End of year / start of year reviews are everywhere in December and January, so I've (purposefully...) 'saved' mine until nearly the end of January. Yeah... So another busy year has flown by for this documentary wedding photographer, and with it passed several significant milestones - both professionally and personally. Let's start with a professional one from April which was passing the 100 wedding mark. Thinking back over those first hundred weddings, I have travelled a great deal around the UK and further abroad, meeting amazing couples at every type of venue. Even when working at the same venue many times, each wedding has been completely different and unique. I've worked in just about every imaginable type of weather; from scorching hot to driving rain and snow. 100 was a great milestone to tick off and I'm looking forward to hundreds more!
In compiling my review, I went through around 12000 images to get down to the selection of around 100 which you see here. It's always a tough job to pick a definitive selection from a large number images and this was my trickiest yet as there were so many great candidates to choose from. After enlisting a peer review from my brilliant photographer colleagues (and being blown away by reviewing their own images from the year) here it is.
I nearly forgot: the personal milestones. As a family we moved home, and as someone who works from home that means I moved office as well. MASSIVE UPHEAVAL. Even though we only moved the epic distance of 1 mile. I hate moving house, which is why I plan to never again. At least, not for a good few years. Also, my eldest son started school which brings a whole new world of routine. All brilliant.
I hope you enjoy the images. Have a great year everyone, and especially to all the couples who are getting married this year.
Firstly, if you've read this far: well done! Secondly, thanks, and thirdly, a little info for the
geeky photographers amongst you. As mentioned a few times previously on my blog / twitter / facebook, 2014 was the year I ditched the mirrors, going from heavy, old-school DSLRs (which are still incredible), to the compact, lightweight, new breed of mirrorless camera style which will become the standard over the next few years - no doubt in my mind. There's still a place for DSLRs - absolutely - but for the majority of camera users whether commercial or individual, I firmly believe that mirrorless will become the dominant market share. It's progressing that way already. Whenever I'm asked by clients or friends about which kind of camera to get, I always steer them this way now.
So of these 94 images, 92 were made with mirrorless cameras. In fact here's the total breakdown
Canon 5D Mk 3 - 2 Olympus E-P5 - 5 Ricoh GR - 1 Olympus E-M1 - 86
So as you can see, the E-M1 is now my workhorse camera, and having used it for the full year in just about every scenario, I'm absolutely confident in it's ability to deliver the goods. It's a brilliant piece of kit. I just wish WISH WISH Olympus would listen to their thousands of users, and open up the video capabilities just a tiny bit more. It's lagging so far behind competitors in this regard when it could have been a leader with a simple software update. The stabilisation of the camera is incredible - it's like having a steadicam - but unfortunately it is crippled by a complete lack of options for video recording. It honestly could have been a market leader and cash cow for Olympus (it's cheaper to update an existing model to boost sales than develop a new one), but for whatever reason they decided not to. A shame as the ship has sailed really, and with 4K being the norm on competitors models, it's now way behind.
That's my semi-regular-video-related-EM1 rant over with for now. I will end by singing it's praises as a stills camera which still amazes me and I expect to continue using for some time yet.