Rangefinder Rising Stars of Wedding Photography 2014

A couple of years ago, during my first year photographing weddings, I came across Rangefinder (A huge US wedding and portrait photography magazine and official publication of WPPI) and their annual list of 30 rising stars of wedding photography. The list, for me at least, was practically a who’s-who of awesome photographers from all over the world, many of whom’s work had inspired me to start shooting weddings in the first place. Last years list of photographers was no different – an amazing international collection of the best wedding photographers – whose work, ethos and approach I admire – inspirational stuff!

So, i was extremely honoured, humbled and surprised to be told earlier this summer I had been nominated for this years list. And now even more so, to find out that I have been chosen as one of Rangefinder magazine’s Rising Stars of Wedding Photography 2014! So without further ado I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my amazing couples for allowing me to do this crazy art/lifestyle and get to call it a job – you rule – and I am so grateful to be allowed into your lives, even if only for a day, to try capture who you are with a pair of clicking black boxes :: Thank you! (so much!) And, to all the awesome photographers who have inspired, and continue to inspire and push me, you rule.  And last, but not least – to my awesome wifey – who manages to be an amazing mum to our little pair of monkeys while I spend every weekend jetting off to weddings… High fives all round!

Right. Back to the editing cave…

Oh, I suppose I should post some pictures – here’s a few recent faves from an amazing summer of weddings and travel. Once the editing queue is reduced there will be lots more to share – watch this space:-)

 

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pen - Congratulations! You’re such a talented photographer, it was only a matter of time before you were on the list!

Jon - yea baby!

Kelly - Yes! So deserved dude! Well done..xx

David - Massive congrats Andy, totally deserved!

Adam - Awoooooooooooga!

Alex Miller - Andy – your work is simply spectacular. I didn’t need any award or magazine to tell me that, I’ve loved it since the first moment I saw the first frame and have been a huge huge fan ever since. Great to be recognised though!! High fives bro!!

Liam - Wow Andy! Awesome news bro and thoroughly deserved. Absolutely loved looking through these frames as well buddy, inspirational stuff.

Claire - Seriously well done you! Amazing!

Sarah Bird - Congratulations Andy Gaines! Amazing! xx

Sarah Bird - Congratulations Andy Gaines! Amazing! xx

Carissa Lee Broadwater - These are great

Robert Meredith - Bossing it Andy! All killer frames but love the emotion in the brides face on the bridal party one. And that first frame, insane!

Gary Parolin - Congratulations, keep on going, you are fantastic!!

damian burcher - Hey this is great news, you must be so chuffed. Congrats Andy.

Azahara Berlango - Many congratulations!!! Well deserved. Your pictures are amazing :-)

Anonymous - That’s my boy, literally! Ma Gaines

nicolas - Hey Bro

just checking out your work for the first time, suggested by ‘Robert Meredith’ I’m totally amazed!! such amazing portfolio. Congrats on every thing > keep pumping out amazing work.

Magdalena - Wow, absolutely brilliant frames. Keep on going

Engagement Photography London // Sarah & Peter

I know, I know… I harp on about it all the time, but this job really is the best! And it’s the best because of the people I get to meet and spend time with. People like Sarah & Peter, who let me into their lives for a few hours, or a day, or whatever, and for whom I get to make images and memories for.

Sarah (a photographer herself) and Peter share an amazing, long distance love story – a real international couple. Sarah is from the States and Peter from Australia – and almost 9 years (to the day) since they first met, their lives brought them (and me!) to London on a squally March afternoon to make photos to celebrate the fact. And, that they are getting married later this year in Baltimore, Maryland. It will be awesome!

England brought the weather but we all brought the enthusiasm (and a quaint little cafe behind London bridge supplied the cake!)

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I offer engagement, or ‘pre-wedding’ photo sessions to all my wedding couples. If you are getting married it’s a great chance for us to meet and get to know each other before the big day – plus you will hopefully get used to having your picture taken by me (and get to see how easy it is!) –  And if your not getting married, or have already tied the knot, then a couples photos session is a great way to spend an afternoon and to make some great wall art for yourselves. Life goes by quick, and everyone deserves to have awesome photos : Fact!

Want to book A creative london engagement photographer – or a portrait session in london then get in touch!


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Jean-Laurent Gaudy - Great job mate!

Bhavna Pandya-Barratt - love these Andy x

Rik Pennington - Fantastic work Andy. Every shot’s a stunner.

Richard Howman - I love this set – the colour, framing and composition, and of course such a happy couple! Great work!

Kelly Clapperton - Andy these are beautiful!

David Green - Wow what a great collection of London images. The puddle shot and the couple through the walkers legs are genius!

David - A wonderfully etherial set of pictures, urban portraiture at it’s very best!

