What a start to 2014!

January 30, 2014

If you’re a regular visitor to this blog, you may remember a professional highlight from 2013 was being accepted into one of the most prestigious wedding photography societies in the world, The International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers, ISPWP.

This was a very proud but also humbling event, which was followed soon after with winning an award in one of the competitions they hold. Well, a few days ago, I was staggered again to receive the following email…..


Hello Ian,

Congratulations! We’re writing to you to offer you an invitation to join Best of Wedding Photography. As you know, BOWP is an invitation-only membership group for top wedding photographers with very high standards for membership. 
We spent time looking over your site and we love your sense of style and your sense of fun — it infuses every one of your photo stories, and your website is gorgeous. We are not surprised to learn that your work has been published on several wedding blogs and why you are “regarded as one of the most talented professional wedding photographers in the world.”. We especially enjoyed your coverage of Liz and Andrew’s wedding – that opening image is stunning.

Overall, we love your bold, fresh, beautiful images that really capture the moments and the honesty of the events you document.
We hope that you will consider our invitation. You’re just the kind of photographer we’d love to see in the group, and we would be honoured to count you among our members.


I had to read this several times to make sure I was reading it correctly.

Since the business started, I’ve been aware of the Best of Wedding Photography group and the ISPWP and often been inspired and in awe of the work that is showcased  there. I have often dreamed of being a part of it, but, it must be said, more in hope than in expectation. To receive that email was truly jaw dropping. In fact, even typing this blog post, I still am finding it difficult to take in. Here is is how they are described….

BOWP is a premier, invitation-only directory of top wedding photographers. Our mission is simple: provide a single place where brides and members of the photography industry can go to quickly identify the outstanding wedding photographers in any market globally.

BOWP is among the most selective groups of wedding photographers in the industry. We look for photographers who are leaders in the field, combining stunning quality and style of imagery with tremendous business success and recognition by brides, fellow photographers, and others in the wedding industry.

We are truly honoured and very humbled to have been asked to be a part of this group.

What an incredible start to 2014!







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