2016 was an unforgettable year.
While the wheels turned on the global scale, mostly for the worse, my personal story flourished.
The biggest thing that happened to me was becoming a father for the second time. You can see perhaps the single most important photograph I took this year, George's birth, below. As a result of that we had an extension built on our bungalow to give him a bedroom. At the same time I got my own office space which is where I'm writing this now, surrounded by boxes and piles of books.
My photography, the craft of my photography, continued to grow and develop as I swapped my big, bulky DSLR Canon cameras for sleek Fuji mirrorless cameras. I still have much of this journey to explore, but I am now much closer to matching the vision in my head with the image on the back of the camera.
It's not just my equipment; one of the main strides forward I've taken over the past year is managing to connect more successfully with the kind couples whose weddings and engagements (pre-wedding shoots) I wanted to photograph.
Adventurous, independent thinking, fun, creative couples.
Whether it is getting off the beaten track in Kielder Forest, DIY weddings on the Northumberland coast, exploring ruined castles, brides wading into the sea in their wedding dress, New Years Eve party weddings, mean and moody urban engagements, summer weddings in the Lake District, in the wheat fields under amazing Yorkshire sunsets, or the utterly unique Alnwick Gardens, I've had a blast.
Thank you to all of my amazing couples who have trusted me to capture their most important day during 2016, and have had the courage to have the wedding day they wanted, not what society or tradition dictates.
I am not a faceless multi-national corporation. I am a husband. A father of two. A son. When you pay for my wedding photography your money doesn't add to an vast digital pile of profits, it goes towards my daughter's swimming lessons at Puddleducks. You pay to decorate my son's room. And you pay for the all too infrequent flowers I buy for my wife to make up for the weekends away at weddings and the days of editing that follows.
So thank you again.
Here are my 2016 highlights.