First of all I wish y’ all a happy 2010 where everyone of ya may find the spirit and the motivation to pursue your goals and, oh well, a winning lottery ticket of course :D
For myself, 2009 was a year I will not forget. On a professional level at Siemens, I particularly enjoyed working with our French & German colleagues at Tihange & Doel, and I learned a lot about turbines in general. I’ve met people at these projects who will be friends for a long time.
As on a personal level, I came to terms with the nasty feeling I got 2 years ago crossing the 40-year boundary. It’s still there, but I can manage it, not envying everyone who ‘s younger anymore ;-) But it’s still weird when your nephew comes over with his girlfriend, introducing me as ‘Uncle Jef’ :D
As far as my whereabouts as wedding photographer, I will be taking things more slowly like I stated in the previous post, enabling myself to gain quality, to learn and improve my skills and workflow. I need to take the latter down to 50% of the actual cycle time, but I’m sure I will succeed at least in thát part. Furthermore I need to develop my own style, brand & logo. And a new website as the cherry on the cake!
2009 was also the year I discovered Twitter. I already heard about it in 2008 and I was 100% convinced I would never take part in this crazy “What am I doing” stuff. I thought it was for nerds with too much time. And look at me now, twittering as if it’s a natural thing to do, already hooked on it ;-) But of course, the twittering itself is not as important as the whole network of friends, acquaintances and colleagues involved with it. It’s sort of a direct communication without having the obligation to respond like chatting -wich I don’t like- but far more quicker than normal email traffic. My kids for instance hardly use email these days.
And what about blogging? Well, as you’ve might noticed, it wasn’t top priority in 2009. But if I look around me, I’m not alone. I’ve seen a major decline in frequency at almost every blog that is photography related. Of course there are exceptions, luckily, and some new ones even post interesting pics on a daily base. But again, it’s a less is more thingy because nontheless, some of us produced extreme powerfull images (the list is too long to sum them up) and kicked the benchmark -again, sigh- up a notch. My favourite item however this year was Bert‘s 50/50 project which contained a set of memorable images. I don’t mind if blog fequencies lower, as long as the images keep surprising me, it’s ok ;-)
Speaking of images, here’s the set of my last 2009 wedding. Sofie & Gert had to be patient cause they only received there pics last weekend while the wedding was 31/10/09. That’s the downside of being a part-time photographer I guess, but certainly my turtle-slow workflow is the major factor. But hey, they left the house with a big big smile on their faces anyway :D
I didn’t add the images of townhall & church on purpose. It would have made this blogpost way too long. I will try to upload the slideshow I’ve made, so you can see them in there.
A big big thanks to Patrick who was a great assistant, thinking ahead of me and pointing out the different possibilities of some shots. And of course to Sofie and Gert for being the perfect bride and groom. Cheers!
It’s all for now,