I would like to say thank you to everyone who has supported the business this year – I hope to see many of you again in 2019!
The New Year is looking to be an interesting and busy one, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to bring new opportunities to fellow photographers as well as my current business client cohort. I’ve also taken time out to have some fun with my camera this month, something I haven’t done in a very long while. It’s been wonderfully refreshing to take pictures just for me again, the image below, was taken early one morning whilst still in my pyjamas. The image of the twins above, was taken during my MMoS Continual Professional Development Programme (if you want to know more, just ask).
1. Angela Adams Photography Friends 101
Back in September we ran a couple of sessions for past students (and a couple of friends) focusing on beginners studio lighting and posing. Our model for the session, Mark, was perfect. His calm and engaging manner putting all at their ease and helping some overcome their fear of photographing people. As one attemdee said to me ‘this is different from landscape photography, landscapes don’t answer back’. This did make me smile! It was a pleasure, however, to impart a little knowledge and watch people’s confidence grow and flourish in a safe and non-judgemental environment. It’s good to get feedback too.
Since May my mentoring sessions have seen an increase. Some of these are directly with me via personal 1-2-1 visits or via Skype, many are anonymous and written for The Societies membership. I spend much time scrutinising each image as I feel one should put as much time and effort, if not more, into providing detailed feedback for photographers who’ve put so much into creating their pictures. I’ve also judged distinction panels for the aforementioned society and again take time to comment on each and every picture, I know I can be a hard taskmaster, but I honestly feel each person deserves honest and helpful critique on their work to help them move forward and be the very best they can be. No judge wants to fail a panel but needs to possess the integrity to make that, at times, difficult decision for the good of the photographer and their business.
3. Caring, sharing and giving
I made a decision during the summer that the year would end with me offering special packages to a number of Care Homes. My offer had one condition, that the organisation should provide the prints free of charge to families and residents. These sessions were, at times, difficult for me as I lost both parents to Dementia and wished I had spent more time taking family pictures of us all during their final years, however, there was much joy to be had too and it was an honour to spend time with people and listen to their stories. We laughed, we cried and we shared a mince pie or three… Charlie the cat scowled at me from atop a radiator cover, whilst Mollie the terrier brought her own baseball cap to pose in for her photography session with her lifelong companion (who she can sadly no longer reside with, but she visits often). I won’t be sharing pictures here, they’re personal, but I would like to share some of the sentiments written on one home’s Christmas wishing tree.
Whatever you wished for this Christmas, be it health, happiness or like George, ‘a Triceratops, a real one’, I hope your wishes come true and you get to spend time with those you love and those who love you.
Thank you again to everyone who has supported me this year, it really is very much appreciated and valued.
Happy New Year!