A New York Moment
The last eight months have been the craziest I’ve ever experienced. Eight months ago, I went out into the world solo, choosing to be my own boss. I changed careers and turned what was once just a hobby into an actual profession. Photography has always been something I’ve loved. Ever since I was a teenager, I would be taking photos of everything, even if back then, I wasn’t so good at it. Whilst I juggle many hats professionally - social media manager, blogger, writer are my other “hats” - photographer is usually the one that comes out first and most naturally. Photography fits and I’m so fortunate that, in the last eight months, the business has gone from strength to strength, and I’ve worked with some amazing people. I feel so lucky to call this my job now, but I can say with honesty that it hasn’t been an easy ride.
Most people don’t know this - and you would never be able to tell from the facade that is social media - but I actually moved out of London and back home, to Sussex back in October. I had to do this in order to make the leap possible - there’s nothing more pointless than starting out by yourself and having the panic of having to afford London rent looming over you! And so, I’ve been commuting to and from London, thankfully not on a daily basis (I have numerous friends that have lent me their beds and my brother who has kindly donated his sofa to my cause - all of which I’ll thank properly one day when I can afford to do so!) spending weekends in Sussex and the week in London. It’s a struggle I will admit, and there are times when I get so frustrated about not having a routine or a constant base. But, this isn’t forever and I have to be thankful that I have this opportunity to pursue my dream. Because that’s kind of what it is: the dream. Not many people can say they love what they do and not many people can say this is what they’re supposed to be doing in life. But I feel like I can. Even if it means not being as socially available to all my friends as I’d like to be or giving up my weekends because I’m working/editing/writing/researching (I’ve lost count of the weekends I’ve spent behind my laptop screen - my mum will tell you the same!).
Anyway, why am I telling you all this? Many reasons. To tell you that if you have a passion that you love and are good at it, there’s no reason why you can’t make it work - heck, you should go for it. That with determination and hard work, you can make anything happen for yourself (I should probably add to that, that no-one but you can make things happen for yourself, so be prepared for having a busy mind constantly, because being ‘on it’ is what gets you places). I hope even to inspire you. In my early days of starting out, I received a message from someone who said just that; that I’d inspired them to take up portraiture photography. I was so touched by this and it gave me such a boost at the beginning when I needed all the assurance in the world.
I guess I had to tell you my back story in order to write the rest of this post which has been created in partnership with British Airways Holidays. I’ve been tasked to share with you a favourite holiday moment of mine. Holidays are all I dream of at the moment - that promise of escapism and a rare chance to switch off (both mind and phone!). As you will know if you follow me on instagram, I recently took a trip to New York (and yes - I promise to write more about my trip soon!). I said to my friends for ages that I was planning a trip - a solo trip no less - but never was quite sure whether I believed myself enough to actually book it. But I did. And two weeks ago, I went. My days were spent walking, taking photos, eating and meeting new people that I’d had the fortune to meet through Instagram (Grace, Meredith, Julia you were all superstars to meet). I’d been working so hard up until New York that it was entirely necessary to take a break so the trip couldn’t have come at a better time.
I chose these photos - taken by the very talented Julia - to depict my favourite holiday moment because I think they show just how truly happy (and relaxed) I was in one of my favourite parts of the world. It was also a dream of mine to get a shot like this in front of the Brooklyn Bridge - so thank you Julia for making it happen! I met up with Julia on the Thursday afternoon, and we immediately hit it off, chatting non-stop about New York, London and of course, photography (she is a brilliant wedding photographer in New York FYI). We grabbed juices at the new 1 Brooklyn Bridge Hotel and discussed everything from lenses to instagram before wandering through the cobbled streets of Dumbo, my favourite area of Brooklyn. We stopped along the way at The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory (a big scoop of New York heaven with Oreo crumbs on top) before sitting on the steps by Jane’s Carousel, taking in the amazing Manhattan skyline across the Hudson whilst devouring our gigantic ice creams. It was the first time during my trip that I’d just chilled and took time to take it all in. Manhattan is a crazy busy place whereas in Brooklyn, things are much calmer and relaxed, giving you some time back to yourself. It was at that point, when we’d finished our ice creams, happy as can be, that Julia whipped out her camera and got snapping away and managing, I think, to capture me looking the happiest I’ve been in a long time.
Perhaps it was the ice cream that was the reason behind my smile, or perhaps it was just me realising how lucky I am to be living my dream, to be somehow surviving on mine and creating my own little way in this mad world. I travelled to New York (a city I fell more in love with on this solo trip) to take a break from everything that had been going on and it was at this moment that I felt so fortunate and proud of where I’ve come in the last eight months.
Of course, there’s still plenty to be done in the next coming months and years - but I guess that’s all part of this crazy journey right?
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by British Airways Holidays. British Airways Holidays has teamed up with HuffPost Travel to celebrate those amazing little moments that make your holiday unforgettable. Share your favourite holiday moment and you’ll be entered into a draw to win a city break to Rome.
Photos by Julia Elizabeth Photography.