What year it’s been! It’s been year of growth and A LOT of learning. The biggest lesson this year has taught me was that self-preservation is key. Not only for me but for my clients too. I learned that I had to be the best version of me in order to serve them 100%. This lead me down a path of learning I needed to rest and make sleep my number one priority. I also brought my mom on board to help me in my business. I needed someone whom I could trust to have my business’s best interests at heart, and who better than my mom? Most photographers (if not all) find the admin, marketing and blogging side of their business extremely time consuming while they could be out there being creative. Outsourcing help and getting quality sleep has been life changing for me! The world became less overwhelming and more beautiful again. I noticed small moments between people while driving around town, LOOKING at light again and just finding something beautiful to enjoy everyday.
The year got off to a slow start (which was quite alarming), but now I realise why. The universe was giving me the space to re-group. In this time I got to know myself a little better, identify where I was headed and what I wanted for my business. Also the kind of experience I wanted to create for my clients and re-evaluate my photographic style. This lead me (finally) to switch camera systems. It has been something I’ve been wanting to do for a few years now, but have been quite apprehensive about. I am in love with my new tools and the experience they give me!
The thing I love most about my job are the people I get to meet. Every single session was a beautiful encounter for me. I photographed clients from the US to India. Something different I did this year was photograph parents taking custody of their newly adopted children in Seoul. This was a very touching experience for me and will leave an indelible print on my heart forever. Wrapping my head around the importance of these pictures was the most challenging thing for me. They will someday form part of the story these children are told about the day they became part of their families. A monumental experience for these kids, and I wanted them to see that they were immediately love and wanted from day one.
I had some wonderful opportunities to meet families from as far as Hong Kong, Australia and India. Just as wonderful was photographing the Mynhardts (whom I have been photographing since their first pregnancy). I got to show off my beautiful province to a number of pre-wedding clients and shot some very special weddings here (there are more coming to the blog).
In the photographs below you will see a shift. I wanted to go back and edit them again but that would not be a true representation of my journey this year. So here you are: my evolution as a human and a creator of memories.
I have incredible support and guidance in my life and I could not have had such a wonderful year without these people. To them “thank you” is just not enough but it’s all I have. And to my beautiful clients this year: I am grateful to have been part of special and monumental moments in your lives. Thank you for your trust and allowing me to document these special memories.
I wish you all a beautiful 2020 <3