2014 {year in review}

January 9th, 2015

Crikey. So here we are, 9 days into 2015 already; I should probably make time to sit down and think about my goals for the next few months at some point.

As I sit here and reflect over the last year, I realise that 2014 was filled with shooting beautiful properties, meeting brave and amazing women and working with some lovely talented creative folk. I also had a photo of Olympic runner Helen Clitheroe, featured in Live Preston from a photoshoot we did back in 2013.

I met lots of new people through the wonderful world of video and I found myself undertaking a lot of freelance work. Filming medical conferences, tours of hospital departments and some courageous teens while they sea traversed, kayaked and built rafts were just a few of the projects I worked on last year. I’m currently involved in a project for The Christie called ‘Living with Cancer’, which shows how patients deal with long term illness and also the after effects of treatment. Being invited into the homes of some brave ladies living with cancer and meeting the families who support them makes me feel extremely grateful for family, friends and good health.

2014 is also the year I fell out of love with blogging and social media as they began to feel like even more things to add to my ‘to do’ list. Social media can get so noisy at times with everyone vying for attention that I felt like I needed a bit of a break. Will I fall in love with it again? Who knows? But for now I’m quite happy with the direction I’m going in and not constantly comparing myself to others.

It was also my first year since 2010 without shooting any weddings as I felt that it was time for a change. I’ve been really lucky with the weddings I’ve shot, whether as the primary shooter or as a second shooter, I’ve met some really lovely couples. It wasn’t a decision I made lightly and I had many sleepless nights over it! Everytime I turned down a bride or a second shooting job I felt a knot in my stomach, wondering if I’d made the right choice. But over time as I started working on different projects I realised I’d made the right decision.

On a more personal level, Ian and I headed to the Lake District to spend some time in nature; walking, mountain biking and generally taking time out to relax, rejuvenate and eat good food. I also finally gave in to the voice inside telling me I needed to give something back and I started volunteering one afternoon a week for the Cats Protection – a charity close to my heart.

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year and as always, I’m grateful for your continued support. I wish you all every success for the year ahead!