July 6, 2016, 10:41 am
Well! hardly blazing June as regards the weather but its certainly been a trail blazing month for me and my associates within the photography world.
A very busy time, spent a day in Bath working on an event for the Mayor of Bath during a visit from a dozen leading sports students from Petrus Canisius College in Alkmaar Baths twin City. Fellow photographer Liz Bugg and I took photographs outside the Guild Hall in Bath which were used in the Bath Chronicle in June. The following day saw us packing our gear and driving to The Houses of Parliament to carry out photography for Ben Howlett, Bath's MP. This photo shoot was connected to the West Country Roadshow Taste of Bath. It was held in the Jubilee Hall at Westminster. It was a truly amazing time. The group were all independent food producers and it was lovely to see the interest shown by the various MP's who took time to come and sample items on offer. Ben was at the forefront of those popping in and out of the area. Visitors included Secretary of State for Environment Elizabeth Truss and many others. Helen Rich Taste of Bath Organiser said that she does not want this event to be a one off, and hopes very much that this one day is the start of a food revolution. Looking at the success of that one day, she may well be right and the people of Bath can look toward having lots of tasty food on the menu! Input from Hannah at Westminster was a lovely thank you and confirming that she had downloaded the first set of images and they were amazing...so that was a really nice compliment. Ben also sent a lovely letter confirming how very pleased he was with the work Liz and i carried out.
I carried out a lovely photo shoot on the retirement of Adrian Bishop MBE. Adrian was stepping down after an amazing 48 years of serving on the Parish Council. An amazing contribution to community life. It was a truly wonderful afternoon, lovely guests, and very rewarding to take the photographs. Recorded everything in a book which I produced the week after, Adrian was thrilled when he received it.
Liz and I carried out some photography connected to a charity Bycycle ride for our local magazine, hopefully that will be published in next months edition.
A month tinged with sadness as a great photographic friend passed away, his funeral held at Haycombe Bath on the 13th of June. Sir George Pollock an amazing photographer whose career spans so many years, and who I shared many happy moments with through the Bath Photographic Society. I learned much from him.
On a happier note we held the summer barbecue for our final club night prior to our summer break, in Castle Combe. Weather was against us, but in no way did it dampen the spirits, it was a perfect evening. Very special thanks to the Manor House Hotel Castle Combe for allowing us to make use of some of their car park spaces, much appreciated. Thanks too go to Anna Roberts of Castle Combe Tea rooms who decorated the village Hall in the most amazing way, when the rain beat us into submission and we needed to go indoors.
Two garden shoots are booked over the summer period.....I call them garden shoots and maybe should clarify as someone asked me the other day if I could go photograph their garden...which of course I can...and which of course I did. A garden shoot though is usually when a group of people or just two people,or indeed one person, want a photo shoot outdoors. If they do not have a garden for us to do the photography in then I have a number of very generous people, who will allow me to use their gardens for photography, which so far has worked well. Of course I can go along to their own garden if that is the request.
I have two weddings booked for early 2017, both local to the area where I live, I usually take about three weddings in a year, much of my other photography has been extremely varied , which I must admit to really enjoying.
I think thats about it for now, thank you for reading my little blog, I love sharing my adventures with you, enjoy your time, stay safe, chat next month Patricia
May 30, 2016, 3:59 pm
Another month has passed by, but not without spending some wonderful days out with my camera, and carrying out a myriad of jobs all of which have been fulfilling and interesting. Fund raising is going very well indeed, and I keep thinking of other ways that I can use my photographic skills to help various charities as well as the local community. The wedding of Trudie and Owen was perfect. Photographing new born lambs was another different event, and very enjoyable, despite being a bit of a challenge. Attended the preview of work by Ilene Stern, in relation to St John's hospital in Bath. Excellent evening and wonderful exhibition. The exhibition ran for a week. Photographed the local Spring Sale, despite the rain some excellent fund raising went on. June looks to be a busy month, Guild Hall Bath next week and Westminster the same week, so some fun things on the agenda. This weekend I spent time in the studio doing a baby shoot, just four weeks old, and so loved it. I usually get booked to photograph older children, this was such a special time, loved it. I worked primarily in black and white, with lots of lovely neutral coloured wraps. Helped out at a local school event this past week which I found incredibly enjoyable.
Well, thats been me for the past month, so a lovely month ahead to look forward to.
Thank you for reading, stay safe, Patricia
April 24, 2016, 9:35 am
April has been such a wonderful month, lots to occupy me, and some great garden shoots, which I just so love being part of. Weather has actually been very kind this month, despite quite a lot of rain, the sun has managed to shine each time I have had a booking, so long may it continue.
Met up with Ilene Stern to discuss the history book which I am looking forward to putting together, but its been a pretty busy couple of months, so hopefully within the next few weeks I can make a good start. Looking forward to photographing a wedding at the end of the month, taking place in a great venue just outside of Bath. I carried out their engagement shoot along with Liz Bugg my fellow photographer, and apart from having a lovely time, we had lots of really great feedback on the images, and they have been used to be part of the table decorations for the wedding.
Liz continues to enjoy spending time at the Bath Academy, coming back with lots of superb images. I have been so busy with other commitments, but long may it continue.
Keep getting mails through my contact page asking why I don't do more advertising, it appears to be a company advising me apparently that people want you to have hundreds of followers. To be absolutely honest, I am more than happy with the bookings I get and the way that they come through to me, and that is simply word of mouth. I don't want to tweet, or follow, or be followed, or put all my images over face book, I am happy with my images just going on to my web site, and being able to say to people who enquire, take a look at my website and see if the type of photography I do is what you are looking for...simple.
I love the freedomeof choosing what I want to participate in, and also the fact that through something I enjoy so much I can raise money for a good cause.
Thats it for April Blog, lots of exciting things to look forward to next month, and a number of bookings which I know are going to be fun.
Thank you for reading, take care, stay safe Patricia
March 17, 2016, 11:54 am
Soon the end of March, and it has been a really great time for getting out and about with my camera and friends. Always so much to go out and spend time photographing. Time has passed by so quickly with one project leading to another, but all worth while. Just finished and handed over the book I have been working on showing the changes and the continuity of the village where I live. Grateful to Adrian Bishop MBE for the help and support I received from him, also to the Manor House Hotel Castle Combe for allowing me to photograph some of the historic parts of the Hotel. Very happy also to have been asked to do some photography for a book of Musings written by Ginny Edwards. So appreciative too that I received a copy of the book. Beautiful writings from a very talented individual.
Next project starts again soon, and this time it is a historical look at the village where I live along with contributions from other photographers as well as our local historian. I am especially looking forward to working in collaboration with Ilene Stern. Ilene was the artist in residence at the Lost Gardens of Heligan she is an award winning artist/photographer who is based in Bath. During 2014 Ilene spent time at the Lost Gardens taking photos of the gardeners at work. She used a Holga camera and black and white film. She wanted to create a tribute to the gardeners of today and to somehow show the connection to the gardens of 1914, which she did amazingly well.
Fund raising is going well and I have a number of bookings already this year, so watch this space to see what we can raise. Monies will be given to the Palliative care at the Royal United Hospital Bath. Off to the NEC on Monday, went last year and the year before, enjoyed it so much so off I go again. Thank you for reading, enjoy the sunshine, stay safe ...Patricia