Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Happy new Year

Well its been a cold start to the New Year and I seem to have all outdoor jobs in the last week or so!
its really the busy time for shooting and trialling, so I have spent some great days at some of the finset UK locations, and with some great company.
With shooting nearly finished this season, I have a few frantic days left, and then I will have a few more days out with the hunts.
The credit crunch is on everyones minds right now, and I ws sad to get a message from a really great photographer who I have worked with on a number of occasions over nearly 20 years.....she has decided to pack it all up as she just cant earn a living from it any more. peta had done everything....weddings, Press, Commercial etc, and like me was really disapointed in the way digital came in and took over our profession. It has certainly been the cause of several other pros giving up. Like me, she agrees that the advent of digital has encouraged the "weekend warriors", and in turn these are undoutedly the scourge of a once highly professional industry.
Certainly the rest of us who actually have to earn a living from our work (rather than play at it at weekends) are having to slightly change our strategies, and when I was at a meeting of pro's just before Christmas, we all agreed this would be a very difficult year for us and our industry....whats left of it.
Stock imagery is on a downturn this year and one of the main companies I supply has cut back by 60% in the first quarter.
On a more positive note, I have now signed a contract with one of the UKs largest charities and more on that soon. It looks to be interesting.
On an unrelated note I had the weirdest thing happen at an event last week, when I was setting up my shot, and one of the dogs in the shot was being rather naughty so i was waiting patiently for the handler to calm it, when this woman came from no where, pushed into my shot and asked me to move out of HER way so she could take a photo!!!! Honestly I cant beleieve the nerve of some people and she got quite uptight when I ignored her! LOL

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