Best of 2018

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Did that just happen??

At the start of this year I didn’t think it would be possible to top last year. Every year I say how quick the year has gone and this year seems to have gone quicker than any other - frightening really, and as I sit here and write this and look over the photo’s (oh so many photo’s!) from the past year, it looks like 2018 has been the best yet!! I always find it difficult curating these ‘best of’s’ as picking 50 shots to blog a wedding can be tough so setting a target for 100 images from 30+ weddings can be a real labour of love for a procrastinator like me…hence why there is a few more than 100 here. Writing these is even tougher, in my head it will be hilarious with a few touching thoughtful moments, but sat here at 5.30am Christmas eve I seem to be suffering from writers block, so feel free to skip to the pictures!

I started the year up in Scotland and after many trips up and down the motorway to and from the London area, I finished it at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire. I absolutely photographing weddings and seeing new places (well new to me that is) and I’ve been blown away by the beauty of some of them such as Gaynes Park, Rivervale barn, and Gisburne Park estate, but it’s also nice to balance that with the regular favourites like Eaves hall, Mitton hall, Browsholme hall, Inn at Whitewell, Coltsford mill and Holmes mill (Exciting news is that I will be based here from next year!!)

Thank you

If you’re still reading this and I photographed your wedding this year then I want to say a huge huge thank you for having me be a part of your day and trusting me to capture it for you. It’s such a privilege doing this for a living and I put everything I have into every wedding, but it wouldn’t be possible without you guys and it’s been a blast getting to know you all. For those who have booked me for 2019 and 2020 - I can’t wait!!

humble brag and slightly cringey bit

I never like talking too much about these things but at the same time if I didn’t there wouldn’t be much point it doing it at all. As I said I put everything into getting the best shots I can at every wedding and be the best I can, and constantly look to improve and I like to test myself by entering awards so I can prove that to couples, so here goes.

In 2018 I got into the top 30 photographers in the world with ‘This is Reportage’ after winning two story awards and a reportage award (you can see more on that here) I have been put in the top 10 photographers in the UK with ‘The Masters’ after picking up 22 awards throughout the year (which you can see here). I Gained my first ‘Fearless’ award. 5 awards with ‘photographers keeping it real’ putting me in 2nd place and also asked to be a judge, Picked up 5 ‘nine dots’ awards and was named as Augusts photographer of the month (see more here) 5 WPJA (wedding photojournalist association) and 2 WPS awards… Oh yeah - and got the opportunity to photography my Dj’ing idol - John Digweed!

Cheesy as it sounds though, getting great feedback from couples who love their photo’s tops all that and is what I strive for, and while I can’t wait for what next year brings I definitely plan on brushing up on the parent/husband skills.

Enough waffle from me - grab a brew/wine/beer/all of the above and enjoy the pictures!

Thanks, Dave