You may have seen a post last year when we were celebrating Tom coming Top 6 in the Best of 2017 Awards. Well this year Lina raised her game and came Top 10 for 2018! As we wait for the start of the 2018-19 season in September, here’s our 2018 award winning wedding photography.
September 2016 saw the introduction of Masters of UK Wedding Photography – the UK arm of the highly successful Masters of Wedding Photography which began in the Netherlands and has since spread to all over the world.
Four collections a year from September are judged by a changing international jury to present new awards to the best, most exceptional and innovative wedding photos every three months. Photographers who win an award may call themselves Masters of UK Wedding Photography!
We were both honoured to receive awards in this first year, and Tom even reached the Top 6 of the year! Here’s a look at our award winning images for the 2016-2017 season.
Awesome news here – we have been awarded Best Wedding Photographer at the 2016 Four Counties Wedding Awards. Woop!
The Awards, which began in 2015, were started to “recognise and reward the hard work and dedication, the long hours and patience” of local wedding suppliers. “Those who go above and beyond to make every wedding day so very special. A real recognition of excellence in the wedding service sector.”
After a round of voting by wedding couples; a panel of industry judges, in our category lead by photographer Ian Bursill, decided that we were the best wedding photographers which were revealed at a Gala reception at Knebworth House and Barns on November 30th.
There are a various awards around now, but we thought it would be nice to enter these awards this year as they truly show couples in the region who are the suppliers in their area of quality. We were so happy that our names were read out as winners as we know there is a wealth of photography talent in the region – it’s so lovely to have this recognition and thank you so much to our lovely couples and the judges for their kind words, it really means a lot as we work extremely hard for our clients!
We were certainly on lucky table 9 as our friends and colleagues Lee Allison (Highly Commended Wedding Photographer), Tim Spatz (Best Videographer) and Kerry Curl – Cambridge Make Up Artist (Best Wedding Make-Up) were all also successful! The Gala evening also made a significant amount of money for the brilliant Charity The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, an amazing cause.
One of the great things about being a wedding photographer today is the community we get to be part of, we encounter very little competitiveness these days but rather a desire to share, inspire and enjoy each other’s work. We particularly get this from being part of the Fearless Photographers‘ community and we had a fantastic time at their conference in March in beautiful Porto ( a blog post will come soon!) One of the elements of the Fearless Photographers directory, “a showcase of the best wedding photographers in the world,” is regular award submissions where our work is critiqued by highly regarded judges.
Tom was the first one to get us off the starting block with his awesome confetti shot, awarded in late 2014. This shot is just pure joy, you’re experiencing the moment with them thanks to Tom getting in close.
Then a year later, Lina got her first Fearless Award for this hilarious moment where Emma tumbled over with a gaggle of kids. The judges now give comment, and they said “How did they all end up in a pile? Who knows. The smiles say it all in the quick-acting photographer’s fun image of a relaxed bride and the kids at the wedding. It’s one of those, “You won’t believe what happened at OUR wedding” shots that the couple will be showing off for years to come.” This shot is up there as one of Lina’s favourite wedding moments ever – with particular love for the little boy lost in the veil at the back!
And now we’re delighted to announce Lina has received another award in the latest collection, this vibrant confetti moment. The judges said; “Amidst the swirling confetti, this bride and groom look as happy as can be. That alone would be a nice shot, but the photographer also saw what was happening around the couple and pulled back a little to let us see the great reactions. From sheer jubilation to mild trepidation and maybe even a few happy tears, it’s not just the couple wearing their emotions on their sleeves.”
This is exactly one of the things we love about it, all the happy faces around the couple are just as special!
So next time you are at a wedding and in a group shot, don’t just assume the photographer is only looking at the couple!
We’ll keep trying to be as ‘fearless’ as possible with our photography, but we also need you to be fearless too! Over here in the UK we can sometimes be a bit reserved compared to our friends on the continent or over the pond, so allow yourself to kick back and have fun on your wedding day, you won’t regret a thing!
Lina and Tom Fearless Photographers East of England