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

Once again its been far too long, so let’s have a good old catch up…..
I’m still unable to post shots from my last wedding, they are all ready to go, but I haven’t been able to deliver them.

In a shocking twist, The Bride asked me to wait as both The Bride and Groom have been busy, it’s just a weird experience to be asked to wait, it does make me more excited for the unveiling though, or maybe nervous?
Can’t wait to show off the images to them, hopefully this Saturday and once I have I’ll share some here too.
Last week I also had a shooting first as I shot my first Cake Smash session with young Jaxon to celebrate his up and coming first birthday, I had great fun, i think I enjoyed it even more than Jaxon did, eating cake off my lens hood was a particular highlight and definitely a first!

Thanks to Ellie for the photo. Fingers crossed for getting more as I’m a fan of cake!
After a quiet year shooting sports (all my own fault) last week I had two jobs and they were both football! Anyone who knows me knows that’s unusual as I’m not a massive football fan, but I really enjoyed both games.
The first was a local cup final between Trimley Red Devils and Framlingham. (both reserve sides)

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ramlingham won 1-0 at Woodbridge FC, it was an evening game so I was battling with the light through the game as the sun set, good practice and a little reassuring that I can still cope with tweeking those settings during a 90 minute game.

The second game was an academy game between Ipswich Town and Tottenham at Portman Road which is far from the grass roots of Woodbridge but just as enjoyable.
As it was an under 15/16s game I have to keep the main match photos in a locked file, still a relationship I’m hoping to develop with Ipswich Academy and I look forward to shooting them more next season.

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n other sporting news I’ll be ticking another box this weekend as I’m finally getting around to shooting a boxing event.

I can not wait for this, I’ve always been a boxing fan and since I’ve had Rainywood I’ve wanted to shoot a fight but it’s proved tricky to get access until now, it’s also a chance to emulate one of my photography hero’s Mr Neil Liefer, I’d take 1% of his skill, fingers crossed hey!
That’s about all for this post I’ll share out some boxing photos next time, hopefully I’ll have a selling option on the site soon making buying prints more accessable and maybe some merchandise as well.

Chelsea Flower Show next week too, exciting times ahead!
I’ll keep you posted.
Cheers Woody

First Wedding of the 2018 season for me this weekend and I’m a little excited.

I’m really looking forward to the first Wedding of the year on Saturday, it’s at the very beautiful Woolverstone Hall just outside Ipswich. www.woolverstonehall.co.uk
It’s a private school in fantastic grounds and all the buildings are stunning. Another reason to get excited is from what I’m told the entertainment will be second to none, all I can say at the moment is that the bride is Scottish and some things may be themed!
Sadly no haggis for the wedding breakfast though which is a shame as I’m a bit of a fan!
Another recent treat has been getting a mention on someone else’s website, it belongs to one of my future brides who’s getting married in August this year, she’s been writing a blog for a while covering, the birth of her baby girl, her fitness routine and her future wedding.
Please check it out at www.rhirhisworld.com

In other news I recently shot @knightsbball09 in there last regular season game of the year, the photos are on the fb page.

Just last week I also shot @shaneandthekorrados at @thegrandfelixstowe it was an awesome gig, so much so that I didn’t shoot as much as normal because I was enjoying the show, photos to follow in the next blog.

That’s all for now as I have more wedding prep to do.
Cheers Woody

So it’s been an interesting few weeks, been keeping myself busy with plenty of work.
I’ve had some great bookings for weddings too, one for February next year, nothing special there I know but with the weather we’ve had this year it could very well be a white wedding, which would be awesome providing everyone(especially the Bride & Groom) can get there.
Booked my first for 2020 too, which is great, nothing like being prepared and with my first of this year coming at the start of next month it’s exciting times.
I’m still amazed that I shoot weddings and love it so much, was never meant to happen but that’s the joy of the job, it’s what keeps it fresh trying new things and taking chances.
I also happened last week when I got to shoot for the guys at Circus of Horrors (shots in this blog).
The guys were fantastic and looked after me really well, it was so nice to get a yes when I asked to shoot, anyone who’s read my blogs before will know that I’m no stranger to rejection, especially with shows namely the ballet(still desperate to shoot one), so getting a “yeah, of course you can” from an out of the blue email was music to my ears.
Hopefully more will follow but I’m nothing is given so more emails are due to be sent and I must remember to not hold my breath just in case it’s a while away!
Just a short one this time so thanks for reading as always.

http://www.circusofhorrors.co.uk

Cheers
Woody

OK so like many others I missed January, don’t like it, it’s a horrible month if anyone can explain why I’d really like to know.

Everything else has all been good, regular editing jobs have been keeping me on track, just need to reboot the website again, it could do with another freshen up.
The extra inspiration to do this is I’ve been lucky enough to be asked to help Sarah(sister-in-law) to start building her website.
It’s great to be able to help someone else out, I’m far from an expert but I think I know enough to get the ball rolling for her, its also a good reason to get another shoot in, planning on creating a photo story for her so Sarah can get some quality images on her new website, it’s booked in for a couple of weeks time and I’ll share how it went on here.
Keep an eye out for her hash tag……..
#relaxrewardrenewyou
I’ve also had the chance recently to help out a friend with his lightroom work flow, with a few pointers and tips, I think it helped and his new edits have looked awesome.
Really enjoy this kind of thing, not going to make it out to be something its not, so I won’t say teaching….. more like guiding/helping out but I do like having the opportunity to share the little knowledge I have.
Others have taught me, via books, websites, YouTube etc etc and it’s only right I pass it on where and when I can.

On a selfish note I have a sale on for the remaining canvas prints from last year’s exhibition, search rainywoodphoto on Facebook(or just tap the pictures) to see what have 15% off.

That’s all I have for now, so thanks for having a look.
Cheers Woody

It’s another wedding week and that puts a smile on my face which I’m told is a good thing.

Still finishing off editing the last wedding though and that takes the smile back off again, I have no problem doing the editing in fact I enjoy it, it’s just I’m a little behind where I wanted to be a this week and that’s not a good thing.

I do try not to make promises with my delivery times, but I certainly do set targets and dropping behind those targets can be frustrating. I have been so lucky so far with all my customers, as none of yet have been pushy or hassled me in any way to get there photographs quicker.

After this weeks wedding I will have twice as much post shoot work to do, as I have a second shooter with me and I’ll be editing all of her work too, luckily she also shoots with a canon so it won’t be too tricky, but I need the editing style to match up.

My second shooters name is Amber Partridge (@amberpartridge) and she is awesome, we worked together on the mad hatter’s tea party I did for the WI, I am a fan of her work so when she asked if she could help out on a wedding to see if it’s something she would like to pursue in the future, I jumped at the opportunity to have her with me.

Her portrait work it’s really strong and very candid, which I love & I think our styles do compliment each other, I think she will have no problems in the wedding environment once she finds her feet and knowing her that will not take long.

I’m not saying in anyway that I’m an expert or a teacher, but it does feel great to be able to try and help someone on there way to what will hopefully be in some way a career, although I didn’t second shoot for anybody I did have a load of help and inspiration when I started and these guys continue to inspire me now.

Tony Bell (@tonybellphotography) who used to shoot basketball regularly when my son started playing, gave me a load of advice in the early days of Rainywood, his work continues to be outstanding, he now works The Grapevine Magazine (@grapevinelive), mainly shooting live bands at which he is also great.

Lee Thornberry (@mr_thotnberry) landscapes are a thing of beauty, I promise his work will blow you away, what he says about his work will also put a smile on your face.

Please check these gents out and say I sent you they are both awesome!

Cheers Woody