Wow! What can I say? After last night’s brilliant UK Wedding Industry Awards event at London’s Bloomsbury Ballrooms, I’m a little overwhelmed by the wonderful comments from the couples whose weddings I documented during the qualifying period of November 2012 through to October 2013.

Client comments and scores are hidden from view from all Wedding Industry Awards 2014 entrants until they are no longer in competition for the National Title and are then made available for entrants to view. Posted below are my overall scores out of 10 and the anonymous comments I received from my couples. Thanks so much to all of my couples who took time out to vote for me, it really is truly appreciated. I may not have won the National Title for best photographer, but I’m absolutely chuffed to have made the final seven out of a total of 246 entrants in the photography category and win the East Midlands region in doing so. Thanks again folks! Maybe next year and third time lucky, who knows?

Voter Scores (out of 10)

First figure is My Score – The second figure is the Average Score of all photographers in the 2014 Wedding Industry Awards

Ability of your photographer to understand, interpret and realise your vision and ideas.: 9.733: 9.749
Quality of expertise, advice and guidance received from your photographer.: 9.8: 9.811
Quality of customer service and communication received from your photographer.: 9.833: 9.883
Your photographer’s personal presentation and their ability to understand and fit into your wedding.: 9.967: 9.906
Quality of your photographer’’s web presence (web site, facebook etc).: 9.933: 9.835
Coverage, delivery and quality of the finished photographs etc (including online and ‘real’ albums etc). : 9.897: 9.856
Value for money.: 9.667: 9.752

General Comments (in random order)

“Ian Bursill is a great professional and a great person. Since the first meeting we were put instantly at ease and all communication with him was a pleasure. His work speaks for itself, journalistic style that captures all moments that others miss! We would not have wanted another photographer!”

“Ian is AMAZING! You don’t know he’s there but he captures the most special moments and tells a story of your day in photographs.”

“Ian’s style and talent for seeing the moments of a wedding is amazing. It’s the little things he sees and photographs; a glance, something in the background, humour and sincerity that make him a fantastic wedding photographer. Every time I look at his photos I see something new.”

“Ian was fantastic and gave us a brilliant set of memories of our day. He was also fantastically personable and accommodating when I wanted a shot in my wellies!”

“From start to finish Ian was incredible. He has a rare ability to make everyone feel completely relaxed on the day and it was a real pleasure to have him as our photographer. Our photographs are truly amazing. Ian has captured the day better than we could ever have imagined.”

“We liked the way he was unobtrusive, especially when to start with we didn’t want a photographer. He captured moments that we didn’t see on the day and were a great surprise to see afterwards.”

“All round great guy”

“Ian is a great guy, so easy to get along with and several family members and guests commented on how lovely he was and how unobtrusive he was on the day. He was very professional throughout the run up to the day and made sure every detail was thought about. He has taken some amazing shots for us!”

“Ian was a joy to work with & a true professional in the lead up to, and on, our wedding day. On the day he was a calming force & so discreet that we almost forgot he was there. His photographs truly capture the emotion, personalities, and the chemistry between our families & friends on our day.”

“I had admired Ian’s work for a long time and always said that if my partner was ever to propose, I would book him, no questions asked. Great personality and amazing photography style, just what we wanted on our special day.”

“What can I say – when all you have at the end of your day is your pictures, you want them to be the best. Ian made us feel totally at ease, and he just got it. The style, the relaxed feel, everything. I would not hesitate to recommend him!”

“From the moment we saw Ian’s work, it was clear in our minds there was no other photographer who would be able to create the memories we wanted from our special day and he surpassed all our expectations. The unique way in which he captured our day was perfect and we can not thank him enough.”

“A fantastic photographer who managed to capture all the emotion of the day. We didn’t want many formal photos but instead just capture the moments as they were. Now, looking back through the album (which is arranged brilliantly and finished to such a high quality) it really takes us back to the day.”

“Ian was so approachable upon our first meeting and we knew immediately that we felt comfortable having him photograph our day, as it is a very personal day and he felt like our friend.”

