2012: A Retrospective

January 01, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

2012: A Retrospective

 

Happy New Year!

2012 was a pretty varied year for me from a photographic perspective, which is just the way I like it. At the beginning of the year I did several Kickboxing/Thai Boxing/MMA shows, which were great fun, and full of action but, unless you print on site, a waste of time from a financial perspective. I also did an MMA portrait shoot for local cage-fighter/gym owner Craig Powell (see previous blog post) which was a lot of fun.

Fights

 

I was lucky enough to get hired for several interesting commercial shoots in 2012, including shooting products for an online store, a butcher’s shop, a village pub and glow-in-the-dark components used in aeroplanes, to name a few. I'm particularly pleased with this portrait of the owner of Perfick Pork in Great Ryburgh near Fakenham, taken with just the strip light overhead and a high ISO.  I highly recommend them for their quality produce!

 

The Butcher

In previous years I’ve done a fair amount of gig photography, which I love to do, even though it often left me out of pocket. In 2012 I only managed to photograph one band, Adrenaline Mob, who were great. I also got to photograph drum legend Mike Portnoy from the band, which was a real treat. Another high point for me was being allowed to take some shots at Tom Barnes' studio, as he filmed a music video (Carolina) for the awesome band Max Raptor. My son is in the video, and I’m so proud of him for doing it.

 

Max Raptor, Carolina video shootLounging on Set

 

Elsewhere in 2012, I had a photo featured in Professional Photographer Magazine, photographed a few weddings, a newborn or two, and I had the sad task of photographing the body of tiny baby that didn’t survive the birth.


Professional Photographer Magazine

 

Also in 2012 I became a beekeeper, which, along with my kids, has given me plenty of stuff to photograph for my own personal enjoyment. It has also made me keen to purchase a new Canon EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM Lens asap (along with all the other expensive lenses that my wife is convinced I don’t need).

In 2013 I’m hoping to do some creative portrait shoots, with sets, costumes etc and get a few band promo shoots lined up. With a bit of luck I’ll manage to cover a few gigs too. I’m going to attempt to update my blog more often as well! We’ll see…


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