Warwickshire photographer becomes youngest ever awards winner

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20-year-old Warwickshire photographer has become the youngest woman ever to win an award from the country’s only professional photographic association.

Sophie Taylor, associate photographer at Wellesbourne’s Avon Studios, beat off competition from hundreds of photographers to win three prizes in the annual Master Photographers Association wedding and portrait awards. Her colleague Andrew Sheppard scooped a further three in a variety of avant garde wedding and portrait categories.

Andrew says the prizes, the latest in a string of awards for the pair, will spark even more bookings for the studio’s wedding and portrait work.

“The judges chose our images because of our refreshing contemporary style which captures the mood and excitement of the day. This style of photography is rapidly taking over from the traditional posed style and we are seeing an increasing number of bookings from people who’ve had us recommended by friends and family. These latest awards will see our order book become even fuller!

“One of our biggest satisfactions as wedding and portrait photographers is seeing how genuinely moved people are by the images we create. Because our work is spontaneous we capture a moment in time which says so much more than a pictorial record of who was at the event or a practical reminder of what the family looked like at a particular period of their lives.”

Sophie’s latest clutch of awards follows her success two years ago at the age of 18 in becoming the youngest photographer ever to win a prize in the country’s largest bridal photographic awards which saw her win a trip to Japan. Her work has been featured at national wedding shows at London Olympia, the NEC and GMEX in Manchester alongside the work of photographers who have been in the business for decades.