All you need is love (and balloons)

Real Wedding: C & J

Some weddings come with little surprises – or in the case of Clemence & Jean’s wedding, big round surprises… …12 enormous helium balloons! For me they became the theme of their wedding and where the balloons went, I followed. I did of cause concentrate a little on the bride and groom as well as the lovely Normandy location of the Chateau de Valliquerville. But the ambiance that hovered in the form of big white bubbles aided in many a nice photo!

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Interested in weddings in Normandy? Have a look at this amazing wedding at the stunning Chateau de Belmesnil!

ISPWP contest | Spring 2015

7th place – Category ‘Movement & Motion’.

The standard of photography for the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographer (ISPWP) just keeps getting higher! In the latest contest, Spring 2015, I was blown away by some of the images.

On this occasion I only entered 4 images and was really happy to see that one of them was awarded 7th place in the ‘Movement and Motion’ category!

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Savannah Railroad Wedding

Real Wedding: J+W

Savannah is an amazing place. The old colonial town located in the southern state of Georgia, USA is overflowing with charm. Live music at every turn, good food (if you follow me on FB you’ll know already about the waffles and doughnuts) and enchanting historic houses. The streets are shadowed by alleys of enormous Live Oaks that are draped with haunting Spanish moss. I could see why Wendy and Jeff chose the town as a host for their wedding!

I first met this lovely couple in Paris where Jeff ask Wendy if she would be his wife. I had the honor to secretly photograph her reaction from a nearby bush as she said, “YES”! You can see the photos here: Surprise Proposal in Paris

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The day started in a stunning house on West Liberty Street. I had been there the night before for the welcome party and was looking forward to the change of scene from photographing weddings in a French chateau. The girls were busy getting ready on the first floor while the boys were in the basement apartment.

Once ready, the girls and I hopped on a local trolly (a sort of tram on wheels) and headed to Forsyth Park where Jeff was already waiting for ‘the first look’ of Wendy in her wedding dress.

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As the sun was making its last appearance we were on track to the Roundhouse Overnight Shed. Among the restored wagons they danced to live music…

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Fearless Photographers Awards | August 2014

Fearless Photographers Awards – Collection 23 (August 2014)

Fearless Photographers is a unique photography directory of the world’s best wedding photographers who are not afraid to push the limits of professional wedding photography to surprise you with extraordinary wedding photos of your wedding day. Every two months they host contests where they receive 10s of thousands of photos from members. Only 1-5% of these images gain an award. One of my photos were awarded in their latest contest, Collection 23 of August, 2014.

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Cornwall Coastline Wedding

Real Wedding: Katherine & Andrew

When Katherine and Andrew first contacted me I immediately liked their story. They were an English couple living in Thailand and were planning a French chateau wedding. Coming from an artistic family, photography was important to them and they had begun looking at photographers even before the venue was finalised. As it happened, they decided against the venue and ending up completely changing the country where the wedding was to take place. A family home in Cornwall was to host the event and I had the pleasure of being part of the day.

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The wedding started with sunshine, lots of active people and photo opportunities at every turn! Katherine got ready in a stunning room overlooking the marque through beaming windows. The village church was just a stones throw away up the hill. Until this point I had yet to meet Andrew (other than on Skype) who was busy greeting guests as they arrived. He looked calm…cornwall_wedding_photo_036 cornwall_wedding_photo_035 cornwall_wedding_photo_037 cornwall_wedding_photo_038 cornwall_wedding_photo_039cornwall_wedding_photo_040 cornwall_wedding_photo_041 cornwall_wedding_photo_043 cornwall_wedding_photo_044 cornwall_wedding_photo_045 cornwall_wedding_photo_042 cornwall_wedding_photo_046 cornwall_wedding_photo_047 cornwall_wedding_photo_048 cornwall_wedding_photo_049cornwall_wedding_photo_050 cornwall_wedding_photo_051 cornwall_wedding_photo_052cornwall_wedding_photo_053 cornwall_wedding_photo_054 cornwall_wedding_photo_009 cornwall_wedding_photo_021 cornwall_wedding_photo_023 cornwall_wedding_photo_007 cornwall_wedding_photo_004cornwall_wedding_photo_055 cornwall_wedding_photo_058 cornwall_wedding_photo_059 cornwall_wedding_photo_061 cornwall_wedding_photo_056 cornwall_wedding_photo_057 cornwall_wedding_photo_060 cornwall_wedding_photo_006

The evening atmosphere was relaxed spread with bursts of laughter from left to right. Despite the earlier rainfall, they still managed to light the huge bonfire, the first I’ve seen at a wedding, followed by fire performers and fireworks!cornwall_wedding_photo_062 cornwall_wedding_photo_003cornwall_wedding_photo_005 cornwall_wedding_photo_063 cornwall_wedding_photo_02420140809_681cornwall_wedding_photo_066 cornwall_wedding_photo_068 cornwall_wedding_photo_069 cornwall_wedding_photo_070 cornwall_wedding_photo_067 cornwall_wedding_photo_071cornwall_wedding_photo_072 cornwall_wedding_photo_073 cornwall_wedding_photo_074 cornwall_wedding_photo_075 cornwall_wedding_photo_076 cornwall_wedding_photo_077 cornwall_wedding_photo_078cornwall_wedding_photo_080 cornwall_wedding_photo_079 cornwall_wedding_photo_081 cornwall_wedding_photo_082 cornwall_wedding_photo_083 cornwall_wedding_photo_084 cornwall_wedding_photo_085

The following day I when location scouting in preparation for a portrait session with the newly weds later that day. The winds were strong that day which added a wild and dramatic edge to the shoot. Katherine and Andrew looked great on those coastal rocks!

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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'.