Busy Times!

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OK! I’m sorry! I have been away from this blog for too long. It was a very busy time for me as a photographer in the last quarter of 2012 and I have let the vast majority of work go by unblogged! Time ran away from me as it so often does I’m afraid.

So, in an attempt to catch up, I will now zip you through the last few months and hopefully bring you up to speed. Oh, Happy New Year by the way, and I hope you all enjoyed a fabby Christmas. I’m sorry for ignoring you!

2013 is going to be brilliant, but different – more on that later!

Weddings: I had a late flurry of weddings in 2012. Hayley & Stuart married in September at Barton Grange. I shot my first Lomokino wedding film for them as a bit of an experiment…

… Julie & Dan’s wedding at The Pickerings Hotel, Garstang a couple of weeks later was full of laughter and smiles…

and in October, Olaug & Alan’s wedding at The Nice Bar & Restaurant was memorable for many reasons, not least for its tug of war between the two families!

In November Stephen & Elka put on a stunning Art Deco inspired wedding at The Midland Hotel.

December began with Emma & Richard’s beautiful wedding at Caton/Bartle Hall…

… and ended with Caroline & Darren’s equally stunning wedding at Lancaster Priory/Lancaster Golf Club (pics soon).

Portraiture: I seem to have been doing rather a lot more portraiture these days, which is great because I just love it!

October gets pretty much taken up by Litfest for me, and I’ve covered that already but the month ended with a lovely autumnal family portrait shoot in Williamson’s Park …

In November I shot the cover art for Lancaster-based soul singer Dean Buckingham’s new single, “Saved”, out now on Soul Shack Records

… and took some quick promotional snaps of writer and Litfest Editor Claire Massey

… and Lancaster creative Jenny McCabe of Coo & Co

… and in December a very lovely 21st birthday photo shoot with Suki and Mark

Engagement Shoot: Just after Christmas I did an engagement shoot with Laurence & Caitlin who will be marrying in Canada in 2014.

Pre-Wedding/Engagement shoots are an opportunity to get to know each other, feel more comfortable in front of the camera on your big day, and get some great portraits too! You get all the fully edited high-resolution images from the shoot in an online gallery and 5 complimentary 10″x8″ prints. Details on Request.

Commercial Work:

A job I shot much earlier in the year which I couldn’t tell you about earlier was for The Castle Inn at Hornby. Styling by Itsy Bitsy Vintage. The Castle Inn needed shots to promote themselves as a new wedding venue (and a beautiful place it is too!)

Primed for Life are a new company, based in Lancaster delivering early years training. I shot some portraits for their website in October…

Following Litfest in October, I was back snapping for them at Lancashire Day in November where I grabbed some portraits of Artistic Director Andy Darby…

December began with a call from Suzy who organises the annual Handmade and Vintage Fair at The Storey in Lancaster, asking if I could take some snaps of makers at the event…

… and ended with a surprise job – after seeing my photos of Emmaline’s party earlier in the year, I was asked by Carnforth Station to design the 2013 brochure for the Carnforth Heritage Centre (the home of Brief encounter). I’m not a designer so I worked with my old Litfest pal Anat Caspi Kaivanto to come up with something suitably retro for them. Sadly I can’t show you it to you yet (it’s not quite finished!) but soon!

Personal Work:I’ve been pretty busy thinking up ideas and getting excited/anxious/scared about my upcoming exhibition of portraits of local musicians.

Offstage is my first exhibition in 23 years! It’s a shared exhibition with Pauline Clark and will be at The Dukes in April 2013.

Do come along, we’ll both be made up!!

 

 

 

 

and as always, I’m snapping away at home, here is one of Mrs Beanphoto…

 

… and my two boys, Stan and Archie. As they are both big Beatles fans, I suggested we copy the classic David Bailey shot of Lennon & McCartney as their mum’s Xmas present! I think it worked pretty well and Mrs B was delighted! Thanks to Phil at Tall Order Photography for the printing!

So there you go, that was the tail end of 2012 for me.

Well, not quite…. since 2003 I have been working part-time at Litfest (can’t you tell by the number of times Litfest appear in this blog!!). But in December, as a result of Arts Council cuts I was made redundant. So 2012 ended with a major change for me, and one that has led to me re-thinking 2013 and beyond.

I’ve been shooting weddings as a part-time profession for nearly nine years, and this year saw me shoot a landmark 100th wedding! But now, I have decided to make 2013 my final year for weddings as my primary activity. I’ve loved it, I’ve had such a brilliant time and shot so many beautiful weddings for so many fantastic couples. I still have weddings booked for this year and I’m really looking forward to all of them. Going forward, I’m pretty sure I will still continue to shoot a few weddings, but I’m concentrating on the portraiture and commercial work aspects of my business and on my own personal work. I have other plans too, but it’s too early to discuss them!

So “Hello 2013 – I can’t wait!”