2016 – looking back
It’s that time of year again when I get a chance to look back on what has been one outstanding year for me. Can I sum up 2016 into words, the simple answer is no, there is simply too much that has happened to sum up a whole year into a few words ? Which is where a gallery like this plays its role. Think of this gallery like a visual diary of just a small number of things I’ve witnessed this year. It’s why I love my work, and like the famous line from Forrest Gump, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get”, weddings are just the same.
It’s next to impossible to describe the feeling when you relive all the moments you’ve seen, all the couples you’ve worked with, and then having to try and pick out just a few images in the hope of showing just how 2016 was for me.
Over the last year, I’ve shot a whopping 55 weddings, topping last years 54. I’ve been to many wonderful venues, worked alongside some fantastic suppliers, made new friends and worked with some truly amazing couples, laughed with them, shared their day, and been able to capture everything for them to look back on. I also shot my 200th wedding this year, a huge milestone for me, something I’m extremely pleased with.
2016 was an incredible year for me, and 2017 is shaping up to be just as amazing. Will it top 2016 ? Who knows, but one thing’s for sure I’m going in all guns blazing.
This next part is for all the camera nerds, I know you’re out there. I’ve once again spent way too much on lenses, mainly the Sigma ART’s, there like photography porn, they give that next level of image quality, the type I’ve wanted to add to my style. 2016 also saw me using mirrorless camera’s more, specifically the Sony a7ii & a7s, why ? That’s easy, they just offer amazing image quality in dynamic range and high ISO, but my Canon 5Diii’s are still my main workhorses. Lastly, I bought both the Icelight 2 & Lowel GL-1, truly amazing lights, and perfect for those late evening shots with the Bride & Groom.
This was my 2016. No workshops. No models. Just 100% weddings.