Testimonials for Jon Silver’s Photography


  • Jenny Smith

    Jon made me feel so comfortable we got some AMAZING images despite me being a complete newbie as it was only my second ever shoot. I would recommend Jon to anyone, he is a truly amazing person, and I WILL be working with him very soon whether he likes it or not.

  • Paula Lewendon – Business Portrait Photography Testimonial

    This is a testimonial for Jon Silver of Southdown Studios. I needed to have some photos taken for my website recently. I have to confess to being very uncomfortable about having my photo taken on a good day, and photo sessions rarely happen on a good day! However, upon arriving at Jon’s studio, which is light, bright and airy; I was made to feel comfortable and relaxed immediately. Jon seemed to instinctively know how to make his subject feel at ease. This meant that the whole process of the photo session became fun and enjoyable. The photos have far exceeded my expectations and have made my website look far more professional. Beyond that, with clever lighting and a lot of laughs, the photos even made me look, happy, relaxed and better than any photo has ever made me look! I wish I had booked him for my wedding photos!!! I am happy to recommend Jon to anyone who wants a professional job done with their photos, I will certainly use him again and have recommended him to my friends and family.

  • Karen Peters

    My daughter Alice had a fantastic time with her friends when she celebrated her 14th Birthday with a Photoshoot and Makeover Party at Southdown Studio on May 14th. Jon was very accommodating as the girls couldn’t fit in with the usual studio times, and he managed to create a great atmosphere from the start. The pictures were superb as all the girls relaxed straight into it, providing them all with a great momento to remember the occasion. I would highly recommend this experience! Thanks again Jon.

  • Fiona Bishop

    We had a studio sitting for family photos and it went well. Very friendly atmosphere to get the best from the photos. It was very easy to choose the photos from the web gallery and where adjustments were needed to photos, the staff were extremely helpful.

  • Penny & Kevin Kingswell

    The only company we could find who were flexible enough to meet our requirements on timings on the day. Jon went above and beyond on the day being there for longer than requested and being very unobtrusive – we didn’t even realise he had taken half of the photos!

    Jon, THANK YOU so much for being so unobtrusive at our wedding. We are still puzzled as to when you even took some of the shots. The photos look fantastic and really capture the mood of the day. We had no idea there was so much laughter. Thanks for being so flexible and easy to work with. You even spent more time than you had said. We hope you enjoyed the day too!

  • Louise & Andy – Wedding Photography Testimonial

    I really cannot speak highly enough of Jon and his photography. We weren’t going to have an official photographer at all for our wedding since neither of us are particularly comfortable in front of the camera. However, when I stumbled across Jon’s website and read about his more ‘natural’ approach to wedding photography, we thankfully reconsidered. Within moments of first meeting Jon we were not only bowled over by his stunning photos, but also warmed by what a thoroughly nice bloke he is! Jon understood exactly how we wanted the day captured and completely empathised with our reluctance to pose for a full-on photo shoot. On the day Jon was an absolute pleasure to have around. The guests all loved him and he managed to beautifully capture the essence of the day without us even noticing the shots being taken. Needless to say, I would highly recommend Jon to anyone wishing to have their special day captured on camera. Especially those who, like me, are usually filled with dread when asked to strike a pose for the camera!

  • Emma

    Had my first shoot with Jon today and it was absolutely brilliant! He’s full of ideas, quick to snap up photos, gives very clear instructions as well as letting the model think for him or herself. He has a very professional attitude whilst still keeping a very relaxed and happy atmosphere, really knows how to bring out the best in a model. I had a great time today and cant wait to come back for more! Highly recommended to anyone and everyone =]

  • Stephanie & Barrie Horton

    We were delighted with the service provided by Silver Weddings. We wanted the day to be relaxed, informal and fully include our family. This was reflected brillantly in our photos taken in an unobtrusive and natural way to match our wishes.

