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2013 – Um, WOW and also HECK YEAH.

Last year, I didn’t do one of these posts. I didn’t “sum up” my 2012 wedding photography, because I was so set on what 2013 was going to bring. Annnnnnnd boy did 2013 bring SOMETHING. In fact, I’m pretty sure it brought almost EVERYTHING.

Including: a Liza Minelli style pregnancy session (NOT me I hasten to add), official tog for Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza, a fire-breathing jester, loads of film photography, 5 generations of one family in one photo, international photography (I’m coming back for you, Europe, I’m coming back for certain), glittery bunny ears, a Tardis, custard pie splats, features on wedding blogs (Boho Weddings, Bespoke Bride, Whimsical Wonderland Weddings), photographing one of my favourite artists (I heart you, Lawrence and Heather), my photos featured in Mollie Makes magazine, successfully running TWO of my own workshops (ready for next year, Home Barn?), photographed all 19 members of one family in one go, my first and wonderful civil partnership, and, and, and ALLL THE THINNNNNGSSSSS.

Not to mention, my target of 15 of the most incredible weddings ever, with the most supportive friends I have had in a LONG TIME.

So yeah. It’s been pretty good, y’know?

The photos below aren’t to show off “my best work”. They’re actually more of a reminder of the best (and worst?) moments for me. Reminders of everything from laughing until I gave myself a headache, stomach ache and maybe threw up a little bit, right through to crying until physically, I could just cry no more. Times when I’ve questioned myself and all I do, wondering if I’m doing it right. Times when I have absolutely no doubts about what I do, when someone says to me, “Omg JAYYYY!!! You’ve made me look GORGEOUS!!!” (I did no such thing. I just showed you what you look like. I don’t get on well with Photoshop, to be honest). There are people in these images who are no longer with us. There are others who have brought new lives into the world. It’s been a roller coaster, I can say that for certain.

I have massive dreams plans and aspirations for 2014, of course. I already have Austria, France, Spain and Los Angeles in my mind. In the last 24 hours I’ve just booked an international wedding. I have creative ideas bursting to go. I have some big changes coming to my business (new brand name coming very soon…). And I have my awesome and incredibly wonderful friends to cheer me on, like they’ve already done this year. I can’t tell you how much you all rock.

