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My 2015 review

Happy New Year!

I finished my 2015 weddings on New Years Eve, so hence why this post is a bit later as I wanted everyone to be included.

2015 was special for me because it was the year I finally (I probably should have done it sooner!) went full time as a wedding photographer. It was always a big leap to give up a marketing career I’d put so much in to, but 9 months on I can definitely say it was the right decision and I’m absolutely loving it. It’s full on, there’s never a quiet moment and every wedding takes a lot out of you but it’s still the best job I think someone can have because of the nature of what we do. Witnessing love, happy moments and a big group of people having a great time is a real honour and so I will always be thankful for doing what I do.

People always say “don’t you get bored of going to loads of weddings?” and l always have the same answer – “no, because every one is different.” Although weddings broadly follow the same pattern for the day, every wedding is full of different people and it’s the people that make a wedding. I’ve met so so many awesome folk in the last 12 months and I have made many new friends. I love that my couples last year got that I don’t want to be “the photographer”, I want to be Jonny and being Jonny means a better time for me and ultimately better photos for you. If you just see your photographer as a supplier you’ll never get the moments in the same way. The times people call me “Jonny” from the moment I walk in on the day of the wedding I know the day is immediately more personal, that I’m more connected and it’s that close relationship that is so important to me and enables me to get the intimate viewpoint on a wedding day I crave.

2015 saw me travel in all directions – Liverpool, Norfolk, Staffordshire and Bristol to name a few – plus two amazing destination weddings in Slovenia and France. I wouldn’t want it any other way. It’s the adventure of every wedding that keeps me on my toes and excited for every one. In the months ahead I’ll be going to York, Ibiza, Cornwall, Wales and Santorini. Travelling is a privilege and one I really enjoy.

I got to photograph my first Indian and Jewish weddings, saw a new bridesemaids record set (11!), heard many many beautiful vows, listened to amazing speeches, ate a lot of buffet food (and sweets) and took over 120,000 photos in the process. It was a lot of fun and a lot of great memories for sure!

A huge thank to all my couples. You were all awesome!

And finally here are my 2015 prizes:

  • Best wedding photographer feeding – Langley Abbey / Amy & Mike of Brastad’s (What can I say – 2 desserts and the title was yours!)
  • Most unexpected weather – Sarah & Kieran (It was early April and it felt like mid-summer. The weather a week before was awful so I think I said ‘wow how lovely is this’ about 100 times during the day!)
  • Best first dance – Sophie & Mike with “You’ve Got The Love.” (This was a dance floor orgy of happiness of every guest hugging. There was a lot of love!)
  • Fav wedding buddy – Liron Erel of Liron Erel Photography. (This man came all the way from Israel to make my trip to Slovenia even more better!)
  • Best sunset – Paula & Mat (absolutely EPIC red sky!)
  • Most epic journey – Chichester to Liverpool overnight from Jonny & Emma’s wedding to Seth & Prachi’s the next day
  • Most photos taken – Edward & Alexis (between Igor and myself we took almost 8k over 13 hours!)
  • Best wedding cake – Katie & Leigh (this was a really hard one but had to be their Alice In Wonderland cake!)
  • Most scary moment – Laura & Ollie’s ‘everyone shot’ (standing on the wobbliest ladder ever with 150 people close to witnessing your downfall…)

Finally a special mention to these guys who all 2nd shot with me last year. I don’t often have a 2nd but when I do I always love having them with me. A big thanks Igor DembaMaja Tsolo, Colin Ross and Lily Bungay!

Anyway here are my favourites from over 35,000 photos!

Enjoy!

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Last night the winner of the London and South-East region best wedding photographer was announced at Wedding Industry Awards. Ever since I entered the business these have always stood out as one of the main wedding photography awards as the process relies heavily on actual client feedback – only the couples I’ve worked with in the previous 12 months can vote. I was really pleased to have made it to the stage of the regional finals for the third year running. The standard of wedding photographers I was up against was insanely high though (one of the joys of living in the most densely populated part of the UK!) and as I looked down the list of fellow finalists there was so much talent in the mix (and lots of good friends of mine!)

