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.

I’m on holiday……..

Living the high life in Sardinia, Italy and I can’t complain, the weather is beautiful, the food is amazing and there are plenty of photo opportunities to be taken. Torreruja Hotel, Isola Rossa. Is great and there staff are excellent, my Italian is coming on really well too, I think I’m up to 5 words now and that’s not including beer and cigarettes in a really back accent!

Was planning on getting some street photography practice in but that hasn’t really come up as I’ve spent most of the time on the beach, this has however helped with my other target for the trip getting more underwater images together, not meaning to steal a catchphrase but there’s plenty of fish! Jellyfish too as I’ve found out, worth getting stung for though the water is lovely!

I’m looking forward to getting the photos off the action camera and into lightroom to see how they’ve really come out. Can never quite be sure off the tiny screen but all’s looking good.

I’ve also been getting alot of late night shots, capturing the scenery as well as the stars, long exposures and fingers crossed, but I’m happy with what I’ve got, at least on the back of the camera anyway.

I’ve a few days of the trip left so I’ll still hopefully get some Italian street photography into the bank but it is a holiday so I’m not pushing too hard, it’s always nice to just be able to shoot without any pressure and just be happy with whatever comes.

Going to be nice and busy on my return to blighty too, the first weekend back will be taken up with Ipswich Swimming Club’s, club championships, which I’m really looking forward too, should be a nice challenge for me to try and get some classic swimming shots, again sometime new and hopefully another string to the bow.

The rugby is also back on and I’m looking forward to the 2017/18 season, I’ll hopefully get to all my old clubs and get them all done shots they are happy with, I’ll maybe even have a run out again this year but I’m not promising myself anything as I still hurt from my one appearance last season.

Unless I get any last minute bookings in the wedding season for this year is over for me, it’s been a short year this time around but a really enjoyable one and I’m already looking forward to next year’s celebrations, there’s always room for more bookings too, so get in touch if your interested or share out my details if you know someone who is.

Back to the beach now, more to come when I’m home.

Cheers Woody.