2017 Highlights | Grace Elizabeth | Alternative Wedding Photographer, Colchester, Essex

Wow, where do I even start?! Let's begin with an obvious statement though: where has 2017 gone?!

2017 has been an absolute blast of a year, and I am so, so thankful to be on this journey of learning, meeting new people, and doing what I love.

 After going self-employed as a Colchester-based wedding and portrait photographer in February of 2016 just a few months before finishing my Batchelor of Arts in Photography last year, I can finally take a look back at 2017: my first very-exciting-come-very nerve-wracking, crazy, and very rewarding year as a self-employed photographer. 

 

In 2017 I:

- Delivered 2116 photos for 30 lifestyle sessions (lifestyle was definitely my focus of 2017!)

- Took nearly 7000 photos for 8 weddings (some from 2.5 hours, some 10 hours, it varied lots this year!)

- Shot the most beautiful wedding for one of my oldest friends

- Shot at some beautiful venues, two highlights being Gosfield Hall and Hedingham Castle

- Had my work blogged in five blogs, including Easy Weddings, The English Wedding Blog,  Bride and Tonic, Bespoke Bride and The Wedding Affair

- Met so many lovely little ones who arrived earth-side this year (newborn in-home sessions are my favourite!)

- Tried out Milk Bath photography, and ended up booking a few shoots from them!
- Collaborated on photographic projects with the most amazing people

- Photographed my first commercial project for Ellice Lydia lingerie

- Organised three styled shoots (basically became a wedding planner!)

- Changed my business name to something that reflected me more

- Invested in my equipment more than ever

- Did a few small photography stalls

- Travelled

- Got a tattoo

- Celebrated five years with my long distance other half (been together since we were 16!)

- Mentored a fellow photographer (so rewarding)

- LOVED LIFE

 

In 2018 I aim to:

- Have my work published in more blogs and in print (look out for an article coming in County Wedding Magazines!)

- Stop buying more photography equipment (lol!)

- Continue to book lifestyle but...
- Book MORE weddings - I have fallen in love with them!

- Organise more styled shoots

- Earn enough to go full time with self-employment

 

Thank you ever so much to everyone who has been a part of my journey, who has worked with me this year, who will work with me next year, and a special thanks to my family, friends, and other half, to have all supported me endlessly.

With that said, I will leave you with some of my favourite moments from 2017, between which there is also a message from Anna and Darren, a wedding couple who have quite literally just sent me this message which I think acts as a wonderful testimonial. 

Happy New Year to you all, and much love, health, and happiness for 2018.

Grace Elizabeth

xo