And the winner is… Emma Russell Photography!

Bride and groom standing next to stone wall - Picture by Emma Russell Photography

There is now only one spot up for grabs in our 2014 Picture of the Year competition, after this beautiful picture by Emma Russell Photography was voted our November 2014 Picture of the Month. Our congratulations go to Emma, who told us a little about the picture…

“The couple are actually very good friends of ours, Chris and Sam. Chris and my husband have been best friends since they were children and my husband Rob was best man on the day (so no pressure on the day with Rob doing the speech and me the photography!). They chose to get married at their favourite hotel, Raymond Blanc’s magical Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire. It was a very intimate wedding with just close friends and family, back in May 2013.

“There are so many beautiful places to capture couple portraits at Le Manoir (it’s heaven for a photographer!) but I chose this spot as, not only is it beautiful, but it also offers a couple the chance to be on their own, giving them space and time to be together on such an important day. In the lead up to their wedding Chris and Sam had described how they wanted their wedding to have an elegant and timeless feel, so I kept this in mind whilst deciding where the perfect backdrop would be.”

To see more of Emma Russell Photography’s work visit www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk

Bride and groom standing next to stone wall - Picture by Emma Russell Photography

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Website: www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk

Blog: www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog

Bride and bridesmaids - Picture by Mango Studios Photography

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Blog: http://blog.mangostudios.uk.com

Just married bride and groom hugging at altar - Picture by Modern Vintage Weddings

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Blog: www.modernvintageweddings.com/category/mvw

Bride laughing behind 'And they live happily ever after' sign - Picture by David Craik Photography

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Website: www.davidcraikphotography.co.uk

Blog: www.davidcraikphotography.co.uk/blog

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Interview with: Paul Stott

Company Name: Catching Moments Photography

Website: catchingmoments.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Woking. I cover Surrey, the South East and take bookings throughout the UK.

How did the business get started and who works at Catching Moments Photography?

I started my business in 2006 after planning a career change. For a couple of years I combined two jobs, but by 2008 I was getting a large number of bookings so I left my other job. I work in the company on my own but I often have capable assistants at weddings. Before I shot my first wedding I spent a huge amount of time honing my skills by shooting portraits and landscapes. I believe photography should be a hobby first, and launching into wedding photography after just purchasing a camera is not good for the profession.

Wedding ceremony - Picture by Catching Moments Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

The honest answer to that question is no. I was good at mathematics at school and got pushed down that route into a degree, then a Masters and a career in industry. I decided to become a wedding photographer because I believed I could be good at it, and that I would enjoy the people side of meeting lovely couples and helping them plan their day. The job allows me to be creative, to produce something useful, and it also is a very flexible job in terms of lifestyle.

Bride and groom smiling - Picture by Catching Moments Photography

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

I can’t remember my first picture, but I can remember taking a lot of photos along the South Bank, when I first came to live in London. At that time I had a Minolta film SLR.

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

I predominantly work in Surrey but I take bookings throughout the UK.

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Bride and groom in back of wedding car - Picture by Alexander Leaman Photography

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Website: www.alexanderleaman.com

Blog: www.alexanderleaman.com/blog

Silhouttes or moustache, lips and wedding ring on sunset sky - Picture by Voyteck Photography

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Website: www.london-weddingphotographer.com

Blog: www.london-weddingphotographer.com/blog

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Pageboys holding picture frame with bride and groom in it - Picture by Brendan McIlhargey Photography

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Blog: www.brendanmcilhargeyphotography.com/blog

Holding hands - Picture by Paul Talbot Photography

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Website: www.paul-talbot.com