Jonas Karlsson - love the reflections and silhouettes, great work.

Linus - Brilliant set of work Andy. Love the mix of angles and composition. They must be over the moon with the shoot!

Matt Ethan - Andy, super inspiring stuff! Love the variety you’ve pulled together in these!

Paul Rogers - I love this set Andy, especially the richness of your black and whites! Such well constructed compositions too.

Rakhee & Stuart // Bishton Hall Indian wedding

The first time I met Rakhee & Stuart was after they had booked me to photograph their big day, and I happened to be in London for another wedding. We arranged to meet in some random pub somewhere in, well, London (my knowledge of the city isn’t too hot – despite working there all the time). Anyway, to cut a long story short we all left a good few hours later a lot the worse for wear… and I’d been looking forward to their wedding ever since!

Raks and Stu invited their friends and family to an amazing day of celebration and party at Bishton Hall in Staffordshire. The weather gods smiled on everyone and both the Indian and civil ceremony were held outside underneath the Doric temple – which made for an awesome back drop to the proceedings and the best outdoor wedding venue – and being the bad ass, ultra cool couple that they are, Stu & Rakhee then effortlessly blended the formalities of the afternoon into an epic drum’n'bass party for everyone.

Cos that’s just how they roll…:-)

 

 

Bishton hall wedding photographer was my role for the day! If you are thinking of getting married there and are after some awesome photos then drop me a line – I would love to hear from you – the venue is really unique and it would be great to go back and work at Bishton Hall again.  Contact me here! x


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shelly - Ten KG knocked it out the goddamn park again! Dude, stop with the goddamn talent will ya! Beautiful stuff. Loved the dancing at the end. Awesome. x

Michael Jackson - Ridiculously good Andy. The portraits are just beautiful

sam - yeaaah. most epic first kiss backdrop i’ve seen in a while! looks like an awesome day :)

damian burcher - Great set of images. That’s what you call telling the story of the whole day. Love the wide shot of the kids playing bottom left with the tree and guests in the background.

Alex Miller - Whoa!!!! Kickass stuff Andy!

John Hope - Sccccchmokin

Luke Hayden - Killer work Andy!!!

Adam - Home run.

Sachin - Aaaaaandy!!

Come on man!!

So good!

Aga - YOUOO ROCK MAN!!!

Jim - Wicked good Andyman

Cripps Barn Wedding Photographer // Carla & Chris

Carla & Chris’s rock and roll wedding party at Cripps Barn in the English Cotswolds was immense! But more importantly, it was totally ‘them’. They did away with all the traditions they didn’t want, and had a relaxed, fun filled day, before they and their friends and family partied (really) hard – managing to turn an ancient stone barn into an epic, laser and smoke filled den of rock.

Thanks so much for having em along for the ride guys!

…It totally went up to 11.

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Carla and Chris Wedding is also featured on Rock and Roll Bride – have a look here

 

 


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shelly - Bloody brilliant Andy. Love it all.

Dominique / York Place Studios - Great job Andy, love the dancing shots. Nailed. it.

Joseph Hall - captured the fun perfectly – great job!

Sam Docker - Click. Click. BABOOOOOM!! Can you tell I like this one?!!! Obviously I love all of your work mate, but I “really” like this one!!

Claire - Loved this. So full of life. Really made me laugh of loud too – genius!

Sachin Khona - I thoroughly enjoyed looking through this man. Mind. Blown.

Amazing.

tim - this got balls. brilliant stuff Andy

Paul - Frickin’ rocked it homie! Loved it.

Chris - Smudged Photo - Awesome work Andy, ace expressions throughout, great emotion. Boom!

Northwest Wedding Photography - Stunning wedding photography! Love the edgy cropping. Follow your blog regularly. Great work!

David - An outstanding set of pictures Andy. I really like the way you’ve incorporated her tattoo into one of the portraits, very clever!!

rhys - These are brilliant. Love ‘em

Wedding Photography 2013

My second year as a full time wedding photographer has been nothing short of amazing and taken me from the Highlands of Scotland to France and everywhere in-between. And, in the midst of all that we also got a baby brother for Ida – you can see my other ‘best of 2013′ post here.

Huge high-fives and thanks to all the awesome people who have shared my year with me, including Nordica Photography, Daniel Aguilar and Esme Mai and of course, all my love, respect, thanks and affection to all the amazing couples who have entrusted me into their lives for a day to capture their stories. I hope these images can go some way to portraying the massive love and admiration I have for them and for this awesome, crazy art that I get to call a job!

…anyway, 157,500 clicks later, here are a 100 or so of my favourite images from 2013:

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Sam Ward - Wow Andy! You have an amazing eye for detail, composition and creativity- super talented genius!

