Oh 2018, What to say about you, hey?
On the personal side, it was a year of extremes. There were big changes and life shifts and unexpected surprises around too many corners for my liking.
On the work side, the personal side made me shift gears. You know when you're running at capacity and the only thing for it is to buckle down and focus on the real, important, non-negotioable bits? That's what work gave me this year, the clarity to focus on the only thing that matters - my clients.
Looking back over the images I made this year with the people who invited me in is a JOY.
2018 gave me new life and birthdays and weddings and a baptism and anniversaries, along with the extraordinary ordinary of so many wonderful families.
I shot wake ups and meal times and cake making and museum trips and cafe hangs and story time and bath times and bedtimes.
The whole gamut of human emotion, everyone pulling and holding on to the things they love the most.
It gave and kept my hope alive.
Knowing I can walk down an street, knock on a door and find behind it a family who are just living their lives, carrying out everyday acts of love and tenderness over and over (in a myriad of unsexy ways, as David Foster Wallace would say) - that is hopeful.
Hope for humans and society and hope for the wider world.
"If you want to change the world, go home and love your family"
And to all the wonderful people who invited me in to capture them doing just that this year, THANK YOU.
Here's a little bit of what that looked like....
If 2019 is the year you want these moments captured for yourself, then drop me a line and let's make it happen!