Wow, what a crazy year it’s been. I’m currently writing this from Queenstown, New Zealand after spending the last couple of weeks traveling and learning to fly.
Some stats from 2015:
Total Photos Taken: 230,000
Weddings & Pre-Weddings Photographed: 35
Countries Visited: 13
Miles Travelled: ~70,000
But sometimes statistics don’t really do justice to the amazing adventures I’ve been on this year, and that I’ve been lucky enough to photograph. I’ve shot weddings and engagement shoots across the globe, from romantic capital Paris to the idyllic private island of Mustique (where my second photographer Iain was prevented from papping Wills and Kate by a Royal bodyguard!). In fact, I’ve been counted in the top 10 wedding photographers in the UK by a number of photography and wedding blogs – a huge honour considering the brilliant competition out there. Things just got better from there – being a winner in the Wedding Photo competition in the exclusive Rangefinder Magazine, and then being ranked among the top 20 wedding photographers in the world on Fearless Photographers for 2015, which is an incredible community of professional wedding photographers from across the globe.
As if that wasn’t enough, my photo year hasn’t just included weddings. The inventive and ecologically-friendly Yalelo Fish Farms flew me to their farms and shops in Zambia to take some commercial photos for their advertising, where I spent an incredible few days wandering through markets, dining in Zambian homes and hanging off the side of a boat on a sun-kissed lake. Then a last minute call came through from Carnival Cruises, asking if I could pop over to the Caribbean for a week to shoot one of their cruises – not a hard question to answer! One of my favourite things about shooting weddings is the joy of the day, so getting the opportunity to take photos of people having a brilliant holiday just added to the beautiful weather and the chance to head up in a helicopter (duct-tapped in and with the doors taken off!) for an epic view of the cruise ship and the Caribbean islands!
And on a more serious note, I managed to fit in a few trips that were very close to my heart – to the ‘Jungle’ in Calais and then to the Greek island of Leros, to volunteer in helping the refugees coming from war torn Middle East. It was humbling, uplifting, enlightening and heart-breaking all at once, and a journey I’ll definitely be taking again.
So as you can see it’s been one hell of a year. Thank you so much to each and every one of my wedding couples. You’ve all been amazing and it’s been such a privilege to photograph all your weddings. I’ve witnessed more happiness, tears, laughter & joy then most people get in their entire lives. Hopefully see you all in 2016 and beyond!
ps. just wanted to add a special thanks to all my assistants/second photographers from the year. Iain, Will, John, Megan, Janhoi, Steve, Matt, Katie and everyone else, I couldn’t have done it without you.