Well, what can I say about this summer? Hands down it has been the best summer of my life.
I was working in a job I hated, it was a very toxic and negative place to be for many different reasons, so in May I handed my notice in. This little photography business of mine had been going less than a year and I knew that realistically I could not live off it as a full time income. However I needed out of that place, so I decided to put my all into doing what I love.
June was pretty quiet. I had a couple of shoots and a play day to photograph but most of it was spent planning for New York and Boston, and early on the 30th June me and the family headed off to Heathrow to catch a flight to NYC!
America was brilliant. Bloody boiling, but brilliant. New York was crazy and it took me a couple of days to adjust, but we crammed a lot in to 5 days. Of course we visited all the classic tourist spots – Statue of Liberty, Central Park (a must for me being a huge Friends fan!!), we went to the Top of the Rock and visited the 9/11 memorial. We spent the last night watching the 4th July fireworks over the river which were incredible.
Boston was beautiful and I have completely fallen in love with that place. I felt at home there straight away and the more relaxed way of life was needed after NYC. We took our time exploring the city and I spent a while sat by the water the day before we came home, reflecting on the trip and looking forward to an amazing summer back home. I really hope to get back there again one day.
By the time I got home I was more than ready to get back out photographing ponies. Thankfully the week after I got back I had the next NL Equestrian fun day to photograph. It was another brilliant day, we were so lucky with the weather again and every did SO well with their horses. Plus, all but one of them were coloured cobs so I was completely in my element!
For the rest of July and August I travelled around taking pictures of so many lovely people and their horses. I had a lot near to me in Hertfordshire, I got some photos for my friend’s new business and I got to see my horse of a lifetime again. I took a day trip to Warwickshire to meet two absolutely lovely ladies, and as soon as I arrived it felt like I’d known them forever. I had funday’s and clinics to photograph and it felt like I spent half of my time in Northamptonshire- I’m having withdrawal symptoms now! I helped Naomi film her online course despite numerous technical difficulties and the 35 degree heat, and of course I took a couple of trips up north to York.
I got last minute tickets to see Ed Sheeran again and that was the best night ever, I didn’t think he could top his tour last year but he did. I spent many an evening in numerous pub gardens, went to an outdoor cinema, celebrated my brothers A Level results and had a trip to visit a friend in Wales. I managed to get to both Burghley and Badminton this year and took a day trip to Holkham. My final shoot of the summer was with an old friend of mine who I hadn’t seen in a long time, it was so lovely to see her again. Naomi was with me and it was so nice to round off my summer with her, as she has been such a huge part of it.
Ultimately though, the thing I loved the most about the last 3 months was the amount of support that I received. Everyone was so supportive when I told them I was leaving my job, especially as it was quite out of character for me. It is so easy to loose touch with people when you leave a job, but those people are friends for life now and I have kept in touch with almost all of them. It’s no secret that I appreciate ‘my people’ a hell of a lot, I just don’t say it to them enough.
I spent this summer with old friends and making new friends along the way. To everyone I have met, photographed and smiled with this summer, thank you. Thank you for helping me have the best 3 months ever. You’ve helped me find my ‘positive mind, positive life’ attitude again and the summer wouldn’t have been the same without you all.
So, here’s to the best summer ever.