Update time. (A little late)

Posted: March 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

So after a completely manic end to 2015 it was a complete pleasure to sit back and enjoy Christmas without any outstanding editing to be completed. Once the Xmas scene shoots were completed it was nice to just relax. There was however plenty of emails to be answered over the period from customers requesting edits of images in galleries. This only took minutes to perform and as it generated further online sales would have been silly to delay. Online sales last year accounted for almost 40% of our income and continues to grow. People are now creating montages of images, from multiple events, over the last three years. People also returned online, in December, purchasing jigsaws, mugs and key rings which would suggest they were for xmas presents.

With nothing booked until the third week in January it was a nice break and gave me time to sort out a few things such as servicing equipment. Both of the 5Diii’s now have massive shutter counts with one knocking on the 100k mark. We managed to shoot just over 15,000 images in December alone owing to the amount of work we had been booked for. Whilst the new 1Dxii has been announced I’m waiting to see the specification of the 5Diii replacement before replacing anything.

January saw us cover another 2015/16 NW National Schools Gymnastics qualifier in Wigan which was a huge success for us as a business. Whilst there we were also booked for the NE National Schools Gymnastics qualifier in Newcastle two weeks later which again proved fruitful for the business. Whilst at these events the organisers also booked us for this years, 2016/17, competitions qualifiers which is a massive boost to our UK profile as event photographers. Our amount of work and profile has indeed reached a company who profess to being the largest event photographers in the UK. One organiser of a main event final, for which we are booked to cover, let me see a rather terse email from them and their disgust at being overlooked to allow ourselves to cover the event. Typically they don’t wish to cover the smaller local events which provide only reasonable, yet acceptable, profits but look to cover the large, indeed very large, profit making finals. Am I bothered about them …… No.

Between those events I had also undertaken a few family portraits. These have also proved fruitful, now I have compiled a specific gallery product list, offering a full selection of products at reasonable prices. After initial sales we have found people returning for further products. What I did here was enquire at several local independent photographers studios about family portraits and pricing of products. I then placed myself quite squarely between the cheap high-street pricing and these other studios. Word seems to have travelled via recommendations and we have several more booked in within the near future. Highlight of those completed so far was selling a 5ft wide landscape canvass, whilst the most popular seller is a 20×16 canvass. Personally I like my framed prints but we have barely sold any large prints though we have sold many smaller prints for grandparents etc. Compared to the event work portraiture is an absolute doddle and can be great fun too. Two families brought pet dogs with them that provided many laughs whilst attempting to capture images. As always blatant bribery, in the form of doggy treats, saved the day.

January also saw some of my images within the pages of the Hull Daily Mail on three separate occasions. I had covered a swimming competition for a local club who’s pool is being closed by an extremely short sighted decision. This was almost a last hurrah of images for them before things finish. I took plenty of images throughout the day and placed them within a gallery for parents etc to purchase. I also placed a selection onto social media with their campaign slogan on. Surprisingly I then received an email from the HDM asking if they could use some of the images, without slogan, for articles. I allowed this and actually got a couple of bookings from people who had seen the images whilst reading the articles which was a nice bonus.

I currently have the next 2 weeks free of events and just one family portrait session booked. We then arrive at what is the start of an 8 month slog of events and weddings. One club even changed the date of an event as we were already booked. Again we are travelling the length and breadth of the country, though nothing for Northern Ireland this year so a boat trip saved there. The UK National Trampoline League finals, in December, don’t yet have a location but here’s hoping to something like the Olympic Park Copper Box Arena last year.

One last thing is a commissioned image I am looking to shoot. The client wants a bright colourful springtime image for her kitchen. This will be a 4-5ft canvass when completed so I am currently awaiting the daffodils and blossom etc to burst out and then showcase a selection for her to choose from. I already have the locations sorted so just need the flowers and colour to arrive.

Stay busy people, have fun, enjoy your work and I’ll be back soon.

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