Van life Couples

Following on from my previous post about van life, here are some of the awesome couples that we met along our journey. I did a mini shoot with each of them because I really missed shooting couples and also because they were all so damn cute it was hard not to. 

All six of them have a few things in common- they're all (amazing) musicians/artists, Dutch, van lifers and are all bloody fun and lovable. Feel free to click on their names to check out their music or follow their journey! 

Anne & Arnan

Van life diaries

(This post is non-wedding related - if you're after some wedding posts please scroll down or choose from the side bar on your right.)

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/)

2016.

Here is a little collection of images from this year that are not necessarily 'the best', but images that I hold dear and make me smile.

It's probably a little strange to say but I treasure these moments as much as my couples do...when I look back at every frame I remember how I felt at that very moment. Sometimes I have a headache, sometimes my heart is exploding with joy, sometimes I'm cold and tired; sometimes I fear that I'm losing the daylight, and a lot of the time I feel the intensity of my couples' love for each other and their friends and family... and it's a magical thing to experience.

I think there are very few occasions where you're able to see so many aspects of someone's life in a day, and a wedding is one of those rare events. I'm so thankful for all the couples that have welcomed me with open arms and hearts into their most important of days. Being vulnerable isn't easy; especially in front of a stranger, and because you're able to let down your guard I've learned to pour my heart out into creating these images. 

To all the wonderful couples that I've photographed and friends that I've second shot for; thank you for all your kindness, trust, patience and encouragement. It's been quite an overwhelming journey. 

And lastly, to my boyfriend Mike, the love of my life; thank you for keeping me curious, inspired and alive. 

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.