The end of January is fast approaching and I am aware that my New Year blog post is long overdue! So I think I may have to admit that this particular “New Year Goal” requires a bit more focus and attention…
However it has been a very busy and productive month and start to the year in many ways, some new and exciting, some old and mundane but all equally important and necessary.
But for now lets focus on the new and exciting!
The beginning of 2018 started with a bit of charity work.
I was sitting with my family enjoying a glass of New Years Eve fizz in front of our roaring log burner, feeling very smug that we had decided not to venture out into the howling wind and torrential rain that graced this years party goers when a Facebook post popped up on my phone and reminded me of those who were trying to find a little shelter that evening. We’ve got a couple of old sleeping bags in the cupboard that haven’t been used for years I thought and so I messaged Herts Helping the Homeless to say that I had some items to donate.
I got up the next morning and thought, actually I probably have some blankets too and I am sure there are some jumpers sitting in our drawers that don’t get worn very often and so I started to have a sort out. It occurred to me that everyone probably had at least one jumper sitting in the back of a drawer that they never wore and so I thought that, seeing as I was going to do a trip, I might as well see if anyone else had items I could take with me. I put a post out on Facebook and the response was amazing. People I didn’t even know donated! I ended up making two trips as I couldn’t fit any more in the Land Rover!!
Nine Sleeping bags in total, between 12 and 15 blankets, numerous coats and countless other items of clothing, hats, gloves and socks. An incredible effort that will really help some of London’s most vulnerable people survive this winter. These items have made their way up to Camden and Finsbury Park and were most gratefully received. Herts Helping the Homeless have asked me to pass on their sincere thanks to all who have donated. They have also just issued another plea for donations, especially “gloves hats socks toiletries large coats jogging / waterproof trousers sleeping bags ……… and for our furry friends on the streets and in shelters – quilts blankets coats food treats bones towels beds toys”. If you have any of these items that you would like to donate please get in touch with Herts Helping the Homeless via message on their Facebook page or contact me and, if you are local to Buntingford, I will arrange another collection and drop off.
So what next?
Well next up was The Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers 2018 Convention in London. Off I trotted in the dark on my old commuters route to attend a Newborn training workshop with the fabulous Gary Hill & Cass Davies from Just Pose Training. It was fantastic, the 4 hours just flew by and I’m really looking forward to putting what I have learned into practice. The rest of the day was spent browsing the tradeshow and attending a couple of lighting demonstrations which I am again looking forward to putting into practice. I was also looking to see if there were any new products that I can introduce to my range but I am really pleased to report that actually my current range seems to cover all the products that are most suitable for my Portraits by Sarah Clients.
One of my “goals” for 2018 is to complete at least 1 training course, either in person or online, each month. (I understand resolutions are old news and goals are the new thing!) I can happily tick January off, the SWPP convention definitely covered that, and I have several online courses to complete in February, March & April before I attend the Newborn Photography Show in May where I am booked onto a Newborn Photography Training workshop with the awesome Kelly Brown of Little Pieces Photography and a fabulous course titled Pose, Light, Refine with the very talented Mr Gary Hill. I am sure to be looking for some “models” to practice what I have learnt after this so please make sure you are following my Facebook page and that you are on my Mailing List if you would like to be considered when the time comes. I will be mainly looking for babies who are due mid May and children over 6, who enjoy being photographed 😉 but all new followers are gladly welcomed!
One of my other 2018 goals is to spend a bit more time on personal projects, developing my photography skills in different areas, trying out new techniques and just experimenting in general. I will go into this in more details in part 2 of this blog post but for now I’ll just say that this is my office for the day!
Hard Life isn’t it!!
Part 2 coming soon…
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