Thursday, December 19, 2013

2013 A year of amazing highs and one almighty low...

Every year I do a summary of my highlights and just when I think I couldn't top my last year, well, I pretty much threw it out of the park this year. I have had the most amazing couples and families to work with this year and even got to catch up with past couples and capture their next chapter in life.

I attended a few workshops and conferences which gave me lots of inspiration and motivation. I worked with and met some amazingly talented vendors and people. I really and truly love my job!

I took some great trips earlier in the year including Boston, Barcelona and Amsterdam. All was going amazingly, personally and professionally until my family was dealt with a massive blow at the end of November. My dad at 62, unexpectedly died much to our devastation.

Nobody can ever prepare you for losing a parent and I can't even begin to explain the impact it has had on me, probably because I still can't believe it. My dad was always there for me, my brother and my mum. I'd come in from a long wedding day and he's ask, "How'd you get on?" then I'd sit on his bed and tell him all about it. He was the go to if we needed anything done. He could put his hand to anything. He always said, "Just do your best" so I'm going to keep doing that. We are so lucky to have had a dad who loved us with all he had, was proud of us and full of support.

Photos have always been a huge part of my life and going forward they will be even more important. Who cares what we LOOK like in them. The point is these photos will be so important to those close to us in the future. All they will care about is that they can see US in them. I'm so glad I have both photos and video of my Dad. To be able to hear his voice and look back on his life in photos is precious.

So! Next year is set to be my busiest yet. I have filled my quota on weddings, perhaps with room for a few more and I plan on visiting my brother with my mum  in America. One day at a time and all that.

So with out further ado, here are my photo highlights of 2013. See you all next year and remember, whenever you see family or friends you haven't seen for a while or may not see for a while, take a photo with them.  :)