Every year Rangefinder Magazine announce their 30 Rising Stars Of Wedding Photography. This is a worldwide award from a hugely respected publication that every wedding photographer knows and admires and to be considered for the award you must be nominated by a previous winner and have been shooting full time for under five years.
In a strange way this post is a bit deflating as we found out just the other day that we haven’t been selected as winners this year. I did the typically British thing (maybe its a Michael thing) of having a bit of a sulk, being a bit downhearted, disregarding our work as not worthy and generally feeling pretty glum.
I wasn’t even going to mention it on here. Again, its a curiously British thing that we don’t like to toot our horn when we’ve done something we’re proud of. And proud we are. Once the dust settled and I’d slept on it for a couple of nights I realised what an honour it is to have even made it this far.
Sure, we came up slightly short but as the Editor said when she wrote, they’ve had around 200 entries this year. Two. Hundred. Out of the entire world? That’s a pretty short, short list given the size of this industry. If we’d have won an award for being in the Top 200 Wedding Photographers In The World we’d have been shouting it from the rooftops.
If we wind the clock back just a few short years to our previous lives of sitting behind desks or standing in blue scrubs in hospital theatres we could never have dreamed that we would be in consideration for such an award. So we’ve decided to be happy about it, to be proud of how far we’ve come and take it as an enormous confidence boost for the future.
We should also say a huge thank you to Sam Docker for nominating us, we really can’t thank you enough and are hugely flattered. The biggest thank you of all goes to all of our couples. For having the faith and trust in us to do what we do, we can never thank you enough.
These are the frames that we put forward for consideration. Enjoy…