My name is Mia Hooper and I’m a New Forest Wedding Photographer, specialising in laid back, heartfelt and joyful weddings!
I love photographing vibrant and happy people in love and I’ve got oodles of experience. If you’re looking for a New Forest wedding photographer who can not only take beautiful photos but who can also put your enjoyment of your day at the absolute heart of everything – well, that’s me!
How I work
My main aim during a wedding is to capture your day naturally, beautifully, and authentically. My clients aren’t professional models – they don’t usually know how to pose or what to do, so it’s my job to gently guide you through everything, capturing you and your partner genuinely and flatteringly. I don’t think I’ve met a couple yet who have said “I just LOVE having my photo taken!” so you’re not alone if it’s not your favourite thing to do in the world, but I promise I’ll make it fun.
Why book me for your New Forest Wedding?
I put YOUR enjoyment of YOUR wedding at the absolute heart of everything I do. Yes, of course it’s crucial that I take gorgeous wedding photos that I know you want and will treasure forever, but I can promise you this: I’m not going to get them by making you stand around for an age doing group shots or by taking you away from your guests for hours on end. I’ve been doing this job for long enough that I know exactly how to get fresh, authentic and beautiful photos, quickly. I won’t fuss and flap about; I’ll get what I know you’ll love and then you’ll be back partying with your friends again in a jiffy.
Sound good? Fancy a chat? Drop me an email here!
New Forest Wedding Venues
Planning a New Forest Wedding but not sure which venue to choose? Well as a New Forest wedding photographer I’ve got you covered! Oh how I adore the New Forest! The landscape, the walks and of course the ponies! The New Forest has got some glorious wedding venues, from the luxurious Rhinefield House to the enchanting Somerley House steeped in luxury. Whether you’re looking for lush countryside or more of a boutique feel, I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite venues to give you some inspiration.
Right in the middle of the New Forest and at the end of a tree-lined driveway you’ll find the stunning Rhinefield House. This wedding venue is stacked with history and is built in the Gothic Tudor style so it really does have the “wow’ factor! Rhinefield has lots of ceremony options, from the gorgeous outdoor Doric temple to the magnificent Grand Hall which is a replica of London’s Westminster Hall. There’s plenty of overnight accommodation if you’re keen for your wedding party to make a weekend of it – and there’s spa facilities onsite too so you can really treat yourselves to a good pampering session in the lead up to your wedding celebrations. I was lucky enough to shoot the wedding of the gorgeous Emma & Luke at Rhinefield a few years ago – take a peek at their glorious day here: https://www.mia-photography.com/rhinefield-house-wedding-new-forest-emma-luke/
Lime Wood is a contemporary wedding venue and I can honestly say that if you love your food and drink you’ll LOVE Lime Wood. Lime Wood is available for exclusive use for weddings so you and your guests will have free run of the hotel and grounds during your stay. There’s a spa, plenty of boutique accommodation and beautiful grounds – perfect for modern couples wanting a laid-back luxury wedding.
I would absolutely love to be your New Forest wedding photographer! Get in touch here and we’ll chat.
Somerley is a total beauty of a wedding venue! Set in rolling parkland, this Georgian stately home on the Dorset/Hampshire borders has everything you could want from a luxury wedding venue. Private parkland, woods, an epic house with simply stunning rooms and luxury galore. There’s plenty of space within the grounds for a marquee or you could opt for something a bit more bohemian with a magical woodland ceremony.
Carey’s Manor in The New Forest offers you lots of options for you to create your perfect wedding day. If you’re after something classy you might choose the impressive manor house with its light filled rooms, or for something a little more intimate you might choose to wed in the secluded walled garden. If rustic is your vibe then there is also a 10 acre field where you can have bell tents, haybales sofas and live music – no need to trim down the guest list as you can have up to 200 guests!
Montagu Arms Hotel
This is an exclusive luxury wedding venue set in the stunning village of Beaulieu.
The Montagu Arms offers everything you’d expect from a country house hotel, with oak-paneled walls, cosy lounges, four-poster beds, exposed beams and beautiful grounds. All the mouthwatering menus are carefully designed by the hotel’s very own award-winning chef.
