In February I attended the Guild Of Photographers annual awards evening where I was in the running for the Wedding Photographer of the Year award. The award is based on a a whole years worth of entries with 24 photographs scores going towards deciding the overall winner. Rather than a competition based on a single lucky shot, the competition really tests consistency over a whole year and on average typically sees 13000 or more photographs entered every year. During the evening I was awarded Wedding Photographer of the Year.
The wedding photographs below were some of my Silver and Gold award winning photographs. Looking through these photos it’s no surprise at how many of these were included in the bride and grooms wedding albums as double page spreads.
A Silver award winning wedding photograph from Heather and Cameron’s Allerton Castle wedding in October. The after dark image featuring a champagne spray was included in their Exclusive storybook album as a double page spread.
A Silver award for this wedding photograph of Steven and Claire at Sunset on their wedding day at Merrydale Manor in Cheshire.
An evening silhouette in the gate house at Peckforton Castle scored a Gold award. The misty evening at Caitlin and Ryan’s wedding allowed me to use a blue gel covered flash to add a strong coloured tone to the wedding photograph.
Laura and Mike’s wedding in Santorini produced two silver awards and a Gold. This wedding photograph taken at Sunset near Imerovigli scored a silver.
Sunset reflections from Sarah and Simon’s wedding. Following their wedding at All Saints Church, Helmsley we popped down to a near by ruined abbey to catch sunset. The image was awarded a Silver in the wedding category.
One of the four Gold award winning wedding photographs fo 2019 included this photograph taken during Catherine and Alex’s wedding at Stubton Hall
The archway at Rudding Park featured in no less than three silver award winning wedding photographs,. This one from Tiffany and Russells wedding was the only one in Black and White and really shows the unique texture of Tiffany’s amazing wedding dress.
Charlotte and Nick’s wedding at Rudding Park, Harrogate in March last year resulted in two Silver awards, both taken in the same location at Rudding Park, the wedding photograph of Charlotte alone in the day and during the evening light rain meant we had to use an umbrella to keep the couple dry.
The second Silver award winning wedding photograph from Laura and Mike’s wedding day in Santorini. A high view point above the Caldera allowed me to include two of the islands famous blue domes.
Twilight creates so many opportunities for wow wedding photographs and it’s no surprise to have so many feature in my top award winning wedding photographs. Taken at Ringwood Hall during the wedding of Lucy and Dan a single flash helped create a quick silhouette.
Allerton Castle in October for the wedding of Cameron and Heather produced three silver awards. This wedding photograph of Cam and the groomsmen in the Billiard room before the wedding is a double page spread in my new studio sample album.
Rain can help produce amazing wedding photographs. The last wedding photograph of the evening at Cameron and Heathers wedding. A third silver award from their day and also the album cover image for my new studio album.
Allerton Castle at Vicki and Ben’s wedding in December 2018. The orange and purple colours and silhouette image of the bride and groom was awarded a silver.
Frances and Jacobs’ wedding at Allerton Castle in August was a wet day and as a result we created most of the the bride and groom portrait photographs indoors. The stunning features of Allerton castle make it an ideal wedding venue in adverse weather and the staircase is an obvious focal point. A little later in the day we took Frances and Jacob outside into the garden for a short photo session under an umbrella. Both of these were awarded Silvers in the wedding photography category.
A Gold award winning wedding photograph from Laura and Mike’s wedding day in Santorini. One of my favourites form their wedding day, this made a double page spread in their album and also the front cover. printed onto Stainless steel the photograph looks amazing.
Saltmarshe Hall in East Yorkshire was the venue for Sarah and Thomas’ wedding in August. Sparklers under the trees, taken just after dark was awarded a Silver.
Allerton Castle featured heavily in the award winning photographs. It’s no surprise really considering the amazing features and backdrops the wedding venue provides. This wedding photograph of Ab and Jordan on the staircase was awarded a Silver.
Rain can help produce amazing wedding photographs, this photograph taken at Wentbridge House at Laura and Bryan’s wedding ticks both the twilight and rain boxes and was awarded a Silver in the wedding photography category.
Sunset at Hodsock Priory on Mitch and Petrina’s wedding day was my fourth Gold award winning wedding photograph of the year. A classic pose took a little positioning whilst the setting sun created an amazing coloured sky. I don’t normally have a favourite wedding photograph each year, but if I did this would certainly rank highly.