It's official, autumn is here, and we all know what that means. Winter is coming. Tis the season of short days, long nights, bedsocks, hot water bottles and extortionate heating bills (especially for those of us who work from home).
And so begins the quiet season for us wedding photographers. It's not quite here yet - I've got a full week of editing after a wedding and an engagement shoot at the weekend, and one more wedding in December - but let's face it, the year is winding down and so am I! So what does this wedding photographer get up to in her down time?
Well usually this time of year would mark the beginning of wedding season down under in Australia and New Zealand, where I am also resident. But having only just moved home to the UK after 4 years in Sydney, I'm craving a cold British winter and all the cosy things that go with it (see paragraph one). So here are a few of the things I'll be filling my time with this winter:
1. My other business.
Yup, that's right. I've got more than one string to my bow. As well as being a wedding photographer I also run a little business called Bunny and Moon, creating custom couples portraits and printing photographs onto handmade wall hangings. With Christmas approaching, it's actually one of my busiest times of year with Bunny and Moon - come November I'll have couples illustrations coming out of my ears! I also want to spend some time developing some new products, like custom illustrated wedding cake toppers and other wedding themed products. Watch this space (or actually, follow me on Instagram @bunnyandmoon for all the Bunny and Moon goings on).
2. Improving my dressmaking skills.
Recently I've been getting inspired by my friend Tifaine and her lovely sewing blog - she's attempting to give up clothes shopping and instead has been busily making her own amazing clothes. I'm armed with a well-stocked fabric cupboard, a pinterest board that's bursting at the seams and a new copy of Tilly and the Button's book, Love At First Stitch. I'm not a stranger to making my own clothes, but I'm certainly a bit rusty and am looking forward to making some wardrobe staples!
The thing about being a wedding photographer is that summer tends to be pretty full on. I'm lucky to be able to take my work with me, and next year have weddings in Ireland, the USA and France, but nothing beats a bit of wind-in-the-hair, carefree exploration. So this winter I've resolved to venture to some of the colder destinations that have been firmly on my travel bucket list for years - think Iceland, Scotland and Scandinavia. I'm not too sure that I'm going to be able to persuade my Aussie man to go colder than he is right now, so am accepting applications from willing travel buddies!
4. Non-wedding photography.
This time of year is perfect for family shoots. With the beautiful autumnal colours, low lying sun and early morning mists, there's no better time of year to get rugged up and have a family photoshoot. In this vein, it's also time for me to shoot a new season of kids clothes for Bobbi of Bobbi Handmade - I love love love these photoshoots as it's an excuse to don my wellies and get really playful with whichever gorgeous kiddies she's rounded up to model for her.