I cherish this downtime before season really kicks off again. Another wedding photographer said it best when he said that you need to take time to work ON your business as well as IN your business. He’s absolutely right.
This is the time I get to consider where my beloved little business is going and how the last season went. It’s a great point to stop and gather together some of my own favourite images from the weddings that have flown by as I start working on a bit of a website update and new portfolio. It’s been a phenomenal season and I’ve met the most amazing couples who made me laugh and cry (tears of joy!!) and get almost as excited as they do about this momentous day in their lives. Maybe it sounds cliched – I don’t care ;-)
I’ve had the opportunity to do some mentoring which has taught me so much about my own ideology and shown me how much I enjoy teaching. I’ve had the most happy-making good fortune to continue working with two phenomenally talented women on the Food Fox’s weekly recipe column on the Pretty Blog – Ilse and Nicola – and seen the tenacity, hard work and creativity they both put into their businesses. This year has given me the chance to work with so many incredible service providers – the best of the best (imho ;-)) assistants, wedding co-ordinators, florists (rather we should call them flower artists??), venues and so many others.
I’ve seen new little lives, excited parents-to-be and growing families and made so many friends! I’ve met other photographers who are also travelling down the same crazy road and had a chance to bond over chats about the greater arc of the industry as well as the minutiae of the day to day that makes up our lives ‘with cameras’. All in all it’s been wonderful, emotional, trying, rewarding and pretty much exactly what I want to be doing with my days. I feel so lucky and so grateful. Thank you to everyone who has been part of the joy…