An experienced Radlett photographer has been crowned the Wedding Photographer of the Year at the Master Photographers Association Awards (MPAA) this year.
Su Kaye, who has been a photographer for 20 years, also won the Bridal Portrait of the Year with a contemporary photograph of an isolated bride in front of laptop – an image which will no doubt go down in the COVID-19 history books.
The image of bride Cara Messias sums up impact of the pandemic, as it shows the bride not being allowed to be accompanied down the aisle and watching her family around the world on a computer screen.
To one side we see a solitary guest, on the other the Rabbi and videographer recording the ceremony and labels are tied to a few seats where people would be allowed to sit.
The photograph, which was taken at the beginning of July last year, was at one of the first weddings allowed to take place after the easing of lockdown restrictions.
A judge from the MPAA said: “This photo by Su Kaye captures everything about the year we’ve gone through, the emotion of not having our loved ones near and around us in one of life’s most important events; a wedding; is truly heart-breaking.
“We see the sorrow of the bride missing her family, she can only see them on a computer screen.
“The composition of the shot is perfect, capturing every necessary element beautifully. Just four people in the synagogue, presented in black and white, makes it a particularly powerful image.”
The bride, Cara, said: “’With all the COVID restrictions in place, Su was so limited with where she could stand and how close we could all get to each other.
“We are in complete awe of the photographs she produced. This particular photograph truly captures a moment not only in time, but in history.”
Su was also a Finalist in both the Family Portrait category and Pet Portrait category.
For more information, please contact Su on 01923 858300 or at firstname.lastname@example.org