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Highlights of 2017 | Top One Hundred

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maybe a little late but I couldn’t let January pass without highlighting the beautiful weddings of 2017. Often I think about how lucky I am to say I love my job. It is my passion and I continually thrive to always keep improving, learning new techniques and to offer my couples something different. 2017 was no exception, even after 7 years full time as a wedding photographer I can still say I love weddings!

Last year was quite simply epic. From the bridal party arriving in 6 arctic trucks to the quirky snoopy wedding cake, 80’s theme to soft elegant vintage colours, beautiful summer day to crisp winter afternoons, big dresses and slimline dresses, majestic castles to woodland hideaway –  I loved them all! The couples, details, venues, quirky ideas were all amazing and every wedding I captured was such a pleasure and honour to be a part of.  The weather played ball most of the time and when it didn’t we worked with it. I met some truly wonderful people, not just my clients but their families and friends were also welcoming and totally awesome.

However, last year behind the camera my world changed when my dad sadly passed away on 16th January. He was not only my dad but my best friend and the one person that has always believed in me. I remember when I started my business in the recession he was the first to encourage me to take a chance on myself and follow my dreams. I have come to realise that even though he is not here I continue to try and make the man I love so dearly proud. So through heartbreak, I focused on ensuring my clients had a collection of wedding photographs that would someday become a family heirloom. Capturing the young and the old, the happiness of the couples special day, the little looks of affection, the tenderness of parents love, I know how important it is to have these precious memories.

Being recently married myself and then losing my dad 3 months later, I truly felt the emotions of my clients when they were missing loved ones, I shed tears at some dad’s reaction seeing their beautiful daughter for the first time, I comforted gran parents that were so pleased to here to see the special day, and worked with compassion for those that had recently lost someone before the day had arrived. It’s really has been an emotional time but one that I have embraced to ensure I capture those authentic moments. I feel I achieved what my dad would have wished for and that was to keep going and fulfil my promise to my clients. I hope my 2017 collection reflects this. I spent hours going through 25,000 photographs, I have chosen 100 images which I feel reflects an overall insight into 2017 and the photographs which portray my style. However, my Instagram and Facebook feed has lots of new images lined up ready to be posted as my initial selection was 420! I also intend on sharing full collections throughout the year of many weddings from 2017.

So I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my 2017 brides and grooms. Your feedback means so much and it’s been humbling to know you love your photographs as much as I do. My husband for being my rock, he has pulled me through the darkest times and is so understanding that I work long hours especially during the summer months. My friends for always believing in my business and supporting endlessly posts on social media and every single person that has offered support through an incredibly difficult year. I feel I have met many people that I can now call friends and for that, I feel really blessed.

A special thank you to Lindsay, Andy & Ian that have second shot throughout the year. I am lucky to not only work with talented photographers but friends. You have all been amazing, your photographs are a pleasure to edit and I look forward to shooting more weddings with you this year.

So here is to 2018, may it bring you happiness, good health and an appreciation for the little things in life.

Kelly x

“Photography is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. It is a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone. Focusing on real and genuine emotions my approach is simple… to give you the gift of forever, frozen in time and captured in a photograph”

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