One of the very BEST things about 2018 was meeting some absolutely inspiring, insanely talented, all-round kick ass fellow photographers.
Back in February I was lucky enough to attend a photography conference in Florida. I was more than a bit anxious about travelling by myself - away from my kids for the first time ever - but I really needn’t have worried. From the minute I touched down at the airport, to the minute I left, I was surrounded by a community of about 1,000 amazing women photographers, eager to share their time, knowledge and enthusiasm about this craft we love so much.
One of those women was the amazing Lynette Clark Davies - an incredible fine art portrait photographer based in Atlanta (also an amazing lawyer and THE loveliest person you could meet).
I remember telling her over dinner one evening that I would really love to photograph families right in the heart of London. I loved the idea of being a personal paparazzi to families experiencing this city for the first time, or to people living here really celebrating where they are. It was something of a pipe dream at the time, the thought of setting that up back at the start of the year seemed rather daunting.
Yesterday, I met up with the lovely Lynette and her family (who just happened to be in London over Christmas) and she said that she remembered our conversation and she was so happy that I was actually now doing exactly what I had hoped all those months ago.
It is thanks to inspiring people like her, who remind me time and again that absolutely anything is achievable if you have enough heart to put in the hard work. My Shoots In the City sessions have been some of my favourite of the whole year, not least because I have had the absolute privilege of meeting so many people from all over the world.