2023 - returning to normal never felt so good.

Although I took my regular number of weddings overall, winter was quiet and the end of the year somewhat ridiculous. I set a new personal record of 5 weddings straight (+1000km driving), not something I'm looking to repeat. I shot a wedding on zero notice (phone call at 2:30PM, shooting 50 minutes' drive away by 3:30PM). I shot for the first time in a Sikh temple. I had the first instance of people assuming my photos were AI-generated (not sure if that's a compliment, but let's pretend it was).

My interest in family photos has progressed into a passion. Mostly because it gives me the excuse to see past wedding clients again, but also to act like an absolute lunatic getting a giggle from the kids. For some families it had been 10 years since I'd seen them last, which felt really special to record a family history over that length of time.

This was the first year in a while that I could get back to shows. I managed to see Arctic Monkeys, Bon Iver, John Mulaney, Nate Bargatze, Lizzo (before she was cancelled), Sam Smith and a couple of my favourite drag queens (Sasha & Anetra). We got back to Melbourne, seeing And Juliet at the theatre and the Monet exhibit as well. I try to follow as little wedding photography as possible, but I find so much motivation and inspiration from other artists. It felt redeeming to finally have these experiences back, after COVID years and the demands of newborns / toddlers took this away for a while.

As always, every year I get to continue pointing my camera at good people is a year well spent. I owe everything to the clients who book me and the rest of you who continue to support me. As it stands I'm right on the cusp of shooting my 500th wedding, which I'm really excited to celebrate soon. Endless thanks to you all, I've got no plans of easing off yet. Bring on 2024 🥳