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).
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
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
This photograph is from the first wedding I ever shot, for Tamsin and Andy in Birmingham this summer. It was such a lovely low-key wedding, small but perfectly formed. A huge turning point for me. When I got back to my car I quickly browsed through my shots and instantly fell in love with this one.
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
Do you ever have a day at work that crystallises everything and makes you consider the general direction you’re heading in? Niamh’s session was one of these. She was such a gorgeous newborn, and has an awesome family. And I definitely love meeting and photographing newborns. But we must have tried to pose this little girl for over an hour. I had all the kit set up and tons of patience for this little girl, but after that hour passed I decided that this was one baby that, like most, just wanted to be with her mum. And the photos we got, as soon as she was happily cuddling her mum, were far superior to anything we’d tried on the beanbag. So from that point on I decided that I would only offer lifestyle shoots. And I didn’t look back!
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.