My 2023 photography in review

January 31, 2024  •  Leave a Comment


My 2023 photography in review
 

Settling into the Rhythm

Yay! February is finally here! January felt like an eternity, more like four months than just one. Normally, I'd try to get away at the beginning of the year but this year I opted to stay put. I delved into admin work, sorted and fixed things in my flat, faced the dreaded tax return, worked on my website (updates all coming soon!) and ran, a lot!. Tackling these tasks has helped me feel prepared, fit, and healthy for the months ahead. Managing overwhelm can be a challenge, and post-Christmas hustle, I surprisingly found solace in the calmness of January. Despite the cold grey days, it provided me with the chance to relax, reflect, and show kindness to myself.

My photography journey so far (now spanning over ten years!) has been a rollercoaster of learning curves, creative challenges, and the exhilaration of capturing fleeting moments that tell timeless stories. On a personal note, after undergoing four moves in the last four years, this year, I am relieved to finally feel more settled. This newfound stability has allowed me to settle into a groove, leading to a boost in my confidence both in myself and my work.

 

Knowledge is power

Last year, I fully embraced the brilliance of sunny days. I maximised my local knowledge and experience gained from capturing moments in my beloved city, Bristol. My lens documented not only quaint, swift, and quirky micro weddings but also captured the very essence of Bristol's unique charm. Recently, someone asked if I ever got bored shooting in my city, and my answer is a resounding no. The joy of continually rediscovering new photo spots and angles in my neighbourhood is a process that I genuinely relish.

As always, I feel fortunate to have a wonderfully diverse range in my work. This diversity spans from my connections during my time in London to my roots in Devon, offering me a rich tapestry of experiences. It allows me to capture glorious green countryside images as well as bustling city scenes. I've come to realise that this diversity is my photography superpower--I am always versatile and ready for different situations. It's never boring, and it keeps me on my toes. I absolutely love it.

 

Thank You and Gratitude

Despite the always overwhelming task of reviewing my years work, it's a rewarding journey down memory lane. I am always grateful for my wonderful clients and the unique stories I get to tell through my lens. Looking back is not just about nostalgia; it's a vital step to move forward, influenced by the lessons and experiences that trail behind.

I am genuinely grateful for the wonderful stream of referrals from previous clients. These referrals have brought me the loveliest new connections and opportunities. So thank you, referral clients are like cherished gifts--each one is a testament to the satisfaction and trust of those who came before, creating a chain of connections that enriches both my work and my relationships.

Behind the scenes, I may find it challenging to promote and showcase my work, as self-promotion doesn't come naturally to me. However, I recognise my worth, and I am committed to persistently sharing my craft. My dedication to delivering quality work and capturing meaningful moments remains strong, and I strive to create a lasting impact through my photography.

 

Looking ahead

Still in the process of recovery after taking a step back with my lens during the challenging times of COVID, My goal for this year is to get closer and truly immerse myself. Here's to capturing more love, laughter, and the beauty of stories in the years to come!

They say a picture tells a thousand words, but to those of you who stopped scrolling to read this, and took a moment to view some of my favourite 2023 images, thank you. Wishing you a fantastic year ahead!

xx Laura 

 

2023 BLOG VIDEO

 

