2016 was an enormous year for me, packed full of so many different experiences and personal and professional growth. I did 29 weddings and several events in some of the most beautiful places I have ever worked. We travelled to Sicily to capture celebrations on a sun drenched hill top, to Lyme Regis where the ceremony was held over looking the sea with a walk through private woodland to the reception. I enjoyed documenting some very special weddings at my ever favourite venues of Babington House in Somerset and Barnsley House near Cirencester.
I took on Sarah to be my second shooter and assistant full time and I am delighted to have her by my side. It is so important for me to be able to fully trust my assistant on a wedding day, to know that they can anticipate what I might need from them, and read me well when we are shooting side by side.
In the spring I embarked on nine month coaching with Polly Alexandre to help restructure my wedding business and establish a photography education business, which will be launched this autumn. It is a dream I have had for a long time to work with my father on this project, and I am so pleased it has finally come to fruition. I found coaching to be one of the best experiences for me personally and professionally. I learnt some incredible skills to manage my time better, think in different ways and the accountability of weekly meetings with a mentor meant I achieved incredible things in a very short space of time.
My daughter has grown up to be an energetic two year old and is a constant light in my life. Watching her grow, develop and explore the world is the most brilliant experience. We took her to Belize and South Africa and every time she travelled she thrived.
2017 promises to be an amazing year, I am delighted to be back to my old routine of blogging regularly, as I have learnt that it is valued by so many of you who read it regularly. Thank you so much to those of you who support me in my journey and enjoy what I write and share here. It means so much to me!