See you in the new year dudes! xxxx

Hayley & Chris E-Shoot, Birmingham, Custard Factory, Apr 13Rebecca B, Solihull Pregnancy photography, Feb 13Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza, Fazeley Studios, Birmingham MarchAlice & Jon, Bristol Wedding Photography, March 2013Melanie & Martin, Clay House Wedding, Halifax, May 2013Corinne & Gareth, Ecclesall Woods wedding, Sheffield, April 13Mari & Paul, Kent Wedding Photography, Little Hermitage, March 2Emma & Mark E-Shoot, Birmingham Apr 13Corinne & Gareth, Ecclesall Woods wedding , Sheffield, April 13Bal & Llewe, Berrow Court, Birmingham, May 2013Mari & Paul, Kent Wedding Photography, Little Hermitage, March 2Hayley & Chris E-Shoot, Birmingham, Custard Factory, Apr 13Laura & Alex, Ironbridge, Telford Wedding photography, August 20Emma & Mark, Bedern Hall wedding, York, May 2013Emma & Leon, Bromsgrove Wedding Photography, September 2013Folio Freedom Tour, Asahi Pentax, Fuji 400H, June 13Emma & Mark, Bedern Hall Wedding, York, May 2013Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza, Fazeley Studios, Birmingham MarchMari & Paul, Kent Wedding Photography, Little Hermitage, March 2Melanie & Martin, Clay House, Halifax, May 2013Walton Family Lifestyle, Chesterfield, Apr 13Hayley & Chris, Hellens Manor, Herefordshire wedding photographyEmma & Mark E-Shoot, Birmingham Apr 13Charlotte & Matt, The Lake at Barston, Solihull, July 13Emma & Mark, Bedern Hall, York, May 2013Laura & Alex, Ironbridge, Telford Wedding photography, August 20Emma & Leon, Bromsgrove Wedding Photography, September 2013Mari & Paul, Kent Wedding Photography, Little Hermitage, March 2Melanie & Martin, Clay House, Halifax, May 2013Hayley & Chris E-Shoot, Birmingham, Custard Factory, Apr 13Emma & Leon, Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove, July 13Melanie & Martin, Clay House, Halifax, May 2013Dena & Andy, Bromsgrove, July 13Corinne & Gareth, Ecclesall Woods, Sheffield, April 13Hayley & Chris, Hellens Manor, Herefordshire wedding photographyTrevor & Martyn, Tortworth Court, Gloucestershire Wedding PhotogEmma & Leon, Bromsgrove Wedding Photography, September 2013Barcelona, Ceret, Collioure, Nov 2013Hayley & Chris, Hellens Manor, Herefordshire wedding photographyEmma & Leon, Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove, July 13Emma & Leon, Bromsgrove Wedding Photography, September 2013Nargis & Mark, Asian Birmingham Wedding PhotographyTrevor & Martyn, Tortworth Court, Gloucestershire Wedding PhotogHayley & Chris, Hellens Manor, Herefordshire wedding photographyEmma & Leon, Bromsgrove Wedding Photography, September 2013Lisa & Gavin, Weston Hall, Staffordshire Wedding Photography, OcAlice & Jon, Bristol Wedding Photography, March 2013Trevor & Martyn, Tortworth Court, Gloucestershire Wedding PhotogLisa & Gavin, Weston Hall, Staffordshire Wedding Photography, OcEmma & Mark E-Shoot, Birmingham Apr 13Hayley & Chris, Hellens Manor, Herefordshire wedding photographyEmma & Leon, Bromsgrove Wedding Photography, September 2013Barcelona, Céret, Collioure, Nov 2013Emma & Leon, Bromsgrove Wedding Photography, September 2013Lisa & Gavin, Weston Hall, Staffordshire Wedding Photography, OcCastle Galleries Solihull, Lawrence Coulson, March 2013Hayley & Chris, Hellens Manor, Herefordshire wedding photographyLaura & Alex, Ironbridge, Telford Wedding photography, August 20Lisa & Gavin, Weston Hall, Staffordshire Wedding Photography, OcTrevor & Martyn, Tortworth Court, Gloucestershire Wedding PhotogEmma & Leon, Bromsgrove Wedding Photography, September 2013Lisa & Gavin, Weston Hall, Staffordshire Wedding Photography, OcMelanie & Martin, Clay House, Halifax, May 2013Corinne & Gareth, Ecclesall Woods, Sheffield, April 13Nargis & Mark, Asian Birmingham Wedding PhotographyEclectic Wedding Extravaganza 3, Fazeley Studios, Nov 2013Dena & Andy, Bromsgrove, July 13Barcelona, Céret, Collioure, Nov 2013Lisa & Gavin, Birmingham Engagement Shoot, September 2013Emma & Leon, Bromsgrove Wedding Photography, September 2013Walton Family Lifestyle, Chesterfield, Apr 13Dena & Andy, Bromsgrove, July 13Barcelona, Céret, Collioure, Nov 2013Laura & Alex, Ironbridge, Telford Wedding photography, August 2013Lisa & Gavin, Weston Hall, Staffordshire Wedding Photography, OcEclectic Wedding Extravaganza 3, Fazeley Studios, Nov 2013Lisa & Gavin, Weston Hall, Staffordshire Wedding Photography, OcCybher UK, London, June 2013Emma & Leon, Bromsgrove Wedding Photography, September 2013Hayley & Chris, Hellens Manor, Herefordshire wedding photographyCharlotte & Matt, The Lake at Barston, Solihull, July 13Mari & Paul, Kent Wedding Photography, Little Hermitage, March 2Rebecca B, Solihull Pregnancy photography, Feb 13Hayley & Chris, Hellens Manor, Herefordshire wedding photographyThe Smalls, Birmingham, May 13Cybher UK, London, June 2013Lisa & Gavin, Weston Hall, Staffordshire Wedding Photography, OcTrevor & Martyn, Tortworth Court, Gloucestershire Wedding Photography, August 13Barcelona, Céret, Collioure, Nov 2013Lisa & Gavin, Birmingham Engagement Shoot, September 2013Corinne & Gareth, Ecclesall Woods, Sheffield, April 13Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza 3, Fazeley Studios, Nov 2013Hayley & Chris, Hellens Manor, Herefordshire wedding photographyWalton Family Lifestyle, Chesterfield, Apr 13Dena & Andy, Bromsgrove, July 13Lisa & Gavin, Weston Hall, Staffordshire Wedding Photography, OcEclectic Wedding Extravaganza 3, Fazeley Studios, Nov 2013Castle Galleries Solihull, Lawrence Coulson, March 2013Dena & Andy, Bromsgrove, July 13Barcelona, Céret, Collioure, Nov 201314d Hayley & Chris E-Shoot, Birmingham, Custard Factory, Apr 13Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza 3, Fazeley Studios, Nov 2013

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Claire Penn

DUDE. One helluva year…. things are only going to get better, crazier and take you further and further, higher and higher…. and you bloody deserve it. I have loved working with you (and drinking with you) this year, long may both continue. Big love…. xxxxxxxxx

Emma Whisper

You are one extremely talented lady! Xxx

Great work Jay, more of you on my blog next year plase. xxxx

Ahhhh thank you Kelly! That would be WONDERFUL, thank you so much! xxx

BOOOOOOOOOOM!

