20 Best Photographs of 2018

My annual collation of favourite images shot during the last 12 months.

Maria & Chris' Wedding in Albacete, Spain by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography

Maria & Chris’ Wedding in Albacete, Spain by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography

As usual I was with the bride as she prepared for the ceremony, and rode in the car with Maria and her father to the venue. On the way I spotted this gorgeous field of poppies and asked the driver to pull over so we could do a few pictures in the middle of the flowers.

DJ and Olly's Wedding at Hackney Town Hall and The V & A Museum of Childhood, London by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 23rd June 2018

DJ and Olly’s Wedding at Hackney Town Hall and The V & A Museum of Childhood, London by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 23rd June 2018

I had shot at Hackney Town Hall in East London the previous year, and done a very similar shot in the art deco hallway which separates the ceremony rooms there. I liked this moment Deok and Olly shared, a few minutes after leaving their wedding ceremony, sometimes couples left without any posing or direction provide the most intimate moments.

DJ and Olly's Wedding at Hackney Town Hall and The V & A Museum of Childhood, London by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 23rd June 2018

DJ and Olly’s Wedding at Hackney Town Hall and The V & A Museum of Childhood, London by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 23rd June 2018

A detail shot of the transport DJ and Olly chose to ferry their guests from Hackney Town Hall down the road to the V & A Museum of Childhood where they held their reception.

Sophie and Dean's Wedding at De Veer Wotton House, Guildford by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 7th July 2018

Sophie and Dean’s Wedding at De Veer Wotton House, Guildford by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 7th July 2018

With everyone ready to head down to the ceremony something caught this bridesmaids eye behind her.

Frankie and Stuart's Wedding at Holy Trinity Church, and Reception at Weymouth Golf Club by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 25th August 2018

Frankie and Stuart’s Wedding at Holy Trinity Church, and Reception at Weymouth Golf Club by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 25th August 2018

Kieran, one of the groomsmen, holding his young daughter at the wedding ceremony – keeping the children occupied during the quiet moments seems to be a perpetual battle for guests.

Frankie and Stuart's Wedding at Holy Trinity Church, and Reception at Weymouth Golf Club by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 25th August 2018

Frankie and Stuart’s Wedding at Holy Trinity Church, and Reception at Weymouth Golf Club by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 25th August 2018

After ceremony we drove out to Overcombe beach, near Weymouth, to do some location shots – so glad we did, this was shot right at the end, as we were walking back I realised the angle was better than the shots I had set up right by the shore, with the simplicity of the blue sea and sky as a background, I asked the bride and groom to stop for a couple more pictures.

Ian and Alex's Wedding at Dublin City Hall and Fallon & Byrne Food Hall, Dublin, Ireland by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography

Ian and Alex’s Wedding at Dublin City Hall and Fallon & Byrne Food Hall, Dublin, Ireland by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography

Father and Son share a moment on the couch before the ceremony.

Ian and Alex's Wedding at Dublin City Hall and Fallon & Byrne Food Hall, Dublin, Ireland by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography

Ian and Alex’s Wedding at Dublin City Hall and Fallon & Byrne Food Hall, Dublin, Ireland by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography

Ian and Alex held their wedding ceremony at Dublin City Hall, which is a stunning piece of 18th century architecture. This was shot by lying the camera flat on the floor and using self timer to activate shutter with a wide angle lens.

Mary and Dan's Wedding at Morden Hall, Morden, South London, England by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 20th October 2018

Mary and Dan’s Wedding at Morden Hall, Morden, South London, England by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 20th October 2018

Dan and Mary got married late October, in my last job of 2018, and I was keen to use the Autumn colours in their wedding pictures. To cope with the strong backlighting from the sun I used a Profoto B1 Flash head with 5 foot octabox to illuminate the couple, really enjoy using artificial lighting to create something different from most wedding portraits.

Megan & Liam's Wedding at The Riveria Hotel, Weymouth by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 22nd September 2018

Megan and Liam’s Wedding at The Riveria Hotel, Weymouth by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 22nd September 2018

It had been a pretty miserable day weather wise but we got out at twilight to shoot this sparkler long exposure frame, with Weymouth Bay as the background.

Katie and David's Wedding at The Old Vicarage and Orford House, Walthamstow, London by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 29th September 2018

Katie and David’s Wedding at The Old Vicarage and Orford House, Walthamstow, London by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 29th September 2018

I think this was the ladies nephew – just liked the pose and expressions!

Amelia and Mat's Wedding at Hammersmith Town Hall & Cafe Royal, London by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 4th August 2018

Amelia and Mat’s Wedding at Hammersmith Town Hall & Cafe Royal, London by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 4th August 2018

We used an area of the hotel modelled on a Japanese interior for these wedding portraits of Amelia and Mat, would be great to shoot a wedding in Japan but this is probably as close as I’ll get!

Kat and Rob's Wedding at Abbotsbury Gardens by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 9th June 2018

Kat and Rob’s Wedding at Abbotsbury Gardens by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 9th June 2018

I loved the conspiratorial chat these two young flowergirls were having as they waited for the brides car to arrive at the ceremony in Abbotsbury, Dorset.

Megan and Sean's Wedding at Rivervale Barn, Yateley by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 31st July 2018

Megan and Sean’s Wedding at Rivervale Barn, Yateley by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 31st July 2018

I managed to drag Megan and Sean away from their dancefloor just in time for this lovely sunset lighting, at the end of a perfect midsummer day, my assistant David provided invaluable help with a reflector to help manage the lighting contrast.

Shephali and Andy's Wedding at Trinity Church, Harrow and The Old Mill, Aldermaston by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 3rd August 2018

Shephali and Andy’s Wedding at Trinity Church, Harrow and The Old Mill, Aldermaston by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography on 3rd August 2018

Shephali and Andy had this colourful surprise for their guests as the clock hit 10:30pm – a firework display! Luckily I knew about it and had time to set up a tripod to capture the action.

Sarah and Will's Wedding near Maidstone, Kent by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography

Sarah and Will’s Wedding near Maidstone, Kent by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography

The rain kept coming down during Sarah and Will’s wedding and everyone had to help keep the water out of the marquee, including this little fellow.

Sarah and Will's Wedding near Maidstone, Kent by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography

Sarah and Will’s Wedding near Maidstone, Kent by Ben Pipe Wedding Photography

The dancefloor can be such a fun part of the day to shoot! This lady is having face paint applied while another gentleman kindly provides wine.

Micheline prays with her bridesmaids in the hotel room before her wedding ceremony.

Liked the relaxed pose of this young guest at Micheline and Vainqueur’s Wedding back in April.

Action on the dancefloor – I like getting in close and working with a wideangle lens in a reportage style for this kind of moment.

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