“Turn off your mind, relax and float down stream”– John Lennon
The Best Documentary Wedding Photography of 2016
So here we are again my friends, at the end of another crazy busy year and reflecting on the last 12 months of everything I have accomplished through wedding photography. It seems to come around quicker each year and it feels like only yesterday I was writing up the 2015 annual collection.
This year has been a biggie for me, I’ve achieved so much. I’m usually terrible at giving myself praise but looking back I really have done a lot!
Most importantly my son Noah was born. He arrived mid November (less than a month ago) and as I write this he’s sat across from me snoring away – I’m very lucky to have him in my life and he completes our little family. I’ve also travelled a lot throughout Europe, photographing weddings and working on documentary projects. I feel blessed to have visited France, Ireland, Italy and Greece. In March I started working on an independent film following the refugee crisis back from Turkey across Europe and I’m extremely fortunate to have worked inside several camps including the notorious Calais Jungle and Moria in Lesvos.
Since the start of January I have also picked up
22 25 international wedding photography awards and at the time of writing this post achieved 87 MyWed Editor’s Choice commendations (which blows my mind!!!) + 2 MyWed Awards Nominations. I’ve also curated a Fearless Awards Collection and was nominated for the hugely prestigious Rangefinder Magazine 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography Award. I’m also featured as one of the top 42 international wedding photographers by WedInspire & one of the top 15 wedding photographers in the world by Wedisson Awards (number 13 to be exact). If that wasn’t enough I have also started a journey into higher eduction exploring a Masters in Photojournalism. All in all it’s been a year jam packed with excitement and adventure – never a dull moment.
2016 has been an important year, a year where I have really begun to grasp who I am and the photographer/documenter I truly want to be. I have set high standards and worked harder than I’ve ever done so in my life to realise my ambitions. I have made close friends and worked on the principle that experiences are better when shared. I’ve mentored other wedding photographers and put into the creative community. I have laughed, loved, cried and moved tiny steps closer to reaching my creative potential (which still feels a million miles away), but nethertheless, I’m just that little bit closer than I was yesterday.
As I do so every year, I would like to thank every couple from the bottom of my heart for trusting in me. Thank you, I am eternally humbled and grateful. Thank you.
P.S. The slideshow above showcases 200 images (just a tiny fraction) of my wedding photography from throughout the year. Turn up the volume, sit back and Enjoy 🙂 Below are my 10 favourite pictures
P.P.S. This has been the soundtrack to my year: You Won The Lotto (only 61 seconds) – thanks Gary Vaynerchuk