Bride and Groom covered in confetti exiting Bristol Registry office161-Laura CrouchleyD
Happy little girl in sunglasses lying on her back in the grass 33-Laura CrouchleyL Bride and Groom walking out into the sunshine from St Pancras Station in London334-Laura CrouchleyA Bride and Groom embracing along Bristol's Harbourside 239-Laura CrouchleyD Mother and newborn baby girl63-Laura CrouchleyN Bride and Groom in St Nicks Market in Bristol49-Laura CrouchleyH Bride and Groom walking on the green hills in  Oxfordshire by the white horse on the hill457-Laura CrouchleyA Mother playing with little boy in the pretty streets of Bradford on Avon15-Laura CrouchleyP Bride and Groom laughing together during wedding speeches844-Laura Crouchley Bride and Groom walking across the rainbow painted road in Bristol city centre180-Laura CrouchleyF Bride and Groom during wedding ceremony in the lantern room at Bristol registry office135-Laura CrouchleyD Bride and Groom getting out of Beetle car in sunny green Devon field 305-Laura CrouchleyG Bride and Groom kissing outside Camden Town Hall in London233-Laura CrouchleyA Groom being fitted with a crown made of bread and flowers on wedding day602-Laura CrouchleyC Bridesmaids and sleeping page boy during church wedding ceremony165-Laura CrouchleyH Baby girl held by her big sister10-Laura CrouchleyN Bride being licked by her dog with Groom with their little boy and confetti outside Bristol Registry Office 169-Laura CrouchleyD Little boy laughing in hammock244-Laura CrouchleyH Bride and Groom with their little girl in the confetti outside Bristol Registry Office 141-Laura CrouchleyG Baby girl in cot being looked over by dog93-Laura CrouchleyM Newly married couple walking with their son outside Bristol Registry Office74-Laura CrouchleyE Bride and Groom laughing during wedding ceremony in the Lantern room at Bristol Registry Office 94-Laura CrouchleyD Parents playing with newborn baby boy and toddler41-Laura CrouchleyK Bride and Groom on steps near St Pancras International station in London317-Laura CrouchleyA Bride and groom laughing during speeches635-Laura CrouchleyA Wedding guests laughing playing giant Jenga at wedding reception at Dunwell Farm in Devon 483-Laura CrouchleyD Bride and Groom embracing by Bristol's Christmas Steps392-Laura CrouchleyC Mum and baby boy in blue flowers59-Laura CrouchleyP Bride and groom in the confetti outside Bristol Registry Office127-Laura Crouchley Bride and Groom kissing in a tree house320-Laura CrouchleyC Groom and flower girl daughter outside Bristol Registry Office43-Laura CrouchleyD Two photos of parents with their childrenFamily portrait set Bride and Groom in the confetti outside Bristol Registry Office162-Laura CrouchleyD Newborn baby boy in the sunlightLC1_8172-Laura Crouchley Bride and Groom walking on flowery road in Bristol city centre380-Laura CrouchleyC Bride and Groom toasting with their mums during wedding speeches 717-Laura CrouchleyB Bride and Groom dancing on flowery road in St Nicks Market in Bristol320-Laura CrouchleyD Family of five gathered together in the woods102-Laura CrouchleyL Groom during wedding reception with shadows of guests cheering 1066-Laura Crouchley Bride smiling back at her friend who caught her wedding bouquet509-Laura Crouchley Guests sat on colourful seating in the Blue Room at the Harbour Hotel in Bristol458-Laura CrouchleyC Tiny baby toes on colourful hand made baby blanketLC1_8127-Laura Crouchley Room covered in confetti holding champagne glasses at Beeses in Bristol600-Laura CrouchleyB Bride and Groom laughing during outdoor wedding ceremony in Oxfordshire282-Laura CrouchleyC Bride and Groom in the street of St Nicks market in Bristol120-Laura CrouchleyB Bride and Groom at the top of a mount in Oxfordshire by the Horse on the Hill428-Laura CrouchleyB Father kissing his daughter on the head during wedding speeches at The White Bear pub in Hampstead Heath625-Laura Crouchley Bride and Groom walking through the market on Corn Street in Bristol364-Laura CrouchleyE Dad and daughter playing piggyback rides at wedding reception in Oxfordshire 801-Laura Crouchley Bride and Groom walking in the sunshine outside St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London297-Laura CrouchleyA Bride embracing friend in wheelchair on the dance floor at wedding reception1014-Laura Crouchley Bride and Groom smiling at passing runner in the rain by Bristol Suspension Bridge513-Laura CrouchleyB Bride and Groom being covered in confetti by grandparents 389-Laura CrouchleyB Bride and Groom covered in confetti on the Christmas Steps in Bristol446-Laura CrouchleyB

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