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About Lake District photography Chris Freer

Chris Freer - Lake District Wedding Photographer

My name is Chris Freer and I live with my wife Rachel and our two young boys in the town of Cockermouth, just on the edge of the beautiful Lake District.

I was born in 1972 near Nottingham but spent most of my childhood and early 20s living in South Lincolnshire. In 1999 I moved to the pretty town of Cockermouth, I worked, met the love of my life, settled down and we now have a beautiful little family. This is my life and where I now call home.

After leaving school I pursued a career in motorsport, which continues to be a passion of mine. I started with an apprenticeship at a racecar manufacturer and, following 10 years of working with some incredibly skilled and respected people, became a craftsman fabricator. I moved on to work for the Ford World Rally Team and spent a year working behind closed doors to develop a new multi-million-pound rally car project that was to become the Ford Focus WRC. I then moved to the team’s HQ up here in Cumbria and was responsible for managing the fabrication department. This was an incredible experience and enabled me to meet a lot of people and travel extensively across the globe

Throughout this, I always had an interest in photography, since I got my first SLR camera at the age of 13 - which I still own! I persuaded my parents to buy me countless rolls of film and became truly passionate about taking pictures.

After moving up to Cumbria I discovered I loved landscape photography, largely thanks to the breathtaking beauty of the Lake District on my doorstep. It’s that stunning landscape which inspires my signature wedding images and I can’t believe that I have been lucky enough to turn my passion into a full-time career.

I left my motorsport work behind and I’m now entering my 16th year in the photography business. In this time, I have covered more than 1000 ceremonies, gained a wealth of experience and have been rewarded with a host of awards and credits. Many have come from my peers in the photography industry including numerous national photography competitions.

My early working years taught me a lot about attention to detail and professionalism. These skills are important to me and my business and I will always try to apply them to whatever I do.

I am also very fortunate to have a close working relationship with a lot of the finest wedding venues in the Lake District and this has been gained through mutual respect and professionalism.

I’ve trained with some world-class photographers, including Chris Chambers, the internationally-renowned Edmond Terakopian, Brett Harkness, a truly brilliant and highly-acclaimed wedding photographer, and Jeff Ascough, a Canon ambassador who was voted one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world. Lately, I've been working with Sony's Imagining Ambassadors including the multi-award-winning photographer, Terry Donnelly. I have achieved my MPA Diploma and I’m also a registered member of the Guild of Photographers, a highly respected professional organisation in the UK.

Photographing weddings will always be my first love, but I also work on a freelance basis for the international media and some corporate clients including Bentley, M-Sport, National Trust, Pirelli, Azione Sports Clothing and Cumbria Tourism. Those media clients have included the BBC, ITV, The Times and The Irish Independent along with a lot of the more regional media. It can be a lot of fun, particularly when I get the chance to sneak back to motorsport and shoot events like Formula 1 and the World Rally Championships. I’ve even had photo shoots with Sir Chris Hoy and UK Prime Ministers!

Away from work, I love competing in sports. As a teenager I loved karting and moved over to rallying but it’s a rather expensive sport and it didn’t last as long as I’d have liked! I’ve even been an instructor at a rally driving school, but stopped that when I moved to Cumbria.

Now I enjoy testing my personal fitness and have been competing in marathons, duathlons and triathlons in the UK and Europe. In 2018, I was incredibly proud to be a member of the GB Age Group Triathlon Squad representing Great Britain at the European Championships and I’m also a qualified British Triathlon coach.

Apart from being a wonderful way to keep fit and focused, it certainly helps with the concentration levels and stamina required for photographing weddings!


Chris Freer Photography
The Parklands
CA13 0XJ

01900 827243
07811 049866


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