The Best of The Best 2017

At the end of last year I published my ‘Best of 2017’ post, where I look back at the many weddings in Cornwall that I have photographed over the previous twelve months and compile a round-up of some of my favourite images.

It’s a laborious task to troll through thousands of photographs but one that I take great pleasure in, as I get to relive all those moments again and it reaffirms why I feel so privileged to be able to do this for a living.

Looking through these pictures made me think about why photography is so important. Not only does it document history but it keeps us in touch with the past; it gives us a means to remember those that we have lost and to share our lives with the next generation.

Weddings are full of story telling potential, as the bride and groom’s nearest and dearest are gathered together to share in this celebratory event. The guests reminisce about how the couple came to meet and it’s a joyous occasion which is full of emotion.

Weddings make good photography but a wedding photographer does more than just document the day. Great wedding photography records the story of the event, combining technical skill with the social skills needed to put people at ease and to capture genuine moments.

I compiled fifty wedding photographs in my ‘Best of 2017’ post, but I wanted to handpick a small selection of these that I thought would highlight why good wedding photography is so important.

There was just one problem… Being  attached to all of these images, I found it impossible to choose. So I enlisted the help of someone else to help me, my biggest critic – my husband!

I asked him to look through my fifty images and to choose a handful of these that made him feel something emotionally. These are the ones that were chosen…


When I asked him why he chose the images he did, he simply said that he thought they covered all aspects of what a wedding is about – the coming together of the generations – young and old, anticipation, love, laughter, tears and togetherness. I think he hit the nail on the head.

I’m a documentary wedding photographer in Cornwall and it’s my job (and my passion) to capture moments like these between people.

I love what I do for a living and I get satisfaction from the work that I produce, but it’s always good to hear the comments that my couples make about my wedding photography. It’s comments like these that help other couples make the decision to book me to photograph their future wedding.

This week I received some of my couples’ feedback from the South West Wedding Awards nomination I had at the end of last year. I’m not ashamed to say that these comments brought a tear to my eye. Here are some of the things that they said…

“Tracey’s professionalism was excellent throughout the whole process – the initial contact, meeting us and listening to everything that we wanted, the photography on the day, to keeping us to up date on her progress afterwards. Her photographs of our wedding are simply stunning and have brought back such smiles and laughter. She captured everything that we wanted – fun and flamingos!”

“Tracey was an absolute delight at our wedding. The gorgeous photos that she captured will sit forever so preciously in our home and our memories. Tracey fitted in with our friends and family so well, she was professional and discrete. I would always recommend Tracey!”

“Tracey made our wedding complete, from her organisation to her friendly communication throughout. I always cry when I look at our wedding photographs. She captured the most wonderful day of our lives in such a beautiful way and I will always be thankful to her.”

“I can not recommend or praise Tracey highly enough, this lady kindly agreed to be our wedding photographer with less than a week’s notice, despite her busy schedule. We had a slightly unusual wedding day, as we had to organise the whole thing with a week’s notice as my mother (who had been diagnosed with cancer) was deteriorating rapidly. It was her wish to see me get married before she died. We are so pleased that we chose Tracey, she showed compassion, kindness and great empathy. She captured the spirit and the emotion of this very special day for us and we will treasure the pictures for a lifetime. Her style of photography has a certain edge that sets her apart from other photographers. I love how she captures a feeling in a moment and I just love her work.”

“Tracey is a genuinely passionate and caring person who made herself part of our family for a day. We couldn’t have asked for anything more – professionalism, talent and passion.”

It’s receiving comments like these that make me feel like I have the best job in the world 🙂

If you are looking for a documentary wedding photographer in Cornwall to capture your day, please get in touch. I would love to hear from you.