My 2017 - Review - Aaron Jeffels

Firstly happy New Year!!

I hope every one had a great 2017, looking back over the last year I know I did. Going into 2018 I wanted to take stock of what happened over the last year, the good and bad parts, and hopefully see what 2018 might bring. This isn’t going to be a month by month review of everything that happened, but more of a snap shot of some of my favourite images, favourite people that I have worked with and what I want to happen in the next 12 months.

Learning How to work

I’ve never been one to set goals or New Year resolutions (I find them hard to stick to), but I do like a plan. I like to know where I’m going, I’m just not that fussed how I get there.

For what seems like years now I’ve wanted to be a photographer and over the last 18 months I’ve found out how hard it is to be one. Forget about the technical side of taking a photo, that’s about 5% of the job, its the business side that takes your life over. Would I change it, NO, am I learning to live with it and add it to my family life, YES.

Firstly 2017 has taught me how to run a business side by side with your family. There is always give and take but family always comes first. I guess the best thing about photography though, you always get the chance to capture whats going on around you.


The amazing people I get to work with!

2017 has seen me work with some amazing people. Creatives right on my door step that I didn’t even know about. These people are working night and day and are creating amazing things, from clothes and crafts to amazing hair styles or creating their own make up style. I’ve learnt so much from these people, probably with out them even knowing it.

These two images are some of the most important I have ever taken. Both photos helped me completely change how I photograph everything. I love the top photo, but after I had it printed large I found the quality wasn’t as good as it should of been. It gets slightly soft around the edges. the second photo isn’t my favourite, maybe not even top ten, but I met another photographer there, and after about an hour chatting in the water I completely decided to change my camera set up.

Gone are the old heavy DSLR’s that weigh a ton and hurt your back after carrying them all day. I ditched all that and decided to move to mirroless. This has been the best move I have ever made. Its not with out its downfalls, but I am confident I’am getting better images for it. With out taking these two photos I’am confident I wouldn’t be typing this right now


2017 has seen me hit the studio a few times, some for charity work and others for clients. I have loved them all. Working with local business like Madame Me Me and Claire’s Boutique, both based in Guisborough and working with local make up artists like Gemma Rimmington. 2017 has been an amazing year for networking with local business.

My Favourite Portrait shoots

Below are my favourite images from portrait sessions I have done through out the year. I love natural shots that tell a story. I like to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere, one where people can relax and forget about the camera.