It doesn’t feel like 5 minutes since I was sat in this same space last January (albeit now a little older, wiser and more experienced of course) – last year I shot 58 corporate PR jobs for large and small companies, including both Stansted and Gatwick airports, BT and EDF as well as some holiday home interior commissions, plus 22 family portrait shoots and some corporate videos too – so it was quite a big one!
I always like to think that the New Year should allow some time for reflection, and so writing this has definitely reminded me of how much I love taking a step back and thinking about shoots I’ve loved during the year, or work that I’ve done for corporate companies I’ve particularly enjoyed.
Living in the midst of the Suffolk countryside, with Aldeburgh, Thorpeness and Dunwich just on the doorstep possibly lands me to being one of the luckiest photographers around. I get to photograph families in their home environment, enjoying the beautiful surroundings we live in but most importantly having fun – it gives me that real feel-good factor that stays with me for the rest of the day!
So, this year is definitely a time for me to focus on devoting more time to the portrait side of the business (if you’re reading this and are thinking of booking a slot please do drop me a line), as well as continuing to work on my corporate offerings.
Towards the end of 2017, I commissioned some short cinematic style videos as examples of the work I can do for businesses. I love this type of work, and know there’s real growth opportunities here for companies to drive their social media engagement and in turn drive more interest towards their businesses.
Here’s an example of a personal version I created…
What better time to be a photographer in Suffolk? The countryside in this part of the world is so beautiful, and in the colder months there’s nothing better than the sound of crisp leaves under your feet.
The image above is from a shoot taken a few years ago now, outside The Wentworth Hotel and I think it really epitomises just how much fun portraits can be (even in adverse weather conditions!)
It’s a shame that with Christmas fast approaching, and the quest for that all-important knock-out gift weighing on our minds that we often forget to take the time to stop and appreciate the natural world around us.
And, that’s what’s great about my job – the whole focus of it is capturing families in beautiful settings, producing images that highlight the season as well as the dynamic of the household I’m working with.
Being a portrait photographer (whether its children, adults or a mixture of the two), you’d think I’d be the one fed up of standing in the cold whilst I encourage the grumpy toddlers to run around in the leaves or along the rough shoreline at either Aldeburgh or Southwold – not at all! (most of them aren’t actually grumpy for a start – they love it!) Yet, being based in such a beautiful part of the world allows me the freedom to create wonderful family portraits with different people every day of the week.
In the run up to Christmas, and with the snow falling outside it can be easy to find lots of things to complain about. If anything, this time of year makes me stop and take in my surroundings and situation more than any other – I help people create the perfect Christmas gift for their loved ones, all the while allowing them a fun family day out!
This year, if you feel like you’re walking on thin ice and want to surprise someone with that extra special present, I snow full well that a family portrait package with me will cure all of those winter blues.
Half term family and children’s portraits offer only £295 including 60+ colour and b&w digital photographs in high resolution for creating your own albums and prints – A lovely gift…
Only six places left so book before they all go at http://www.tonypickphotography.co.uk/portraits.html