Well after a very busy 2014 I have made the resolution that in 2015 I WILL blog - ok I will try to blog, all the Wedding Photography I do, I am already looking at the bookings & wondering will I have the time? However I have been assured that it will not take long to do and will give people a better idea of my style of photography, whilst being able to keep the galleries private for couples. So a very brief overview of 2014 for you, in a nutshell - BUSY !
After taking some time out after the extremely sudden deaths of not only my father but my father in law to the dreaded evil cancer, I remember their words to me about how enjoyable photographing weddings must be, about how happy I must be to be sharing the best day (so far) in a couples life, how my images of that day would hold memories for them a long time into the future. So with that at the forefront of my mind I set off refreshed & determined to conquer 2014. And what a year we had !!!
Thanks to the wonderful assistance of my 2nd shooters Ian and Debra, we covered 38 weddings; travelled goodness knows how many miles, from Bath to The Lake District, Liverpool to Grimsby and everything in between.
We handed out over 35,000 images to couples, produced 45 albums, hundreds of prints, 60 DVDs and 30 USBs with images on.
Our make-up of couples ranged from Youngsters in their teens, to more mature youngsters in their 60s. In March same sex marriage became legal and in June we were privileged to photograph Shantel & Louise tie the knot, they have made it through (as I type this) to Manchester Wedding Of The year Final - fingers crossed for them.
We also had the joy of being featured in Nottinghamshire today Magazine when a busy weekend saw us camped (in our wonderful caravan) in Clumber Park as 3 weddings in 3 days took place around the Nottingham area.
The year started for me in February with the wedding of Martha & Stuart in Nantwich and ended with Jessica & Matthew at the end of November in Northamptonshire, and 2015 is set to be just as busy and just as well travelled.
In October we added the studio style photo booth, an 8ft x 8ft backdrop, studio lights, lots of props, accessories, wigs etc to add a laugh to your reception. The studio style allows for large groups to be photographed, and everyone walks away with a 6 inch x 4 inch photo there and then to remember the day by. The booth is going down great guns for 2015 already with many people upgrading bookings to include it.
The 'I want it all' package was introduced in December, due to popular demand from couples who really did not want to have to pick & choose what they wanted for their day.
In 2015 we welcome another 2nd shooter to the team - Sean, this is because whilst I cover every single wedding it's good to give new talent a go and Ian & Debra are now not able to assist on some dates. Sean is a very capable young photographer and I look forward to working with him as well this year.
This does also mean that now we can cover very large weddings - as there can be up to 4 of us photographing your day - so no matter how large or small we can accommodate.
That's 2014 in brief and a little look at where we are going in 2015; below you will see a montage of images that are some of my favourites of the year, it was so hard to try to keep it down to 100.