I’ve fallen way behind on doing my monthly round ups! I’m usually the most productive and motivated person ever, however I have to admit that this year has seriously tested that part of me. I know I’m not alone in feeling very unmotivated this year. March 2020 absolutely knocked me for six and I really felt like my entire world was tipped upside down. I’m starting to feel more like a real human again though and I thought it was time to get back on top of blogging and letting you all know what I’ve been up to throughout this year!
Back in June I shot a beautiful family shoot for Tasha and her gorgeous little boy Frankie. In July I shot Emma and Dan’s wonderful micro wedding at Dorothy Clive Garden in Market Drayton, this was the first wedding I’d shot since February and it was so lovely to be back shooting again. I’d love to do a full wedding at Dorothy Clive, it’s such a unique venue! At the end of July I did a postponement shoot with Becky and Mat, I’d done an engagement shoot with them previously at Shropshire Petals so these two knew exactly what they were doing in front of the camera at this point! Becky and Mat were supposed to be tying the knot this December, but, like most of my couples this year, have decided to postpone until next year. They wanted to do something fun again for the lead up to their wedding so we did a postponement shoot so they could announce their decision to postpone and their new wedding date to all their guests.
August was undoubtedly my busiest month this year with three engagement shoots and a wedding! In a normal year it would be very rare to have engagement shoots outnumbering weddings! I’m so grateful to everyone who’s booked in for a shoot with me this year, it’s really kept my business afloat so I can continue doing this next year and for many, many years to come. We did Steph and Ben’s engagement shoot at The Bridal Barn on what was their original wedding date. Engagement shoots have been a popular way to mark original wedding dates this year, it’s nice to celebrate them somehow. Kim and Craig had their engagement shoot in Ironbridge, I love doing engagement shoots here. We were very lucky with the weather for this one because it was threatening rain all day! Nikki and Sam went ahead with their wedding at the end of August, by the time their wedding day came round they were on plan D or E. It didn’t matter though because they and their guests had the best time ever, it was such a joyful day! They had their ceremony at Wellington Registry Office and went on to Haughton Hall in Shifnal for their reception. I was really impressed with Haughton Hall and the way the measures they had in place. I had my temperature taken before I went in and it all felt very safe! The day after Nikki and Sam’s wedding I went to Attingham Park to do an engagement shoot for Grace and Jordon. Grace and Jordon are another one of my couples who have had to postpone their wedding. I’d met Grace before at her sister Tess’ wedding so it was lovely to see her again and to meet Jordon. I loved getting to know them both and having a good chat with them as we went round Attingham Park, it was like meeting up with old friends!
In September I shot two weddings! I photographed Gemma and David’s intimate ceremony at Uppington Church and Zandie and Daniel’s ceremony at the beautiful chapel at Hawkstone Hall. It was lovely to have weddings to photograph two weekends in a row, I’m hoping that next year this will be normal again! I also did a family shoot for the lovely Chloe for her and her daughter Rosa, I’ve photographed Chloe’s wedding, their maternity shoot and newborn shoot, so it was lovely to photograph Rosa as she’s a bit older and starting to find her feet. I can’t wait to do many more shoots with Chloe, I love being part of my couples journeys and watching them and their families grow.
This month has been quieter again, at the start of the month I did another wonderful family shoot for the beautiful Verity and her family. Verity and Dave are another couple who I’ve photographed many times. I shot their wedding, their maternity shoot and now their first family shoot with their gorgeous little boy, Harrison. We were supposed to do this shoot earlier in the year however we held off due to restrictions. It was so lovely to meet Harrison and to see Verity and Dave again, I can’t wait to see them all again next year!
In the midst of all this I’ve been doing book cover shoots and I’ve managed to sell my first book covers! I’ve even sold one with my face on, it’s currently available in Croatia, if any of you speak Croatian, make sure you get a copy! We’ve also been steadily decorating our house and doing up our garden. It’s been a much quieter year than I anticipated, however I’m hoping next year that everything will get back on track and pick up again!
Enjoy the photographs!