3 Years ago yesterday, the Hubby and I moved to Cape Town from Joburg, after a short stay in the UK. It was one of those leaps of faith that one has to do at least once in one’s life. (How many ones?)

What I’ve Loved Most About Moving to Cape Town?

On our own, the two  three of us started on this journey, not knowing anyone, not knowing the areas, and not knowing what was going to happen. There was a whole lot of positive thinking going on in those early days. I knew it would take a while for my photography to pick up, as I had to introduce myself and hope that that someone would take a chance on me. In the meantime, I kept myself busy with my geekier side, teaching social media and building websites. But I always knew that my passion was photography.

As I sit and reflect on the past 3 years, the thing that stands out most among the beautiful scenery, the chilled lifestyle and the myriad of amazing restaurants and cafes, is the people. We were warned that the Capetonians can be aloof and distant, and yet I’ve experienced nothing but warmth, comfort and vibrancy.

I’m so grateful that my path has crossed with so many amazing people, each one sharing something that has lead to where I find myself today. Without a shadow of a doubt, I can honestly say, that  it’s the people I’ve met in the last 3 years that have inspired me to grow, challenge myself and find my voice. If I look back at the photographer I was 3 years ago I can see a vast difference between Then-Abigail and Now-Abigail. Not only in the quality of my work, but also in who I am professionally and personally.

I treasure the journey so far and everyone who has had a part in it. From those clients who gave me an opportunity to photograph them, to my fellow business owners, who offer unbridled support and advice, to the friends I’ve made along the way and shared a laugh or two with. I have never been happier, more fulfilled or as close to my authentic self as I am after these 3 years. I look forward to and embrace the years that lay ahead. Thank you Cape Town.

The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live. ~ Leo F. Buscaglia

 

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