If you’ve had a look round the website, read the blog before or know me, you’ll know I’m a massive Rugby fan.
However much of a fan I am, after applying for every England home game since the RWC 2015 and getting rejection emails for every England home game since the RWC 2015 I’d fell out of love a little with shooting the greatest game on earth.
To be honest last year I hardly shot sport at all, I’d convinced myself I was far too busy with weddings and all that to shoot, I was making excuses that I did not need to make!
Please don’t get me wrong I enjoy weddings and portraiture so much and I’d be a complete fool to dismiss it, after all its what makes Rainywood work, I’ve made very little money from sports photography but I’ve funded all my kit from weddings and portraits (although a lottery win or a rich backer still wouldn’t go amiss).
Recently however I was invited to return to my old club as they were after some (I hope) quality photos, not pulled form Facebook.
I of course obliged and went to shoot a Pre-season game between Ipswich RFC & Thetford, it was a slightly one sided affair in favour of Ipswich, but I must admit that I loved every single minute of being back shooting what I truly truly love.
I think this is one thing that has recently re-ignited my passion for the sports, the boxing a few months ago, and being asked to shoot for Team Ipswich Swimming again, for there head shots and team shots is a massive honor.
So hopefully it’s the start of things to come and once again I’ll hopefully get better and stronger as a photographer.
In the meantime I needed a break, so did my ever hard working wife, so luckily and last minute (ish) the wife sorted us a fantastic holiday away in Cyprus.

Hence I am writing this at 02:20 on an EasyJet flight back to Gatwick, it has been an awesome time, plenty of swimming the the beautiful blue and warm Mediterranean Sea, eating amazing local food, the beers not too bad either and generally recharging our batteries.

…………. “Then there was a short space of time when I forgot to finish this post”………….
Back now and fully recharged I can restart, last weekend was great and what I’m going to call a hash tag weekend as I got my Holy trinity in #bridesballersandbeyond with a wedding on the Friday, family shoot and a game of rugby on the Sunday….
Happy happy days!
I love what I do!
This weekend I’m stating a personal project, as I’ve got so much time on my hands, been toying with it for about a year and now is the time to get the wheels in motion.
I’m sure I’ll make a decision about a name for it soon, but at the moment it’s a work in progress, thinking….
  1. Other Art
  2. Art, Happening
  3. Art! In Motion
  4. Art Flow
Still undecided, so I’ll accept feedback for this or anything.
Cheers
Woody

I’ve only had the good version so far so I can still say I love it!

It’s even better that it’s the third year on the trot that I’ve managed it, probably not that hard considering the photos are of their child, but it still makes me happy when the tears start. 

It’s also the closest thing I have to a proper ongoing project, as I’m booked in till Robyn’s 21st, it’s going to be least another eighteen years, it’s always good to have something to look forward to I guess and I do as shooting and delivering for these guys is a joy.

I do however want to start a personal project, it’s just a question of what to shoot, I don’t want to rip anyone off or be judged against any of my friends, like I would have been if I’d have gone with my first thought of shooting the churches in Suffolk, my friend and inspiration Lee Thornberry shoots alot of churches, all be it all over the country. 

I like his work far to much to try and compete, even if the competition is only in my head, which I think all photographers will agree thats where most of the competition and negative thoughts live.

We must remember to keep them there too, if they got out I’d never work again, considering how happy I am with customers crying, I don’t know how if deal with masses of negative feedback, I welcome some but who know how they’d react.

That’s what I find interesting about the up and coming exhibition at The Grand, have to wait and see what responses I get to my work.

The printing process has started so there is definitely no going back now, still have to plan out where to hang the work, I’m aiming for the walls, but not making any promises just yet.

Sticking with shots from The Rugby World Cup and also some “arty” images to go with the Art on the Prom” collaboration, the only disappointment is that it’s only a one day event, so mine is probably the shortest running exhibition in photographic history!

I am massively looking forward to it though. Roll on the next one maybe it’ll be a little longer running and feature my next project?

Just got to sort one out.

Cheers Woody