I took a huge break this year from my business. I needed to have nothing to do with weddings for a little while, a personal leave, a non-pregnant pause, a mental health sabbatical - whatever you want to call it, I took it. I need it . I didn’t know just how much I needed it until it was almost over. I packed my camera away and didn’t take a single photograph for months.
Right now I have been doing this for 9 years and 7 months, 10 years is on the horizon and that’s a really long time to be doing anything let alone be self-employed as a wedding photographer.
It’s not easy to be self-employed. Sure, it has its appeals like taking Monday’s off, but its bloody tough. I have nobody to gossip with at the office cooler at lunch time, nobody can fill in for me if I get sick, it’s just me. So if I’m not 100%, then my work isn’t either. I’ve had a lot of time this year to think about why I would choose to do this, still now after all these years. And the reason is as simple as it comes, I love it. I love my job. I love weddings. I love love.
I’ve been around long enough now to see photographers close the chapter of chasing their dreams and return to full-time work. It’s never easy to see someone do that but I can also understand why they would. It’s not easy, I don’t always get it right but I’m not about to give up living my dream.
I’m not quite sure how I will celebrate 10 years. I might buy myself something special and jump out of a plane again! What do you think? How should I celebrate 10 years?
And just as a final little moment, thank you to those lovely kind souls that I get to call friends a little lighter, a little easier and a lot colourful!
Cheers to first wedding of the season this weekend, Andrea and Michael!
This week marks the start of the 2019-2020 Season for me and I can’t believe I am writing the year 2020. I remember thinking of the year 2020 in Primary school and imagining flying cars and some kind of Jetson’s lifestyle. The closest we’ve got is the Apple HomePod, which is ok by me.
It’s been a big, long 12 months. Everything you can imagine has changed, even the website, whatcha think?? It’s been a wild 12 months guys, and that’s an understatement. Graham and I went from a house of 4 to just us 2, we left Broadview and we’ve got some sweet new digs in Richmond. Walking distance to Karma and Crow and their Honeycomb Lattes, YUM.
I started this year with a much needed holiday. I went to Bali for the first time and honestly it was crazy. The airport gauntlet of “transport miss?” was not the best start to a relaxing holiday so heads up if you’re heading to Bali for the first time, getting out of the airport is insane. I did however love all the plants and floating around in a pool drinking an espresso martini was pretty nice. I was pretty impressed by the range of food options too. Kynd community was a highlight for me with it’s 100% plant based menus and the most instagrammable ice-creams I've seen irl. 10/10 recommend a visit if you’re heading to Seminyak.
In February I was able to do my skydive after raising money for the Royal Society for the Blind’s Jump for Charlie campaign. It is definitely the scariest thing I have ever done but just like tattoos, it’s addictive. I jumped over Semaphore beach and jumped with Coastal Skydive. “If it’s scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” Thank you to everyone that donated, it was awesome to raise so much money and skydiving is out of this world amazing. It’s something I plan to add to me ‘to do' list whenever I travel, I’ve heard New Zealand is pretty awesome.
In case you’re not an instagrammer, you might not have heard of Rachel Burke @imakestagram. I am low-key obsessed with her tinstallations and I have tinsel-itis - the infectiousness of tinsel that is currently making its way into weddings. I cannot wait to see one of my Brides rocking one of her Tinsel Jackets! Rachel’s bad-art workshops has been a source of inspiration behind some arts and crafts my friends and I been getting into on the side, see my fave bad-art vase above. If you remember what it’s like to make and create in primary school, get your hands on a hot glue gun and go wild. x