Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!

That’s right, it’s another 2018 review all up in your face as if you can resist though. I wanted to take this opportunity to look back on the year but, also to look at my post last year and compare.

2018 was a year where I really thrived with photography. At the beginning of the year, I spoke about how photography had become a chore for me in the past and that has not been the case this year. I’ve surrounded myself with creative individuals and tried to experiment with new techniques and styles. It has been amazing meeting new creatives and shooting, I am so proud of everything I have shot this year!

2018 has been a rollercoaster year for me personally, I didn’t get that tattoo I mentioned this time last year (Internally screams), but I have travelled all over the place, from Croatia to Hamburg it’s been a big adventure. My own mentality this year has been, it’s not selfish to be selfish, and I will go into why below. Enjoy my yearly breakdown

January 2018

One of my New Year resolutions last year was to complete a 52 week project, and I actually stuck to it. I originally wanted to take inspiration from Rosie Hardy’s fairytale pictures, but the more I got into this the more I realised that wasn’t my style and it’s ok to embrace that! The project allowed me to use my camera in day to day life which is definitely something I need to continue this year.

February 2018

Going to get a bit deep here, back in February I started hypnotherapy. A few people had recommended that I give it a go, and in my bid for a calmer and happier life I gave it a chance. The experience is always personal to everyone and I won’t touch on what I went through but it did allow me to take a step back and see things from a completely different perspective. This idea that in your mind the world really does revolve around you and if you’re not enjoying it or feel you need to change something then hunt that something down because it’s not selfish to be selfish. Whether you seek help for anything from your mentality to physicality, you are number one. Also, it’s not a bad thing to say NO.

March 2018

Snow landscape photo

The UK experienced some weird ass weather this year and the snow was just insane, as we all know we are never prepared for it and being stuck in the house for four days drives me insane.

April 2018

This year has been a mad year for photo shoots, I’ve been so grateful to all the lovely and unique people i’ve met along the way.

May 2018

Bald model framed by wooden windows and blossoms

In May I turned 23 and I treated myself to the Canon 5D MK IV, it’s been a dream of mine to own this camera and I am so proud that I took the plunge. It’s been an adventure learning how to use this camera and I am constantly learning.

June 2018

One of the biggest things (for me) is I travelled to Hamburg with Lilly A weekend adventure around the city, this was the first time I’ve travelled without my family or my partner. After this, I got the travel bug-ish. I’m still a bit of a home girl though, you’re never going to see be backpacking across Europe I promise.

July 2018

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This Summer’s weather was insane too, we had a period of serious heatwaves and on one of the hottest days of the year, I decided to do two shoots in Bournemouth, on the beach. The tan lines are still there. In all seriousness, though it’s important to look after yourself in a shoot, if your a model OR the photographer, it’s easy to forget but believe me you will regret it.

August 2018

For BOWO creative I created a facebook live all on tips for new businesses on how to improve your photography! My arm never ached so much.

September 2018

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I told you I caught the travel bug! I visited the gorgeous island of Korcula, the perfect temperature at this time of year and just what I needed. Although it does look beautiful it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting at certain points with our Boat that broke down in the ocean, some beautiful sunburn and a stinking cold that left me sniffing by the pool, although if you have to sniff anywhere, a pool is a great place to do it.

October 2018

This month my beautiful nephew was born and oh my god he’s adorable. That is all.

November 2018

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A weekend in Amsterdam, I’m very lucky in that my partner is very supportive of my photography, he is my number one fan (I hope), and we spent 5 hours one day finding the perfect Canal shot.

December 2018

December has been all about friends and family, they are incredibly important to me and I’ve spent this month sharing moments with all the people important to me.

 

So what am I aiming for in 2019? Well this year for me is all about getting Beth Roach Photography off the ground and I cannot wait for the challenge, I have spent the last few months putting price lists together and themes for 2019 so keep your eyes peeled.

What are your plans for 2019?

52 Week Project – December

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

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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

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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…

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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…

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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

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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

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Week 51 – Celebrations

Let the festive celebrations commence!

Week 52 – New year, New you

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Week 52 – New year, New you

A Self Portrait to end the project, just like it began.

52 Week Project – November

2018 is almost over, isn’t that insane?! It feels like yesterday it was January! What has been your favourite thing about 2018?

Week 42 – Remember, remember the 5th Of November

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Week 42 – Remember, remember the 5th Of November

I don’t know if this week’s submission to my 52 week project counts but this is a re-edit of a shoot with Gemma using sparklers. A difficult shoot but I love having some time away from photos and revisiting them!

