On the last day of the month, I have finally logged on to my blog for the first time in weeks and weeks. Where on earth did April disappear to? How did I not blog for an entire month? I know the answers really but I’m sad I have neglected this space for so long, so here I am. I’m just going to waffle a little… so that at least I have said “welcome Spring” and written something this month. I waffled previously about lacking inspiration and feeling too much pressure here, and it seems it’s happened to me again, but in a bloggy writery way rather than a photography way. So I’m taking my own advise, and just writing something. After all I have a whole heap to write about!
April was a busy month, and a time in my life when the scales seemed to tip a little. I felt like I was teetering on the edge, not quite sure whether I wanted to plop back into the comfort zone of mostly being a Mum, running my framing business and steadily building up my photography business. Exciting opportunities kept arising, things that I never would have imagined in my wildest dreams a year ago. With the support and encouragement of my husband I found the guts to accept, and I leapt with abandon right out of my comfort zone into the unknown. After I’d run through everything in my head a thousand different ways, I couldn’t really think of a good enough reasons not to say yes.
After a wonderful and much needed family holiday in Portugal, the kids and I packed our bags and set off again on our huge adventure, flying to Cypress and then boarding a cruise ship for seven days at sea. We sailed around the Aegean Sea, stopping at Crete, Athens, Mykonos, Turkey and Rhodes. I am going to write more about this trip another day, because the memories are precious and the images from these beautiful locations are something I wish to preserve here.
While we were away Spring took a hold and England bloomed, I couldn’t believe the difference on our return! That flush of fresh green was already spreading across the fields and through the hedgerows. The front gardens where I live are awash with blossom, magnolia, camellias, and tulips. The oil seed rape is already out in places, and the bluebells are very close. I’m very excited to head to the the woods soon to capture this special time.
I was lucky to get to stay at the Town Hall Hotel this month too, an Art Deco gem in the East London borough of Bethnal Green. I also was thrilled to invited to participate in a photography and styling weekend in Rye, East Sussex with Kiehls, alongside some incredibly talented photographers. We had a blast and faffed our hearts out. Never have I seen so many beautiful surfaces, so much light and every prop you could ever dream of.
April has been an exciting, invigorating, inspiring month. One thing I can say is to grow as a photographer it is important to be out of your comfort zone. It’s always easier to work on a familiar surface in familiar light with familiar objects, but to be thrown into a new situation whether it be foreign locations or simply a different set up for styling, is great practise. I always feel I come away a little more confident about tackling the unknown and better at looking for the spaces that will fit my aesthetic.
May – I’m excited about a month filled with Spring blossom, bluebells, lilacs… and maybe new challenges and adventures await. I know I will have a little more faith in myself now as a photographer, and a Mum, that I can tackle new opportunities and work (and live) out of my comfort zone a little. What can I say, April – you were epic. A time of growth indeed.
What an inspiring report. It certainly blew away my blues after winter. I’m missing defined seasons. I expect “proper” weather so I can look forward to a change. Yesterday we had a bit of everything except floods!
(PS yes I am Lizzie’s mum!)
Thank you so much Alison I’m glad enjoyed reading it! The weather has been rather extreme hasn’t it, fingers crossed for some warmth soon! x
I loved following your April adventures and I think stepping out of your comfort zone had some great results: beautiful dream away pics and a very nice yo read blog. You are a great example for me as a photographer, mom and someone who somehow seems to find her way in the social media world (maybe to her own surprise 😉). You totally deserve the opportunities that come your way, lots of love, Simone
Thank you Simone, you’re very kind and supportive, and I really appreciate it. I always love to follow your adventures too, here’s to May and more to come for us all! xx
It was an epic month indeed!! A lovely summary Hannah and excited to see more of your adventures soon x
Thank you Julia 🙂 a month we won’t forget hey! Thanks for being a part of all the adventures xx
What a wonderful blog post. Thank you for your open words about new opportunities and stepping out of your comfort zone. This is so inspiring and heartwarming. I don’t find this combination very often on social media. Of course there are many nice people who i follow with pleasure, but there is also a lot of envy and stress in this ‘new world’. Selfconfidence and knowing on what you lay your focus is the key I think. I’m always looking forward what’s coming next from you! 🙂 xx, Johanna
Thank you so much for your lovely words Johanna, I know exactly what you mean about envy and stress. I feel it too but I only really know how to be myself! I love following your adventures too, it’s always a pleasure to see your pics xx
Really love this post Hannah! You’ve had such a lovely busy month, no wonder the time has flown! XXXX
Thanks so much Lauren! It’s been super busy! Have a lovely May xxx
So much happen for you in April and I think to step out of the comfortzone bring you so many new experience. I love when spring is coming and your photograpy is so inspiring for me. 💕x x Daniela
Thank you my dear Daniela! Have a wonderful May xx
Ah Hannah, what a fantastic, adventure-filled month you’ve had! You’re doing so brilliantly and good for you for stepping out of your comfort zone, because look at the result and all the wonderful things you’ve been a part of. Lots of love lady xx
Oh thank you Jules, it has indeed been adventure filled! Who’d have thought where Instagram could take us hey? Hoping we get to meet up again very soon xxx