"Holly Cade Photography" is 10 years old today!
10 whole years of photos, editing, hard work, confetti, happy couples, trying not to sweat too much while I run around wedding venues, admin, learning new things, laughter, joy and gratitude has come and gone, and before I know it today I’m starting another fresh new shiny year, and I'm now officially into the double figures.
Somehow I really don't feel old enough to say that, then I think of my achy back and my lack of ability to stay up past 10pm most nights, and suddenly I do feel old enough, eeek!
Thank you to EVERYONE who made my years so far in business such a success, I still after all this time feel that I have the best job.
My photography journey starts when I was just 17, and when I also had a very different haircut!
School was never my thing, I wasn't the social butterfly or the massively high achiever during those 13 years of formal education, but I managed to get through those years mostly unscathed and with decent GCSE's. After that all of my teachers insisted that I should then move onto sixth form, and to not do so would be a waste, university had my name written all over it apparently. But after a year of sixth form I was deeply unhappy.
I'd got stuck into one of those corners I think everyone does at least once in their lives, I hated it where I was, but I had no idea what to do next, so I stayed where I was. Not long before I had to go back for my second year I was talking to my dad about it, telling him how much I hated it and didn't want to do it, and he abruptly said to me "so just quit!"
Surprised, I looked at him and said "but I have no idea what to do next, I can't just drop out, what if I regret it?"
"Holly, you should never have regrets, because all we're doing is making the best decisions we can at the time we make them."
I think this is probably the best advice I've had in my life so far, and I officially became a "school drop out".
15 years on, I haven't regretted this choice. Even though I genuinely didn't know what I wanted to do, I didn't have a plan, even though it was a bumpy road and not easy, and this business absolutely was not built overnight, I always knew it was the right choice.
At the end of 2022 I received an email completely out of the blue, that I am so glad that I received: “We are visiting Dublin, and would love to do an engagement shoot with you!”
Um… an engagement photo shoot in Ireland?? YES PLEASE I’M IN! 🇮🇪
Taijah & Robert decided to have an engagement shoot while on their travels around Europe in lovely Dublin! After first popping into The Bank on College Green for a celebratory drink first, we hit the streets around the famous temple bar area, got a good luck rub off of Molly Malone 👀🍀 before we visited the famous Ha’penny Bridge.
Unfortunately the weather was not on our side when we visited The Cliffs of Moher, we all got absolutely soaked and my knees were so cold they wouldn’t stop shaking for AGES after haha, but we embraced the weather and managed to get some great snaps all the same!
Taijah & Robert - you were absolutely fantastic to work with and wonderful to get to know. Thank you both so much for being an absolute and complete joy ♥️ I wish you both a lifetime of happiness together.
More information about engagement shoots can be found here by the way...