Anyway I will cut to the chase… alas I didn’t win (congratulations to Martin Beddall who took the title). Whilst I did have an, ever so brief, moment of disappointment (it’s OK to dream right and aim high!) as soon as I got to read the feedback from my 2015 couples I felt like I had won inside and I reminded myself I had at least got to the final shortlist.

I was totally blown away, and almost shed a tear, going through all the comments that had been submitted. It was so so encouraging and put a massive smile on my face. Being a wedding photographer can be a lonely business sometimes – you quietly plug away, putting everything into every wedding you go to and to have it recognised means so much. Every couple I work with mean so much to me and all the kind words made me feel all warm and fuzzy! (It was like reading your school report… I did duly send it on to my parents like old times!)

So I must conclude this by saying a huge thank you again to all my couples – not just for having me capture their wedding day – but for taking the time to vote for me. The feedback form is quite long and the fact that so many took the time to complete it means a lot. I’m more determined than ever now to kick on and I’m ready to give 150% to every wedding that I have ahead of me! Onwards and upwards!

There were lots of lovely comments I could add here but here a few to give you a taste:

Darren & Kerry
“At the start of our wedding day Jonny was our photographer, by the end of our wedding day he was a friend who happened to be taking photographs at our wedding. He made us feel at total ease with the day. I have never know someone go about their work in such an upbeat friendly and approachable manner. Our pre-wedding consultation was clear and concise, allowing us to understand the flow of the day, what we wanted and how Jonny would work. The photos produced were exactly what we wanted.”

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Jenna & Alex
“As soon as I spoke to Jonny i knew he had to be our photographer. I immediately trusted him and it ended up feeling like chatting to a friend we’d known for ages! His vision, professionalism, skill & dedication are boundless, not to mention his cheeky infectious charm, ability to put everyone at ease and his genuine enthusiasm for getting the very best photographs to capture all his couple’s weddings. On the day he was fabulous and worked his socks off. We LOVE our photos & we adore Jonny!!”

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Prachi & Seth
“Jonny was quite simply amazing. He was almost invisible on the day, but the photos he captured really made me feel like her was everywhere. With over 200 guests, and a chaotic Indian wedding with lots of people and chaos he captured the feeling and emotions of the day really well, while making everyone feel at ease. He also captured all key people in a family of 50 people alone – we were really impressed I had a few novel ideas for photos, and Jonny took them on and made them work with gusto.”

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Paula & Mat
“Jonny MP is such an amazing wedding photographer, and for many many reasons – not only does he take the time to understand what kind of photos you want for your big day, he also has so many creative ideas for those extra special wow shots. He has huge passion and energy from when you first meet him to discuss the day and then throughout the day itself. And whilst doing this he’s discrete and feels like part of the family remembering everyone’s name even though he’s only met them on the day.”

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Morgan & Tyler

“We are from the United States and booked Jonny for our destination wedding in Slovenia. We first met him in person the night before the wedding and immediately felt like we had known him ages. People underestimate how important it is to find a photographer who will make them feel at ease. Jonny understands not only what it takes to be a great photographer, but also how to make the bride and groom feel comfortable on their big day. I would book him again in a heartbeat and recommend him to anyone.
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Kerttu & David
“Jonny was fantastic from start to finish. He is diligent about making sure the day is perfect. He had boundless energy running around the venue to make sure he captured absolutely everything! He doesn’t take ’posed’ photos, but captures the sweet moments of looks and laughter. All of our guests have commented on how fantastic the photos are, and also what a great guy Jonny was, putting everyone at ease. Photos is all we have now… and I am so happy we chose Jonny to make sure they’re perfect!”

