Best of 2018

Whoop! I’m stoked to unveil my annual best of roundup for 2018! It’s been an amazing year!

It’s been my busiest year yet with tons of weddings all over Cornwall and Devon, and a few further afield. My cameras and I have put in some serious work with tens of thousands of images taken and I don’t know how many miles covered!

As always with me, my main focus is on real moments and real emotions, and the vast majority of the images below reflect that. However a group shot has made it into my roundup for the first time ever! Mostly because it was taken in the harbour on the Isles of Scilly, in horrendously windy conditions, with an awesome bridal party on the steps getting wind-blasted, while I balanced precariously (with my expensive cameras!) on a wobbly little skiff (a wee rowboat) and it makes me laugh whenever I see the image!

I’ve been lucky enough to pick up a few awards this year. In the early months of 2018 I picked up my first Fearless award. Only ~200 images won out of over 9000 entries, so I was pretty damn happy with that. That image went on to be featured on a Huffington Post article of 38 best wedding images as well!

I also joined This Is Reportage; a directory that only features and awards real wedding photojournalism, nothing staged whatsoever. I’ve gained 2 single image awards and a story award (for a set of 20 images from a single wedding) and ended up ranked in the ‘Top 30 worldwide’!!! Mental! Only about 4% of entries were awarded and I’m currently the only photographer in Cornwall or Devon with an award, so I’m super proud of that.

This set of images doesn’t include every single wedding that I’ve shot this year, so if you’re not in here I am sorry, but the sheer amount of images that I have from each year makes it so difficult to go through every wedding. Instead these are just a small selection of images that, for one reason or another, make me smile. You’ve got dramatic sunsets, crazy dancing, kids being kids and dogs being dogs (I LOVE DOGS!!). There’s some tender moments, laugh out loud moments and massive bear-hug moments. There’s hula hoop-ing, cliff jumping and bouncy castl-ing! Oh and a whole lotta love! It’s always an absolute privilege being invited into peoples lives for a day and witnessing so much love, joy and good times! A massive thank you to each and every person I’ve photographed this year; be it the couple, the family, friends, everyone – THANKS!

2019 is shaping up to be a cracker and is already 90% booked, so if you are getting married in 2019 please get in touch soon to avoid disappointment. You can see my previous ‘best of’ collections here: 2017 & 2016.

Enjoy and please, please, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think, I’d really appreciate that.

For Photographers: All images taken on Sony A9’s and a quiver or different lenses. After well over 18 months with the system I’m still in love with the A9 for weddings, and I still think it’s the best wedding camera on the market. Check out my ‘Sony A9 for wedding photography’ review here for more info…

 

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  • Richard Bartle-manDecember 19, 2018 - 12:57 pm

    What a fantastic year! Many great photos and memories ReplyCancel

  • Mark ShawDecember 19, 2018 - 1:26 pm

    Brilliant work mate ReplyCancel

  • Alan LawDecember 19, 2018 - 1:36 pm

    So good, man, what a round-up! That first wetsuit-dive especially, the guy dancing with the wine glass, that b/w earing-getting-on-shot (wow!), that leading-line bride’s arrival capture…just a few of my faves. What a brilliant collection!ReplyCancel

    • Paul RichardsDecember 19, 2018 - 2:43 pm

      cheers dude! Really appreciate it, and they are some of my faves too 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Matthew bartle-manDecember 19, 2018 - 3:07 pm

    What an amazing year, Paul! Some amazing photography (no surprises there!) And some much-deserved recognition for the great work that you do. We’re thrilled that some of our photos made it into your “best of” because you really did capture the best moments of our day. Here’s to an equally awesome 2019 for you! Although, you won’t have our wedding to attend… So I guess it can’t be *equally* as good. 😉ReplyCancel

    • Paul RichardsDecember 20, 2018 - 9:33 am

      Thanks so much Matthew! Ha! I definitely feel that my career has peaked now after your wedding day 😉ReplyCancel

  • Maria O’ConnorDecember 19, 2018 - 3:29 pm

    Great photos –  we loved having you part of our day, you captured our special day perfectly and we can’t thank you enough! ReplyCancel

  • JanDecember 20, 2018 - 5:17 am

    Simply amazing Paul, you can see your passion in every photo, words can’t express how proud I am of you, love mum xxxReplyCancel

  • Lee MaxwellDecember 20, 2018 - 10:02 am

    Gold. Solid wedding gold! super collection full of variety 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Paul RichardsDecember 20, 2018 - 10:10 am

      Thanks buddy! I’ve got that ‘Gold’ song in my head now… 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Dan WardDecember 20, 2018 - 3:12 pm

    So so good my man! incredible year and an awesome round up!ReplyCancel

  • stewart girvanDecember 20, 2018 - 7:10 pm

    absolutely epic work bud! So many cool moments and you have nailed each and every single one! Loved looking though these mateReplyCancel

  • Robin GoodladDecember 21, 2018 - 12:08 pm

    Stunning work Paul, and huge congrats for the This is Reportage top 30! ReplyCancel

  • Matt BadenochDecember 22, 2018 - 11:12 am

    absolutely incredible set Paul!! Love the focus on moments! ReplyCancel

  • Martin dabekDecember 27, 2018 - 7:33 pm

    Fantastic year mate and great set. Love the dogs shotsReplyCancel

  • joss DenhamFebruary 13, 2019 - 11:35 am

    amazing work!ReplyCancel

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