…and just like that another year has flown by in the blink of an eye. The past twelve months have been chaotically busy both with work and behind the scenes – we bought our first house, there were wonderful weddings, exciting commercial projects, lots of stop motion wedding videos (and a music video!), maternity and family shoots, engagement shoots.. it’s hard to sum up how much of a whirlwind it’s been – it’s been a really exciting yet exhausting time.
I’ve been really loving pursuing my commercial photography sideline, Ketron – Creative Commercial Photography, and also putting together more and more stop motion wedding videos for couples too (separate post just for this year’s videos coming soon). As always, I’ve had the real privilege of working with some really wonderful couples, people and families – meeting so many interesting and gorgeous people is still one of my favourite things about this job – so a huge thanks goes to all of your for inviting me along to your days or into your lives and letting me capture such special times. It’s been a real pleasure working with all of you and, as always, I’ve had so much fun, smiled and laughed so much alone the way.
I have so, SO much to show you and so much to catch up and blog.. but, for now, here are some of my favourite pictures and videos from 2015! A very, very happy 2016 to you all!
In May I was lucky enough to get over to The Netherlands to shoot Grahame and Yulia’s wedding, and I jumped at the chance to stay an extra day and a half and go exploring a bit. With a busy family life it’s rare that I get a few full days to myself and I even worried that I would’t know what to do in just my own company, but it was wonderful to go wandering with my camera and explore. Here are some personal pics I took on both film and digital. The wedding was in Brielle, and I also pottered around Rotterdam before spending a night and the next morning in Amsterdam. Here are a few favourites..
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In October this year my husband and I decided to take a little break and nip off to gorgeous Paris for a few days. We stayed in Monmarte and loved the brasseries, bars and gorgeous scenes across the city.To make it a real break I didn’t take my ‘big’ camera, and just used a little film point-and-shoot all weekend.. here are my favourites from a long lazy weekend..
Because it’s Monday, and because it’s grey and raining and cold outside, I’ve decided to look back and relive the hot, chaotic and magical few days I spent in Marrakech for Nay and Dan’s wedding back in June.
I love to explore new places, and don’t often get opportunity to with life, budgeting and the school run getting in the way. Marrakech really is a place to throw yourself head first into.. You can see my film photography from Marrakech here. I think it’s time to plan another trip..
Just what it says on the tin.. Some of my film pics from our trip to Marrakech for Nay and Dan’s wedding last month. Go with the grain..
I’ve started taking more and more personal work on film this year.. it’s been a promise to myself for a long time to experiment more and keep pushing to try new things and new ways to work. I’m trying not to be precious about it and also trying to accept my personal work for what it is.. a bit more raw, shooting from my heart and shooting purely for myself. Here is some film work from Italy back in May.. with some digital work at the end too. Grab a cuppa and have a browse..
This year, like every year, I promised myself to do more personal work. I decided to begin a ‘365 project’ – a photo a day for a year. I decided not to impose any rules on myself for it, which means most images have been taken on my iPhone (edited with VSCOcam), and some so far have also been taken on my Olympus Trip 365, Polaroid using Impossible Project film and my trusty Canon 5D mkii. I’m enjoying it so far, even if some work-from-home/glued-to-my-screen days are less inspirational than others. I’m enjoying the moodiness of some of them and the fact that my editing preferences seem to be edging into darker territory.. Continue reading
It’s difficult to know where to begin.. it’s not the easiest task putting an ‘end of year’ post together but it’s joyous looking back at how much my camera and I have been part of – going back through hard drives and blog posts to find the images that stick out on my mind from this year’s body of work is wonderful, and makes me eternally grateful that my job brings me as much joy as it does.
This year has seen me go FULL TIME. I have put my freelance journalism work firmly on the back burner for now, towards the end of this year my workload just seemed to grow and grow – and next year is looking to be my busiest yet too. It’s a great feeling, and such a blessing to be able to work for myself doing something I love this much. We also moved house slap-bang in the middle of wedding season in August, which was as chaotic as it sounds, and now I have a designated ‘home office’, which makes a huge difference.
My work has seen me travel all over the country and beyond, which really is the best thing ever. From beaches in Scotland to the banks of the Thames in London, rural Staffordshire to the hills of Italy, the peaceful Lake District to Las bloody Vegas. I’ve also taken bookings for Italy, France and Marrakech next year.. It’s not what I expected in my wildest dreams and I really can’t wait.
I’ve been lucky enough to see families from shoots last year and see their children at the next stage in their lives, I’ve begun to do maternity portraits as well as newborn sessions, and amazingly enough I’m seeing couples whose weddings I photographed become parents, as well as meet their beautiful babies. Each step is a moment in their history and my heart melts to be part of each one. I’ve also carried on doing a little commercial work here and there, and there looks to be much more of this next year too.
And I’ve also managed to do a little more personal work this year too, which is something I was really aiming for when I made some new year resolutions in January. It’s harder than it sounds sometimes to pick up your camera on ‘days off’, especially in the thick of wedding season, but I’m always glad I did, and I hope to create even more ‘just for me’ next year too.
I have much more to share and blog from this year, but there just isn’t time, and I’m really looking forward to clocking off for a few days now and catching up with everything in the new year. A huge, huge thanks again to all my wonderful clients, past and present, and for everyone who has helped make this year one to remember. I had a blast and hope you did too.
Here is my 2013..