love, beauty and tears
As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time to take a moment and look back.
At the beginning of the year, I had set myself a couple of creative goals so to reach the end the year having achieved those feels pretty incredible. Though I’m only in my second year of business, I’ve learned a lot about the power of stillness and quiet confidence. I have a very calm centre which I find myself depending on more and more in this busy world we live in. For me, great contemporary wedding photography is about seeking beauty in simple moments; the poetry, emotion and stillness amongst the noise. Paring back the distractions, and finding a beautiful moment is what inspires me.
We lost a lot of celebrities this year but saying goodbye to Leonard Cohen was the one that had me in tears all day. I knew he was old and not in great health so it wasn’t unexpected, but the rawness of my grief was. I guess he has just always been there, his music and poetry is engraved on my soul and it feels like a part of me. He was one of the most beautiful people that ever lived, but his spirit will live on.
This year, each and every wedding I photographed was a truly beautiful occasion. I want to thank all of my lovely couples (as well as their families and friends) from the very bottom of my heart. Thank you so much for putting your trust in me on such an important day. Also, I was lucky enough to work with some of London and the UK’s best wedding planners, florists, venues, hair and make-up artists this year too – I loved watching you all work and learned a lot from it.
Without fail, I still shed a little tear during the ceremony or laugh out loud at the best man’s one-liners. I shared a lovely connection with a Russian mother of the bride who didn’t speak a word of English, and talked ornithology with another bride’s dad. One of the reasons I take on a limited number of commissions is because I believe each wedding deserves everything I can give. I want my couples to have the best collection of images they could possibly imagine: timeless, elegant and beautiful forever.
Here is a selection of some of my favourite wedding images from 2016, and some nice words too. I am so excited to see what beauty 2017 brings my way!
“Siobhan captured us perfectly. Her beautiful photos shine with clarity, artistry, and intimacy. From the favourite places on our engagement shoot to the favourite moments of our wedding day, we couldn’t have hoped for more. Thank you!” (Tessa & John)
“What a fabulous person! She’s passionate about her craft and storytelling through photography. We loved that she was able to be there on both days; because of this you see the story of our wedding flow from one place to the other through her photos. She captured all the emotions and we will never tire of looking at them!” (Jessica & Crispin)