2018 has been a crazy year.
Technically it’s my third year in business, but if I’m completely honest with myself, it’s been more like a first year. A year when I’ve been able to do all the learning and discovery I’ve always known I’d need to do if I was to make it in this crazy game.
This was the year I stopped caring about the number of likes I got on Facebook and Instagram.
The year I took the bull by the horns and decided to go all in.
The year I gave myself a bloody good talking to about what it is I want to do.
I embraced the challenges I was presented with – most of the time (sometimes I just needed to turn everything off and go and have a large glass of wine) – and tried to plug the holes in my portfolio as well as I could. I asked normal families locally to help me deliver, and bloody hell were they completely incredible. I looked for guidance with the things I was unsure about. I stopped following a lot of photographers, because I knew I needed to do this all my own way.
Things I learnt in 2018
Weddings are a huge undertaking.
Obviously I knew this already, but only in the way that I know you have to use eggs to make custard. Like, I knew it intellectually, but I didn’t really grasp why.
Not until I spent a bit of time at Photography Farm.
I took part in one of their shoot days in Sheffield in May, and then popped down to Brighton for two days of education in October. These two events blew my mind. They made me realise everything I needed to know, and helped me work out exactly what I need to do to be the kind of wedding photographer people deserve.
The little moments matter.
You know, those every day things, and the details.
Whether it’s your wedding, your newborn or your family hanging out at home, the small things that pass between us are the things that we owe it to ourselves to remember.
They’re the things that fill in the cracks and a sense of richness to our memories, and the stories we want to tell. The big romantic moments always look amazing in photos, but the small bits capture my heart in a different way.
To say yes more often.
Like lots of creatives, I can suffer from imposter syndrome. Generally I’ve found the best way to deal with this is to just keep going, to work through stuff and grab opportunities with both hands. Because of that realisation, I said yes a lot this year. Yes to styled shoots, yes to working alongside other photographers and second shooting for them at real weddings.
Saying yes took me to Brighton and Barcelona. Next year it’ll take me all over England, with weddings in the Lake District, in castles, in tipis, all over the Peak District and some other gorgeous wedding venues. The best part about saying yes to these weddings? Getting to know the couples. It’s an endless privilege to capture one of the most important days of their lives, and I cannot wait to get stuck in.
My Favourite Photos from 2018
Looking for a photographer?
If you fancy a chat about your wedding photography or something for the family, give me a shout. I go all over the place and I’d love to know all about your plans. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or get to know me better on Instagram.
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