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A look back at 2012 – a year of wedding photography

Award-winning wedding photograpy in 2012

Wedding photography in 2012

Wedding photography in 2012 began for me 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 it here!)

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.

Wedding Photography Awards

Throughout 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 organizations 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 watching 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!

Professional Photographer of the Year!

( This first shot, above 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!

 

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Professional Photographer of the Year award

 

 

 

Comments

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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!

Super Martin, really super!

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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