This post is a bit of a catch up about what I've been up to over the past few months, of which it's been filled with work, meeting new clients and growing the business for 2016. All good stuff.
So wedding fayres, not something I've been a massive fan of or really tired to get into before but this year I got the opportunity to be in a few around Hereford, and all ones which I know get a good turnout and lots of brides, so why not go for it. I think all in all, I've got one or two booking form the 3 fayres I've done, which might not sound like much but for me one or two more is a big part of yearly goal.
I think one of the best thing about meeting so many people getting married in one day is it gives me a good chance to practice how I sell myself, I always want people to know how I work and that i'm not a normal wedding photographer so this is a good chance to see if people 'get it'. Of course you get some people who just aren't into it and they always find it quite unusual to hear me say that I'm not going to be the right fit for them, but thats much easier then either changing what I do or trying to convince someone to hire a documentary photographer when they want posed shots all day long.
The other aspect of wedding fayres is I don't know who is going to ring me up in 9 months time and book me because they met me at a fayre one time, so the end result is i think they are good but i'm going to only do a few a year and then only those where I know the turnout is well worth it.
Other than the fayres I've been meeting lots of new people for weddings next year, some real exciting stuff coming up and the summer is getting nicely booked out, I'd like a few more early on in the year to balance things out and hopefully the wedding fayres can fill this gap.
Heading to towards the end of the year [which is insane as it was just January] I'll be looking at taking my work in various other ways, I've got my editorial work which is a slow grower that I hope to get more work from. I'll be looking into getting into the teaching and sharing aspect of things with landscape workshops and street photography workshops, I'd also like to try my hand at giving lectures so I'll be getting friendly with the local art colleges over this next term.
My other main goal is to get on Fujifilm's radar and become an X photographer, I've had my work picked up by them a good few times this year, with twitter posts and an instagram takeover, all of which I think are helping me get there, still not sure how to actually do this, I might just ask nicely.
So thats a bit about me and where I am at the moment, the rest of this post are a few random images so feel free to have a browse, and if you haven't seen it yet check out the blog archive for all my past posts!