I have just returned from Focus on imaging at the NEC in Birmingham.Focus is Europes largest Imaging show and is held annually with over 34,000+ photographers & anybody else involved with the image business all attending to see whats new in the image business as a whole & photography in general.
I was there after being asked by GraphiStudio to present talks about how I do what I do,GraphiStudo are the worlds largest album manufacturer producing the modern contemporary storybook albums that I am proud to show my images in, so it was a real honour to present what I normally would be watching.
I decided to base my talk on real weddings with real couples & the highs & lows of shooting weddings from start to finish, not showing weddings shot on Caribbean beaches with supermodels like the ‘big names’ like to show that will never be available to the majority of photographers (at this point I would like to add that I am available for Caribbean beach weddings of supermodels!!!)
I have to say after a few technical problems with the microphone (yes I do sometimes need one) I had a blast & this was the highest of many highs I have had in this fantastic job of mine.Both of my talks were full & I am pleased that the response has been amazing with some really kind comments so thank you if you attended & I hope that you found some parts useful.
For myself, as I was planning my presentation, it was so inspiring to look back over my journey as a photographer to see just how far the business has moved forward over the last 5/6 years & I now have new incentives & cant wait to get stuck into this years weddings, but the main memory of this years show is the new friends from all over the country I have made and (at the fabulous GraphiStudio meal on the Monday evening) the fact that Jane & I laughed with friends like we hadn’t laughed for ages.