Wedding Photographer of the Year – London 2019
I spent most of the last week in London at the SWPP convention and awards. What a week!
The convention is held annually and this was my first visit. Being surrounded by so many amazing photographers from around the world was a little daunting and I’m glad that my work held up more than well against the rest of the competition.
Best Wedding Photographer Northern Ireland
As you all know, I was nominated for Wedding Photographer of the Year. What an honour! I was so happy with just the nomination and would have settled for just that if I’m honest.
In the end, I came in third place in the Wedding Day category. How crazy good is that? Third best wedding photographer in the world. An amazing photographer from Australia took first place. I think Australia has the world’s best wedding photographers so to be mentioned in the same breath is amazing for me.
Admittedly, I was a little disappointed for five minutes after my name was called out and I received my award. I really wanted first place and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t.
That’s when I realised, professionally speaking, I’m not ready for first place. Third place in an international world renowned competition with hundreds of the world’s best photographers competing is amazing. I am really happy with the award and to be the only Northern Ireland wedding photographer in the mix is another bonus.
My Journey To Be The Best Wedding Photographer In Ireland
On another note, competitions aren’t just all about winning awards and coming first, second or third. They are all part of the journey. The journey that my myself and my couples are on.
In just a few years, I can stand back and see how much I have grown professionally and how much better the overall standard of my work is compared with yesteryear.
In fairness, my work was good back then but having pushed myself, I’m happy my work is back at an all time high.
This time next year, I hope that I’m writing my blog saying that I have gone up yet another level.
All Of This Is For You
In the end, all this work is for you, my couples. I want to give you my absolute best, all of the time.
Awards are great but the real prize is the reaction I get when I hand over the wedding album to my couples.
Thank You Again
As always, I would not and could not be in this position without the help of my couples. I thank each and every one of you for giving me the opportunity to photograph your wedding.
If you are a future bride or groom, will you come on this journey with me? Let’s see what we can create for next year’s awards.