Well Where Do We Begin With 2020....
I decided that this feature for 2020 needed a fitting name so The Reset feels very appropriate on so many levels. It seems that in every aspect of life being a Manchester wedding photographer for me 2020 has been a complete reset. No one could envisage the changes to the world as we see it now or even have predicted it, but I find myself at the end of 2020 looking back wondering how the hell I've made it through. Those that know me well, know the personal challenges I've faced and changes that have happened. The rollercoaster of emotions has been phenomenal and like many others anxiety has been at an all time high, but, and its a BIG but, I'm breathing, my daughter is safe and well, my family are in good health and I've a roof over my head. I've managed to navigate a year of financial uncertainty almost unaided and outside of my family's well being both mentally and physically this is one of my proudest achievements this year.
I was supposed to shoot some 37 weddings this year and with the grace of fate I've been fortunate enough to capture 6. To the most resilient couples, I've been blessed to have not only crossed paths with, but been chosen to capture their wedding day, I can hand on heart say I will remember every one of your days to my last. 2020 is almost a blur in so many ways but the joy from these 6 incredible days will stay with me. Some were able to be captured prior to lockdown and some during, which has made me look at life not only for my couples but for my nearest and dearest to ensuring that no moments were wasted as time is too precious. If there was ever a conversation to be had about how valuable your wedding photography is, 2020 is the proof that it's crucial. With so many friends and family near and far unable to be there on the six couples special days, the power of the images I've created hit home more than ever.
Friends and family go without saying are what really matter but what can go un-noticed amidst the chaos of 2020 are the moments and emotions. These things I cherish so very dearly. I genuinely think the value of the moments captured this year will show their true value to future generations when they look back and talk about the pandemic. How it affected families, individuals, working environments, travel and more. We are part of history that will be studied, analysed & questioned, so being able to document 6 wonderful weddings and contribute to this I can only say a huge heart felt thank you. The best part of all this is that people have still had joy, laughter, happiness and more even during these testing times!
As I sit contemplating more and more about this year I have an attitude of gratitude. Grateful for all I've mentioned and with hope in one hand and determination and drive in the other, who knows what 2021 will bring or the years to come after it. For now though I want to wish you all a Great New Year. May your wealth start with good health and be surrounded by as many loved ones as possible.
The best of Phil Salisbury Photography 2020. A Manchester based wedding photographer covering the UK and abroad for destination weddings. I'm able to freeze the moment and keep it for you told hold forever.