I’m sure if you spoke to any wedding photographer (or anyone in the wedding industry), they would say the same thing, 2020 was sh!t.
Personally speaking, what should have been 25 fabulous weddings throughout France ended as being 1 fabulous wedding in Brittany.
There’s nothing to be said really for 2020, – it has been an utter write off and brought most in the industry to their knees.
In fact, some have already folded and others will do so if 2021 continues to unfold as it has begun…
But let’s cast aside this major negative and focus on the positive(s).
There were 3 positives for me from 2020.
1: My business survived.
2: I did manage that one single fabulous wedding and that was at least something.
3: I remained injury free from my training for the first time in about a decade.
So I am going to wrap up what shall ever be known as Covid 2020 not in my words, but with those from my ‘Client Of The Year’.
“When looking for photographers for our wedding in Brittany, Simon was recommended to us via my Mum by a vendor at the hotel she works at where years ago Simon had shot some weddings.
After checking out his impressive website and Instagram we were excited to contact him for details as we knew his style of photography would be perfect for our special day. From the first enquiry email to our emails today, Simon has always been speedy and precise in his replies. As an English lady marrying a Frenchie in France, all of our vendors except Simon were French, so it was refreshing to have a good rapport with somebody English. It was so important to me, as with most brides, to have great communication with your photographer and Simon never took more than a couple of hours to reply, his response always very detailed and his personality shone through from the get go.
We were also looking for a videographer to capture the day and were delighted to find that Simon also provided this service himself. After viewing some of his wedding film material on the website we were sold, it was just as amazing as his photography so we didn’t hesitate in booking the 2.
Now 2020 wasn’t the best year to have a wedding planned. Planning a wedding is stressful enough but adding a worldwide pandemic in the mix just made things so difficult. I was in regular contact with Simon during the months leading up to the wedding and up until a few weeks before we were still unsure whether the wedding would go ahead on the date we had planned. Simon was so supportive and patient throughout, lending his advice and always tried to stay positive for us, we could feel he wanted this wedding to happen just as much as us. And luckily it did.
We had our schedule for the day planned out with Simon and knew exactly what would be happening, where and when with him. On the day Simon showed up bang on time, 10am.
He greeted myself, my husband and our families with a friendly polite manner and we immediately felt comfortable and at ease with him. He had already made a conscious effort to get to know all of the bridal parties names beforehand. He was so discrete and swift throughout the day that we hardly noticed he was there except for the moments we had the couple and family shots where he gave good, clear direction. It amazed us that he was able to capture every moment not only by photograph but by film too and we were so excited to see the results.
We were thrilled when just a week and a half after our big day, Simon sent through the photos and highlight film. The film was edited brilliantly and summed up our day perfectly in 13 mins 50 secs. The photos were stunning, so many natural shots and again he just captured everything so perfectly that we now have those beautiful memories to look back on and treasure forever. We can’t thank Simon enough for all of his hard work and would not hesitate in recommending him to any future brides and grooms”.
Charlotte & Thibault, 29th July, Château du Bois-Guy, Brittany
Fingers crossed for ’21…