Best wedding photography of 2016

Best Wedding Photography of 2016 by ARJ Photography

2016: One year, one hundred and fifty wedding photos by Adam Johnson

Here we are again! I always find it very therapeutic putting this post together each year. Life as a wedding photographer can get pretty hectic once the busy season hits full swing – and I mean that in a good way, but at times it’s hard to keep up with yourself! So sitting down at this time of year as things quieten down, with a mince pie or ten, to look through a year of wedding photos and pick out some favourites is a really nice way to put the year into perspective and feel really good about a job well done. I do still have Leanne and Ben’s wedding left to shoot on New Years Eve in Northern Ireland which I absolutely can’t wait for but they will have to go into next year’s annual round up post!

I always have my favourite photos as the year progresses but it’s always nice to look back with fresh eyes – there are the photos I remember but often others jump out as I’m flicking through. Sometimes they make this post and sometimes they don’t, but they always remind me of little moments from the year gone by and make me smile. I love how a photo can do that – restore an otherwise lost memory – and this is what I hope I’m able to do for my couples for many many years to come. That’s the true magic of photography I think.

There’s never any strategy in mind for me when I’m picking photos for this post – and as usual I’m absolutely not saying these are the best photos I’ve ever taken, they’re just my personal favourites from the past 12 months for one reason or another. I’m super pleased that this post has ended up being a total mixture of ‘portraits’ and ‘moments’ – I often say that in my work I like to try and blur the lines between the two and how every image I take should be good enough for a big frame on the wall or, in this case, a place on the blog! I want my moment-photos to feel like portraits and my portrait-photos to feel like moments!

So how do I possibly sum up 2016? I simply can’t. It’s been absolutely mind-blowingly tremendous and I’m genuinely sad it’s coming to an end. This year I’ve shot 41 weddings so far, all over the UK and in some of my favourite places in the whole world. But way more than that, I’ve met some of the best people I’ve ever met this year. I’ve changed this year because of them. I always say – and it’s becoming a bit of a personal cliche – that being a wedding photographer makes the world a bigger place for me and never has that felt truer than this year.

So, this post is about photos. But for me it’s about more than that. It’s always my line in the sand for the year ahead. I like to look at this post and see multidimensional variety and energy and vibrance and life and art and feel good about what I’ve created for my couples. But more than that I use it as a sort of benchmark for myself – something to be accountable to as I head into a fresh year. Ironically as I sit here, “Ready” by Kodaline has started to play on my Sonos… 2017 is already shaping up to be a special year. Can it live up to 2016? Who knows. In a way it doesn’t have to. But I sure am ready!

If you’ve been part of my 2016 – and especially if you’re in these photos – thanks a million! If you’re already part of my plans for 2017 then I can’t wait!

Have a great Christmas and New Year everyone! I hope you enjoy looking at these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!

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 by ARJ Photography. Adam Johnson is a multi award winning wedding photographer available for weddings in Cheshire, across the UK and for destination weddings worldwide. Photographing weddings with a passion for emotion, light and creativity to create magical collections of wedding photography for people in love across the world.

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77 Responses to “2016. This is it.”
  1. Neil Redfern
    said:

    I look forward to this post ever year mate and as just as I knew it would be, it’s ….insane. How you have managed to get so many incredible images in just 12 short months is crazy. You’re an unbelievable talent.

  2. Olly Knight
    said:

    Oh Adam!! These are insanely good images!! The one of the Mum kissing the Bride’s forehead is just perfect! Thanks for sharing your gift with all of us!

  3. Aga Tomaszek
    said:

    Adam, in case it never crossed your mind let me pronounce it – wedding photography doesn’t get better than this. I just wanted you to know. <3

  4. Sam Docker
    said:

    I didn’t want this blog post to end!!!! Or my doughnut, the doughnut went by frame 6!!! An insane collection mate, totally insane! Love you lots like jelly tots! x

  5. Igor Demba
    said:

    What an incredible set of images and what an epic year you have had Adam. 2017 doesn’t even know what is about to hit it. Keep inspiring us my friend!

  6. Lee Maxwell
    said:

    If I could swear on here I would! An exclamation mark doesn’t do enough to emphasise the impact this has! Stunning stunning work. Colours / Moments / Framing it has it all! Be proud.

  7. Damian
    said:

    So most of the UK photographer population have now just binned there ‘Best of 2016’ folder after seeing this – me included!!

    Absolute sublime throughout my friend – so incredible, thanks sharing your amazing artistry – it’s joy to witness!!

  8. Your Mother
    said:

    You were always remarkable in so many different ways but this ……..!!! Adam you just get better and better but somehow I’m not surprised, I am overawed. WOW!!!!

  9. Nathan
    said:

    Wow, seriously you’ve captured some inspiring moments in an incredible manor. Here’s to next season and many more.

  10. ian baker
    said:

    So many amazing shots, hard to choose a favourite. The one of the B an’ G tungsten lit at the bottom of the castle turret is a stonker though…

  11. Anna
    said:

    Oh maaaaaaan! I finally got to have a proper look at this post, so. many. superlatives, yet I feel all would be inadequate. I’m currently building my own ‘Best of’ but I think I need to go and make myself a nice cup of tea and find a purring cat to calm my eyes down. Daaaaamn.
    You’re awesome dude. Can I borrow your eyes?

  12. Aaron
    said:

    This wedding photography thing, it’s really resonated with you hasn’t it! The industry is fast paced and I consider you to be on the cutting edge of it right now. Impressive, like really impressive. You’ve tapped into something Adam

  13. Matt Parry
    said:

    All killer and no filler buddy. Your use of colour and comp is astounding. Proper show stopping stuff!!!

  14. Chris Seddon
    said:

    Bloomin’ wonderful photos! Such a great mix of humour and emotion. Epic portraiture and touching moments. Inspirational stuff! Have a great 2017!

  15. So damned impressive. But more than that, you can feel every memory within the amazing colour & composition – there is nothing distancing there, which feels rare.

  16. Anna
    said:

    Absolutely immense. Your passion for what you do bursts out of these images. I love the life and humanity in them, which you manage to capture at the same time as making them so beautiful aesthetically as well. You should be so proud of these.

  17. Wojtek
    said:

    One word – stunning. I won’t write too much but your work is definitely worth following. Really impressive!

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