Well like so many of us, I really cannot believe where 2016 has gone? All of those excited couples who eagerly booked me for their 2016 Cotswold wedding photography back in 2015 are now settling nicely into married life and everything is gearing up for the busy year that lies ahead. As I sit here in Cheltenham and reflect on the past year and all of the lovely couples that I got to meet, I feel both humbled and blessed that I was invited to share the most precious days with them (36 precious days in-fact) and had the pleasure in documenting their big days at some of the most amazing venues the Cotswolds, here in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire have to offer, not to forget a rather lovely wedding at Paissa D'en Bernat - Ibiza where we not only got to top up our tans, but witness the happy couple jump into the pool all glammed up.
For myself as a photographer, I really do look forward to each wedding season with not only wonder of what lies ahead, but with the thrill that each year brings as I push and challenge myself to further hone my craft to ensure that I am constantly delivering beautiful honest photographs to all of my couples. This year above all others has been extremely rewarding with not only meeting new friends within the industry and surprising even myself with a few rather epic photographs, but going on to win two of the most coveted international awards for wedding photography The Fearless Awards as well as two Masters of Wedding Photography awards and also the English Wedding Awards for the Best in South West England. Needless to say that I am very humbled and yet quite chuffed indeed.
At each wedding there are always little bits that I remember dearly, quite often a beautiful moment that really resonates not only as the happy couple say their "I do's" but maybe that long awaited release of emotion during their speeches, or that little glance of love when we take off for a few relaxed candid portraits as the sun sets over the Cotswold hills. I have come to realise that there is beauty in pretty much everything around us and for me its being able to recognise that moment and capture it so that you have a gorgeous collection of photographs to remember your day.
As a result of the most amazing year and realising that for me those precious moments "ace" everything else (dare I say trump), I have been able to compile a collection of my finest moment driven images. The emphasis of my style is to offer very candid photographs to my clients along with a little creative quirk - rather than to deliver anything mundane. I am not big on posing my couples by any means as its far more natural to capture what's going on organically. Over this past year I have had so many enquiries from couples that are not too keen in front of the camera and we have been able to work so well together with my candid documentary style... after all, no one likes a cheesy pose.
So in summery, I would love to share my Best of 2016 Collection with you which is totally free of cheese and is made up of those beautiful un-posed precious moments candidly shot of course and at the same time, I would love to thank all of you couples from as far away as Australia to New York to Norway and Spain, not to forget those here in the U.K that helped make this year so memorable and I would love to sincerely thank you all for having me there to share one of the greatest days of your lives with you. I feel truly blessed.
If you love what you have seen, and have an appreciation for great photography, please do feel free to drop by, check out my portfolio and say "Hi" via my contact page and I can send you out my brochure. I have a very limited amount of 2017 dates left (but please do check) and I am now taking bookings for 2018 both here in the U.K and for weddings abroad.
Whilst we are based here a stones throw from Cheltenham, a great deal of the weddings that we cover are here in the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire. Often we cover weddings further afield each year from Italy, France, to Ibiza etc so please do get in touch if you are planning your destination wedding.