Born in Cheshire, England, Barry Seaton graduated from Sheffield University with an honors degree in Economics. For two years he trained as a CPA in London before he set off traveling to seek his true vocation. The seeds of the solution were immediately sown in the purchase of a camera to record the five-month round-the-world trip. Five months became five years as stories from other travelers inspired him to go further. Staying in one location to work and save money he would then set off on two and three month trips at a time, starting the process all over again in a new location when the funds ran out.
This way he traveled around Australia in a station wagon for three months; hitchhiked New Zealand for a month; and island hopped Indonesia for six weeks, including a five-day trek in Borneo, sleeping in Dayak tribe long houses. All the way shooting incredible images and learning to “see”. So far most of Barry’s emphasis had been “picture postcard” style images, but when he started teaching English in Taipei, the subject matter increasingly became the local people, in their everyday lives. Moving to Tokyo he continued teaching English, this time to business men in the mornings and evenings. Contributing to TOKYO MAGAZINE he photographed the city by day and also on assignment, which provided new challenges. By now it was clear what the true vocation would involve, but not the specifics of transition from English teacher to self-supporting photographer.
His girlfriend, Sarah Lynn Kinnard, was not too impressed by this vagueness but nonetheless “encouraging”. After a telephone interview between Tokyo and England Barry was accepted by the Kent Institute of Art and Design at Rochester for commercial and editorial photography. Lynn returned to Knoxville, Tennessee to start up SLK Designs, a graphic design firm. Before leaving Japan five months later, Barry had his first wedding photographer experience. Despite the first time nerves, what he lacked in wedding expertise he made up for in enthusiasm– and they loved the photographs.
Back in England, Kent Institute gave Barry a depth of knowledge and experience through assignment-based projects. At Kent he was able to use and learn about a large variety of equipment, build studio sets, work in both colour and black and white darkrooms and learn the beginnings of Photoshop.
Heading to Tennessee for Easter break of ‘95 Barry was given the grand “best of Knoxville” tour. Barry then popped the question– she accepted and on August 8th, 1995 Barry and Lynn were married in Goostrey Parish Church, England. After the wedding they settled in Knoxville and created Seaton Shoots Wedding Photography to work along side SLK Designs.
That was almost 18 years ago... two kids, three office moves, studio renovations and loads of cameras and computers later... Barry has been photographing weddings exclusively with his unlimited fun– storytelling approach. Telling the story of YOUR wedding day is Barry's purpose. He focuses on the bride and groom– their emotions and relationships with family and friends. You are left with a wedding album that lays the foundation for your family and your future to relive the wedding day as it really happened.