Nottingham Wedding Photographer Matt Selby – Best of 2017
To all who are reading this post I’d just like to wish you a happy new year, I hope you had an epic one. If you’ve somehow managed to find your way to this post a few months after it was published, happy summer! I hope the suns shining and hopefully Forest aren’t in the relegation zone! Anyway back to reality… It’s the start of 2018 and I decided it would be a good time to reflect on what has been a pretty awesome year.
2017 was a busy year for me, I had the pleasure meeting some lovely couples and capturing some stunning weddings. I’d like to personally thank each and every couple who put their faith in me to capture their big day. Also thanks to all the couples who’ve booked me for 2018 & 2019. I’m really looking forward to what should be another great year!
Last year was also a busy year for making improvements. It’s not often I go into detail about what goes into running a photography business, but to give you an idea of what you’re paying for when you invest in a professional wedding photographer here’s some of the things I improved/invested in last year.
To better reflect my style of wedding photography and to ensure the website was responsive across all platforms it was time for a new website in 2017. A lot of my web visitors are on mobile and its also an important ranking factor, so having a site which runs smoothly on all devices is imperative. The new site also has an SSL security certificate for a safer checkout and and improved proofing galleries with awesome mosaic layout for viewing your images.
Towards the latter stages of the year I had a complete shift in my branding. Moving towards a more opulent feel with a grey and gold logo. Did you know my new logo is an abstract geometric MS letter-mark inscribed in a diamond wedding ring!?
Even 7 years down the line, I still find myself investing in more and more equipment (I hope my wife’s not reading this!) Those who are familiar with my work will know I love the use of flash. I moved all of my lighting equipment over to Godox and bagged the new Xpro trigger as soon as it was released. This enables me to work fast and efficiently when using flash(s) at a wedding. I also said farewell to the Jinbei discovery to make way for the Elinchrom Ranger Rx, 1200w of magic!
The Nikon 50mm and 24-70 also made way as I decided to spend more time shooting with primes. in the summer of 2017 I got hold of the Sigma Art 50mm f1.4 lens, which is surprisingly better than the Nikon version optically and is really sharp wide open. This lens is forever on my camera body and has to be one of my favourite lenses to date 🙂
I also invested in a new machine to enable me to work better and more importantly faster! Editing became so much easier using 2x 1440p IPS monitors powered by an Intel Core i5 processor and 16gb RAM. My ‘work in progress’ data is stored in a solid state drive which is then moved over to an internal drive and backed up to an external drive. The back up is also backed up to the cloud. (You can never be too careful!)
With 2017 being my busiest year to date, it was important to be organised when it comes to client information. All data is securely stored using some pretty sophisticated business management software making it easier to keep track of shoots, clients, contracts and financial information. 2017 was also a busy year for client viewing sessions. These are presented using new software that enables me to render videos at 4k.
With the amount of choice on offer when it comes to wedding albums, my main priority from 2017 was to offer stylish and well presented storybook wedding albums without the hefty price tag. I offer a range of beautiful albums to suit all requirements and budgets. More info on the albums can be found here.
If you’ve got this far thanks for reading! Below are some of my favourite shots from the past 12 months.
Hopefully these images will give you an insight into the way I create imagery and what goes into creating your photographs. Thanks again to all the couples who chose me to capture their special day and thanks to all the venues and other suppliers who collectively contributed to the success of everyones wedding. Also special thanks to Christian my second shooter and partner in crime for your continued hard work and company!
If you’re newly engaged or looking for a Nottingham Wedding Photographer do get in touch to arrange a chat over a coffee. It would be great to meet you. You can also grab a copy of my 2018 brochure below 🙂
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