Where do I even start?
I’m not sure.
I guess I’m just gonna type. Get ready for a diary entry style blog post!
2018 has been full on. I’ve gone through many different twists and turns. From deciding that I didn’t want to do anymore weddings, figuring out what direction I wanted to go in, to pitching myself like a mad woman, to booking more big clients than I could have ever imagined. Needless to say, if you’d told me at the start of the year the kind of work that I’d produce by the end of the year, I’d laugh at you.
I feel like I’m really developing as an artist at the moment. I’ll be honest when I say that I struggled to really love a lot of the personal work that I was shooting at the start of the year. Something felt off. I can’t really put it into words, but this speech by Ira Glass is what I always go back to.
I focused so much on building connection with brands this year, that my personal work too a bit of a hit. I don’t regret that though; that focus was very necessary.
Towards the end of the year though, and thanks to more frequent trips to London, I’ve really pushed myself outside of my comfort zone and I’m feeling more inspired than ever before. I have ideas literally pouring out of me! I can’t seem to stop planning, dreaming, creating. Personal work that I’ve created has been some of my favourites.
That doesn’t mean to say that the work I’ve shot for brands hasn’t been as fun though. Quite the opposite. It felt bloody incredible to enjoy my jobs so much! I got to work for some incredible businesses and brands this year, many of who gave me so much creative freedom, work never felt like work.
Other than actual photography, I feel like I’ve really, finally, found my jam when it comes to content creation and online business. For such a long time, I shied away from creating content about photography, for photographers. I told myself that I didn’t want to teach photography, or even the business of photography, to other photographers. So I kept all of my business advice very “broad” for a long time, hoping to appeal to business owners of all kinds.
That worked, for a while. It was fun, for a while.
But more recently, I’ve really found a confidence in myself. A deep knowing that I do have something that I can share. I desire to help other photographers, like me, to grow. I guess it stems actually from the rebel in me. I have such a deep desire to share with you all that you can be a fashion photographer, no matter where you live, no matter where you’re from, no matter what your connections are. It can be done. So that is my focus now. The content that I will continue from now on will be to help other photographers, like me, to go after their dreams and achieve whatever they want.
Of course, I’m still learning as I go. I don’t know the answers to everything. I’ve got so much further to go with my own career! But I do know that I can help some of you, and I’ve already set off on that mission.
I have so many ideas for 2019, and I’m so excited for January to roll around. I’m not going to go into detail about that now though… that’s for another blog post for another day!
Thank you all so much for following along on my journey. I’ve been blogging here for 4 years now, and I’ve gone through so many shifts and changes, but some of you have been here since the start, and I’m so grateful to you. Thank you!
To anyone who’s only just joining in on this journey now, hello! Welcome. I hope that I can help you, and I cannot wait to get to know you better :)
See you in 2019!