2015 is almost over and I’m grateful for how it turned out.
One of the highlights was definitely the Fearless Conference in Bucharest – an incredible opportunity to see some of the most inspiring wedding photographers in the world share some of their wisdom. I also joined Marius Barbulescu and Marian Cristea for their workshops. The common thread here was little talk about gear and a lot about motivation, state of mind and constant hard work for the best shots.
I got to meet some great couples and my weddings took me to many more different places than in 2014. As a quick side note, people tell me I’m lucky because I get to travel so much, especially when it comes to weddings in Italy, France or Switzerland. Usually travelling for weddings (well, any sort of business trip really) is not as glamorous as you’d imagine. The focus is always on the wedding (planning, shooting, back-ups, on-site logistical details) and there is usually little to no time for sight-seeing or touristy stuff. That said, it IS fun and I do consider myself lucky that I get to do it :)
I also managed to upgrade my two main camera bodies (using 2xD750 now, in case you’re wondering). The biggest change was not the increase in image quality; instead what I’m most excited about is the consistency that I get from having two identical bodies. When shooting, this means quicker reaction times and fewer mistakes – because camera operation becomes so reflexive after a while, having two bodies with different layouts can occasionally be frustrating. When editing, it means better control of results, more consistent look between cameras before editing and faster editing times (which is bound to be a good thing for myself and my couples).
Oh, and the mistakes – I still make mistakes and I still try to become aware of them, auto-correct and avoid in the future. Some of them are technical mistakes: forgetting to change ISO settings when moving from indoors to outdoors in a hurry, framing that could have been done slightly better in-camera. Some of them are personal mistakes: not spending enough time “troubleshooting” images to correct composition or lighting, letting the ego get in the way. I also slouch too much when I shoot. Correcting mistakes is something that requires constant work and a very deliberate approach and I know there is room for improvement here.
Towards the end of the year I was also asked to judge one of the most important wedding photography competitions, ISPWP’s Fall 2015 contest. It was a humbling and at the same time eye-opening experience, seeing the wide range of vision and talent in the industry – results will be out in 2016 and I’ll share more thoughts on the subject at that point.
A very happy 2016 to all of you and I’ll leave you with some of my favourite shots from this year.