Before now I’ve never had much time to create a year in review. The reason I have decided to make one this year & hopefully will for the foreseeable future is that 2015 has been the most important for Shutter Go Click Photography since I started a little blog on these very pages back on the 4th May 2010.
Looking back objectively on the seminal moments across the course of a year can be a daunting thing. Making a list, Blowing your own trumpet, Planning for the future & all that jazz. A year in review for a photographer is in itself a bit like a photograph. In that it’s a collection of memories to give purpose to the last 365 days we have been riding this floating blue marble through space.
Here’s my ride… & what a ride it’s been.
SHUTTER GO.. PRO
What a lot of people don’t realise is that although I started this blog in 2010, I shot my very first wedding on the 22nd of June 2012. From that point up until this year I’ve not only been a full time photographer but have had a full time day job as well. It’s been a pretty rough ride the past 3 years working through the day, getting home & starting a whole other job. Using holidays to shoot weddings, 70 hour work weeks & fuck all social life. But it was probably the first time in my life I felt I had ambition. A drive to get out of a shitty job with no prospects & have a better existence for me & my awesome wife Hannah.
On May the 27th 2015 I went into work one morning, sat down at my desk & knew I had done enough. I think by the end I’d worked 7 years there, 3 of which I was shooting weddings full time too. I went on my dinner rang Hannah & said “I can’t do it any more.” She replied “So do it, Quit!”
& I did…
You see the reason I’ve finally got time to write a year in review is that I’m now officially a full time photographer, a small business owner… my own boss…
People say I’m lucky to be doing something I love for a living. I’m lucky to have found something I love for a living, but actually doing it has taken time & work.
On the 27th of May I made one of the most important decisions I will ever make. Made possible by every single one of you.
Only problem is my new boss is a right wanker ;-)
SHUTTER GO.. CAVERN
Even Bruce Wayne needed a bat cave to get shit done…
To coincide with going full time me & Hannah were in the middle of another house move in Saltaire. This meant buying new furniture, transferring Gatsby the cat & his stink pit of doom, But also finding somewhere with an extra bedroom. Not because of my duvet lifting fart troubles but because I wanted to create a work space for Shutter Go.. Click away from the distractions of the world.
I bloody love my office, not only has it made me more productive, but it also allows me to shut the door on it. I don’t get that ‘just one more image’ moment. & once that door is closed… My work day’s over.
SHUTTER GO.. BREAD & BUTTER
As a wedding photographer 2015 has brought me some of the most amazing people I have ever had the fortune of spending time with. Not to mention the truly incredible locations, ceremonies, dancing, weather & laughter. My job has taken me to bluebell forests, Stormy coastlines, Magnificent churches. I have climbed mountain sides, Walked winding country roads & been there in your most precious of days.
I was there for your first kiss as husband & wife. I was there for that moment you got the name wrong in church. I was there for that embarrassing speech, That first beer, That first laugh. I was there on the mountain top with an umbrella & a smile. What an honour it was to meet you. What an honour it was to be by your side…
To every single couple I’ve worked with this year, years past & those in the future… Thank you for helping me quit the day job, Thank you for the lifetime of memories framed. I don’t have the space to mention you all individually or feature a picture from every shoot I’ve been a part of. But here’s a small selection of memories from Shutter Go Click Photography’s 2015 alternative wedding & engagement portfolio.
SHUTTER GO.. BUDDIES
Believe it or not after going full time self employed you tend to spend a lot of time on your own. I’m a pretty solitary creature, I work better without a boss, managing my own schedule, fag breaks & inappropriate lunches consisting of half a block of cheddar cheese & some sugar puffs. Of course this isn’t to say I don’t thrive around people, in fact it’s quite the opposite; More importantly than having the latest camera, Impeccable timing or even the most badass business strategy. The real key to becoming a successful photographer is to spend time with people. Not just awesome couples & clients. But people in the same bubble who have a drive to create.
SHUTTER GO.. FEATURES
This year really has been all kinds of awesome on the feature front. With real wedding features on Rock N Roll Bride, Love My Dress, Festival Brides, Boho Weddings & Brides Up North. I still get excited when I see my pictures go up on one of these amazing publications. Not to mention hearing the stories of Brides & Grooms, how they met & the ideas behind their most magnificent of days.
Of course 2015 wasn’t just about the blogs. Back in July the wonderful Anna & Myles had one of their pictures published in The Times Newspaper, making this the first published wedding photograph I’ve ever had in print. Hell yeah!
Next year I’m working on a pretty damn special industry shoot in partnership with none other than the awesome Belle Bridal Magazine. Watch this space…
SHUTTER GO.. RETOLD
I’ve always wanted something special to give to my clients after the cakes been eaten, the honeymoons done & the post wedding blues kicks in. After a year or two of planning a wedding. (more in some cases) The pictures are the thing a couple looks forward to. They’re the last piece of the puzzle in reliving every last moment of the day.
This year I switched from DVD’s to beautiful bespoke wooden USB’s along with introducing a new line of Infinity Storybooks. Phwoar!
SHUTTER GO.. EVOLUTION
So what does the year to come hold for Shutter Go Click Photography? I’m already all kinds of excited for next years wedding season that’s for sure. 2016 is almost fully booked & you are gonna be blown away by the some of the couples, locations & photographic goodness I have in store.
Some of you who follow me on Facebook know I’ve been dabbling in a bit of video this year & I hope in the not so distant future to incorporate this into my business. I’m under no illusions that with any creative industry there comes a need to evolve your craft. & with stills photography the next logical evolutionary step is in motion. Here’s my first video I created alongside photographing a recent wedding along with a couple of cinemagraphs I’ve made. This is by no means a product as yet but is for want of a better word… A taste of raw future possibility…
& so concludes one hell of a year.
The year of turning 30 …
The year of going full time …
A year made by you.
Here’s to a dream laden 2016…