Best Wedding Photography of 2019
The weather is starting to warm up, there’s blossom on the trees, the birds are singing, the nights are getting longer, and in addition to all this spring-like activity, I’ve finally got round to compiling my annual end of year round-up. I’m always late to the party with this, and other stuff has been keeping me busy of late (this is the only mention of the dreaded C word that I’ll make in this post. I know you’re all feeling it, I’m feeling it too). And so, better late than never, I give you my Best Wedding Photography of 2019; my favourite moments from last year, all of them completely unscripted, documentary photographs, bar 2 or 3 relaxed portraits, the ratio of which pretty much sums up my photographic style.
This is the 8th year that I’ve done a round-up of my favourite photos from the year and put them all together in one post. I really enjoy the process; it’s the only time I get to go through everything I’ve shot during the year (believe me, my January weddings seem a million miles away by the time I get to December), and for couples considering booking me as their wedding photographer, it allows them to see what makes me tick and gives them a clear idea of how I could tell the story of their wedding. There’s a common theme in every year’s selection in that my favourite images are very rarely the big moments, but rather the little, unexpected moments in between. Moments that nobody saw coming, and sometimes, moments that nobody but me saw. This is what drives me at every wedding; the limitless possibilities for the unknown. Some moments you anticipate and some pop up out of nowhere. That’s the joy of it, the thrill of the chase.
Most of my weddings in 2019 took place here in the UK, except for Caroline & Matt’s spring wedding in the beautiful Italian city of Florence, and Victoria and Alex’s 3-day extravaganza in the south of France. I was at favourite venues, such as woodland wonderland The Dreys, for George & Laura’s wedding (proof, if ever it was needed, that rain needn’t dampen the joie de vivre of an outdoor celebration), urban gem Clapton Country Club, and plant heaven, The Barbican Conservatory (all three weddings will be featuring on here soon, watch this space…). As always, my couples surprise and delight me with their choice of wedding venues; Layla & Richard hosted an all-dayer at Hackney night club, Giant Steps (just before it shut its doors for good) and Rachel & Elliott turned an east London warehouse into a magical winter wonderland for their Christmas wedding (with the help & vision of the wizards at Revelry Events). All the weddings I shot in 2019 were completely different, and yet they all had one thing in common; brilliant couples who trusted me to tell their stories. Something I never take for granted is that out of the thousands of photographers out there, my couples choose me to document one of the biggest days of their lives. It’s something I’ll always be grateful for.
It was another great year for recognition from the industry, with awards from a number of worldwide organisations, including Fearless Photographers, WPJA and This Is Reportage. The WPJA ranked me as their Number 1 Photographer in England (an accolade I was also awarded back in 2016), and I was ranked 9th Worldwide. I made it onto the Best 100 Photographers Worldwide lists from both This Is Reportage and SLR Lounge, and Elle featured me at Number 1 on their list of Best Wedding Photographers in the UK. It’s not all work no play, though; in October I headed to Mexico with my street photography buddies, The 8 Street, to document The Day of the Dead in Mexico City and Oaxaca. Needless to say, it was all kinds of wonderful, as 8 Street trips always are.
Genuine emotion, creative framing, and above all, humour, are the mainstays of my work. Hopefully, you’ll see all of this (and more!) in the selection below. If you’re getting married, and you like what you see, then I’d love to hear from you.
‘Til next time.