A Photographer’s Year: Review Of 2015 (Part 1)
What an extraordinary year 2015 has been. I hope you will enjoy my first look back over some of the more exciting, unusual and challenging photography encounters I have had; starting with the first half of the year…
One of my more unusual commissions and a somber start to the year, was photographing the funeral of a prominent local woman in the remote snowy Cumbrian village of Ravenstonedale. I wasn’t quite sure how the mourners would react to a photographer snapping away, but discretion and sensitivity was the order of the day and all went well.
A commission for a regular customer from my newspaper days was to get some photos for Happy Mount Park‘s new website. With perfect weather, the new crazy golf course was looking fab and there was some happy faces in the play area.
MARCH was a very busy and interesting month. I had fun snapping the Comic Relief Eric Fun Run in Morecambe.
A more formal occasion was the investiture of Lancaster University’s new chancellor Alan Milburn.
Steve and Gill’s wedding wasn’t dampened by scaffolding outside Lancaster’s prime wedding venue, the Ashton Memorial. We borrowed a couple of hardhats and made a feature of it on the day! The novel photo even made it’s way into the local paper; welcome publicity for a wedding photographer!
APRIL was dominated not by work, but a fabulous holiday in Singapore; somewhere I can strongly recommend visiting. No work but lots of photography opportunities.
It wasn’t all play and no work in April though, as I had my first encounter of a foggy wedding,
at Garstang Country Hotel; one of my regular wedding haunts.
MAY and photographic challenges with somewhat Royal theme to it. On the same day as the Queen was visiting Lancaster, I was busy photographing a wedding at Lancaster Cathedral, only yards away from the Royal route.
Fortunately fears of traffic chaos were unfounded and the bride arrived on time. Ironically, I had been approached by a PR company on behalf of the Queen several weeks before, to ask if I would cover the Royal Visit. Agonisingly I had to turn it down, due to my other commitment!!
I set myself a goal to catch a good shot of the three Cunard Queens coming up the Mersey, a photograph which has since created much interest.
JUNE saw the start of my Prom season. I was delighted to have my first booking at Morecambe’s iconic Midland Hotel, who’s staircase made a striking location for the group photo!
A ‘celebrity’ wedding for me, when Morecambe’s cup final goal scorer Danny Carlton, married the beautiful Natasha.
COMING SOON … The second of my 2015 review blogs!