Firstly, I'd like to start off by wishing everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year! It's gone by so fast, but 2012 was a fantastic year for Joe Payne Photography with some truly gorgeous weddings for me to cover. With ceremonies and receptions at beautiful venues across North Carolina from Lake Lure to the Carolina Inn and Duke Chapel, a whole host of fantastic couples, and a number of awards it really was a great 12 months indeed. So it was really nice to end the year on a high note by winning the Wedding Photographic Society's "Photographer of the Year" award for 2012.

For those who do not know about the WPS, it's a network of professional photographers who come together to collaborate on photographic ideas, thoughts, and information in an attempt to elevate the artistic, technical, and business standards of the wedding photographic community. The Photographer of the Year is selected by means of a quarterly image competition which is open to all WPS members everywhere. The standard of work in the group is very high indeed and I was up against some very seasoned photographers who produce stunningly inspirational work.

Here is what the judges had to say:

"Joe showed off not only his versatility as a wedding photographer, but a wide range of vision while maintaining his stylistic approach to photography. Joe is newer to the area but, as you can see, has really made his mark as a professional wedding photographer. We really look forward to seeing more of his work in upcoming competitions but, for 2013, Joe is going to be on the sidelines fulfilling his WPS POTY duties."

And here are a few of my winning images:

Thanks to the WPS board for putting the time into organizing and judging the quarterly competitions, my clients for entrusting me with documenting their most special of days, Christopher at Nieto Photography for the use of the award night images and to my lovely wife Cristel for her support, encouragement and putting up with all the Saturdays and nights I leave her to deal with the kiddywinkies!

Best wishes to everyone for a brilliant 2013!

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  1. Thanks Christopher! I enjoyed playing with your 14-24. Can’t wait till Canon bring one out! All the best for 2013!


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