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A brand new year is here. As I write this, it’s the first week of January 2011. I love this time of the year that makes me feel fresh, motivated and ready for the new challenges. There are lots of new plans, goals and dreams to look forward to.

So what are my plans, goals and dreams for 2011?

I am going back to London next week for the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographer tradeshow. I am really looking forward to meeting up with my lovely friends and some amazing photography friends who I met on facebook. I will take this opportunity to meet with my current vendors and see if I could find even better new products for all of you.

I completed my Management with Marketing degree at Royal Holloway, University of London with 2:1 BSc honors last year. I’m aiming that by gaining world-class business knowledge I can provide all my clients with better service to compliment my photography skills. Setting my business in the Isle of Man and studying in London wasn’t easy over the last 3 years. However, I’m proud that I achieved my goal! 2011 is going to be a big year for me. I am going to take more challenges, become an ever better photographer and take my business to a new level.

Taking about taking my photography business to a new level I have already become a member of The Master Photographers Association and joined The Wedding Community . The Master Photographers Association is the UK's only trade body exclusively for full-time professional wedding, portrait and commercial photographers. You will be going to see my work featured on The Wedding Community and get to know me better through their interview.

I am also very excited about my new service called The Baby Plan which is the Watch Me Grow Package combined with a Maternity Session . I have already collected some lovely props such as baskets, blanket and suitcases for my first The Baby Plan shoot at the end of January.

I have been looking forward to February since last year. I am going to attend the workshop of one of the UK’s outstanding photographers, Gill Taylor . I admire Gill’s work and her attitude toward her business. I never stop learning every day of my life, from the amazing photographers all over the world. Learning from the top photographers is always great and is a big boost to my photography.

I am attending the Sefton Hotel Wedding fair on Saturday, 26th February at the Sefton Hotel , Douglas, Isle of Man, please come to meet me and browse my latest albums . It would be lovely to meet you in person and chat about your wedding planning.

My husband and I are working hard to improve my website. David is now working so hard building Shan’s Photography 2 (Don’t ask me, I don’t know much about IT!), which is going to be more customer-oriented in 2011. You will able to have your own private account and make online purchases.

In 2011, I am going to share all the photo shoots I did in 2010 along with some useful tips for planning your wedding photography or photo shoots. There will be lots of beautiful weddings and photo shoots to share this year. I can't wait!

Last year I was all over the place, studying in London, running my business in the Isle of Man, moving homes, settling down and I will say shamefully that I was the person working late into the night and into the morning trying to balance it all. Then I realized how much I missed chatting and cuddling my husband in bed at the end of the day. In 2011, I am going to balance work and life. I love my wonderful husband David more than anything and he is my everything!

There some things that I wouldn’t ever change in 2011. I love photography, I love sharing love and I will cry when I witness you say ‘I Do’ …

Wish you have a great 2011!

With Love,
Shan x

Thanks to:
Anastasiya Dimitrova, Diana Patient, Iona Sugihara, Malika Akhmetova, Justina Jankauskaite, Tom Matthews, Andrew Harper, Maria Hodgson, Lauren Rafferty, Sam Waugh
Wedding Dresses & Evening Dresses provided by Encore Bridal & Evening, Surrey
Yacht provided by Richard Grim
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