Goodbye 2018 and hello 2019… oh! actually before you go 2018 I would just like to say ‘thank you’!
For me professionally you were a year of branching out into areas of photography I had previously considered outside the remit of Perfectly Unique Photography – special needs and disability family photographer.
For starters I was the official photographer at two events firstly Diversifest where I met the lovely Linsey who organised and ran the event (little did I know that our paths would cross again later in the year). Diversifest took place in Haywards Heath, there was face painting, a bouncy castle and Singing Hands headlining. The second event was Disability Pride in Brighton. It was a day of sun and smiles (and a touch of sunburn! Ouch!). Alison Lapper opened the event with Adam Pearson and Robert White (runner up of BGT) and a host of other great performers and speakers – even the One Show turned up!
I became involved with the downs Syndrome charity Wouldn’t Change a Thing and took some photos for their 2019 advent calendar and in the process met two lovely families and crossed paths with Linsey again! I am so proud of how the photos turned out and if you want to see them for yourself you can buy the calendar here and check out July and November!
I have also worked with the wonderful Ben Bird to update his portfolio photos with his management company Zebedee. Ben is due to hit the CBBC screens in the new year so keep your eyes peeled!
When I had just started up Perfectly Unique Photography I picked up a Mid Sussex Family Grapevine whilst out with the kids and a remember thinking ‘wouldn’t it be great to get a photo I had taken on the front cover’. So I was blown away when I was approached by the magazine’s editor to provide the cover for the summer edition! Definitely a highlight of the year!
I was contacted by a parent who had received their son’s first school photo and hadn’t been very impressed. She asked if I could retake the photo with the hope of getting a better one. As I have a pop up studio I invited them over and the smiles that Aiden gave me were magical!
At the very end of the year I was asked to do not one but two Christmas photo booths! One for a family Christmas party at a local children’s residential home for children with severe learning disabilities and one at their youth club. It was so much fun to do and I was able to dust off my elf outfit!
All this on top of meeting some truly lovely families and helping them capture their own, Perfectly Unique, memories!
Thank you 2018 for every new experience you gave me, every person and family I had the joy of meeting this year and for giving me one more year doing what I love!