BEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY OF 2016
It’s that time again, time to take stock of the year just gone and put together the annual post of my best wedding photography of 2016. That sounds a little grandiose though, so let’s just call this a collection of my favourite photographs from this past year. I narrowed it down to 100 images. Then I remembered one that I absolutely loved which I had to include (the 9th image in this post, I just love her). So in it came, but I couldn’t decide which image to lose. So here they are, my 101 favourites images from 2016.
I’ve been lucky to have travelled far and wide in 2016, meeting some amazing people along the way. As with every year, it’s been a real melting pot in terms of locations and venues for weddings: from the seaside venue just 10 minutes from my house (my first East Quay wedding!) to favourite London venues Trinity Buoy Wharf and 6 St Chad’s Place. From the elegant top floor of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Edinburgh to a tiny white church – with a winery in its back garden – in a remote Polish village. At the heart of each wedding was a brilliant couple entrusting me to document one of the most important days of their lives, surrounded by the people that mean the most to them.
In October we drove to Barcelona (I say we, Steve drove and I mostly slept) to meet up with friends and fellow photographers, The 8 Street, in what has become an annual end of wedding season street photography trip. Long days roaming the streets taking photos, and late nights sampling the city’s many tapas bars and drinking establishments. This year’s trip is to Rome and I cannot wait.
It’s been a great year for recognition from the industry, with 5 awards from the Wedding Photojournalist Association, 7 awards from the Artistic Guild of Wedding Photojournalists, a Masters of Wedding Photography award, a Weddisson award, and winning best wedding photographer in London and the south east in the regional finals of The Wedding Industry Awards. The cherry on top of this already incredible cake was receiving the biggest accolade out there; in January this year I was awarded the title of the UK’s best wedding photographer in The Wedding Industry Awards national finals. I’m still reeling from it!
So with my first wedding of 2017 already done, this year is shaping up to be pretty special and I’m looking forward to all the adventures that lie ahead. I know it will go by so fast and I’ll soon be sitting here writing my best of 2017 post. Until then, here’s a look back at my favourite photos from 2016, the majority of them completely unscripted documentary moments, but I’ve included 7 of my favourite portraits in here too.