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2016: Best Year Ever.

Kent Wedding PhotographerSo its fair to say that 2016 has had a pretty bad reputation. We’ve lost creative icons, politics has been a heated subject all year long and it’s generally been a fairly gloomy year all around. Yet somehow, in amongst all of that we’ve had the greatest year of our lives. No question. Best. Year. Ever.

Friends we love have tied the knot, others began their family, others extended theirs. We’ve spent precious time with our parents and siblings. We’ve taken time together as a family to eat, drink, laugh and enjoy doing the simple things. We’ve made new friends, we’ve been reacquainted with very old ones that we had lost touch with. I’ve stood shoulder to shoulder with my Dad singing my lungs out watching Bruce Springsteen. I’ve drenched my sister whilst canoeing. We’ve sung the Hello song to George about a gazillion times.

 

George. The highest of all highlights. Whether he’s smearing his face in peas or shaking his ass to Sir Duke we can’t get enough of the little guy. Although I wasn’t really expecting it, it’s completely undeniable that he’s influenced how we’ve shot this year as well. He’s made us appreciate the everyday that much more, the ordinary moments that may not be “wow” but that make you gently smile for days afterwards. He’s brought out a side in both of us that was waiting to be uncovered and it’s made our photography all the better for it.

Somehow in amongst all of this happiness we’ve managed to shoot over 40 weddings this year. It’s been our best year yet undoubtedly. There are no epic landscapes or backdrops in the post below and no far flung locations this year. Just ordinary people, having an extraordinary day and looking pretty sensational whilst they’re at it. I think its this in a nutshell that has helped us to enjoy this year so much.

We’ve relaxed into our work, we’ve not tried to make huge changes or to match the latest “in” style or trend. We’ve just relaxed and let the river take us. We’ve shot whatever we were drawn to, whatever made us happy right there in that moment and the result has been the most enjoyable year of our lives. We’ve been hugely fortunate to photograph some of the kindest and warmest people we’ve ever known and that they have put their trust in us completely just to do what we do. We were humbled to be nominated for both Rangefinders Rising Stars in the world, as well as Kent Wedding Photographer Of The Year. It’s been a year packed full of highlights.

It’s Georges 1st birthday in just a few days time and it’s Christmas a few days after that. We have plenty to look forward to next year and some big adventures in our lives. If 2017 can be as good as 2016 then I think we’re in for a real treat.

Happy Christmas folks, I hope you love the photos below and a huge thank you for all of your support and friendship this year, you’re the best. Michael, Hannah & George. x

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27 Comments
  • The joy is infectious, guys, make me smile so much looking at these! Love that fist-pimp first kiss; what a capture! Cracker of a year.

    December 14, 2016 at 3:47 pm
  • Loves these photos Michael and Hannah!! Well done!!

    December 14, 2016 at 4:08 pm
  • So many stellar images in here! Plenty of favourites, but I particularly love the b&w of grandpa reading to the 2 kids, the old chap with the sparkler, and girl playing rounders, but my favourite of all is George smothered in peas. Beautiful. Happy Christmas to you 3, and look forward to seeing what 2017 brings you.

    December 14, 2016 at 5:03 pm
  • So so good! Every shot is spot on and tells a story or has a little gem in it! What a fantastic year it has been for you guys, I can’t wait to see what you will get up to next year! Lots of love X

    December 14, 2016 at 9:15 pm
  • Ah guys, these are bloody wonderful. So many corkers. SO many. :)

    December 15, 2016 at 7:28 am
  • Oh man…. gear shift!!! The bar has been seriously raised here guys! The year you became world class…. Well done indeed!

    December 15, 2016 at 10:20 am
  • What a gorgeous collection, it looks like you’ve had a fantastic year! And the shot of your son with mushy peas all over his face – brilliant!! Nx

    December 16, 2016 at 2:56 pm
  • Stunning set of images! Looks like you’ve had an amazing year :) My favourites of yours here are the 3rd photo – Groom with head in his hands. The dog eyeing up the canapés! And the black and white shot of the groom with his fist in the air.

    December 16, 2016 at 11:20 pm
  • Love the monochrome of the bride cradling the groom’s head during the first dance. And the hand on the groom’s shoulder as the bride is beginning the processional – great capture. Lovely images.

    December 20, 2016 at 12:57 pm
  • I love your work so much. So many real, gorgeous, moments! Hope we have a chance to meet in 2017, but regardless, I’ll be looking forward to seeing more magic from your cameras! x

    December 22, 2016 at 5:33 pm
  • Amazing photos!!! I love that night portrait with the stars. Looks like you nailed 2016!!!!

    January 1, 2017 at 9:06 pm
  • I briefly saw the slideshow in the group but only just had the time & pleasure to savour each image within the blog post. Each and every single one is there for a reason, perfectly composed, timed and edited. This is a truly impressive body of work, I hope you realise you’ve f****ng nailed 2016!

    January 3, 2017 at 10:52 am
  • Matt Parry
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    Yo……another great year guys! You have the ability to capture the laughs/guffaws/smirks at the EXACT perfect moment! Infectious stuff, it makes me smile!! Hope to see you soon!

    January 5, 2017 at 11:26 am
  • Charlotte
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    George’s face covered in peas is by far my fave… made me LOL! What an amazing year, you guys are the best! xx

    January 6, 2017 at 11:32 am
  • So many incredible moments expertly captured guys! Nothing better than feeling the emotional impact of a photo reach out and slap you round the face. Incredible year for you both. Here’s to a fantastic 2017!x

    January 6, 2017 at 2:19 pm
  • Reiss
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    Can’t wait to get all of our photos – absolutely first class people and more importantly photographers. Some amazing shots of your year.

    All the best for 2017.

    Reiss & Charlotte

    January 6, 2017 at 2:42 pm
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    Smashed out the park again dude!

    January 7, 2017 at 9:24 pm
  • What a year you’ve had! Amazing work, guys xxx

    January 8, 2017 at 2:08 pm
  • Sam Gibson
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    you two are the best. xxx this was absolutely cracking. well done!! an amazing year, and looking forward to seeing where 2017 takes you both.

    January 9, 2017 at 4:04 pm
  • Fabulous work Jacksons – you have a real knack at capturing those subtle moments that make wedding days and your photos so special. Your processing is sublime too and all in all your work is always a real pleasure to look at. Best wishes for a fab 2017. Give George a cheek squeeze from me xx

    January 12, 2017 at 7:29 am
  • Tom Weller
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    So many smiles! Your work reflects your enthusiasm for what you do – so much joy in your work. Loved looking through this.

    January 12, 2017 at 10:59 am
  • Amazing photos. Gorgeous work. What an awesome year you have had!

    January 13, 2017 at 7:33 pm
  • Love these guys! So much happiness in there!! :O) The guy with the kiss on his head!! Love it.

    January 15, 2017 at 7:15 pm
  • This post is so good. I love that it’s mainly filled with real moments. Outstanding work!

    January 19, 2017 at 9:54 am
  • Absolutely phenomenal – your big hearts shine through your pictures and they’re just full to the brim with joy and love. A total pleasure to look through these.

    February 4, 2017 at 6:53 pm
  • Jacksons! Cracking year. I love the joy in your photos. You love what you do and that shines through. George and ‘the peas’ is a photo that never fails to make me smile. Have a fab 2017 guys!

    February 5, 2017 at 1:42 pm
  • Dude! You’ve absolutely nailed 2016! Your close, the reactions, the emotions, the stories and the tones in your photographs, everything is perfect! Xx

    February 6, 2017 at 3:51 pm

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