After a short while off to have a break and join the masses suffering with flu like symptoms, I'm back and keen to get going. So, before I start to look to 2018, it is always worth taking the time to reflect on the previous year and pick out some of my favourite shots.
2017 was a full-on year which gave me so much in building networks and added to the constant learning curve. Being on the side lines during Norwich Devils games was a great experience, as well as seeing them put my shot to work in their promotional literature for both their adult and junior team. 2018 will see the team enter the National League and I look forward to being back on the field capturing the drama of the game.
I worked with a wide range of models during the year which gave me the opportunity to continue to craft my style in portraiture, glamour, fashion and contemporary fashion. The best part of this work has been meeting some amazing people. While an image captures a fraction of a second, I have the pleasure of spending hours with them working towards a common goal of getting a great shot.
2017 has taught me more than just technical skills. It's taught me that making it in photography, especially in the East of England, takes more than just being able to expose an image and edit it. It takes energy, drive and not stopping when things go wrong (which, inevitably, they will). One of the big revelations has been the need to get my work out there. If I have a passion for what I do and put work out into the world, I will find an audience; keeping images on my hard drive will not lead to bookings and work.
Last year saw a big investment in equipment. There is a real risk that photography can become about collecting kit and thinking equipment will make an image. There is no doubt better kit will make things easier; better ISO performance means I can get wedding shots I couldn't get easily with older or less expensive cameras and there's no beating images from large sensor cameras. However, it's the skill of seeing an image, composing it and conveying the concepts to collaborators which makes the shot.
So what will 2018 have in store?
This year I'm going to focus on shooting more images and building my social media accounts. This means more blogs, more posts to facebook, instagram and twitter and maybe a behind the scenes YouTube channel. I already have some exciting shoots lined up but always looking for new collaborators with new ideas; give me a shout via IM on FB, IG or Twitter or via my website.