I'll address the most common question I get asked “what  is ContreJour?”.  It’s a photography term for shooting against or into the light.

If you’ve looked at other wedding photography sites you will see phrases like ‘passionate’, ‘ held a camera before I could walk’, ‘photography is my life’ etc. It would be fair to say that all professional wedding photographers are passionate, artistic and creative but you need to be a ‘people’ person as well.

So what makes me different? I’ve been in the service industry since I left school (and that was a fair few years ago!). I know what good service is and if I was to say ‘the images will be ready in 14 days’, they will. If I arrange to meet you at 7pm, I will see you at 7. I hear so many sad stories of couples being let down and disappointed by photographers… I’m proud to say I’m not one of them.

I like to have a laugh and I’m very laid back. I won’t be bossing you or your guests around. Photography should be fun, not a chore. I know posing for photographs can be daunting (I much prefer it behind the camera myself) but you will have the photographs of your wedding day for the rest of your life. With a little gentle encouragement (from me) you will look fantastic!

So really I gear everything around you. I try my hardest to be unobtrusive, kind, efficient but above all fun.

If you have any questions or want to enquire about your wedding photography please don’t hesitate to give me a call or use the contact page to send me an email.

I hope our paths cross soon.

Contrejour photography (it’s French you know..)