It’s that time of year folks, the images have been crunched and whittled down to 150 frames. There’s no real formula behind the compilation. Some images stood out the second I took them and straight away I knew that they would feature in this post, some however (like a good CD, I’m thinking Arcade Fire, Funeral!!!) have grown on me over time, they didn’t necessarily grab my attention straight away, but I knew there was something there!! And a few have sneaked into this post right at the death, literally as I did a final skim through the 27’388 images I delivered this year, for no reason other than just liking them myself!!! It only feels like 10 minutes since I was doing the same for 2016, and again, I started the new year thinking “there’s no way this year can beat the last”, I’ve pretty much started every single year with that mindset BTW!!! But in what has been my 5th year as a wedding photographer (still winging it!!!), I’ve realised it’s not about “beating” last year, there were some moments in 2016 that will never be beaten or re-created, but it’s about enjoying the now, and making the most of the moments that happen right in front of me at that very time, whether that be at a wedding or at home. So 2017, you have been all things wonderful and crazy, there have been endless memories made, friendships created, hugs, tears, and laughs; all things that the lost 17 year old in me, trying to figure what on earth to do post-education, never realised was possible from a job!! But this is way more than a job, way way more.
It’s been another amazing year for travel, with weddings in Sicily, Corsica, Cornwall, France, London and Ireland. And the few in Derbyshire weren’t bad either!!!! The diary for 2018 is pretty much already mapped out, I have room for 2 more, but already I can’t wait for what lies ahead. I’ll be making my debuts in Ibiza and Copenhagen next year, along with some amazing venues in France and Italy.
2017 also saw the launch of my solo workshops, which all sold out super quick, but most importantly, no attendees asked for refunds!!! There are plans for a couple more in 2018, but already, I can’t wait to for the first one in London in February. I’m also hugely excited to be speaking at Elevate alongside some incredible talent, not to mention the amazing NineDots Gathering in November, I’m not sure I can even contain my excitement for that one!!
So, that’s about it from me, a final huge thank you to each and every couple who asked me to come along to their wedding this year, I love you all long time!!! I’ll be powering down for a few weeks over Christmas, I need to fatten up for the colder months ahead, and the booze cabinet won’t drink itself!!!!!! To anyone who’s read this far, have a great Christmas and a happy new year, see you on the other side!