Well, we certainly ended 2020 on a high! We were named on the This Is Reportage Top 100 Wedding Photographers In The World list. Hollie was named at number 57 with Patrick at number 49 – what an honour! It was our ambition to make it onto the list in 2020. It really does include only the very best documentary wedding photographers in the world. For us, there’s no better accolade to receive. We are alongside some really incredible names – and many friends – on the list. So we’re proud to display our Top Photographers In The World badge below!
Thank you This Is Reportage!
You may be wondering – how were we chosen amongst such exalted international company? First of all, This Is Reportage awards only the very best documentary wedding photography and they do this bi-monthly. An individual award is worth so much to any photographer who is bestowed one. At the end of the year, the photographers with the most awards are selected for the much coveted Best Photographers In The World list. And suffice to say, we won enough to be selected within the Top 50 and Top 100! So thank you so much to This Is Reportage. To have two placings on the list and to share the accolade together – neck and neck in our rankings! – makes it even more special. After these words you will find all our This Is Reportage award winning images from 2020. Overall we won 11 individual reportage awards and 2 reportage story awards for M and G Wedding Photography. Patrick explains how we captured each moment alongside the images below.
A confetti line with a difference
This is one of those images that I took that seems to resonate with so many people – this is the 4th or 5th time it’s been awarded by various awards. It was captured at Sarah and Jon’s Yorkshire wedding. I concede in many ways it’s a simple image, I’m not breaking any compositional barriers hear. However, it captures such spontaneous joy. I think this is why people connect with it so easily – smiles and joy can be infectious. Sarah and Jon had been expecting to see their dogs on the day, but not held aloft at the end of their confetti line up! You can see the surprise and happiness in their faces. When people bring pets to weddings, there is sometimes an expectation that you need to pose moments with them. But I find, as with anything on a wedding day, natural moments work so much better. This leads to better images, of timeless moments, for our couples to look back on and treasure.
A colourful first kiss
Taken at Jessyka and Lewis’ Camp Katur wedding, which was such a special day, the image shows Jess and Lewis sharing a passionate first kiss. Surrounded by colourful decorations, you can also see Jan the wedding celebrant in frame too. Often, as wedding photographers, we try to avoid getting the celebrant in shot – as they can sometimes appear a little at odds visually – stoic, shall we say! However, Jan is a brilliant celebrant and was so invested in the wedding, she is part of what makes the moment work visually. The ceremony was also set within dense woodland during a blazing hot sunny conditions. This makes it tricky to photograph in, particularly with lighting streaming through trees creating dappled light. However, if you go with the lighting and embrace the harsh shadows, it really can add to the atmosphere of an image. This is an image by Hollie that helped win her a story award. Story awards are even more difficult to win than individual awards, so we were thrilled to win two – one each – in 2020.
The bouquet catch
This is one of Hollie’s images and I have to say – and I can say this impartially to an extent, despite being Hollie’s husband! – one of the best and most individual bouquet toss images I’ve ever seen. As soon as I saw Hollie’s image, it stood out to me as being different. It was taken on Liam and Rebecca’s big day at Little Wold Vineyard. It was an incredibly foggy day – the sky really was that strange purplish colour, giving everything a soft, matte like hue. For me there is a certain painterly look to the image too, with the figures at the bottom and the negative space at the top – it’s a Renaissance type composition. The negative space draws the eye to the line of women waiting as the bouquet falls. It would be natural – or at least expected – to show Rebecca (the bride) in shot too for context, but Hollie has framed this moment so you only see the key moment, or rather – just before. The anticipation of the catch in the centre of the images, with other arms held up in vain.
Happy mayhem on the dance floor
I captured this moment at Victoria and Luke’s tipi wedding. This was at the culmination of a fantastic wedding, showing all the mayhem on the dance floor a wedding photographer could wish for. These really are the scenes we dream of photographing. Victoria and Luke are completely lost in the moment (and the music!) but so are all their guests, including most prominently the woman to the right of the frame. She was one of those people at a wedding that catches your eye at a photographer – there are so many moments she features in throughout the day! In fact you’ll see her in another award winning image below. We have learned to read situations so you can see moments develop, photography is as much about watching as it is about clicking the shutter. I saw this moment coming and it was all about getting the right position to make sure the image showed more than just Victoria and Luke kissing. On it’s own, it’s a lovely moment – but add in more characters and more context and you have an image that says so much more about the wedding day overall. This image formed part of a story which one me my first This Is Reportage story award. I was thrilled to win a story award, to say the least!
