2018 has been another memorable year at J S Coates HQ. I’ve shot the most intimate weddings I’ve ever been to, with just a handful of guests and also captured some of the biggest of my career so far. I’ve photographed weddings 10 minutes from my home and I’ve also shot one over 5000 miles from my door in Las Vegas. Within the UK I’ve been north, south, east and west. I’ve slept in hotels that I could live in for the rest of my life and also some that were straight from a horror film (should have read the reviews before booking). I’ve drunk more cups of services coffee & late-night McDonalds than I would like to work out. As well as photographing in some of the most beautiful churches and wedding venues around, I’ve also had loads of beautiful outdoor ceremonies in gardens, woods and even deserts this year…both in the sun and the rain. Each year I’ve been doing this crazy job makes me super thankful for what I do and I feel I’m constantly learning & trying to up my game. It’s the best job ever…FACT
Now for some love sharing… My 2018 couples get the biggest thanks of them all. I seriously shoot the most amazing couple and every wedding this year has been a joy to shoot. Thanks for putting your faith in me to capture your day.
I’ve had some fantastic photographers work for me or generally help me this year and a massive thank you goes out Tarik Ahmet, Amy-Rose Deffley, Chris Bunce, Roo Stain and Jodene Elizabeth. I’ve also worked with some great wedding suppliers and venue staff too. They know who they are so I’m not gonna list them all.
Outside of the wedding world my kids are growing too fast, getting cheekier and needing entertaining more than ever. Thank god for my wife being awesome and putting up with us all….She wins the award for the most patient and most awesome wife EVER (I say that she’s the only wife I’ve had and I have no frame of reference to judge her by…She could be really bad at it and I wouldn’t know 🙂 )
Like every year, this selection of images is made up of my favourite individual images taken over the last 12 months. Culling over 50,000 images down to less than 200 is a near-impossible task and I could have included hundreds more. I want all my 2018 couples to know their weddings all hold a special place with me. My 2019 is pretty much already booked up with just a couple of dates left and I can’t wait to create some epic images with these couples….Bring it on.