East Afton Farmhouse
East Afton Farmhouse is my final recommendation even though its actually on the Isle of Wight! It’s close enough to the New Forest and so lovely that it warrants a mention! East Afton Farmhouse is a beautiful countryside wedding venue, perfect for couples wanting a laid back wedding vibe, shared with their nearest and dearest. Festival fans might also be interested to know that the farm played host to the 1970’s Isle of Wight festival. The farm is set in some amazing countryside and is wonderfully peaceful. There are three licenced bars for you to choose to host your ceremony in, a lovely courtyard for your drinks reception and accommodation onsite.There’s also an amazing new wedding barn that’s recently been built on the site that can sit 170 guests. There’s countryside walks a plenty and of course all those dreamy sea views!
I can’t wait to hear what you have planned! Drop me an email here and we’ll chat about me being your New Forest wedding photographer
Are you insured?
Yes, I’m fully insured and business registered!
Do you offer albums?
I offer beautiful fine art albums that are all lovingly handmade in the UK, these albums are available in a range of sizes and colours.
Prices start from £350 for an 8×8″ 20 page leather album, right up to £650 for a big, sexy 12×12″ 40 page one. I’ll bring examples along to our meeting so you can have a look as we chat over a cuppa.
Do you offer a second photographer?
I am part of a network of other fantastic local professional photographers who work together to provide second shooting services for each other. This means that if you opt to have a second photographer you can rest assured that you’ll have a highly experienced pair of professionals capturing your day, resulting in a truly wonderful collection of photos!
Opting to have two photographers present throughout your wedding day is the perfect way to ensure that you receive lots of fun and informal photos of your friends and family enjoying the day and soaking up the atmosphere. I will be there to photograph the formal family photos, bride and groom photos, ceremony etc.
I only need photography for a few hours, can you help?
If you are having a small wedding and would just like a few hours covered, ask me for a bespoke quote.
Do we get to meet you before our wedding?
It’s important to me to meet you both before your wedding. All my packages include a meeting at your venue or a local pub before the wedding to discuss which family photos you would like and to write a time plan of the day.
How long before we receive our photos?
You’ll receive some teasers within a couple of days of the wedding and then my full turn around time is usually around 4 weeks (but perhaps a little longer in high season).
Do you travel for weddings?
I’m based in Hampshire but I love to travel and have shot gorgeous weddings across the south of England and UK including Surrey, Sussex, Dorset and Wiltshire.
Do you offer engagement shoots?
I do! I offer engagement (or pre-wedding shoots) which are £250. These are a great way to get to know each other and for you to get used to having your photos taken before your big day – I promise we’ll have a lot of fun! Have a little look here and it’ll give you a good idea of what to expect: Engagement gallery.
We would love you to be our New Forest wedding photographer, how do we book you?
Hooray!! Drop me a message here and I can get you all booked in!
Feeling the love – my clients are the best!
“Mia was fantastic to work with right from our initial conversation. When we met for our engagement shoot she immediately put us at ease and this continued on the wedding day. Mia worked with us to make sure we got the shots we wanted and made sure we had fun as part of the process. Our photos surpassed all our expectations and are still treasured now. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Mia – the quality of her work is excellent and she’s lovely to have with you on your big day.
Jon & Vicky”
“Mia is an absolute darling. Both professionally and technically, she is an artist and amazing at her craft. Personally speaking, she is simply a delight to be around. Enthusiastic, considerate and incredibly spirited. We can’t recommend Mia highly enough.
Sarah & Dan”
“As soon as we met Mia we know she was the photographer for us…we felt so comfortable with her it was like we were speaking to an old friend. We are both people who hate photos but the day came and neither of us felt nervous or awkward and there were no strained smiles at all! Mia (And Clare) were both AMAZING!!! I couldn’t have asked for lovelier ladies to work with…Mia even reminded me to put my dress on as I was too busy worrying about everyone else. Then the pictures came….we honestly couldn’t have dreamt of such beautiful pictures…so many people said “you look like your in a magazine”…we honestly couldn’t believe how amazing out pictures were. Even 18 months later I still look at them regularly and still can’t believe how beautiful they are and how easy it felt to take them! All thanks to these super ladies.
Abi & Chris”
Looking for a New Forest Wedding Photographer?
Then do get in touch here and we can have a chat about all your exciting plans!