Monday 3rd February 2020
Took the first booking to speak at a camera club today.
I shall be speaking at Copeland Photographic Society on Monday 19th October.
Another important milestone today.
For the first time since leaving my old at the end of August 2019 I paid myself a salary.
It was only a small amount, just 1/4 of what I need to pay myself each month if I am to survive. But as I hadn’t even planned to start the business until March 2020 I see it as proof that I am well ahead of schedule.
Met up with my mate Ian Spicer for a shoot at Derwent Water this morning.
We started at Crow Park, a popular location for photographers but somewhere that I have never shot from before. We had beautiful conditions and I managed to grab a shot of Derwent Isle and Catbells.
After breakfast I interviewed Ian for my YouTube channel. Recent events in his personal life had caused him to take a break from photography.
In the interview Ian shared what he has done to find his way back. The video will be released at 18:00 GMT on Tuesday 11th February.
Spent the morning at Windermere close to Wray Castle.
Another location that I don’t know well so I spent some time exploring compositions.
My favourite shot of the morning featured one of the two boathouses that can be found just to the south of the castle. I think there is a lot of potential but on this occasion I feel that I my composition is a little tight on the subject.
I plan to return soon to have another go.
It was a glorious day here in the Lake District, probably the nicest of the year so far.
However, blues skies are not really my thing so I spent all day in the office catching up on the never-ending admin that we photographers have to deal with.
This included booking my tickets for this year’s photography show, my first as a “professional”.
I shall be there on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March. If you see me why not come over and say ‘Hello’.
Had a wonderful workshop at Ullswater and Brothers Water this morning.
I was joined by Steve and Bryan who had a great time and got some good shots despite the difficult conditions.
We managed to stay mostly dry right up to the end when we did get a bit of a soaking.
After the workshop I met up with Sam and Hannah Bose who were stopping in Cumbria en route to Scotland.
We met in the pub and had a couple of pints while watching the rugby. England beat Scotland in one of the worst games I have ever seen!
Fortunately the company more than made up for it.
Originally my YouTube channel was a bit of a side project for me while I continued to work for Sky.
Since leaving in order to commit to photography full-time it has become more important. That means that there is room in my life for something else.
Today Mrs Sale and I recorded a pilot episode of our new podcast.
Called ‘a more fulfilling life’ the podcast is an opportunity for us to share our experiences of relocating to Cumbria and pursuing our passions for gardening and photography.
It has been a week of important milestones, each one another small step on my journey to becoming a professional landscape photographer.