Yes, yes. Yet another retrospective "look at me and my year" post.. but this one wasn't generated by an app or Facebook; it is not chosen from my most likes or comments.. it's just you lot. All the laughing smiling faces at weddings; a bride's nervous look in the mirror; the eye contact of a three week old baby; the sun-setting on the silhouette of the Alps; a completely illegal tagging sesh in France; gigs upon gigs with my man; baby shoots, couples shoots, editorial fashion, styled shoots, magazine weddings and private weddings.. it's been quite a year!
I've never been very good at recognising my own achievements. I remember the day I got the phone call, after two years of no social life and obsessive research and study, to say I had gained an MA with Distinction- I felt very little. I am always focussed on the next challenge, and until I am forced to look back, it is very hard to enjoy these accomplishments. However, smaller things like laying out portfolio books, and retrospective posts like this, help me to do that. So for that alone, thank you for joining me for a tearfully happy look back over my year.
It has been quite a year for The Wardette Studio. I have never been so busy, so energised and so creative with my camera. I have seen little of my friends, and less of my family *insert photo of Tom Hanks with 'Wilson' here* my computer and camera bag have been my constant companions. Each and every shoot, whatever wake up time, whatever shoots I've been at the day before, have filled me with a sense of purpose and a feeling of pure creative buzz. Though I draw for a living in my other life, I never really realised how creative I could be with a camera. When something is instinctive, and around you your whole life, you take that process for granted. But this year, I am realising just how much I am stepping out from my father's coat tails, and proving to myself, that I have my own style.
This blog has been an interesting facet to the business, and a wicked way to stay in touch with my friends, family and clients (who are a form of both to me). It has forced me to periodically sit down and think about what I do, how I do it, and how I feel about the experience of photography. The fact that the following on this blog has grown so huge, and become such a talking point, fills me with as much pride as each and every wedding I have shot.
There is no more heartfelt thank you for all of this, than a tearful raise of a champagne glass and a big old Wardette smile. You are all brilliant, and every word of encouragement from each and every one of you, has meant heaps.
Get out there and take photos.. but most importantly, make memories worthy of capturing. That is what life is all about. The photo, is just the time machine we use to re-live them.
Stay sexy people, and here is to another year of weddings, shoots and madness!