Week 43 – Bare trees and autumn leaves

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Week 43 – Bare trees and autumn leaves

This month, my partner and I attempted to be spontaneous and whisked ourselves away to Amsterdam where we ate lots, drank lots and got lost exploring the beautiful canals in search of ‘that shot’. I couldn’t quite work out whether we were going around in circles or we’d seen hundreds of different ones!

Week 44 – Icicles

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Week 44 – Icicles

Every year my mum and I visit Liberty’s in London to see their beautiful Christmas department. It’s a tradition that always gets me in the festive spirit, although we did stumble into a protest which wasn’t planned.

Week 45 – Instagram your self

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Week 45 – Instagram your self

Is it even Instagram if you haven’t got fake glasses? Meet your photographer ladies and gentlemen!

52 Week Project – September

Summer’s supposedly over and the daily grind commences and finding a photo a week is tough! I don’t think I could dream of the 365 project. Look below at my images from this month.

Week 34 – Back to School

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Week 34 – Back to School

Being an adult can be pretty sucky. However, my back to school theme was my trip to Croatia. Probably the furthest I’ve ever been abroad, this holiday was full of fun and experiences. From getting stranded on a questionable boat in the middle of the ocean, finding our own little nook on a beach and attempting to crash a boat party.

Week 35 – Tie A Ribbon

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Week 35 – Tie A Ribbon

Nothing makes me happier than photographing a wedding. It is such a privilege, and I have to say on the day is very stressful but, seeing their reaction to the images makes it all worthwhile.

Week 36 – Wacky Races

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Week 36 – Wacky Races

So this is my mother. I know what you’re thinking, doesn’t look very wacky, does it? But, this woman doesn’t drive, and the fact she managed to race me on her own without a car, I applaud.

Week 37 – Harvest festival

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Week 37 – Harvest festival

This post is very nostalgic, with week 37 being no exception. The Harvest festival used to be a big time for my school, I personally loved wrapping the boxes. It’s a shame I’m not that good at wrapping for Christmas. Here is my take on the Andy Warhol pop art trademark of the Cambell’s Soup.

52 Week Project – August

This summer has been the hardest shooting outside, I have had so many sunburns, you have to remember to look after yourself while shooting as well as models! This month I had the pleasure of shooting some lovely people!

Week 31 – Living

A great night photographing Destination Groove at their function gig, here’s to more fun captures like this in the future.

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Week 31 – Living

Week 32 – It started with a kiss

Family photoshoots like the one below couldn’t have been more fun-filled and full of colour. That’s what a shoot is like when you book with me, I try to capture the fun and vibrancy of your family.

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Week 32 – It started with a kiss

Week 33 – If I had a million pounds

I would spend my days hunting down locations like the one below! *Heart Eyes*

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Week 33 – If I had a million pounds

 

 

52 Week Project – July

July.

The month I got the worst sunburn of my life. Tried my hand at event photography and harassed a lot of friends to model for me

Week 27 – No Filter

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Week 27 – No Filter

An adventure down to Bournemouth saw me in portrait heaven. From Carousels to arcades, I had been waiting for a shoot like this for a long time.

Week 28 – Digital

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Week 28 – Digital

Digital is a hot topic wherever you look. It feels like the world revolves around phones and social media but who remembers the old TV static. It used to be almost hypnotising.

Week 29 – Private

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It makes me so sad that so many beautiful places are blocked off to the public and left to decay.

Week 30 – Pure

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Week 30 – Pure

Moments captured like this are pure and untainted.

52 Week Project – June

Some of the hottest weather on record began this month, and man alive this project is tough. To keep inspiration flowing, and to not feel constrained by the topics is so hard! See my 52-week submissions for June

Week 23 – Sub

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Week 23 – Sub

In the world of photography, this title could cover all manner of sins. Literally. So here’s a boat! I live in a gorgeous part of Wiltshire and this challenge has really allowed me to see it in a new light.

Week 24 – Joint

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Week 24 – Joint

Week 25 – Enough

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Week 25 – Enough

This year has been a huge year for me, in a selfish way I have been focussing on myself, what I need in life. And this particular week, myself and the life of Lilly travelled to Hamburg for the weekend. I mean actually got on the plane without a suitable adult and just went to a different country. That’s enough spontaneity for a while.

Week 26 – Burp

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Week 26 – Burp

I hated this topic.

52 Week Project – May

Did somebody say it’s summer? A bit delayed with last month’s 52-week project. This is a hard project to be doing but I don’t think I’m deterred yet! Although I think we’re far from the 365 project, photographers that can even commit to them deserve a medal.

