Putting this post together has literally taken days. And days. And days.
I went through every single image from every single wedding I’ve photographed this year. All 42 of them. I deliver upwards of 400 images for most of my couples and often in the region of 500, so I have probably looked through more than 20,000 pictures in the last coupled of days.
It was a bit emotional. All that love and happiness. Not to mention the dancing. I still consider my self to be very lucky to do a job I love so much.
My shortlist was 600+ images strong and my attempts to whittle that down still left me with 200+ images, so I’ve gone back to basics and selected a few favourites from different parts of a wedding day: getting ready, the ceremony, the details, the incidentals, the reception, speeches and the party. I’ve also added the 200ish images to a slideshow, which you can find below.
2014 feels like it’s whizzed by faster than any year I can remember.
I’ve photographed 84 people stand up in front of their friends and family and promise to take care of each other. I watched Sarah and Rich get told off by their registrar because they were so focussed on each other they didn’t hear her ask them to say I do. I watched Jess and Gordy’s guests sob and then laugh their way through their emotional speeches. I watched Andy and Steve stare at each other in disbelief as they realised ‘we did it’. I watched Col sob as he hugged his mum, while the sound of his sister singing Ave Maria filled the church where he had just married Gemma. I watched so many of my couples make tributes to absent friends; the people that they’d lost, who they desperately wished could be with them to celebrate. I watched first dances, first kisses and so much hugging. I witnessed a lot emotion and laughter and love at each of the weddings I photographed this year and, as always, it was an honour to be a part of it.
I’ve shot all over England from rustic Essex barns to stylish London elopements. I’ve photographed anglo-indian weddings, same sex weddings and a wedding in a quirky country house with a life sized taxidermy giraffe.
I went to California and that decision probably changed my life more that any other this year. I made connections. I have new friends in various parts of the world. A new support network to compliment my existing wonderful friends in the wedding industry. And I decided that, you know, the UK needs a photography festival of its own.
I’ve been lucky to be featured in loads of amazing publications this year, from blogs to print media, but more importantly my couples left me some awesome feedback in the form of testimonials and reviews over on Google. It’s so, so important to me that my couples love working with me and, more importantly, their pictures so when I get wonderful feedback like this it really does make me very happy. I am hugely grateful.
Oh and I was shortlisted in the UK Blog Awards.
On a personal note, as always I couldn’t have made it through the year without the support of my amazing husband Pete. From putting cups of tea in front of me when I’m editing late into the night, to taking control of the housework while I’m working 7 days a week over the summer. He rocks. Thanks also to my friends, family and all of the amazing people in the wedding industry who have supported me this year. You all know who you are.
So. On to the pictures. If this post is the first time you’ve found my blog, I would encourage you to have a look back through my recent posts. When viewing individual images from a wedding, they are isolated from the wider story. The narrative is lost and the narrative, for me, is the most important thing. You can read about my story telling approach to photographing weddings here.
So here we are. A little slice of my 2014 in pictures. Scroll down for the pictures and check out the slideshow below.
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