It’s almost the end of the year.
That time when the newspapers, the TV and radio channels are full of this or that “Review of 2016”.
Wedding photographers’ Blogs are no different. Photographers looking back at their favourite images from the year. Choosing those images that mean the most to them. Or perhaps not wanting to leave some of their clients out of the review, and therefore choosing to show an image from every wedding they’ve shot during 2016.
Like all wedding photographers I’ve shot fabulous weddings during 2016. Each one is different, yet they’re all the same. Is that a contradiction? No – let me explain ……..
Every wedding is different. The couple. The venue. The weather. Each wedding is unique. But they’re also the same as other weddings. They’re a celebration of the love between the couple. An opportunity for family and friends to gather and join in that celebration. That’s the true context of a wedding – the people and the emotions.
So how can I choose my favourite weddings? I can’t. I could choose favourite images from the tens of thousands I’ve shot during 2016. But not this year. This year’s different.
2016’s been the most emotional year of my life.
In March I lost my wife, Hester, to cancer. In October my Dad passed away. Two people who meant the world to me. A few weeks after Dad died, my Aunt passed away.
It’s been a tough year. Being a part of happy wedding days when I’ve been grieving my losses. But that contrast is the same for anyone who’s suffered loss. Getting on with “life”. And in a way this year’s changed my outlook on life.
Life is fragile. Not just ours, but those of the ones that we love.
We should all make the most of the time that we have and the time that we spend with our families.
Although I’m writing this on the last day of the year, none of us knows if we’ll see the end of 2016.
This isn’t meant to be a morbid post. I’d like to think of it as a wake-up call, a reminder to cherish life in all its facets.
Over the months I’ve come to terms with my losses. I can’t change what happened. I’ll never forget those I’ve lost. But now it’s time for “me”. They didn’t want me to stop enjoying life, quite the contrary in fact.
So, to end this final post of 2016 I have a simple message to you all.
Cherish those you love and make the most of every single day. You owe it to them and to yourself.
Happy New Year everyone – wishing you and your families health and happiness for 2017.
Blog post: 2016, a wedding photographer’s year