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I’ve been looking back through my portfolio from when I first started out as a photographer. I think this time of year inspires me to look back and take stock, and think about what I want for the year ahead (which I’ll get into more on another post). It’s still very early days for my business, but I’ve learnt so much, and this last year I’ve shot my first wedding, taken photos on a farm, welcomed new babies in to the world and travelled around the UK taking photographs for clients.

So I couldn’t resist posting my the first half of my top ten photographs from 2016 (in no particular order).

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This was taken on our family holiday this year. We didn’t want to go too far from home, as Effie was only 8 months old. It was a fantastic holiday filled with long days outdoors and evenings in the hot tub drinking wine.

 

Landscape photography practice at Curbar Gap

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I had to really work at honing some parts of my skill set as I worked towards my Advanced Photography Diploma. This photo was never submitted but I just loved getting up there with all my gear and drinking in the scene. And coffee. I sat up there with a coffee and watched the fountain at Chatworth House, the horses in the village below and just enjoyed the peace and quiet.

Tamsin and Andy’s Wedding

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Effie in the summer

Effie is such an awesome little girl.
We had a seriously rocky start though, and I
actually find it a bit painful to look back at photos from a year ago. We had a serious feeding problem that was a big mental challenge for me, and even just seeing pictures of our house or our other child from that time evoke quite strong feelings in me. But this photo…Perfect.

Baby Niamh’s photoshoot

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I’ll share the rest of my top ten photographs from 2016 in another post this week. It’s taken me such a long time to choose them, and been a great trip down memory lane. These top ten photographs are a mix of photos taken for personal pleasure, ones taken as I work towards gaining my diploma, and ones from photoshoots.