A belated seasons greetings to our customers and readers. We hope you had a fantastic festive period. Christmas proved to be a very busy period at Beeches Images towers. It is a popular time for family portraits and we were fortunate enough to be heavily booked with customers wanting to provide their family with photographic gifts.
In an eclectic month we also had the pleasure of breaking into the corporate market, photographing the Skrill (formerly Moneybookers) Christmas party. It was a wonderful event, organised by Anett, one of the Croydon belly dancers I had photographed earlier in 2011, and held at the impressive Institute of Contemporary Arts in the Mall. Anett had booked the fantastic Max Pashm Band (http://www.myspace.com/maxpashm), who made the trip up from Brighton and gave the evening a an electro world fusion kick, and the impressive magician Paul Martin (www.paulmartinmagic.com). I always thought I would be able to work out how magicians performed their tricks, but despite the fact I was standing only a couple of feet from Paul during his act I have absolutely no idea how he did what he did. As an aside Anett’s belly dance troupe now have their website up and running, and are already in great demand. (http://www.hipsinccandygirls.co.uk/).
Closer to home we also provided the pop up studio for a parents Christmas party at Barrow Hedges School. It was my first attempt at shooting tethered (linking the camera directly to a laptop) so that I could produce images for customers on the night. To create a festive Christmas theme I hit Sutton’s Pound Shop. What a treasure trove of hats and gimmicks it proved to be. However, I did feel slightly ripped off when I found a 99p shop a little further down the High Street. It’s quite a coup being in a position to undercut the Pound shop. The large picture frame I bought earlier in the year proved to be a real winner, and the dad’s were more than happy to come and have their photograph taken if it managed to keep them from the dance floor for a little bit longer.It was a bit hectic photographing and printing on the same night, and on a couple of occasions the organised chaos threatened to take on the guise of an episode of ‘The Apprentice’, but it all came good in the end.
We also made a return visit to St Martin’s to cover a Christmas event run by the Sure Start centre. Again we used the pop up studio, and with some of the mothers turning up with their children in ultra cute Christmas outfits.
2011 was a fantastic year for us. Weddings, baptisms, portraits, school shoots and charity events, we were able to cover all of our customers needs. More personally Louise and I got engaged and gave birth to Jack, our first child………. Well okay, to be fair, Louise had more to do with the giving birth side of things, I was there more in a cheerleader type role. We were both looking forward to Christmas this year, and Jack enjoyed opening up his presents a lot more than we ever imagined he would.
Looking ahead, 2012 is shaping up to provide some interesting challenges. Wearing my previous hat as an economic analyst, it is obvious that there will be a tightening of belts by many and the business climate will be harsh. For Beeches Images this is an extra incentive to be the best in what we do, offering a fantastic service at a keen price…………. So make sure you take full advantage of us.
This time of year is also traditionally a time to make new year resolutions. Bizarrely the post production side of photography doesn’t always lend itself well to leaving a lot of time to taking photographs. With Jack growing and developing by the day, I’ve decided to take at least one non-business image every day this year and upload them on Flickr. My other resolution is to finally open the clay hand print set we bought for Jack when he was first born and have never got round to using. I have a fear that his hands will be bigger than mine by the time we finally get round to using it. I’m also going to include a customers tip in each Blog entry. Have a great 2012 and make sure you book us early.