As the year 2015 winds up I am enjoying looking to the future and the things I have planned, personally, and as a business. But I also wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past year and all the fun Ive had, things achieved and the people I met.
Well, one of the greatest highlights of my year would have to be watching Australia win GOLD live at the Netball World Championships. A goose bump inducing, eyes stinging with tears, screaming til I had no voice left, AWESOME moment and I am glad I finally got my act together and went along to something I was so keen on being a part of. So I’ve now made the promise to watch my fav Nat Medhurst win her 4th gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 – fingers crossed!
Working with Beej for another year, alongside my sister at more weddings than ever, and my other associates and second shooters during the year is what not only makes the world of my business turn around, but make sure it’s enjoyable too!
This year, my mum bought a horse that she LOVES. Mum has done so much for me over the years, and as only mums can, understands me like no one else. Nobody else sees me at my worst and in agony, not being able to move well from my condition – but she just knows! And I just love that she has finally treated herself and got a horse she gets along with so well. She has deserved this for so long, but being a mum, never put herself first!
A fun experience was doing an engagement photo session – in the snow! I got to work with other photography mates on this one in New South Wales and we had a blast in the snow, laughing til we peed our pants…well I didn’t – but one of us might have!
Is this a highlight? Hmmmm, still debateable…but I actually had to drive all the way to Tumut after camera gear caused weight issues with the plane. I just couldn’t cull a single thing for that shoot, and no way I was going to put it on with all the other luggage!!
From a business perspective, changing the logo and branding of Jade Norwood was hard work, but so worth it in the end. I hope you love the luxurious look of it all, even if I still feel there are improvements to make! That’s just my eagle eye and high standards though! I was named in the Top Ten Adelaide Wedding Photographers for The Knot, now named The Wedding Club, as well as being a finalist in the ABIA Australian Photographer of the Year – such massive compliments that I truly appreciate. While these things are super lovely, my main goal at each wedding is to do better, than the one before, and to have each and every person that comes into contact with “Jade Norwood” to have an amazing experience.
I’ve also excitedly started coaching/mentoring individuals to be the best they can be in their photography and photography business. I love that I can help someone who is just starting out, as well as someone who has been in the business for some time but is looking for that extra bit of oomph, capital return, time management and passion! I wish I had invested in coaching for myself a long time ago – oh the headaches, tears and frustration it would have saved!
It’s been a great year for me, one that really has changed my perspectives of business and life in general – for the better. I’ve enjoyed all the weddings that I’m entrusted to photograph and I am thankful for the friendships I have forged through my photography. I hope that as well as enjoying the festive cheer of the season, getting some sunshine and time with family and friends, you too are taking a moment to reflect on how far you have come in 2015, and the amazing moments yet to be defined in 2016. Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year xx
Loved meeting awesome people and shooting in the snow…
My gorgeous nieces, can’t wait to spend more time with them in 2016!
The cutest Indy, I hope to see a lot more of her and her Mum in 2016 also…