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New Year, New Resolutions …& New Horizons!

Firstly a BIG  Happy New Year… let 2011 be a prosperous and eventful year full of wonder & happiness for all of you out there!

…Secondly a big sorry folks, for the the lack of posting during December…… it certainly wasn’t due to the lack of work to post, I’ve got so much lined up that you guys are going to be spoilt for the next few months at least. December was an extremely busy month for me, with 4 weddings including one on New Years Eve too – which was fun! …and then numerous PR shoots working for clients such as Coca-Cola. On top of that I was ill untold amount of times… which only delayed everything further. So of course the blog sadly got a bit neglected, but as it’s slightly eased in terms of shoots now (still loads of editing though!) …I can at last give the blog some much needed love and attention.

I’ve since streamlined the way I can produce posts for the blog too, basically the selecting, resizing and doing the layouts used to take a fair amount of time using Lightroom & Photoshop, but I’ve now cut that time down through a clever little action in Photoshop. Of course I still need to write them… but that was the easy and enjoyable part!

So my first New Year’s resolutions is…

Blog more! …my aim is going to be at least once a week! (I need to be realistic!) …but it might be even more at times! So feel free to give me a nudge in the future if I’m slacking from one a week!

2010… was yet another amazing year for me! …and while it’s been busy & hectic at times – I equally feel so lucky & privileged to do the job that I do, and a job that I love. But without all those couples that place their trust in me to shoot their most cherished day – none of this would be possible. I’ve travelled up & down the country, visiting numerous locations & venues – through sunshine & snow, witnessed many special moments, moments of love, laughter & happiness (hopefully I’ve captured a few too!) and I’ve met truly some of the loveliest people this year – so I just would just like to say to all my gorgeous 2010 couples – a much appreciated THANK-YOU! …Love & Hugs to you all xxx

I’m planning a review of the year post of some of my favourite images from 2010! It’s going to be a mega one! …but it will follow after all my December weddings are finally complete!

Also just like to thank my ever beautiful friends & family, who though I don’t always get chance to see them often – I love you too!

so my second New Year’s Resolution is…

Address the work / life balance – don’t be a workaholic – find time for friends, because they’re important too!

Oh and the other new changes happening in the not so distant future – will be a shiny new website! – I so can’t wait! …it’s been far too long overdue!

Okay enough of me nattering on… you want some pics!

So here’s a something a bit different from the norm – a few personal ones! (taken with my little compact, before I dropped it in the sea!)… perhaps to remind myself about that second new years resolution I’ve made myself!

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Early this summer I was fortunate enough to spend time with a big group of friends in a hilltop village in the countryside of Umbria, Italy – for a good friend’s 40th birthday!

One evening a few of us walked across the tiny village courtyard (which was like a ghost town) to the most westerly point to see the glorious views across the valley, you could see for miles and watch the sunset. While watching the sunset and chatting away…

– Jimmy (with a glass of rosé in hand) says… ‘Come on guys – can we stop chatting for one minute, and lets take a quiet moment to fully embrace it, and lets just hold hands!!’… it’s not something we do everyday! …but it certainly didn’t bother any of us either.

Taking that short time out and listening to our surroundings… bought us all into the present – to not only see the beauty in our vision, but really hear and feel the beauty too… the swallows singing in the sky, the grasshoppers chiming in the long grass, and just the stillness in the air… (Okay so I sneaked a few photos too!) …whilst in the company of great friends that you love! …it was truly quite remarkable and made me appreciate life in all it’s wonder…

…Of course it all eventually ended by us laughing our heads off at ourselves!

So as the sun sets on 2010 and the ‘naughties’ …I look forward to 2011 and what the next decade will bring! …Looking back I thought this image summed it up too and what life is all about… the good times we share together, on a boat, listening to some music, with a beer in hand… watching the sunset over the beautiful blue sea of the Adriatic… and more importantly in the company of friends, and loved ones – Good Times – that you will cherish forever!

  • Mel Orchard-Murlewski15/01/2011 - 09:21

    Oh Ben, you have such an incredible eye for composition. I bought my first DSLR recently and you continue to be a great source of inspiration for me.

    Really looking forward to more blog posts, and maybe a catch up soon to help out with resolution number two! Happy New Year xxReplyCancel

  • David Fenwick03/02/2011 - 06:46

    Hi Ben,
    What a pleasure to read such an eloquent blog post. Many photographers, alas, are not so gifted when it comes to the written word! I just wanted to comment on a few of your points. Firstly, work-life balance. It’s so easy to say yes to every job offer and overfill the diary, particularly since bookings are often made so far in advance. I’m sure those of us filled with passion and enthusiasm for our work are guilty of overestimating what we’re capable of. To try and mitigate against this I’ve started colour-coding entries in my diary (clearly OCD) in order to guarantee days-off (which can be moved according to work, but at least it ensures I get some!) Second point – frequency of blogging. I think this is one of the first tasks that we all drop when the workload ramps up. I too have been investigating plugins to try and automate the more tedious aspects of the job (I use Lightroom in conjunction with Blogger). As you say, the actual writing is the fun bit!
    I shall be following your progress throughout the year Ben. First wedding of 2011 for me on Saturday!
    All the best,
    David
    PS Love the shots from Umbria – Good friends, a glass of wine and a beautiful sunset – some of the greatest pleasures that life has to offer.ReplyCancel

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