It’s been only 4 years since I shot my first wedding with Will – a far cry (or sometimes not) from working with kids – & some may say that it shows! Opportunities have come thick and fast this past year and at times – I think it’s fair to say – I’ve been a little out of my depth. What doesn’t kill you though, right?
I’ve met so many wonderful couples and been lucky enough to have photographed some unbelievable locations. The indescribably enchanting Tuscan landscape (Borgo San Felice), of Cheryl & Tom’s Italian wedding nearly killed me (pasty Englishmen and 40° don’t mix) but what a magnificent 3-day extravaganza! I was truly put through my paces in 2015.
3 English fairy-tale Castles (Hedingham, Wadhurst & Eastnor Castle), 1 Oxford & 1 Cambridge university (Queens’ & Kings’ College), a smattering of stately homes (The Queen’s House) [(Luton Hoo) thanks to the wedding photography legend that is, Jamie Bott for having me along], halls (Longstowe) and manor houses (Parley Manor); an exclusive St. James’ hotel (St. Ermin’s) in London, 1 Abbey (Notley), 1 Cathedral (Portsmouth) and Christiana & Chris’ wedding at the The Royal Exchange – blah, blah, blah de blah… sorry, “place dropping is worse than name dropping” so I read here.
The places are undoubtedly cool of course but it’s the people though; that’s what this is really all about. It was at the wedding of Noara & Cliff (Thoulstone Park) that this was brought home. A field, some yurts, a few beers (a lot), a pig/marrow on a spit and a whole load of amazing people; that’s all you need to make memories that will last a lifetime. I certainly shall remember that day (up until around about 5 past midnight!). That’s the reason I love what I do – my passion will genuinely never fade, while I get to witness true & simple love in every image I help create.
My friend, colleague, muse & mentor, Jon Mold has been unbelievably generous, offering me his time and patience in abundance; he will always be a true inspiration to me. Cheers Jon!
Anyway, here’s a few of my favourite images from last year. Check ’em out and please share if you like them. Thanks, Dan xx