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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.