It’s hard to believe another year has flown by, it only seems like last week that I was writing my end of 2015 blog post. Yet here I am reflecting on what has been another truly crazy year.

From a personal point of view, to say 2016 has been challenging would be a ridiculous understatement. Life is always a series of ups and downs and this year has proved that more than ever before. I think it’s always important to focus on the positives though and the past 12 months have shown me just how crucial it is to do that. I believe that any difficulties which life throws at you will only make you stronger in the future and I take heart in that.

Photography wise, 2016 literally couldn’t have been better. I have been truly honoured to have been a part of so many incredible days and witnessed moments of genuine love and emotion which will always stay with me. Without doubt, some of this years weddings have been my all time favourites.

This year’s weddings have seen me travelling all over the country and abroad for a huge variety of different weddings, from Hindu to Jewish to Nigerian. It has been incredible.

I was honoured to win the overall 2016 BIPP North West Photographer of the Year award earlier this year, as well as winning the Wedding Photographer of the Year award for the 3rd time, for which I am extremely proud.

I held the first of my solo wedding photography workshops this year too. In the end I held four, all of which sold out within days, as well as a charity workshop which raised over £4,500 for Cancer Research UK. Over 70 photographers have attended my workshops in 2016, which really blows my mind.

To all my bride and grooms, friends and everyone who has helped me this year, a heartfelt thank you.

Cliche or not, I can sincerely say that I have the best job in the world. At times it’s been my saviour. I have been photographing weddings for 10 years now and I have never felt as lucky to do this for a living as I have this year.

Neil x

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