Best of 2019
2019 was my eleventh year of being a full time photographer and I felt it was my best year yet. I thoroughly enjoyed embracing each wedding, documenting the details, the partying and the emotions as they unfolded more than ever. In December, I was delighted to reach the Regional Finals of the Wedding Industry Awards for the fourth year running, after putting forward a selection of the photos below.
I have put together over 100 slides of photos from the weddings I photographed in 2019, so you can see how I strived to get a balance between photos filled with fun, documenting the spontaneous moments as they happened and took story telling images that tell the amazing tale of a couple’s wedding day.
On a photographic level, I purchased the Canon 11-24mm lens last year and this gives me a 126 degree of view, the widest possible in any lens on the market. When showing prospect couples my portfolios a few years ago I realised it was the photos of couples in settings, enjoying some time to themselves while in an amazing vast landscape, that really engaged with them. These type of shots really resonated with me as well and I had an idea. Why not take landscape photographs that have couples in, so my couples can print the photos up big and hang them in their homes, but not feel they were too ‘oh, look at us on our wedding day’. After doing some research into the 11-24mm lens I realised it would be perfect at expanding this idea and the result is the first photo in this collection, of Amy & Sam on a jetty at Bewl Water! The photo balances the dramatic sky, the reflection and the colours with the couple practising their first dance, and I feel it works really well. Another example is Rachel and Jack, pictured facing side by side looking out to the incredible sunset at The Oak Grove. Shot at 11mm I was able to capture all of the sunset, filling the frame with the vibrant colour and giving the photo the ‘wow’ factor! This paragraph is a bit of a geeky insight into my minds workings, but it sums up how I am always trying to think of new ways I can produce stunning wedding photos, that are a bit different to the norm, and couples can proudly hang in their home. It’s worth noting that I include a mounted 16 by 12 inch print and three mounted 10 by 8 inch prints in my Collection, just so couples have some professionally produced copies of their photos, and the larger print is normally of the wide vista style photo, as I had hoped would be the case when I took the photos!
Pictured venues include Brookfield Barn, Hendall Manor Barns, Firle Place, The Oak Grove, Bewl Water, Pangdean Old Barn, Patricks Barn, Eastwell Manor, Blackstock Estate, Gildredge Manor and Horsted Place.
Pictured suppliers include DJ Brian Mole,To Have & To Hire, Hall of Fame Hair & Makeup, Tie the Knot Catering, Jessica Hurley Hair & Makeup,Gill Pike Florist, The Garden Chef, Royalton Cars and Flowercraft Lindfield.
“Thank you so much Craig, we absolutely love all our wedding pictures & the highlights video and cannot stop looking at them!
Craig was amazing from the beginning and we and our guests felt completely comfortable having him there on the day- everyone still comments on how brilliant he was! He is such a lovely guy and his attention to detail was second to none, which is reflected in the pictures we received. We would 100% recommend Craig!”
– Jamie & Emily Brooker
I hope you enjoy looking through the photos and if you have any queries please do get in touch!
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