Alternative wedding photography
I can hardly believe it’s that time of the year again – 2015 seems to have skipped by and it feels like just yesterday that I was sitting down and reflecting on 2014 in my best of 2014 blog post.
Last year I vowed to take on slightly less work, and although I’ve managed it to some extent, I still clocked up 42 weddings shot, 10,000 miles on my little Ka and many more travelling on planes, trains and in the back of taxis shooting everywhere from a beach in Phuket, Thailand, to Aberdeen in the North of Scotland, down to Hayling Island on the South Coast; From Cardigan on the Far West Coast of Wales, to deep in the Kent countryside and everywhere in between, including lots in London.
And now I’m sitting here, in a new City, in a new work space taking the opportunity to reflect on everything that’s happened this year – and it’s been amazing. And I’m grateful to every single one of the couples that booked me to shoot their wedding and be part of their special day.
I’ve shot at some amazing venues, both old favourites and those that are new to me including Fforest, Shoreditch Studios, Mc Motors, Loft Studios and Maunsel House (and those are just some of the ones I’ve blogged so far!)
I think there’s a certain difficulty in picking just some of your favourites to make up this post, picking out fragments of a narrative reduces this post a little to being a sequence of hero shots,with no context. Still there’s something about laying everything out that’s like creating your manifesto for a new year, laying out your house and giving yourself a jumping off point to keep pushing upwards and growing.
So in terms of what 2016 has in store – I am already working with loads of lovely couples, and I have space for around 10 more. I’m also working alongside Libby for next year, my associate photographer, which gives you even more options to have Ellie Gillard photography photograph your wedding. I already can’t wait to be putting together her best of the year for 2016 – I’m super excited and can’t wait to see what she comes up with.
As for me, next year, I am genuinely going to be taking on a little less. Work and buying and selling homes means that I’ve had far less time than I would have liked to travel and explore, and I really want to make 2016 and 2017 my year(s) for that, to adventure, see the world and not just work.
After several winters choc full of weddings, it feels odd to have a little bit of time off, to focus on the new house and to breathe and reflect.
Later this week I’m going to publishing the best of the rest, all the other work I do – commercial shoots, portraits, boudoir, families. So stay tuned.