I’ve made a conscious decision to do a full reboot of the website too, I’ve just picked a terrible time to do it as I’m really busy at the moment, but it’s for me to manage my time better, as I don’t think my wife would let me go to a 3 day week….. If I won the lottery I still don’t think she’d let me quit work, I probably wouldn’t want to either.
So the eagle eyed will have noticed I’ve started to change things on here, the lay out and design has been updated, which is a start, just got the endless task of refreshing alot of the photos, feel it’s time, can’t keep the same ones up forever.
There has been a few weddings shot since we last spoke so those pages should be OK to replace, the “beyond” pages too which are not such a structured format, in other words I can put what I like in there and it will hopefully still work!
My downfall over the last year has been sports, I haven’t got round to shooting a lot and it’s all my own fault, maybe I’ve been lazy, can’t blame everything on being busy, I am going g to try and correct this as soon as possible.
I’ve started with football, which is strange for me but when the opportunity presents itself I try to go with it, been working with Trimley Red Devils who are being sponsored by The Grand in Felixstowe so it all ties in, the rugby season starts soon too and I’ve promised myself to shoot more of my favourite sport this year.
I’ll get back to blogging regularly too.
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.
n other sporting news I’ll be ticking another box this weekend as I’m finally getting around to shooting a boxing event.
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.
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.
I’m not one for new years resolutions but the end of the year does seem like a good time to reboot, so that’s what I’m planning to do and as 2018 brings up my 5 year anniversary of Rainywood I think it’s time to get serious.
Not everything is planned out or mapped but I’m determined to turn things around this year, there’s a few more wedding bookings than I’ve had in a while so that’s a positive to start. I also have a new personal project planned which will hopefully be a success and maybe a second exhibition, watch this space.
I haven’t written a blog post in a while either, because of the funk I’ve found myself in, I didn’t feel like I had alot to write about, so before I started this post I had a little look back over some of my previous rants……. The Conclusion is I windge and moan far too much. So let’s also make this the start of things to come and I’ll endeavour to keep things on the lighter side.
I don’t have a huge following on my blog and it’s not going to change if I carry on being negative is it? So I’ll apologise now for being grumpy up to now but also a massive thank you to those that have stuck with things and continue to read along, feel free to remind me of this post in the future if I have a relapse.
As I said earlier it’s the fifth year of Rainywood and it reminds me of when I made the push to get the business started, I was cleaning/painting container roofs in a storage lockup with my friend/nephew Callum and we were discussing the idea of starting things, I vividly remember saying to him “I can give it 5 years and see how it goes, if it doesn’t work I can just call it a day” not everything I wanted to happen I the past 5 years has come true, but alot more than I expected has, my point is I’m carrying on with more energy than ever, the only person that can make this happen is me and the only person that can make it fail is me so it’s time to pull up the socks and work a lot harder.
My main shooting aim this next year will be sports as I’ve been slacking off with it a little, my main business aim will be printing and getting my work out there for people, watching people’s face light up when they receive a photograph is a highlight for me, I love showing work digitally but a photograph someone can hold, show off and hang on a wall holds an extra magic for me and I think for my customers too.
So it’s with this post that I move forward all that’s left is for me to say a happy holiday and a fantastic new year to all my customers new and old, friends and family.
Thanks one and all.
This was going to be my latest blog post……………..
“Back from my holiday and I’m pleased to report I had a lovely time doing not a whole lot, apart from eating amazing Italian food, swimming and taking photos.
Crashed back to reality in a fantastic way, with a whole load of editing to do, embrace the busy Woody it’s for your own good!
I do need to have a massive clean up of both my office space as well as my storage, my work space is a mess and it’s becoming a distraction and can’t be good for me, it’s not like I don’t know where everything is, it’s just it has more stuff on top of it!
Spring is going to come early for me on the cleaning front anyway, as soon as I’ve got some spare time anyway.
I need to sort my storage too, when everything has calmed down I’m need to rearrange my files and catalogue them a little better especially my earlier work, I have files everywhere!”
This all sounds really impressive but I’ve been back for a few weeks now and if the truth be known I’m really struggling, I can’t seam to get my act together, I’m having no problems shooting it’s just sitting down and doing editing or anything else for that matter!
I know what needs doing and I have a massive list, just can’t find the motivation.
It’s now honestly starting to worry me, I’m hoping it’s just a funk and I’ll soon find my rhythm once again.
I need a kick up the arse, so if anyone has a good size 12 that they can swing I’d appreciate it! Don’t want to have to resort to the Instagram posts that fill my page!
Here’s hoping reading this back in the cold light of day will be enough!
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!