It’s my 2015 photography round up (listens very hard for the cheers). 😉 The last wedding of the year has been shot and the files safely backed up. My cameras and lenses have been carefully cleaned and stashed away ready to start work again in January. My desk is tidy… well almost ( I can definitely see bits of it), and it’s that ‘most wonderful time of the year’, that time we take stock and look back on the year in photos.
I’ve not gone with any specific theme, just my personal favourites. I know my couples would probably choose different images as their favourites, but I guess we photographers do get rather obsessive about not just the emotion, but the composition, the light, just how pleasing the overall effect. Like this first image above. My first opportunity to capture a ‘first touch’ before the actual ceremony. I just love it for various reasons. Yes there are the inevitable semi-posed shots in this post, but mostly I do delight in those candid images that perfectly sum up that second in time. These shots make me smile, they make me think, they take me back to the moment. Sometimes they make me punch the air and scream ‘YES!’
What I love most about these images, is that they feature people who were able to give themselves over to the moment. They didn’t worry about the presence of the camera. They didn’t see their day in terms of a set of photo opportunities. They didn’t give me a long list copied from a wedding magazine of shots I needed to get. They just let me do my thing. They trusted me. I know not everyone is comfortable in front of the camera, but if I could give couples one piece of advice, it’s just don’t worry about the photography. Don’t feel self conscious or feel you need to show your best side. Live the moment without thinking first ‘how will I look?’Be authentic, keep it real. These are the photos you’ll love most of all.
Thank you to all my 2015 couples for making my job so bloody brilliant. It really was an honour to capture these amazingly special days. When I think how you’ll be looking at those photographs for the rest of your life, my heart quickens and I feel immense pride.
I also want to say a huge thank you to all my fellow wedding photographers who share my ‘virtual’ office each day. Your support and advice, your company online and in person (that Dorset retreat, that Stockholm summit). Everything I have learnt from you, everything you have learnt from me (and instantly deleted from your brain). You rock!! Oh and a special thanks to my buddy Mav for standing in as hospital porter after the shin vs taxi incident…… enough said about that.
I’m sat here looking at my wall planner and I have to say, I am so excited at the prospect of shooting all the weddings I have booked in for 2016. Each and every couple, every venue, absolute crackers.
I wish you all joy and happiness this Christmas and throughout the coming year. And so to my favourites…… J x
“Thank you for acknowledging Father Michael and the great job he did. His way helped make the day very special.” Phil
“Every photo just screams happiness and truly captures just how special we felt.” Rachel.
“You managed to capture the day so beautifully and we are so, so very grateful. They are honestly just beautifully taken, edited, everything. We always felt in very safe hands with you as our photographer but even these are above and beyond what we could have ever wished for. Thank you!! “ Phoebe.
“You really went above and beyond what we were expecting, on the day and afterwards, and thank you for capturing the day in such a beautiful way that will be an absolute joy to look back on for years to come.” Hayley.
And the rest…..