Now the dust has settled on the new year, I guess it’s about time I had a look back on what an amazing year 2012 was for me. I have been slowly sorting some of these images throughout the year, knowing full well I would be making a post like this. When I came to look at the folder just after new year it had nearly 50 images in it. So over the past few days I have been trimming my selection down. I intended to post just 12 from 2012 but failed, so here’s 21 instead. Theres a reason behind each and every image I have posted and I will try to expand as much as I can on why each image was chosen. So enjoy the images and my waffle that goes with them.. (I won’t bore you all too much, honest) Oh and by the way none of the images are in preference order, it’s just a random order. I also really wish i could have shared so many more with you all, but I suspect the post would have been huge and you would have all got bored by image 60..
1. Groom pre wedding shots on Saunton Beach. Susie and Steve’s Wedding. A foggy start to the day as I met Steve and lads on the beach. Just loved how it turned out.
2. Susie and Steve – Old Barn. This was taken shortly after we arrived at the reception venue. A short walk around the ground and this location just sang to me. So I asked Susie and Steve to perch themselves at the top of the stairs. Giving them some space and privacy for a few minutes I sneakily shot some frames off from a distance. A natural tender moment caught, job done.
3. Laurie and Gemma – I got wet. This was taken at the stunning venue of the Tunnels beaches, the sea was rough and angry that day and very high, so a normal walk on the beach was out. So being inventive with locations we headed off to capture a few couples portrait shots. Me being me and always looking for a different angle headed out on a rock to get this shot. I was so intent on watching the couple that I forgot the waves crashing below. Next thing I know I was sodden. A few minutes spent in the kitchens infront of the ovens soon dried me and my camera out.
4. Paul and Jen – Bluebell woods, Pickwell manor. This shot nearly didn’t happen. Having checked out the location previously I knew it would be stunning on the wedding day. I positioned the bride and groom in my chosen spot and started snapping a few frames. I started with the 35mm lens but felt at that focal length it isolated the couple too much, so I bent down swapped the lens over to my 100mm and as I looked back up it was happening. Thankfully I hit focus first time and bang fired off a series of frames, this being my favourite, (admittedly the horizon was a bit wonky on the first couple but..)
5. Paul and Jen again. Secret spot Pickwell area!! I have visited this previously with another set of clients but the weather was right and other factors, so visiting it at this wedding and getting the shot just made my day. Words not really needed with a shot like this I think.
6. Sophie and Chris – Larkstone Cafe, Ilfracombe. It had rained most of the day during Sophie and Chris’s so watching the clouds part and this amazing light appear close to sunset was a opportunity too good to miss. So collecting the couple we heads off over the butterfly meadow and onto a spot over looking the harbor. As we headed through the butterfly meadow I was loaded up with camera bags, light stands and the camera in my hand, there was now way i could stop and grab this frame so I fired off about 20 frames from hip level. I wasn’t sure at the time if I hit focus or not, let alone composition, but I had a rough guess one was spot on. Well I could have cartwheeled across the meadow when I got chance to check the shots out. This is certainly in my top 5 from the year.
7. Kate and Harry – Hunters Inn, Exmoor. A Morris Minor, deserted road and a amazing couple. One of early outings with my 35mm lens at f/1.8. Just about says it all for me. The rest of the wedding was amazing too, a stunning location in the middle of nowhere.
8. Jo and terry – Woolacombe Beach. Sunset. What a day, what a couple, what a shot. I still get a lump in my throat each time I see the ceremony shots. The evening was possibly one the finest most memorable this year. When I took this shot, without even looking at the preview I knew it was possibly the best of the year. I have known Jo for many many years and to be able to shoot her wedding and provide them with memories like this from such ana amazing day is what i love about my job.
9. Jo and Andre, the flying groom. There were so many I wanted to share from this wedding, but I limited myself to just the one. This one. I perfectly sums up the whole day. A wedding in a marquee like a circus tent in a field in the middle of nowhere is recipe for one amazing reception. Before you ask, yes he made it..
10. Jenna and Nic. Saunton Sands Hotel. The weather for Jenna and Nic’s weddings wasn’t the best shall we say. Confined for most of the day to the insides of the venue due to high winds and heavy rain the guests certainly weren;t going to let that stop them celebrating the wedding. The whole day was just a huge laugh with spirits running and flowing high. So it was really no surprise to see the brides Mum don the banana outfit and dance the a few songs away. Everytime I hear the LMFAO song I will always see this image. What a night.
11.Kate and Ollie – A singing bride. I meet Kate and Ollie at a previous wedding and was pretty much booked there and then to shoot Kate and Ollie’s wedding. It was one of those weddings were Kate and I exchanged a lot of emails about the day and just reading what she was saying about the location and the day I couldn’t wait. I had Bob as my second shooter on the day to help out and running the photobooth in the evening, which is always a pleasure. Kate did warn me that the moments from cutting the cake and the first dance would be hectic and quick but I was to be on my guard. With the cake cut and first dance done, Kate then joined the band on stage for an amazing and moving cover of Sweet Child of Mine. Check out Ollie’s recording of the second time she sang the song that night… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV8foCGljSE
12. Chris and Sophie – Westward Ho! – Stopping off enroute from the church in Bideford to the reception venue in Westward Ho! the pebble ridge was the perfect back drop. Sensing that Chris wasn’t a huge fan of being photographed it was time to pull out the longer focal length lens and just position the couple on the top of the walk way. I let them be for a few minutes before grabbing these frames. So pleased with the results and the processing on the images.
