I'm not one to blow my own trumpet, I don't even particularly like to brag or boast. I'm an understated kinda guy. But when I found out I'd just been voted UK's Best Wedding Photographer I knew I had to shout about it, or at least tell people.
And when it happened again, for the second year in a row... I knew I had to tell a few more people about it.
I don't expect you know much about how Wedding Photography Awards work, so I'll give you a quick, very simple run down on the three main types... A lot of them you have to pay to enter, and if you pay, you're pretty much guaranteed a badge. Some of them you pay to join a website, but to enter the competition is free. These are generally a popularity contest, whoever can get the most people to vote for them wins. There are a few you pay to join a website or an association (along with demonstrating a required level of skill and having a proficient portfolio), it's then free to enter the competition and the entries are judged by a panel of highly skilled and well respected photographers - the best photograph in their opinion wins. The award I've just won isn't really like any of them. But before I get into that I'd like to share a few kind words that have been sent to me by couples whose wedding I've actually photographed...
"You have been by far, the easiest, most reliable, professional supplier we have dealt with in the entire wedding planning process and there is nothing more that you could have done for us."
- Lucy & Chris
"Thank you so much for the amazing wedding photos. We can't stop looking at them — totally hooked."
- James & Catherine
"You were one of the best decisions we made about our day & cannot thank you enough!"
- Katie & Matt
"100% our best supplier at the wedding"
- Clare & Carl
"He's in your face... But not in your face..."
- Orla's Dad (Father Of The Bride)
"You've taken beautiful photos that we'll treasure forever. We couldn't have asked for a nicer photographer. We loved your style and everything you did for us on the day was perfect."
- Tamsin & David
"The photos are better than we ever could have imagined, just relived the whole day again - thank you, from the bottom of our hearts."
- Jade & Karla
A little over whelming if I'm honest. I've never entered any competitions, or joined any photography associations. I didn't ask for this title. So yeah, I was a bit surprised when I found out, but at the same time I wasn't surprised at all. I mean, the person who gave me this award is always the first person (just before my wife) to like anything I put on Facebook, she always shares my posts and she's definitely been my longest 'number one' fan. In fact, the more I think about it the more surprised I am that it's taken me so long to get this award. But also, the more utterly worthless it is. I honestly think I could put up a blurry, out of focus and possibly offensive photo (just like the one at the top of this page) and this person would still say "Christopher! It's amazing. I'm so proud of you.". And I suppose for that I need to say "Thanks Mum!" especially when my Dad says things like "Is it meant to look like that?" 😂.