Today is a big day for me. Actually, let’s call it a massive day.

Today marks my first day as a 100% full-time photographer. I have spent the last year or so juggling a busy wedding photography business and a full-time job in marketing. It was hard work, often exhausting but always incredibly rewarding. Last month I was finally able to hand my notice in and now, I’m very excited to be starting my full-time, self-employed life. I am looking forward to spending even more time chatting with all of the lovely couples that contact me, turning photos around faster, being more flexible with when I meet you and not having to get up at 6.30am to catch a rush-hour train the day after photographing into the night!!

More than anything though, I’m just thrilled with my success – I’m so excited that what started as a dream a few years ago has become my career. I realise that I can now join the ranks of people who get to do their dream job and look forward to getting up everyday and stuck into something they’re incredibly passionate about. I feel very lucky to have been able to make this happen and I really am incredibly thankful to every last couple that has supported me, booked me and been generally lovely to deal with – it’s what makes me excited to do what I do!

I’m a photographer, so, of course, I wanted some photos to support this post. I was hoping to find a photo of me aged three, clutching a disposable camera in my sticky hands, so that I could claim that I was destined to be a photographer…I mean, I was photographing before I could write, wasn’t I…? After trawling through old photos and files, I discovered no such photo exists. Perhaps I wasn’t all that excited about photography as a kid. So I thought I’d show you what I did want to be When I Grew Up.

 

 

A ballerina. Obviously.

 

A rockstar. Not sure I’m entirely over this one.

 

A zoologist or a vet. Around the age of fourteen my deadly allergy to cats, rabbits and anything that isn’t a dog, started to appear which put an end to this. My lack of interest in Science and unease around blood were probably also deciding factors…

A bride. I’m working on this one.

And then…a photographer.

Happy belated Valentine’s day! I hope you had a great one! The boyfriend took me to the zoo and we witnessed a lot of very cold looking animals staring bleakly at their frozen ponds. OK, maybe they weren’t staring bleakly… I had a very nice time anyway!

A little while ago the lovely people at Wedding Photography Select asked to interview me, of course, I obliged and the interview went live yesterday. Apparently my defining feature is that I like pigs. I would protest, but, the boyfriend sort of ruined that one for me – when I opened my little piggy card I admit I did a bit of a squeal. He knows me far too well… Anyway, if you did want to learn a bit more about what I do when I’m not swooning over pictures of Micro Pigs and wishing that there was some sort of guarantee they wouldn’t turn into great big beasts that might eat through my arm in my sleep, then click here.

I have been pondering what to write in this post (so much so that I have well and truly missed 1st January 2012) for a while. I haven’t come up with anything particularly groundbreaking, so, I thought you might enjoy some iPhone photos of the last year and a little round up. I celebrated some fantastic achievements in 2011 and I am so excited about 2012 – I have big plans for you, 2012! Namely – taking my business to the next level, becoming a cupcake baking expert and seeing my friends more than once every six months! I would like to thank all of the couples I had the pleasure of photographing in 2011 and say how excited I am about the weddings I have lined up for 2012.

Some highlights of 2011 included:

–  My first anniversary with the boyfriend…the first of very many, no doubt

– Passing my driving test and getting my first car (better late than never!)

– Going to Florida with the boyfriend and riding on the Harry Potter ride (for me) and Spiderman ride (for him) until I was sick. Oh and feeding dolphins at Sea World, even though this involved holding dead fish, which I found pretty abhorrent having been vegetarian since the age of eight. And having a Butterbeer.

– Seeing Friendly Fires at Brixton Academy – Hawaiian Air is my song of 2011, it just makes me feel so hopeful and enthusiastic

– Spending Christmas and New Year with my favourite people

– Having my photos featured on two of my favourite wedding blogs – Whimsical Wonderland Weddings and Bijoux Bride (now re-launched as B.loved!)

– Meeting so many lovely couples and getting to photograph their weddings. Thank you so much for inviting me into your special day and making me feel so welcome – I wish you all the best for the future.

To all of my 2012 couples – I cannot wait to photograph your weddings, I’ve met some amazing people already and I just know it’s going to be a fantastic year!

I hope you all had an incredible Christmas and happy 2012!!