Budding photographer, aged 9, invited to take Sheffield couple's wedding pictures

Oliver Butcher, aged nine, has been hooked on photography since he was seven
Oliver Butcher, aged nine, has been hooked on photography since he was seven
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A couple were so blown away by a Sheffield schoolboy's stunning shots, they have invited him to photograph their wedding - aged just nine.

Choosing the right snapper to capture precious memories of your big day is never easy, but when they set eyes on Oliver Butcher's incredible images they knew he was up to the job.

Oliver loves photographing wildlife, like this pair of puffins

Oliver loves photographing wildlife, like this pair of puffins

Oliver's amazing wildlife photos, with subjects ranging from puffins caught mid-flight to otters frolicking on a riverbank, belie his tender years.

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The Lowedges Junior Academy pupil was first bitten by the photography bug aged seven and has been obsessed ever since, spending hours behind the lens in search of the perfect nature shot.

His mum Carrie said she and Oliver's teachers had always encouraged him to display his work, and he has twice been shortlisted in the under-12 category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards.

But despite his obvious talent, she was blown away by the response when she posted a selection of his photos for sale on her Facebook page at the bargain price of 99p each.

A deer in motion

A deer in motion

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Within two days, 65 of the 100 copies she had printed off were snapped up, with the remainder expected to go quickly at today's school fair.

His efforts drew widespread praise but, even so, Oliver and his mum could not believe it when the wedding invitation came through.

The bride-to-be said: "I'm happy for your son to come to my wedding next year and photograph our wedding. He can keep and use the photos in his portfolio."

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Oliver plans to use any money raised through the sale of his work to upgrade his camera and help him compose even more eye-catching images.

Oliver has twice been shortlisted in the under-12 category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards.

Oliver has twice been shortlisted in the under-12 category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards.

He said: "I was amazed when I got the invitation to take their wedding photos, and I'm really looking forward to doing it. I'd love to be a professional photographer one day."

Carrie said: "Oliver's such a talented photographer and he loves anything to do with nature. He hasn't had so much practice photographing humans but he's really looking forward to the wedding and I'm sure he'll do a great job."

It is Oliver's grandmother Lorraine Jubb, herself a keen amateur snapper, who first fuelled his passion for photography.

She said: "He was just seven when he took his first photograph. I offered him £20 to get a shot of a dragonfly in flight, thinking he'd never manage it, but he parked his bottom beside the pool and didn't move until he got one.

Oliver dreams of becoming the next David Attenborough

Oliver dreams of becoming the next David Attenborough

"He has an amazing eye for the unusual and is always the first to spot birds of prey and other wildlife.

"He's quite a shy boy but when he's confident in his own abilities with a camera. He has his heart set on being the next David Attenborough."

Oliver is selling his impressive wildlife photos to raise money for new equipment

Oliver is selling his impressive wildlife photos to raise money for new equipment