I embarked on the impossible task of choosing my best wedding photos from 2019
And when I say impossible, it’s not an exaggeration. I have actually not been able to make a selection of my best wedding photos that I’m 100% certain is my best work. I’m probably too emotionally invested in them all to choose! After going through each wedding, I ended up with a selection of 600 images. Combined, I felt they represented the variety and complexity of my wedding photography work. From there I spent hours narrowing down to 250. Furthermore, just a random selection of that made the final 50-second slideshow you can see below!
I love too many of the photos for different reasons. What I struggled with was choosing which photos would make the most impact when being shared with the world. In other words, impossible!
So, this whole searching process got me thinking: what makes the best wedding photos? Is it light, composition, camera gear, beautiful details or something else? Is it following the latest trends, going to epic locations, being good at posing or is it having the best speeches? A few different things has been most important in my search for the best wedding photos, and although many of those things make better photos in a less ideal situation, it’s not really any of the above that makes the photos “the best”.
Two things I think determines the impact of wedding photos the most
People make weddings. None of my favourite images are of deatails. They’re always people-centred, and usually they reflect some kind of emotion. As much as light and composition is important for my work, it’s the feeling I’m left with when looking at the images that make me favour them over others. I’ve learnt this more and more throughout last year. It’s less about the technically perfect images, and more about what the photos tell me about the people in them. Ultimately, how pretty your table decorations are or how expensive your wedding dress is doesn’t determine the impact of a photo.
The best wedding photos are always people-centred, and usually they reflect some kind of emotion.
I’m going to be honest and say that confetti has been a major LOVE for me in 2019. Many of the confetti photos have made the “best of” list. They’re just so much fun! I even wrote a guide about how what confetti looks best in your wedding photos. You can read the blog here. However, it’s not really the confetti that makes the photos good. It’s the connection and purpose the whole wedding party feel when they are involved in an activity. For example, other photos I love from activities or situations are first dance photos and sparkler photos. Some natural situations like walking down the aisle and of course during hilarious speeches, are among my favourites too.
It’s not really the confetti that makes the photos good. It’s the connection and purpose the whole wedding party feel when they are involved in an activity.
So here it is: my 50-second Best of 2019 Slideshow!
Please watch it with your sound on! I probably spent more time than is reasonable trying to beat-match the photos to the drums 😂
A million “thank you”s to everyone who’s been making 2019 such an amazing year
Rounding off, I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone who’s made 2019 such a busy, interesting and productive year! I obviously couldn’t have made it without all my amazing clients. I’m so grateful to them, and for their positive feedback that keeps me going despite my harsh inner critic! In addition, I want to tank all the wonderful suppliers who’s reached out to let me know they want to share my photos. Here’s to a wonderful and prosperous 2020 for everyone!
I obviously couldn’t have made it without all my amazing clients. I’m so grateful to them, and for their positive feedback that keeps me going despite my harsh inner critic!