Every year I like to take some time out during the Christmas madness to review my year.. and this year is no different. So here we go.. grab a cuppa!
The most important thing.. 25 fab weddings!
..or 40 if you include second shooting! This year I was updating my website and sat and thought about what weddings really mean to me. And the conclusion I came to was that during every single wedding I photograph, I get this resounding, comforting feeling in my soul that this is exactly where I am supposed to be, and this is what I am supposed to do with my life. Weddings feel like home.
So a huge, huge thank you to every couple I have had the privilege of working with this year - it was a joy and an honour to photograph and witness each of your wedding days. Have an amazing first Christmas and New Year together as husband and wife!
Lots of travel..
A question I get asked on a regular basis is how far I'll travel for work.. and the answer is: wherever I am needed! This year I'm so grateful to have travelled abroad to Italy, Cyprus & Ireland for weddings and styled shoots, and at home, the length of the country from Cornwall to Aberdeen on weddings and commercial work alike. I'm always up for a road trip!
2 awards.. and one Finalist!
After a whole day shooting an event on one of the hottest days of the year in June, I rushed home and just made it to the SME Bedfordshire Business Awards evening in time to find I'd won Young Business Person of the Year!
As with last year, I was honoured to be placed as a Finalist again for Best Photographer in East of England at the The Wedding Industry Awards. Although only a finalist I am super proud of this one as the TWIA awards are particularly prestigious within the wedding industry.
My Christmas always starts with a bang in the form of the Four Counties Wedding Awards gala, held each year towards the end of November. I love being a part of their close-knit community of wedding professionals and the gala always feels like our work Christmas party! Here I was honoured to win Highly Commended in my category of Fine Art Documentary Wedding Photography, alongside many other talented friends who also won awards in their categories. A really fab evening as always!
But although it is a huge honour to be recognised by my industry, the best part of all is the support I receive from my couples in the form of the votes and feedback they send in. It means the entire world to me and I am so excited to see my TWIA feedback in January!
It's always a huge highlight to have a wedding featured, and I'm sure not only for me but for the couples also! Big love to Rock My Wedding, Love My Dress (x2!), Whimsical Wonderland Weddings and Your Herts & Beds Wedding Magazine for the features. It means a great deal and I just love being able to read about each couple's story as a couple and wedding planning process!
So a huge, huge thank you..
..to everybody who has played a part in making this year as amazing as it's been.
To my couples, thank you for choosing me to capture one of the most important days of your lives. It's been so much fun getting to know you all and spend time with you and I wish you every happiness for the rest of your lives together!
To my friends & family, thank you for your love, support and patience with me taking forever to respond to messages when I'm busy and for putting up with all the late nights working on my dream business. It means the world.
To my wedding industry pals, thank you for inspiring and pushing me each and every day to get better and better at what I do. We're all in this wonderful madness together!
I'm so fortunate to do what I love for a living and couldn't do it without you all. Here's to a joyful and prosperous 2018!
Are you getting married in 2018 and beyond? Get in touch!
I’m currently booking up as far as late 2019 but still have a some dates left in 2018. So get in touch - I’d love to hear all about your day!