Just as I was getting into a more structured blogging schedule, I had one of my busiest weeks and I couldn't find the time to blog at all!
As a result, this post will mainly be a catch up to let everyone know what I have been up to, and it will also serve as a marker as I move from one phase of my working year to another.
So what have I been up to since I last blogged - apart from looking after this little scamp?
Last Sunday I was exhibiting at a wedding fair at the Civic Centre in Newcastle. I spoke to several brides and grooms and collected a handful of e-mail addresses to add to my newsletter mailing list. It was a quiet event, though, with few attendees, so I was a little disappointed with the turnout.
During the week I had five wedding consultations for weddings that are taking place between May and September this year. I put in a lot of miles of travel, going up to Warkworth in the North, Sedgefield in the south and Carlisle to the west. It was great to meet all my brides and grooms and hear about their wedding plans and I'm now super excited to be photographing their weddings. Everyone is so different in terms of personality and this is reflected in how their wedding flows on the day. There are urban weddings and country weddings, laid back weddings and formal weddings, big doos and intimate affairs, older couples and younger couples.
Finally on Sunday just gone I was at another wedding fair - this time at Alnwick Gardens. This was organised by Julia from Brides Up North, which is also one of the best wedding blogs in the country. This fair was a lot busier than the last and I'm glad that my wife Alicia could help out on the day, as we had a lot more couples to talk to. We even managed to book a wedding on the day, which is unusual because most couples are planning two or more years ahead!
So, after a very busy week, the real hard work starts now. Winter is always a quieter time for a wedding photographer as most people choose to marry in the warmer summer months. I used most of that quieter time to market myself. I attended five wedding fairs in total, photographed three styled wedding shoots (two of which were featured on the Plans and Presents wedding blog), plus a women's American Football team, and continued to grow my website. I plunged headlong into social media and I am now active on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. It's no good being the best photographer in the world if no-one has heard of you!
With all of that in place, and as we move into wedding wedding season, my focus (no pun intended) is shifting to the photography itself. I'll now begin to plan the coming weeks and months with scouting trips to wedding venues, checking locations for group shots and portraits and finding out where the best light is. I'll be practicing with my equipment, trying to squeeze the very best images out of the gear I have, and I'll be working on my editing skills, so that I can deliver the most polished photographs I can to my couples.
Come the end of September I'll take a step back again and think about how I did over the summer, because there is always room to improve and grow as a photographer.
But first I have lots of weddings to photograph...