This year marks 5 years since I started my photography career (although I don't really like the word 'career'). I've built everything I have from scratch after moving to London with my husband, and since then my work has been published all over the world and took me to different countries. I have my amazing couples to thank for it :) This year I feel like I'm ready to pass on my knowledge and what I've learnt along the way. Running a creative business is not easy, especially when you work on your own. There are so many things to think of, so many decisions to make! I'm hoping that my mentoring sessions will give beginner photographers some solid business foundations and will help them find their own path, and define their voice and vision.
When I was little my mum used to grow flowers in her garden - peonies, lilly-of-the-valley, roses, daffodils and phlox. My friends and I used to play with petals, sticking them to our nails, pretending we had our manicure done :-) Whenever I come across these blooms, their scent always brings back happy childhood memories. I'm one of those people who will always stop and smell the flowers. Nothing else but a deep inhale to fill the lungs will do. My interest in flowers increased massively since I started photographing weddings 4 years ago.
You may have seen the Secrets of the Heart cake shoot I posted last week. The idea was a brainchild of a very talented, uber creative and incredibly charming Susie behind the Knot & Pop Weddings and Events. After the shoot Susie asked me if I would share my favourite photos on her blog and I said yes. I was excited by the opportunity to look through the weddings I captured over the last 3 years. Reliving such happy days in the lives of my couples was incredible and honestly, I had the biggest smile on my face!
Wow. What a year! I can hardly believe it's coming up to the middle of December and that Christmas is just around the corner. It feels like it's only been a couple of months since we celebrated the last one. Not sure whether it's just that I'm getting older and the time goes faster or what, but this year has just whizzed by. It's been my busiest year so far with so many beautiful weddings and wonderful couples. I know I'm lucky to do what I do, but when I look back at the images and moments I captured for other people throughout the year - my heart just fills with happiness and gratitude. 2013 has also been a year of personal growth and realisation of what really matters in life.
For the last several months I've been going at 120%. Weddings, editing, looking after our home, weddings, editing, repeat. I only finished my last edit and album design about a week ago, but it already feels like ages. I feel like now I've got all this time on my hands and I really need to start doing something with it, but sometimes, when you have too much choice, you end up not choosing anything. I need to go to a bookstore and buy several good books to read over winter months. I need to think of personal photography projects to keep creative juices flowing. I want to learn a new editing software, restore a piece of antique furniture, practice flower arranging, plant herbs on my kitchen windowsill, and what not.
This picture I found on Pinterest kind of sums up how I feel right now. So many people have been saying that time flies super fast this year, and I couldn't agree more! Summer is over and I suddenly find myself in the second half of September. Whaaaaaat?! I'm still in disbelief and hoping that there are still a couple of weeks of summer left, when I don't have to pull my curtains to keep the sun out because I need to edit photos. Anyway, when did it all happen? When did life just start to whizz by? Slow down, world! On a brighter note, I am looking forward to cosy evenings with cups of tea (or glasses of wine!), woolly blankets, candles, nibbles and lots of entertainment on tv. Also, my new coat should arrive soon, and I can't wait to wear it on crisp autumn days (that's the kind of autumn we are going to have this year, right?) :)
Are you looking forward to autumn and winter?
Back in June I attended my first ever workshop Film Is Not Dead. You can read about my experience here. There were too many images which I liked, so I decided to split them into two parts. Plus, it gives me a chance to re-live those couple of days again! Today I'm sharing photos of our gorgeous models who were absolutely amazing and so extremely patient with us. Gosh, I love the look of film!
A few photographers influenced my work when I started my photography journey. One of them was Jonathan Canlas. I loved how strong his portraiture was and how natural people looked in his images. Jonathan shoots exclusively on film and I absolutely loved the colours and tones in his photographs. I never shot on film. Like ever. I learned everything I know with digital and I've been shooting with digital cameras for the past 4 years. Nevertheless, I decided to give film a go and signed up to Jonathan's FIND workshop (Film Is Not Dead).
I took a two week break in the middle of my wedding season, we packed our bags and headed home. My home, to visit my family. I haven't been in almost two years and I've been looking forward to this trip since the beginning of this year. I haven't lived in my home town for ten years. I left for a big city to go to uni when I was 17, and moved two countries since. Every time I come home I see so many things change
So, June... When did it happen?! I can't quite believe we are almost half way through the year. Maybe it's because I'm getting older, but time definitely goes faster these days. Some weddings I photograph in June are for couples who I met back in January. Back then they were saying: "Ah, we still got 6 months to go, plenty of time!" :-) Now we all feel a little bit surprised that the big day is like tomorrow! June is a little bit exciting for me. Apart from four beautiful weddings I'm shooting this month, I'm also going to a deep Norfolk countryside for 'FILM is not DEAD' workshop.