Alan Law - Stunning, man – fab moments and just amazing portraiture; what a year! Looking forward to meeting you in April :)

Joe - AMAZING! Simply truly inspiring.

Sarah Skewis - All amazing and beautiful pictures Andy, a very good representation of how fab you are!! x

Jason - Awesome year Andy! Ass kickery of the highest order :)

Sam Docker - Mr G, this is terrifyingly beyond good my man!! Stunning work mate. Roll on Madrid!!

shelly - All kinds of crazy cool there dude. I expect more ace stuff from you in 2014 or there will be trouble! x

Chris Milner - Another amazing year for you Andy, each frame a work of art!

Liam - Crazy good stuff Andy, you’re a seriously talented chap indeed :)

john day - jaw dropping skills Andy…

Ross Harvey - Awesome bro! :)

Bhavna - Gorgeous set of work Andy, brilliant year summed up. X

Kristian Leven - Andy Gaines, take a bow – that was absolutely sensational. I’m gonna go back up for another look…

Jon - beautiful year buddy! Have awesome times in 2014

James Rouse - Disturbingly Awesome! Kudos dude.

Tina Cleary - Wow these are absolutely brilliant.

Claire - Holy crap this is insanely good. You seriously rocked the year! And on no sleep too… You’re a man machine!

Adam Riley - Wow, amazing 2013 set Andy!

John Hope - What.A.Talent.

Jeremy - WOW. You have crazy talent and awesome clients! Such jaw dropping work!

Jimmy - Wow! Too much awesome in one place! Beautiful work!

Rik Pennington - Bloody blimey. Ridiculously good Andy.

Amy Barton - Wow wow and just a little bit more wow!! Say no more …

Dominique - Seriously good Andy, can’t wait to see what you get up to this year :)

Becca Dilley - I don’t know how you manage to find such lovely compositions in the midst of all the chaos that is a wedding – but you bring a clean and detailed order to the images without loosing the human part. Really amazing set.

Sam - Wow, wow, wow, wow. Every one of these photos is an absolute stunner! Serious talent here. Amazing work!

Nicola Thompson - Gosh these are lovely. The best round up Ive seen this year ;)

Eneka - Totally awesome pictures! Very much enjoyed seeing this post.

lisa lacroix - I’m speechless, your 2013 was amazing. I swear I could look at this post for hours. WOW

/mariahedengren - Some wow light and lots of wow images here. Seriously. Wow.

Adam - Holy hell Gaines, this is absolutely incredible. Your brain is astounding, I want it in my head. You’re a genius.

Lee Allen - Holy cow…. amazing year dude!!

Matt - What the?!!! Man you’re talented Andy.

Kellee Walsh - I think my jaw dropped 20 times! Brilliant work Andy & all the best for 2014.

Edward Maurer - Beautiful solid work. Bravo and congrats on such a great year.

Brian - Holy sh*t. Best 2013 post ever. Such an epic collection. Bravo!

tim - this kicks arse. seriously great stuff Andy.

Mercedes - What on earth. I don’t think I blinked once for fear of missing something. LOVE.

Jane Louise - I love your photography Andy. You manage to capture the human spirit so naturally. Makes me want to renew my wedding vows so that I can have some of your beautiful photographs grace our walls!

Alex Miller - Andy, quite simply – you are an AMAZING photographer!!! Every frame of this post is incredible! I find it quite staggering that this is only your second year to be perfectly honest!!! I’m totally blown away!

Natalie Stafford - Amazing… cant wait for you to do our wedding!

Amy Wass - Amazing, creative, beautiful, emotional etc. 2nd year??? seriously, can’t wait to see what you do in 2014.

mathias - start to finish, a truly incredible set of images. so much unique stuff in here…

Steve Gerrard - Mega.
Epic.
Boy done good.

Bec - Absolutely breathtaking. All of them

Mathias Cederholm - Amazeballs!
Time to up my game.

Mark Wallis - Brilliant work Andy. Enjoyed that a lot.

Tomasz Wagner - Andy! Your work is perfectly mind-blowing. Every. Single. Frame.

Mark Tierney - Ace Andy!

Johnboy Wilson - Woooooooowwwwwwwww!!!!! :)

britney - There’s some beautiful, ethereal work here. You do reflections and woods so well.

Ian Wallace - Just simply amazing. Every shot just draws you in.

Joseph Hall - Atmosphere, emotion, fun – fantastic – love the compilation – have a great 2014!

Damian - Great stuff Andy, some world class images on there.

Barney Walters - Some funny frames, some beautiful pictures and some WHAT ? HOW ? expressions on my face. Excellent. !

Lam - great set there. simple yet amazing.

Sachin Khona - DUDERINO. Magicness.