Week 18 – Different Perspective

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Week 18 – Different Perspective

This was a hard one, a lot can be said for perspective, are we talking architecture photography or a different angle? For me, a different perspective was discovering this old building in the town near why I grew up. It’s a gorgeous building I never knew existed but must have driven past a thousand times, a fresh perspective on somewhere I thought I knew. The golden hour helped the beauty too.

 

Week 19 – Inbetween

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Week 19 – Inbetween

Game of Tetris anyone?

 

Week 20 – Layers

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Week 20 – Layers

Now it’s supposed to be Summer, so layers don’t spring polo necks and tights to mind, so here’s some paint.

Week 21 – Pose

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Week 21 – Pose

I have been dying to shoot with some blossoms and it makes me so sad that they’ve almost disappeared now. This week’s submission is from my first shoot with the canon 5d mk IV and Rosa Fury. I love the contrast between a derelict bus stop and pretty blossoms.

Week 22 – Curve

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Week 22 – Curve

There’s something about retro things isn’t there? I find myself loving pin-up shoots, no matter how many time’s they’re done before, and anything 50’s – that includes an old jukebox. CD’s fitting my Week 22 theme perfectly.

Twenty three

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Two weeks ago I turned 23 and I wanted to mark the occasion with a birthday blog post. With my birthday’s photography is always at the forefront. Last year was all about falling back in love with photography with a new camera lens and this year is all about thriving on it.

One of my gifts was the Navy Tog Bag, have you seen these? I mean they are the prettiest photography bags you will ever see and of course I got the blue one. We all know first impressions on a shoot are important, they can mean the difference between repeat bookings and one hit wonders.

On my first shoot with the bag, I was told ‘that’s a neat bit of kit!’, and it is, I’m not saying that the Tog Bag will improve business but it certainly makes you look the part.

The tog bag with the canon 5d mk iv

For all those organised tog’s out there, the Tog Bag has slots for every piece of equipment you might need, it even has a hidden compartment for your laptop for editing on the go. Too big? They have a mini tog bag, which I confess is on my wishlist!

A new bag justified the purchase of the Canon 5D Mark IV, I went to Jessops and actually bought it. Having upgraded from the 7D, my reasoning was that it was time, although I am not bashing the 7D. I just want to make it known that a good camera does not a photographer make, I’ve come from the 1000D to the 7D and then to this, it is all about the photographer. This is not retirement for the 7D though, it is now resigned to the second in command.

Bald model framed by wooden windows and blossoms

The image above is from my latest shoot with the 5D and Rosa Fury

What’s on your photography wishlist?

52 Week Project – April

We are now into the swing of May, and what I can hopefully say is the start of summer! This month has been a hard one to keep up with photographing once a week, but we’ve got there. Have you taken on any projects this year? If so what helps you stay motivated. Take a look below at all the images submitted for my 52-week project in April.

Week 12 – Horrify Me

 

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Week 12 – Horrify Me

 

Let me just start this off with the worst week possible. In our female photography group, we have a mixture of skills, some are in portraiture and some are in landscapes. However, for this week our theme was horror. I hate horror films, I hate horror and I certainly cannot shoot it. It just doesn’t inspire me at all!

So for this week is a picture of a fake owl. Now you might think why is this scary? Well, owls are lovely creatures, very majestic I’m not denying that at all, but when I was a teenager, myself and a group of friends decided to watch the Fourth Kind, and ever since I’ve never been able to trust the things!

Week 13 – Free week

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Week 13 – Free Week

We all lose a bit of mojo now and then so for this week we had free reign on what we could submit. This week’s photo is of Gemma Huh, a model from London I had the pleasure of photographing at Pozers Studio, Cricklade.

Week 14 – Friendship

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Week 14 – Friendship

Now, this girl I have known for almost 8 years. We recently got back in touch and I got the pleasure of photographing her in a record shop in Wiltshire. If that’s not friendship, I don’t know what is.

Week 15 – Abstract

 

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Week 15 – Abstract

 

We all know I’m a portrait photographer and abstract really isn’t my thing, but I gave it a go with a glass and some sunshine!

Week 16 – Spring

 

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Week 16 – Spring

 

What tells me spring is on the way is Yellow fields and Bluebells. On my commute to work, I am surrounded by golden landscapes for miles. The smell is god awful but I do think they look gorgeous.

Week 17 – Frame 

 

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Week 17 – Frame

Getting back to what I know and love with portraits with Eli. My biggest aim for 2018 was to get out of my comfort zone and this girl just does it. Surround yourself with creative individuals so your life will never be boring.