What a Fantastic Year!
I can't believe how quickly this year has flown by! Here we are with Christmas knocking on the door again and before I know it, it will be January and I'll be feeling miserable about not fitting into my jeans again :(
I used to get a little despondent at this time of year, especially recently when I've seen my eldest children leave home for University and starting their lives away from the 'nest'.
'Empty Nest Syndrome' is just awful! Who knew? When the midwife places your newly born son or daughter in your arms the furthest thing from your mind is the day when you are packing up their belongings and waving them off to start their own independent lives. Of course, it's all part of the natural order of life. I have been so Blessed with and am so proud of my own children that I wouldn't have it any other way - but that still doesn't stop me sitting in their empty bedrooms and bawling my eyes out every so often!
Life moves on - sometimes faster than we would like it to - and I know I've said it before but that is the reason photography is so important. Photography offers a kind of immortality - it forever preserves moments in time before wrinkles, grey hair, mid-life saggy bits and grown-up children happen. You can pick up a photograph and remember wedding days, special birthdays, school sports days, first loves and very importantly, loved ones who might no longer be with you. It captures fun times, crazy times, glorious landscapes, the city you grew up in before the planners ruined it with high rise flats or huge department stores....like a time machine, a collection of photographs can send you back to visit places and see faces you never want to forget. This is why I love photography and am so lucky to do the job I do.
Do I feel despondent this year? I am pleased to say - no! I am very excited to be looking forward to 2014 and seeing how Ellie J Photography develops further.
This year has been splendid for Ellie J Photography and I have my wonderful clients to thank for that. My little business is run solely on word-of-mouth recommendation and I feel so honoured each and every time someone calls and says "Hi - my friend's photos were so fantastic, we'd like to book you".
Thank you all for your kindness, recommendations and custom. I have thoroughly enjoyed every single job (and how many people are lucky enough to say that?) I have shared in the joy of weddings, got to play a part in 60th birthday celebrations, photographed some fabulous furry friends, and had an absolute blast photographing some wonderful little people both out on location and in the studio. I've been covered in icing during some wickedly fun and very messy cake smash sessions, photographed aspiring actors, actresses models and singers, been honoured to photograph some beautiful expectant mums and of course, thoroughly enjoyed being able to cuddle and photograph lots and lots of gorgeous, brand new babies. Has it been hard work? Yes - I've gone to bed many times in the early hours of a morning, but do you know what? I honestly believe I have the best job in the entire world!
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.
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