My name is Denis Oates and I am a creative wedding photographer based in Southport covering Lancashire and the North West.

I have over 25 years experience within the industry covering most genres from PR to landscape from editorial to sport but wedding photography gives me by far the most pleasure.

I am allowed, with all your family and friends, to be part of one of the most special days in your life, capturing moments that you'll look back on and treasure over the coming days, weeks, months and years.


When I left school I joined a small graphic design studio in Liverpool city centre where I first found my interest in photography. I stayed there for over 10 years.

I couple of similar jobs in the print industry followed but I decided to follow my love of photography by studying the subject full-time.

I went to Blackpool and Fylde college as a mature student and graduated with a BA(hons) degree in photography in 1996. I then went on to join Lancashire County Council as their in house photographer leaving in 2010 to set up on my own.

I have since been building a successful photography business with a wide range of clients

When you book me as your photographer it goes without saying that you get a totally professional service but I also like to think you'll have an enjoyable experience and where appropriate one or two laughs.