Relaxed, intimate candid moments

Captured by a documentary-style artistic female gaze

No more conventional or boring photos

100% Satisfaction guaranteed

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Emerald Photo UK

Based in Bristol, Somerset – Available Worldwide

The value of a picture is hidden behind the details and the real, honest moments.

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Do you want to get candid photos from your photo session without hassle? Would you like to know how you can get relaxed, unique images?

Well, I can help you with that. I’m Eszter Szalai, a documentary-style wedding photographer in Bristol who is obsessed with details and moments and natural wedding photography.

With years of working as a photojournalist, I learned how vital certain events and situations are. If you miss something, you won’t have a second chance, so you must adapt quickly to unexpected moments and emotions.

If you want to see a smiling friend who is there with you and captures your most important moments, calms your nerves down, and who is around without you noticing her presence, you are in the right place.

I help you to get the most relaxed, fun-loving candid photos captured by a documentary-style artistic approach combined with a female gaze, attention to detail and moments-focused style.

This guarantees that your story will be captured in a unique, naturally unfolded, and honest reportage way, so you don’t need to worry about time constraints.

We are a good fit if you are up for a stylish, artistic photo session with bold colours and timeless black-and-white photos. If you agree that the value of a picture is hidden behind the details and the real honest moment, then you got my interest.

Feel free to message me to arrange a free photo session planning consultation.

Your loving and intimate photos will:

  • Taken by a friend who you can trust

  • Handled with unique customer service from start to finish

  • Show your real emotions and feelings

  • Be delivered in just a month

  • Not be boring or conventional, be unique and artistic

  • Be detail-oriented and colourful

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Create your perfect loving intimate memories

The way how you want to remember with no hassle or boring posed pictures.


I’m Eszter Szalai. I’m a documentary wedding photographer based in Bristol, UK. I’ve been photographing unexpected moments and emotions for over ten years in a fun, natural, relaxed style with an artistic view. I’m obsessed with details and moments, fascinated to unfold feelings through beautiful stories. With years of working as a photojournalist, I learned how important certain events and situations are. You wouldn’t have a second chance if you missed something, so you must adapt quickly to unexpected moments and emotions.

Eszter Szalai, documentary-style photographer, the owner of Emerald Photo UK

How it works!

After sending your enquiry form, the next step is for us to arrange a meeting and a consultation, which is a perfect opportunity to ask any questions you already have and to get to know what you want from your photo session.

I always prefer to meet in person, but a video call/zoom meeting is also a great option. If you decide to proceed, we will secure the photo session with a deposit.

We will constantly communicate with the whole organising until implementation and ensure you will be satisfied with your forever-treasured photos.

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Free No- obligation consultation and planning 
Together, we will plan the details to get the most out of your session!


Set up your session date, and pick your day, time and location for your session. You have nothing else to do; have fun!


Receive your full-resolution, refined, high-quality retouched photos so you can sit back, relax, select your beautiful wall art or album, and share it with your loved ones.

Be Creative. Unique. Yourself.



Full-day or half-day photo shoots with professional equipment.


Drone videography

Ask for more details by e-mail or message me directly.



Photo editing, colour correction, retouching.


Booking service

You can book my services in a simple calendar system!

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For further information, don’t hesitate to contact me to request a brochure by e-mail or book your consultation just here!


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Note for 2024 wedding bookings*

I’m delighted to announce a special seasonal offer for all the lovely couples planning to tie the knot in 2024. I’m excited to offer a 20% discount on your engagement photo session for all couples who book me as your wedding photographer for full-day coverage weddings in 2024.

So why wait? Book your wedding photography package with me today and take advantage of my seasonal offer. Let me help you create timeless memories of the happiest day of your life. Contact me now to learn more about my services and to schedule a consultation.

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If you are looking for a wedding photographer who will capture the essence of your special day uniquely and meaningfully, you don’t want to deal with time limits and get hours packages. 

