Weddings 2018 ::: A Few Favs
This was hard, picking favourite photos of mine is brutal, I’ll be honest. Creative people can be so hard on themselves and their work. Can I even call myself a creative person? Seems like “creative” is a buzz word these days. I typically just think of myself as a photographer.
My 2018 wedding season ended in October with Leigha & Derek’s wedding in Sydney and what a season it was. To date, I’m not sure I have had more fun or have been more inspired to shoot weddings, I mean, every year has been great but this one just had a little extra awesomeness to it. I was honestly excited for every single one and didn’t want to stop! I often wonder what it would be like to live in a place where weddings were full on all year round…hmmmm…
I relate this new desire to create and experiment to the step back I took last year. While I did shoot a few weddings, I needed a break. I’m not really sure why, but looking back now, it was one of the very best things I have done for myself. I’ve learned just how much I love weddings and photography, I needed to clear my head and almost start new. I caught the gadget geek bug again, bought all new equipment and dove back in with a fresh look on wedding photography and photography in general. I also decided to not limit myself in what or how I shoot based on what others think. I don’t shoot for them, I shoot for myself and my clients….that may sound rough, but I mean it in the nicest way possible and I hope other photographers feel the same way. Without that mindset, you could be holding yourself back from creating your very best work.
So many inspiring people say it all the time, be yourself and stand behind your work. Some will hate it, some will love it. You can’t please everyone.
I made a plan and a pact with myself to treat every wedding as an experiment. Meaning, while I need and want to get the safe images, which are the images you NEED to capture (family poses, etc), I also wanted to really push myself to try new things, weird things, different things…things I’ve never done before. If you were one of my clients this year you would have heard me say “this may suck, but it may be awesome…who knows! If it sucks you won’t see it anyway…”
Now, I’m not saying I was going way overboard, or doing things that no one else was doing, nothing like that. I don’t consider myself a trailblazer by any means, but I wanted to do my own thing and create images that were fresh for me. Experimenting with light, angles, crops, compositions, breaking rules and just having fun with my couples to get images that we will both love.
I’m stoked with the way this season turned out, and it just has me more excited for next year! I feel so very fortunate to be able to do what I love and being able to totally dedicate myself to wedding photography and also with how many great couples I get to work with.
Below are some of my most favourite images from 2018. Now, “some” is the word I have to use because there are so many images that I could choose from, but there is just too much to post. Some of them may not even make sense to you, not all of my favourites are the hero shots, the big landscapes, etc. I just wanted to post a few images that I love, not images that I think get the crowd going, or get social media to blow up. Images that made me smile when I viewed them, or images that have a meaning to me. It is hard to explain sometimes, but unless you are there in the moment, it may be just another photo to you.
Honestly, it was very hard to even narrow it down to what is here. These are the standout images in my eyes, for me.
Thank you to all my past and future brides and grooms. It really means the world to me!