Babb Photo’s 2022 Round-Up! Some of my favourite wedding and family photography images from another year that was kind of a LOT
I didn’t expect to be reviewing 2021 through the lens of ‘well that was another wild ride’ but here we are…
Like 2020, last year was another year of ups and downs, but pandemic or not, that is the nature of life I suppose, and all we can do is ride the waves! And yes there were some waves, but it was also all kinds of wonderful to be back out in the world, doing things that felt ‘normal’.
Some of my professional and personal highlights from 2021
I unexpectedly saw a fireball comet, on one of my many lockdown nighttime walks, in the hills outside of Birmingham. It was genuinely mind-blowing. I still can’t quite believe it happened!
Leaving Birmingham more in five months than I did in a year, to travel the length and breadth of the country.
Witnessing couples, many of whom had postponed their weddings multiple times, finally say I do!
Completing the first year of my counseling course at university. As I write this I am just about to start seeing clients on my first placement.
Creating a home for personal branding work and personal photography projects
Celebrating my birthday around a fire with friends
Nighttime wild swims under the full moon
Starting to run sound baths in my local area
Leaving the country for the first time in over two years, to get a much-needed vitamin D top-up
Passing on the mantle of Snap Photography Festival to a new owner. I didn’t even feel that sad about it in the end. I was happy to have built something that reflected my values and ethics, and I am thrilled to have passed it on to someone who shares those values and is committed to the next stage of SNAP’s evolution. And I’ve been invited back as a speaker, which I am really excited about!
Wedding and family photography adventures
As for shoots, there were city weddings, coastal adventures, arboretums, fine-dining, rainy days, heat waves, starry skies, processions through meadows, ice-creams, street-food, and a whole load of cake.
I also got to witness so many connections. As I said on my Instagram recently, connection weaves through everything I do. Whether that’s the connection between a couple or a family, the connection a creative or freelancer has with their offerings, or the connection we cultivate with ourselves. I feel grateful to have firmly realised that connection is most definitely my why.
I’m not going to go into the challenges too much, but suffice to say running a small creative business over the last few years has been hard, not wildly profitable, and fairly anxiety-inducing (and not just because of those packed wedding dancefloors!). Like people in other hard-hit sectors (I see you events and hospitality) I’m hoping this year involves less ebb and a whole lot more flow.
Thanks for being here. Here are some of my favourite images from 2021, including a nifty video if scrolling isn’t your thing. If you’d like to work with me in 2022 get in touch!