What a great way to kick off my year of wedding photography! With an award from The Masters of Wedding Photography. The image was taken during Ruth & Wayne's wedding in the Staffordshire Moorlands. I'm so pleased that this picture in particular was chosen, for a few reasons.
Firstly, it was taken at The Roaches which is a place that I've loved ever since a primary school trip to go rock climbing there. Since then it's become a place I visit often for photo shoots, and in fact was the location of one of my very first landscape photography adventures many years ago. I now drive past at least once a month on my way deeper into the Peak District for engagement shoots, or more adventures with fellow photographers, and if I happen to have a spare hour or so I love to have a quick wander up The Roaches for the fantastic views out over Staffordshire.
Secondly, because I feel that this picture of Ruth & Wayne really sums us what I love about wedding photography. I try not to overly pose images, as I feel people will naturally stand or do what they feel comfortable with, and nine times out of ten that will end up looking better in an image than having a couple pose in a very specific way. For this shot in particular it was right at the end of our portrait shoot in the boulders around the base of the cliffs, and I let Ruth & Wayne wander off in front of me. I snapped a few quick frames as they went through the gap in the wall, and this ended up being one of my favourite images from the day.
To see the full blog post on Ruth & Wayne's wedding day please click here.