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TWIA 2020 | Wedding Photographer of the Year Regional Finalist!

October 25, 2019  •  1 Comment

It's been an amazing wedding season for me so far, full of awesome couples, fantastic venues and a great deal of laughter.  Of course, running a wedding photography business is also a lot of hard work - contrary to what some people might think, there's a lot more to it than showing up on the big day with a camera and a smile on your face.  But my clients know more than most what's involved:  they get to know me on their pre-wedding shoot; spend a full day with me unobtrusively capturing all the moments;  and laugh (and very often cry) at the slideshow I play at their final viewing.

 

Award-winning storytelling wedding photography, relaxed and unobtrusive TWIA 2020 | The Wedding Industry AwardsJenny Rutterford Photography is a Wedding Photographer of the Year Regional Finalist
 

What does it mean to be a TWIA Regional Finalist?

So I decided to enter The Wedding Industry Awards 2020 as a way to receive my clients' valuable feedback and gain recognition for my efforts.  Let's face it, us wedding photographers don't get repeat clients (or at least, not very often!) so we have to put ourselves out there year round to attract new couples.  Anything that can help to garner trust that we'll do a great job is welcome, and what better than an award that's voted for by our clients.  Only actual wedding couples over a twelve month period are eligible to vote, which stops the competition being a meaningless popularity contest.  That, plus the opportunity to receive your clients' comments at the end of the competition is the reason I entered.  It's a chance to learn and grow through criticism - both positive and negative - which every small business needs if it is to survive in such a competitive industry.

So I'm thrilled to have made it into the South East Regional Finals for the Wedding Photographer of the Year!  In a nutshell, it means that my clients scored me highly on factors ranging from the quality of my photography, to my professionalism and customer service.  It's a vote of confidence from them that means a great deal to me.  And displaying the 2020 TWIA badge on my promotional materials is a good way to tell that to prospective clients without having to shout about it, which us creative types aren't generally very good at. So if you're one of my couples reading this, thank you, thank you, thank you, for your support.  It means everything to me.  

 

Let's see a few photos please!

I thought it would be a lovely idea to show a few photos from the weddings of each of the couples who voted me into the Regional Finals.  There are many more on my Instagram feed (I finally took the plunge and joined Instagram at the start of this wedding season - you can find me @jennyrutterfordphotography if you're so inclined) but this will give you a flavour of my style. 

Confronted with a choice of more than 10,000 photos, where to start?!  I opted for candid, storytelling images.  Nothing posed, nothing directed, simply observations of human character and expression.  Capturing moments is basically what I do.  The couple images and handful of group photos are just a small part of the day.  It's the little moments that make up a wedding and the reason I do what I do.  Sometimes people see me and play up to the camera, most of the time they're unaware of my presence.  But the photos below are un-staged and entirely representative of my approach to wedding photography.  Enjoy!

 

 

