Well, 2014 has been a total whirlwind year and I am in the midsts of a whirl right now! I am very excited to announce that over the last week, I have moved to a lovely new office in Ashford. After building and running the business from home, like a lot of people do, it felt like after 4 years I was ready to spread my wings and have a dedicated location. I’d been on the look out for a little while when I spied this gorgeous suite, full of quirks including the old medicine cabinets and vintage fire place, I knew I’d found the one! I got the keys last week and with the help of my darling Mark, we moved me in over the weekend. We spent most of our 7th wedding anniversary weekend, lugging and upcycling lots of furniture finds for the office. Today the internet was installed and so I am here, penning this post from my new office.
One thing that had become apparent was my yearning for a space to run my business, meet couples that was dedicated so that I could start to see a divide between work and home and have a place that I call work. When I did my degree in geography one of the concepts we looked at was the importance of space and a sense of place, through which we negotiate our lives and develop a sense of belonging. Photography has been something that was for a long time a hobby or past time and so it occupied the home space, but as the transition happened and then since I have been full time, it has seemed out of place at home, for home is not a true place if work is in it. There is such a blurred line between something that is your passion and work, as every fibre of your being loves it, but a process of separation needs to happen. For me when my business was at home, there wasn’t a line in the sand where I would stop working as the kittens were around, Mark would get home and could sit and chill in my office and I’d plod on and be working all day, most evenings and shooting at weekends. Being self employed is a funny beast, there are no fixed hours and a lot of the time, there is the ‘hidden work’ that onlookers don’t see. I shoot 1-2 days a week and then the behind the scenes editing, admin and activities to keep the business heart beating are vast. So, the office marks a new era, where I will be coming in on regular 4 days in the week as I shoot nearly every Saturday, but go home in the evening and having two days off per week, like normal employed folk do with a Monday – Friday job – woohoo!
And now, this is where I am going to get a bit emotional and gush……………
When I arrived here just before 8am today, I felt a renewed energy as I’d come from home, made the short commute and arrived at work. There was that hunger inside me to grow ideas that have been twinkling away from my metaphorical ‘ideas shelf’ and I am totally hyped about the future.
I really am so truly thrilled and excited to be here and thank all of my couples, families and clients, past, present and future who’ve invited me to be part of their journey as without you, I wouldn’t be here. The first things I put up in the office were the thank you cards and post I get from you guys, you make my heart burst with joy and these sit facing my desk to motivate and inspire me to keep growing, creating and being the best I can be for you all.
High fives to all my lovely industry cronies who I am proud to call friends, I love you guys and the lovely community we share.
Most of all I am grateful for my family and friends. They have supported me every step of the way and stayed by my side through a lot of absenteeism as I invested every waking hour to my business.
Lucy & Chris who not only are great mates but helped me lug things yesterday and Katie & Lewis who visited to celebrate last night.
Lydia, I will ‘be still’ sometimes but you’re always there to support me.
Our family friends Mick & Bev who I worked for while at school, who taught me so much about running a business and their help and friendship over the years.
My Grandad and late Nan, who cared for me and nurtured my love of nature while my parents went to work and taught.
My musical and artistic Grandad who with Grim, encouraged me to take creative risks, try things and learn.
My brother and sister for just being epic, sharing creative enthusiasm and being great friends too.
Mum and Dad who are both creative souls and would see us spend time with craft boxes (start of my paper/stationery addiction) rather than TV.
And last but by no means least, my darling husband, risk averse to his soul who constantly takes leaps of faith in my ‘everything will be ok’ carefree nature and has stood back to let me grow, he really is a true soul mate.
So, here are a few instagram snaps (how naughty to not take proper ones!) of the journey over the last week into my new office. I can’t wait to meet folk here soon!