For a long time I’ve been conflicted about documenting my stories, and despite always having a great interest in memory keeping, there was always a nagging voice in my head that used to say, “What’s the point?” I guess part of me believed this sort of memory keeping was only about legacy, and as Cam and I don’t have children, it seemed almost narcissistic to want to document my own life for the sake of it. Maybe that’s why I started to make a living documenting other people’s lives.
Ironically it’s been taking pictures on one of the most important days of someone’s life though, that has made me realise how important the everyday life is. The days in between. The days we have most of, yet remember the least about. As I reflect on my last year through the images and words I have from the last 365 days, I am filled with gratitude and happiness from the images of the wonderful couples and special days we’ve captured; but I am saddened by the lack of stories I have from my own personal year. Sure, the highlights of our year have often been the weddings we photographed, but what about all the days in between? Truth be known, I was often attached to the computer editing said weddings, but surely there’s more to my life than the fabulous weddings we shoot?
2012 is going to be a crucial year for us. As business partners, as a married couple, and as individuals. We have some exciting plans for the business and it is important for us to continue growing. To do that we will be working together full time, and although I am so looking forward to this, it does mean we will have to find a new rhythm to dance between the lines of being colleagues, business partners, and a couple. Then, on a personal level, this is the year I want to step on the scales and love what I see, to have a home which rises to greet me, and to look at my work and be proud of myself. It is going to be a full and big year which totally excites me; but with great optimism and hope, comes great risk of failure and loss too. I know the stories over the next 365 days will become the fabric our life, and this time I want to make sure I capture as many of them as possible.