Wedding Photographer Eastleigh - Darren Matthews Wedding Photography

A bit about the Photographers

We have lived in Hampshire Eastleigh for most of our lives & now with over 12 years as professional photographers with a passion & creativity for all types of wedding photography.

Always very artistic, drawing & painting portraits of family, friends plus creating artwork of some of my favourite music artists & film actors. I then found photography & realised that so much of what I knew about drawing and painting applies to photography too but with the greater challenge of having to create it in the real world, not just on a canvas.

Around this time, I was also a guest at a family wedding & was blown away by the professional photographer there. Seeing wedding photography in a completely different way & no longer just endless staged portrait photos but more about capturing people, emotions & events that tell the real wedding day story. I was hooked and wanted to know more….


In 2004 I established SDM Images & qualified with the BIPP & MPA in 2006. Although I carry out other photographic assignments wedding photography is still the closest to my heart & recently I have setup a new Blog site at It’s early days but look forward to seeing this grow too.

Your second photographer but more importantly my lovely & wonderful wife is Sue & the S in the SDM Images. I was a fresh faced 19 year old, trained as a travel agent at Southdowns College when I moved to Chandlers Ford to work but had to rent & share a house with a complete stranger to afford this on my wages at the time. That strangers name was Sue & in 1996 we got hitched at St Annes Church in Calmore Totton where we brought our first house together but soon after found our new house & home back here at Valley Park in Chandlers Ford. We are lucky enough to live in a fantastic neighborhood on the edge of the Hampshire countryside. Solo our Wirehaired Hungarian Vizsla dog loves the woodland walks straight from our doorstep & happy to meet any of our clients who love the hounds. We have made some fantastic road trips around many parts of the USA from Wyoming, Arizona, Dakota to Louisiana & the deep south. We are now setting our sights on Canada & New Zealand but could never put Solo into kennels, so in the meantime, taking Solo out for long walks in the New Forest or down to the coast is what we do for fun.

It’s fantastic to make a career from what comes from my heart and the passion we have for photography combined with a client focus photographic service. Sue, Solo & I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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