Well there's nothing like winning an award to start a new year off the right way... I was excited to get an email the other day from the organisers of the Wedisson Awards to say I had won the final round of their competition for 2015.
A bit of recognition is always nice! A few weeks ago I was approached by the Wedding Photography Select website to feature a wedding that I have photographed as part of their "Real Weddings" series. They also interviewed me about the way I approach photographing weddings as well. The wedding I decided to have them show as an example was one of my favourites from last year - Harpreet and Tim's Anglo-Sikh wedding at the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Hounslow, with a civil ceremony and reception at the very elegant Syon Park. It was colourful and happy, the couple were great to work with, the venues were eye-catching, and not only that, but the sun was shining!
Recently I was honoured to be included on a list of top international wedding photographers, complied by the Wedding Photography Select website. I don't generally put myself forward for this kind of thing (modesty forbids - though perhaps I should show off a bit more!) but they asked me if I'd like to be included, and as some of my favourite wedding photographers (people like Andrena Douglass, Jerry Ghionis, Robert Evans and Yervant) were on the list I was flattered and said yes!
Last Friday evening I headed up to the newly refurbished Four Seasons hotel in London's Park Lane, to photograph the annual Chairman's Ball & Aspiring Manager's Awards for the Institute of Hospitality, London branch, ably assisted by my brother Simon. Many of London's top hoteliers were represented at the awards evening, which took the form of a masked ball...