Doing a round-up of 12 months of photography is a pretty cathartic thing in a few ways. It allows me to look back and judge myself as a photographer while recalling all the adventures I went on throughout the year. I get to see the faces of people who began as names on an enquiry email and ended up becoming new friends. I reminisce on some of the amazing concerts I witnessed and so many intimate moments that I was privileged to witness all thanks to the job I chose to pursue.
And I never take any of it for granted.
Being a self-employed photographer certainly has its challenges, but I wouldn’t change this job for anything. Maybe I’d switch places with Dave Grohl but that’s about it. I don’t think anyone is having more fun than Dave Grohl!
In 2019 I got to shoot some of my favourite weddings ever. Wedding photography took me to Croatia, New York, England and Wales, as well as allowing me to shoot some fantastic weddings in Ontario and, of course, Quebec. My next wedding is in Los Angeles and I can’t wait to be back in California to shoot a wedding that I know will be unlike anything I’ve photographed yet. Watch this space.
But every single wedding I shoot is completely unique. One of the main things I love about shooting weddings is that no two are ever the same, and every single one is all about the people and their connection to each other.
When I began choosing my favourite images of 2019 I was aiming to show the variety of photography I do. Documentary, portraits, concerts…. they all have one thing in common though. People. Maybe they’re up on a stage screaming their heart out or maybe they’re committing to the most important human being they will meet during their time on Earth. Maybe they’re just hanging out with their kids in the park or maybe they simply wanna look cool! I love it all and am grateful for every year I get to indulge my passion for photography.
You may have seen my post about my favourite music of 2019, and I’m glad I got to photograph some of those bands and artists during the year. From Maggie Rogers, The National and Fontaines DC to heavy bands like Nails and Thy Art Is Murder. I also got to photograph Childish Gambino, Janelle Monáe, Iron Maiden, Lewis Capaldi, The Chemical Brothers, The Lumineers and Deafheaven, plus many many more.
On my first cull, I ended up with over 300 images. Don’t worry, I managed to get it to less than half that for this post. But the ones that made the cut really are photos I love, so I hope you will too.
So to anyone who invited me into their lives with my cameras, a huge Thank You! Or maybe Merci. I do not take that kind of trust for granted. I think I said that already, right?
Anyways… I wish everyone taking the time to read this and check out my photography a truly amazing, healthy and happy New Year.
Below are just some of the photos I took in the past 12 months. Tell me your favourite in the comments. And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram.
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Well done if you made it to the end. I know there are a lot of images. If you’re getting married soon or are interested in me shooting portraits, your family or anything else, please drop me an email or hit me up on Facebook or Instagram.
Thanks a lot