Just like that is it the start of 2020, a new year and a new decade, it only feels like yesterday I was writing my 2018 highlights blog post. I love collating all the photos for the end of year highlights video as it reminds me of the amazing memories made and that I got to be a part of.
Essex wedding photographer 2019 wedding highlights
My 2019 kicked off near Cambridge at The Granary Estates for Kat and Karl’s big day, having last visited the venue back in 2016 for the Wedding Industry Awards Evening (it wasn’t a win for me but still a really good night!) it was so lovely to be back at the venue to see it dressed for a wedding and to make the most of the lovely grounds for photos.
In 2019 I had the pleasure to work with 23 amazing couples and photograph their weddings across Essex, Suffolk, East Sussex and Hertfordshire. Alongside this, I photographed 21 engagement sessions, second shot 7 weddings and photographed 1 styled shoot. A styled shoot is where lots of wedding vendors come together to share their skills and show ‘up and coming’ trends within the wedding industry. The styled shoot which I was involved in arranged by Aimie a wedding planner from One Oake, helped me to achieve one of my long term goals, that being to have a feature on the Rock My Wedding blog (one of the largest UK wedding blogs). You could say I was a little bit excited when it got accepted and published!
As well as having my work featured on Rock My Wedding for the first time, my work was also featured 13 times both in print and on blogs. I don’t think I will tire of seeing my couples weddings being featured as I find it just as exciting as the couples do! Through featured work I also achieved another of my long term goals, that being to guest write for a blog, the blog that I did a piece for was Bride and Tonic and the piece was ‘A guide to having a winter wedding and achieving the best photos’. Whilst I’m on the subject of blogs I want to take a moment to thank all the blogs and magazines that have shared my work, in particular, a big thank you to Louise and Rachel at Whimsical Wonderland Weddings for continuously supporting and sharing my photographs on their site, it really means the world not just to me but my couples too.
Wedding photographer switching from Canon to Sony
At the start of 2019 I had quite the switch up, I had been thinking about changing camera for a while and if I’m honest it was this video by Adam Johnson from Ninedots that swayed me towards the switch from Canon to Sony (and cost me a small fortune!). After trying out the Sony cameras at the SWPP and the Ninedot’s portrait day I decided to buy one and get learning all the new features it had to offer. A year on and I am totally converted, I love the Sonys (A7iii for fellow togs). For those of you interested, the things I love most about the Sony’s are:
1. The weight, they are so much lighter than the 5d mark 3’s I was previously using, I used to really suffer from backache day after a wedding and since changing to Sony’s I no longer have this problem.
2. The focusing system just doesn’t compare to the 5d mark 3, it is so much sharper and quicker. Not to mention the amazing face and eye recognition feature.
3. This is a big one, the live view, being able to visually see the exposure before you take the shot saves time when you are shooting and not to mention it is just an amazing feature!
I could carry on listing what I love about the Sony’s but I’ll leave it with I am really happy that I made the jump and I can see that it has helped further improve the photographs I supply my clients.
Some of my favourite moments from weddings in 2019 would be:
- Photographing weddings for 2 of my dear friends.
- Travelling with the bridal party before the wedding ceremony listening to the Spice Girls.
- Photographing at the stunning Butley Priory for the first time (the only place I have ever imagined I might one day get wed). Please take me back there in 2020!
- Working with couples that really connected with, and that see me as more than the photographer, valuing what I have to offer on their special day.
- Being lucky enough to capture a wedding couple and with a RAINBOW backdrop, TWICE!
- Getting to work with Kerry Ann Cake Boutique for the first time on Rachel and Kevin’s wedding day after being good friends for so long, can’t wait for more weddings together this year.
Venues I photographed at in 2019
It was really great to work at the following venues for the first time: The Granary Estates, Theatre Royal, Helmingham Hall, Hatfield Place, Hutton Hall, Blackstock Country Estate, Butley Priory and The Roslin Beach Hotel.
And of course, it was wonderful to visit some old favourites: The Great Lodge, Glemham Hall, West Street Vineyard, Channels, Little Channels, Gosfield Hall, The Old Parish Rooms, Gaynes Park, Newland Hall, The Reid Rooms, Down Hall, Smeetham Hall Barns.
I want to say a HUGE thank you to all the couples that had me on board for their special days, not just in 2019 but past couples and future couples too. By booking me to be your photographer means you are helping me on my journey of self-employment and this February I will be celebrating 3 years since saying goodbye to my part-time job and going full-time with photography, putting 100% into my clients and my work. Without you guys I wouldn’t be able to do what I love, so thank you for trusting me to capture your memories and for sharing the word about my work.
Before I sign off and let you enjoy watching the end of year slideshow (I recommend watching in HD with sound) I want to thank you for taking the time to look through my 2019 highlights.
If you know anyone looking for their wedding photographer for 2020/2021 feel free to share this blog with them and if you are currently looking for your wedding photographer I’d love to hear from you!
Wishing you all the best in 2020.
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