I can't believe it - almost 12 months have passed since I solemnly committed to just two New Year's resolutions. Blog more, eat less. Well how did that work out? Not very well I'm afraid. I have managed to lose half a stone - but no doubt that will creep on again over the next few days!
What a year this has been. So much has happened both for me personally and for Ellie J Photography as a business.
It has been a busy year for my little business and I am so grateful to my clients, both returning and new, who have inspired me and helped me achieve my own goals this year. One such achievement was having the front cover and feature interview with an international photography magazine!
I have photographed hundreds of families in 2015 and thoroughly enjoyed every single job. I've been a professional photographer for seven years now and I just can't believe how quickly that time has gone and how much I still enjoy my work.
I've always said that photography is an ongoing learning process and I've been privileged to meet some wonderful photographers through workshops and mentoring sessions in 2015. No matter how long you've been doing something, I recommend continuing to push yourself as there is always a different way of approaching something and always something new to learn. Even an old dog like me still has the occasional lightbulb moment!
I finally feel comfortable with my own personal style of newborn photography. At the beginning of this wonderful journey seven years ago, there weren't many newborn photographers around. Over the next couple of years that changed though, and I'll admit I did briefly wonder whether I was doing something wrong, because I didn't fit into the "all natural light, soft and gentle pastel coloured" type of photography that was springing up around me. Don't get me wrong, that style of photography is just fine and I know a lot of clients like it, it's just that it isn't me. I was trained in studio light. I like being able to create the look I want whether that be gentle or hard light, adding or removing shadow as and when required to give a certain look. I think recently I've settled back 'into my own skin' and I now feel completely comfortable once again with my style and what I create. The main thing is of course that clients are booking me based on my work to date, and as long as that continues I'll be a happy photographer!
I'm very much looking forward to meeting some wonderful new (and returning!) clients in 2016 and wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year.