29.4.16

LEAVING LONDON



As I said in my last blog, I couldn't not write a post on leaving London!

We moved to London six years ago in search of jobs and a new adventure, I don't think I ever thought I'd live here forever but I did think it would be for a few years, probably about 10. The first 4 months of living here were particularly hard for me, I couldn't find a job - actually I could barely find unpaid work experience! I ended up getting a job offer on the day I told myself it was either get a job, or leave London, what are the chances of that?! So I started to climb the career ladder and after 6 years I reached the position I always wanted to have - a Picture Editor on a woman's monthly magazine. Without tooting my own horn too loudly I have to say, I am pretty damn proud of myself for reaching that position at all, let alone in such a short space of time. I'm a good Picture Editor and I do (sorry, did!) enjoy my job. There were aspects that were not so enjoyable, mainly office shenanigans with teams and the company but I had freedom to produce shoots and give ideas and have a say, which is not a responsibility to be taken lightly! So really, I achieved what we set out to do in London...but I have to say that reaching the job I wanted wasn't the be all and end all. In those six years I started a blog, met so many like minded people who influenced and inspired me every day, I started to photograph weddings and month by month I started to realise that I don't want to be defined by an office job and I also want to try other things, all those many things that are out there, let me at them! 

And it's ok that I have walked away from a good job, it's fine that I may not return to being a Picture Editor (apparently they only have them in London...) and I feel very content knowing that I may be doing something totally different in a years time. I want a full life and to look back at 60 and be like "oh yeah, I did that for a bit and then moved here and then did that for a job and then that lead to that"...and so on. I don't want to not do something because I was too worried about making the change.
I really love living in London, its our home and has been my home for the most important (I think) years of my life and I'm not saying we'll never come back because who knows! It has given me confidence and strength that I never knew I had but I feel like I've taken what I can and I need to move on and use that power somewhere else. 
Another thing that has been a deciding factor is money. Everyone knows London is expensive but it is getting quite out of hand in terms of house/rent prices. It's losing its personality a bit and doesn't feel as exciting to me as it once did. I don't know, maybe I'm just getting old but I know we're ready for a change.

So thank you, London. You have been super. 

27.4.16

JUST CHECKING IN

Camping favourites, 2015

Wowzers, I didn't realise the last time I posted on here was when I was announcing that we are leaving jobs/London for life in a tent! The past couple of weeks have been a bit manic and have whizzed by so now I am really looking forward to getting out of here and enjoying the break. We have officially left work (5 days in to being unemployed, not panicking... just yet) and moved most of our belongings out of the flat up to my mums - thanks mum, sorry mum. So we have 3 days of cleaning and tidying in a very empty flat (luckily we have air beds!) and then we head off to France on Sunday morning. Fingers are seriously crossed that this snow clears off...I'm not sure our little heater will be up to it!
Don't forget you can keep up to date with our travels on our blog and Instagram if you'd like to.

I have a post coming up about my thoughts on leaving London, it's been my life for the past 6 years so I can't leave without saying a little something on the matter. Until then, I best get the hoover out so we get that deposit back... yippee!

8.4.16

BIG CHANGES

Camping favourites, 2015

Over the past few months we have been plotting and planning and making big decisions about our future and we've decided to pack it all in and go travelling...holy shit! 

We'll be leaving our jobs and our rented flat in search of adventure in Europe with the car and our beloved tent. We've started a new blog and Instagram called Our Inflatable Home where you can follow our travels - it's called that because the tent pumps up!
We'll be back in the UK in September as I have weddings to photograph from then and we'll fit the camping around the weddings - so I am still taking bookings from September onwards, spread the word!
And who knows where we'll end up...we are excited, terrified, nervous, ecstatic. But we are ready for a change. I'm not going to go in depth about why we're leaving London but as my friend said it's all become a bit 'luxury flats'. I love London but its just time to try something else.

Yikes!!

4.4.16

AN EAST LONDON ENGAGEMENT SHOOT

Persephone & James

Last week I photographed Persephone & James' engagement shoot on a glorious day in Victoria Park. I had the best time getting to know them both and I have wrote more about it over on my website blog and shared some more pictures, which you can see right here.

Persephone & James
Persephone & James
Persephone & James
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