Latest award by documentary wedding photographer Clive Blair

Wow! Another latest award to report to you all. I’ve recently joined the SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers) and decided to enter their competition on a whim, not thinking anything more of it. I couldn’t believe it when I was given my latest award from them for this image above!

This has just won me a Highly Commended Award at the SWPP  International Monthly Image Competition for February 2016.

You may remember I posted as a sneak peek image a few weeks ago from a wedding at The Moat House, Acton Trussell. Winter weddings always have their challenges, but I was determined not to be beaten, so I was immediately drawn by this tree and thought I had to use it to produce something different, and I’m so glad others agree that it’s worthy of recognition.

I don’t get to enter many competitions because of time and also because…well, my customers are my judge. I’m shooting to please them and that’s all that should matter.

I’m aware that often times an image that contains a lot of emotions and tells an important story for my clients would never make it through the judging process. Because technically it’s not perfect.  A hand can be in the wrong position. A person’s head happens to pop into the background of the frame ruining the perfect composition.

These technicalities don’t bother me, as I’m not looking for an image that follows certain rules. I’m looking for an image that tells a story. Something that conveys the emotions of the main subject(s). Capturing emotions, and story-telling images speaks to my heart far more than a technically perfect image, but lacks any emotion.

I’m not knocking competitions though, as I wouldn’t have entered if I didn’t believe in them. But I certainly know that only a small percentage of my work would be classed as competition-worthy. That doesn’t bother me, as I simply aim for 100% of my images to be customer-worthy, and again, that’s all that matters to me.


What Is a Documentary Wedding Photographer?

This is an often asked question. In simple terms it means being an observer and recorder of your wedding, with little interference. If you’re familiar with Star Trek, think of it in terms of The Temporal Prime Directive: To visit, to watch, not to interfer and to bring back a record.

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