Friggin crazy year!

Good to have shared some of it with you ma crazy friend! And hey, I made the post!

2014 will be seriously cool dude… you just watch.

x

Hahah Shelly as if I could NOT include that photo of you, eh?? 😉 I’m totally braced for 2014. Let’s DO THIS. x

Holly Gadd Rogers

Dude, you have the schwartz. Seriously.

Hahah thanks Holly, I try, innit? 😉

Awesome work Jay! Even spotted one of my favourite places – Collioure 🙂

Thank you Jo! And yes, Collioure was GORGEOUS, I can’t wait to go back next year! 🙂

AWE
SOM
ENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love it, you have had an ace year!!!! looking forward to seeing your stuff from 2014! have a great xmas n new years stuffs;-)

Hahahahaha!!!! Thanks loads Gavin, really appreciate that! 2014 is going to be ridonkulous, I’m quite sure of it. Happy Chrimbo to you too, dude. 😉

WOW!! Jay you have shot some awesome weddings this year. Absolutely brilliant photography. Been a real pleasure meeting you this year Jay. The Balls 😉

Thanks Jaime! It’s been GREAT getting to know you guys this year too, can’t wait to see what YOU have in store for next year! 😉 x

Wendy Thomas

Oh Jay. <3 They're all so lovely.

Hayley Read

Wow!

Lewis Duncan

Some inspiring work! You must be so proud of your work! Seriously amazing photos! X

Brilliant, Brilliant, Bloody Brilliant!!!! What an amazing showcase from an amazing person. The warmth and emotion conveyed in these pics is a brilliant reflection of you, and they are all, well. Just Aces!!!!!
Love ’em.
You can carry on now….
🙂

Hahahahahah!!! Thanks so much Matt, I really appreciate that. It was a pleasure working with you, hope to repeat in 2014 if you’ve not been snapped up left, right, and centre already! 😀 x

knockout!!! awesome roundup, what a year! fantastic work Jay, high 5 for 2014 bring it on and do more of your awesomeness 😀 xxx

Ahw thanks Zoe!! I’m glad you were part of my year, and well yeah, I’ll try to bring as much awesome as I can for 2014, eh? 😀 xxx

[…] 2013, Um, WOW And Also HECK YEAH – From Jay Mountford […]

Wow Jay. What a blumming year. Xxxxx

Thanks Kelly!! It’ was pretty damn cool 😉 xxx

OOOHHHHH – too much epic all in the one blog post – you did all THAT in one year? HOW THE……

I loved your honour and tenderness that shone through int he pics you have taken. You are sincerely an awesome person, with a wicked eye for epic shots m’lady xxxxxxx

ALSO – animated GIF – win!

Heheheh thank you Zoe! Thank YOU for sticking around and being so awesome. Meeting you this year was a HIGHLIGHT – I still laugh (and dream…) about it! You blummin ace thing, you. xx

Dearest Jay, you are all my favourite things. You are a Bacon Bitch, hot, funny, talented and, my favourite thing, Black. A girl has to have at least one black friend…. particularly if that friend has a collection of cameras and can play the cello standing on her head. Also you are my favourite Ninja….. Black, ninja bacon bitch…. honestly, it’s all working for me. See you on the other side of the booze riddled New Year fucker! Love ya!

Shelly: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA *wheeze* HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! I heart you dude, ya crazy funky bitch. x

Can you really play the cello standing on your head?

*BOWS DOWN IN AWE*

Hahahah Babb, yes I actually can! Although, I’m not entirely sure I remember how I came to discover that fact… *PROUD FACE*

Gemma Evans

Geeze girl! Super busy and amazing year, may things continue being great. You deserve extra unicorn sprinkles. Love you and your work. Hope we get to meet. Xx

Thank you Gemma! I’ll take those unicorn sprinkles any time. 😉 Hope we meet soon! x

WOW Jay, what a fantastic compilation of images, you’ve had a fab year by the looks of it, I’m really looking forward to seeing more awesomeness from you this year 🙂 xxx

Thanks so much Bhavna! I can only get even better, right? 😉 xx

Cracking year my dear…. this year we will shoot the life outta of a wedding

YES LEE!!!! That needs to happen, please. Thanks dude. 😉

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