Getting to know my customers, turning them into friends and producing gorgeous photos that enrich their lives has always given me the biggest buzz in photography. In fifteen years photographing weddings I never really went in for awards and titles, preferring to let my work speak for itself, alongside the recommendations I get from previous customers and wedding venues alike.
But back in March some of those wonderful customers nominated me for the National Wedding Awards which was wonderful. As a small business in a creative and professional field we take huge pride in our work and pleasing our customers. To know they’re happy enough to make such a gesture is very rewarding. So when the awards got in touch to say they’d selected me for their national shortlist of ten and asked if we’d like to enter and attend a special dinner and ceremony we said hell yes. Like I said, any excuse to dress up like James Bond and fiddle with my cuffs.
Turns out though, once you know you are truly in the running for something you realise you wouldn’t half like to win it! There’s the rub. You really do have to wait for the big night until someone says “and the winner is…” to find out. That’s kind of the fee you pay to enter – the waiting.
Obviously I’d already decided to stick with Daniel Kahneman’s baseline theory and rate my chances at one in ten, but just to enjoy a great night out with my favourite person. And we certainly did. We had a drink, a great dinner, watched people dancing with fire, cheered some friends in other categories who won (GO ON GEORGE!) and a dance after. What more could you want?
To be honest it was a bit of a blur going up to collect the award but I managed to say a quick thank you, and I was so very proud to have my co-photographer, best friend and wife with me. They’re all the same person. Thank you Kate for all your love and support. Here’s to another year of beautiful weddings, new friends, old friends and great adventures.