  • Sarah, Hannah, Yasmine-Nadia and Becky

    After having a costume fitting for a production of “Cabaret” in the area, we called Jon to see whether he would be willing to fit us in for an impromptu and quick shoot so we could have some pictures of us in all our finery. Jon invited us for a photoshoot in the same hour and so we came. He was as warm and welcoming in person as he had been on the phone, full of smiles and enthusiasm. He showed us how to pose properly and how to make the best of our costumes. After a fun shoot, we were presented with professional quality photos to take away and use for our promo posters. A fantastic studio and a fantastic photographer. We would not hesitate to call Jon again. – Sarah, Hannah, Yasmine-Nadia and Becky

  • Jane Farrell

    We had a photo shoot at Southdown during my daughter’s hen weekend and without exception we all agreed that it was the highlight of the weekend. A most enjoyable experience and some lovely photos to keep as a happy memory. Thankyou very much Southdown.

  • Sylvi

    I was very happy with all my photos and would highly recommend Jon. The studio is large and modern and Jon makes you feel very relaxed which is exactly what you want from a photographer.

  • Pete & Jacqui Jenkins

    Jon is the perfect wedding photographer. In the photos he took he really captured the story of our day and the emotions on our and our guests faces. He also took some smashing shots of my wife and I in full wedding regalia on the Carousel on Brighton sea front. I recommend him highly to anyone wanting a wedding photographer!

  • Sarah and Darren Twort

    Dear Jon, Well what can we say, the photos are fantastic, I cried all over again. I couldn’t have asked for more; they are all we dreamed of and much more. You have captured everything we wanted. You had such a calming influence on the day and everyone has commented on how laid back and natural you are. We wanted natural photos that showed our emotions and you have captured this in every single way. Thank you for all the memories of our perfect day.

  • Keelie & Nick Goodwin

    Great photographs! Your ability to be omnipresent and yet invisible was brilliant. Thank you for being our photographer!

  • Sally Lamley

    Have had two party sessions – one with my 11 year old daughter and the other with my 8 year old daughter. Both occasions were very successful with the girls having a great time with their friends. The photos were lovely and will hold special memories of their birthdays forever. John and Sylvi were lovely which made for a very relaxed atmosphere.

  • Jackie & Matt Farrow

    Jon’s photos of our wedding (on Brighton Pier) captured the mood of our day brilliantly – informal, fun and individual. We found him a pleasure to work with, from initial contact to collecting our photos, and he was great fun, yet unobtrusive, on the day. His ‘mini-package’ suited us perfectly and we were impressed by the number and quality of photos he provided. We would definitely recommend him!

  • Jerry and Sam Miller

    Wow! What can I say! The photographs are amazing and will ensure that we remember the day forever. We cannot thank you enough for your efforts on the day.

  • Fiona

    I booked a boudoir shoot for me as a birthday present for hubby. Jon was very friendly on the phone and explained how the shoot would work and what to expect. His website is excellent too. On the day of the shoot, Jon showed us some of his work and pictures of similar shoots to give us some ideas. We started the shoot in the clothes I was wearing (there was also a private area to change later). Jon had really interesting ideas for poses and I was not uncomfortable at all (except near the end when I was frankly knackered). The studio was cosy and not pristine or intimidating. The photo output was very good and Jon was professional throughout. Recommended.

  • Sophie

    Loved working with you Jon… can’t wait till the next time. You made me feel really relaxed and we produced some amazing shots.

  • Gina

    This was a fabulous shoot, I was made to feel as comfortable as I could do and can’t wait to work with him again, thank you so so much for making me feel at ease and we had some very cool pics come out of it. Highly recomended!

  • Charli-Louise

    I worked with Jon the other week, he is sooo easy to work with, loved every minute of it. Totally relaxed atmosphere :)
    The photos were amazing, I absolutely loved them, they have been my best ones.
    Cant wait to do another shoot with him :D
    AND… he makes a great cup of tea!!

  • Lizzie Stanger

    I organised a suprise photo shoot for a few of my friends’ birthdays and we had a fab time, felt really comfortable infront of Jon and the make up artist did a great job. They listen to our inputs and left us to choose a lot about what happened. Had a really good time and the pictures came out really well as well.

