I can't even put into words how I feel about this year. So much has happened. So much has been achieved.
And I am thankful for all of it.
2014 was a year of curiosity. It was the year I seriously picked up my camera and questioned whether this was something I realistically could do. I was curious about my talents, about the workload, about the experience, about the competition. I doubted if this was something I wanted to do, if it was something I even could do. I was still working full time at this stage and photography was just a mere hobby. My business was small and I felt that I would become another statistic of small businesses that fail in the first year.
And then 2015 came. This year was a year of discovery. I discovered my potential, I discovered the ins and outs of the industry, I discovered new and wonderful people who I can collaborate with and inspire, I discovered my competition and became friends with them and learnt from them, I discovered that I am a photographer and I finally starting referring to myself as one. I quit my day job only a few months ago and now am a full time creative - shooting, writing and story telling whenever I can. I travelled overseas to shoot a wedding, I got published in one of my favourite wedding blogs and above all I witnessed so many couples commit their lives to one another, couples who adored each other so much that they couldn't spend another day apart. They were all so beautiful and I feel priveledged I could be there to witness such a special moment in their lives. It is these couples who allowed me to discover this career path is something I am committed to and am incredibly passionate about. Their stories, their love, their passion - it makes my heart flutter and drives me to be a better creative. I've loved every single moment and I've loved every single one of you who has made this journey as beautiful as it was. Thank you.
2016 will soon be upon us and I'm unsure what kind of year it will be for me. One word that comes to mind is courage. I want 2016 to be a year where I can put all my fears behind me and grow my business to where I want it to be, to be more daring with how I shoot, to take risks, to tell more creative stories, to be more me and not be afraid of what others may think. I know now that photography is my calling. I know this is what I want to do and I know I have the resources, friends, clients and love to support me. All that's left is having the courage to take that final leap and dive head first into the new year as a full time photographer. I have so many more amazing lovers to photograph, so many incredible places domestically and internationally to travel to and so many projects to start working on. It's going to be a big year but I couldn't be more excited.
Are you with me? x
! HERE'S TO 2016 !