What happened to 2020?! | Blog⁴

What on earth happened to 2020? Well, the world was handed a global pandemic, COVID-19. At the time of writing this, New Zealand is one of the most fortunate countries in the world, supposedly beating the community spread of the virus.

For almost 8 weeks, New Zealand as I knew it came to an abrupt halt as we entered level 4 lockdown mode. Now this of course threw all hopes of event photography out of the window for the foreseeable future. However as of the 27th June 2020, we have resumed a sense of normality as we live in Level 1, with border restrictions being the only enforcement. It is surreal to be living in this situation where the world around you is battling to contain this deadly virus while we live our lives with a sense of normality.

During lockdown, I will admit that I did not even touch my cameras. There was something about just having a break to reflect on all that I have accomplished thus far and all the things that I want to achieve in the future.

However the lockdown didn't last long and now that we are back to life as normal, thankfully, work has somewhat resumed as normal. I am so blessed to have met my goal of 5 weddings booked this year despite a global pandemic and I cannot wait to share those experiences with those wonderful couples!

So for the next 6 months of the year, let's make up for lost time and make it one of the best years ever.

I know that for Hugh and Krystal, 2020 will be one of the most memorable years for them when they look back. Their wedding happened three days before the national lockdown was implemented. This will forever be one of the most memorable weddings due to the circumstances the world was in. The global unrest and anxiety that existed, yet during the wedding, I felt nothing but love and excitement from these two!

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