So, 2017 - when did THAT happen?! The last time I checked it was 2011... I feel as I get older, time is just racing away. I'm not the only one, right?
Since we signed off on 2016 with a great set, albeit foggy weddings over Christmas, it's been very quiet on the photography front with only the one wedding at the amazing Down Hall at the end of January. Being this quiet, all my friends, (and wife) start saying, "so what do you do will all the free time you have??" FREE TIME I hear you cry! Yes, on paper, the thought of only one wedding to photograph in a gap of nine weeks does seem like luxury... all the free time we get, coffee in town, lunches with other photographers gloating about everybody's commute into London on packed trains, are (sometimes true) false. As it is in out shooting downtime that we REALLY get to work.
As I'm sure you've noticed, this site is brand new, and was all designed by yours truly, and took me about three weeks. Not only that, but we have the big HeartEssex Wedding show coming up at the Brentwood Centre this weekend, so for that, I've TOTALLY re-designed my stand, with a brand new graphic, table cloths, sample albums as well as a beautifully printed 20-page colour brochure to hand out to potential couples. It looks really good, and is totally different from what I've normally handed out at a show, and is also much more visceral than before, so I'm hoping it goes down well.
Not only that, but I had the pleasure of giving talks at the annual SWPP convention in London. It is Europes largest all-welcome photographic convention and trade show, so have been asked to give three talks was a huge honour. Not only that, but I was also judging the 20x16 print competition over the first two days of the show, and again, I was honoured to have been asked again and sit next to some of the most respected judges in the photographic industry. Not only that, I was also asked by the British Insitute of Professional Photography (BIPP) to give a talk in their South West region about my Documentary Fellowship that I took in Poland at the Auschwitz World heritage site. After that - I did an 'Urbex' shoot in an old mill on the Somerset/Devon border with a good photographer friend based in Burnham-on-Sea.
So as you can see, it has been a crazy-busy off-season, so I'm looking forward to shooting some wedding in March for a rest!