To me, full wedding stories will always be paramount over single frames. But there’s also something quite special about collating your favourite images from an entire year and seeing a different kind of story emerge.
Patterns are revealed as you discover yourself drawn to the same aspects from various weddings.. whether that be a perfect spill of light through trees, that look only lovers can share, or an mischievous adventuring child. No matter where I am photographing in the world I always strive to capture what I feel is important, the moments that should be remembered, in a real and honest way. The quietly beautiful images I love to create matter so much more if they evoke a strong sense of feeling – of stillness, joy, passion, wonder – when you can feel in all your bones that single moment.
These moments are why I photograph weddings, in their true form. I don’t chase or stage perfect scenes, I love the rawness and ‘mess’ even more. 2016 was the year I felt the most free in my business and with my art. I stopped pre-planning as much, let the worries slide, and went more with the flow.
I’ve got to say, this has been my favourite season of weddings yet. I’ve never felt more comfortable in my own skin, with my craft and my often regarded unconventional approach to business – yes I live on a remote island in the Outer Hebrides and shoot weddings everywhere else, and I’ll keep on doing so.
2016 brought some truly incredible people into my life, I’ve never felt more lucky to attract the couples I do. Their understanding and trust in me makes this all work, along with the amazing support I have at home thanks to my love. Thanks to everyone who helped make this year something special (you know who you are). <3
Here are some of my favourite moments from the year (warning: This is an image heavy post.)