I have had a wonderfully busy Summer Season this year, and I have been blessed to have some amazing couples to work with.
My photographer friends and myself have been challenging ourselves with tasks this week and today was my turn. The challenge I set was to select the five best frames taken this year so far and create a Blog Post explaining my choices.
It all seemed so simple when I wrote it, but oh so difficult in practice.
I’ve had so many fantastic experiences this Summer, and built up relationships with such wonderful people who have trusted me with one of the most important days of their life. I can’t help but be incredibly grateful.
Every picture has brought back a memory, every smile, every kiss, every meaningful look I revisited in my work has made me happy and proud.
So, here’s my selection, in no ranking order. If I were to do this exercise again tomorrow, I may well choose five different frames, but here are mine for today…
Isi and Tom
Isi and Tom are getting married next year, and we did the Pre-Wed/Engagement shoot early because Isi wanted a shot to use for her “Save The Date” cards. They turned out to be enormous fun, larking around in St James’ Park. Initially tentative, by the end of the session they were throwing themselves into their role with gusto – and this playful shot of them surrounded by members of the public reminds me of one of my favourite sessions of the season. I adore mixing Street Photography with staged moments, and this image is, I think, an absolute belter.
Sam and John
This is the most recent wedding I worked on, only last Saturday, so perhaps I still have the excitement and adrenaline rushing through my veins! Sam and John’s wedding was absolutely spectacular. It was at one of my favourite wedding venues, the epic Trinity Buoy Wharf, the scene of Alice and Chris’ amazing wedding last year.
Last year I did a gorgeous Lighthouse shot of Alice and Chris, and the feedback from my colleagues was amazing, but there were a couple of pointers I could work on. Ever eager to improve, I took the feedback on board and made sure the image I took this week was absolutely spot-on in terms of symmetry and posing. I think Sam and John totally nailed it.
Ajita and Nil
This Summer also saw my first full-on Indian wedding, which was utterly amazing. After a stunning Pre-Wed shoot together, Ajita and Nil trusted me to do my best with an unfamiliar ceremony (luckily they assigned a number of family members to guide me through so I didn’t miss anything!) and I did my best to rise to the occasion.
I adore placing people in their surroundings, so when I saw the Temple and the gardens at the Oshwal Centre I knew we had something incredible on our hands. I hope you agree.
Demelza and David
I’ve been blessed with some gorgeous venues to shoot this year, and it seemed like every one was better than the one before. Demelza and David had their wedding reception at the stunning Old Hall in Stuntney, with amazing views of Ely and the Cathedral. But my favourite shot of that day was this lovely moment when we were shooting portraits in the evening.
Vicky and Torben
Another mansion house, this time the incredible Carriage Barn at Nether Winchendon House. I love finding either nooks and crannies to shoot in or vast expanses of land to work with, and this venue had it all. But as an old romantic, nothing beat the brooding glory of the lawn with the mansion in the background. I think this is one of the most beautiful images I’ve ever taken.
So I hope you agree it’s been an incredible Summer for me. I’m so fortunate to be able to do something I love so much and to be present for such lovely, beautiful souls. I can’t help but care for the couples I work with, and I hope the affection I feel shows up in every frame I take.
Thank you for accompanying me on this little review of the last Six months or so, and I’d love it if you would take the time to leave a message or comment below. And if you’d like to talk to me about working with you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Trinity Buoy Wharf
The Old Hall, Stuntney