This isn’t really a “best of 2011” post more of a retrospective look back at the year and what an amazing year it has been. The images I have chosen are a snap shot from weddings and engagement shoots I have shot throughout 2011 (and it’s not all of them, some I can’t share with you, sorry, respecting clients wishes and all that), all of them though, I am proud of but more importantly they mean a lot to me and say a lot about the couple or the day.
I have started with my favourite image from 2011. James May once spoke of a fizzing feeling (if you saw Top Gear you will understand), well that shot was the 3rd shot of the set at Ben and Jenni’s wedding and I have to admit it still makes me fizz a little each time I see it. The sky, the lighting and the composition, everything.. I just love it. I asked a guest to help me hold a light stand, he was neither a photographer nor an artist, an airline pilot I believe, the first shot was to test the lights, the second shot Jenni’s hand has hidden then this shot. Boom.. In the bag, smiling and heading back to the evening reception.
Anyway, after that shot I have selected a few from some pre wedding shots from last year, these sessions were great fun and allowed me to build some rapport with my clients, making the day so much easier and more relaxing for the couples.
After that series of images it’s the weddings themselves, no particular order, no preference, just shots I love from each wedding I can show.
It has been an amazing year seeing me shoot a lot of weddings, make a lot of new friends and do some incredibly amazing things that I never thought I would. Highlights for me were heading over to Lundy Island for 3 days to shoot a wedding then getting flown home in a helicopter, being told by the band at a wedding to put down my camera and mosh at the wedding reception (I left the party that night at 2.30am!! – Thank you to the Current-Uk and Sara and Dan) and seeing the bride mixing it up on turntables at here own reception!
Now obviously these images represent just a fraction of what I do, most of time is sent in a office editing, sorting, key-wording, metadata tagging and other boring but necessary workflow processes, plus album design, client meetings, commercial, editorial and PR shoots, plus the odd family portrait session or 2. It’s not all a rock and roll lifestyle being a photographer you know. I occasionally have to work in the rain, I once even had to take a pack lunch with me to a wedding!
Thank you to all my clients this past year for making it so memorable. Here’s to 2012, which already is looking set to be another amazing year with a record number of weddings already booked in.