two thousand and sixteen – the year that was

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Wow.
I haven’t done one of these in 2 years.
Once I had all the images in front of me it certainly puts things in perspective.

This year has been a really hectic one. Between raising a daughter who started to walk earlier in the year and keeping this business running for the 7th year (FYI it hasn’t gotten easier), I barely had time to come up for air.
We did a total of 86 shoots, mostly weddings, but also the elopements, engagement parties, family sessions, engagement sessions, and commercial gigs. Between myself, my associate photographer Jeffrey and all our second shooters, we clocked a total of 224,844 shutter clicks.

Yep.
Over two hundred thousand photos.
In one year.

At an average of a 125th of a second per photo, that adds up to just under 30 minutes.
When quantified like that, it seems so trivial that I spent a whole year documenting just half-an-hour of meaningful moments.
But yet the moments that give us meaning are so much more than just a numerical value of time.
It’s like that Mastercard ad from a while back, when the groom sees his bride for the first time that day, or when mum has a quiet moment with her daughter before she walks down the aisle. These moments are priceless.

And as for me, it’s been quite the trip. We shot a few elopements (which are totally awesome), travelled to places like Port Douglas and Queensland for the first time, and went to places like Newman and Karratha to do engagement shoots. We managed to squeeze in a side trip for ourselves to Tasmania too, which by the way, blew my socks off. I attended the AIPP APPA awards for another year in Melbourne, and hung out for 3 days at Donnelly River Holiday Village with 40 other photographers at this year’s Common Folk Camp. That last one was a pretty big highlight. I got to meet so many new friends at camp, and I didn’t want it to end.

There are just under 300 images here, probably my biggest post ever. I spent hours trying to cut it down more but I just couldn’t. There were so many moments here that just needed to be shown. Seeing all these images again made me realise that despite the endless hours and late nights spent editing at the computer, as a wedding photographer I have a pretty rad job.  Apart from the usual “blah blah capturing memories etc etc” spiel, I get permission to hang out and witness amazing people do an amazing thing, which is to marry someone.

It’s a pretty big deal.

I’ve seen more people laugh and cry, more people kiss, and more people make promises to each other than the average corporate executive working his cushy 9-5, M-F day job.

And it gives me hope.
2016 has been a pretty shitty year.  If each year was given gold stars for a job well done, 2016 would have 50 black dots for every time it screwed up. From Trump, to Brexit, One Nation, and to all the amazing people who has passed on this year, 2016 is like the naughty kid with ADHD who’s had too much red cordial and trashed the teacher’s desk by taking a dump in the drawers.

Yet when I look at all these pictures, I think we’re actually not doing too bad.
Well, that’s enough introspective bullcrap from me.
Grab a drink – whisky or coffee it doesn’t matter – hit play for the music (turn it up LOUD), and have a gander below.

Music by The Cinematic Orchestra – To Build a Home

 

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