  • Jim Boxall

    Jon Silver is a talented and creative photographer. The photo shoot at his studio was well organised, and he created a friendly relaxed atmosphere to put the subjects (four teenage girls) at ease. Whilst this was a birthday present for my daughter, I know parents and friends of the other girls also have bought photos from the shoot. A great success.

  • Becky

    Before attending Southdown Studio photo taking wasn’t exactly my favourite subject! But Jon made me feel at ease helping me out with different positions and not rushing me. I came away with 6 photo’s which I was very pleased about and found hard to choose! I’m sure I will be buying more and I will definitely recommend him to other people. Thank you!

  • Joanne Bradbury

    I arranged for my daughter’s 13th birthday to have a photoshoot party and she was over the moon, she and her friends had a fantastic time and their make over was done brilliantly. The staff were very nice and it was a relaxing atmosphere. My mum sister and i enjoyed watching the girls having a laugh and posing, lol. Great party idea!!!

  • Dee & Sir Hugh Orde

    Many thanks for our lovely wedding photographs, a perfect reminder of a perfect day. Thank you.

  • Zoe & Sam – Wedding Photography Testimonial

    I used Jon Silver Wedding Photography because he was recommended by 2 other couples who liked casual photos. Jon arrived at the venue early and stayed after his time had run out, the gallery photos are excellent and he didn’t prove any bother and we weren’t tripping over him all the time. The pictures are natural with some posed, as we had asked. Jon obviously takes pride in his work as he emailed me once the gallery went up. I have recommended him to 2 other couples who are planning a wedding. Thank you Jon x

  • Rachel Clubb

    AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING! Had the best shoot with Jon! Immediately felt relaxed & straight at home as soon as I walked through the door! The pictures were incredible… I can’t wait to work with you again!

  • Katharine Silcock

    My daughter says the whole package was brilliant fun and a great way to celebrate her 16th with her friends. Even the least confident girls blossomed in front of the camera when gently coaxed. Amy and her friends are now choosing their free photos from the website gallery and they have lots of lovely ones to choose from.

    As a package it’s not cheap, but we were happy with what we got for the price. My daughter’s make up was rather strong to start with, but when we asked to have it toned down they were very obliging.

    My 13 year old now says she wants the same for her 16th!

  • Elly

    Jon is an amazingly talented photographer. He is incredibly passionate and his work shows this; he makes you feel relaxed and act like yourself in front of the camera. I would highly recommend him.

  • Kate & Tim Dwelly

    When you are doing a wedding on a budget as we were, the “Mini Package” was perfect. Although the cost was low, the quality of pictures and level of service was fantastic! In fact much better than some other photographers who quoted us well in to the thousands for their time. Jon even went out of his way to take some photos of the reception. Certainly above and beyond what we expected. We would definitely recommend Jon to anyone planning a wedding!

  • Hamish Rosie

    Despite my profound deafness, I found Jon very easy to communicate and I felt very relaxed and easy to understand him. The atmosphere was warm and friendly. I recommend you to visit the studio and you will find Jon a very pleasant excellent photographer!

  • Louise & Gareth Maddox

    I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Jon Silver Wedding Photography to friends or family. My fiance and I knew Jon would be the right photographer for us the first time we met him – he was very friendly, and gave us over an hour of his time to talk to him, see examples of his work, and talk about his approach. We came away from that first meeting feeling very happy and confident. Our optimism was completely founded – on the day of the wedding Jon was friendly and unobtrusive. There was no bossy organisation or making people pose awkwardly. My parents were incredibly impressed, and several of our guests asked where we had found him! Looking at the photos, it is clear his approach works very well – not only is the quality of the photos extremely high, but he has captured everything we could have wanted him to – still not quite sure how one man managed to be seemingly everywhere at once! We also found his prices very good value – both compared to the hourly rate of other photographers whose work we didn’t like as much, and when you consider the amount of time and attention he spent both before and after the wedding.

  • Susan Connelly

    I was made to feel very relaxed and enjoyed the session. Pictures were very good too.

  • Anna & Justin Bird

    Choosing Jon Silver Wedding Photography, over many other wedding photographers, was one of the best decisions we made when organising our wedding. Not only was Jon amicable, calm and professional whilst perfectly capturing the best moments of the day, but he was also great fun! We also found his services excellent value for money.

