So here’s a thing: Being a self-employed photographer can sometimes feel a bit like you’re socially bi-polar. The chances are you’ve either got your best extroverted, socially capable face on while you’re dashing around snapping beautiful weddings / festivals / bands / whatever your bag is or you are, quite probably, sat on your tod in the photographic equivalent of the bat cave. Possibly with the curtains closed if it’s mega sunny so it doesn’t screw with your white-balance perception. (Not even kidding.) As you can imagine, this can get a wee bit intense during particularly busy times of the year and it can be mighty difficult to talk about it to anyone who works outside the scene: to the vast majority of people we’re doing our freakin’ dream job. Which we are. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a serious labour of love sometimes, right?
…and that’s where the Peak District Adventures came in. Originally these began as an excuse for a load of lovely internet acquaintances to meet up ahead of going to the awesome Snap Photography Festival together, but we ended up having so much fun at the first one that the brilliant Will Fuller Photography and I took it upon ourselves to try and organise one every month or so. Turns out that fresh air + actual proper daylight + beautiful scenery + good company = much happier photographers. Who knew?! (Imagine drinks or dinner after work but with extra vitamin D and a whole load of cameras / general nerdery. Chuffing marvellous.)
Having a support network of people around you who understand the scene you work in is one of the best things you can possibly have. Don’t get me wrong here, I absolutely adore all of my friends and family outside of the circles I work in, but having people who can truly empathise and advise, who you trust implicitly to cover for you in an emergency and have your back when things are difficult – there’s nothing quite like it. Find your tribe and love ’em like crazy, this world is so much better when we support each other instead of competing all the time.
Now, to the photos!
EPISODE I: Longshaw Estate, Dec ’15
That time we nearly got blown away on the moors but it was super pretty and we got pie at the pub. Oh hell yes.
EPISODE II: Mam Tor, Jan ’16
That time we went on a slightly longer walk than anticipated and realised how terribly unfit we were after Christmas buuut it was still amazing. Just look at all that atmosphere. Phwoargh.
Photographers: Will Fuller, Andy Wardle
EPISODE III: Stanton Moor, Feb ’16
That time we nearly died of shock when the weather was perfect and we discovered that I’m quite probably allergic to silver birch pollen? I may have ended up with zero mascara left on my face and red zombie eyes, but my goodness it was worth it.
This particular adventure marked the serious upping of selfie game. Check out these total beauts by Will & Jamie!
EPISODE IV: Black Rocks, Derbyshire, Mar ’16
That time we had the biggest number of adventurers yet and threw shapes on a big ol’ rock face. We even managed to tag a little portrait session onto the end!
The selfie game continued:
EPISODE V: …was the adventure around Dovedale that I unfortunately ultimately couldn’t make. Go check out Jamie & Will’s pages to see the snaps from this! They were joined by the awesome Liz Wan and Tim Dunk for this one too.
EPISODE VI: Derwent Reservoir, Aug ’16
The time we hiked around Derwent Reservoir and found a lizard and I did my best Julie Andrews impression. Sunshine and a random dust storm and photos in a beautiful bracken wood may also have featured…
I think we can establish that Louise of Fox Tail Photography is, indeed, a total fox. (Thank you for letting me take a few snaps, lovely lady!)
And there we are, officially up to date with adventures! It’s been so lovely seeing how our little Peaks community has grown as we’ve gone along, so thank you so much to everyone who’s joined us over the last few months. Make sure you check out all of the photographer links above, they’ll make your eyes / heart happy.
Love to the lot of you,
P.S. If you’re a photographer and you fancy getting to know an incredible group of people (not that I’m biased at all) then do check out Snap Photography Festival – tickets are officially on sale right now!