2016 in Review - I am now a Fiancée!

Well, well, well 2016. Probably the best year of my life & I can guarantee that due to what happened a couple of days ago, but I will get to that. This year my business has completely taken off & I have found my feet & the photographer I want to be. I honestly feel the luckiest person in the world doing what I do, it has introduced me to some amazing people & I have made lots of new friends. Thank you to each & every single one of you who has chosen me to be your photographer this year. Although not everyone's pictures are in this blog as we would be scrolling until 2020; I really mean when I say I have loved every wedding / family I have photographed. So this thank you is especially to YOU.

I have been featured this year on numerous blogs & in magazines, a few of which I have attached in this post. It's so rewarding to see your work being recognised & shared for everyone to see. Also a lovely person has also nominated me for the Three Counties Wedding Awards, so whoever you are - thank you! If I have photographed your wedding in 2016 & you would like to vote for me, you can HERE by using my unique code - WR21 - JRP2017.

If you follow me on Facebook or read previous blogs you will know the person who inspired me at the start of my career was incredible photographer Kate Hopewell-Smith. This year I have had the pleasure of being photographed by her a few times, mainly with Rob, & then I was honoured to return the favour. The image I did for herself & Brent is now on the wall in their home & it really fills me with pride & shows me how far I have actually come. I also now love the fact the four of us are great friends & have enormous laughs whenever we're together!

At the start of this year I set out two main goals I wanted to achieve for my business, as it really helps & motivates me. One was to photograph a destination wedding in Italy, which I have achieved as I am thrilled to be flying over to the Amalfi Coast next year to photograph a wedding! The other was that I really wanted to photograph a wedding at the incredible Aynhoe Park - again this recently has come true when I was booked for a wedding there next year. You may now be thinking I am just boasting in this blog, but I am proud, for the first time in my life I can see my hard work paying off. I am my own worst critique but have learned to start giving myself some credit - it's important! There isn't a day that goes by wherein I am not doing something to do with my business, even on my 'days off'! I gave up everything & put everything in to make this a success & 2016 is where I am watching it all fall into place & it only motivates me to do more. I will never settle, stop learning or pushing myself. I wouldn't be where I am without my incredible clients so again, if you are reading this - I honestly thank you with all my heart!

Aside from the business I have had an AMAZING year personally. Last year was very very tough with family illness' & passings but this year has been very kind. Myself & Rob have had four wonderful holidays together, one of which we arrived back from yesterday. We decided to go to Paris for a couple of days once we finished our last wedding of the year & to see us into the festive season; little did I know Rob was going to propose. So on the 20th December 2016 after nearly seven years together Rob asked me to marry him & it was the best moment of my life. I now really know how my brides to be feel!! I will do a separate blog on Paris but I couldn't end this blog without mentioning it. (Oh, I said yes by the way).

In this blog I have attached pictures of myself at work, a few personal ones & then some of my favourites from weddings & family shoots. I need to re-enforce the word SOME as I would honestly include every shoot if I could but I have Champagne to pop & a lot to celebrate! So thank you 2016 & everyone in it - I am looking forward to what looks like an incredible 2017.

See you on the other side & HAPPY CHRISTMAS.

Jessica x

P.S. Look out for little captions under certain images...

Two of my very special squirrel sister brides might recognise this doormat....it certainly made me smile when I arrived on the morning of Gracie's wedding.

Two of my very special squirrel sister brides might recognise this doormat....it certainly made me smile when I arrived on the morning of Gracie's wedding.

This can be a daunting view - but I love it!

This can be a daunting view - but I love it!

I tend to look slightly mad in shots of me at weddings...

I tend to look slightly mad in shots of me at weddings...

Thanks Alishia Love for capturing these behind the scenes moments...

Thanks Alishia Love for capturing these behind the scenes moments...

I don't just take photos on the wedding day...

I don't just take photos on the wedding day...

Had photos with my one by the incredible Kate Hopewell-Smith.

Had photos with my one by the incredible Kate Hopewell-Smith.

Then returned the favour! Photographing & becoming friends with the photographer who inspired you. I feel blessed they have this on their wall!

Then returned the favour! Photographing & becoming friends with the photographer who inspired you. I feel blessed they have this on their wall!

So grateful to have been featured on numerous blogs & Weddings Ideas Magazine. Oh, & VOGUE!

So grateful to have been featured on numerous blogs & Weddings Ideas Magazine. Oh, & VOGUE!

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Alishia Love took my photograph & I LOVE it. You are allowed to say when you like a photo of yourself, I promise.

Alishia Love took my photograph & I LOVE it. You are allowed to say when you like a photo of yourself, I promise.

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Come rain...

Come rain...

or come shine. I love each & every wedding I photograph.

or come shine. I love each & every wedding I photograph.

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I only photograph hands when they are completely natural otherwise it looks cheesy & fake. I looked down & saw how gently they were holding hands & I just couldn't resist.

I only photograph hands when they are completely natural otherwise it looks cheesy & fake. I looked down & saw how gently they were holding hands & I just couldn't resist.

Seen in VOGUE 

Seen in VOGUE 

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The Lost Orangery, Euridge Manor - BEST VENUE EVER. Truly breathtaking. 

The Lost Orangery, Euridge Manor - BEST VENUE EVER. Truly breathtaking. 

One of my brides was brave enough to have some boudoir pictures taken for her groom on the morning of the wedding. But this is all you get to see....

One of my brides was brave enough to have some boudoir pictures taken for her groom on the morning of the wedding. But this is all you get to see....

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Rain! We can handle you!

Rain! We can handle you!

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This wedding is featured in WEDDINGS IDEAS magazine January 2017 edition.

This wedding is featured in WEDDINGS IDEAS magazine January 2017 edition.

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One of my favourite images, totally spontaneous. 

One of my favourite images, totally spontaneous. 

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Louise, my website designer came all the way from New Mexico to see her family & asked if I would photograph them.

Louise, my website designer came all the way from New Mexico to see her family & asked if I would photograph them.

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"Right, come on girls! I want you all in the bathtub."

"Right, come on girls! I want you all in the bathtub."

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So, this is me after being engaged for about 60 seconds. What a way to finish off 2016. x

So, this is me after being engaged for about 60 seconds. What a way to finish off 2016. x

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