That’s it! I’m done! I have completed my 52-week project! A photo a week every week for a year and to be honest with you I am so done with it. It’s been fun having topics to work to but I have seen it as more of a chore towards the end. But, I’ve done it, and to add to the achievement, this was one of my new year’s resolutions, I think that must of been the first I’ve actually stuck to.
Week 46 – Money, money, money
A photo from a shoot with the Laudry Day team. I picked this for my money, money, money theme because all I could think about was a Georgian painted portrait, the kind only rich people could have.
Week 47 – Bright lights… big city
Every year my partner and I visit Bath Christmas Market. It’s the first thing we do that starts to get me in the festive spirit!
Week 48 – Baby it’s cold outside…
The cold I hate, but winter is my season, or more autumn really. I basically enjoy the mild months of March-May (when it doesn’t snow) and September – November.
Week 49 – Fill my stockings…
No Christmas is complete without a Christmas party, mine this year was with the lovely Pozer family, who came together for a festive shooting session filled with glitter and glamour.
Week 50 – Christmas
Going back to my roots with some Christmas baking with my Grandma, the one lady that’s taught me how to cook. This was our second attempt at gingerbread houses and I was so proud!
Week 51 – Celebrations
Let the festive celebrations commence!
Week 52 – New year, New you
A Self Portrait to end the project, just like it began.
I don’t consciously hate this time of year as much as some. I prefer the fashion, the temperature and the celebrations that autumn bring. However, for a photographer when there’s no light it’s hard not to get a bit sad. See below my images for October for the 52 week project.
Week 38 – The anticipation
I got the pleasure to shoot my nephew this week. A perk of being a photographer and aunty, there’s always willing models! However, I hope he doesn’t start to resent me as the aunty that puts me in baskets all the time!
Week 39 – The sky’s the limit
It’s hard to not live life with your blinkers on, I had so many ideas for this week’s topic but with the light disappearing and short turn around it’s hard to keep the creativity flowing. The reason I say we live life with blinkers on it because I commute 3 hours a day, for a very monotonous drive, however it was fun to find this sunrise, proving there’s beauty everywhere!
Week 40 – Laughter is the best medicine
This image is quite a literal one. I’m seeing a lot of conversations about pill shaming, in this world where we constantly question our self worth I can’t believe this is something we have to face. If someone has the courage to seek help for whatever they need to make life a little better, no one should ever make them feel bad about that.
For reasurance, this image is of Vitamin C tablets.
Week 41 – Trick or Treat
There are many people that think the best thing about autumn is Halloween, I am not one of those people, Christmas is my thing, although pumpkin carving with the family is the best!
In the spirit of the new year, new me and all that, I wanted to compile my goals and aspirations for 2018. 2017 was such a great year for me with my photography. I fell in love with my camera again, joined my first female photography group, organised my first editorial shoot at a launderette and helped Life of Lilly gain body confidence with my photos. What a year!
My Photography goals for 2018:
52-week challenge – what it says on the tin, 52 photos for 52 weeks. I have always admired people that have the discipline to keep the 52 week or 365 projects going, you not only need to have the ideas and imagination to keep your photos fresh, you have to find the time to create and edit the images. However, the good thing I have now which I never had before is my photography group who are all taking part, we’re in this together.
Build my portfolio
Blog consistently – Blog posts will be posted on a Tuesday weekly going forward.
Create more editorial pieces
Build a reliable model network – networking is something you always need, a great model, like a great photographer, is hard to find so once you’ve found one cherish them.
Be proud of what I create – confidence is key, I love what I do and this year it can only get better.
Love every second
My Personal goals for 2018:
Keep pushing with my career
Get a tattoo
Find more time for me, friends and family.
What are your goals for 2018 and beyond?
The featured image is my first photo of 2018 and self-portrait in three years. Happy New Year!