As I sit here thinking about what I've been up to lately, what work I've got coming up, along with what work I've already carried out, I realise that often it isn't until you take a step back that you realise how busy you've actually been. The last month or so has been wonderfully chock a block with work. A great combination of shoots to get my teeth stuck into straight away, and work to fill up my diary, to plan for and look forward to.
I gave myself the target of 12 wedding bookings for 2016 and a few weeks ago I reached that target! Targets are not only wonderful to reach, but they can give you something to focus on and help you break down a huge goal you have into workable smaller steps. I love photographing weddings, they encompass so much of what I love about Photography. They're full of precious moments to be found and photographed, often with natural light which I prefer to work with. I love the fly on the wall documentary style of shooting, trying to blend in and capture these moments. It's photography that also really means something and you know (or rather hope!) the photos will be treasured. I'm now on 13 bookings for weddings this year alone; some say an unlucky number, certainly not for me!
I have been in the studio a few times too. One of the shoots involved doing head shots of the lovely Sidonie, which I really enjoyed. Partly because she's a great girl and very easy to work with, and I think in part because there's just the very simple air to shooting head shots. You're not creating a story as such, you're capturing the person as best you can and it's much more like an old fashioned portrait shoot I guess. The other two sessions were family shoots; One involving a whopping 9 people in total, and the other saw Alan and Lisa welcoming the new edition to their family. I'll also be shooting Alan and Lisa's wedding later on this year. A maternity shoot, a baby shoot and a wedding all with the same family?! Such an honour!
I've been doing some work for some local businesses also, including Hose Rhodes Dickson, Doris Pinks and Carpets etc. I'm also cooking up something with another Isle of Wight business that involves my Little People in an ad campaign, which I'm very excited about! I've always wanted to get my little dudes into some kind of campaign or promo for a business.. Oh how bloomin' fab it is to reach targets! They might also be appearing on a book cover for a different project, eeeeeep! Fingers crossed! Yesterday I realised that March will soon be coming to a close and remembering my pledge of one Little People week every two months, I'm now planning for week number 6. I can't help but look online when I'm planning LPW at new little guys and gals to purchase. Some ladies spend all their money on clothes and make up, I spend mine on miniature figures.. lol!
In other news, I love that winter is over and spring has finally sprung! To me it didn't seem to drag as much as it normally does, I'm not sure why (maybe because I've been so busy this winter?) but I'm really enjoying taking my dog (Scampi) out for longer and sunnier walks! I've also been working on trying to get myself healthier and loose a bit of weight. I was in sweet denial for about 6 months on how much I actually weighed, then one day I replaced the batteries in our scales we have hidden away in the cupboard under the stairs and I was horrified at how hefty I had become. Since then I know I've lost 9lbs which I'm really pleased with. I don't weigh myself every week as I'm trying not to get too obsessed with that side of it. If I keep eating healthy and doing all the right things I know I will loose weight, so I don't want to put too much extra pressure on myself, which seems to be helping.
Crikey this entry is long! I'm sure I've missed something out but hey ho! I tried to pack in as much as possible.
What about you? Have you reached a goal recently you're happy with? Are you getting married soon and need a photographer? Glad this blog entry is finally over? Let me know in the comments section below, I'd love to hear from you.
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tHE ramblings OF HOLLY CADe:
Wedding and Portrait Photographer - based on the Isle of Wight.