My 2010: the best bits

So here we are at the end of 2010…

It’s been a crazy and life-changing year for me in so many respects, not least that this has been my first full year working entirely for myself as a photographer. It’s been a year of working all day until 2 or 3am most nights, having very few weekends off, feeling surgically attached to my computer and phone, scaling the steepest learning curve I’ve ever come across, wondering whether I’m doing the right thing and not spending nearly enough time with the people I love. I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t been tough and that there haven’t been many moments when I’ve wished for more sleep, more hours in the day, more time to spend with my family and friends, more time to switch off from having to be ‘up’ and smiling all the time, more security, more time to relax, even time to just breathe.

But now I’ve reached the end of this insane first year and have some time to take stock and look back on everything I’ve done over the last 12 months – the people I’ve met, the work I’ve produced, the places I’ve visited, the new things I’ve experienced, the moments and occasions I’ve been part of. And I wonder how I could ever for one second have doubted that I was doing the right thing.

Yes, this year work has been extremely difficult in many ways. But far more than this, it has been packed full of adventure, excitement, hordes of new friends, freedom, travel, variety, unpredictability, fun and the joy of being able to express myself creatively on a daily basis, and for this I am so grateful and so happy. I get to make my own ‘office’ where my network of colleagues have become real friends, people who I admire, trust and love to spend time with, not just people I happen to sit next to, and I get to spend my time learning and throwing myself into new experiences and opportunities almost every day. I’ve got amazing family and friends who have supported me, encouraged me and been understanding when I’ve not been there or when I’ve been distracted or grumpy, thank you all SO much, you don’t know how much you have helped me, you really don’t.

Looking back through this year’s photos to write this blog post really brought home to me how much I love this job and how much it is worth the sacrifices I’ve made, because it reminded me that my job is to be part of the times in life when people are happiest – marrying the one they adore, doing the things they love doing, and romping around with their families and friends. It’s definitely one of my main resolutions next year to try to achieve a bit more balance, to have more free time to laugh and relax with my own family and friends. But I know that I’m really lucky for my job to be the business of love, excitement and joy.

Here is my 2010…

Happy new year everyone, see you on the other side!




  1. Lucy

    Wow Anna! What a post!

    Had my heart racing, melting and skipping a beat. Just lovely. Good to see some of my favourite images from previous posts (hello Pampas grass) and lots of new ones.

    Have a wonderful Christmas and here’s to 2011 and even more gorgeousness xxx

  2. Lisa Sloan

    You are utterly amazing at what you do…there are no other words.

    Merry Christmas!


  3. Kirsten

    Wow, Anna. That is quite a blog post. STUNNING work.

  4. Gemma

    Hi Anna, this is a fabulous post – it says so much that I want to say about this year too! First full year of working full time on this business for both of us πŸ™‚
    You’ve had a brilliant year – your photos have been amazing and they really show that you are so perfect at capturing those special moments in people’s lives. I sooo can’t wait to see the pics you take of my wedding in 2012!
    Best wishes for a happy Christmas and successful New Year.
    Gemma x

  5. Pen

    What an amazing year you have had!
    Can’t wait to see you rock 2011!
    Happy Holidays πŸ™‚

  6. Laura

    I’m so happy that my best bits of 2010 were some of your best bits too!

    Congratulations on your extremely successful year – I knew you would do it! Here’s to 2011 being even better… xx

  7. Karla Gowlett

    So SO beautiful!!! I am in love with so many of these gorgeous photos. Great idea to do a years round-up and to see it all your favourite shots!

    Have a great break – I’ll look forward to more in 2011!!

    Karla x

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  9. Roseanna May


    Congratulations on what has been an outstanding year for both of us! All of these photos are sensational and yes, I did scroll down to scope out our pictures first!

    I want to thank you for making our Wedding such a memorable and beautiful day. You have accomplished so much in 2010 and it has been a complete honour to be even a small part of your successful career. You have such amazing skills in capturing these special moments and sharing them with us all.

    Lee and I wish you and your beautiful family further happiness and success into 2011 and beyond.

    Lots of love,

    Rose. x x

  10. Janet

    Lovely photos. So beautiful and inspiring! Keep up the great work. Look forward to seeing your photos of 2011!


  11. Sharron @ TheImageGarden

    Anna, your work is a true inspiration. Original, creative and fun. You’re a real star. Keep up the brilliant work and all the very best for 2011.

  12. Lisa jones

    Anna, what a fantastic post! To be able to capture your year in these photos is something quite amazing and it’s hard to believe that you have only being doing this job professionally for just 12 months. Loads of luck for 2011. X x

  13. Evelyne Gerrard

    Hey Anna,

    well you summed up pretty much what we have been going through. But like you, after all the hard work and and stress we feel so blessed we can do something we love. If you are so busy it’s because your work is fabulous!! πŸ™‚

    I wish you more time for you and the family in the new year. I’m sure if we all work hard at it we will get there in the end!

    All our love to the family

    ps. Did I ever told you I love your logo? Well, I really do!

  14. Helen

    Wow. Your work is utterly breath taking. I need an event for you to picture. Saying that, you could make any situation look like it’s drenched in love and beauty and from another time.
    Congratulatins for your first year, and if 2010 is only the first installment I cannot wait to see what 2011 beholds.

    Love and kisses, Helen xxx

  15. liam@adornyourhome

    Happy New Year to all of the Hardy household.
    Well done Anna, a year in pictures (…and to think I used to be camera shy!)

    My wife and I wish you a very prosperous 2011. With love from Mr and Mrs Panesh XXX

  16. Jen Styles

    Hi Anna,

    What a fabulous year you’ve had, i love looking through your blog! Some stunning pics, fave still has to be those with the red polka dot dress (“,)

    Wishing you,Chris and Joe all the best for 2011

  17. Louise

    Hi Anna

    Feel priveleged to have had you as a photographer in 2010. Its a real shame that that was the only time we saw you. Would love to meet up more in 2011 and beyond!

    Can’t beleive Camilla is 1 tomorrow. What a quick year and my baby is growing fast. As my mum has pointed out to me, great timing Louise!!

    Definitely the right decision to go it alone this year. Hope up north is treating you well.

    Happy New Year.

    Louise & Co

  18. Anna

    Thank you all SO much for such kind and warm comments, I am really bowled over by them and appreciate your support so much. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year! Anna x

  19. Trish

    I might be biased but I’m so incredibly proud of you. How can I have managed to have such a talented daughter! These pictures are amazing. XX

  20. Gemma Barstow

    Not only an amazing photographer but amazing with words. You are such a beautiful person and should give yourself a huge pat on the back.
    Your heart on your sleeve brings a tear to my eye.
    Happy New Year Anna, hope to see you soon and party the night away.
    Gemma x

  21. Tom B

    wow! great mix and it shows how super your work is, and how you are developing. Lovely to see.



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