With the year drawing to a close, it’s time to reflect on 2014 and all the times I’ve had this year. I sit here feeling gratitude for all the opportunities I’ve been given to photograph and record the most amazing, special, and often intensely personal moments in these people’s lives.
When I started choosing photographs for this review, I was struck by the variety of settings, and the fantastic individual qualities of each and every person! I have worked with so many great couples, and I want to thank them for their enthusiasm and their generous and kind feedback. This isn’t just a job to me and your words have meant so very much.
So how do you start to choose your ‘top’ photographs from literally thousands? What makes a great photograph? Well all I can say is I’ve simply gone with images that I love. Maybe it’s the light, beautiful colours or composition, but mostly it’s the emotion, theirs or mine. I love warm and friendly people, they ‘let you in’, let you see the real them. They are open and understand that in order for me to capture their day just as they see and even feel it, they need to let me slide in there and hang out with them, just quietly, and without affecting things, shooting what I see; the tears, the nerves, the joy, the love. Never dominating, just moving sometimes in parallel, sometimes visible, sometimes from the shadows. Couples often tell me they want ‘natural’ photography, and that’s what natural photography means to me. When these couples have embraced my ethos, we’ve all found the process enriching, but mostly, they have loved the results.
Of course there is a time for fun and humour and I love these moments too. Some of the best times have been during the couples’ photographs when tensions and nerves have abated (and Champagne has been consumed). I do love to have a giggle with my couples, but must apologise to one particular groom. I wanted to get a shot of his ‘buttonhole’ and mistakenly said ‘bottom’. Humour aside, it’s all about being able to relax in front of the camera, and they have all been absolutely splendid.
Fast forward to this time next year and I’ve just got to say, I have some really amazing couples to photograph in 2015, so can’t wait for my review of 2015! Before then, some recharging of batteries, lots of hard work, many diverse and challenging experiences, plenty of mileage and maybe a little wearing of brake pads, and the continuation of this whole flippin amazing photography journey.
A massive thank you wherever you be, if you have taken the time to view and comment on my blog this year. To you all I wish you a Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël, Frohe Weihnachten, Glædelig Jul, Buon Natale, God Jul, Veseloho Vam Rizdva, Prettige Kerstfeest, Sheng Dan Kuai Le, Feliz Navidad (for my daughter studying Spanish GCSE), and a very happy healthy and peaceful new year! The world is a very scary place, but where there is love, there is light…….. Jx
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