Oh wait, it’s 2018 already and I havn’t wrote a retrospective of my year 2017 on the blog !
(but I have for my knitting blog though)
So let’s do this !!!
As mentionned in the title, 2017 has been an extreme year for me. Way different from 2016, and because of that, I stare at 2018, wondering, but also quite motivated to keep living my life the way I want it, and follow my dreams, and my guts.
2017 has been more calm in terms of weddings, allowing me to work on other important projects. But I still drove a lot though, exploring France, here and there, on my way to weddings.
So here are, for me, what were the most important moments of 2017, in photos (but also my favorite photos) 🙂
2017 started with a winter wedding !
Marjorie and her husband made me cry quite a lot at their wedding in Auvergne 🙂
But I also laughed my pants off at Marie and Loup’s wedding ! 🙂
I spoked Spanish with guests at Perle and Patricio’s wedding in Auvergne.
And practiced my English with Amy and Ed, at their bohemian wedding in Provence 🙂
I went back in Sologne for a wedding with Céline and Sébastien !
and my GPS freacked out to find Château de Pramenoux, in Beaujolais, to take photos of Marie-Hélène and Mathieu 🙂
I’ve been contacted last minute (well, 3 weeks in advance) for a wedding in Cévennes ! 🙂
I enjoyed the indian summer sun in Auvergne at La Bourboule, for the last wedding of my season
But also, also, alsooooooooo… I’ve been in the middle of a yarnball fight, with Anissa and Benoit ! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
In 2017, I’ve also worked on 2 very important projects for me :
I did a photo documentary about Virginie Basset, a violonist who plays music in pediatric intensive care at the hospital in Clermont-Ferrand.“Violon à l’hôpital” is now an itinerant photo exhibition with conferences that we hope to share here and there. In case you wanted to have my guts on a plate, here they are ! 🙂
But also, regarding the yarn part of my life, in 2017, I’ve worked on a MASSIVE yarnbombing project from January to June 2017, for the ecomuseum of Ruynes en Margeride (Cantal – central France).
38 miles of yarn knitted, plenty of trees and fences covered with knitting and 500 crocheted spiders set up in the garden.
If you wanted my silly artist side on a plate, here it is 🙂
(more details about this on my knitter’s blog)
In terms of travels, exploration, as you’ve seen, I drove a lot all around France, and among the best moment I want to remember for 2017, I’ll definitely say that I FINALLY get to see the lavender fields in Provence !
but also that I’ve been mooved by the beauty of Fontfroide’s abbey, now on thelist of my favorite place visited in France. 🙂
In 2017, I’ve also tried more and more to hike by myself, in order to not feel limited by the availability of my friends. So I’ve explored a bit more Auvergne, in Haute-Loire, but also Puy de la Tâche. Put myself out of my comfort zone, but staying safe, that’s a thin line and a challenge I’m still working on 🙂
I’ve also discovered Leucate, and loved that place ! 🙂
But also, and most of all, if there is an awesome thing I’ve done in 2017, that would be that crazy awesome day, where I finally put my ass on a moped (a lifetime achievement !) 🙂 and visit the Pilat !
Yes, 2017 has been an extreme year, with its package of worries, car accident (if you meet a wild boar with a punk haircut, that’s mine !), health problems, and a end of year quite challenging on the personal aspect of my life.
2017 also allowed me to sort out what’s important, in my contacts too, but also to figure out more accurately my priorities, my goals, and to improve my stress management.
Regarding the pro aspect of my life, 2017 has also been the year where a guest, at a wedding, insulted me, for being in front of him to take a photo while he was trying to do so, despite the fact that he has been bothering me for the entire day and I’ve mentionned it to him many times.
Yes, this year, I’ve reached that level, and couldn’t think I will : being insulted when at work ! 🙁
I will be short on the amount of rush for photos from the guest, you could think I am JP Rouve in “Le sens de la Fête” :), but it’s true that this year, I also broke one of my very expensive lense because of that, and that’s the kind of stress (and expenses) I would love to avoid.
I deal better with these things, and always do my best to manage these situation, but I would really love a little extra dose of kindness from everybody for 2018.
My clients are fantastics, your friends are too, so let’s all spend an awesome day, especially if some of us have to work on that day 🙂
I still really really love my job, so that’s a chance ! and I just can’t wait for the next wedding day in my agenda !
My agenda is wide open for bookings in 2018 (and 2019?), and I already know that in 2018 I’ll be back in Paris, in Creuse, and in Auvergne for your weddings. And I can’t wait !
(future brides and grooms, contact-me !)
In terms of travels, I’d love in 2018 to explore more Périgord, Cévennes, but also the Atlantic coast (it’s a large area, I know !), and the Pyrénées too (same, there are plenty of miles to drive !), and why not Corsica ? 🙂
I would love to drive back to Beaujolais, Alsace or French Alps, but also Provence again.
Yep, you get it, the road calls me, and I’m a curious explorer ! Even if these days I don’t travel abroad that much, France has got plenty of places I don’t know and havn’t seen yet !
To be continued then ! 🙂
During these past Holidays, I’ve processed all my travel photos, so get ready, in 2018, this blog is going to be active ! 🙂
Now let me finish this blogpost by a photo of one of my favorite moment in 2017 : Lavender fields in Provence !
It took me a while to figure out where I should go to find them (Plateau de Valensole, that’s the place you wanna go!), and I shed a tear once I sat down there, on the red ground, surrounded by lavender flowers and the bzzzz of bees !
I wish you a wonderful year 2018, hoping that it will be as happy for you that I was on that moment !