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! )