I don’t know about you but I get to the end of a year, usually exhausted and think – where did that go? It’s always worth having a look back and reminding yourself that there were actually some best bits worth hanging on to as you haul yourself into the next 12 months. If it’s good enough for the Queen it’s good enough for me!
The first big thing was moving to Leeds – new home life, new studio and a whole new world of doing the rounds, getting to know the people and the place. In a word it’s been brilliant. I’ve already discovered and worked with a fair few creative agencies and businesses and it was nice be able to pop over to a couple of local festivals without the stress of sleeping in the tent with my cameras. From Bingley I brought home some great contacts and hopefully an opportunity to get involved on the corporate sponsors side this year. From Leeds I brought home a new Dave Grohl screensaver (heading for an exhibition but this is another favourite) and a fistful of Foo Fighters Dollars.
My absolute highlight was getting to know London designer Steve Edge. We met at the Dyslexia Action Awards in 2011 and just really got on. In 2012 Steve designed my new, gorgeous logo and it’s perfect.
Since then he’s been up to deliver a presentation in Leeds (I made him a cake to celebrate), we’ve met up several times in London and we can now all look forward to his TV show which will be on our screens this September. More on that in future blogs so stay tuned!! In the meantime you can check out Steve’s Weekly Wisdom broadcasts on his website: www.steve-edge.com.
This summer while everyone else was hit with Olympic fever I was out doing what I love, photographing many more festivals and meeting and making many more friends. Truth be told I haven’t had a telly for nearly ten years now and I don’t miss it. However..I did get close to the Olympic action with two photo sessions on the torth trail and that fabulous money shot of Jess Ennis with her gold medal at her homecoming in Sheffield.
I’ve worked with some brilliant brands including Barclays and Empower and one of my favourite jobs was for O2 Think Big at the Liverpool O2 Academy. Most of my music work is for syndication and you never really know whether your pictures will sell. Here, I was photographing a great gig for proper commercial rates. A rare treat!
While life in Leeds has been everything I hoped for I’ve still spent plenty of time in Sheffield and whenever a local band has been playing I’ve been back there to join the home crowd. Richard Hawley was fab and rounding off the year with Human League and Pulp was a perfect end to a really great 12 months.
Stick with me on the roller coaster for more of the same in 2013 and hopefully another bumper year of best bits!
PS Anyone else besides my cousin spot me on the Reverend and the Makers DVD??