Looking Back… 2013 Review

Stanbury Photography 2013 Review

Well as we come to the close of 2013 its at this time Jane & I look back at the year…. and what a year 2013 has been, so many new experiences, new venues & new friends. Its only as we were putting this review together that we realised just how GOOD 2013 had been (we thought it would have been quiet but not so)and this review is only a small selection of behind the scenes & weddings if we included our portrait & fashion shoots this post would be huge, so grab yourself a cup of tea, get comfy as here is a small insight into our year……
2013 was the year that our workshops to help improve other photographers took off and we started really on a high with Photo Training Overseas in Lanzarote with photographers joining us from the UK & Ireland

We also managed an amazing early morning shoot in the Lanzarote hills with a Royal Ballet trained Dancer Paris for her portfolio Over 2013 we were asked to provide more seminars & training with our good friends and worlds largest wedding album company Graphistudio of Italy, who asked us to do a series of seminars on their display stand at Europe’s largest photography trade show And workshops for the top Pro Camera company Hasselblad Cameras at Chateaux Impeny in the midlands & the first ever Shoot London (ShootLDN) aimed at the fashion & top end photography world Over The last twelve months we have also presented photography workshops & seminars in The South West, various locations in London & a great workshop in Northern Ireland we also met some amazing photographers and made many new friends around the UK & Ireland. 2013 was also a good year for awards, most notably Regional winner of the Wedding Album of the Year & bronze award for UK wedding Album of the Year, along with Gold awards for our portraiture, weddings & service in general. Also I was nominated in the prestigious Hasselblad Masters as the only UK photographer in the wedding section, this is a world wide competition and Masters status has been awarded to some of the most famous photographers in the world But all what we have achieved in 2013 and what we hope to achieve in 2014 would not be possible without YOU, our fabulous clients. We have had one of the best years ever, we have laughed with you, cried with you and witnessed your lives change forever and we are so proud that you chose us to capture the memories that you will hold forever…. we really do have the best job in the world. Here is a very small insight into our 2013 wedding journey, we could have posted 10 times as many images but the post would be huge so after much thought here is a few of our fave images of 2013…….

So that was a small look at 2013 a huge thank you to you our Bride & Grooms, our family portraits, our fashion and commercial clients, our actors, our babies…. our friends. We are a family run business and the business is our family and thats how we want to stay, our joy is seeing the joy & emotion in peoples faces as they see their images, their memories. This has been our 18th Year in business and we have seen many changes but one thing has always stayed the same… our passion for photography, it really is our life. So heres to 2014 we have so many exciting things to share with you as our journey continues with new couples who’s lives will change, new stories to tell, new smiles and new adventures. All that is left is to say have a Happy Christmas & A Prosperous New Year. All our love David,Jane,Kayla,Shanna & Cavan AKA ‘The Stanburys’ xxxxx


National Photography Awards 2013

Well…. they say every picture says a thousand words and this picture is no different.This photo was taken just after we had been awarded bronze award (3rd place) for the Best Wedding Album in the UK and to say we were happy was an understatement. The 2013 National Photography Awards held by the Master Photographers Association are such a prestigious event and are to celebrate the pinnacle of Professional Photography from UK and around the world so this was a huge honour…. we not only received award for our wedding album but also 2 Merit Awards of Excellence for our Portrait Photography & 1 Merit Award of Excellence for our Wedding Photography, so not a bad evening. A huge thank you to you our clients as without you this would not be possible and heres to the 2014 awards………

Wedding Photographer of the Year 2011

The North West Professional Photography Awards were held at the weekend, & we did rather well scooping The BIG award of Wedding Photographer of the Year and also being awarded Wedding Album of the Year & Studio Portrait Photographer of the Year.

Thanks have to go to all our clients in 2010 & here’s to our 2011 clients & more success
Lancashire wedding photographer

Focus On Imaging 2010…phew

I have just returned from Focus on imaging at the NEC in Birmingham.Focus is Europes largest Imaging show and is held annually with over 34,000+ photographers & anybody else involved with the image business all attending to see whats new in the image business as a whole & photography in general.
I was there after being asked by GraphiStudio to present talks about how I do what I do,GraphiStudo are the worlds largest album manufacturer producing the modern contemporary storybook albums that I am proud to show my images in, so it was a real honour to present what I normally would be watching.
I decided to base my talk on real weddings with real couples & the highs & lows of shooting weddings from start to finish, not showing weddings shot on Caribbean beaches with supermodels like the ‘big names’ like to show that will never be available to the majority of photographers (at this point I would like to add that I am available for Caribbean beach weddings of supermodels!!!)
I have to say after a few technical problems with the microphone (yes I do sometimes need one) I had a blast & this was the highest of many highs I have had in this fantastic job of mine.Both of my talks were full & I am pleased that the response has been amazing with some really kind comments so thank you if you attended & I hope that you found some parts useful.
For myself, as I was planning my presentation, it was so inspiring to look back over my journey as a photographer to see just how far the business has moved forward over the last 5/6 years & I now have new incentives & cant wait to get stuck into this years weddings, but the main memory of this years show is the new friends from all over the country I have made and (at the fabulous GraphiStudio meal on the Monday evening) the fact that Jane & I laughed with friends like we hadn’t laughed for ages.

Graphistudio presents……me

Seems such a while since my last posting but so much has happened over the last few weeks that I really need to pinch myself to find out that this crazy journey I’m on at the moment is real.
The latest is that I have been asked by Graphistudio (the worlds largest wedding album manufacturer) to be the guest speaker on their stand at the NEC at Focus On Imaging, Europe’s largest annual imaging show & talk about how we do what we do.The show,held over four days plays host to over 30,000 vistitors from all aspects of the image industry
The two talks are titled confessions of a wedding photographer & cover everything, from how I started & what makes me click to the finished album including a few secrets along the way.
First talk starts at 12.00 the second at 3.00 on Monday 8th March on the Graphistudio stand, if your there call & say hello. Images will be posted on my facebook page…. Yes were on facebook, well isn’t everybody.

So that was 2009…Time for Iain & Lesleyann’s Party

WOW what an amazing few weeks, wedding bookings coming in thick & fast (even 2012) so thank you & welcome to all our new clients Im really looking forward to this year, anyway back to last year (seems so long ago) our last wedding of 2009, our last wedding of an amazing decade saw both Jane & I again at Kilhey Court on New Years Eve, what a day for a wedding & what a night for a wedding party.
Ive posted my Fave images for you to look at, but with so many to choose from it was a tough one. A great wedding to end the decade on & also a great way to look forward to a great decade, new friends, new locations & new memories…cant wait

Ian,Louise and Georgie…Gorgeous

Normally the Bride is the star of the show but have to say there was nearly an upset as Ian & Louise’s gorgeous daughter Georgie arrived in her dress. Our second home West Tower for this emotional wedding with personal vows from a gorgeous couple having all in tears and again the weather didn’t let us down, no snow, in fact some guests didn’t know what all the snow fuss was about.
For me the highlight was again the speeches, with a really funny poem given by Ian’s dad & a great Bestman’s speech by Ian’s brother all the way from Australia (yes he said it was cold) all finished by a great evening started by a casino from pier casinos, great company, great food, great casino, great fun, what more do you need…..red 14..red 14…red 14…damn!!!!