This year has been a great year. I’ve ditched the office job, thrown off the arm bands, grabbed my nose and jumped straight into the world of freelance documentary style wedding and events photography. Since making the leap in May, I’ve met wonderful people and learned so much.
Anyone who says starting a business isn’t stressful is telling fibs. There’s definitely been times when it has felt tough but the stress can also be rewarding – afterall, it’s down to me to sort it out and I like that feeling.
After many years, and with a lot of help from my wife, family and friends, I’ve finally figured out how I want to spend my working days: being flexible, creative, varied, and spending time with lovely people at a really happy time in their lives.
My highlights – and there’s quite a few – include the wonderful weddings of Ramona and Neil, Kate and Kole, second shooting with the wonderful Emma Boileau, getting my ‘learn’ on with Andy Gaines and Steve Gerrard. I’ve also documented some of my favourite festivals in Birmingham, including Flatpack Film Festival, Arts & Science Festival at University of Birmingham, and Warwick Bar Summer Fete. I’ve documented exhibitions and performances at Vivid Projects (X-Ray Audio and Art Macabre), a performance by Amelia Beavis-Harrison at ARTicle Gallery, Birmingham City University, and had a blast shooting the promotional images for Diabolical Roses, an immersive dining event taking place in February 2016. I’ll never be able to look at berries and petals in the same way again.
Here’s a selection of my favourite images from 2015:
I’ve loved spending my year as a documentary wedding photographer and documentary events photographer. Here’s to even more exciting things in 2016!