If you’re living in the Maritimes (East Coast of Canada – New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI or Newfoundland), then I bet you’ve found yourself wishing you lived somewhere further south. At least once a winter. I spent 7 years of my life living in a country that was warm year round, that did not have 4 distinct seasons. It was one of those things that I never fully considered before I felt the lack of it. Sounds good in theory, but in reality it’s hard to live. The expected changing of the times, the distinct flavours that it brings to the year, always anticipated but never arriving.
The photography industry is heavily influenced by the seasons. This is especially true in our northern climate, where winters bring a significant lull in weddings and outdoor family sessions. But if you think the winter months are a time of rest, you would be so wrong. It’s quite the opposite!
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
No matter who you are, I bet you make tons of summer plans! The days are long and full of opportunity. Summer is a time of doing. Of playing hard and relaxing hard, of building and renovating, journeying and visiting. The majority of people get married in the summer. Whoever we are, we usually plan more than we can actually accomplish. As a wedding photographer, my summers are full of endless shooting, and late nights at the computer editing.
My favourite season by far, the fall is full of nostalgia. We’re a little bit sad about summer ending. We’re a little bit thrilled with the colours and the sweater weather and the flavoured lattes. Fall is a time for deep breathes and long walks and baking with cinnamon. But it’s not time to rest yet, because there are still so many holidays to celebrate, and there’s so much to do. Family portraits and choir music to learn.
It’s easy to got lost in the winter if you don’t know where to go. For a wedding photographer, winters are a time to ‘take care of business’, to build foundations for the year to come, to set concrete plans in place and to dream great big dreams of where we want to go. I cherish this time so much. I feel freedom to be creative. To re-imagine myself and my work. This winter season has been my busiest so far, with much travelling involved, (much wasted time due to illness) and so many things on my to-do list that have yet to be done! Perhaps one of my biggest changes this year, is that I’ve been working at building a creative work community around me. To inspire me and to push me further, as well as to support one another.
I’m very excited for this 2018 year.