Way back in January, before Covid-19 was part of our lives, (remember that? It was before we knew that furlough was a real word, before we knew what WFH stood for, and before we put anti-bac on everything), I wrote a little blog about what it’s actually like to be a photographer. If you haven’t read it, you can find it here. Lockdown has given me a fair bit of time to think (but surprisingly little time to do – has anyone else found that?!) and following on from that blog, I’ve realised a few things about what takes a family photographer to the next level. They’re things I try and practice myself, or things I admire about photographers that are way further down the road than I am.
A few weeks ago, I was in town and I heard a lady say to her friend “That photo you posted of Sebastian was soooooo beautiful. While you’re on maternity leave, you should totally start doing photography as a business…”. Before I write anything else, I just want to say that this is exactly the kind of thing that my friends would tell me a few years back. And it’s lovely when your friends encourage you to pursue your passion and turn it into a business. But in my experience, starting any kind of business isn’t something that you should decide to do on a whim!
I set up my business as a photographer because, you’ve guessed it, I love photography. I generally like to make things look beautiful in all aspects of life and I love to create visual memories.
When my daughter was born, I was borderline obsessed with taking photos of her. I’m pretty sure that she’s in the top 1% of ‘World’s Most Photographed Babies’. I was (and still am) petrified of her growing up and changing too quickly. I obviously want her to grow and flourish, but what I don’t want to do is forget how tiny she once was – how she had rolls of fat on her chunky thighs, how she used to sulk even at 10 months old, and how squishy she was before she started crawling.
So I began documenting every part of our lives together, learning how to take better photos, learning how to use my camera to its full capability, and enjoying printing the 1500 photos I took of her in her first year. Yes, really.
I have seen so many posts across various websites and facebook groups this week all centred around one theme – wedding photography. Wedding season is well and truly upon us and I guess that everyone who’s getting married this summer has already booked their photographer. But their guests who are getting married next year or the year after? They’re the ones probably starting to think about who’s going to photograph their big day. And it’s a huge decision to make.