Van life diaries

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Soooo...as some of you may have noticed I haven't been updating my website/work Instagram as much as I once did...and here is the reason why. Last November after I finished the wedding season Mike and I drove a camper van (that we had converted ourselves earlier in the year!!) to Morocco. We spent three months travelling through France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco.  

Those really were some of the best months. Living in a van certainly wasn't easy- I couldn't shower everyday, there is nowhere to poo, we sometimes ran out of fresh water, there is so little space compared to a normal house. We got on each other's nerves due to spending too much time together. But the ups and the freedom were so, so good it's almost unreal. We woke up without a plan most days and did whatever we fancied. We met a lot of really awesome people, fell asleep listening to the waves, ate the most amazing tapas, revisited places that I hold close to my heart, experienced some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets from our bed, drank wine with new friends around our campfire, got lost in the medinas in Morocco, rode camels and sand boarded in the Sahara desert. Comfort and convenience became insignificant and unimportant, and I grew more in love with our little van every single day. 

So here is my van life diaries. I hope it inspires you to pack your bags and go on an adventure. 

(Couple photos of us shot by Hannes of https://misterandmissesdo.com/)

2015.

I've always wanted to do the 'a year in review thing' but I'm always away during the end of year and I never get around to it! This year has been pretty special for me so I want to make sure I have it written down somewhere if only to remind myself.

Of the last 12 months I have spent 7 of them in England enjoying work and the other 5 months travelling to 10 different countries: China, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Montenegro, Croatia, Sweden, France, Switzerland, and all over Italy. On the 1st of January this year I was walking arm in arm with my best friend down the streets of Shanghai; that was a pretty good start. When I got back to England I moved to Brighton and absolutely loved the place and my awesome housemates. This is my first proper year in business, I shot and second shot a whole bunch of weddings and adored every pair of clients (considering how many bridezilla horror stories I have heard, having zero of them is a big achievement!). I also shot multiple times for Bill's restaurant and can't even begin to tell how much I love working with our team. I'm writing this as I'm sat in a farm house in Sicily; I have promised myself I would spend New Years in a different country every year and this is the third year I've managed to keep up my little tradition. Last but not least I'm dating the greatest young man I know and I learn a little of everything from him every single day.

Unfortunately I'm travelling and a lot of photos are on my hard drive in England, but here is the brief year in review in photos. As I was culling through the photos I'm filled with so much gratitude; I'm so thankful for all the couples that have had me along on their wedding day. I get to witness a ridiculous amount of happiness and my heart feels so contented. 

Open as usual...

Hello! I'm meant to write this blogpost before I left but I never got round to it, so here it is! You may or may not already know that I'm currently travelling Italy with my boyfriend, Mike. The plan was to not have a plan and just take our time to explore and do a few 'workaways' on organic farms etc. We started a travel blog: www.biglittleadventures.com where you can read some useful stuff (and some rambles!) about our journey. 

This is definitely one of the crazier travels that I've done. Firstly because I've moved out of my flat so I'm technically homeless; and secondly we're not taking any flights so the journey is done entirely overland. We started off with a bus ride to Paris and now we've somehow made it to Tuscany. I had never thought of travelling overland until I met Mike in Cambodia- he'd travelled to SE Asia overland! I'm totally sold by this idea; I love train rides and we got to see so much more than just Italy (again, more on our travel blog). 

And thirdly- travelling for three months means that I won't be able to take on any shoots. This is not the first time that I'd done that. I think it's quite easy to fall into a habit of saying yes to every job, because why not?! Money is money. But for me personally to keep doing what I love means having a balance. I find so much joy in shooting weddings and engagements; but I also find it essential to have a balance in my work. That is why along with weddings I also shoot food, lifestyle & travel photos, it keeps me constantly inspired and excited. Variety is the spice of life!

Having said that I'm not taking on any jobs, I'm still in business. I'm still working on some weddings left over from summer, updating my website and doing some admin work. Wedding bookings are being taken for 2016 & 2017. I'm available through emails, Facebook & whatsapp so don't hesitate to get in touch! 

Here are a selection of photos from our travel so far.