The main reason I take photographs is to show the beauty to my clients – either in themselves or their relationships. I want to see their eyes light up when they see their images.

I also like to keep up with the best of wedding and portrait photographers internationally – through meeting them as well as an on-line forum. We share our latest images and admire those of others, sometimes critiqueing so that we all improve.

Last night, the British Institute of Professional Photographers London & Home Counties division met for its annual print competition and I was lucky enough to win the Wedding and Portrait categories. It meant I brought home two trophies – the first (but hopefully not the last) trophies I’ve ever won. My friend David Islip won the Commercial category with what I first thought was a gas burner photographed in the dark, but which turned out to be an industrial water filter – in vivid blues & reds. I was so excited – and still am, the day after. One of the best things about the night was brilliant critiqueing of the images and taking them – teaching us new things and reminding us of things we’d forgotten. Below are the two images.