Phil Lynch photography blog

I am a Hertfordshire wedding and portrait photographer but cover weddings all across the UK. Thank you for taking a few moments to check out all the latest news, weddings and shoots that have been taking up most of my time recently. Please have a browse and if you feel inclined, don't forget to leave a comment. You can also view more of my work on my main website:

Monday 5 November 2012

Contemporary Wedding Photographer of the Year 2012 | Wedding photography in Herts

In my re-newed effort to blog the latest news, weddings, portraits etc I thought it might be prudent to post some quite exciting news that happened a short while ago. My wedding photography has gained me the distinction of becoming the Master Photographer Association (MPA Central Region) Contemporary Wedding Photographer of the year and overall Wedding Photographer of the Year 2012 (for the second year running), as well as the title of Contemporary Portrait Photographer of the Year! All in all I picked up 23 awards including 17 merits.

I have to say, I am quite chuffed as this follows on from becoming the MPA London and Essex Region Photographer of the Year 3 years ago, so a triple whammy.

The awards themselves had some of the regions top photographers present, so to walk away with a hat full of awards as well as the 'big' one was fantastic. As much as I wanted to win, I felt really inspired by some of the work that was entered and I left the evening feeling that the strength of photography in the East of England is at an all time high as far as the serious pro's and serious businesses are concerned. This can only be good news for the future couples that see wedding and portrait photography as more than just a commodity and something more akin to 'art'!

The winning wedding image.
Contemporary wedding photographer

First and second place in contemporary portrait category
Contemporary portrait photographer 
Hertfordshire portrait photo 4

First and second place in the 10 from 1 wedding category.
Priory Barns wedding photos
Gaynes Patrk Barns wedding photos

Third place in the child portrait category.
Hertfordshire portrait photo 2 3

Here are a selection of some of the photographs that picked up merit awards.
Hertfordshire portrait photographer
rdshire newborn photography 3
Hertfordshire portrait photo 25
rdshire newborn photography 2
Reid Rooms wedding photographer 2

The Grove wedding photographer
Gaynes Park Barns wedding photo
Coltsfoot Country Retreat wedding photographer
Ware Priory wedding photographer
Hertfordshire wedding photography 6

Hertfordshire wedding photo 3
Hertfordshire wedding photo 2
Priory Barns wedding photographer
Greek wedding photography

Thursday 1 November 2012

Winter weddings at Fanhams Hall - Fanhams Hall weddings | Laura and Thor

Boy I really struggle to keep on top of blog posts. Looking back at my last entry you could be forgiven for thinking that I had retired (not that old yet :-)).

In an attempt to get back in the swing of blogging more of my work I am going to dive right in and post my last wedding that I shot at Fanhams Hall a couple of weeks ago. I think that Laura and Thor should be just about back from their honeymoon so this will be a nice little surprise for them. I have just bought a fantastic new blogging tool called Blogstomp that creates quick and easy blog layouts so I really have no more excuses.

The wedding day was gorgeous, considering it had been raining all week, but Thor had promised me that the weather was going to be perfect on their day. He is not named after the god of thunder for nothing (pronounced Tor really) because he was true to his word and we had clear skies and beautiful light. So, great light, a fabulous venue at Fanhams Hall and a stunning looking couple! What more could I ask for? The day was good to go and made even more enjoyable when it just so happened that I knew one of the ushers. Little Chris! Always good for a laugh and very helpful on the odd occasion that I needed a little help. Thanks Chris.

Anyway, back to Laura and Thor.....

They both were fantastic on the day and were really going with the flow as far as the photography was concerned, as I knew they would after recalling that they booked me specifically for (and these are Laura's words) ..."The drama and glamour that you have in your work!"  "Wow!" I remember thinking at the time. "This is definitely my kind of couple".

Without boring you senseless with any more waffle, as I am not the best word-smith around, here are a few images from the day. I hope that you like them and if you feel inclined, it would be lovely to have some feedback in the comments section below this post.



Weddings at Fanhams Hall 20, Off camera flash wedding portrait
Wedding at Fanhams Hall, Wedding dress
Weddings at Fanhams Hall 2, Wedding rings
Weddings at Fanhams Hall 3, Wedding make-up
Weddings at Fanhams Hall 4, Wedding dress fitting
Weddings at Fanhams Hall 5, Bride portrait
Weddings at Fanhams Hall 6, Groom portrait
Weddings at Fanhams Hall 7, Groomsmen portrait
Weddings at Fanhams Hall 8, Wedding ceremony
Couple wedding at Fanhams, Ceremony at Fanhams
Weddings at Fanhams Hall 10, Signing register
 Weddings at Fanhams Hall 11, Reportage of Bride and Groom
Weddings at Fanhams Hall 13, Wedding couple portrait
Weddings at Fanhams Hall 12, Wedding portrait
Weddings at Fanhams Hall 15, Wedding on bridge at Fanhams Hall
Weddings at Fanhams Hall 14, Wedding couple
Weddings at Fanhams Hall 16, Couple on Fanhams red bridge
Weddings at Fanhams Hall 17, Couple on wedding in Fanhams gardens
Weddings at Fanhams Hall 18, Fanhams hall background
Weddings at Fanhams Hall 19, Great Hall at Fanhams
Weddings at Fanhams Hall 26, Wedding speeches in Great Hall
Weddings at Fanhams Hall 27, Dancing in Great Hall
Weddings at Fanhams Hall 28, Great Hall Wedding
Weddings at Fanhams Hall 21, Portrait with off camera flash
Weddings at Fanhams Hall 23, Sunset wedding silhouette of couple at Fanhams Hall