Reflecting on 2011

The end of the year and the starting of a new one is always a time for reflection followed by the obligatory resolutions. I am no exception and as I sit down to write this post I can’t quite believe how fast the year has flown by – it feels like we’ve only just celebrated last Christmas! But yet when I look back on the year, there’s so much to look back on. I started my business in 2010 and whilst that first year was great, 2011 has been even better. Looking back I feel an absolutely incredible sense of achievement. I know exactly where I want to be and I can really feel myself getting closer to my goal. Although it is incredibly rewarding, working for myself means I never stop working – I constantly find myself answering emails at 2am, writing list after list of things to do – there’s always something that can be done. Sometimes I think I get so involved with trying to get to the end of my to-do list (which I am slowly realising will never happen) that I never stop to look back and reflect on what I have achieved. The end of a year is a good opportunity to do that and a year ago I could not have imagined where I would be now and also what is to come for 2012. Two months into the year I found myself handing in notice on my day job. I realised that I could only focus on what I love and throw myself completely and utterly into my photography, by getting rid of the 40hrs a week that I was working elsewhere. In truth that scared me to death but I knew if I didn’t do it then that I never would.  At the end of Spring, following on from quitting the day job, I attended my very first wedding fair. It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up and I could not have been more overwhelmed by the response to my stand and my work – I met so many lovely brides that I am more than just a little bit excited about working with next year. Following on from my summer of shooting weddings I was thrilled to have my work published in a local magazine. But the thing I am most proud about is that I’ve already hit my target for wedding bookings next year – something which, at the start of the year, I would not have thought possible. The thing I love most about my job is meeting so many different people and being able to create images that they will treasure forever. I know that all sounds incredibly cliched but I know it must be such a hard decision to make that when a couple choose me to document their day it makes me feel on top of the world. Having someone appreciate your work in that way is what makes the 12hr days, 7 days a week all worth it. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the couples who I have had the absolutely pleasure of working with this year – you have all been so amazing and it is has been an absolute honour to have been just a small part of your big day. And a massive big thank you also to those that have booked me for next year – I really cannot wait!  Here are some of my favourite images from the year (in no particular order!)

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