Wow what a year! 2014 has been my first year in business; I began the year with one freebie and 2 proper weddings booked for 2014. Not a great number but a start. I am always on the look out for a challenge so I went full out and spent out a small fortune on a stand at a big bridal fare. This basically forced me to get myself into gear! I organised an exhibition space and got my albums designed and printed. This was a challenge as I had only actually shot 3 weddings. I managed to get a couple of bookings from the fayre for 2015, which was pretty good considering I didn’t have much to show. I think it was the homemade fudge that did the trick; hand wrapped and tied in garden twine, only the best for my brides!
It was clear that I would need to get some experience and some bookings for 2014 so I signed up to a Facebook group for second shooters and pretty much applied for anything I could, (along with the other hundreds of wannabe wedding photographers). I quickly answered a position with a great couple from London and built a good relationship with them. After completing my first wedding with them I was asked back as second shooter for the rest of the year, which was fantastic. This enabled me to really build on my portfolio and consider both my strengths and weaknesses.
In the summer I joined the wedding photojournalist association. I felt rather special for a while, as a member I was no longer a wedding photographer but a wedding photojournalist. I’m sure my university lecturers would be much happier if I told them I was a photojournalist rather than a wedding photographer! I made many mistakes along the way. The biggest one paying some crazy sales guy a small fortune for a Google ad. I won’t tell you how much I was bled for as I’m embarrassed I was so gullible! Anyway he did me a favour in the long run as soon after I bought the ‘How to get to number 1 on Google” book and read it front to back. I can now proudly say I am number 1 (most of the time) in searches for Bath wedding photographer.
Soon after, the enquiries came flooding in and I managed to nab 9 late bookers for 2014 and have pretty much filled up the peak wedding season in 2015. I have an amazing year ahead of me, which will kick off with a wedding at the Royal Crescent in Bath.Over Easter I’m looking forward to SNAP photography festival in Wales. This is an amazing opportunity for me to mingle with some seriously creative guys and gals and learn some new tricks. I fully expect to be inspired.
Thanks to all those couples that trusted me to shoot their weddings in 2014, I could never have moved forward at such a rate without you. Also to my copywriters Tamryn & Sarah who have put fantastic words together for me. To Simon Biffen who met me for a coffee at the very beginning and gave me a mini mentoring session which was invaluable. And finally Deigo & Kristina who hired me for second shooting throughout 2014, I would never have built the confidence to be surrounded by so many handsome men had you not thrown me in at the deep end!
Roll on 2015, what an exciting year ahead.
Here are some of my favourite moments captured in 2014.