2018 was without a doubt the best year of my life. Not only because I got to travel to all sorts of incredible locations all over the world to photograph some of the most incredible weddings I’ve ever had the privilege of witnessing, but also because I got married to my best friend, my beautiful wife, Ellen. I couldn’t possibly articulate what that means to me, but needless to say I am one lucky man.
I started the year by finding out I finished 2017 as the UK Number 1 Wedding Photojournalist (WPJA) and I finished the year by being Highly Commended Nationally in the TWIA Wedding Photographer of the Year Award. That basically means I came second in the entire country. As much as I would have loved to win, I am so grateful for the recognition. So many worthy winners over the past few years. I’m going to write a separate blog post about my TWIA experience and all the amazing feedback I received from my couples.
So what is this blog post about? Well its not necessarily the best photos I took throughout the year and it possibly won’t be my clients favourite photos, but for me the photos that follow really sum up my style and personality as a wedding photographer. I’m always looking for something a bit different, but at the end of the day the things that make an amazing photo for me are composition, light and moment. You don’t necessarily need all three at the same time, but at least two would be nice. And if you hit three out of three then you’re onto a winner.
The moments that follow aren’t scripted or directed. They’re fleeting passages of time that happen to occur at the precise moment I press the shutter. When I think about all the things that have to align for me to capture a good photo it really blows my mind. When you’re passionate, grateful and driven by something you love then the universe really does deliver.
This was one incredible year.
This was 2018.