Never one to do things by half, this time next week, in the middle of a wedding season that feels busier than any other wedding season I’ve experienced, me and Pete will be packing our lives into boxes in anticipation of our next move.
I left my home town in Essex for the bright lights of London back in 2003 and I’ve never really stayed in the same place for more than a couple of years since. From Streatham to Plumstead to Bow to Stratford to West Kensington to Grove Park to Kentish Town to Camden to Walthamstow, with a few short term stops back at my parents in Essex and a three month stint in South-East Asia, I’ve always moved around. Sometimes it’s been necessary because of personal circumstances but other times my feet started to itch and I longed for a change of scenery.
This time around the end of our tenancy coincided with a planned three month road trip around the US so we thought why not live where ever we can for the next six months and see what happens.
We’re staying in Norfolk, The Lake District, Essex, Devon and Whitstable between now and Christmas and then we head off to Texas on New Year’s Day for an awfully big adventure which will see us meet up with photographer friends, travel around the South East of the country to Miami and then head off to Tobago to photograph a wedding. We then head West to explore some more.
I’m excited and ready for a change. Other wedding photographers will know how all consuming wedding season can be. Weddings are fuelled by adrenalin, even when you are very experienced. When you combine the pace of the day with the emotion of it – and I am emotionally invested in every single wedding – by the time the Winter comes around we’re a little bit exhausted. It’ll be nice to recuperate, shoot for fun, drink wine by log fires, walk on blustery beaches and get ready to head over to the US to start a brand new year.
So what does this mean for my couples or potential clients? Well it’s business as usual to all intents and purposes. I’ve made arrangements to meet up with everyone whose wedding I’m photographing for the rest of the year and Alice will still be meeting her couples as usual. Where weddings are in London and I’m not, I’ll be travelling back at least one or two days before.
Come the new year, when I’m travelling around the US I won’t have any outstanding editing so I’ll be taking a bit of time off but I’ll still be running admin functions as usual, keeping in touch with couples who are getting married next year and checking email regularly. Where people enquire about booking in with me I’ll still be more than happy to have a chat over Skype, from where ever I happen to be and of course you’ll be inundated with travel pictures and updates over on my Instagram.
When we head back to the UK in April next year we’ll be heading to Wales to get ready for SNAP Photography Festival and then we’ll be back in London or somewhere close by at the start of May.
Pete is still taking on branding and design projects for photographers while we’re away so do get in touch if you’d like to work with him.
If you are one of my lovely couples and you have a question about my schedule or how my travels might affect your wedding plans, then please do get in touch and we can have a chat about it. And if you fancy a shoot in any of the UK locations I’ll be visiting then I’d love to hear from you.