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Excited to release the special Doc Day 2024 episode of the Podcast! I once again took a little travel mic to the amazing Doc Day – the one-of-a-kind documentary wedding photography conference created by Annie & Kevin Kheffache – and I had a *brilliant* time, mini-interviewing almost 40 photographers from all over Europe. I spoke to the founders, speakers and attendees alike; thanks so much if I subjected you to my questions and, later in the episode, some slightly tipsy after-party ramblings…! These are the fab people you can hear from on this special episode (in order of appearance):
Alex Benyon, Martin Ellard, Paul Williams, Eve Dunlop, Gavin Jacob Power, Phil Salisbury, Linda Bouritius, Tadhg Nathan, Ryan Devereux, Ronan Palliser, Andy Sharman, Kevin Kheffache, Janina Brocklesby, Marco Teixeira, Ben Lee, Aga Maru, Nathan Walker, Nadine Lotze, Andrew Billington, Dominique Shaw, Liam Shaw, Leonard Walpot, Jay Doherty, Isabelle Hattink, Yves Schepers, Melissa Beckker, Janneke Walpot, Marisa Martins, Ana Backhaus, Annie Kheffache, Tom Beynon, Soven Amatya, Dave McClelland, Oonagh Casey, Pamela Brady & Paul McGinty.
Plus some brilliant singing by John Gillooley!
Tickets are on sale right now for Doc Day 2025 – and at the time of this episode’s release are on early-bird offer; grab one before they sell out.
Honoured to be joined by our This is Reportage Overall Photographer of the Year for 2023 today: The one and only Hollie Mateer! Not only was Hollie our POTY on our wedding site, but she was also the no.1 UK family photographer on our sister-site, This is Reportage: Family, and we talk about both documentary wedding and family work on today’s episode, including:
the moment she found out she had won Overall Photographer of The Year on TiR,
the story behind her unique ‘Chess’ Reportage Award,
how she captured her ‘Emergency’ Family Award,
why it’s important to not only show the good times when it comes to family photography,
photograping fellow TiR-member Chelsea Cannar’s wedding (and winning a Story Award with it, too!),
how she came to work alongside her husband, the fab Patrick Mateer,
why she loves the food at weddings (both from a hunger and photography perspective),
our Netflix synopsis game,
and so much more…
Awesome to be kicking off 2024 with the one and only Jay Doherty! If you’ve never met or heard from Jay before, you’re in for a treat, as not only is he a fantastic photographer, but he’s also one of the world’s loveliest humans – I don’t think it’s possible to listen to Jay without a huge smile on your face. Jay shares *so* much on the episode today, including:
how skateboarding influenced his wedding photography career,
a certain song he listens to before every wedding,
his personal project called ‘Wedding Grannies’,
the time he got stuck in the toilet at a bride’s house,
creating ‘Learning to Fly’, the wedding photography retreat,
the story behind his motorbike Reportage Award,
why he backs up his images as soon as he can,
becoming a Yoga teacher and the many benefits it can bring,
why he was late to his own wedding,
the importance of work-life balance,
and so much more…
So exciting to reveal the This is Reportage Photographer of the Year 2023: Hollie Rosa Mateer! With an incredible 14 Awards won in the year – 8 Reportage Awards & 6 Story Awards – she deservedly sits on top of our just-announced Top 100 Photographers in the World list. Congratulations, Hollie!
Excited to reveal the This is Reportage Storyteller of the Year 2023: David Scholes! Amazingly, he’s done it again: This is now the 3rd year in a row that David has been the Storyteller of the Year; a truly incredible feat. With 7 Story Awards won in the year, David sits deservedly on top of our just-revealed Top 25 Storytellers of the Year list. Many congratulations, David!