Bride and groom standing next to dinosaur - Picture by Katherine Ashdown Photography

Picture of the Month – April 2013

And the winner is… Katherine Ashdown Photography!

Bride and groom standing next to dinosaur - Picture by Katherine Ashdown Photography

Congratulations to Katherine Ashdown Photography, the winner of our April Picture of the Day competition. This fantastic, unique picture received the most votes from our readers to become the fourth picture to go through to our Picture of the Year vote.

We asked Katherine to tell us a bit about the picture…

“Gary and Denise got married on a beautiful Autumn day last year at Weston park in Norfolk. When they booked they were both so enthusiastic about my work, so I knew they would be great to shoot and up for anything! A few days before the wedding Denise emailed me to ask if we could do some of their shots with the Dinosaurs which are at the entrance to the Dinosaur park in the land next to their wedding venue, as it is quite iconic in Norfolk.

“I have to be honest and say I just thought it might look very odd! In the light of day they just look like big plastic dinosaurs, and when we had limited time to get some gorgeous, romantic couple shots on the day I didn’t want to waste it getting images that just looked strange! That said, I racked my brains to work out how I could get something for them that looked cool. I thought about getting the shot in the dark and somehow silhouetting them and the dinosaur to make it look more ‘real’, perhaps a little scary, and a bit like something out of Jurassic Park! This shot is exactly what I had in my head as we headed out on a freezing October evening into the pitch black forest looking for dinosaurs!”

To see more of Katherine Ashdown Photography’s work visit www.katherineashdown.co.uk

Picture of bride and groom taken though tree brancges - Picture by Daniel Hough Photography

Picture of the Month – March 2013

And the winner is… Daniel Hough Photography!

Picture of bride and groom taken though tree brancges - Picture by Daniel Hough Photography

We now have our first three finalists for our Picture of the Year vote, after this stunning picture by Daniel Hough Photography received the most votes in our March 2013 Picture of the Day competition. The picture was taken at the wedding of Harriet and Andy in August 2012, and Daniel told us more about the couple and how this picture came about…

“I first met Harriet and Andy a few months before their wedding to do an engagement shoot. I use this first shoot as a way of getting to know the couple, and I find that if they are a bit shy this can help brush aside some of the nerves! Harriet and Andy were so cool though it was immediately obvious that there would be no awkwardness.

“They are the most friendly and laid back couple you can ever wish to meet, which made my time with them effortless. Also, from a wedding photographer’s perspective so obviously in love that shots showing true emotion were not hard to come by.

“This shot was taken just after the wedding ceremony itself. I let the couple be themselves and take the time to reflect on the fact that their lives together had just begun. The shot shows emotion and happiness that can’t be forced or staged, and it’s this that I aim for in all my pictures.”

To see more of Daniel Hough Photography’s work visit www.danhoughphoto.com

Bride and groom touching noses in the snow - Picture by Jess Petrie Photography

Picture of the Month – February 2013

And the winner is… Jess Petrie Photography!

Bride and groom touching noses in the snow - Picture by Jess Petrie Photography

Our congratulations go to Jess Petrie Photography after this beautiful picture received the most votes from our readers to win our February 2013 Picture of the Day competition, and became the second picture to go through to our Picture of the Year vote. We asked Jess to tell us a bit about the picture…

“Sophie and Matt got hitched on the shores of Sydney Harbour opposite the Opera House, on Halloween (their 9th anniversary), before celebrating with two friends who were in on the secret, plenty of bubbles and dinner overlooking Bondi beach.

“They didn’t have a professional photographer on the day, so when they came back to the UK they decided to have a post-wedding shoot. Sophie had expressed that she has always loved winter, especially the crunchy frosts and twinkling lights of Christmas, so they thought it would be lovely to have some wintery shots as a contrast to their summery wedding day ones (taken by friends).

“Sophie and Matt decided to brave the bracing weather and re-create their special day in the Peak District. Sophie and Matt live in Sheffield and it’s a part of the world they love spending time in, so it meant a lot to them.

“It was so very cold and windy at the time of this shot, but as a photojournalistic photographer would (no posing or controlling), I let Sophie and Matt have a moment… and whilst they were embracing each other I caught this snap, with the sun positioned perfectly behind them. For me this is what my job is about, capturing that special moment between two people in love; something unique, precious and priceless…”

To see more of Jess Petrie Photography’s work visit http://jesspetrie.com

Bride and groom standing next to lake - Picture by Chantal Lachance-Gibson Photography

Picture of the Month – January 2013

And the winner is… Chantal Lachance-Gibson Photography!

Bride and groom standing next to lake - Picture by Chantal Lachance-Gibson Photography

The first finalist for our Picture of the Year 2013 competition is Chantal Lachance-Gibson Photography, after this beautiful picture received the most votes in our January 2013 Picture of the Day vote. The picture was taken on the shores of Loch Lomond at the wedding of Fiona and Raymond, a day Chantal has great memories of…

“Fiona and Raymond were married on a beautiful sunny day at The Loch Lomond Waterfront on the shores on Loch Lomond, where this photo was taken. The day was planned by the amazing Carmen at Carmen Weddings, as Fiona and Raymond now live in Hong Kong.

“My style as a photographer is artistic, contemporary and photo journalistic. Whilst most of the day is taken capturing moments, emotions, and laughter, I also love to create artistic and memorable photos for the bride and groom with the surroundings, architectural features, or in this case beautiful landscape, which they can look back upon in years to come. After all, a couple’s venue of choice is chosen for a reason and I love to showcase this.

“This image was taken just a few meters away from where they became husband and wife. They will always remember the moment they exchanged their vows in front of family and friends, surrounded by this beautiful landscape, so I wanted to capture this for them in a timeless photograph

“Thanks to Fiona and Raymond for choosing me! I thoroughly enjoyed working with them and everyone else, and I have such great memories of the day!”

To see more of Chantal Lachance-Gibson Photography’s work visit www.photographychantal.co.uk

Bride standing behind groom with her arms around him - Picture by Katie Drouet Photography

Picture of the Month – December 2012

And the winner is… Katie Drouet Photography!

Bride standing behind groom with her arms around him - Picture by Katie Drouet Photography

That’s it, we now have our 12 Picture of the Year finalists (voting for our Picture of the Year competition will start on Tuesday 15th January), after this stunning picture by Katie Drouet Photography received the most votes in our December 2012 Picture of the Day competition.

We asked a very excited Katie to tell us a little about the picture…

“Remember remember the 5th of November… Alanna and Mike will certainly never forget this date, as they got married.

“It was a lovely crisp, cold November day at Maidens Barn in Essex. After a beautiful ceremony, where emotions and nerves were running high, I took the couple for a walk to capture them as husband and wife for the first time; it really was such an honour to share this moment with them.

“The sun was just going down so we grabbed a few precious shots just before we lost it… I just love Alanna’s eyes in this picture, she looks so content with Mike looking forwards towards their future… just perfect.

“Thanks so much to the two of them for letting me be such a important part of their day.”

To see more of Katie Drouet Photography’s work visit http://blog.kdrouetphotography.co.uk