Same sex wedding at Tunnels BeachesTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Groom in anticipation of his bride in church weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Wedding guests arrive on London bus in the rainTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bride and wedding dressTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Natural wedding at Rye Island SussexTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Blackstock Country Estate weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bartholomew Barn weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography St Audries Park WeddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography bouncy castle at Selden Barns weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bride at Brookfield Barn weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Hugs at St Audries Park weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Same sex wedding at Tunnels BeachesTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Wii games at St Audries Park weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bride dancing at Blackstock Country Estate weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Same sex wedding at Tunnels BeachesTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Champagne moment before wedding at Blackstock Country EstateTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Ring blessing at Rye Island wedding, West SussexTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Guests at Worthing Pier WeddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Kids playing in treehouse at Rye Island West Sussex weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bridal prep before Brookfield weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Fist pump at Bartholomew Barn weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Making an entrance at private marquee weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Same sex wedding at Tunnels BeachesTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bubbles at Same sex wedding Field Place WorthingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bride in bumper car at Worthing fairground during her Worthing Pier wedding.TWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Jenga moment at Long Furlong Barn weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bridal prep at Long Furlong BarnTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Confetti at same sex wedding at Field PlaceTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bridal prep happy dance, Worthing Pier weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Same sex wedding at Edes House ChichesterTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bride quiet moment before her Worthing Wedding at Field PlaceTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Confetti at Bartholomew Barn weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Wedding ceremony details at Long Furlong BarnTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bride greeting her father in law at her private marquee weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Wedding Croquet at same sex wedding in ChichesterTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Page Boy at Rye Island Wedding, Henfield West SussexTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Lacing up  the wedding trainers!TWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Same sex wedding at Tunnels BeachesTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Dance floor crazy at marquee wedding SurreyTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bartholomew Barn WeddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bridal Prep before wedding at Blackstock Country EstateTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Reluctant Page Boy at Edes House Chichester weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Emotional speeches at Brookfield Barn weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bridal Prep at Blackstock Country Estate WeddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bride and Mum walking to the churchTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bride and groom greeting guests after their Archerfield House weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bridesmaid lacing up shoes at same sex wedding at Tunnels BeachesTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Happy bride before her wedding at Edes House ChichesterTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Discarded wedding shoes at Long Furlong BarnTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography First dance at Blackstock Country EstateTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Asian Wedding challenges for groom prior to Brookfield Barn weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Toasts in marquee at Rye Island wedding, Henfield, West SussexTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Groom greeting guests, Brookfield Barn weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bride's arrival at Selden Barn weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Flower girl, Chichester weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bride's father sewing button before Brookfield Barn weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bridal prep before Bartholomew Barn weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Diva bride before her Field Place Worthing wedding TWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bunny backpack, Long Furlong Barn weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bride and groom at Brookfield Barn weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Same sex wedding at Field Place WorthingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Groom with cigar, Archerfield House Scotland WeddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Shoes, bridal prep at Long Furlong BarnTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bride's shoe stuck in boardwalk on Worthing Pier!TWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Happy groom at Long Furlong Barn weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bridal prep at St Audries Park, Somerset weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Girl in ceremony at Field Place weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bride and groom after ceremony at Archerfield House weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Playing superheroes at same sex wedding Field Place WorthingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bride and groom with guests at Brookfield Barn weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Emotional hug outside church at West Sussex weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography bride walking up the aisle at Archerfield House weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Pageboy at Brookfield Barn weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Just married at Long Furlong Barn weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bride and flower girl on stairs at Edes House, ChichesterTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Greeting guests at Field Place weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Same sex wedding at Tunnels BeachesTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bride happy dance at same sex wedding ChichesterTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Guest laughing at Chichester picnic weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Bride getting out of classic car at West Sussex weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Wedding guests running on Worthing PierTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistCandid storytelling wedding photography Dancefloor at Long Furlong BarnTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistAward winning wedding photography Sussex Bride and daughter sharing a moment before their Blackstock Country Estate weddingTWIA 2020 Regional FinalistAward winning wedding photography Sussex

 

So what comes next?

At the end of November I will attend the South East Regional Awards event, which this year is held at Field Place in Worthing, one of my couples' venues, and featured in the above images.  The winners in each category will be announced - not just photography, but florists, make up artists, venues and cake makers, to name but a few.  Several of my industry colleagues, a few who have become friends, have also made the finals in their respective categories.  So although I'm a little shy, and not naturally great at networking, it will be fun to catch up with them, and just to get dressed up for a night out.  Not many Christmas parties for the self-employed!   

The next stage after Regional Finals is voted for by a panel of judges.  They'll be scrutinising everything from clients' comments, our websites and social media, to the quality of our work.  It's a tough competition with many worthy competitors, but worth a shot!  And whether or not I manage to progress to the next stage, I'll be able to receive my clients' comments, plus feedback from the judges, at the end of the competition in January.  

Wish me luck!

Jenny x

 

Venues featured in this blog include:

Long Furlong Barn, West Sussex

Field Place, West Sussex

Bartholomew Barn, West Sussex

Brookfield Barn, West Sussex

Selden Barns, West Sussex

Blackstock Country Estate, East Sussex

Worthing Pier Southern Pavilion, West Sussex

Rye Island (Arabian Tent Company), West Sussex

Edes House, West Sussex

Northfields House, West Sussex

Tunnels Beaches, Devon

St Audries Park, Somerset

Archerfield House, Scotland

 


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Emma Baxter(non-registered)
So pleased for you Jenny and so richly deserved. Fingers crossed for you in November!
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