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Documentary Wedding photography based in Chester UK. A UK and International Photographer creating documentary, quirky, relaxed wedding photography   

The 2015 round-up post....

Weddings In Full

Sarah Janes wedding photography based In Chester UK and covering, Wales, Wirral, Liverpool, Manchester, London, Sheffield, Cotswolds, Lancashire, Bradford, London

The 2015 round-up post....

Sarah Sadler

As I sit here and look through the images of the past year, and remembering all of the weddings, our couples, their friends and family we have met along the way, all the couples we now have as friends {we love you and you are never getting rid of us!}…I can honestly say that 2015 was an amazing year; in fact that is an understatement…

When I look through my portfolio within this website {my little bit of home} I really feel that this is the year I can look at my own work and say

“You did good…and omg what a friggin adventure that was”

As a wedding photographer your voice is lost within a sea of voices saying the same thing..

“We are unobtrusive/We will document your day/We love weddings/We photograph natural moments/We give beautiful portraits”

And as a bride to be myself, and looking for our own wedding photographer, I know how hard it has been for each couple to find a photographer that will fit in with their day, who will record their memories the way they want them to be told…..

So to each and every 2015 couple that entrusted me to do that….I love you….thank you!

Sarah Janes was nominated, and then a finalist, for the best North West Wedding Photographer industry award…we did not win. But reading the votes and feedback from our October 2014 to October 2015 wedding couples made me feel like the winner….this is what wedding photography is all about.

It is about meeting couples who for one day wish to have your nearest, dearest & closest friends with you…it is about making new memories, it’s about having all the people you love all in one place and throwing a party…it’s about not standing on ceremony and having a day that reflects you as a couple…and I love you for that!

We have had weddings in Castles to Marquees in a field…the City to the countryside….and each wedding has had the same core value….You want time with your family and friends…you want to enjoy the party…you want to slow down the day as much as possible and not have it fly by in a whirlwind of group photos and a 101 different portraits…you do not want engineered memories’,  you do not want “bride-72-in-location-58-in-pose-15” from a photographer that is shooting 50 weddings this year, and has been back to your wedding venue a million or more times. You want a photographer that is just as excited about your wedding day as you are, you want a photographer that wants to photograph YOU….and that is photographer I am in my heart.

This is the 1st year that Rich {my gorgeous sexy fiancé} started to work within Sarah Janes. We built a new website together, designed our branding that fitted us and our voice…and as well as looking after the business side {by making sure there was a plan in place so all of our couples have their images with 6 weeks of the wedding, that each couple has been over-communicated with during the run-up and after the wedding day} I gave Rich a camera…and I am so proud of the photographer he is becoming!

{one of my favourite images taken by Rich}

As well as photographing these amazing weddings with these god good I love our couples….

 I was able to work alongside some awe inspiring people…

Like Jo from the Media Room.  Where we documented and story told the wonderful work that Barnardo's do for Manchester families.  We also held an exhibition of all my images at the Lowry for Homestart greater Manchester

I worked alongside my angel Mandy Rigby makeup artist on my baby business Red Shoe photo shoots….telling their stories.

So what does 2016 have planned for us?!!!

2016 for me is about creating the images and ideas that I have sat on for so many years….too many years.

 January 2016 will be Sarah Janes 8th birthday….and now I feel I should be investing more time into creating these ideas….these ideas may tumbleweed, I may put them out there and no one may notice….but I have to create, and to keep myself from ever ever EVER becoming the “bride-72-in-location-58-in-pose-15” photographer….So I have three big photo-shoots that I will be creating…!! I am so excited and nervous at the same time…but I cannot wait to push myself outside of my comfort zone.

I will also be holding workshops for other photographers’, I want to teach them what “posing” really means {what you think posing is and what I think it is, is very different} That posing should feel natural and so resulting in “just caught images”

I will be doing more work with Homestart #tellingtheirstories

That Red Shoe is really flying higher and higher, that there are girls from all over the country traveling to our Chester Studio for the Red Shoe experience….that to give the gift of empowering women, lifting them from their negative thoughts about themselves, showing them they are indeed perfect just as they are, no matter what size/shape/looks….that all women are beautiful….

That 2016 will see Sarah Janes cover weddings from Cheshire Castles, Cities from Bradford to London, back to Italy but this time we are in beautiful Florence, Chester hotels, Barn weddings in Wales, Wirral Manor houses, Wirral garden weddings, A wedding in Malta, and a farm wedding in London….just today I was emailing my US couple who are eloping to London to marry…the email was called “two brides on a bus!” and I just could not articulate my excitement….this is the excitement I have for every wedding this next year….

But we are just taking on 2 more wedding for 2016 and 2017 we are already 25% booked!!!  

Wherever your 2016 takes you I wish you to laugh out loud at the things that do not matter, live each and every day….and love…lots and lots of love....

Sarah xxxxx