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I have always been that person that never stuck at anything.  I’d try things and my determination would waiver or my enthusiasm would wane.  Truth be told I often got scared and wouldn’t put myself in situations where I had to push through my vulnerability or fear of rejection.

Being a photographer is riddled with opportunities for fear and fear of rejection.  You feel vulnerable when you meet a couple and discuss the possibility of working with them.  You feel vulnerable when you share your work publicly and when you send a final gallery of images to your clients.  You feel vulnerable as a business owner as you know you have to make your passion work to pay your bills.  You feel vulnerable as a creative person because you doubt your work sometimes.  You feel vulnerable as a person because there’s not much slack when it’s just you doing everything.

Sometimes you plateau and create work that you know is solid but that doesn’t inspire you at the time, other times you fly and feel incredibly excited by everything you’re doing.  You go from shooting in beautiful locations to 14 hour days stuck in front of your computer, without talking to anyone. This truly is a a job of contrasts.

I wouldn’t change it, even though some parts of it are harder than I ever expected.  It’s also more rewarding than I could have imagined.  My ‘why’  is the reason photography has been one of the few things I have (obsessively) stuck with.

I am incredibly proud of the business I have built up in just under five years as a full time wedding photographer.  Ultimately the feedback from my couples and having happy clients is the absolutely most important thing to me in relation to that business.  It’s really, really nice though to be acknowledged by your peers and celebrated by the industry that you have poured your heart and soul into.

External validation shouldn’t be important but, actually, to know that someone from within your industry thought you were creating good enough work to nominate you to be considered, alongside 200 other photographers from around the world, as part of a process to find Rangefinder’s 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography is an amazing and slightly surreal feeling.

To then receive an email telling you you’ve been selected as one of the final 30, out of 200 photographers from around the world, is mind blowing.

I had the opportunity to submit last year and didn’t make the final 30.  I didn’t expect to but that didn’t mean it wasn’t disappointing.  As I said to someone at the time everyone I know that does this job is hugely emotionally invested in it.  We all want to do the best job we can for our couples but we are also driven by a passion for photography and by producing work that we are creatively proud of.  Pulling together a portfolio of your absolute best work, only for it to be rejected at a time when your energy is at its lowest after a busy wedding season is hard.

That disappointment last year meant I was braced and ready for the rejection email this time around, especially knowing some of the amazingly talented nominees that I was up against.  And then I got the email saying I’d been chosen as one of New York based Rangefinder Magazine’s Rising Stars of Wedding photography 2016.  In the whole WORLD.  Unreal.

I can’t even begin to say how truly grateful I am for the support of the people who put me forward (Claire, Megan, Chris and Verity – thank you SO much) and I’m also really thankful to the Rangefinder Magazine judging panel for selecting me to be in such esteemed company.  There are honestly so many people in the final 30 whose work I find endlessly inspiring, not to mention the previous winners who have shaped my photography and impacted on my journey as a photographer.

Thank you to my couples for putting their trust in me by inviting me to document one of the most important days of their lives. I’ll be celebrating five years of being a full time photographer next year and it’s been a journey full of incredible highs, lows and everything in between.  I am so grateful to have the opportunity to do something I love for a living.

And finally thank you to Pete.  He’s an integral part of both Babb Photo and SNAP and he’s a brilliant photographer and film maker in his own right. He sparked my interest in photography in the first place so I know wouldn’t be writing this post if I hadn’t met him.

Check out the full list of Rangefinder’s 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography here.

Here are the images I submitted in order to be selected.
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December 1st 2016
Congratulations Laura! An incredible achievement!!
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    December 2nd 2016
    Thank you so much, Matt
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December 1st 2016
Totally well deserved Laura!!! You are AWESOMENESS-NESS!!!
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    December 2nd 2016
    Right back at you guys! x
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December 1st 2016
Amazing, Laura - like I said on FB, it's about freaking time! Also I love seeing the selection of images you submitted! xxx
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    December 2nd 2016
    Thank you so much, Kat.
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December 1st 2016
Well done Laura! your photography is truly stunning and very unique A real inspiration.
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    December 2nd 2016
    Thank you Paola x
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December 1st 2016
I love where this takes me and where it takes wedding photography. Amazing set!
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    December 2nd 2016
    Ahh thank you Adonye and congratulations to your awesome self!
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December 1st 2016
SO WELL DESERVED IN HAPPY SHOUTY VOICE! YAY! You work SO hard and your work is ACE xx
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    December 2nd 2016
    Thank you so much, Emma x
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December 1st 2016
Congratulations Laura!
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    December 2nd 2016
    Thanks, Sachin xx
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December 1st 2016
Congrats Laura! So well deserved, awesome work xx
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    December 2nd 2016
    Thank you Gen x
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December 1st 2016
Well done LAURA, so deserved!
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    December 2nd 2016
    Thank you so much, Kelly
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Igor Demba
December 3rd 2016
So well done homie! Super proud of you and what a beautiful set of images. Keep inspiring and schooling us on how it is done ;)
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    December 3rd 2016
    Thank you lovely Igor. x
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Nick Tucker
December 3rd 2016
Congratulations Laura. Totally deserved. I love the bright happy colour pop of your images. Really refreshing to see such a personal feel-good take on the day...
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    December 3rd 2016
    Thank you so much, Nick. <3
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December 4th 2016
Great achievement... well done!!!
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    December 6th 2016
    Thank you so much
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December 5th 2016
Honest, unobtrusive, emotional, colourful, dazzling, moody or unexpected...whatever I use to describe your work don't seem to cover all of the layers in there. Happy to see you shining on that sky of 30, you've earned it!
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    December 6th 2016
    Thank you so much, Marko. That means such a lot. x
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Julie Hogan
December 6th 2016
Fantastic news for you, well done and so deserved!
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    December 7th 2016
    Thank you Julie
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December 7th 2016
Oh Laura, your words pulled at all my heart strings. You work is pure, honest and cheerful.Thank you for the inspiration. Cheers
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    December 7th 2016
    Thank you so much, Gian!
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December 8th 2016
You are so good at this. You deserve this and more. Congratulations!
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    December 8th 2016
    Thank you so much, Aileen!
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December 12th 2016
Amazing images! Congrats and well deserved!
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    December 13th 2016
    Thank you so much, Simon.
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December 22nd 2016
Congratulations ! Great work ! :D
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    December 23rd 2016
    Thank you!
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December 27th 2016
Many congratulations! Some heart felt words there which I think every photographer will identify with and an amazing set of images to accompany them. Well done!
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    December 29th 2016
    Thank you Kristy
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January 1st 2017
Incredibly well deserved Laura!! xx
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    January 2nd 2017
    Thank you, Yolande x
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January 2nd 2017
Congrats on 30 rising stars. Well deserved.
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    January 2nd 2017
    Thank you so much, Maria.
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Paul Mockford
January 3rd 2017
These are great, worthy winners! It's interesting to see the difference between peoples RF30's and their 2016's, and very good to see #teamGB represented so well! Congratulations! X
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    January 3rd 2017
    Thank you Paul
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January 6th 2017
What a fantastic achievement Laura and very well deserved. Your work is consistently awesome! X
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    January 8th 2017
    Thank you so much, Kathryn!
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January 14th 2017
Amazing! Looking forward to see more :D
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April 4th 2017
Congrats! Really deserved!
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