From fabulous LGBT wedding photography to wonderful outdoor weddings – This is my favourites of 2018 round up
My business goal last year to gain more LGBT wedding photography clients. This had been a dream of mine. I was brought up with same-sex parents. For this reason, I had always set my sights on celebrating as many LGBT marriages as possible! It was important to my mothers and as a wedding photographer it is important to me too. Fulfilling this goal in 2018 was just one of many highlights in my last business year. Read about how I strive to be an LGBTQ+ friendly wedding photographer and ally.
Trying to arrange and choose images to showcase my best photographs of 2018 into one blog piece is always tough. As a wedding and family photographer, it is my sole job to capture all the moments during the sessions. The momentous to the small details. The images in this blog post are selected by what sparks happiness. Looking through my files and folders EVERY single wedding and family shoot has filled me with joy. This is largely down to my amazing families, couples and the company of wonderful wedding suppliers.
It always exciting when a couple or family decide to book you. It is extremely humbling when people put their trust in you. You are there to document some of the most important days in their life. Being able to photograph weddings and families is ultimately an honour and a privilege. This is a feeling that never goes away, even after everything that I shoot.
Setting goals, I have learned, is important for you and your business to enhance your creativity. I had always wanted to photograph a destination wedding and had always aspired to photograph more outdoor wedding ceremonies. Both of which were made possible in 2018 with thanks to my amazing couples.
This piece is very gushy about how lucky I am to be able to be doing this job. I promise not to waffle on too much. Taking pride in your work is something that I find tricky. I do not like to accentuate ‘me’ too much.
So in conclusion, this is the perfect opportunity to rave about my wonderful couples and families.
These are people amazing enough to send me beautiful cards. Each filled with lovely words about my photographs and approach. Practising a natural wedding photography style allows me to capture intense and personal moments throughout a wedding day. This is what creates ultimately such a close relationship with my couples.
However, before you feast your eyes on 2018 here is my 2019/2020 WISH LIST
With all this reflection it is time to publish my wishes and goals for 2019 and beyond. Therefore, emitting some wedding ju-ju into the universe will hopefully be fruitful – so here goes:
Hopefully in Scotland with gorgeous rolling hills, windswept couples and whiskey wedding breakfast drinks. I am always lusting after wedding photographers who are able to capture elopements in such dramatic landscapes. Having Scottish heritage I am dying to get back to those highlands.
A WHITSTABLE BEACH WEDDING
One of my mum’s used to live in a small town in Kent called Herne Bay. We would spend weekends and summers days walking through the quaint streets of Whitstable and I would watch her eat oysters on the sea front. I am DESPERATE to bag an East Quay Wedding if any couples are in the process of booking one!
Anyone who knows me or follows me on social media will know how passionate I am about a JUMPSUIT. I own officially too many but how many is to many really? I have always dreamed about photographing a bride in a jumpsuit from House of Ollichon so if you are a bride thinking about delving into a wedding jumpsuit then I AM YOUR GIRL.
A WEDDING AT THE BARBICAN
Plants are my jam. Spending hours at garden centres, pottering around in my beds and walking through the displays at Wisley are an absolute passion. The Barbican Centres Conservatory is stunning for simply this reason. THE PLANTS. The grand conservatory is majestic.
DESTINATION WEDDING IN ITALY
I mean… why not? The pasta, the sunlight, the gorgeous scenery. What is there not to love? Having photographed a destination wedding in Sweden and looking forward to 2019 where I am travelling to France, I feel that it is only right that the wedding ju-ju keepers be aware of my Italian intentions. I have specialist destination wedding packages. Get in contact if you are looking for a destination wedding photographer. Since writing this blog post I have had the pleasure of blogging my destination wedding photography France dreams with Grace and Craig’s outdoor vineyard wedding.
A SAME SEX FAMILY SHOOT
Families come in all shapes, sizes and forms and I know that you are out there! I just need you to be able to find me. Photographing a same-sex family would fill me with such emotion. Creating a family is such a precious thing in life, however you achieve it. Whether it is through adoption, IVF or surrogacy. Above all, like weddings family shoots celebrate love in all its forms and I want to be there to capture it. Since writing this blog I have had the pleasure of photographing the most gorgeous LGBT family... here are to many more!
So therefore, without further deliberation I will finally let the photographs speak for themselves. Thank you to all my couples. To the gorgeous same-sex couples who let me fulfil my LGBT wedding photography goals. To the MANY couples who decided to get married outdoors this year (even with the promise of dodgy English weather). Ultimately a BIG thank you to all your trust.
Here is a look back at my favourite moments of 2018 with a big excited smile to the promise of what 2019 holds!
Thank you for looking through some of my favourite images of 2018. If you are interested in my LGBT wedding photography take a look at Siobhan and Amy’s Dodmoor House Wedding or perhaps my latest blog all about alternative wedding photography.