“Ian’s pictures speak for themselves. They are amazing and tell a story of the day. What you don’t see is How great Ian is on the day. In the morning he was a great help relaxing people and making us feel at ease. After we left the house I forgot he was there. No hassling or getting in the way.”

“We are so happy we chose Ian to be our photographer – he blended into our wedding incredibly, everyone felt extremely comfortable with him – and the photos are stunning – emotional, funny, breathtaking… Ian captured our day just perfectly.”

“Ian is an amazing photojournalist. We were so happy with our wedding pictures. On the day we hardly noticed Ian was there at all and he captured all the moments perfectly. The photos really tell the story of the whole day from start to finish.”

“Everything was perfect, every photo he took is a keeper!”

“Ian was a great asset on our day, producing shots that really captured the moment, and showed what we had planned to produce. His work was exceptional”

“Ian was great and got along with all the family he was so professional and his photos where great! We really like Ian”

“Ian’s ability to capture the most magical moments of your day is completely beautiful. He sees things that the normal eye would not & upon viewing the images after the event it simply takes your breath away. All this done with his magical ability to completely disappear into the background. Outstanding”

“Wouldn’t change a thing. The photos are beautiful & have preserved our wedding day perfectly. I’ve had so many compliments on the final images – even from male friends who usually aren’t that interested! Ian’s unobtrusive style on the day is perfect: you don’t notice him, but he misses nothing.”

“We were really impressed and so happy with our choice. He didn’t take over our wedding as we have seen at other peoples weddings. Our day was free flowing and we could enjoy it instead of posing for photos. The results are great, everyone who has seen the photos are amazed.”

“From our initial meeting with Ian, through to our actual wedding day and the proofing afterwards, Ian was nothing but fantastic, very professional, but also very friendly and easy to be around which we though to be very important for us and our guests.”

“Right from our first interaction we were confident that our wedding was going to be captured well on camera to give us lasting memories of our special day. Ian understood our needs and really delivered on his promises offering us a tailored wedding photography service that we are very grateful for.”

“Ian understood exactly what we wanted and the results were better than we imagined. He left us and our guests to enjoy our day without being posed and positioned and yet captured intimate, fun and wonderful moments that bring back memories when we look at the album he so thoughtfully put together.”

“I can’t speak highly enough of Ian Bursill. He knew exactly what to do to capture our day the way we wanted it. His specialism in taking natural photographs created a vivid narrative with genuine warmth and emotion captured brilliantly.”

“A thorough professional, but one with a laid back approach that was perfect for our wedding. Ian captured every aspect of our day in his unique style. He shoots emotions rather than a series of posed pictures, and this truly brings out the essence of character. Ian is a first class photographer.”

“Ian captured the emotions of our day beautifully. His ‘reportage’ style appealed to us & he did not disappoint. On the day, we honestly didn’t notice his presence (like a sniper!), yet the wonderful images proved he witnessed every memorable moment. Absolutely perfect, all our guests love our photos.”

“He was brilliant”

Why They Booked (in random order)

“His style of photography was exactly what we were looking for, his images were beautiful, he promptly responded to initial inquiries, my mum met with him and said he was lovely to be around, and he was within our budget.”

“We saw a sample at Sutton Bonington and it was our favourite from all the others. We were planning to have a friend take photos for us on the day and we told him we wanted photo’s like Ian’s. We realised a few months before that this wasn’t going to work and we were really happy that Ian was available. His approach really suited us and his friendliness reassured us we made the right decision.”

“I read about him on a blog from another wedding and researched him. He had great reviews.”

“Because we really liked him and his photos were great”

“As an Amateur photographer myself, I had admired Ian’s work for a long time. When my partner proposed and we started discussing photographers, there were no doubts as to who we were going to pick. Ian’s photography style was exactly what we wanted. He fitted in perfectly on the day and all of the guests commented on how friendly he was, he spoke to everyone and made everyone feel comfortable, even my husband and I! Overall, an amazing photographer who I would always recommend.”

