Apologies for the lack of words in this post, with schools shutting so suddenly this week and having to cancel patients and arrange keyworker days with the school, I’ve had no time to finish writing anything other than what I’d already worked on in preparation last week! As always, links to my original blog posts are in the titles below if you do wish to read more about any of the adventures/recipes/photos below.
This year is not starting off in the way I’d hoped and I’m sure isn’t going to be easy for any of us but at least there is light at the end of the tunnel now, that’s what I’m clinging to anyway.
Bex in conversation with Jacqui Rushton
What a busy month December always is! I try to pack so much advent fun in around general Christmas prep and work so by the time Christmas comes I’m already knackered and really enjoy the break after the big day itself!
So our ADVENT-ures this year were a little different but we still managed to fit plenty of our favourite traditions in! Panto was cancelled but we got to go ice-skating in Tunbridge Wells before Tier 4 kicked in and it’s the most fun we’ve had there yet! Plus, I’m in the photos this time as Nik stayed at the edge (he finds the skates too painful) so he was given control of my camera!!
Of course we had our rainbow tree (set up early for our product shoot below!) but the rest of our living room was pretty colourful too and my under-shelf decor was pretty popular on Instagram, making it into my Top Nine for 2020!
We had fun pretending it was Christmas for some product photography for Kickers UK.
You can find out more about my product and branding photography here: www.bexphoto.com/brands
As well as the above, we’ve also had fun wrapping presents, writing cards, making jam to gift (and eat – it’s delish!), Christmas Crafting, searching for awesome Christmas Lights in the car, a lovely meal at The Hurstwood with grandparents (our Christmas catch up)…
Fletching Village Stores
I love discovering local gems and Fletching Village Stores is an amazing find! A treasure trove of delicious foods including fresh flowers, coffee and pastries, locally made gins and beautiful homewares.
I love the clients I get to work with! I was recently able to work with not one but two awesome local ladies who run kick-ass businesses, Donna from DWD Freelance who first found me right here via Uckfield FM when I was running my Mental Health Charity project in 2019. And Hannah who runs HT Automotive PR who wanted a vintage them so we headed to the perfect venue at Isfield Station! We had so much fun on both of these sessions and they both have some fresh new photos for their websites and social media (which you can find via my blog).
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A rather muddy affair this year! We went for a walk, as the only thing we’re allowed to do basically. We did also get a lovely home-made Indian takeaway from a little place Nik found online. Here’s hoping we can do some of the things we hope to do this year for our 40th birthdays and 10 year anniversary!
I was delighted to be accepted as a volunteer photographer for The Gold Hope Project, a non-profit on a mission to educate and raise awareness about childhood cancer. Families battling a paediatric cancer diagnoses can apply for a free portrait session for their little warriors. “Many families with ill children are emotionally, physically and financially strapped; it is the heart of The Gold Hope Project to take at least one worry off their shoulders and gift them something magical – the smiles of their children frozen in time.”
It’s such an honour to be able to gift something so precious to a family dealing with such a nightmare.
I enjoy looking back over each year on my blog while thinking about my goals but 2020 is certainly not the year any of us could have planned for. I had to put many of my business plans on hold and adapt with the ever changing situation but I never could have imagined what this year would have in store! Here are some of the things I’m most proud of amongst the madness of home-schooling, working and isolating in 2020…
I created an international photography magazine with great success! This Detailed Life has been so well received all over the world, even despite epic delays with Edition 2 getting caught up in the Christmas postal chaos. I’m so grateful for the support and enthusiasm so many photographers have had for this venture!
My Instagram “Top Nine” shows a lot of the joy we’ve managed to find in this crazy year! Including some client work shot not long before the pandemic, shared for Breastfeeding Awareness Week. The rest has a selection of our colourful lockdown life. Despite many difficult times this year, I’ve tried to look for the positives and I’m glad that’s represented in this collection below…
It was also the year that I became a judge for an international photography competition: This is Reportage Family, where I also found myself in the Top 100 rankings worldwide!
I’ve listed lots of other exciting things that happened this year over on my blog.
We had booked Wakehurst’s Glow Wild light trails to brighten up our January but this is of course cancelled now so we’ll just be trying to survive this new lockdown during these cold dark days and trying to stay sane.
Work is particularly difficult at the moment with NHS targets having just been re-introduced at an unattainable level given that schools have now closed again so I’m not sure how I’m going to cope to be honest!