A stunning wedding chapel
This is one of Hollie’s, from Cervena Fox and Durb Morrison’s All Saints Chapel wedding. It’s not often a fish eye lens image wins a This Is Reportage award! Winning awards though is all about standing out from the crowd, producing something that is different. This image really makes the most of the stunning architecture of the chapel, with it’s gothic stylings accentuated by the warm lighting – and with leading lines ending at the alter, with Cervena and Durb reading their vows.
The disappearing bridal veil
Hollie captured this moment at the coldest wedding we’ve ever photographed. The Cruin is a wedding venue perched on the shores of Loch Lomond in Scotland. Victoria and John picked it as their wedding location – but I don’t think they expected it to be quite as cold as it was, even for Scotland it was more than a little chilly! It had been snowing just before this image was taken, when a bitter wind caught Victoria’s veil and send it spiralling off from her head. It’s all about capturing a moment at the right time with photography and that’s certainly true here. You can see the veil is travelling quite far and you can really feel the movement. The fact that the wedding coordinator is looking back helpless and a little nonplussed as Victoria despairs adds to it further! It was a happy ending though – Victoria got her veil back and everyone celebrated a beautiful wedding, even if it was -2 during the day. Scotland in Spring – always tropical!
A different kind of wedding dance!
This image is from a wedding in York, North Yorkshire and it’s the kind of moment that I know I’ll never photograph again. Rebecca and Sam said they just wanted to have a good party – and they ensured that and more! Towards the end of the night, Rebecca was enjoying a dance with friends, when Sam decided to join in. Only, his intervention was perhaps a little too enthusiastic. I turned around to see all four figures start to wobble. It was then a case of rushing into position to grab the moment – everyone went flying. I clicked my shutter and this is the image out of the series I captured that I like the most. The two figures hitting the floor hold the same shape with their arms and bodies, drawing the viewer in, while Sam and Rebecca topple down upon them – bottle of coke spilling everywhere. It’s not your stereotypical wedding image, but it’s one frame that tells such a story and says so much about the wedding. You can tell it was quite a party!
A unique wedding ceremony
This tiny hands high five is the kind of unique moment we love to document. Taken at Diana and Rob’s wedding in West Yorkshire, we’ve written a full blog on how we captured and edited this image here.
An emotional groom
I took this image at the stunning Lake District wedding venue Inn On The Lake. Emma and Chris’s wedding ceremony was emotional from the beginning, with Chris getting tears in his eyes from the moment Emma walked in. With the position I was in at the ceremony, with the light streaming through the open window, it created a high contrast image. I shot it with an open aperture, so Emma is in soft focus, as a very emotional Chris is in sharp focus in the foreground.
Don’t waste the table wine…
From Victoria and Luke’s tipi wedding, this individual award shows one guest hiding a bottle of wine behind her back, as she has a chat with another guest, who is smoking (the Oasis lyric “cigarettes and alcohol” springs to mind). This is another image where I’ve concentrated on the details, rather than the wider picture. I like to get a real variety of types of images throughout a wedding day, utilising different lenses and also, by simply altering how close I am to a moment as I photograph it.
A limbo masterclass
One of Hollie’s, this is an amusing moment as a flower girl attempts an impossibly low limbo. The look on her face says it all – she can’t quite believe she’s going to make it! The framing of the image, using the limbo bar as a leading line, draws the eye to the focal point. It’s a simple, funny moment, the kind we’re always looking out to capture.
Walking to the wedding ceremony
This is an image from one of my final weddings of 2020, in York city centre. It shows Matthew and his best man as they walk alongside the flooded canal. They stop to chat to passers by, as a dog runs into the canal, sending sleeping geese flying into the sky in a panic. There’s a real contrast between Matt and his best man’s smiles and the urgency of the dog-geese pursuit. Also, with the dog dead central, it acts as a divide between the two separate parts of the scene. You can read more about this image on Sophie and Matt’s wedding blog here.
An emotionally charged first look
Our final This Is Reportage winning image of 2020 is another by Hollie. The ‘first look’ during a wedding ceremony is often the most sought after moment when talking to couples. They dream of a moment like this, where one partner cries uncontrollably as the other partner walks up the isle towards them. However, it does rarely happen – you can’t predict how unposed moments will turn out of course! So when it does happen, when you see real raw emotion during a wedding ceremony, it’s all about capturing it as creatively as possible. In this case, it really is the emotion that makes the image – the black and white edit really suits the moment and brings the emotion to the fore.
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