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Two Thousand And Twelve - A Summary

Encapsulate my whole year? In one blog post?  That's not going to be easy. I can't possibly include everything, yet I want to share with you a brief skip through parts that have made me as a photographer happy and fullfilled.  Your feedback and knowing I gave you images you've loved, cherished and cried over, kept me focussed and fuelled through all this hard work.  This year I made even more new industry friends, who continue to inspire and support, Im happy that this year I got to work with so many of them. I ticked off many goals, with magazine features in Hertfordshire Life, Unique Bride and Photo Professional. Picking up a magazines from WHSmiths with my work in definitely was a real high point.

I organised four styled shoots, the first one was a colourful alternative bridal shoot with the talented Emma from Beaubuttons.  Everything came together beautifully, the ability to try out new things outside of weddings is perfect, and the rewards are many AND the shoot was featured on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings too. 

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Back in Spring I arranged a shoot at St Dunstan's, a beautiful spot in London. I love location photography, it was a challenge to organise this in the City, taking make up/hair stylist and models with me.  Tor and Miss Bruise Violet, two wonderful models who Ive photographed before were brilliant for myself and Andy Teo to work with.
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In between weddings, I keep my diary full packed full of things that fuel my creativity and passion.  So when I got the chance to shoot with Melissa Love, who had teamed up with Jayne Sacco, Lisa Devlin and the amazing stylist Hannah Best.  I couldn't get there quick enough. Melissa's styled shoot was on a farm in Sussex and the theme was Peter Pan...it was just wonderful, with such attention to detail all other styled shoots will now be compared to this! 

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2012 was my busiest Wedding year so far, I really loved every minute of it and got to photograph beautiful couples and amazing locations. Some of these Weddings were local, like the idylic Cambridge farm and intimate Coltsfoot retreat, but others took me to;  numerous amazing mansion houses in neighbouring counties; a partially-derelict mansion house in Devon and the drop-dead-decadent gorgeous Cliveden House. If you want to talk to me about your wedding, Id love to hear about it, so please get in touch.

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In May I got to shoot Ralph Pink's amazing collection at THE most photogenic Master Shipwright's House on the Thames - its where Mario Testino shot Kate Moss, for heavens sake! It was always going to be amazing! Perfectly arranged by one of my very old Flickr friends Miss Aniela it was just mind blowing. With perfect setting and organisation, I had free reign and control to create my own images, I loved it.  You can see me in action here.
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In August on the hottest days of the year was my third styled shoot, at an amazing Rose Garden near me. Taking my model and assistants back to the car for a shade break seems a distant memory! These eye catching images were used for bridal accesory marketing and also I was delighted that they were also featured on Marry Me Ink, Wedding blog. My fourth styled shoot was for a fabulous new bridal accessory collection, which will be launched very soon on an amazing new website packed full of ideas for you brides. So stay tuned to my facebook page for news of that!

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Back in 2011 I attended Lisa Devlin's Photography Farm, with the intention of pushing my 'off camera flash' skills. I can honestly say that I now love my off camera flash and have really enjoyed the possibilities and results. I also learnt light painting from one of the masters himself Adam Bronkhorst, another old flickr friend! My technique perfected, I was delighted that a couple of my bride and grooms were willing to trust me with it during their evening receptions.
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Thanks to each and every person Ive photographed. You are all amazing and the feedback I received lets me know that you love the end result. I'd like to finish up by sharing a few engagement photographs, of couples whose weddings will soon be here.  I count myself lucky to be working at something that gives me this much happiness.  
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So goodbye to a great year, but not goodbye to all the memories in the photos Ive taken for all of you. I cannot wait to see in 2013 and start giving it all Ive got. 

 

Did you enjoy these highlights? What was your 2012 highlight? Please leave me a message in the comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Guest
    Neil Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Looks like you had an amazing year Sharon! Beautiful work and a lovely round up! All the best for 2013 x

  • SCP
    SCP Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Thank you Neil, from a talent such as yourself I take that as very high praise!

  • Guest
    Zoe Campbell Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Superb blog post Sharon! your 2012 looks like it's been a pretty brilliant one, huge big well done to you :) x

  • SCP
    SCP Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Thank you Zoe, Ive enjoyed every minute, I want every shoot to be my very best, and for every day to take the best photograph ive ever taken. I keep that firmly in my head throughout all I do.

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    Lydia Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Wow. What a year Sharon. I just loved that Marry Me Ink shoot, and some of your wedding venues have looked just amazing! I can't wait to see where 2013 leads you!

  • SCP
    SCP Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Thank you Lydia, Ive got lots to look forward to in 2013 and an action plan to make it happen! :D

  • Guest
    Charli Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Great blog Sharon.
    Have a very happy new year xxxxx

  • SCP
    SCP Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Thank you Charli, glad you enjoyed it.

  • Guest
    Liz Greenhalgh Sunday, 30 December 2012

    What a fantastic year and such beautiful images. You really are wonderful and very talented and i am thankful that i met you and had a chance to work with you. I hope there will be more chances in the new year. Thank you Sharon for the inspiration. Happy New Year x

  • SCP
    SCP Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Ohhh how kind, Liz, Im sure we will meet up again in 2013!

  • Guest
    Jon MS Sunday, 30 December 2012

    What a wonderful year! My highlight....the shoot of Julie in the Blubell woods!

    Reminds me...we need to book you again... I'll be in touch!

    Have a very Happy New Year, with much live from us all.
    Jon

  • SCP
    SCP Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Ahh than you Jon, yes that was an amazing day, Id be happy to book you in for another shoot. Happy 2013 to you two too!

  • Guest
    A proud father!! Sunday, 30 December 2012

    A comment from dada sosig. Over the past year we have spoken about your many different shoots as and when you have taken them, but now being able to see them all in one blog., it fills me with immense pride to what you have aspired . May 2013 bring you more satisfaction in all aspects of your photography.

  • SCP
    SCP Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Ahhh thanks! One of the reasons I wanted to summarise it all in one place, although of course there is heaps Ive left out! Including photographing the QUEEN, a highlight, but somehow I doubt I'll get the chance to do that again, and doubt she will check my blog for updates!

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    Tamara Sunday, 30 December 2012

    One of our highlights of 2012 was Definately our engagement shoot at Kelmarsh Hall. We are so excited that as the clock strikes tomorrow we will be able to say 'we get married this year'! Every time we see the engagement pics we are fit to burst with excitement. Thanks for giving us those amazing memories that are just the start of many more in 2013!

  • SCP
    SCP Sunday, 30 December 2012

    I know how excited you will be Tamara, loved our e-shoot and yes, roll on April!

  • Guest
    eweliyi Sunday, 30 December 2012

    the highlight of my 2012 was the big trip in the spring where I have met you. then there was some darkness and now on the end there seems to be silver lining. so my year was a bit of a turmoil, but I'm gratefull for all of it. Let's meet soon, hopefully even in 2013 :)

    love eweliyi

  • SCP
    SCP Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Eweliyi, that was indeed a highlight for me, and taking the polaroid shots of you too! Glad there is a positive ending to the year and an even better start to 2013 for you.

  • Guest
    Adrian Midgley Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Good stuff. As always.

  • SCP
    SCP Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Thank you Adrian.

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