So…another one to tick off the bucket list before wedding season kicks off! Climbing to Everest Base Camp wasn’t quite the relaxing holiday I had in mind. And I can tell you, it was no holiday! More of a challenge shall we say! In actual fact, the most mentally and physically challenging thing I think I have ever done but the most amazing experience I will hold close to my heart for as long as I live. I trekked 85 miles in total, battling altitude sickness to reach heights up to 5550 metres, I met some wonderful people and experienced a country that is rich with unique cultures. The warmth and charm of the nepalese communities truly made me feel at home and their determination and resilience to rebuild their country after the 2015 earthquake made a powerful impression on me. I have so much respect for the sherpas and porters whose livelihood from a young age is to trek daily through the mountains carrying heavy loads of luggage and other items necessary for mountain living and to the people who run the tea houses that accommodate 1000’s of trekkers each year providing warmth and food to make their dream of reaching base camp a reality. I won’t go on here as I think the photos speak for themselves but thank you Nepal for allowing me to realise one of life’s dreams :)
Thank you to all my couples and everyone I have had the pleasure of working with in 2016. I feel so incredibly lucky to be able to do a job that I love. This year has been my busiest yet with 25 weddings to shoot and commercial work to boot! In April I was truly inspired when I attended the Snap Photography Festival down in Wales, in the middle of nowhere for a four day retreat of workshops and hanging out with likeminded awesome photographers! I learnt so much about myself and my business and it felt great coming away feeling like I am part of a community! If you are an aspiring photographer or just want to hang out with great people then I recommend you give it a go. I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead for 2017 and continue to expand my business internationally with weddings to shoot in Sorrento, Italy and New York City! Here is a very small round up of my personal favourite images from the year! Happy New Year to you all and see you on the other side! Jo x
Thanks to the following venues for accommodating me this year and for just being awesome. You’ve kept me working at my optimum by ensuring I was well fed and watered at all times and for that I salute you!
Victoria & Adam tied the knot at the West Mill Exclusive Wedding Venue in Derby. This venue is a photographers dream! The West Mill is a magnificent Grade I Listed former industrial mill dating back to the early 1800’s. The mill has been restored and converted into a beautiful wedding venue creating a magnificent setting for photos. Originally built as a cotton spinning mill, the building played an important part in history and the industrial revolution. Having laid empty and derelict the four-storey building has been lovingly restored back to life. The mill’s renovation has retained all of the industrial architecture of the 1800’s and the building is positioned in a superb setting on the riverbanks of the River Derwent. Inside, think barrel-vaulted ceilings, exposed brick walls, cast iron columns and beams, all a stone’s throw away from the breathtaking waterfalls of the weir. Here are some highlights from Victoria & Adam’s big day. Enjoy!