Things are really starting to pick up for my business after a tough time during lockdown. In recent weeks I have had quite a few bookings for 1-2-1s and it feels good. Not even the typically inclement Cumbrian summer can put a dampener on things!
I don’t normally shoot throughout the summer. But this year, because of lockdown, I have decided to carry on right through till autumn. And I am having a fantastic time. Mostly.
Following the government’s announcement that hotels, B&Bs and campsites can reopen from the 4th of July this week I have been very busy planning my workshops for the autumn. I also gave my first ever camera club talk. Perhaps things are starting to look up.
The summer is a difficult time for landscape photographers. The early starts and late finishes. The clear skies, harsh light and lack of colour contrast. Normally I would take a break around this time of year. But having lost so much time to the coronavirus pandemic I an determined to make the most of it this year.
This week has seen some of the most remarkable conditions that I have ever known in the Lake District. It seems I could not have timed my return to the national park more perfectly.
I have been very happy with the work that I have been creating recently as I explore the far eastern fells close to my home. But I am becoming more and more frustrated with the narrow mindedness of some within our community.
The rollercoaster that is my life as a full-time landscape photographer continues. From the high of one of the most enjoyable photography hikes that I can remember to the low of having to cancel my up and coming exhibition.
Despite the obvious impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on my business I have a feeling that the future is bright. My new found love of black and white photography means that I can continue to shoot once the light is past its best and I have new plans for my YouTube channel.
After finishing the photo essay about my efforts to reconnect with the area immediately around my village I have been looking for a new project. After a day exploring a rarely visited corner of the Lake District National Park close to my home I think I might have found it.