2020 – a year we all want to see the back of – that is for sure!
From a personal perspective, and before I had heard of Covid-19, I was super excited about what 2020 had to bring!
Not only was I looking forward to a well-deserved beach holiday in sunny South-Africa in January and February, but I also had so many beautiful weddings to photograph. There was even a wedding all the way in Sydney and as I’ve never been to Australia before, I was so looking forward to the trip.
A month after I got back from my holiday, we went into lockdown and boy, what a rollercoaster ride it’s been! It was immediately clear that spring and possibly summer weddings were not going to go ahead. It was devastating for couples, who had put so much, time and effort into organising their special day. I know that trying to re-arrange the wedding to a date later in 2020 or 2021 was stressful and not always straightforward.
In July, things turned a corner and with restrictions easing, it was great news that small weddings could go ahead. At the beginning of September, I finally got to photograph two intimate weddings, one with 13 people, the other with 28. Despite being small, it took nothing away from the celebrations and it was such a fantastic feeling to have a camera in my hand again.
10 days later, and Covid-19 is messing with us again and we are looking at further restrictions imposed on us. Being a wedding photographer in 2020 has been tough to say the least and yesterday’s announcement by the government has given another hard blow to everyone in the wedding industry. It’s not great news for couples either and I really feel for them – when they just got their head around only having 30 people at their wedding, they’re now only allowed 15. I know that yet more couples have some hard decisions to make. Please know that I’m always available for a chat and moral support.
At the end of the day, none of us have a crystal ball. Whilst we all react to situations differently, I believe that all we can do right now is to look at the positives in our lives and focus on what we can control. Having our health and the support of the people we love counts for a lot. And remember – love is not cancelled and in the end conquers all! x
P.S. You can find the latest government guidelines as of the 22nd September here.