I have found the above text a few months ago and it basically sums up my twentysixteen. It has definitely been one of the greatest but most difficult years. It was mentally exhausting but also soul-fulfilling. I'd like to keep this post quite upbeat so I'm going to skip the sad stuff and jump straight into all my adventures in 2016. My year started with a trip to Peak District in January with beautiful Katie Ingram Photography.
In the same month I was visiting South Devon and got a chance to explore a beautiful part of Devon coast - East Prawle. The cliffs, the sea, the views - I could sit there for hours.
After going on about how much I love Devon I decided to take my mother to Dartmouth in March and finally show her all the beautiful places - Start Point, Burgh Island, Salcombe, Bantham, Dartmouth Castle, Sugary Cove. We went out on a boat with Great Escapes Dartmouth, where I met the skipper Kye, who's also the man behind SkyworX Media, and also his lovely wife Rachael. They have welcomed me into their home with open arms ever since! Kye also got me involved with some amazing projects over the summer and it gave me a chance to spend even more time in Devon.
In April I did my first ever half marathon, and it was through Brecon Beacons, Wales. It was tough, but the BEST EXPERIENCE EVER! It was physically and mentally challenging, but I would do it all over again.
I then had a pretty busy summer travelling across the country shooting weddings. I met lots of amazing people and saw some epic places. In August I was invited to shoot a music festival in Cornwall - Boardmasters. I've only really shot music when I worked in a nightclub years and years ago, so I was a little nervous yet super excited. Sand, sea & music - perfection. It was the BEST WEEK EVER!
The below video was done by the absolute legends at FMLY CRTV.
At the end of August I headed back to Dartmouth for Dartmouth Regatta Week. I got to watch Kye (SkyworX Media) film the official aftermovie (below) for Dartmouth Regatta, and the best part was being able to see Dartmouth at a completely different angle - from the water.
And my final adventure of the year was to Snowdonia in Wales with my good friend Leah. We rented the cutest log cabin, climbed hills, had awesome food in cosy pubs with fire, drank mulled wine. It was the most epic pre-Christmas break.
My aim for this year is to definitely explore more! I'm dead excited for all the twentyseventeen adventures! I now also have a travel buddy - Moka the spaniel. I cannot wait for him to grow a little more so we can finally hit the road!
Here's to more adventures, mountains, narrow country lanes, beaches, cliffs, sea, camping, exploring, early mornings & fresh coffee!