“When we decided to have our civil partnership one of the most important things for us was the photographer. Whomever we decided to go with was going to create the images we would enjoy for the rest of our lives. Ian’s unique style of photography was exactly what we were looking for. After meeting him for the first time, we knew there was no one else who would suit us. He made us feel so at ease and was more than happy to discuss everything that we wanted and enabled it all to happen. He spent so much time going through all of our options and made sure we were happy with everything that we had decided. Ian was in constant contact with us, whenever we wanted to check in and nothing was too much trouble for him. His attention to detail on the day was amazing and is willingness to go the ‘extra mile’ to capture all of our memories made the day extra special. He is a truly talented photographer with an equally fantastic personality which left us with confidence in him right from the start. Then on the day our guests could not have been anymore complimentary of him, he really could have been just another guest, blending in perfectly and capturing fabulous pictures without anyone realising. The perfect way to see our day through the eyes of our guests. We can not recommend him enough and in our opinion there is no other worthier winner!”

“His previous work for other weddings was amazing and we wanted the pictures to tell a story of the day.”

“Because of his style and he was better than anyone else we looked at. And he was available for our wedding date too.”

“His ‘reportage’ style and the lack of numerous contrived formal photos really appealed to us. His website was very good & looking through some of his online photo galleries brought tears to my eyes. When we met up we really liked him and he got to know us as a couple and he listened to what we wanted and we trusted that he would produce some incredible photos of our special day – which he did – and then some!!”

“The quality of his work in his resume showed he had an eye for catching “moments” something that not everyone has and was worth paying for.”

“Sense of the moment captured without formality or stress”

“We were confident in his ability to provide what we were looking for.”

“We booked Ian because we love a natural documentary style of photography and his photos stood out as the best in our area, he uses quality instruments and processing along with that he is a ruddy lovely bloke.”

“Because I just didn’t trust anyone else to do the job as well as I knew Ian would.”

“Friend spoke very highly of his work.”

“Quality of portfolio.”

“Great quality”

“Recommended through a family member.”

“His photos are brilliant. We wanted a someone to document the day. No posed photos or a photographer who takes over. Ian understood our needs from the first meeting and did exactly what we wanted”

“We wanted a natural style of photo and after viewing his website and speaking to others that had previously utilised his expert talents we had no hesitation. Ian as a person is also one of the main reasons we asked him to document our day. He is now a honorary Italian and impressed all of our guests. We would book him again!”

“We had seen some of his work through friends.”

“Personal recommendation and loved the photographs of weddings he had done previously and also how impressed friends had been.”

“We had seen Ian’s work in the past and we knew he was perfect for our wedding – he is extremely talented and his photography is natural, emotive and beautiful”

“Because he offered a relaxed documentary approach that meant we could totally relax on the day knowing he would capture the special moments without us having to pose for hours or disturbing our guests in any way! We loved the candid shots of the guests and the build up the ceremony, his pictures tell a story of the whole day and bring back so many memories each time we look at them. He really did capture the best moments of our special day!”

“We had seen the quality of work when he beautifully captured a friends wedding. When we met with him his calm and understanding manner instantly put us at ease and we knew we were in very good hands.”

“We loved his style of photography and booked him there and then. And once we had our meeting with him we knew we were happy with everything.”

“I’d experienced the way Ian works, his easy relaxed and unobtrusive style at my friend’s wedding & her photos were fantastic!”

“We identified a number of local photographers on the internet, from this group we decided to meet three of them. From the moment we met Ian we found him very friendly, professional and helpful. This, with the excellent quality of his work which he showed us made the decision very easy for us.”

“Myself and my husband are avid photographers and admired Ian’s style. It was the images that sold him initially.”

“We always favourited him from the start after he had photographed my sisters wedding. Naturally we shopped around when looking but no one even came close. It was ultimately the timeless images he captures that drew us to him but for us personally it is the person he is. Never a more kind natured and unobtrusive person. I knew that as the bride during prep etc i would feel 100% comfortable having him there. He was wonderful with the children and as I said previously he literally disappears. You look back at the images and simply do not remember him being there to take that shot. For me that’s what his style of photography is all about. Completely unstaged unposed and unawkward. I would without a doubt recommend him to all my friends and family and I am now trying to think of another event we can have just to have him photograph our family again!”

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Congratulations and with all those 9.999 scores maybe you should try your luck at Olympic Gymnastics or failing that Strictly Come Dancing?