A look back at 2012 – a year of wedding photography


2012 – a year of wedding photography that began in the Spring and finished on New Year’s Eve. A bit late maybe, being mid January, to post a look back but then I wanted to wait until the final wedding at the end of the year – it was worth it, it was a cracker! ( see the post before this one! )

2012 was a year of extreme weather. In May, a wedding felt like it was in February but only a week later I was shooting a bride and groom bathed in golden sunlight. Two weeks after that it felt like a heatwave! The hottest wedding days both took place at a venue not far from me, Newick Park, and France was pretty warm too.  But then there were summer days in which it poured and poured with rain. The weather was never boring.

It was a year that saw me shooting in many new locations and returning to some venues I hadn’t been to for years. Beginning in Buckinghamshire, I went on to cover weddings in Warwickshire, Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Suffolk, Gloucestershire, Cambridgeshire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Surrey, London and France. Where did I shoot the most? Turns out it was Surrey, followed by central London and Sussex.  Venues such as Gate Street Barn, Kirtlington Park, Newick Park, the OBE chapel, Stanway House, Girton college, Pershore Abbey, Beaulieu Abbey, Buckhurst Park, Langshott Manor and Wellington College. Already I’ll be returning to many of these counties/cities in 2013, along with Dorset, Essex and Hertfordshire. I’ve never been a photographer who only shoots weddings at certain venues down the road from me week after week.

So 2012 saw me shooting weddings in churches, cathedrals, former abbeys, registry offices, stately homes, school chapels, a University college chapel, swanky hotels, more humble hotels, boutique hotels, gardens, gastropubs, a french chateau, and a cinema!

A feature of this last year and going into 2013, has been how many of my clients are creative people themselves. Filmmakers, art directors, graphic designers and photographers. Hopefully this is a good sign that my documentary wedding photography work resonates with people who understand and appreciate visual media. These are people who care about photography.

Along the year I managed to gain some awards. I’ve never been one to enter awards – all seems a bit ‘camera club’ – especially with certain organisations in the UK. Photography is not about “golds” or masonic sounding titles, so all the competitions I’ve entered pictures into have been international – although all are dominated by US photographers. However it was nice to pick up a couple more Fearless awards, a couple in the WPJA ( Wedding Photojournalist Association ) contests and a couple in the ISPWP ( International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers ) – gaining a second place in the latter.

So what will 2013 be like? Already I’ll be visiting many new venues and returning to familiar ones. Like in 2012, I’ll be seeing several of last year’s bride and grooms as wedding guests, after their friends have booked me upon seeing me work and seeing the results. I once shot a wedding in which there were three couples amongst the guests, whose weddings I had shot previously. One couple only a few weeks before.

I’m looking forward to it!

So, to the photography. I set myself a task to pick out a selection of images from throughout the year, that are not only some of my favourites from the year but also that reflect the way I shoot weddings – I hope you like them! And if you’re looking for a wedding photographer, do give me a call! 🙂

( This first shot won the second prize. Update: It has also made the shortlist, of ten, in the wedding category of the Professional Photographer of the Year 2012 awards Update: It won! )

Award winning wedding photography of bride reflected through the car window as she arrives at St Pauls

Couple watch their film at a wedding in a cinemaBride and groom kiss in the sunset at Newick ParkFirst dance in the college dining hallBride smiling at the groom amongst the crowded receptionGuests sharing a joke framed by the archBride and grrom embrace in the summer evening sunlightChildren wait to shower the bride and groom in confettiThe flowergirls wait for the bride in the porch of St Mary's church in HorshamLookiing out of the chateau window at the receptionGuest wearing top hat smiles at the speeches presentationBride and groom share a quiet moment and a jokeCheeky guest as bride and grrom wait to be announcedStunning bride has her makeup doneDouble reflection of guest in window glassBride with sun umbrella joins wedding guestsBride laughing at speeches

Brdie and groom walk into the room for the mealBeautiful bride looks down laughingBride arrives at Pershore AbbeyView of the ceremony from very high up in the tower above the nave at Pershore AbbeyBride's father sneaks a peep around the doorBride is escorted from her room by her fatherBride and groom walk hand in hand in the evening sunlightBest man discard their notes during the speechesBride and groom have a quiet embrace away from the receptionGroom's mother embarassed by singing waiterElegant guestsBride reflected in mirror as she gets in her dressA quiet moment for the bride and groom on the steps of St Paul's CathedralView from the bride and groom's car as guests take photosRelaxed guests on the ICA balcony on a summer eveningYoung boy ignores the ceremony playing on mobile phoneBride shares a joke with guestsBride looks at groom with lover during the ceremonyBride and groom kiss under an umbrellaBride and groom are showered in confetti as they leave Hackney Town HallBride's mother arrives in the winter rainFirst dance with bride and groom dressed as little red riding hood and the wolf




Really enjoyed looking through this Martin – wonderful frames you’ve captured throughout the year. Best of luck for 2013!

Stunning images, great use of lighting, Steve & Sandra.

A Great set of images Martin, fantastic work and I’m looking forward to seeing more in 2013!

A great look book on 2012 Martin with some truly stunning images. I look forward to seeing your work in 2013, never fails to impress!

Your stunning photos never fail to put a huge smile on my face and bring back all the memories of our special day. Me & Jeremy are truly lucky to have these photos to look back at forever. We can’t thank you enough.

Wonderful work throughout the year – really high level of consistently excellent photography, including my favourite image of the year at St Paul’s. Can’t wait to see what 2013 brings your way.

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