WPJA contest | Q1 2014

17th place – Silhouettes and shadows

The WPJA released the results for their first quarter contest for 2014. One of my photos picked up an award in the “Silhouettes and shadows” category. I’m happy to be on the list of winners for the 2014!

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Worlds Top 100 Wedding Photographers 2013!

Ranked worlds top 100 wedding photographer of 2013 by the WPJA!

I have been listed in the worlds top 100 wedding photographers of 2013 by the WPJA (Wedding Photojournalist Association)! Needless to say I am very happy to be on the list :)

The association hosts four contests a year where some of the worlds best photographers compete against one another. Points are awarded to the photographers whose images win in these contests. The photographer with the most points at the end of each year is awarded, “Photographer of the Year”! The following “Top 100 Photographer” list is then created from the runners-up with the most points. I just squeezed on the list and share 100th place with six other photographers!

Congratulations to Cristiano Ostinelli from Italy who got Photographer of the Year 2013. Also hats off to the French photographers on the list, Christophe Viseux (an impressive 6th place), William Lambelet (12th place) and Anne-Sophie Susperregui (75th place).

WPJA contest | Q4 2013

Three more awards!

The Wedding Photojournalist Association published the results from their last contest of 2013. In total I picked up three awards – this came as a nice pat on the back!

6th Place – Emotion

WPJA Q4 2013 contest: 6th place. Category 'Emotion'.

12th Place – Humor

WPJA Q4 2013 contest: 12th place. Category 'Humor'.

 

13th Place – Parents

WPJA Q4 2013 contest: 13th place. Category 'Parents'.

Chateau de Belmesnil

Real Wedding: Sandrine & Gilles

Earlier this year I had the pleasure to photograph Sandrine and Gilles wedding held at the Chateau de Belmesnil. This 19th century venue is located in Seine-Maritime (Normandy) and is surrounded by rolling countryside. The long single track leading to the chateau makes an impressive approach.

It was not my first time photographing at this venue, though this time I had the occasion to visit the guest rooms. Both the bride and groom were getting ready here. I always advise my clients to keep traveling between locations to a minimum. You gain so much time in a day that passes so quickly. In fact the only time we left was for the ceremony which was held in a nearby village called Buchy. As a result I was able to take far more photos than normal and the newly weds benefited time with their guests.chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photochateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photochateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photochateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photochateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photochateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photochateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photochateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photochateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo

A Paris pre wedding photography session

Winter Sunrise and Sunset

My latest client came all the way from Thailand to have their pre wedding photos taken around Paris. We shot over two days. The first being at sunrise, the second starting at sunset and shooting some night photos.

They stayed at the Hotel Ares Eiffel not too far from the Champs de Mars. I collected them from there to take them to our first location… sunrise at the Trocadero. This is always one of my favorite starting place at this time of day… free from the crowds though I can be a little chilly! I loved the bride’s coat and felt it added a certain quality to the images. I think she was rather happy too just to keep off the chill.

Our next stop was Pont Alexandre III. It was cold here too, but this did have its advantages as there was less people around. I often concentrate on large sweeping seen-setters though I really enjoyed getting some lovely close-ups.

Day two they were at a different hotel the InterContinental on Avenue Marceau. This is a stunning place and steps from the Champs Elysees. The night photo session started at the Louvre. This location looks much better at night. It was a bit warmer this day too so my clients were happy. For the final call we headed back to Trocadero and the carousel which is close to here.

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If you are interested in having your pre wedding photos taken, you can see more of my work on my website: www.stephensonimagery.com

Intimate wedding at the Moulin de Connelles

Real Wedding: Sarah & Mathieu

Sitting on a private island on the river Seine, the Moulin de Connelles was chosen for the reception meal of Sarah and Mathieu’s intimate winter wedding. Their Normandy wedding brought together close friends and family from France and England.

The day progressed at a steady pace from their home in Upper Normandy. Most the guests were already there and I was able to get to know them a little. This helped me get in closer for photos without making them feel awkward, resulting in far more natural images.

Being such a small number, you could really feel the tenderness and warmth of this close family. I aimed to capture this in my photography… the soft ambiance… enduring momentum… and natural light.

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Chateau Dungeon Wedding

Real Wedding: Ambre & Nicolas

On the first Saturday of December I found myself driving north from Paris into the French region of Picardie for a Chateau winter wedding. When leaving the busy twinkle-light streets of Paris the arrival can be rather dramatic. Perched on a hill above the misty valley of leafless trees sits the Dungeon of Vez.
Although only 3pm, the light was dwindling on this overcast day. When entering the chateau ground I was greeted by an ally of flaming torches. I was told the bride was getting ready on the third floor of the dungeon tower. This tower consisted of a spiral stairwell with more than 20 doors leading off a random intervals. My logic told me I should find her behind the third door… but no. I must have been in the stairwell for over 20 minuets and knocked on every door twice before finding her.

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AG|WPJA contest | Q3 2013

That makes 13 award winning photos for 2013!

This morning the Artist Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association announced the results of their third quarter contest. I’ve gain 5th place for ‘groom getting ready’ and 15th place for ‘reflections’ categories. Happy days!

5th place – Category ‘Groom Getting Ready’.

AG|WPJA contest Q3 2013 - 5th place Groom Getting Ready

15th place – Category ‘Reflections’.

AG|WPJA contest Q3 2013 - 15th place reflections