2019 – NORFOLK WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER HIGHLIGHTS
Annually, more anticipated than the results of ‘Strictly’ or I’m A Celeb, and as much a part of everyone’s festive calendar as BBC Sports Personality of the Year, the Queen’s Speech and the Jools Holland Hootenanny, here’s the ADP end-of-year Norfolk (and a bit of France) wedding photography round-up!
2019, my 6th full wedding season as a full-time wedding photographer, was my second busiest running until late November after starting back in early April with Mark and Sarah’s beautiful wedding day in Sheringham and later at Oxnead Hall. This year I visited a few venues that had been on my must-visit list for some time including beautiful Bruisyard Hall and Hockwold Hall, both of which I’m excited to be returning to next year. I was also hugely privileged to be asked to travel to the absolutely stunning Chateau Lagorce, near Bordeaux for my first ‘destination wedding’. I am so grateful to Mel and Will for trusting me to capture their weekend of celebrations for them, it was an incredible experience and one that will live with me forever. Like many of the weddings featured below, I will get around to some individual ‘blogs’ with more images from these incredible days during my quieter months early in 2020. My time with Mel and Will in France on what was one of the hottest weekends on record will definitely feature at some point. Excitingly, I have another destination wedding booked in for next September, this time around Tuscany for Rachel and Daniel’s weekend of celebrations; I genuinely cannot wait!
As I put together these end-of-year highlights reels, I find myself grinning widely as I’m transported back to so many special moments. I guess this is what this whole business is all about and, as I view these images and reflect on my own year, I’m genuinely excited for the couples – I can see so many fleeting moments that passed that will become so deeply personal and important to them as the years come and go. We have been married for 21 years and have a relatively small photographic record of our day (the limitations of film) but one that is still very precious to us. With it now possible to have so much documented, the joy of wedding days and those once-in-a-lifetime moments, those relationships, glances, touches and tears can so easily be re-visited time and time again becoming ever more precious as the years fade our memories.
I never know where to start when bringing together such a large collection of images from an impossibly varied and even larger catalogue to choose from. As always, I include way too many below and it will take some perseverance and probably a beverage or 2 to make your way to the bottom but I hope it is worth it. There are images from every 2019 wedding in here and moments from preparations to party via portraits. Some are staged, most are candid, just how I like it. Some days we had epic sunsets, most we did not. Some days we have biblical rain and high winds, on every single occasion couples embraced what the weather delivered and focussed on living their day ‘in the moment’ and even embraced my ideas for photographs even when it might have meant risking getting a little damp or dirty!
So I’ll leave you to see if you have the stamina to scroll through the places I’ve been this year, to see the people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and the couples who’ve so generously let me into their lives for one of the most important days of their lives. I’ll know if you’ve been through them carefully if you’ve spotted the baby with an important message on mum’s phone, the child being given an X-rated bovine sex education lesson, the groom losing his glasses on the dance floor, the dog that got a little too excited to see the bride and the baby that appears to have been born in a bathroom with a full head of hair and fully clothed 😂 From moments small to big, serious to funny, quite to loud, I give you 2019, my year in wedding photography.
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P.S. For any photographers out there, all shot on 2 x Sony A9 with a variety of prime lenses and Godox flashes various. If anyone is interested in the flash side of things, in early 2020, I will be running a popular flash photography course for wedding photographers with the quite brilliant James Rouse. If you’re interested in learning a little more about how to use flash to see you through a wedding day, feel free to register interest via the link below and we’ll be sure to be in touch once we have some dates in mind. Thank you.