As a documentary-style wedding photographer, I would like to capture the real, raw moments of your wedding day, from the tears of joy to the laughter and everything in between. No fake poses, no awkward staging, just authentic and meaningful images that tell the story of your love.

But for getting these, I only offer you full-day coverage on your wedding day because I don’t want to miss anything, and I believe you don’t want the photographer to miss anything, either! So my collections include up to 12 hours!

We ensure that your most important day will progress as planned together, and you will get all the memories you expected.

Wedding collections start from £1250, which include:

  • full-resolution digital images will be available within four weeks
  • online image gallery for viewing and ordering

Please fill out the form on the left side to inquire about my availability for your preferred date and obtain the complete pricing guide.

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Frequently asked questions

Where are you based?

I’m based in Bristol, Somerset, serving surrounding areas, including Kingswood, Bath, Clevedon, Weston-super-Mare, Frome, Nailsea, and Newport. I would be up to travel anywhere in the world because every new journey gives me new experiences, which is the real happiness of a photographer.

How many photos can I expect?

I specify an approximate quantity in each contract; the number of photos you can expect depends on the wedding length.

Typically, you can expect to receive between 400 and 600 photos. Also, I’m flexible if my clients want more pictures.

How would you describe your style?

I wouldn’t limit myself to one category because no matter how we look at it, I have combined styles over the years, learning something from each and creating my unique visuality.

I consider myself a documentary-style wedding photographer; than interfering in the course of events, I’d instead let events unfold around me and new threads of events interwoven into it, making the already existing moment and experience even more exciting.

Can I request specific photos?

Yes, absolutely. You can make specific requests for photos; usually, I send over a quiz for my couples, and this is the perfect opportunity to be ready with your recommendations- such as taking more photos of the details of your wedding, special guests or anything related to your wedding day. 

When is the best time to book?

If you think Emerald Photo UK is the best fit for your wedding, I recommend reserving your date as soon as you are comfortable moving forward with your question. I only accept 20 wedding inquiries annually and book dates on a first-come, first-served basis. I require a 20% deposit and a signed contract to reserve your date.

What is the turnaround time for receiving my wedding photos?

I usually deliver your photos within 3-4 weeks after your wedding. I will also provide some highlights shots from your series within a few days, as I know you are excited to see some photos from your big day.

Bristol is the best!

As a wedding photographer in Bristol, I’ve enjoyed capturing unforgettable moments for my clients. Bristol is a fantastic place for weddings – the scenery is breathtaking, and the vibe is super chill. But Bristol also has a special place in my heart because I met my boyfriend here! Crazy, right? We’re both from a tiny village in Hungary, but fate brought us together in this fantastic city.

One of the things that I love about Bristol is that there’s always something happening. Whether it’s a festival, concert, or just some crazy street performers, this city is never dull. It’s also home to fantastic wedding venues, like The Bristol Harbour Hotel, The Mansion House and Bristol Zoo Gardens, that offer beautiful settings for your special day.

When it comes to taking photos in Bristol, some spots are fantastic. My favourite is the Clifton Suspension Bridge, a stunning backdrop for your wedding photos. You can also take pictures on the waterfront, with the colourful houses of Cliftonwood in the background. The streets of Clifton and the neighbourhoods of Stokes Croft and Bedminster are also great places for photos.

Bristol is also famous for its street art, with works by Banksy and other artists all over the city. If you’re a fan of street art, you can incorporate it into your wedding photos for a unique and edgy look. Bristol also has some sweet parks and green spaces, like Ashton Court Estate and Leigh Woods, that provide beautiful natural backdrops for your photos.

Some epic events happen throughout the year that can add a special touch to your wedding photos. The Bristol Balloon Fiesta, for example, provides a stunning backdrop with its colourful hot air balloons. The Bristol Harbour Festival and St Pauls’s Carnival are also extraordinary events that showcase the vibrant culture and community of the city.

Bristol has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a historic mansion, a unique industrial space, or a beautiful outdoor setting. With so many fantastic wedding venues, you will find the perfect backdrop for your special day.

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