Over the last few years, I came across the work of some documentary wedding photographers whose work I admired, and aspired to, who were getting recognised by the Wedding Photo-Journalist Association – WPJA – for capturing authentic moments in a creative way at weddings. For me, these images are modern and visually interesting but still timeless.
I’ve always thought delivering good work to my clients is what I strive for but I wanted to get a measure of how I was performing in the context of documentary work so I thought I’d submit to some documentary award organisations and see what happened. It’s a valuable process in assessing my own work and also gives me some feedback. The judges at the WPJA are NOT wedding photographers but photojournalists and that was an important aspect for me.
I was chuffed to bits to come away with a few awards and even make the Top 100 Global Award list in 2018. But this is the icing on the cake, a pat on the back, but it’s not the whole cake (can you tell I’m writing this while I’m hungry). For me it will ALWAYS be about making my clients happy and filling their memories with photographs of joy, love, emotion and character.
Here are some of my awards with a little bit of background info.