It seems that when my old website went down I got out of the habit of updating my blog regularly, but at long last I'm up and running and out feeling inspired again. Plenty of things have changed over the last few months, and plenty more will change in the coming months.
A Change of Seasons
Here's the thing with landscape photographers - We're a rather strange bunch. Most of the country spends three-seasons of the year longing for summer, waiting for those warm and occasionally dry days. Not landscape photographers. Many of us spend the summer (im)patiently waiting for the other three seasons, and unfortunately I fall into that category.
It's not that I don't enjoy the warmer weather and not having to have a fire constantly lit in the house, but summer in the UK just doesn't lend itself to landscape photography. The sunrises are absurdly early, the light is uncompromisingly harsh, and the landscape is swathed in green.
The sleep deprivation and cloudless skies leave me, and many other photographers, feeling rather uninspired in the summer months. I haven't been getting out as much as I should have and it's been a rather deflated couple of months after the excitement of the wedding finally came to an end.
But September heralds in plenty more excitement. Our upcoming honeymoon in Tuscany is definitely top of the list, but the autumnal conditions are starting to take hold closer to home as well. I was treated to a wonderful cloud inversion on the first official day of autumn, and the urge to get out is most certainly back for me. I now have three gloriously photogenic seasons ahead of me, and a lot of plans already underway for the remainder of 2017.
The New Website
I feel uninspired by the summer every year, and this year I planned ahead accordingly. We knew we would be a bit lost after two years of wedding planning was over, so I decided to completely rebuild my website. It was complete about six weeks ago and personally I'm very happy with it. There are a few additions to come, such as an online shop, but overall it's looking quite nice to my eyes.
Feel free to take a browse around. Check out my updated galleries and see what gear I use on a day to day basis. If you sign up to my email list you even get a free Beginner's Landscape Photography Guide too!
2018 Lake District Calendar
The success I had with my Lake District calendar last year was a bit unexpected if I'm honest. I sold many more than I initially expected and got some fantastic feedback on it. I'm now in the process of getting my 2018 calendar ready for print. The images have been selected and I'm now taking pre-orders.
As mentioned in the description it will be the same price and design as last year. A3, fantastic quality paper and inks, and just £15 plus postage and packaging. I must stress that I won't be ordering many more than the pre-order amount to avoid wasted stock at the end of the year, so if you want one I strongly suggest putting in a pre-order before the end of September, and if you do that you get a 15% discount on any of my landscape prints just in time for Christmas! You can even order on my shiny new website!
2018 Lake District Calendar is now available!
After the unexpected success of my 2017 Lake District Calendar I've decided to follow the same design again this year. The images show a few of the shots you can expect to see this year and a photograph of last year's design.
Once again it will be an A3 size calendar printed on high quality 170gsm silk art paper with the front and back covers on laminated 350gsm paper. They come packaged in silicone wrapping and include my 12 finest (and seasonal) landscape photographs from the past 12 months.
Stocks are extremely limited after so many pre-orders so order quickly if you want to avoid disappointment!
Plans for the Coming Months
I won't bore you all by going into too much detail, but there's plenty I have planned for the next few months. Bullet points should do the trick:
- I'll be running a small exhibition at the Beggar's Theatre in Millom starting at some point in September. If you've never been it's a fantastic venue full of character and I'll have a little section upstairs with some of my images on display. I'll update when it's up and running so keep an eye out!
- At the start of November I'll be helping out the fantastic Clint Singh on a weekend workshop in the Lake District. I'll be taking the group to a bunch of beautiful locations that epitomise the Lake District, both iconic spots and the hidden gems of the area. There's still a couple of places left so if you're interested take a look!
- At some point either this year or at the start of next year I'll be running some one-day workshops around the Lake District. This will include some of the locations I visit that are more off the beaten track and can be tailored to fit your experience level. This applies to complete beginners in landscape photography all the way through to more experienced photographers who just want to experience the best that the Lake District has to offer. Nothing is confirmed yet but if you are interested don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions you have.
- Lots of photography - Autumn and winter are just a photographers dream and I'll be spending as much of it as possible out in the field. Sunrises are becoming more tolerable and the nice light is lasting that little bit longer already. I've been a bit quiet over the summer, but expect to hear a lot more from me. It will start with a trip report from my shoot at Torver at the weekend, where I witness an incredible cloud inversion along with some stunning misty woodland.