2018: my year in wedding photography.
I love this time of the year: maybe it’s the gentle easing back into the world of wedding photography and work after Christmas, maybe it’s the excitement of having a whole new year in front of me, a blank canvas. I think what I love most of all is how these first magical couple of weeks of the new year are always a time of reflection for me – on the weddings I shot, the places I traveled, the people I met and the friends I made. 2018 felt full to the brim with all of these things, so putting together this blog post has been an emotional and time-consuming ride!
Starting afresh as a Cornwall Wedding Photographer.
In trying to review the year, it’s impossible for me to solely focus on weddings. There was so much else that went on: it was the year I half-moved to Cornwall, renting a little cabin by the sea with Rob; a year full of travel, some brought about by weddings abroad, some just for the fun of it; it was chaotic, hectic, exhausting and life-affirming all at once. The longest, hottest summer in my memory was a blur of weddings, miles on the M5 and dancing in fields. Looking through our window onto the muddy quagmire outside today, it seems hard to believe that for months England looked more like Portugal; but it did, and with that came the most incredible series of golden hour photo opportunities, truly a wedding photographer’s dream.
2018 really was the year of my dreams in many ways. I’m not glossing over the fact that there were of course some shit parts (the stress of running two businesses was overwhelming at times), but in terms of actually ticking off personal and professional goals I’m not sure any other year has come close.
My year of destination wedding photography
I started the year with a beautiful relaxed bush wedding in the Ferguson Valley, Western Australia, and finished it with a luxurious city hotel wedding in Seville, Spain. In between, wedding photography took me to Ireland, Scotland and Alicante, as well as more familiar stomping grounds of Shropshire and the South West. No two weddings were the same – from Wes Anderson to village fetes, festivals to Mexican fiestas, Vogue to Frankie, the inspiration for each wedding was totally different, but in each one I saw a similarity: at the centre of every wedding was an awesome couple for whom the celebration was as much about their friends and family as it was about the two of them. Thank you to every single one of you who shared your wedding day with me, I love the lot of you!
And so here, without further ado, is a pictorial review of my 2018.
Getting married in 2019? I still have a few dates left, with 2020 booking up.
Olivia Moon is a Cornwall wedding photographer based between Cornwall and Shropshire, and shooting weddings across the UK and destination wedding photography in Europe and worldwide.