  • Val Ridley, The Cock Inn, Ringmer

    Jon took all the photos for our website at The Cock Inn Nr Ringmer and we were very pleased with the results. He managed to capture some great images of food coming out of our very busy kitchen and he always has very innovative ideas for photos and for our website too. We’re looking forward to him trying out his new gadgetry for aerial photography next!

  • Stacy Hyett

    My sister and I visited Jon at Southdown Studio to have a photo taken for our Mum. The session was fantastic, we both felt very comfortable and were pleased that we were not forced into cheesy, unnatural poses. The results were brilliant and we struggled to chose a favourite. Our Mum is very pleased with the photo and both my Sister and I would recommend Southdown Studios.

  • Ophelia Hart – Portfolio Photography Testimonial

    A true, true professional. Entertaining during the shoot, happy to direct at times, or listen as I detailed what exactly I wanted. You know when you’ve had a sucessful shoot and it was pretty obvious you’ve had a good one when time has flown and you’re still full of energy and ideas. Even then, the images surprised me.

    They are without a doubt, the best set of images i’ve ever recieved at the after a shoot. If you’re in the area, don’t hestitate to work with this photographer. If you’re not, start looking a train tickets. Honestly. The images speak for themselves.


  • Benjamin Ealovega

    On a rare occasion of needing to do a studio shoot out of London for some promotional shots of 3 musicians, I contacted Jon at Southdown Studio after a quick google search and perusal of their website. On the day I found a professional well equipped studio with easy parking, plenty of props and very good facilities (dressing rooms etc)… not to mention excellent coffee! Jon was on hand and went the extra mile to help out, and is great company too. I’ll definitely be back next time I need to do a studio shoot in the Brighton area and I recommend their services. Also from what I’ve seen of his work I would highly recommend Jon for the photographic services he provides – he’s a great photographer – check out his site.

  • Mina

    Had a fantastic shoot with Jon so much fun and we came up with some great ideas together! Will most deffo work with again…. highly recomended!

  • Leya

    Jon Silver was extremely professional during the entire photoshoot and was very helpful in suggesting good, strong poses. I would recommend him to anyone interested in producing excellent photos and gaining a little insight into this complex industry. Thank you very much for all your help!

  • Nicola Quinn – Makeover Photography Testimonial

    … relaxed though professional attitude put me at ease and made the whole experience enjoyable… excellent publicity shots for my business… also some amazing personal photos of myself… brought out qualities I thought I had lost… some I didn’t even know I had! A priceless experience… terrific personal development exercise. Thank you Jon!

  • Natalie Brown

    Great experience with a very professional photographer on a personal shoot. I felt confident and completely at ease. Definitely recommend!

  • Vicki Skippings

    A truly marvellous experience

  • Karolyn Nash

    I went to Southdown Studios for my Hen Night Party for a make over and photo session. I want to say a massive thank Jon and the two makeup artists for helping make my hen night an event I will never forget. You all made us feel so welcome and so at ease, so that we could enjoy this fantastic experience. I’ve already had a look through all the photos and they all look amazing! Thank you for making me look gorgeous for the first time ever!!!!

  • Kelly Hart

    You couldn’t get a more professional photographer! Thoroughly enjoyed my shoot with Jon and look forward to working with other ideas in the near future. Great studio setting and atmosphere. Can’t wait to go back.. See you soon!

  • Gary Fitzakerley

    Had Great Reviews back from our client and I hope we can use this company further.

  • Elly – Portfolio Photography Testimonial

    Jon is an amazingly talented photographer. He is incredibly passionate and his work shows this; he makes you feel relaxed and act like yourself in front of the camera. I would highly recommend him.


  • Lizzie & Jon Maple

    I am very happy that we chose Jon to do our wedding photography. We felt very at ease with Jon which made our photographs so much more relaxed and natural. Most of the time we didn’t even realise Jon was there. He took a great range of photos and we had loads to choose from. We have a lovely wedding photo album which we love to show to people.