So I owed it to myself to do a reflective post this year. So as I sit here at my new desk space (no more working from home madness for me!) supping tea I've been compiling some of the things I've done this year and I'm somewhat shocked at what I've packed in this year.
As you may know, I've been summing up my weddings in a series of 12 Days of Christmas posts but I wanted to also reflect on the other achievements too.
This year has seen me doing a number of successful one to one sessions, I put my fear of public speaking aside and gave a couple of workshops for Photography Farm - which is such an honour. I've been to the French countryside, and a separate visit to Paris and I spent some of December in Thailand where I shot an epic vow renewal, seen the most beautiful sights I've ever seen and drank cocktails on a very high rooftop overlooking Bangkok . I was short listed for the Wedding Industry Awards and received mind blowing feedback. I've given a talk for the Big Issue, I've been interviewed by a few blogs and MBP Photographic (coming soon!) and I was asked to Photography Farm for the mighty Farm Week where I'm giving a few workshops. I also wrote a from the heart (not something I find easy) post about What I See.
I've photographed singers, bands, DJ's (including Adam Buxton and Craig Charles) and even an amazing theatre production in one of the oldest theatres in the country.
I've also continued to shoot food and lifestyle as well as teaching a few still life classes. Then there's been the weddings! So many amazing weddings, so many amazing couples.
Lesson's have been learned on running a sustainable business, I feel I've evolved as a photographer and have made plans on how to move forward with that.
When I put it all like this I realise it's been a heck of a year! Phew. I think I need to lie down. But all in all I feel out of all the years I've been working as a photographer this year is the year I've grown most, as a photographer and as a person.
2014? Well, we'll see! I'll be continuing to shoot for amazing couples but I recognise that other work is so important in keeping my wedding work unique to me so a new commercial website in in the making.
I want to say a HUGE thank you to every single couple who I've worked with this year, all the musicians and labels, every single person who has liked, commented and shared any of my work - it never goes unnoticed and I'll never be able to express how much it means to me. To friends that have been unfazed by my not being around much this year and to all the photographers that inspire me. I've met some amazing people this year and forged some important friendships.
I hope you enjoy this set of images, there's street, portrait, personal, travel, bridal fashion and all sorts! Some of them were taken on my iPhone, some on my Contax film camera and the rest on my Canon.
Happy new year and let's make 2014 kick ass for all of us.