Sunderland College lecturer named one of world’s top wedding photographers

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A college lecturer is feeling snap-happy after being named as one of the best 100 wedding photographers in the world.

Ian Weldon, who works at Sunderland College, won a spot on the coveted list, written by well-known Australian commercial and wedding photographer Nicholas Purcell, whose work has featured in publications such as the Guardian and New York Times.

The 100 Best Wedding Photographers in the World 2015 list was compiled by Nicholas, who contacted wedding photographers across the globe and asked them to nominate others.

Ian, as well as teaching on the Foundation Degree in Photography course at Sunderland College, has been taking wedding snaps for the past five years,

Durham-based Ian said: “It is good for me to be recognised because what I do isn’t traditional wedding photography. I’m not really a list or awards kind of guy, but I can’t deny that being included alongside some long admired and truly amazing photographers, has put a spring in my step and validates what I do.”

Ian, who learnt his trade at Sunderland College’s former Shiney Row campus where he studied photography from 2004 to 2006, was featured on the list because, in Nicholas’ words, Ian is “absolutely fearless in capturing the reality of the day, with a twinkle in his lens.”

The former truck driver, who decided to train as a photographer in his late twenties, added: “After I qualified, I was a portrait photographer for five years and then went into wedding photography. I used to do traditional wedding photography the way it was expected, but it just wasn’t for me. I don’t like ordering the bride and groom about and taking them away from their guests for a long period of time – it didn’t feel natural to me, so that’s when I developed my own style of wedding documentary photography.

“I have photographed lots of weddings as documentary-style pieces for people who appreciate good photography and don’t follow trends and fads. For me, it’s not just about photographing a wedding, but documenting the reality of the day and how it feels.”

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