WPPI Honors of Excellence Awards
Since 2015 we started submitting our images to WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographer International). WPPI is widely regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious photography organisations and competitions, so we’re really proud that some of our work has been consistently awarded.
Having already posted two other separate blog posts after each competition, I didn’t want to create another one. So I thought it would be best to compile all our WPPI awards into one post. If we’re fortunate enough to get anymore awards in future I’ll be updating this post, so do check back from time-to-time.
Posted on: 13th oct 2016
Four Silver Awards – Second Half 2016
Proud to have received 4 more awards and title of ‘Associate’ from WPPI this year. Three of them from one wedding. Chuffed to bits!
Huge thank you to our couples for your trust and support. Have to say a massive thank you to WPPI judges and team. The feedback we get for each and every image is priceless. Now we have to try and make some time to submit to the print competition. Congratulations to all who have been awarded so far and good luck with the 16 by 20 print competition.
And just want to give a huge shoutout to the all the vendors on these shoots. Especially Brindan and Jake from Pro System Services. If you’re looking for lighting for your wedding, get in touch with these guys. Jake was so helpful and open to our suggestions and requests.
A lot of the time vendors become territorial and unwilling to go out of their way to help other professionals. Not these guys! They were more than happy to listen and work with us to deliver the best for our clients. Thats how it’s supposed to be. Can’t praise them enough for their level of professionalism and willingness to help.
And I can’t forget to mention the amazing wedding cake by Krishma Maya Mandalia. Check out her website: Maya Dahlia Cakes.
Posted on: 18th Nov 2015
Two Silver Awards – Second Half 2015
Absolutely thrilled to have received two more WPPI awards this year. This time both awarded images are from the same wedding at Thornton Manor in Cheshire. A huge thank you to our couple, Nikita & Raghuv, for believing in us and providing us with an awesome environment and opportunity to practice our craft.
We don’t regularly submit our images to photography competitions, but going forward we hope to enter more often. WPPI are very good in that they give you critique on each individual image. Even the ones that don’t score high enough to be a winning photo. So at the very least, the feedback from the judges will help us grow and evolve.
It’s been a great 2015 and we can’t wait to see what we can achieve next year. In case this is the last blog post this year, we wish you all a very merry Christmas and awesome new year. See you on the other side! :D
Posted on: 9th Jul 2015
Two Silver Awards – First Half 2015
Really pleased to have been awarded two WPPI Honors of Excellence Silver Awards.
We’re chuffed because it’s our first submission to WPPI.
Fireworks at Boreham House
And we’re a little extra proud of these particular images being awarded because of the effort it took to produce them.
If you follow me on Facebook, you may remember that I injured my back while creating each of these images. For the fireworks shot I had to sprint for what seemed like an eternity (2-3 min), while carrying a tripod and two heavy cameras with big lenses on them.
All after a gruelling 15hr work day. And if you’ve been to Boreham House in Essex, you’ll know how long the pond is at the front of the venue. I had underestimated how quickly the guests would get outside once the announcement was made.
So I had no choice but to make a dash for it in order to get to the other end in time to set up. I just about finished dialling in the camera settings when the fireworks went off. It took about 3 weeks for me to recover from that.
Pre Wedding Shoot in West Wittering
For the beach shot it was even more difficult. We had to contend with extremely strong winds with sand being blown in our faces from all angles. It was difficult setting up the Profoto lights we were using. In the end we had to risk them being blown over. For the image below, and others from the day, you can see the behind the scenes lighting setup here.
For this particular image, I had one Profoto B1 set up behind the couple with the sun lighting them from camera left. I was down on the ground, wind blowing sand into my left ear and almost scraping my face off. Not pleasant, but I was determined.
Later on, for a moment, I became Usain Bolt by sprinting to rescue Naz’ collection of concept sketches which was blown out of her hand. It’s at mid sprint that I realised it’s happened again, back said NOT AGAIN and quit on me! For an overweight guy like me, sudden bursts of physical activity should be made illegal!
Oh and that dress was made from scratch by my amazingly talented wife. We wanted something light that would easily blow in the wind but it was proving difficult to find something ideal that fits. So Naz decided to buy some material and spent about a week putting this together. I am well and truly impressed! :D
So having gone through all that, we were chuffed that, on top of our clients loving the results, some of our most talented and respected peers recognised our efforts. Receiving awards for them is just the icing on the cake! To be recognised on the world stage is truly an honour. Very pleased! :D
And it goes without saying, none of this would be possible without the the trust, support and encouragement of all our couples who grant us the privilege and freedom to express ourselves artistically. And of course friends in the industry who have always been supportive. Thank you all.
So far, it’s been an absolutely awesome 2015! We can’t wait to get cracking with the rest of this years weddings and see what else we can create together. And hopefully submit more images to competitions. Who knows, we might even go to the WPPI Vegas 2016 convention next year. :-)