The end to 2018 was, for me, a truly great one. As I reflect on all my achievements throughout the year, my journey in photography, and how I have used it as therapy, has proved amazing. I have ventured on so many different genres, wedding, landscape, wildlife to name but a few. All of these genres require different techniques, and it is these techniques that I have learnt, and that are helping me to progress with the next step in my photoographic journey, a distinction with the Royal Photographic Society.
I have met many new friends along the way in photography, and every photographer has made me feel very welcome. Everyday is a school day, and we all seem to 'bounce' off each other, talking techniques, discussing viewpoints, and how to achieve the desired effect. This whole year for me was one of incredible learning, a completed course with the Open University, a multitude of photo walks, a wedding, which I was asked to do just 3 weeks before the day itself. This proved to be a fantastic experience, as I had little time to prepare, but pulled it off very well, a wedding workshop, an art nude workshop, a personal portrait shoot for a good friend and finally a maternity shoot to the parents of my now godson.
Many people have enjoyed what I have produced, and numerous comments given to me, mostly positive, some a little critical, but none negative. If there is one thing that I have learnt is that no one can ever put you down for your photography, as it is what is created by your minds eye, they may not like what you have taken, but they cannot say you are 'rubbish' at what you do, unlike much of the society we live in today, where we seem to be constantly battling for 'recognition that we are doing a good job' if only to stop us getting removed from a position we hold at our place of work......
As a result of this, it is this which has given me the most positivity in the year, and I have freely spoken about it to many people, without, hopefully, numbing their mind too much.
I have also successfully sold a number of images to friends and colleagues, something that, before this journey started, I could have only ever dreamnt of. Needless to say, I was a little concerned at how they would come out in print, but to my absolute joy they came out as they should have, and everyone was very happy with them.
This coming year is filled again with numerous challenges for me, mostly photography based, including weddings, but a few other bits that I'd like to do as well.....
The photography challenges for me this year are to complete a photo walk at least once a month (which will be for a day), to create my portfolio for my LRPS Distinction (and to put myself forward for it), to attend workshops on various genre with the RPS, to further improve my knowledge and skills in my own style and technique....I am also a volunteer within the Southern Region of the RPS, which is allowing me to pull from all the resources that are available from them......
My Portfolio on this site is a culmination of what I have taken over the last year, and has shown my progress with it all....Please have a look, and enjoy, and should anyone want a print, then please let me know, and I will be only too happy to help. Price is very much down to size of the image and the format that it is to be in, ie print, framed print or canvas.
So much more to talk about, but I will save that for my next post in the coming weeks.... I hope that you all continue to enjoy my work, and if you wish to leave comments or even contact me, then please do not hessitate to do so through my website or even via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
Many thanks to you all, Happy & Prosperous 2019 to you all