It’s quite apt that I’m on the road as I write this post – I’m currently in Perth shooting my final wedding of the year tomorrow. Kellie and Din (tomorrow’s couple) are coming to pick me up in a few hours and they’re going to show me around the place and while I’m waiting for them, I wanted to reflect on what has been one of the most tumultuous years in my life.
It all started with me in Sri Lanka marrying the most amazing and wonderful woman in the world followed by moving 2000 km south from Brisbane to Melbourne and embarking the bravest thing I still think I’ve ever accomplished – putting aside my science career to become a full time photographer. The last 12 months have had a lot of ups (and just as many downs) but things are good and I’m happy. If you had told me a year ago that within the next 12 months, I’d have shot weddings in India and the USA and taken bookings for weddings all around Australia as well as Sweden, The Netherlands and Greece, I would have laughed. But that’s the reality that I am so humbly fortunate to be experiencing. I love working and doing what I do every day, it’s freedom I’ve never experienced before and I’m relishing it.
The biggest highlight for me probably was the Milky Way wedding photo, the one that made the UK’s Daily Mail ask whether it was the best wedding photo ever taken. As I mentioned at the time, I put my two loves together (science and photography) and it was something I got to experience together with Kristen (who helped 2nd shoot for me that day) and also Warren and Shirley who are now lifelong friends.
Speaking of friends, one of the most rewarding things about what I do is getting the opportunity to meet and work with wonderful couples (and friends and families). I’ve made some amazing friends in the last 12 months and this is something I don’t take for granted. It’s these individuals who offer me drinks, chat to me and treat me like I’m a guest that help me get through those final 4-6 hours when I’ve already been on my feet for the last 10. You lot make it all worthwhile (and easy).
Kristen and I are off to Sri Lanka for a couple of weeks and we’re both going to enjoy some time sitting around and spending time with our family there. We’ll come back a little more tanned, most likely a few kg heavier and enthusiastic about what 2013 has to offer.
In the meantime, I’ve put together a selection of my favourite photos from the last year (in no particular order). I hope all of you out there enjoy looking at these images and that you have a wonderful and safe break over the holiday season. See you in 2013, there’s lots of exciting things to photograph and tell you about!