2013 My year in pictures

01st January 2014
2013 was quite a year for me; I photographed more weddings than I have before in a year, I took on more fantastic ‘lifestyle’ shoots in The Lake District and surrounding areas, including the beach, and I took on a number of personal projects that I love as they allow me the freedom to explore my creativity and experiment with different techniques that I then use on weddings and other shoots. I love creating images that will please people and bring a smile to their faces and we met some absolutely wonderful people this year that we would now refer to as friends, which is great. Being a Lake District Wedding Photographer presents me with the opportunity to work in some fantastic venues such as The Grange Hotel, The Netherwood, The Beech Hill, The Low Wood, The Swan and Abbey House to name but a few and I always like to explore the surrounding areas to try to create that unique portrait of the bride and groom.

During the year I was privileged to be invited along with my wife Lesley to Buckingham Palace for the Queens Coronation Festival, which was a spectacular event, I used an image from it as the thumbnail for this post. We also took a couple of family holidays and Kai and I managed to witness some motorsport too with trips to Oulton Park, Silverstone and our local forests for some rally action.

As I love photography I always have a camera with me, even if it’s just my phone, so I have compiled below a selection of my images from 2013. Some are taken with my main Nikon professional kit but some are from my compact Fuji that I tend to use as my take everywhere camera and one was actually taken on my phone. Does a camera phone picture deserve a place here, well of course it does as it captured the moment and that’s all I wanted. I’ll leave you to guess which one it is and the only clue is that I was on holiday in Sorrento at the time I took it.

So in no particular order here is my 2013 in 106 pictures, I tried to limit it to 100 but there were 6 late additions! There's friends, family, clients and competitors, I hope you enjoy them and would love to hear your comments. (oh and I even feature myself, courtesy of Kai).

Enjoy, and here’s to a fantastic 2014

Darren and Lesley
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Comments

Photo comment By Jan hopkins: Amazing photographs Darren......
Photo comment By Rick and Emma: Fantastic pictures Darren and Les. Thank you both again for being part of our special day and capturing it so perfectly. Wishing you all success and happiness for 2014 and beyond.
Photo comment By Carol Thompson: Exceptional images Darren very original photo's you have a knack of capturing every aspect of the scene and it's natural beauty.

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