13. Chris and Emily – Tunnels beaches. Well what can you say. Not often you get a call the day after the wedding informing me the bride and groom are about to launch their jet-ski from the harbor and head around to the Tunnels. So I grabbed what kit I could and headed out. In my wetsuit and the camera waterproofed we grabbed these shots and before, well…. Check out the video.. https://vimeo.com/45510908
The wedding itself was nothing short of a laugh a minute. Such an amazing day and with a post wedding portrait like this in my portfolio I will remember this wedding for long time..
14. Chris and Michelle – Poor Chris, he was so nervous about photography on his wedding day. But after a very relaxed pre wed shoot on Saunton beach a few months before the wedding, his fears were put to rest. I honestly don’t think i have meet a groom so nervous. But come his wedding day it was a different story. Come the end of the day he was pretty much posing for shots!!! It really was an honour to be part of Chris and Michelle’s day, I am just gutted I couldn’t be available for the after wedding party in Burton. Thank you for such a great day and especially for the real ale selection. It didn’t last long.. Oh I almost forgot, there was one huge tear jerking moment, Evie, 4 year old daughter took to the microphone to sing a song (twinkle twinkle little star) for Mum and Dad and say she loved them. Not sure there was a dry eye at the venue.
15. Annabeth and Matt – A wet day at the Tunnels. This was a day of firsts for me. My first proper wet wedding at the tunnels. But the rain didn’t stop the ceremony being held outside, it was an amazing sight to see a sea of umbrellas.. I also got introduced to the alcoholic tipple of Jagerbombs… Lets just say it was a very good night and thank you to the local taxi rank for getting me and kit home. What a night though, another case of not letting the rain dampen the spirits. Oh that a huge box of props for the evening. Seeing the grooms dad walking around with a traffic cone hat on his head and a pair of beer glasses is something to witness..
16. Steve and Amie. Another wet Tunnels wedding but I chose this shot as I simply love it. The light coming through the window, the brides dress, make up and bouquet. All shot with natural light. Possibly my favourite image of the year.
17. Allan and Caroline. I honestly struggled to chose one single image from this wedding, not because there wasn’t any decent ones to chose from, it was more a case of too many to chose from. A very different wedding from my normal but possibly a strong favourite of the year. I won’t go into too much detail of the day but it was kind of a bit backwards in some respects, there were more guests for the ceremony and tea party after than the reception but this is how the bride and groom wanted it. It sounds a little odd looking at it like that but the only real way to describe the evening is a huge house party for 30 guests with a catering company doing the food, a cocktail waiter to keep on serving the meekong buckets and my photobooth for some of the entertainment. A top top night.
18. Another cheeky shot from another outing with the photobooth. This one just makes me smile everytime. Simple things I guess..
19. Mystery couple.. Just love this shot, simple back lighting, heavy grain from high iso and shallow depth of field. Throw in a mono conversion and it is a timeless classic in my mind. Love it. Mystery couple, why, not because I forgot who they are they just want to remain anonymous. I respect that.
20. Tom and Helen, St Andrews Scotland. Yeap a scottish wedding. I flew up on August bank holiday to second shot with a good friend and fellow photographer, Stuart Reid. It was a great weekend, if a somewhat interesting start to the trip. Due to heavy traffic I got delayed and missed my first flight so had to sit in the airport for 5 hours until the next!! A great experience though and a really cool thing to have in my portfolio, no not the delayed flight, the chance to shoot a wedding in Scotland.
21. Kevin and Rebecca. Oh wait a rainy tunnels wedding, I seemed to have had a few of those this year. But again it was one of the typical devon days where it rained all day but come sunset the skies just erupted with colour. The tide was right in at sunset that day so a beach shot was out. After setting up a few lights, I asked the bride and groom to just get position by the hut. As usual they stopped posing and went into just being Mr and Mrs. Love this shot and I think the panoramic crop further enhances the shot.
So that was my 2012, I would have loved to share a truck load more images but I didn’t want to bore you all.. Hope you enjoyed my selection and thank you each and every couple I have been fortunate to photograph this year. it has been a complete and utter pleasure in capturing your day. Thank you.
So what’s in store for this year. Bookings for 2013 weddings are coming in thick and fast, with only a few dates left now for the year it is looking like being another very busy year. This year I am travelling all over the South West beyond to cover weddings in Cumbria, Wales and Dorset to name but a few areas. As well as covering some amazing weddings here in North Devon.
There’s plans afoot for a major upgrade with the photobooth, won’t say too much but I am very excited by the plans being made. I have been working hard on my range of wedding albums and look forward to showing off my latest sets of sample albums at some up and coming wedding fairs very soon. More details on my facebook fan page and on here closer to the time.
So for now I shall sign off and continue with some more tweaks to my site before a new look site is launched in late Feb.
Thanks to you all my clients, couples and friends for the support and business in 2012. Here’s to an even better 2013. I am looking forward to it.