2019 in review! Birmingham wedding and family photography, with a bunch of personal Instagrams thrown in for good measure!
2019 is coming to an end and, along with it, a whole decade. 2019 has been a fairly pivotal year for me, all things considered. If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know that 2018 was really big for life changes. 2019, in some ways, has been the year where those changes bedded in.
A year jam-packed full of experiences
I moved to the Midlands.
Travel locations included Bali, Spain, Dubai, Ireland, Oregon and various parts of the UK.
I walked Mam Tor, Kinder Scout, The Wrekin, The Licky Hills, The Long Mynd, Slieve Donard, the North Norfolk costal path, the lanes of Hampton in Arden, Ashbourne and Ilam (including the wettest walk I’ve ever done, where we also got horrifically lost), Cannock Chase, The Clent Hills, Rutland Water, The Malvern Hills, and the grounds of various National Trust properties.
Some performances that I saw blew my mind, including Amelia the Play, Kate Tempest and The Lost Words prom at The Royal Albert Hall.
I swam in the chilly Norfolk sea.
Personal portraiture included a Shaman, a Pranic Healer, a High Priestess and an Artist from Northern Ireland who’s had residencies all over the world.
I danced around a Maypole at The Moseley Folk Festival
My divorce came through
I joined a deaf and hearing theatre company at Birmingham Pride and signed the chorus of Proud Mary, while twirling in a rainbow cape
One of my most memorable experiences was sitting on the beach at night, in Oregon, looking at the Milky Way
I joined a choir
Speaking gigs included Speak Now, The Photography Show, hosting SNAP and the SNAP Reunion, and Let’s Go Workshop in the Pacific North West.
I watched the sunrise at Stonehenge on the Summer Solstice
Through SNAP and The Ido Community I’ve helped contribute over £10,000 to charities. They included Pikpa refugee camp in Greece, The Bristol Children’s Help Society, Blurt, The Alzheimer’s Society, Alopecia UK, Remember my Baby and The Mayhew.
I started the process of qualifying as a Mindfulness teacher and soft-launched a new Mindfulness business called The Clear Space, and I led Mindfulness Photography workshops in Oregon and The Peak District
My tattoo collection grew by two!
This year has been about settling in, thinking about the future and focussing on what makes me happy. I’ve photographed a reduced number of weddings this year, while I work out where I am and what comes next, but the couples I’ve worked with have all been wonderful and I’ve really enjoyed my year.
Looking towards 2020
Next year, I’m taking on a few more weddings than I did in 2019, so get in touch if you’d like to work with me. I’ve also started offering documentary family shoots, which has been a delight. It’s so nice just to hang out with a family at home, documenting their day to day life.
2019 has been good to me. I’m happy. Here’s what happened, as told by a joyfully-inconsistent collection of images that includes professional work, personal work and images from my phone (including the odd selfie!). You can check out more of my personal work here.