It’s that time of the year again to look back at the amazing year I have had and reflect on my favourite images including a reason why I have chosen them. I always love going back through the work I have produced as I rarely get chance to do at any other time of the year. I’ve chosen my Top 12 images for you – please do leave me your thoughts in the comments below.
The first image I’ve chosen is because I love the interaction between Ryan and his Bestman just before they walked into the ceremony room at Cain Manor. It just shows the playful side of weddings which I love to capture and I also like how the background makes them stand out so you are drawn into the image.
The image below of the two boys I just love. I love the smiles they are giving each other. I remember taking this and chatting to them before so they relaxed and once I had this photo and I knew it would be a keeper.
This image in the vineyard was taken at a new venue for me. Stanlake Park Wine Estate in Twyford and boy it didn’t disappoint! There were so many great photographic opportunities it was hard to pick but there was one image in my mind that I just had to shoot with John and Grace. I wanted to take it from as high as I could so you would see the roll of vines as they look at each other, holding each other. I love the fact it feels as if you are in amongst the grape vines.
This image was taken at The Great House in Sonning and I remember this wedding fondly. Not only because Sean and Nikki were so cool but it was that bank holiday in August when it reached over 30c! I love this image because for me to encompasses one of the reasons I love wedding photography – capturing emotion. Nikki is just out of frame but I wanted to focus in on Sean and his genuine emotion for the big day. I don’t think you can get as raw emotion as this.
Jack and Hannah’s wedding has fond memories for me. I met them just a couple of months before their wedding day having been let down by their wedding photographer so I was determined to make this day special for them. One of the shots they wanted was in front of Northbrook Park in Surrey so that’s exactly what we did. Rather than have a static shot of them standing looking at me I wanted to create some movement so asked Jack to twirl Hannah. They might have looked at me a little crazy at the time but it makes for a stunning photograph.
This next image I hadn’t planned, and was also from Sean and Nikki’s wedding. During the hot (30c!) afternoon we had taken lot of couple portraits so wanted to give them time with their guests. As the evening drew in the sun started to set creating these stunning colours over the water (you can just see the light of the next house opposite reflecting in it). Both my 2nd photographer and I looked at each other and dashed out to find Sean and Nikki as we knew this was an image too good to miss.
This was the first time I had photographed a wedding at Coworth Park in Ascot. I had always wanted to so when Guy and Sara said they were getting married there I just had to photograph their wedding! I saw this staircase and how the light was coming in from the window behind them so just added some flash back into their faces to create this black and white image. I knew before I had taken it I wanted it to be in black and white as it just lends itself to the tones of mono.
I’m not going to lie, Will and Harriet’s wedding was one of my favourites – not only because it was an amazing wedding but because they are friends! I was so honoured they asked me to be their photographer (I really, really wanted to do it) and their venue was stunning. I saw this corn field and asked them if they wanted to go into it and before I could finish my sentence they were walking through! We captured some gorgeous shots. This is one of my favourites….and the bubble….I didn’t see it coming into shot when I was taking it but it was there and wasn’t edited in. When people see this shot they always comment on the bubble!
My next image was taken at Easthampstead Park in Bracknell. Marijke and Nik were the perfect couple to photograph and I’m really proud of this shot. I thought this shot would work in black and white and luckily the wind came in at the right time to kick up Marijke’s dress just a little so it created that lovely blowing effect you see. I directed them to turn and kiss – and the rest….is married life!
I love this image of Paul and Nikki. They look like they are some where tropical….this was in fact taken at Marwell Hotel in Hampshire outside the front. What I love about this is that with just natural light and the right pose you can make a shot look like a beautiful moment between them.
It wouldn’t be a wedding without a first dance and I capture this at the beginning of 2019 at Cain Manor near Farnham, Surrey. I love the children in front of Ryan and Holly trying to copy what they are doing. I think this makes a great documentary wedding photograph where the action is unfolding as I’m capturing.
So who doesn’t like a sparkler shot?! Sparklers have become a big trend the last few years at weddings so I had to include one in my Top 12. This was taken at Rivervale Barn in Yateley just before sunset. I think the whole wedding party pulled it off 🙂
I hope you found this post interesting and enjoyed looking through my Top 12 images for 2019. I couldn’t have done it without all the amazing couples who booked me and the support of my second photographers. I love my job and cannot wait to start again in 2020!
Have a great Christmas everyone and best wishes for the year ahead.