As I write this, spring is definitely in the air. The light is bright and more vivid and the 2019 wedding photography season is just around the corner. And, with a busy schedule it’s only now that I’ve found time to reflect on last season’s amazing wedding photography experiences, and think ahead to Cheryl and Tom’s Gloucestershire wedding that I’ll be photographing in a few weeks’ time!
As a wedding photographer I work throughout the UK and in Europe but as I’m based in Cambridge it’s good to work close to home occasionally, and last year allowed me to do that for most of the summer.
For the first time I photographed at the world famous Cambridge King’s College. And it wasn’t just one wedding; it was three, spanning the bright colours of a spring wedding, to the extraordinary heat of a summer wedding and into the cool tones of a winter celebration. And always, the magnificent chapel of King’s College was the backdrop to each couple’s ceremony.
You’d think that would be hard to equal or surpass, but summer brought with it more gorgeous wedding venues, from the historic and ultra-grand Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, the intimate and achingly stylish Smallfield Place in Surrey and full circle back to Cambridgeshire to lovely Island Hall. Oh, and I also popped up to Edinburgh and the Highlands for two rather grand country weddings.
I have to say, as a wedding photographer it’s always a joy to be part of each couple’s day. Not many people can experience the ‘views from the office’ that I do throughout the wedding season and beyond.
One of the moments that I really enjoy is when a couple sees their wedding photographs for the first time. Each photograph for them is a memory of the day, usually unposed and unscripted, bringing their day to life once more.
But, as a photographer what I consider a best or my favourite image is often different. Understandable I guess in that the emotional connection is different! So, when it came to choosing wedding photos for inclusion in my end of year wedding photography blog I found myself in a reflective mood.
Well, for me my best images are those that have a good photographic structure to them and resonate with wedding couples like you who visit my website. Favourite images on the other hand are those that appeal more to me as a photography purist, like the image that won an award in the ISPWP summer contest. By the way, it was a big deal for me winning an award as I’m not a natural competitor in that sense!
Telling the story of two people in love, on a journey that started long before their ‘one amazing day’; it’s what I love to do.
For the most part unscripted and unposed, the power of the story I tell of each couple’s day comes from being able to anticipate and photograph the unrepeatable and spontaneous moments from their wedding day.
My best wedding photography moments and my favourite wedding photography moments are all authentic. From the pre-ceremony emotion of a father as he sees his daughter in her bridal gown, to throwing shapes on the dancefloor as the party ramps up, this is wedding photography my way.
Thanks to everyone who make all of this possible.
Enjoyed Viewing My Favourite Wedding Photographs of 2018?
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