New Year

We had Richard’s Mother and Caroline’s Father round for New Year’s day. A light salad for lunch followed by home made steak pie! Very tasty, rather extravagant as I use a whole bottle of red wine to make the gravy, but very worth while.

 

The first week back at work and we had to commute via car, even the Brayford Pool was frozen solid.

Work continued to be busy and a few extra hours had to be put in. We also went out to celebrate a colleagues fiftieth birthday. Congratulations JK, hope I look that young at fifty!

Lastly Richard managed to squeeze in a studio photo-shoot.

Official Photography and Mum Brown in Hospital

The month started with the one hundredth birthday party for the Girl Guides. Caroline had helped organise the party, Richard was roped in to act as official photographer.

Then the month took a turn for the worse when mum Brown was admitted into hospital with a heart attack.

She is now making a good recovery, but health wise its proving a stressful year for the Brown Family.

Hospitals and Poppy Fields

June was not a good time for us. Lets just say Caroline saw far to much of the hospital.

Between hospital stays we managed one day away. A photography trip to the coast taking pictures of poppy fields, butterflies and seals.

Bee – Testing the Macro Lens

April, we celebrated a few birthdays, including Caroline’s, we had a nice meal out at the local pub to celebrate, very good food as always.

Richard did some more studio photography and also took every opportunity to test out Caroline’s birthday present, a Nikkor 105mm micro lens, and we also went for a day out on the bike over the Easter holidays, but otherwise a quite month.

Comic Relief

As is our tradition at work, comic relief day is the day which we all make fools of ourselves. Or at least most of us do. I do not, my excuse is that someone has to take the photographs!

February Snow and a Wedding

And the Snow started!

Snow. Yep we finally got lots of snow. A little late for Christmas. The down side of this was no biking. I hate having to take the car to work. We had it bad for about a week, one of the days it took us nearly three hours to get work! Now thats a 30 minute ride normally on the bike!

Last month it was Sofia’s birthday but this month saw us celebrating Ethan’s birthday. We also had a wedding to attend. Once again I was called open to be official photographer.

Thanks for entrusting us. I think you will be more then pleased with the results.

The middle of the month saw Caroline entering hospital for an operation. It went well but she was not pleased to hear that see now has to take six weeks off work!

The end of the month I had a fashion shoot with Stephanie at a local studio. Roll on next month, I have a big studio shoot planned in Worksop.

Photography and Walking in Whitby

January started as January’s always do with us. Holiday time. We prefer to work over Christmas and New Year, its generally quite and makes a nice change from the usual stress of work

Last year we headed to Southwold, this year we decided to stop in Whitby at the loverly White Linen Guest House. Because it was there least busy time we got a discount of the room rate and once we arrived we also got a free room upgrade, Nice!

A part from a holiday the other reason was to take a lot of photographs. Its a very beautiful area and I always come away with lots of great shots.

As always when were in North Yorkshire we always take the opportunity to go walking. This time we took the coast route which gave us some great views of the Abbey.

While the temperature was bitterly cold, we were met each morning with clear blue sky.

After a days hiking or photography we ended the day in cafe, eating hot soup and drinking hot fresh coffee.

Dragging around lots of camera’s and lens is hard work, and on a poor day, when you get home cold and exhausted with no results it can be demoralising. Luckily at the end of each day I found I had captured some great results.

When it comes to photography I am a big believer in planning and pre-visualisation, but after one of our walks I had some great luck with the moon rising over Whitby Abbey at just the right point. I wish I could tell you it was all planned but no, it was just pure luck!

I think you will agree as a photography trip it was a great success and I achieved some memorable images.

As always the holiday was far to short. Once back it was into the old routine of work. We had one last treat in the month, a trip to the cinema, to watch Underworld 3.