The Wedding Industry Awards 2015

Nov 28, 2014

The Wedding Industry Awards 2015
I was really thrilled recently to get through to the West Midlands Regional Finals of The Wedding Industry Awards 2015, for the Best Wedding Photographer, a fantastic awards evening followed at Mythe Barn, I didn’t win but I feel really honoured to have got this far and even more so when I read all the lovely comments that were left by my Brides and Grooms who voted. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to vote and leave feedback, it means so much to know that not only did you love your photos but you found me great to deal with too. I thought I’d share some of the comments I received;

“Jo was the consummate professional from start to finish. She puts you totally at ease with her relaxed manner, and feels more like a friend than the photographer. She doesn’t impose on your day like some photographers, she is almost unseen, but still manages to capture every special moment you would want her to, and more. The final photos were absolute stunning, her communication was excellent and we couldn’t have asked for any better. Would highly recommend Jo.”

“Jo captured the day perfectly – the pictures were so soft and magical, they really embodied the whimsical, country wedding we had hoped for. Jo was very professional, all of the guests (including myself and the groom) felt comfortable and relaxed throughout the day.The pictures were so natural, we forgot we even had a photographer there half of the time. We had also spend a lot of time decorating the church and barn, and not one detail was missed – making for a really memorable wedding album.” 

“It has been a pleasure having Jo as our photographer from beginning to end. On the day she was just nice to have around. We chatted away, but she was undemanding, completely flexible, always positive, making us feel that every picture she took was good! She trekked across fields and up a hill to give us the special photo we wanted, and when we saw the results they surpassed what we had expected.”

“Jo was utterly brilliant from start to finish – she was really enthusiastic about our day and nothing was too much trouble for her. We loved that she was very discreet with her photography and let us get on with our day as much as possible. She was great fun to be around and very professional. We always felt like she had time for us too.”

“I couldn’t have booked a better photographer than Jo, I work in the photography business myself and looked for a photographer with excellent lighting skills, the ability to capture the moment and great attention to details. As I work with images on a daily basis I would class myself as a hard customer to please, but the images and the service we received from Jo was absolutely outstanding! As well as being an excellent photographer she’s a fantastic person I highly recommend her”

“It was evident from Jo’s website as well as our from very first meeting, that Jo was passionate about her couples; It was our story to tell, but hers to publish! She understood that it’s not all about glitz and glamour, but about the quirky, meaningfully moments of a special day spent with family and friends. She saw past the wedding, and into what it truest meant for us to marry one another. I couldn’t have asked for more.”

“Jo was an amazing wedding photographer. We were impressed by her clear vision for our day, her organisation, but also her relaxed approach that made my wife and I very comfortable. She even managed to make the weather look good despite the rain. We would highly recommend her.”

“Her photos looked beautiful. They captured light beautifully, showed attention to detail and were not over-stylised. Her photos capture the character of her clients and also the mood of the day.”

“Once we found Jo we knew this was our only choice.”

“Jo was the perfect choice for our wedding photographer; we can’t recommend her enough. She is professional, friendly and understanding. From our very first meeting Jo understood us as a couple and the vision for our wedding. Jo captured our day, our friends and family perfectly. Her documentary photography style meant that she captured every moment of laughter, love and joy yet we and our guests hardly knew she was there – this is evidence of her professionalism and creativeness.”

“Jo was fab from start to finish. We met her a couple of times before the day and she made two us feel totally at ease. She was lovely to have around on the day, never making us or our family and friends stand around posing for ages whilst still producing amazing pictures which really reflect the happiness and joy of our day.”

“Jo was very welcoming and friendly from the very first meeting. Her pictures spoke volumes of her expertise as a photographer. After speaking with her we were convinced only Jo was going to capture our wedding photos. From start to finish we were put at ease and hardly knew she was at our wedding as she fitted in perfectly. Out guests on the day could not speak highly enough of how great she was. When our photos were ready they surpassed out wildest dreams, photos to be cherished for life.” 

“Her photos looked beautiful. They captured light beautifully, showed attention to detail and were not over-stylised. Her photos capture the character of her clients and also the mood of the day.” 

“When looking at Jo’s website, it was clear to see the style and quality of her work. She was lovely on the phone and at our meeting when arranging our day, making sure that I would have all of the family photos that I wanted. At our wedding, she fitted in perfectly – was so good at arranging the photos, was sociable with the guests (not bossy when organising) and all of the wedding party commented about how lovely and fun she was to work with! Would definitely recommend!” 

“When we were looking for our photographer for our wedding we found it hard to differentiate between the options available to us, until we came across Jo’s website. Instantly we were amazed by the quality and we loved Jo’s modern photography style, capturing in the moment stunning photographs. Our search for our photographer stopped instantly. We were so grateful that she had the date available and could provide a package to suit our needs. Needless to say we love our beautifully presented photos” 

“After 2years of planning my wedding, I wanted to be 100% certain my photographer would capture every single aspect of the day – Jo did this and so much more! She understood that the little details such as the aisle chair hangings to the ’ta-da’ moments, such as of course the reveal of THE dress, were just as important as each other. Not only did she single handily organise over 150 of my closest friends and family for the perfect picture, she also snapped there more intimate moments of the day” 

These comments mean the world to me, I absolutely love what I do, I get to be surrounded by people who love each other on one of the most important days of their lives and to find out what my couples think afterwards is such a reward, so here’s a great big Thank you!





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Jo Hastings is a Birmingham Wedding Photographer, offering creative, relaxed, natural wedding photography in the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Cotswolds and throughout the UK.

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