Last week I was lucky enough to attend the Learning to Fly Workshop and Wedding Awards at the Black Box in Belfast. The incredible man that is Jay Doherty organised a wonderful occasion filled with so much emotion and passion.
As an island, we have a crazy amount of talent in this country. Like it’s actually ridiculous! But when I saw the wall of entries for the Wedding Awards, I was completely blown away. The amount of outstanding portraiture and documentary photography on show was a different level. I actually turned to Christin and said ‘why did I even bother entering these awards.’
To be truthful though, the awards soon left all of our minds after a day of inspiring talks from some of the best photographers in the country. What I loved most was the emphasis on why we do what we do and the importance of our job. We’ve won the most precious award every time someone books us and trusts us with one of the most momentous days of their life. The people in our photos are the most important people in our couples’ lives. Those images will grow in value with every twist and turn that life brings their way.
Sometimes we all get caught in the moment; the strive to be creative and produce masterpieces, that we can forget that the most basic photos are actually the most precious to our couples. They may not realise it when we give them their gallery, but in a month, a year or 10 years time, there will be people in those photos that may not be around. Life will be different, but those photos and memories will forever stay the same. Because of us! What an honour!
So that being said, and after a day of realisation of this, which also involved many tears, you can imagine how floored I was when my name was called out as the Pathfinder Runner Up. The category I was in featured so many of my favourite photographers, so I was completely shocked and overjoyed – it felt like I’d won the lottery!
It’s taken a week to sink in and realise the magnitude of my achievement, just a year into wedding photography and two years since I bought my first DSLR. It’s honestly not about the crystal, it’s more about the knowledge that I’ve been recognised amongst the most amazing community that I’m privileged to be a part of.
Below are the images that I submitted for the awards, just a small selection of some of my favourites from this year. Lx