It’s exciting times here at my little cowshed studio because last night, at the 2011 British Institute of Professional Photography Awards, I won Yorkshire Contemporary Wedding Photographer of the Year.

The judge had three of my images in the final five – one was the winner, and the other two images judged as runners-up, gaining merit awards in the contemporary wedding category. I was so happy to see another of my images in the final selection for traditional wedding photographer of the year and gained a further merit award in this category. The winning photograph was a black and white image of April bride, Louise, and taken at the beautiful Howsham Hall near York – a gorgeous home owned by the bride’s cousin. It’s the third time that  I have won Yorkshire Wedding Photographer of the Year, and I’m really really happy to have the trophy back at the studio. The trophy is a work of art in itself! Come and see it!!

So, it’s been a celebration here today and a good feeling that, right now, my little boutique studio is heading in a good direction. The winning picture is the black and white one below, and the following three are the merit award winners. The last image, the art print with the texture, was described as being ‘nostalgiarised’ by the judge! A new word! I told the judge I would be using his description from now on!!

Thanks to  Louise, Sue, and Lucy for being stunning 2010 brides and not forgetting Glen for being a handsome groom!  I just can’t wait to see what  my 2011 wedding season will bring. Yay!!

My thanks to Hamish Irvine for the picture of me above.