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Best Wedding Photographer in the UK ~ Highly Commended

The Wedding Industry Awards 2018

January 2018

So the other day I came runner-up in the UK Wedding Photographer of the Year award, being awarded ‘Highly Commended’ by the judges in what was, I was told afterwards, a very close contest. Now, I’ll be completely honest and admit that my competitive side was gutted to miss out on the national title by such a small margin. But, having had a few days to regain some perspective, I realise that this in itself is a tremendous achievement when one considers how many wedding photographers were initially considered, and how my style of wedding photography is different to the status quo.

A very big thank you to all the couples whom took the time to initially vote and wrote the most amazing comments, a selection of which are below. I've also included my favourite picture from every wedding I photographed last year - quite the difficult task!

Very much looking forward to getting stuck into this year's weddings and coming up with some more special images :)

"Kristian has a unique and real talent for capturing raw emotion. Any wedding evokes a certain amount of stress, happiness, sadness, craziness, nervous energy and excitement. His work is a reflection of his talent and dedication to achieving this. We wanted to look back on our wedding over the years to come and really feel that we were there in the day. Kristian achieved this whilst maintaining the utmost professionalism, kindness and understanding."

"Kristian was the best photographer that we could've wished for, he made us feel incredibly at ease throughout the whole day. He just went with the flow, nothing was a problem, and captured the most special moments. Our photos are spontaneous, alive, and bring us back to our wedding day every time we look at them."

 
‘‘The entire experience with Kristian was a joy. His involvement in the build up, and the day itself, was a huge factor in our enjoyment of it all. He went out of his way to prepare for the event, meeting us in London and learning about what made us tick. At the wedding itself he got the best out of everyone there by the beautiful and human way he integrated himself with our family. Everyone loved him and he captured that amazingly. The outcome was beyond our expectations. His work is remarkable.’’
Phill + Ellie
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"Kristian has given us the most beautiful reminder of our wedding day! We absolutely adore the photographs, they brought back all the emotions of the day; nervousness, excitement, pride, joy and of course, love! Discreet, helpful, creative and a true artist; we can't thank Kristian enough and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him."

"The entire experience with Kristian was a joy. His involvement in the build up, and the day itself, was a huge factor in our enjoyment of it all. He went out of his way to prepare for the event, meeting us in London and learning about what made us tick. At the wedding itself he got the best out of everyone there by the beautiful and human way he integrated himself with our family. Everyone loved him and he captured that amazingly. The outcome was beyond our expectations. His work is remarkable."

"We really couldn’t be happier that we chose Kristian as a our photographer. We couldn't be happier with the photos that Kristian took at our wedding ceremony and reception. In particular many of them are really nicely composed, the colours are bright and happy but not overdone and they really remind us of what it was like to be there. Kristian was also great to work with during the preparation and on the day - very responsive and enthusiastic but didn’t bother us unnecessarily."

"We could not have been happier with the services of Kristian for our wedding. He took great care and attention to understand our requirements in advance of the day. And the results he delivered could not have been more perfect ~ natural, emotive and candid. On the day itself, he managed to be both discrete and omnipresent! He captured the true emotion of the day with all the special moments from behind-the-scenes preparation through the ceremony and on to the dancefloor."

"Kristian was amazing on and in the run up to our wedding day. My husband isn't the most comfortable in front of the camera and Kristian made both of us feel so relaxed which resulted in amazing photos. He captured such precious moments and most of the time I barely noticed he was there whilst taking such lovely shots."

"Kristian's photographs of our wedding are absolutely stunning. He captured the mood of the day perfectly and he was really great with our guests. He got some brilliant shots that we definitely missed at the time such as a conker competition!"

"On the day itself Kristian came and saw both of us separately getting ready and took some wonderful photos. He was extremely reassuring during quite a nerve wracking time. During the day he was discreet, but warm and made it obvious how happy he was to be there. He has managed to capture the whole day as a powerful narrative. His photos are so candid, and show the huge range of emotions beautifully. He has a fantastic eye for moments, and people. We treasure his photos completely. He's amazing."

"Kristian was professional and courteous from the moment I emailed him to enquire about our wedding date. He was a recommendation from another photographer. Kristian made us feel special and that was so important. On the day itself he captured some of the most amazing photographs we could have wished for. He even managed to take a picture of a cloud formation above the venue which looked like a heart. Just amazing pictures and so natural. We cried when we saw them.. Wonderful from start to finish."

"Kristian was a fantastic photographer, he had us both at ease and captured the day perfectly. Never failing to get those moments of raw emotion and personal touches. His unobtrusive style meant that he caught some amazing candid shots that mean a lot to us. Kristian was so creative when shooting the pictures. He is able to look from different perspectives, which makes his work personal, original and contemporary.Great communication, quality and value. Beautiful presentation box, USB and prints."

"From our first meeting, we knew Kristian was the perfect photographer for our wedding. He totally understood what we wanted from our photos and his candid style was perfect. It's a big responsibility asking someone to capture the moments of your big day, the memories that you look back on in years to come, but we felt so at ease leaving Kristian to do what he does best. Many photos were captured without us even knowing, he's subtle, smiley and a joy to work with, our photos speak for themselves."

"Kristian's photos were fantastic and he was such a great photographer -- completely unobtrusive and yet seeming to catch every special moment!"

"We could not have been happier with our wedding photographs. They captured the day perfectly with a great mix of images of all our guests having a wonderful time and really beautiful shots of just the two of us. He made us feel relaxed from our very first conversation and was incredibly discreet at the venue taking some gorgeous, very natural shots without anyone noticing which is exactly what we were hoping for. Kristian is an outstanding photographer and absolutely charming!"

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