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Jessica & Chris
“Jonny MP is like no other wedding photographer I have ever seen.. Jonny really knows how to capture the moment, each photo tells a story and each photo is so unique. I love Jonny’s enthusiasm and pure passion for what he does and that shows in his photos. Jonny really pays attention to detail and that shows in his work. Jonny has to be one of the loveliest people we have met. We cannot thank Jonny enough for capturing our special day. Beautiful photos that we will cherish forever.”

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Katie & Leigh
“Jonny was absolutely fantastic both before, during and after the day! He made sure he got to know Leigh and I so he could understand what we wanted and make suggestions which were always bang on! Our guests loved him and we’ve had so many comments about how nice he was and how he made everyone feel at ease. He also managed to get the first batch of photos up on Facebook the next day so we could share with friends and family. Best photographer (and quite frankly nicest person) ever!!!”

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Laura & Andrew

“We can’t speak highly enough of Jonny and the service he provided. Full of advice beforehand, immaculately turned out on the day and so friendly to all of our guests. We received many compliments about how nice, patient and approachable he was. Jonny is extremely competent – we’re absolutely delighted by the photos themselves. He sent a preview of 20 within 2 days and the full set by the end of the week! His website and presentation materials are very professional and I would recommend him 100%”

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Naomi & Tom

“I’ve only been married once but I’ve been to a lot of weddings and Jonny is the real deal. Lots of photographers talk about your ’journey’ and your ’story’ but end up taking the same formulaic, set pictures with no imagination. Jonny has an empathy and consideration that shine through in his photographs. He is not just a technically gifted photographer but has a skill that I don’t think can be taught or learned. He really sees people.”

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Edward & Alexis
“It felt like Jonny was not only the photographer on the day but was part of the family and friends. He smiled the whole day and made everyone feel very comfortable. We had a Jewish wedding and he captured each moment of the ceremony and the spirt of the event. The party was loud, fast moving and colourful and the photographs perfectly show this. We will look back on these photos for years to come and be transported back to the moment.

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Karen & Liam
“On such a nerve wracking day, Jonny arrived as a friendly and calm face and quickly felt like everybody’s friend. He somehow knew everybody’s name and was able to connect with absolutely everyone. We heard lots of comments on the day and afterwards about how professional and friendly Jonny was. Our pictures was more than we could have wanted and Jonny got every one of our guests in a shot (not sure how as I hardly saw him!).”

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Amy & Blue
“I manage a Wedding venue in Suffolk and I meet a lot of photographers, Jonny is by far the best that I have seen. He really has the whole package from the detailed discussions before your day on exactly what you want and to know the important people in your day, his character is funny, charming and relaxing(people underestimate how important is), he leaves such a presence wherever he goes yet he blends into your day not even knowing he is there. Memories fade but his photos will last a lifetime!”

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Emma & Jonny
“I literally cannot fault him. I can’t give him any less than 10 stars for all of the above categories! Jonny went over and above, paying attention to detail, knew exactly what we wanted, didn’t miss a thing and was incredibly friendly and fun yet without being in any way intrusive. And we now have an amazing set of wedding photos! I would recommend him to anyone.”

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Henry & Jenny
“More than happy to give Jonny full marks – if there was 10+ we would have selected it. The best evidence to support our strongly positive sentiment is: we tried to book Jonny immediately after for another wedding next year (not us again! sister-in-law) and the number of guests who specifically mentioned the professionalism on the day (awareness of key individuals, not dominating any time or space, friendly approach, smart) and his outstanding photos. Jonny captured all the moments but also mood.”

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Anja & Scott
“Jonny has the fantastic ability to capture the tiniest of moments that allude most without a keen eye. His reportage style lets you relive every moment of the day, the ones you remembered, the ones you missed, and the ones that show the true personalities of each of your guests. We didn’t want staged traditional photos, or wedding cliches. Jenny’s soft, warm style captured the day just as we wanted it. He’s so easy to get on with, and can be a true ninja hiding in the wings when you need him to.”

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And to finish up a few other favourites from this year…

Full round up the year will come early Jan as I’m shooting weddings right up to New Years Eve!

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